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LSU's Hawkins, Moore leave first half of South Carolina game with injury

Left tackle Jerald Hawkins and fullback J.D. Moore have both experienced injuries for LSU in the first half versus South Carolina. One looks as though it might be more serious than the other.

Two LSU starters on offense were forced to leave the first half of the Tigers' game against South Carolina due to injury.

Junior left tackle Jerald Hawkins and sophomore fullback John David Moore both suffered what appeared to be lower-body injuries.

Early in the first quarter Moore hauled in a one-handed reception in the flats before taking a hard hit near his right quad/hip. He attempted to get up but quickly fell back to the ground before having to be assisted off by LSU trainers.

With 5:29 to play in the second quarter Hawkins went down with an apparent knee injury. He eventually got up and went directly to the locker room, walking on his own power, and Hawkins has since returned to play at left tackle for the Bayou Bengals right before intermission.

Moore, on the other hand, has not been back in the ballgame.

His place has been taken by true freshman Bry'Kiethon Mouton, a converted tight end and LSU's No. 2 on the fullback depth chart. The normally potent LSU ground game hasn't been particularly sharp since Moore, a great run-blocker, left.

Since he departed the Tigers have registered 20 carries for 83 yards and a four-yard score by Darrel Williams. Heisman frontrunner Leonard Fournette is nowhere near his averages, either, with only 15 carries for 49 yards.

At the half LSU leads South Carolina 17-10.

UPDATE (4:30 PM): According to the LSU Sports Radio Network, Moore will not return in this game with a knee injury.

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