Concussion ends career of LSU guard Josh Williford

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Josh Williford lies on the field after taking a blow to the head vs. Florida last season. (USATSI)
Josh Williford lies on the field after taking a blow to the head vs. Florida last season. (USATSI)
The long, succesful career of LSU offensive lineman Josh Williford has ended one season early, Les Miles confirmed Monday.

Miles referred to Williford as a "student coach" in his Monday remarks to media, per the Times-Picayune, adding that Williford "cannot continue" after his concussion earlier this month in practice, according to Gannett reporter Glenn Guilbeau.

Exiting spring camp, Williford had earned the Tigers' starting left guard job and appeared recovered from his previous concussion, suffered last Oct. 6 against Florida, that forced him to miss the final seven games of the 2012 season. But Williford absorbed a hit during LSU's August 8 practice that reportedly left him unconscious for five minutes.

The injury was immediately considered career-threatening, so Monday's news sadly won't come as a total shock to Miles or the LSU faithful. The Tigers are expected to move sophomore (and 2012 Freshman All-SEC) right tackle Vadal Alexander to Williford's vacant left guard spot, and promote 6-foot-6, 301-pound redshirt freshman Jerald Hawkins to the starting right tackle slot.

A Dothan, Ala. native, Williford started 19 games across three seasons in his LSU career, including nine during the Tigers' undefeated run to the 2011 SEC championship.

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