LSU’s starting center, Elliott Porter, will miss a second-straight start to open the season after not playing against the Wisconsin Badgers.
“Ethan Pocic will start at center; I don’t know that (Elliott Porter) will play in this one,” LSU head coach Miles told the Times-Picayune’s Jim Kleinpeter.
The exact reason behind Porter’s non-inclusion into the starting lineup has yet to be divulged, but Miles suspended the center last week due to a “disciplinary” action. Porter started 12 of 13 games last season, and the senior’s presence at a crucial position would be considered a boost to the Tigers’ offense.
Depending on the nature of Porter’s absence, the upperclassman may not be called upon if Pocic were to suffer an injury or need to be replaced in the lineup. Senior Evan Washington continues to get reps at multiple spots along LSU’s offensive line.
“He’s just about the next guy in at five positions,” Miles said. “He got some third reps at center today. He’s very bright and has multiple skill sets. Has the ability intellectually to take himself from one position to the next without any real negative effect.”
The team doesn’t necessarily need Porter in the lineup the next two weeks when LSU faces the Sam Houston State Bearkats and Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. And the Tigers were able to accumulate 365 yards on offense with Pocic at center during their comeback victory against the Badgers.
Despite those reasons to keep Porter out of the lineup, the senior center was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list for a reason. Porter is one of the best centers in the SEC. As such, Porter will likely return to the starting lineup next week against the Warhawks as the Tigers gear up for SEC play the following week against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.