LSU Football: How the Tigers Will Withstand the Loss of OT Chris Faulk

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterSeptember 7, 2012

LSU OT Chris Faulk (right)
LSU OT Chris Faulk (right)Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

It's only one week into the season, and LSU is already fighting the injury bug.

Chris Faulk, the Tigers' starting left tackle and a second-team All-SEC selection by the conference's coaches, will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, according to Randy Rosetta of The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune.

Faulk's injury occurred in Wednesday's practice.

The junior started 13 games last season and two as a redshirt freshman in 2010 and was being counted on as one of the key pieces to that veteran offensive line in front of quarterback Zach Mettenberger and running backs Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue.

So where does LSU go from here?

The Tigers do have depth along the offensive line, particularly in the form of sixth-year senior Josh Dworaczyk. Dworaczyk missed all of last season but started at guard in 2009 and 2010.

"He plays center, guard or tackle and plays them very well," Miles told Glenn Guilbeau of The (Alexandria, La.) Town Talk. "So we would expect that if he is the point at the left tackle that he'll do very well."

Miles is also considering moving La'El Collins—who beat Dworaczyk out at guard—over to tackle or shifting right tackle Alex Hurst over to the left side.

Normally, the loss of your starting left tackle would be devastating to any team. But in LSU's case, it's not the end of the world.

Part of the reason LSU is viewed as a legit national-title threat is the continuity and depth that it has been able to develop along the offensive line. While that continuity took a hit with the loss of Faulk, having that depth will benefit the Tigers.