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Former center Ben Wilkerson thanks LSU for interview opportunity

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Ben Wilkerson (photo from 2007) Ben Wilkerson (photo from 2007)

Former LSU and NFL center Ben Wilkerson released a statement Friday on having the opportunity to interview for the offensive line coaching job for the Tigers.

"I would like to thank Coach Miles, Coach Cameron and Coach Wilson for the opportunity to interview and for giving me a chance to showcase my abilities in this coaching profession," he said. "Obviously, coaching and recruiting experience plays a major factor in decisions such as these. I understand the decision that was made. I wish nothing but the best for the entire LSU staff and players. The new offensive line coach will no doubt inherit a great staff to work with and an even greater group of linemen to develop. I want to thank my LSU family, friends and fans. Ever since my playing career ended I had been preparing for an opportunity to coach at my alma mater and I will continue to prepare and do the things necessary to be a part of the LSU football program again. God says that it is not for me to know the time or season. I have faith that one day my time will come. Live Purple, Love Gold, Forever LSU!"

Wilkerson is currently the offensive line coach at Grambling State University.

He was on the LSU team that won the BCS National Championship in 2003. He played for the Tigers from 2001 to 2004.

He played four seasons in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.

LSU hired Jeff Grimes of Virginia Tech as its offensive line earlier in the week. He coached at Auburn from 2009-2012.

Former offensive line coach Greg Studrawa left LSU to pursue new opportunities.

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