That bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for LSU.
The Tigers were in need of a break after their 7-1 start to heal up a bit before Saturday’s top-five showdown with Alabama at Tiger Stadium. As a result, starting left guard Garrett Brumfield will be back in the lineup, according to LSU coach Ed Orgeron.
“He’s fine,” Orgeron said on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Wednesday. “Ready to go.”
Wednesday’s comments affirm what Orgeron said Monday, when he relayed that LSU trainer Jack Marucci felt Brumfield would be ready to play against the Crimson Tide. The senior backed that up by being a full participant at practice on Tuesday afternoon.
Brumfield has missed the past four games due to a knee injury suffered against Louisiana Tech. True freshman Chasen Hines took most of the reps at left guard during his absence, and he played well for the most part, but it will obviously be a plus for LSU to have its starting offensive line back at full strength.
Alabama leads the Southeastern Conference with 26 sacks to this point, which averages out to 3.25 per game. Since taking the full-time job at LSU, Orgeron has often harped on the importance of pass protection in these match-ups with Alabama.
“It all starts with protection,” Orgeron said. “You have to protect them, a lot of sacks. They’re very creative in their pass-rush. We have to get the ball out of Joe (Burrow’s) hands quick, but we have to be able to run the football.”