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LSU's offensive and defensive lines receive high praise in preseason top 10

Ethan Pocic (Source: WAFB) Ethan Pocic (Source: WAFB)
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LSU's offensive and defensive lines are both ranked in Bruce Feldman's Preseason Top 10. 

The Fox Sports college football analyst ranks the Tiger offensive line at No. 2, while ranking the defensive line at No. 7.

(2) LSU offensive line:
Ethan Pocic is a tall center at 6-6, 302 pounds. He's also an excellent one. He's strong, athletic and explosive. Better still, he's a gymrat. Left guard William Clapp is one of the best linemen in the SEC. He's just very solid. Right guard Josh Boutte may be the most physical O-lineman the Tigers have, according to Les Miles. He's a heavy-handed player and is a beast as a pulling guard. Maea Teuhema is a really athletic, fluid tackle at 6-4, 325-pound player who also can play guard and Toby Weathersby is physical sophomore from Texas battling for a spot at tackle along with Chidi Okeke, a nimble 6-6, 310-pound redshirt freshman from Nigeria. Also, remember the name Donovaughan Campbell, a 6-5, 350-pound freshman road-grader at guard that the staff is excited about.

(7) LSU defensive line:
Lanky Arden Key, a 6-6, 235-pounder wowed the Tigers' staff with his quickness last season as a true freshman, notching five sacks and a team-high nine QB hurries. He now becomes a "Buck" in new DC Dave Aranda's 3-4 scheme, and don't be surprised if his big-play numbers double in his sophomore season. The system transition will be interesting for a group that played very well late last season, ranking No. 17 in sacks per game as a defense. Devon Godchaux (six sacks) is a bit of a tweener, but he has a knack for making plays. DE Lewis Neal shined last season, making a team-best eight sacks. Neal is up to 280 pounds but pretty explosive as his 34-inch vertical jump attests. He also has extremely long arms, making him a headache for opposing offenses. Steady Christian LaCouture, who is 304 pounds, has some good strength to try and hold down the middle. He is a 465-pound bencher. However, for this defense to get really nasty the Tigers need a war daddy to emerge in the middle. Touted freshmen Rashad Lawrence and Ed Alexander have potential. Former blue-chip recruit Travonte Valentine, a 6-3, 340-pounder, will provide a huge boost if he gets cleared academically. 

Clemson got the No. 1 ranking for offensive lines followed by LSU and Alabama. The Tigers opening opponent, Wisconsin, is tied for No. 10 with Oklahoma.

Michigan got the top spot for defensive lines followed by Alabama, Missouri is ranked No. 4 and Texas A&M is No. 5 on the list.

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