Going into the 2021 season, many knew that the offensive line was going to be a weakness. They lost Dare Rosenthal to Kentucky through the transfer portal. Essentially returning the entire group from last year, a unit that struggled.
Head coach Ed Orgeron fired offensive line coach James Cregg due to breaking NCAA rules and poor performance. The team went with Arkansas offensive line coach Brad Davis. Since 2017, he has coached at four different SEC schools including LSU. Hard to build any consistency with that sort of movement.
It remains to be seen if he will return to the LSU staff in 2022. Whoever is running that group will have plenty of work to do, as the offensive line is a noticeable weakness. They looked much better against Kentucky and Florida, specifically in the run game. Against Ole Miss, it looked like the re-run we have seen all year.
It is time to change the channel, we lay out the candidates to start next year.
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Cam Wire, Redshirt Junior
Wire was the expected starter in 2021 but injuries and inconsistency have slowed down his progression. Wire should be in contention at left tackle once again.
Anthony Bradford, Redshirt Sophomore
Bradford has seen time at left tackle this year. In six games he has 212 snaps at left tackle. Along with Wire, Bradford should be in a fight for the position.
Will Campbell, Incoming Freshman
One of the top players expected to sign with LSU is five-star offensive tackle, Will Campbell. He is likely viewed as a day one starter.
Other names to consider is redshirt freshman Xavier Hill and freshman Garrett Dellinger.
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Ed Ingram is a senior this season and won’t be back in 2021. The team will need to find a starter to replace the experienced veteran.
Marlon Martinez, Sophomore
Martinez is one of the players that has been worked into the rotation at offensive guard. While he has seen far more action at right guard than left, he should be in line for an opportunity in the offseason to get a shot at left guard.
Anthony Bradford, Redshirt Sophomore
Due to the sheer size of Bradford and the fact he has seen some action inside, you have to consider him in this role.
Another name to consider is incoming freshman, Emery Jones.
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Liam Shanahan will be moving on after the season, so this is likely the most important position battle through the offseason.
Charles Turner, Redshirt Sophomore
Turner was a member of that National Championship team and has plenty of experience in different roles. He might fit best on the interior, specifically at center.
Xavier Hill, Redshirt Freshman
Hill, much like Turner has played outside at tackle. He could be in lined to play inside at center.
Trent Holler, Transfer Portal Candidate
One name to watch as the new coach looks to build this team could be Trent Holler, who is in the transfer portal. He was dismissed from East Carolina after violation of team rules, which would require research but he was expected to be the starter at center.
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The right guard situation is similar to left guard with Chasen Hines exiting after the season. Both Marlon Martinez and Anthony Bradford have seen snaps at right guard.
An outside candidate might come from the portal.
Kayden Lyles, Transfer Portal Candidate
Lyles announced his intention to transfer on Monday. Could he find a home in Baton Rouge? He would be a name to consider. Lyles played 34 games for the Badgers, he also can play at center.
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Austin Deculus will finish out his career and it time for LSU to find their next right tackle. Given that the starting quarterback is a lefty, this makes the right tackle your blindside protector.
It would make sense to put Will Campbell here if Wire or Bradford win the job in camp.
Marcus Dumervil, Redshirt Freshman
The redshirt freshman has seen limited action this season in three games. Much like the rest of the offensive line, he has played multiple spots which gives the next head coach some flexibility.
Simi Moala, Transfer Portal Candidate
Moala announced this week that he would be leaving Utah and entering his name in the transfer portal. He has starting experience at right tackle for the Utes over the last two seasons but has seen limited time since early in the season.