LSU’s offensive line is set — at least for now.
Senior Josh Boutte will start at right guard. Junior K.J. Malone, at left, and sophomore Toby Weathersby, at right, will man the tackles, bumping sophomore Maea Teuhema from the starting group, coach Les Miles said Saturday after a 100-plus play scrimmage.
That could change, though, the coach said. Teuhema, a starter at left guard as a rookie last year, worked with the starters at left tackle during the spring. But he missed the first week of preseason camp while nursing a left ankle sprain.
Teuhema’s recovery and missed practice time is behind the shuffling, the coach indicated. Teuhema is working behind both Malone and Weathersby at either tackle spot.
“That would make Maea the first one in the game at either spot, and he’s really pretty good,” Miles said. “I think he’s really getting over the hump right now. He’s practiced for the last week. ... Less slowed and showed more agility and speed. How we’ll finish here will be interesting to see.”
Boutte, apparently, beat out redshirt sophomore Garrett Brumfield for the open guard spot. As expected, Ethan Pocic will play center, and Will Clapp will play left guard, Miles said, revealing his starting line two weeks ahead of the season opener against Wisconsin on Sept. 3.
“It’s really going to be a physical front five,” Miles said.
LSU offensive linemen have been kept in the dark over the past week about where and if they’ll play. Malone has started some at guard, rotating with Clapp, and at left tackle. Weathersby, a highly touted 2015 signee from Texas who played on the field goal team last year, has mostly spent time at right tackle, but he’s played left tackle briefly, too.
Boutte could be making his first start since last year’s season opener at Mississippi State. That lasted just two quarters. Teuhema took over at halftime and started the next 11 games.
Fournette could return this coming week
Running back Leonard Fournette, battling a sprained ankle, could return to practice this coming week, Miles said.
Fournette, a Heisman Trophy hopeful from New Orleans, did not participate in the scrimmage, as expected, after spraining his ankle Tuesday.
“I think he plays this week, but I think that’s going to be up to the trainers and not necessarily the coach,” Miles said.
Fournette said Thursday that he’ll play in the season opener and that he’s “good.” Miles called the sprain “slight” in announcing it Tuesday.
Dural misses scrimmage
Receiver Travin Dural missed Saturday’s scrimmage with a hand injury, Miles said, but he should return “the next time we take the field.”
Miles did not reveal any more details on Dural’s injury. The coach suggested that junior D.J. Chark replaced him in the lineup. Chark, who does not have a career catch, is a receiver players have raved about this camp and in the spring.
“I think D.J. Chark is going to be a heck of a player, just a really good one,” Miles said.
Delahoussaye the guy ‘at this point’
Senior Colby Delahoussaye is the leader to kick field goals for LSU, but freshman Connor Culp is pushing the veteran, Miles said Saturday.
Asked if he expected Delahoussaye to be his starter, the coach said, “Yeah, at this point.”
Culp, a highly touted signee from Arizona, is competing for the kickoff job, as well, and Miles hinted he could snatch either position. Cameron Gamble and Culp are battling at kickoff.
“I don’t know that Connor Culp might not be that guy (at place-kicker),” Miles said. “I don’t know that Culp might not be a field-goal guy. He’s going to step in there and compete. We’ll have to see how Cam Gamble does.”
Allen to redshirt after injury
Willie Allen, a freshman from River Ridge, will redshirt this season after suffering a leg injury during practice this week, Miles said.
Ranked as a four-star prospect by three of the four major recruiting sites, the John Curtis product was hoping to play immediately as a freshman, he said upon arriving to campus in June.
Coaches are now set on using his redshirt year. The NCAA allows players to play four seasons over five years. Miles did not provide anymore details on the injury.