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The offensive line eagerly awaits Elliott Porter's return to the starting lineup; Kwon Alexander only suffered a "stinger" against Sam Houston State; Touchdown celebrations are all the rage.

Les Miles said definitively during his weekly press luncheon that center Elliott Porter will return to the starting lineup Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.

Porter missed LSU’s first two games with a suspension stemming from pay issues for a summer job. Ethan Pocic started in his place against Wisconsin and Sam Houston State, but now Porter’s set to reclaim his spot in the Tigers’ starting five

And his teammates are ready to have him back.

“It’s going to help us a lot,” said fellow lineman Evan Washington. “Elliott’s a great player, great leader. I know he’s ready to come back. He’s been working hard. He’ll be fired up. It’ll be his first game, and I’m excited to see what he does.”

Washington said Porter’s preparation hasn’t suffered during his suspension.

“He’s been practicing hard and in the playbook,” Washington said. “He still needs to be into it, because everything’s changing. Our base offense stays the same, but week to week there are tweaks and adjustments. But he’s involved in it like he was a starter. He prepares like a starter even though he wouldn’t play.”

The timing couldn’t be better for Porter’s return. Pocic went down with an ankle injury during the SHSU game, but Miles said Monday that he’ll practice this week. Having Porter ready to step in though gives LSU some added comfort knowing Pocic won’t have to rush back from an injury.

“I hope Ethan comes back as soon as possible,” Washington said. “I hope it’s something minor, but it helps a lot that Elliott’s coming back after Ethan went down.”


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ONLY A TINGLE FOR ALEXANDER


Starting linebacker Kwon Alexander missed most of the SHSU game after suffering a “stinger” early in the contest. Miles said there was no need for him to return to the game and he’ll be fine moving forward.

Alexander echoed that Monday, saying it was nothing more than a tweak in his neck that left him with a strange sensation.

“I’m fine now,” Alexander said. “It’s just a tingle. You go numb up and down your body, but it’s just a little tingle. That’s all.”

Fellow junior Deion Jones saw an extended amount of playing time in Alexander’s absence. He made five tackles (two solo) and also recovered a fumble.

“He’s doing great. He’s a great player,” Alexander said. “He knows everything and he does everything right.”

HARRIS HAS NO CEILINGS


Leonard Fournette wasn’t the only freshman with a notable celebration after his first career score.

Following his 46-yard touchdown run, Brandon Harris paid tribute to senior running back Kenny Hilliard by flashing the signal for “No Ceilings.” It involves waving your hand, palm down, over your head.

It’s a mantra Hilliard has followed throughout his college career, encouraging its followers to live their lives without limitations. Harris has caught on and told Hilliard that he would use that celebration after his first score.

“I just want the guys to enjoy it,” Hilliard said. “They can go out there and do it. It’s for everybody. It’s just setting a trend. That’s what I want to do as a positive, let these guys have fun with it.”

As for Fournette’s now infamous Buga-inspired Heisman celebration, Hilliard said he and the other players didn’t pay it much mind. He recalls the emotions that came with scoring that first touchdown, and he knows Fournette got swept away in the moment.

“You want to do some things, but you have to stay humble with it,” Hilliard said. “Once you score in Tiger Stadium and have all the fans cheering for you, it’s an enjoyable moment. I guess he got caught up in it, but other than that, he’s going to make great plays for us, and we’re looking forward to seeing him score more touchdowns.”


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