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Tigers shifting positions at camp

8/14/2012

Les Miles hinted more than a week ago that offensive guard Josh Dworaczyk might become a utility offensive lineman.

That has become a reality at camp as Dworaczyk has taken snaps at first-team right tackle at recent practices.

The senior is not alone in recent position change developments as LSU moved to the late stages of August camp. Perhaps motivated by the dismissal of Tyrann Mathieu, LSU has moved freshman wide receiver Kavahra Holmes to cornerback in an effort to add depth to a position that has lost five underclassmen off last year's roster. And to add depth to the receivers, LSU is cross training running back Terrence Magee at wide receiver.

Miles compared the move of Holmes, a true freshman from Breaux Bridge, La., to cornerback with the move of Morris Claiborne from receiver to cornerback in his true freshman season. Claiborne eventually became a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 draft.

"I think he'll do fine," Miles said.

Holmes' loss at receiver will be at least partially offset by the addition of Magee, a sophomore who played sparingly in a freshman season where he had 55 yards on just seven carries.

"He's got good ball skills," Miles said of Magee, a prep quarterback at Franklinton, La. "He'll get snaps at both."

As for Dworaczyk, it appears that his tinkering at right tackle, where senior Alex Hurst returns as a starter, will mark the end of his long consecutive start streak.

Before a knee injury sidelined him for the season last August, Dworaczyk started 26 consecutive games at left guard. Will Blackwell started there last season, then sophomore La'el Collins moved to the starting spot there in the spring as Dworaczyk slowly returned from the injury.

"It was something I talked about on my first day coming back at the start of camp," Dworaczyk said Saturday after LSU's first scrimmage. "I was ready to play any position they asked me to be in. Moving outside for tackle -- I've even been snapping the ball at center -- I'm embracing that and right now I'm having fun out there, getting to see a lot more speed. [Barkevious] Mingo's out there [lined up over Dworaczyk at defensive end] so we had a little action today and it was fun."

Dworaczyk said he expects to be able to back up any spot on the offensive line, although he said sophomore Elliott Porter has impressed at center and would likely get the first chance behind starter P.J. Lonergan.

Scrimmage: LSU scrimmaged for 52 plays at the end of Tuesday's practice. Miles said safety Eric Reid, defensive end Sam Montgomery, second-team quarterback Stephen Rivers and running backs Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue stood out in the brief scrimmage.

LSU's next full-scale scrimmage will be Thursday afternoon.