Is Ethan Pocic finally moving to tackle?
Pocic, a senior and a two-year starter at center for LSU, worked at right tackle Tuesday for the entire hour-long window of practice that LSU opened to reporters.
Whether the move is a permanent switch is unclear. Coach Ed Orgeron will speak to reporters Wednesday on the SEC teleconference and then again Thursday night after practice. The coach indicated that the Tigers would make changes on the offensive line during his 10-minute interview Tuesday morning on ESPN 104.5 FM.
Orgeron said he approved the changes, requested by offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.
"He's talked to me about changes he wants to make. I said, 'Go ahead and do it,'" Orgeron said on Culotta & The Fan. "We're going to practice those changes today."
Many thought Pocic would move to tackle this season after the departure of tackles Vadal Alexander and Jerald Hawkins, but the staff kept him at center. However, a rash of injuries to the unit has sprung change on the line.
Garrett Brumfield is from Baton Rouge.
During Tuesday's drills, Pocic worked at right tackle, Andy Dodd took over at center and Maea Teuhema moved from right tackle to left guard, where he played 11 games last season. Garrett Brumfield, who filled in at left guard last game for the injured Will Clapp, was not in the first group.
Keep in mind, though, that this is only practice. Grimes could be preparing his unit in case of another injury to a guard or tackle. For example, if guards Boutte or Brumfield went down, Teuhema might need to move from right tackle to play one of the guard spots, shifting Pocic out to tackle. If either tackle got injured, Pocic might shift out again.
- Herron back: Frank Herron returned to practice after missing Monday's drills. He wore a gold non-contact jersey. The redshirt junior is a rotating player at end with Davon Godchaux. He sported a walking boot on his foot Monday.
- Absentees: Running back Leonard Fournette continues to miss practice. He hasn't practiced since before the game against Auburn, a span of nearly two weeks, as he nurses a lingering left ankle injury. Offensive linemen Will Clapp (arm) and Toby Weathersby (ankle) - both who appear to be doubtful to play - did not practice. Tight end Foster Moreau also did not practice for a second straight day. He suffered an injury in the second half of the win over Missouri.
- Saivion: DB Saivion Smith practiced full speed on Tuesday but donned a gold non-contact jersey. The freshman missed last week's game against Missouri because of an unspecified injury.
- Thompson's health: OLB Corey Thompson made an appearance at practice Tuesday - to watch. Thompson continues to recover from a fractured ankle he suffered during the first week of preseason camp. Thompson is closing in on his recovery time. It's not clear when he could return, but he's returned to working out.
LSU offensive and defensive linemen clash with Ed Orgeron, Pete Jenkins and Jeff Grimes watching.
LSU running backs coach Jabbar Juluke puts his players through drills.
Defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach Dave Aranda works with his unit Tuesday.
Orgeron leads the defense.