Position coach: Greg Studrawa
Starters returning: 4
Lettermen returning: 9
76 Chris Faulk (6-6, 325, So.) - LT
53 T-Bob Hebert (6-3, 304, Sr.) – LG
78 La’el Collins (6-5, 320, Fr.) – LG
64 P.J. Lonergan (6-4, 305, Jr.) – C
60 Will Blackwell (6-4, 290, Sr.) – RG
53 T-Bob Hebert (6-3, 304, Sr.) – RG
72 Alex Hurst (6-6, 340, Jr.) - RT
OFF THE BENCH
73 Chris Davenport (6-4, 320, So.)
70 Evan Washington (6-5, 326, RS Fr.)
75 Greg Shaw (6-5, 281, Sr.)
79 Matt Branch (6-6, 287, Jr.)
74 Josh Williford (6-7, 324, So.)
71 Jonah Austin (6-6, 322, Fr.)
63 Trai Turner (6-2, 332, Fr.)
67 Corey White (6-3, 328, Fr.)
Out of action: Josh Dworaczyk (knee)
Veteran difference-maker: P.J. Lonergan
Rising star: La’el Collins
Something to chew on: After Steve Kragthorpe’s bout with Parkinson’s Disease forced the first-year assistant to step down from his post as offensive coordinator, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa was handed the playbook. With Les Miles also involved, the two former college linemen will likely put a premium on running the football.
Numbers of note: T-Bob Hebert might be the odd man out of a starting job, but the fifth-year senior is one of the best sixth men in the country. Last season Hebert played in all 13 games and earned seven starts at right guard, and he racked up a team-high 76 knockdowns in the process. The year prior, Hebert played every snap at center through the team’s first seven games. If anyone across the middle of the line stumbles or goes down this fall, Hebert is more than able to handle their duties.
This unit will shine if: Everyone stays healthy. The injury bug has bitten LSU in the past and already struck this fall camp. If the front five can stay out of harm’s way, the offensive playmakers will have the stage to do what they may.
This unit will struggle if: Injuries take down multiple players. The Tigers have experience with nine lettermen returning and a promising newcomer in La’el Collins, but that doesn’t mean Miles wants to test the quality of his depth chart. Names like Josh Williford and Evan Washington will become involved, but anyone beyond them seeing significant action would spell bad news for the Tigers.
Prediction: By midseason, Chris Faulk and Collins will anchor the left side of the line – and the run game will be the staple of the offensive attack. If the pair of youngsters on the left side become comfortable, Jarrett Lee will become one of the most well-protected quarterbacks in the SEC.
Quotable: “When (Faulk) gets on you, he has the potential to drive you into the ground. And he does it with a very pleasant demeanor, just a big smile on his face. He can smash you into the turf.” - Miles