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Spotted freshman Jerald Hawkins today at the indoor facility before practice, and OH MY. Let that kid off the bus first on all future road games.
Listed at about 6-6, 300 pounds, but he doesn't look like he's carrying a single ounce of fat. If you guys thought La'el Collins looked great for a 300-pounder, just wait until you get an eye on Hawkins.
The Baldwin, La., native is taking a redshirt this season, but I'm told they think he's a future All-SEC guy at offensive tackle - no matter which side he starts out on.
With Vadal Alexander playing so well and Chris Faulk likely back for next season, LSU has got some solid depth building for the future at OT given Hawkins' progression.
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
We will need him more at DT next year IMO. I think he could be a Brockers.
Do you think he'll be the main back up at both tackle spots next season? That would allow Williford to focus on just backing up the guard spots, giving us more depth and more options if someone were to get hurt.
not so sure about that.. we need solid depth on the o-line.. We are starting to see what Mett can potentially do with good pass protection.. I think we will be fine on the d-line.. we need to build a dominant young o-line if we want to win a nat title.. imo..
Stupid,random thought, but if they want to move anyone over to defense it should be Turner IMO. Won't happen, cause he's been killing it, but the guy plays with great leverage, and destroys people...
Depth on the OL will be very good next year at OT and OG with Hawkins and Williford backing up 4 spots and giving us great options should someone go down anywhere but center. Center is the 1 spot on the line I am very worried about. If Porter got hurt we're looking at a freshman in there like Malone or possibly Dodd? Boutte is definitely a guard, correct?
I could see...
LT - SR. Faulk, rFR. Hawkins, SR. Davenport
LG - JR. Collins, SO. Jonah Austin, FR. Boutte
C - JR. Porter, FR. Malone
RG - SO. Turner, SR. Williford, FR. Dodd
RT - SO. Alexander, FR. Pocic
With once again Hawkins backing up both OT spots in case of injury and Williford likewise for both OG spots.
Paul Mainieri = 328-135 ovr (70.8%), 119-89 SEC (57.2%), 21-10 NCAA (67.7%), 3 CWS App., 1 National Title
Faulk collins porter tuner alexander. Could be amazing next year if the young guys keep progressing.
This thread makes me wonder if Evan Washington will be back as well, because that will also help with depth on the OL.
Why is Davenport even on the depth chart? Looks like we'd take a RS off a Fr before putting him in. Unreal...
What is the scoop on Davenport, will he ever make a bid for a starting spot or is he doom to do 4 yrs and move on
I certainly hope they are working with someone (s) at the C position. We need several guys ready to go. Appears we don't have it now. Did they take Dodd for a C?
I just can't believe Turner is a true frosh. He was blowing Alabam studs off the line 3-4 yds deep. Where have we been hiding this animal?
YES he Is. Very!
I'm there to play for the team, not myself.". DS
The reality is that while unfortunate Williford and Hurst had issues, we upgraded when Turner and Alexander were inserted in the starting lineup this year and clearly going forward. Don't wish ill for JW and AH but highly doubtful TT and VA would have got that opportunity but for those issues, performance be damned.
My only concerns for next year is at C. Can Porter make the line calls? Otherwise a healthy Faulk with Hawkins the 3rd tackle and Collins and Turner at G is going to be a very very good OL.
Good stuff Shea.....
Hawkins has so much upside with his size and athleticism to once his technique catches up with him the sky is the limit. His feet look really good for a guy his size.
The forgotten guys: Evan Washington, Johan Austin and Derek Edinburgh. They're all still young, but each is behind either younger guys are guys from their own class. Are any of these guys going to make a mark at LSU? Edinburgh is only a true frosh, but Alexander is a classmate that's already starting and Hawkins is a classmate seen as the future at LT.
Related note: can you guys tell us what position those guys are working at? I know Washington is ineligible so isn't suiting up on Saturdays, but in pre-game work, what positions do Austin and Edinburgh work at?
Austin and Edinburgh are huge. I think the consensus was, however, both needed 2-3 years in a weight program to turn those huge bodies into SEC football bodies.
I wonder who competes with Porter at C next year? Does Turner cross-train in case Porter is hurt?
That's my guess. I suppose Washington could also get a look there, plus one or two of the incoming freshmen.
I wonder if Dodd practices at C from day one? I would think Pocic is a T-G?
I thought we recruited Dodd as a C? I know we went through some struggles on the OL this year but the future of the OL seems very bright. (Alexander, Turner, Hawkins, Pocic, Boutte, etc.). Hopefully we can snag Cameron Robinson down the line.
Great to get an update on Jerald Hawkins. Thanks, guys, I believe he's gonna be a super player for LSU. We need to be careful about looking into the future, though. No one could have foreseen what happened to the OL this season, although with Trai and Vadal, things worked out really well. I read that both Malone and Dodd are future C prospects.
Dodd told me he's being recruited at guard and that center hasn't been mentioned. I might be wrong there, and I can check with Andy, but I'm almost positive that's what he told me after he committed.
whats the word on how edinburgh is coming along? he's huge also...
This post was edited by LSU_bud 17 months ago
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