Heading into a game that’ll likely be decided in the trenches, LSU may have to take on Mississippi State without one of its key starters along the defensive line.
Breiden Fehoko is “questionable” to play against the Bulldogs due to an undisclosed injury, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday at his post-practice press conference. Fehoko was absent from the media viewing portion of practice on Wednesday.
Fehoko has started all seven games for LSU this season as both a defensive end and a nose tackle. He has 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks to his credit to this point as a Tiger.
While Fehoko’s status is uncertain, LSU will have nose tackle Ed Alexander. Orgeron said he was “fine” physically and will be ready to go for Saturday’s game. Glen Logan, Neil Farrell and Justin Thomas could see additional snaps at defensive end if Fehoko can’t play or is limited.
“Glen had his best game on Saturday,” Orgeron said. “He’s going to have to play a lot of reps. Neil Farrell is going to have to play. Justin Thomas can play. Obviously Rashard Lawrence is there. We’re going to rotate them.”
HINES TO START
True freshman Chasen Hines will start at left guard, Orgeron said. Adrian Magee got the start at left guard against Georgia, but Hines came in after one drive and went the rest of the way.
“I think he’s doing well,” Orgeron said of Hines. “There’s a learning curb, obviously, being a freshman, but I think he’s athletic. He’s physical. He’s got a big task ahead of him. Jeffery Simmons is going to be in front of him.”
CLARITY ON MOSS
Orgeron commented on his call-in radio show Wednesday night that he didn’t think tight end Thaddeus Moss would play for LSU this season. Moss has missed the first seven games due to a “lingering” injury.
The coach clarified his comments and Moss’ status on Thursday: “We don’t know that … I don’t know if he’s going to be able to play. I don’t know if he’s going to be healthy. Obviously, if he’s healthy and able to play we’re going to play him.”