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Updated: LSU O-lineman likely done for the year

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Updated 9/6 @ 9:38 p.m. ET: Welp, things could be getting a lot worse for LSU regarding the injury to offensive lineman Chris Faulk. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Thursday that Faulk is likely to miss the season with a major knee injury.

The school, however, has not offered an official statement on the subject.

If true, there’s no understating the loss. Faulk is projected to be a first-round pick for next year’s NFL draft. Losing him for any amount of time could hurt as LSU’s offensive line did allow some pressure on quarterback Zach Mettenberger in its Week 1 game against North Texas.

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While Washington prepares for LSU by utilizing a live tiger, it appears the Huskies will not have to worry about Tigers offensive lineman Chris Faulk.

Les Miles announced Wednesday that Faulk would miss this Saturday’s game against the Huskies with an unidentified injury.

“It looks like Faulk’s got a bit of an injury, we don’t know exactly how bad,” Miles said. “We hope to return him to the game sometime soon.”

How soon isn’t entirely known. Until Faulk (pictured, No. 76) is cleared to return, Miles said sixth-year senior Josh Dworaczyk, sophomore La’El Collins or right tackle Alex Hurs could see playing time

“We’re kind operating with the idea that we’re moving guys around to give them a multiple feel for the position,” Miles said. “No decision is going to be made right now as to how we’ll go Saturday. We feel pretty comfortable we’ll be good there.”

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10 Responses to “Updated: LSU O-lineman likely done for the year”
  1. suprmous says: Sep 6, 2012 1:43 AM

    Never fear the Mad Hatter’s got things under control and we be fine.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 6, 2012 6:43 AM

    Sorry to hear of Faulk’s injury. Hope he heals and gets back to the line soon. Josh Dworaczyk is a really good player and should be fine at that position.

    The coaches’ liberal substitutions on the line have resulted in what could have been a season ending concussion for Zach Mettenberger last week. The senior veteran lineman was not there. The substitute lineman apparently did not know how to pick up a simple and easy to read blitz. The lineman did not block, missed his assignment. The rusher came in unimpeded and Zach’s bell was rung….hard! If that were to happen in a SEC game in general or in a game with Alabama, Arkansas, or South Carolina in specific, Rivers had better be ready to play.

  3. jonanthans says: Sep 6, 2012 12:49 PM

    Lineman didnt miss his block, the play was busted, and the rb didnt have a chance to pick up the blitz.

  4. kattykathy says: Sep 6, 2012 1:38 PM

    Upset coming……………………

  5. pettytom says: Sep 6, 2012 2:02 PM

    If we are all talking about the same play it was supposed to be a quick read, 3 step drop, get the ball out of your hand quickly. The tackle did a dive block at the ends knees to take him out of the play. It just so happen NT called a corner blitz and Zach held on to the ball way to long for a quick read. Lineman did what he was supposed to do. Zach either A) couldn’t read the D and got clobbered or B) was unaware it should have been a quick pass. Either way it’s his fault for not getting rid of the ball quick enough.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 6, 2012 3:33 PM

    Can’t be absolutely sure it is the same play, but the one I am referring to was described by the OC in a tv interview he did. The interviewer asked was it possible to protect Zach from further injuries such as occured on that play? The LSU Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Greg Studrawa said, it was a missed assignment on that blitz. He would take the time to make sure all linemen, even those coming in to replace the starting line, would know how to pick up those blitzes.

    That is all I know about that play is what Studrawa said.

    I do agree on several plays I saw Zach hanging on the ball too long, a few plays he could have released it a 1/2 second or second sooner and it would have been complete, or in some cases even more time than that.

  7. tigersgeaux says: Sep 6, 2012 4:46 PM

    I saw that interview with the LSU OC. They were discussing line play at the time and the interviewer asked about how to protect Mettenberger from a similar hit in the future. Then the OC responded but I think he may have indicated “linemen” when he meant “team” because it does appear that it was the responsibility of the RB to pick up that blitz. But I just heard Greg say that and did not think about it until now. He possibly mis-spoke because they were discussing line play immediately before. That’s my 2 cents.

  8. barbeaux says: Sep 7, 2012 1:57 AM

    He wasn’t holding not the ball too long.

  9. normtide says: Sep 7, 2012 7:43 AM

    If any team can lose a LT and survive, it is LSU. They play in Death Valley for God’s sake. The Bear said it is like playing in a drum. I know of only one school to have a long term winning record there, eh Pats. LSU will be great, although I wish a speedy recovery for this kid.

  10. woebegong says: Sep 7, 2012 11:18 AM

    LSU has a fair amount of depth in the OL, and I bet they will have a capable person to slot in his place. Not as capable for sure, because he is a special player, but one that can do the job. I wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock in the first game protection, because I am sure we didn’t see all that LSU has to offer by a long shot. Just my feeling, but I am pretty sure they will be ready this week and the coming weeks to play SEC football.

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