LSU could start two true freshmen on the offensive line again Saturday.
Saahdiq Charles is expected to start at right tackle, coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday, implying that junior Toby Weathersby is still recovering from whatever injury he suffered two weeks ago against Syracuse.
Ed Ingram, a freshman, is LSU's starting right guard, giving the unranked Tigers (3-2, 0-1 SEC) a rookie right side for a second straight week - this time on the road in the Southeastern Conference. It was the first time in at least 30 years that LSU started two true freshmen on the line last week.
"Did good. Made some mistakes obviously, but so did everybody else," Orgeron said of Charles' start last week.
The coach listed Weathersby as "questionable" and did not disclose his injury. He missed last week's practice and the loss to the Trojans. He returned to practice Wednesday donning a gold jersey signifying limited contact because of injury.
Rashard Lawrence sometimes has trouble relating to his out-of-state teammates.
Culp to kick
The Tigers have a new kicker.
Redshirt freshman Connor Culp will replace walk-on Jack Gonsoulin as LSU's starting field goal kicker in the game against the 21st-ranked Gators (3-1, 3-0), Orgeron said. The two kickers are a combined 3-for-7 this season - the worst start for LSU's field goal kickers since 2003.
"We're going to try Connor this week, going to give him a chance and see what he can do," Orgeron said. "Had a good week of practice. He's got to do it in game time."
Former LSU linebacker and current Atlanta Falcon Duke Riley returned to Baton Rouge this week and delivered an "inspirational" speech to players after Thursday's practice, Orgeron said.
"I think it was more about effort, LSU pride, earning your way," the coach said describing the speech. "Playing with effort, playing with your brother. All the things we talk about here, all the things they do at the Atlanta Falcons. Talking about how he earned his way here at LSU and it meant a lot to him. It means a lot to him when he watches the Tigers play on TV.
"Instead of turning his back, he wanted to come and help," Orgeron said, "and make some suggestions. Very powerful."
RB Derrius Guice will be limited against the Gators but he will play, Orgeron said, reaffirming what he said Wednesday night at his radio show. Guice missed last week's loss to Troy. He appeared to injure his left knee against Mississippi State. RB Darrel Williams is also limited, the coach said. ... OLB Corey Thompson and cornerback Xavier Lewis are "questionable" for the game, Orgeron said. Lewis did not practice Monday-Wednesday. Thompson suffered a stinger against Troy and missed the second half. He practiced this week while donning a gold jersey.