At least two key members of LSU’s offensive line missed time with injuries during preseason camp.
At least three others have played two different positions during camp.
And everyone else? Most of them have no idea where exactly they’ll play come the season opener and some don't know if they'll play.
Maybe line coach Jeff Grimes doesn’t know yet either.
“He told us that he’d tell us a starting five late this week or early next week,” junior K.J. Malone said Wednesday.
Malone is a great example of the line’s current situation. It’s in flux. In the scrimmage last Saturday, Malone played left tackle, he said. In the scrimmage Tuesday, he played guard, rotating with redshirt sophomore Will Clapp.
Clapp, a lock to start at one of the guard positions, is one of two players to miss time with an injury. He eased into camp after undergoing hip surgery in April. Maea Teuhema, LSU’s No. 1 left tackle in the spring, missed the first week of camp with a sprained ankle. He’s been playing left tackle and right tackle.
Then there’s Toby Weathersby, a sophomore who was expected to start at right tackle. He played some left tackle earlier in camp, too. Meanwhile, senior Josh Boutte and redshirt sophomore Garrett Brumfield are alternating at right guard, battling for a potential final open spot or fighting to be the sixth man.
It appears, at least, that three players have a starting spot — somewhere — secure: Teuhema (left or right tackle), Clapp (left or right guard), Ethan Pocic (center) and, possibly, Malone (left tackle or left guard).
Weathersby, Brumfield and Boutte? They’re in the dark and, to some extent, they all are.
“Coach is going to take the five best guys,” Weathersby said. “Whoever that’s going to be is whoever that’s going to be. I’m hopefully going to be in that five.”
LSU does not practice Thursday. It marks the end of the two-week-long preseason camp.
Wait is over
If Kendell Beckwith had a question, he’d have to wait until halftime to ask it.
When he was confused about a formation, he’d have to wait until halftime to understand it.
This won’t be the case any longer. New defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, also Beckwith’s position coach at inside linebacker, will be on the sideline during games, coach Les Miles revealed earlier this month.
“I like the fact of him being on the field,” said Beckwith, the Tigers’ senior starting middle linebacker. “If I have a question, I can go straight to him. I won’t have to wait.”
Former defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and, before him, John Chavis were in the press box during games over the past two seasons. Steele and Chavis were also Beckwith’s position coach. Mid-quarter questions and adjustments would wait until halftime, Beckwith said.
Steele and Chavis did not speak with Beckwith through the phone on the sideline, he said.
“I only see them at halftime. Halftime, I’ve forgotten exactly what I’ve seen,” he said. “For that series we’re out there, I can go to (Aranda), ‘This is what I saw.’ Talk it over.”
Tyron Johnson bound for OK State
Former LSU receiver Tyron Johnson is transferring to Oklahoma State, according to multiple reports and a tweet from the state's one-time top-ranked prospect.
Johnson, a sophomore who must sit out this year, announced Aug. 11 that he was transferring from LSU. His father, Tyrone, did not return a message Friday. Tyrone Johnson said last week that his son was transferring to find "a more wide-open offense."
The Cowboys run a open spread offense and play in the Big 12, a conference known for its explosive offenses. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were finalists, with LSU, during Johnson's recruitment.
Johnson signed with LSU in 2015 as the state's top prospect, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. A Warren Easton product, Johnson caught nine passes as a freshman last season, scoring once. Incoming freshman receivers, among others, appeared to have passed him on the depth chart in preseason camp.
247Sports.com reported Johnson's transfer destination Friday afternoon, and the receiver soon followed it with a tweet indicated he'd be a Cowboy.
Pistols firing💥💥💥💥 pic.twitter.com/xjALO89NLn— Tyron Billy-Johnson (@_TBJXIII) August 19, 2016
Two trucks – not one
South Carolina planned to fill one equipment truck with supplies this week for LSU and Louisiana flood victims. Gamecocks fans donated enough for two.
Two South Carolina equipment trucks were en route to Baton Rouge on Friday morning to deliver the supplies, according to Charles Bloom, associated athletic director at South Carolina. USC began taking donations on Wednesday. Three hours in, the first equipment truck was half full.
Last October, South Carolina sustained similar flooding to the one that submerged parts of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area last weekend.
LSU’s football game scheduled at South Carolina was moved to Baton Rouge because of the flooding, and fans at that game gave more than $40,000 to support disaster relief efforts in the state. LSU running back Leonard Fournette auctioned off the jersey he wore in the Tigers’ win over the Gamecocks for $101,000, all of which went to SC flood victims.