Miles explains move from Boutte to Teuhema

Freshman offensive guard Maea Teuhema subbed in for starter Josh Boutte and played the entire second half of LSU's 21-19 win over Mississippi State.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - It's been quite rare in recent years for LSU to play rotational offensive linemen.

For the most part, whether it was at the direction of former position coach Greg Studrawa or current line coach Jeff Grimes, the Tigers under Les Miles have played their five starters and, barring injury, that's it.

That's why it was so conspicuous Saturday night during No. 14 LSU's 21-19 win over No. 25 Mississippi State that true freshman Maea Teuhema leapt into the front five after halftime and played the duration of the game while starter Josh Boutte was on the sideline for the game's final 30 minutes.

Boutte started the game at right guard while redshirt freshman William Clapp manned the left guard spot. After halftime Teuhema was the only player to line up at left guard while Clapp rotated over to right guard.

In his postgame remarks Miles said the move had nothing to do with injuries. They just thought Teuhema gave them a better chance to run the football and bring home a win.

"Just getting the right guys on the field," Miles said of the move to Teuhema, the nation's top prep offensive guard in 2015. "I think we'll be fine there. Boutte was substituted for, no injury.

"But we’ve got to get him coming because he’s a dominant player, too. He just needs a little seasoning. He needs a little coaching."

Time will tell if Boutte gets the seasoning he needs in advance of Saturday afternoon's home date with Auburn. If not a true freshman could log his first start at one of the toughest places for a newbie to crack into the starting lineup.



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