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LSU offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles (77) participates in a drill during practice, Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at LSU's indoor practice facility in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

LSU freshman Saahdiq Charles is emerging as the favorite to start at that open offensive line spot.

Charles, a Jackson, Mississippi, product, participated at right guard with the starters at Tuesday's practice, the second day he has run with that group at one of the most competitive and up-for-grabs positions on the team. 

Charles and fellow freshman Ed Ingram are battling for the position, coach Ed Orgeron said earlier this week. Lloyd Cushenberry has, for now, shifted back to his spot as a backup to center Will Clapp. 

Charles or Ingram — whoever gets the nod in LSU's season opener against BYU on Saturday in New Orleans — would likely be the first true freshman in program history to begin the season as a starter on the O-line, according to the school.

Other practice notes:

  • Corey Thompson and Ray Thornton appear to lead the competitions at F-outside linebacker and Buck outside linebacker. Thompson and Thornton were first in the rotation during Tuesday's drills. Thompson, a sixth-year senior, is battling with sophomore Michael Divinity. Thornton is in competition with freshman K'Lavon Chaisson and redshirt freshman Andre Anthony at Buck. All three of those players should play, Orgeron said.
  • Arden Key donned a gold/limited contact injury during Tuesday's drills as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery he had in May. 
  • The following players were absent from practice: defensive end Frank Herron, edge rusher Sci Martin (knee injury suffered in spring), inside linebacker Jonathan Rucker and wide receiver Dee Anderson (suffered injury in camp, Orgeron said). Receiver Jonathan Giles and tight end Thaddeus Moss continue to miss practice. Those players are ineligible this season while adhering to NCAA transfer rules. 

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