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LSU G Dworaczyk injures knee, out for 'some time'

Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:40 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 12:42 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Just when you'd think things couldn't get any worse for LSU, they get worse.

Les Miles announced Monday night that starting senior guard Josh Dworaczyk has reaggravated a lingering knee injury from the 2010 season and will undergo surgery. Though the injury is not believed to be season-ending, Dworaczyk will miss the majority of the 2011 campaign.

"We'll lose him for some time," Miles said.

If there's any silver lining to Dworaczyk's absence, it's that the Tigers have at least one quality replacement and probably two. Miles said that Dworaczyk's spot would be filled by either senior T-Bob Hebert or true freshman La'el Collins--or, more likely, a combination of both. While Hebert is a veteran performer who's started 18 games the prior two seasons at both center and guard, Collins is a five-star recruit who's impressed throughout camp and whose potential Miles has done little to hide his enthusiasm for.

"I think you look at T-Bob, but I think a guy like La’el Collins has the ability," Miles said. "And we don’t want to slow him up. We want to get him to the field quickly."

Nonetheless, there seems little question that going from Dworaczyk to either replacement will be a step down of some degree. The senior's absence from Saturday's opener against Oregon will snap a streak of 23 consecutive starts at left guard, and though snubbed by the official SEC coaches and media preseason all-conference teams, Dworaczyk was named to guru Phil Steele's All-SEC second-team and various other lists of the league's best linemen.

That loss may be made all the worse by the other issues surrounding the Tiger offense. With both Jordan Jefferson and Russell Shepard suspended, LSU may have to rely even more heavily on their run game than expected--a run game a seasoned, talented guard like Dworaczyk would have helped immensely.

With Hebert and Collins around, it's doubtful Dworaczyk's injury will be a make-or-break issue for the Tigers. But the events of the past month means Miles no doubt would like all hands on deck, and now Dworaczyk represents one very polished, very steady set of hands that won't be.

Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:07 pm
 

LSU G Dworaczyk injures knee, out for 'some time'

"LSUSMC

I wouldn’t get to over confident. The Ducks are for real. I hate to see any player get injured I wish the best for Dworaczyk."

I am not over-confident at all.  As a matter of fact, I am not even confident in a victory.  These are two very good teams playing the first week of the season, so who knows what will happen.  I was not very confident before, and that holds true now.  I think we can win, but I know that we could also lose.  Kickoff in four days and four hours.  Sweet!




Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 3:44 pm
 

LSU G Dworaczyk injures knee, out for 'some time'

LSUSNC

I wouldn’t get to over confident. The Ducks are for real. I hate to see any player get injured I wish the best for Dworaczyk.




Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:59 pm
 

LSU G Dworaczyk injures knee, out for 'some time'

I hate this for Josh, but get well soon.



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:39 pm
 

LSU G Dworaczyk injures knee, out for 'some time'

I hate it for the young man.



Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:32 pm
 

LSU G Dworaczyk injures knee, out for 'some time'

losing a starting lineman is bigger to me than the loss of Jefferson or Shepard.

but he really hasn't played many snaps all fall and most of spring

Hebert and others have plenty of snaps

Collins was moved to guard almost immediately upon starting fall camp

Miles KNEW it was likely to fall this way.

Collins was a man child in HS

nobody in the local area could get past him.

even in the allstar games after the season he played against some of the nations best HS defensive lineman and did very well.

no doubt a seasoned veteran will have an advantage but might as well break him in

BTW- Hebert started on right side most of last year and graded out better than every other lineman

But I think his size is his biggest issue

Oregon is a lighter D so he should have no excuse.



Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:58 pm
 

LSU G Dworaczyk injures knee, out for 'some time'

i really think defense will be pretty tough,,and hopefully give offense decent field position,,therefore not having to
go as far for points will be a premium




Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:28 pm
 

LSU G Dworaczyk injures knee, out for 'some time'

And 75% of all statistics are made up....Our offense was not going to be the big game changer anyway.



Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:20 pm
 

LSU G Dworaczyk injures knee, out for 'some time'

agree with you LSUSMC 100%..wife and i went to a&m/lsu game,,we live in north dallas,,have to run the ball,and keep Lee
out of 3d & long situations




Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:00 pm
 

LSU G Dworaczyk injures knee, out for 'some time'

More great news for LSU.  We will now be missing over 25% of our starting offense for the Oregon game.  I do think that we have people to plug in at guard, so we should be OK there.  We will lose a little depth, but still not lose a lot.  Losing Shepard will hurt a little at WR, but he has not yet lived up to his potential, so it may be good to see what others can do while he is out.  We do lose some flexibility with Jefferson out, but I prefer RB's running the ball anyway instead of QB's, and we all know Jefferson was suspect at best when it comes to the passing game.  I am no more or less confident with this game against Oregon, even with all the people out, than I was before.  I am ready for whatever. 


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