In Year 2, Baton Rouge's Garrett Brumfield fighting to get into LSU’s offensive line rotation _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU freshman offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield.

Garrett Brumfield visited LSU’s nutrionist over the offseason and spent hours in the weight room with the strength and conditioning staff. He lost about 20 pounds and added about 10 “good” pounds, he says.

The former University High star didn’t know he had so many muscles at his disposal.

“I’m being able to use muscles that I couldn’t use before because I wasn’t in good enough shape to be able to use them,” he said.

What’s this all been for? To attain a starting job on the offensive line that he’s not yet attained. Three weeks into LSU’s preseason practice, it’s still a work in progress.

“I’d love to be a starter. That is my ultimate goal,” he said last week. “That’s what I’m working towards right now.”

Brumfield, a consensus four-star prospect ranked as high as the No. 1 guard in the country, redshirted last season and appears to be on the second level of the depth chart about a week before the season opener Sept. 5 against McNeese State.

He has mostly played right guard, he said. Brumfield is expected to be the backup to projected starter and junior Josh Boutte. In a sense, Brumfield is one or two injuries away from slipping into the starting group.

It’s something that very well could happen. Last season, six offensive linemen started at least three games. Is Brumfield that sixth guy? Will Clapp, Maea Teuhema, K.J. Malone and Brumfield seem to be in a group competing to be the fifth and sixth man on the line.

“I’m coming to camp trying to compete like everybody else. I spent the summer trying to get better. I’ve felt like I’ve done that,” Brumfield said. “Coach (Jeff) Grimes has told me things that I have improved on. I’m not saying that in any kind of arrogant way. I’m not saying that I’m trying to challenge anybody, but I’m another football player trying to compete and get better. That’s my daily goal.”

Domingue and the Aussies

Punter and place-kicker Trent Domingue is sandwiched by Aussies during LSU football practices.

Punter Jamie Keehn, a noted Australian-born senior, is above him in the No. 1 spot, and Josh Growden, a freshman from Sydney, Australia, arrived this summer.

Domingue is learning new words. Like what?

“Didgeridoo,” Domingue said. “I don’t know what it means.”

It’s an Australian wind instrument, referred to sometimes as a natural wooden trumpet.

The sophomore from Mandeville is immersed, yes, in a battle for the place-kicking job with Colby Delahoussaye, but he also says he’s LSU’s No. 2 punter. He’s becoming more Australian by the minute. After all, he’s outnumbered by the Aussies in the punters’ meeting room.

Growden is new to American football. Domingue and Keehn have been breaking him in.

“He’s improved a lot already,” Domingue said after the first week of preseason camp.

The SEC medical observer process

The Southeastern Conference on Wednesday unveiled details of its new Football Medical Observer program, which was first announced in May at the SEC Spring Meeting.

An independent medical observer will be stationed in the replay booth and will have access to video and communications equipment. If the observer has clear visual evidence of a player with obvious signs of disorientation or is clearly unstable due to a head or neck injury, and that the injured player will remain in the game, the observer can alert the replay official and contact the player’s medical staff to advise them the player appears to need medical attention.

The replay official will notify the referee, who will stop play. If play is stopped with less than a minute remaining in the half, a 10-second clock runoff will be applied.

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