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New LSU offensive line coach James Cregg appeared on ESPN 104.5 FM’s Off The Bench Thursday morning and said that true freshman Cole Smith is competing for the starting center spot on LSU's offensive line.

Cregg said Smith and Lloyd Cushenberry are battling to replace former LSU center Will Clapp who is headed to the NFL Draft. Per The Advocate:
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“Right now, going into spring, I look at Lloyd Cushenberry and Cole (Smith) battling,” Cregg said during an interview Thursday on ESPN 104.5 FM’s Off The Bench. “A true freshman playing center in college at a major top 5 institution, it could happen, but it could take a lot of reps. I like to see those two guys compete.”

Smith, a 6-4, 280-pound Mississippi native, signed with LSU as the eighth-ranked center prospect in the 2018 class. Cushenberry served as an immediate backup last season as a redshirt freshman, seeing some spot duty at guard and center.
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SamuelClemens72 months
Wow, another season with green OL
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Vernonbrew2272 months
Clap killed us with his early departure
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KosmoCramer72 months
Having a true freshman starting OL shows a severe lack of depth. It's not a good thing.
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LSU Patrick72 months
Kid was the top OC prospect in the class.
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KosmoCramer72 months
According to what ranking? He's a 3 star on the 247 composite.
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voodooidotwo72 months
We had 3 start last year and were pretty damn good.
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Malaysian Tiger72 months
Remember Mike Gambrell started at Center as a Freshman at LSU!
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Hangit72 months
I think Ben Wilkerson started the final 9 games his freshman year also.
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Hot Carl72 months
The thing that stands out most to me is Charles’s shoulder surgery. That ain’t cool.
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voodooidotwo72 months
So 4 of 5 starters could be sophomores or freshmen? Imagine what this line will look like in 2 years! Les miles could run behind that line and get 1000 yards and 10 tds
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olgoi khorkhoi72 months
In 2 years all of the current sophomores and rs Fr will have just declared early regardless of their draft potential.
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coachw72 months
Now that goofy Grimes has moved on, we finally have a chance to have an outstanding offensive line.
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SoFresh72 months
Smith dominated the All-American game he played in (can't remember which one). Very underrated coming out, imo. He is an exciting prospect with a mean streak.
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PapaCrawfish72 months
Coach Oeaux gonna have em' eating a mess of mudbugs to get those muscles ready for August!
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Barbellthor72 months
Freshmen legitimately pushing to start? I am absolutely salivating. We should have the protection and receiving core for a talented QB to shine. No excuses!!
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SoFresh72 months
Agree. No excuses not to have a competent passing game this season.
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TNTigerman72 months
Isn't he a little on the small side? 280? Where does he need to be weight-wise?
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airfernando72 months
no. Centers are usually in that range.
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BlackTiger8972 months
He'll be done pack on 20lbs easily with a college workout program by sept.
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Load Toad72 months
Lines on both sides will be strong point of the team.
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NWLA Tiguh1272 months
D-line yes. O-line no.
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BigTimer2372 months
Which players on the o-line are you worried about exactly?
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