What happens on the O-line is you get guys that can help you 2-3 years on the back end -- in other words, after redshirting and maybe riding serious pine as a freshman -- more than any other position.
You get projects. and you have far fewer guys ready to play right away the way Vadal Alexander came pretty much ready.
What LSU does is more typical in my experience. You have eight guys you are happy with to start the season. Each week, you get guys ready to back up certain positions that particular week. But if there's a long-term injury, you reshuffle to get your best five on the field.
Trai Turner wasn't mentioned much before the season, but they needed to get him ready because when Dworaczyk moved to tackle, they needed another guard to come in behind Collins and Williford. To me, if a guard goes down during the Towsend game, Turner plays. But if that guard is still out at Florida, I don't expect Turner to start. I'd expect a reshuffle that probably moves Dworaczyk back inside and Alexander at tackle because Alexander, not Turner, was in their original top eight.
I just think they left Collins at guard because he hasn't 100 percent grasped that position yet, so it would be tough to get him even further behind the learning curve by moving him. Notice with young players, they stick at one position while older players moved around. When Collins went down, Williford moved over to his spot and Turner moved to right guard because that's where he practices.
This post was edited on 9/27 at 2:07 am