The beginning of fall camp signals position battles and Josh Boutte said he’s is hungry.
His appetite isn’t for food. The 342-pounder is OK, there.
It’s for a starting spot on the LSU offensive line.
The soft spoken, 6-foot-4 hefty offensive lineman says he loves to block and pave the way for junior tailback Leonard Fournette. During the next three weeks, Boutte will be competing against Garrett Brumfield — whom he called his “brother” on Thursday — for the right guard starting spot.
“It’s all or nothing right now,” Boutte said. “I’m pretty sure that’s the same mind frame for other guys on the team.”
Of course, LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes will be put his best five on the field, but he has given Boutte little indication to who he plans to start at right guard. Grimes plans to rotate around seven different offensive lineman throughout the season, Boutte said.
“I wouldn’t say it’s like mess up and you’re out,” said redshirt sophomore guard Will Clapp. “He’s going to put the best five out there.”
From camp observations, the left side of the offensive line is just about set with Maea Teheuma and Will Clapp poised to start at left tackle and left guard, respectively.
Teheuma — who is day-to-day with a sprained ankle, LSU coach Les Miles said on Thursday — shaved off 10-15 pounds in the summer according to Clapp and used the summer to get stronger.
“Maea really took the initiative this summer,” Clapp said. “He’s starting to run a lot better. He’s got naturally quick feet, so he can slide out there with the best of them. He improved in the weight room, you know, he doubled a 1,300 pound tire like it was nothing.”
Added Boutte: “Maea’s smooth with it. He’s a guy who can play in run game and pass game. He’s very athletic.”
K.J. Malone started in place of Teuhema in practice on Thursday and is one of the Tigers’ most versatile lineman, LSU coach Les Miles spoke highly of ability to line up in different positions.
“He’s really a good left-handed stance,” Miles said. “He’s good at tackle and guard. Very athletic, long armed and capable.”
The blend of youth and experience the Tigers possess makes it different. Freshmen Lloyd Cushenberry, Donavaughn Campbell all drew high praise from Miles and his teammates after practice.
“To be honest with you I think the young and the old of this offensive line is going to produce a really talented group,” Miles said. “Some of those young guys needs some reps, experience is key. Boy, they’re talented.”
LSU OFFENSIVE LINE CLIPS FROM DAY 1: