For months now the train of thought has been the same when it comes to the LSU offensive line in 2015.
Three starters are back, a fourth has been identified and several players are battling it out for the fifth spot.
Those three returners of course are Jerald Hawkins, Vadal Alexander and Ethan Pocic. Redshirt freshman William Clapp is the player who seemingly has added his name to the first four up along the line.
So while there's not a ton of drama when it comes to who will play, there's plenty of uncertainty in the realm of where each will line up in the front five.
TSD's Ben Love recently interviewed former LSU offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert on the subject. Hebert, who is a radio host on WWL's "Double Coverage" show in the mornings, joined Love Thursday as part of "Bumper to Bumper Sports" on 103.7 FM (KWLB) in Lafayette.
"Ethan's rare," Hebert commented on the recent Rimington Award Watch List honoree. "I'm someone who has an appreciation for playing multiple positions, played all those interior ones. But Ethan is a guy who you can literally line up anywhere from left tackle to right tackle and anywhere in between.
"To play center at 6-foot-7, it's really hard, man. Really hard. That right there speaks to his athleticism. Talk to people around the program and they can't stop raving about work ethic, leadership and his intangibles."
Pocic ended spring ball as the Tigers' left guard, next to Clapp at center, but there is speculation he could flex out to right tackle should position coach Jeff Grimes decide to move Alexander back to his old digs at left guard.
In Hebert's estimation that left-side, strong-side pairing with Hawkins would be enticing, but he's not sure that's how Grimes will go.
"It's hard to judge outside-looking-in. How good is he going to be at right tackle, how comfortable is he out there, how comfortable is the coach with them out there - that's something the coach and the player have to decide based on their relationship," explained Hebert. "Me personally, I've always been of the mind you go where the team needs you. But for a player like Vadal, getting to play out there at tackle is where you're going to get paid more potentially in the NFL.
"It's certainly tempting when you hear Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander on the same side, but I also like the idea of having very experienced bookend tackles."
Click on the link below to listen to the full interview with Hebert, which includes plenty of chatter on the New Orleans Pelicans and New Orleans Saints as well.
T-Bob's Take: Alexander and Pocic
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