Dorsey understanding his role

One the major question marks about the 2006 version of the LSU Tigers is replacing three high-caliber players along the defensive line. The Tigers lost three of four starters on the d-line and from a year ago, all three of which were award winners on the 2005 squad.

Defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Claude Wroten were all-American picks by a variety of different news services and Melvin Oliver was a second team all-SEC pick and the Defensive MVP of the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl.

Needless to say, there are some sizeable holes to fill across the defensive front.

Although you can't replace three players with one, defensive coordinator Bo Pelini will plug one huge replacement into a vacancy at tackle in that of East Ascension-Gonzales defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

Dorsey was highly touted by the coaching staff in the spring as a replacement for Williams and Wroten. The 6-2, 284-pound junior was heralded by many preseason publications as a player to watch in the SEC and a star in the making on a re-tooled front four for the Tigers.

"I hear it a lot," Dorsey said. "I try and just stay focused on the task ahead of me. You can't get filled up on all of that stuff because when it comes down to it, it is on me. I have to do the work."

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Junior defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (Steve Franz)

Dorsey understands what is expected of him, but also he understands he can't replace three players along that line. He guarantees though the Tigers have plenty of talent to re-stock the defensive line to be as effective as it was a season ago.

"It is a new year," Dorsey said. "Everybody is kind of looking at me to lead the line. We are packed though. We don't have just one leader. Everybody is helping everybody helping them to get better and better. We depend on each other. Everybody has their own link in the chain.

"It is going to be hard to replace those guys," Dorsey said. "But we feel like we have some guys that can step up in there and be as good as we were last year on the defensive line. That is one thing about LSU, they recruit the best talent and we have lots of guys who can compete for those spots."

Miles acknowledged just how special Williams and Wroten truly were, but the second-year Tiger coach has high expectations and total confidence in Dorsey.

"Both of those guys are talented and both will play for a number of years in the NFL," Miles said. "Glenn Dorsey is going to step in and play one of those inside positions and give us everything we need to be successful. He is a gifted athlete that played a lot last year and contributed a great deal."

Projected to line up next to Dorsey at the other tackle spot are sophomores Charles Alexander (6-3, 285) or Marlon Favorite (6-1, 291). Miles praised both athletes but seemed very high on Alexander.

"Marlon Favorite and Charles Alexander are also guys that are talented and will step in at the other spot," Miles said. "I have to say Charles Alexander is one of the more talented big men that I have ever been around. If he comes in healthy and ready to go, we can be as good as we were last year."

The backups will include redshirt freshman Lyle Hitt (6-2, 281) and incoming freshman Al Woods (6-5, 325). Woods still awaits permission from the NCAA Clearinghouse before he can report to camp though.

"You throw in a talented newcomer like Al Woods and we can raise some real difficulty for opponents to move the football," Miles added.

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