Spring Football: Rounding out the offense

As the spring game nears, we continue to break down the LSU Tigers by position. <br><br> Here is a look at tight ends and the offensive line. Look for a spotlight on the defensive line and linebackers later today.

Tight End


The Eric Edwards era is over at LSU.


Like Torris Bright in basketball and Lane Mestepey on the diamond (also insert Alabama's Tyler Watts and Tennessee's Peerless Price), Edwards was one of those guys who seemed like he was on the roster for 10 years,


But Edwards career ended on a high note saving his most productive season for his finale. However, while Edwards played a key role in the LSU offense as a senior, the Tigers watched as two more tight ends popped onto the radar screen.


Demetri Robinson and David Jones each made a silent stir in terms of pass catching, Jones, though, more than Robinson. Jones highlighted his season with a touchdown grab versus Arkansas and a improbable near TD against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.


Look for Jones and sophomore Keith Zinger to see most of the snaps this Spring. Third teamer Kory Hebert is in the mix but missed last season with an injury.


There is some doubt surrounding Robinson's future with the team. Nursing a groin injury in the early portion of the spring, Saban announced Robinson would miss the remainder of spring camp due to some minor rule violations. His status will be re-evaluated over the summer and a decision will be made before fall camp opens.


Offensive Line


More could be made about the depth of the offensive line if LSU's corps of running backs wasn't so deep.


But the Tigers' offensive front will be one of the deeper units in the SEC, if not in the country. Coach Jimbo Fisher does lose veteran trenchmen Stephen Peterman and Rodney Reed, but their replacements aren't too shappy – and if not better in the long run.


Reed's vacancy at right tackle will be filled with 2003's starting left guard Nate Livings. Terrell McGill steps into Livings' void and all-purpose 6th-man Rudy Niswanger appears to have nailed down the right guard position left open by Peterman.


As for those returning, we have already discussed Livings, who could end up being one of the best offensive linemen in recent years at LSU before he's done. Joining Livings is left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who is strikingly huge, as well as third-year veteran center Ben Wilkerson.


The impressive thing about the O-Line is the backups.


Two-deep at virtually every spot on the front five, the Tigers could possibly go as deep as third string with quality players at almost every position.

The second unit consists of left tackle Peter Dyakowski, left guard Will Arnold, center Doug Planchard, right guard Brian Johnson and Niswanger doubles as the second string right tackle. The one knock on the reserve unit is experience. Only Johnson and Niswanger have seen considerable playing time.

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