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LSU offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield (78) and LSU running back Derrius Guice (5) celebrate Guice's touchdown in the first half against Syracuse, Saturday, September 23, 2017, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

LSU's offensive line continues to accomplish firsts.

The Tigers started two true freshmen on the line for the first time in at least 30 years, the school said Saturday.

Freshmen Saahdiq Charles, at right tackle, started in the absence of an injured Toby Weathersby and Ed Ingram started at right guard for the fourth game in a row.

Weathersby was one of four significant players who did not play in the game against Troy, joining nose tackle Ed Alexander, defensive end Rashard Lawrence and F-back JD Moore.

Star running back Derrius Guice dressed out, but he was not expected to play, according to LSU radio sideline reporter Gordy Rush. Safety John Battle did play in the game after missing last week's second half with injury. 

Orgeron on Thursday listed the five players — excluding Moore — as “questionable” for Saturday’s game.

The injuries range from play-to-player.

Guice appeared to injure his left leg or left knee in a play late in the loss at Mississippi State on Sept. 16. Lawrence injured his right ankle against Syracuse last week, Orgeron said. He missed Games 2 and 3 with an injury to his left ankle.

Guice and Lawrence did not practice Monday-Wednesday, according to brief observations of drills from media members. They also did not practice Thursday, Orgeron said. Guice did not play in the second half of last week's win over Syracuse.

Battle suffered what the LSU radio broadcast team termed a “stinger,” and Alexander fractured a finger on his right hand against Mississippi State, LSU’s radio sideline reporter, Gordy Rush, said Saturday on the team’s pregame show. Both of those players practiced this week in gold jerseys, signifying limited contact.

Weathersby’s injury is unclear. He was not at practice during reporters’ observation windows Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. He completed the game against the Orange last week.

The Tigers have played this season without several starters and rotational players because of injury and presumed suspension.

In the opener, they were down five starters or rotational players because of presumed suspension: inside linebacker Donnie Alexander, cornerback Kevin Toliver, outside linebacker Michael Divinity, nickel back Xavier Lewis and guard Adrian Magee.

As previously mentioned, Lawrence missed Game 2 against UT-Chattanooga and Game 3 at Mississippi State. The Tigers lost Ed Alexander in the first quarter against the Bulldogs. Donnie Alexander and defensive end Neil Farrell missed much of the second half at State and the first half against Syracuse because of targeting.

Frank Herron, announced by Orgeron during camp as a “co-starter” at defensive end, will miss the first six games of the season, presumably because of suspension. Herron will return against Auburn on Oct. 14, Orgeron said last week. Tight end Caleb Roddy has not dressed out during the first five games for undisclosed reasons.

In all Saturday, 15 scholarship players were not available for the Tigers for presumed suspensions, injuries or ineligibility.

Scalise honored

Congressman Steve Scalise, R-La., who was shot and hospitalized on June 14 when a lone gunman attacked a group of GOP members practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, was in attendance for the LSU homecoming game against Troy on Saturday.

The House Majority Whip returned to Capitol Hill earlier this week after battling life-threatening injuries, where he said, “I’m definitely a living example that miracles really do happen,” in front of the House chamber. He was one of four who received injuries during the incident.
Scalise was in attendance in his motorized scooter, which was decorated in LSU colors. He got out of his scooter to stand for the National Anthem, standing arm-in-arm with LSU President F. King Alexander.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron also came to the sideline prior to kickoff to hug Scalise. During the first quarter, Scalise and his family were recognized on the field where he received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Rare uniforms

The Tigers donned a rare uniform combination on Saturday: white pants, white helmets and purple jerseys.

LSU wore the combination for just the fourth time in school history, and the Tigers entered the game against Troy 3-0 in those uniforms. They last donned the combination in a 45-24 win over South Carolina in a relocated game in Tiger Stadium in 2015.

LSU also used the attire in a 34-9 win over Tulane in the Superdome in 2007. The uniforms were designed to help with fundraising for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans.

Twenty years

LSU on Saturday honored the Tigers’ win over top-ranked Florida in 1997.

Four players on that team served as guest captains against Troy: running back Kevin Faulk, fullback Tommy Banks, quarterback Herb Tyler and cornerback Cedric Donaldson.

The 14th-ranked Tigers toppled coach Steve Spurrier and his No. 1-ranked Gators on Oct. 11, 1997, winning 28-21 in front of more than 80,000 at Tiger Stadium. It ended Florida’s 25-game winning streak in SEC play.

Tigers vs. Franks

LSU will meet an old friend next week in the game at Florida.

Feleipe Franks, a longtime Tigers commitment, is expected to start at quarterback for the Gators after a season-ending injury to Luke Del Rio.

Del Rio injured his collarbone in a 38-24 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, resulting in season-ending surgery, UF coach Jim McElwain announced Saturday.

Franks began the season as the Gators starter before Del Rio took over. Franks, the highly touted top-five pro-style quarterback in the 2016 class, was committed to LSU for about 18 months. A mid-year enrollee, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Franks flipped to the Gators about six weeks before he was scheduled to enroll.

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