Provided sophomore defensive tackle Justin Smith does return next week, defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix envisions a starting-over process for the suburban Atlanta native.
“It will actually be a starting over process for him, not from a mental standpoint, because he knows what we’re doing. It will be from a fundamental standpoint. You miss so many things in fall camp when you’re injured early It starts back with the little things … the stance, hand placement, just reading keys. All in all, his physical nature, his body, he’s a guy that can help us,” Nix said.
Smith (6-4, 280) appeared in 12 games last year and finished with six tackles. Before the season Nix predicted an All-SEC freshman selection for Smith, the son of former LSU All-American offensive lineman Lance Smith.
When Smith broke his foot in August he was running third team at tackle.
There’s a lot of football to be played, and you can never have enough depth. The top four tackles are all being productive right now.
If Smith were to redshirt he would likely move into the rotation next year after LaMark Armour leaves, and then possibly be a two year starter.
I’m sure that’s a thought being considered by the player and the coaches.