LSU defensive ends Sione Teuhema and Deondre Clark traveled with the team to Starkville on Friday for the Tigers’ game against Mississippi State, two sources confirmed to The Advocate.
Teuhema and Clark did not dress out for LSU’s scheduled season opener against McNeese State because of “performance-based” reasons, coach Les Miles said earlier this week. Both players had to “earn” their way onto the travel team during this week of practice, according to the coach.
Southeastern Conference teams are limited to traveling 70 players to road games. No. 25 Mississippi State and No. 14 LSU meet at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday in an ESPN nationally televised, early-season duel at Scott Field.
Teuhema and Clark are reserves on a defensive line that has depth issues. LSU is down to 11 scholarship defensive linemen, including six defensive ends: starters Lewis Neal and Tashawn Bower, freshman Arden Key, M.J. Patterson and Teuhema and Clark. Freshman Isaiah Washington’s status is uncertain. He would have missed last week’s game with an arm injury, Miles said.
Teuhema is listed as the immediate backup to Neal. Clark is listed as a third-stringer behind Teuhema. Both are sophomores who played in rotating roles last season. LSU used Teuhema, specifically, in its six-defensive back Mustang package under coordinator John Chavis.