LSU right tackle Toby Weathersby and left guard Will Clapp will both be “out for a little bit,” Tigers interim coach Ed Orgeron said at his weekly press luncheon on Monday.
“We’ll know about more about that as the week goes by,” Orgeron said.
Weathersby has missed the last two games after spraining his ankle in the second quarter against Mississippi State on Sept. 17. He did not travel to Auburn and has been replaced by Maea Teuhema against Auburn and Missouri.
Clapp injured his upper right arm/shoulder in the second quarter on Derrius Guice’s second touchdown run during a 42-7 victory against Missouri on Saturday. Clapp did not play at all in the second half, and he was replaced by Garrett Brumfield.
Starting center Ethan Pocic, the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week, missed some practice time leading up to the Mizzou game but was in the starting lineup on Saturday. The exact injury Pocic sustained is unknown.
LSU’s (3-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) squares off against Florida (4-1, 2-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Here are a few other nuggets from Orgeron’s press luncheon:
Ejections: Orgeron said LSU is “still in the works” of appealing freshman safety Xavier Lewis and junior center Andy Dodd’s ejections against Mizzou. Lewis was ejected for targeting on a punt return in the first quarter. Dodd, who is Pocic’s backup, was ejected on offsetting personal foul penalties late in the fourth quarter. Dodd was ejected due to offsetting personal foul penalties on both teams at the end of the first half. “I think everything will work out for everybody,” Orgeron said.
Early risers: LSU will play its earliest game of the series against Florida since it played at 11:30 p.m. in 2000. While the early start could cause players to start sluggish, Orgeron said he doesn’t think he’ll have any problem getting players motivated early. Orgeron did say the Tigers will have a 55-minute drive to the stadium from its hotel in Ocala, Florida. “Well, I kind of have a knack for that,” Orgeron quipped. “I’m an early morning guy. But we thought about it. We planned it out well. We’re not going to make a big deal about it. Orgeron also said LSU will simulate crowd noise during practice this week. “They’re going to hear those Gator songs all week, I promise you.”
Running back rotation: Orgeron said running backs coach Jabbar Juluke is the “manager” of the running backs rotation and wants to continue to rotate Guice and Darrel Williams on a regular basis, even when and if Leonard Fournette returns to the lineup. “(Juluke) is going to handle them in the way he feels that we can have the most success. Hopefully, when Leonard comes in, he’s in the rotation, and we keep those guys fresh."