LSU Spring – Top 5 players with most to gain: No. 4, offensive lineman K.J. Malone seems to have upper hand _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive lineman K.J. Malone (63), long snapper Reid Ferguson (50) and fullback Bry'Kiethon Mouton (47) walk off the field after the game, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss won 38-17.

Top 5 Players is a five-part blog series, starting Monday and ending Friday, counting down the top five players who have the most to gain in LSU spring football practice, which begins March 7.

Who can gain the most: OL K.J. Malone, a junior from Ruston

The Skinny: No other position group has two members on this five-man countdown expect for the offensive line. The Tigers lost both of their starting tackles from last season – LT Jerald Hawkins and RT Vadal Alexander – and that opens two big holes on the front five.

Malone served as a backup to Hawkins last season, and he, even, replaced Hawkins for the final two and a half quarters in a loss to Arkansas. Hawkins was injured early in the second quarter of that game.

Malone seems to have one of the upper hands, along with freshman Toby Weathersby, for one of the starting jobs at tackle. He’s a veteran player who’s heading into his fourth season with the program after redshirting as a rookie in 2013.

Top Five Players (with the most to gain)

  • No. 5: WR D.J. Chark
  • No. 4: OL K.J. Malone
  • No. 3: Wednesday
  • No. 4: Thursday
  • No. 5: Friday

Top Five Questions (that need answering)