BATON ROUGE, La. — Following LSU’s final preseason scrimmage on Saturday, Les Miles announced the Tigers’ presumptive starting offensive line for the Sept. 3 season opener against Wisconsin at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field — though with another two weeks before the game, the emphasis certainly should be on “presumptive” rather than “definitive.”
The Tigers went into camp with one position set in stone — center, where senior Ethan Pocic will start for the third straight season.
Flanking Pocic’s left side are K.J. Malone at left tackle and Will Clapp at left guard. Stationed to the right are guard Josh Boutte and tackle Toby Weathersby.
But as with everything else in life, that particular arrangement is subject to change. Sophomore Maea Teuhema was expected to start at either a guard or tackle spot, but an ankle injury kept him off the field in the first week of camp, and he is still playing catch-up.
“I think he’s really getting over the hump right now,” Miles said of Teuhema. “He’s really only practiced for the last week. He’s showed more agility and speed and better use of movement and then suddenly I think he’s ready. How we finish here will be really very interesting to see.”
Teuhema took over as LSU’s starting left guard as a freshman last year, and if he’s not back in the starting lineup by the opener he certainly figures to be before the season ends.
Outside of Pocic and Teuhema, Clapp is the most experienced player in the current lineup, starting 11 games as LSU’s right guard a year ago before shifting to the other side of Pocic in camp.
Malone has the most intriguing genes in the pool as the son of NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone. He played in all 12 games last season as a reserve left tackle and guard, but has yet to make a start.
Boutte also played all 12 games last year, though his spot in the starting lineup was usurped when Clapp moved from left to right guard and Teuhema became a starter following the opener against Mississippi State.
Weathersby also got into all 12 games last year, playing a total of 167 snaps at right tackle and right guard.
“That has potential to be a really physical front line,” Miles said.
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