LSU players report for fall camp on Aug. 5 so we’re counting down to that day with a daily blog series on things to watch during camp. Traditionally, the media has been cut off from viewing practices at some point during camp so we might have to be quick with the observations.
No. 8: Freshmen offensive linemen Maea Teuhema and Toby Weathersby
Who’s Involved: Maea Teuhema and Toby Weathersby
The Scoop: Few offensive linemen can start at the major college level immediately. It’s a position that takes more experience than most. But if anyone’s going to do it, it’s probably these two.
Teuhema was ranked as high as the No. 1 offensive guard in the nation, and Weathersby was ranked as high as the No. 5 tackle. They both earned Under Armour All-American game invitations, and both are big, strong players ranked four or five stars by recruiting services.
Don’t sleep on them eventually seeing some playing time, despite the long odds. Freshmen just don’t play that much early. For instance, Garrett Brumfield was rated the No. 1 offensive guard in the land by one recruiting service in last year’s class and redshirted last season. Ethan Pocic, talked about now as one of the best linemen at LSU, played in six games as a freshmen with just one start.
Jerald Hawkins, now a starter at left tackle, redshirted as a freshman. Vadal Alexander is the only current Tiger who eventually developed into a starter during his freshman season in 2012.
What Will We Watch Happen: Neither player will likely be an every game starter, but O-line coach Jeff Grimes is expected to do some shuffling during fall camp with such a big O-lineman signing class.
Weathersby and Teuhema aren’t the only big uglies in this group. The Tigers signed five offensive linemen in 2015, helping boost a position group that had some depth issues last season at times. Adrian Magee, George Brown Jr. and Chidi Valentine-Okeke are all part of a position class lauded at National Signing Day in February.
What will Grimes’ shuffling entail? Who knows, but the three interior line positions appear to be up for grabs. The tackle spots – Hawkins at left and Alexander at right – seem booked, but offensive linemen suffer more injuries than the normal position group, especially during the brutal conditions of camp.
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No. 8: OL Maea Teuhema and Toby Weathersby
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