Saturday, October 6, 2012
Offensive lines have to be on point
By Edward Aschoff
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- If you didn't already know, line play is pretty important in the SEC.
Well, you're going to find out just how important it is today when Florida and LSU square off.
For the Gators, we've certainly seen an improved and more physical offensive line, but keep an eye on the left tackle spot. Xavier Nixon might be penciled in as the starter, but freshman D.J. Humphries could get a lot of time there today with the way Nixon has been playing. He's a talented youngster, but he'll have his hands full with Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo.
LSU also has its own issues at left tackle. Replacing the injured Chris Faulk hasn't been easy. Veteran Josh Dworaczyk didn't exactly get the job done when he was there, so look for Alex Hurt to get more time there. And the Gators are going to try and bring a ton of pressure his way.
If these left tackles struggle, it'll be a long day for both teams' quarterbacks.