Starting right tackle Adrian Magee is expected to be out for the next two-to-three weeks, LSU coach Ed Orgeron announced at his press luncheon Tuesday.
Magee left Sunday’s 33-17 win over Miami in the first quarter after appearing to have his leg rolled up on in the first quarter. He was carted back to the locker room afterword but did return to stand on the sideline late in the game.
Badara Traore replaced Magee at right tackle and played the remainder of the game. He’ll now get a chance to prove he deserves the job while Magee is out of commission.
“Very well,” Orgeron said of Traore’s performance against Miami. “Solid. Made a couple mistakes, but you know what, there were a lot of mistakes made when we looked at the film.”
The coach continued: “I thought Badara stepped in and showed some maturity, showed some physicality. Obviously there’s some things he can get fixed that we need to get better at really quick.”
The gameplan was for both Traore and Magee to play, accord to quarterback Joe Burrow, after they battled for the starting job in practice all last week right up until kickoff.
“The plan was to play both of those guys the entire, and Badara has done a great job the entire camp,” Burrow said. “I thought he played really well on Sunday.”
OTHER PERSONNEL NOTES
– Tight end Thaddeus Moss is “questionable” to make his LSU debut against Southeastern, Orgeron said, but the coach was hopeful he’d be able to play.
– Safety Eric Monroe still isn’t ready to play, Orgeron said. He wasn’t dressed out for the Miami game.
LSU (JUMPS) IN THE POLLS
A lot was made of LSU checking in near the bottom of both major preseason polls when they came out last month.
The Tigers took a considerable leap in both coming off their decisive neutral-site victory over a consensus top-10 team in Miami.
LSU moved up a whopping 14 spots in the AP Poll and nine in the USA Torday Coaches Poll. Here’s our weekly tracker: (Note: as always, the previous week’s ranking is in parenthesis)
AP Poll | 11 (25)
USA Today Coaches Poll | 15 (24)
LSU is tweaking its practice schedule ahead of the home opener against Southeastern to account for it being a short week after playing on Sunday night.
Players were given Monday entirely off and LSU will hold its typical “Tell the Truth Monday” practice — a pad-less workout after a series of meetings spent watching film — on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s practice will be a combination of “Competition Tuesday” and “Turnover Wednesday” before LSU holds its normal pregame practices on Thursday and Friday.