Fresh focus: William Clapp
Position: Offensive lineman.
Weight: 295 pounds.
High school: Brother Martin.
Strengths: While at Brother Martin, Clapp played left tackle, and scouting reports say he excels as a run blocker. In an offense like Cam Cameron’s, the ability to open holes for rushers to pound through is essential, and Clapp is projected to work his way into a role at guard. Clapp’s father, Tommy Clapp, was an LSU defensive tackle from 1983-1987, so he has the pedigree to work in the trenches.
Must improve on: At 295 pounds, Clapp is on the lighter side for an offensive lineman, especially one on the interior line. Over the next few seasons, Clapp will look to bulk up as he fights for a starting position.
Coach Les Miles says: “We’re breaking the ice, and some of these young offensive linemen are hanging around. This William Clapp is going to be a guy we’ll have to look at and see how he plays.”
Projection: With LSU’s offensive line essentially set for 2014, Clapp likely won’t see playing time this season, barring injuries. If he continues to put on weight, he could battle for a starting job heading into next year.
“I’m ready to put my hands on Nick Marshall this year. I got him a couple of times, but he always got rid of the ball. I feel like I owe him one.”
— LSU senior defensive end Jermauria Rasco on which quarterback he’s most excited to hit in 2014.
Full squad practice at 9:15 a.m.
Walk-through at 4 p.m.
Full-squad practice at 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Practices are closed to the public.