Position: Offensive tackle/guard
Size: 6-5, 327
Year: Sophomore - 1 letter
High School: Keller High School
Hometown: Keller, Texas
A four-star, widely known pancake-blocking prospect, Maea Teuhema followed his brother, Sione, to Baton Rouge and LSU from Keller, Texas. Sione has since transferred to Southeastern Louisiana, approximately 40 miles away from Baton Rouge.
Teuhema was named First Team All-USA by USA TODAY and played in the Under Armour All-American game in 2014. He took official visits to Oklahoma and UCLA in , then eventually chose the Tigers — which officially offered Teuhema in April of 2013 — over the pair of universities.
As a true freshman. Teuhema played his way into all 12 games for LSU last season.
Teuhema, a Texas native, started LSU’s final 11 games at left guard in 2015, played 708 total snaps and amassed 63 knockdowns throughout the Tigers’ seventh-ranked rushing offense in 2015-16. He was named to Scout’s second-team All-American team after the 2015-16 season.
Outlook for 2016-17
LSU coach Les Miles, somewhat unresolved, said the 325-pound, versatile lineman will have a featured position come next season, but which position to find Teuhema remains ambiguous.
Left guard? Left tackle? Right guard or tackle?
After returning from a sprained ankle, which caused Teuhema to miss the first week of fall camp, Miles stationed him at right tackle while junior K.J. Malone worked at left tackle during and after Teuhema’s recovery.
Miles said he “could see” the starting combo of Teuhema at right tackle and Malone on the left to begin the season.
Regardless of where he may be positioned, Teuhema dropped 12 pounds this summer to increase his agility and foot speed, the needed qualities to prevent SEC defensive ends from capturing sacks from either tackle position.
He became stronger, too.
“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.”
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