This is the fifth in a seven-part series being published this week ahead of LSU's spring game Saturday.
Projected post-spring depth chart
- K.J. Malone, senior
- Austin Deculus, freshman
Summer arrival: Seth Stewart
- Garrett Brumfield, RS junior
- Austin Deculus, freshman
Summer arrival: Saahdiq Charles
- Will Clapp, RS junior
- Lloyd Cushenberry, RS freshman
- Maea Teuhema, junior
- Donavaughn Campbell, sophomore*
- Adrian Magee, RS sophomore
Summer arrival: Edward Ingram
*Limited in spring while recovering from shoulder surgery
- Toby Weathersby, junior*
- Jakori Savage, RS freshman
- Willie Allen, RS freshman
*Out for spring while recovering from shoulder procedure
A freshman challenger
Austin Deculus, the 6-foot-6, 345-pound 2017 signee and midyear enrollee, is making his presence felt during spring. The big Texan appears to be challenging for LSU's only real open starting job (left guard). OL coach Jeff Grimes has moved around Deculus, allowing him to learn both guard and tackle spots. For much of the spring, he's worked at left guard and left tackle. After a summer of workouts and individual drills, it won't be surprising to see him in the mix for significant playing time as a rookie.
Where does Clapp play?
The answer is probably at center. Ed Orgeron has said as much, but Grimes left open the door on the issue in an interview last month. Lloyd Cushenberry's spring has been so impressive that he could potentially keep Cushenberry as LSU's starting center and shift Clapp back to his spot at left guard, Grimes said. The bigger question regarding this: Does he trust Garrett Brumfield or Austin Deculus or Donavaughn Campbell in a starting role at left guard? That might not be answered until camp.
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Of all LSU's position groups — save the running backs — the offensive line might see the least movement during camp. Thing is, offensive linemen are more prone to injury than any other players, it seems, so be on the look out for that. We know who LSU's starting tackles will be. Grimes said K.J. Malone and Toby Weathersby will be his guys on the outside. Maea Teuhema has more experience than anyone outside of Clapp, and Clapp, of course, is heading for what many believe will be an All-American year. That leaves just one spot up during camp.
LSU Spring Position Recaps
- Monday: Quarterback
- Tuesday: D-line
- Wednesday: Backfield
- Thursday: Linebacker & Offensive line
- Friday: Secondary
- Saturday: Receiver
The Tigers' spring game will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, televised by SEC Network. But you may…