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Les Miles said today on his weekly SEC conference call that junior offensive guard Josh Williford may be ready for the regular season's final game against Arkansas next week. He won't suit up this weekend vs. Ole Miss.
I'm told by people on the LSU side that this was a very bad concussion, and since Williford suffered the head injury against Florida, he's been extremely limited and was unable to practice at all.
Hopefully he gets back and is 100-percent, but I also don't believe he'd immediately get that starting job at RG back given how well redshirt freshman Trai Turner has played there in his absence.
I guess that also brings up the question of next year. Does Williford get back into the lineup as a senior?
Projected starting lineup for me would be (L-R): Faulk, Collins, Porter, Turner, Alexander
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
"You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life." - Former LSU Coach and AD Paul Dietzel
Shea, what's the possibility of Trai Turner moving inside to OC ahead of Porter? And have Williford take his OG position back. Or do the coaches really like Porter as the future OC? I know Les Miles always talks of putting the best 5 OL on the field. I just wonder who he considers his best 5.
Sit Josh Williford until injury happens. Turner has been too good. He can pass protect better than Williford, too.
I think it would be best to cross-train Williford like they did Dworacyk and Hebert before him. That plan may have saved our season. Williford can double up as RG and RT. If Faulk goes down again next season, Alexander can shift over to LT and Williford could man RT. I know Hawkins is getting good reviews but it is hard to trust an unproven talent.
"That was Death Valley. It's where opponent's dreams come to die." - Miles
I think they stick with Porter until something goes wrong. Miles really likes Porter's progress, and Lonergan has told me a couple different times that Porter is ready to step into SEC ball. Now if Porter got injured, I think they would look to a guy like Turner before a walk-on center, for sure. Interested to see which of these 2013 commitments will start training at center, as well.
Could Wiliford get a shake at Center this spring? He'll be a more veteran guy on the Oline. Just to become a T-Bob utility guy (inside)?
Willford is 6'7" and close to 330 pounds. Not sure the exact reason but there is a reason why centers are not that big. Maybe it has something to do with the ball exchange and mobility. It is best to have more compact fleet-footed guys at center.
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