During his weekly radio show, LSU coach Les Miles said all injured offensive linemen have practiced this week. However, he wasn't clear on if all starters would play Saturday against Auburn.
"The health of our offensive line is returning," Miles said. "They’ve all practiced. We had a couple guys miss time based on cramps, and we think we’ll be fine when we go to the game.”
Miles said there wasn't a "serious injury in the group," but right tackle Toby Weathersby was seen wearing a boot on Monday. Weathersby sprained his ankle against the Bulldogs, ESPN reported, and did not return for the second half.
Though most injuries were minor in nature, three other starters went down and missed at least some action during the Mississippi State game. Using eight different offensive linemen, Miles said LSU played seven different offensive line combinations.
"We’ll have most everybody back and in good shape," Miles said. "I think those guys are healing and we’ll expect a full five of quality, quality guys to take the snaps.”
'It's the same offense'
Though the offensive play calling may appear different with quarterback Danny Etling under center, Miles contends that the offense has not change.
If there's any difference, it's the execution.
"We really have kind of stayed with a lot of our base premises," Miles said. "Maybe a little different execution. It's the same offense."
Miles has often reiterated that offensive diversity was predicated on gaining first downs. Because the Tigers hadn't consistently moved the chain, he's explained, the playbook didn't appear to be open.
With Etling running the offense, LSU certainly passed the ball early and often, including when it was shutout in the second half against Mississippi State.
The Tigers possessed the ball 10 total times in the second half between the Jacksonville State and MSU games. LSU ran 22 pass plays and 26 run plays.
"I get a kick (out it)...they talk about suddenly the playbook's closed," Miles said. "The playbook is open. Hopefully the opportunity to use some of those plays will come with first downs."
White in the mix
Though LSU freshman linebacker Devin White hasn't been an integral part of the Tigers defense thus far, Miles said his role is increasing, and he enjoys his role on special teams.
"He played more this game than the last game," Miles said. "He's also a stellar performer for us on special teams."
With LSU lacking numbers at linebacker, White figured to have a larger role come the start of the season. But the Springhill, Louisiana native hasn't been much of a factor in the regular rotation, as seniors Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley have commanded the inside linebackers positions.
Miles, though, believes White we'll be in mix to be a starter at linebacker next season.
"We're working him," Miles said, "and we see him being a guy that will man that middle linebacker spot, or that linebacker spot, next year very quickly."