Coming out of the LSU Spring game the one thing that really stood out was how talented the LSU offensive line was. The Tigers return 4 starters from a year ago including tackles La’el Collins and Jerald Hawkins, offensive center Elliot Porter and offensive guard Vadal Alexander.
All four will get a chance to play at the next level and three of them, Collins, Hawkins and Alexander are potential early round selections.
In addition the Tigers bring back a very gifted sophomore center in Ethan Pocic, who could potentially start at either guard or tackle and there is quite at battle for the final starting spot at guard between Evan Washington and Fehoko Fanaika-who is 6-5 ¾, 342 pounds.
While there will be plenty of debate about the quarterback situation between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, and both are in the growing stages of their development, LSU’s offensive line is the real strength on the 2014 football team for talent and depth.
In the past LSU’s offensive line was known for their run blocking, but what I saw was dramatic improvement on the technical side as pass blockers with the addition of Jeff Grimes as their new offensive line coach.
It’s early, but Grimes could do what LSU wide receivers coach Adam Henry did when he hit the Baton Rouge campus and that is raise the level of play of the talent on hand.
With the young players in place and the potential of one of the most lucrative recruiting classes ever at LSU in 2014 the Tigers look like a team that could play for all the college football marbles in 2015.