KJ Malone

KJ Malone on crutches before Saturday's game. 

BY MIKE GEGENHEIMER

LSU played without its starting tackles against Auburn. 

Left tackle K.J. Malone, using crutches, and right tackle Toby Weathersby did not dress out for Saturday's game, watching from the sidelines as they battle injuries. Freshman Saahdiq Charles, at left tackle, and redshirt sophomore Adrian Magee, at right tackle, replaced the starters. 

Malone, a fifth-year senior, and Weathersby, a junior, entered the game as "questionable," according to coach Ed Orgeron. Malone injured his left knee in the win last week at Florida. He missed most of that game but returned late for one fourth-quarter series. Weathersby is suffering from "numerous" injuries, Orgeron said last week. He was spotted wearing an extra shell on his helmet against the Gators, suggesting a potential head issue. 

The Tigers' health on the offensive line has been an issue recently. They played three true freshmen on the line for much of last week's game in Gainesville, Florida. Malone went down in the first quarter, and Weathersby followed in the second quarter. Charles played left and right tackle, and freshman Austin Deculus saw his first significant playing time of his career, replacing Weathersby on the right side. Ed Ingram, a freshman, starts at right guard. 

The Tigers entered preseason camp with just 11 scholarship linemen. Five linemen left the team over the offseason, all of them transferring for an assortment of reasons. 

No Battle

Starting safety John Battle missed Saturday’s game, replaced in the lineup by redshirt freshman Eric Monroe.

Battle, a redshirt junior, suffered a stinger last week at Florida, according to the LSU radio broadcast. Monroe got his first career start, joining right tackle Magee as players who got Start No. 1 for the Tigers on Saturday. Twenty-one LSU players this season have started for the first time in their careers.

JaCoby Stevens, a true freshman playing his third position this season, saw some snaps at safety, too.

Three official visits

LSU is hosting three prospects for official visits this weekend, including commitments H-back Zach Sheffer and outside linebacker Jarell Cherry, as well as Texas cornerback Anthony Cook.

High school seniors are allowed five expense-paid visits per year. The official visit cannot last more than 48 hours.

The Tigers 2018 recruiting class is at 18 commitments. LSU lost several commitments over the summer, and its ranking has dropped from No. 1 this spring to 16th nationally with two months left before the new early signing period in December.

Lagniappe

Former Parkview Baptist and Stephen F. Austin standout Devin Ducote was in the LSU press box during Saturday’s game as defensive coordinator Kevin Steele’s defensive analyst. … Offensive guard Garrett Brumfield, defensive end Rashard Lawrence, receiver Russell Gage, center Will Clapp, defensive end Christian LaCouture and linebacker Devin White served as captains. 

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