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Hurst taken off LSU depth chart

10/17/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. -- If LSU offensive tackle Alex Hurst is to return to LSU any time soon, you wouldn't know it from the depth chart.

Hurst no longer appears on the depth chart released Tuesday by LSU. Freshman Vadal Alexander is listed at the starter at right tackle, and sophomore Elliott Porter, also the backup center, is listed as the second-team right tackle.

Sixth-year senior Josh Dworaczyk, who started at left tackle last week after Hurst left the team for undisclosed personal reasons, is listed as the starter at left tackle, backed up by junior Chris Davenport.

Hurst, a returning starter, had started LSU's first six games before missing the Florida game.

The depth chart does leave open the possibility that right guard Josh Williford could return from the head injury that sidelined him for the South Carolina game. Williford and Trai Turner, who started in his place against Florida, are listed as "either/or" on the depth chart.

Also notable is that Lamar Louis, a true freshman strongside linebacker who earned his first start against South Carolina, remains at the top of the depth chart ahead of junior Luke Muncie. Also, Anthony Johnson and Josh Downs are listed as either/or at defensive tackle. Downs has started the last two games and four of the seven this season, though Johnson remains the defensive line's leader in tackles.

Loston looking forward: LSU strong safety Craig Loston grew up a "Texas A&M guy," by his description and appeared headed to to play for the Aggies before having a change of heart late in the recruiting game.

At LSU, injuries have frustrated him but he finally has come into his own as a starter. In six games (he missed one because of injury), he has 19 tackles and picked up his second career interception, his first this season, on the last play of the Tigers' 23-21 win over South Carolina Saturday.

He said he has been to many games at Kyle Field and looks forward to returning.

"It'll be nice to go back and play in a stadium like that," he said.

Loston joins his cousin, second-team wide receiver Russell Shepard (Houston/Cypress Ridge) and Muncie (Klein/Oak) as Houston-area Tigers on the two-deep chart. The Dallas area is represented by starting cornerback Jalen Mills (DeSoto/DeSoto) and kickoff specialist James Hairston (Dallas/Jesuit) as Texas Tigers most likely to make a contribution Saturday. LSU has eight scholarship players, plus two walk-ons, from Texas on its roster.

Louisiana Aggies: Texas A&M doesn't recruit Louisiana in great volume, but it seems to make the most out of the Pelican State players it recruits.

There are nine Louisiana natives on the Aggies roster, and all nine are on the two-deep depth chart, including five starters: center Patrick Lewis (LaPlace/East St. John), tight end Michael Lamothe (New Iberia/New Iberia), defensive end Julien Obioha (New Orleans/Brother Martin), linebacker Jonathan Stewart (Shreveport/Byrd) and cornerback DeShazor Everett (DeRidder/DeRidder).

Stewart is the team's second leading tackler (43) while Everett has three passes broken up and an interception. Obiohoa has a pass defended and has broken up 10 passes. Lamothe, primarily a blocker, has one reception.

On the second team are defensive end Gavin Stansbury (Franklin/Franklin), defensive tackle Ivan Robinson (Longville/South Beauregard), and cornerbacks Tramain Jacobs (Covington, via Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) and Floyd Raven (Kenner/East St. John).

Texas A&M has ramped up recruiting in Louisiana. It has four commitments for the Class of 2013 from Louisiana, led by cornerback Noel Ellis of New Orleans/Karr and also including linebacker Darian Claiborne of Port Allen/Port Allen, linebacker Shaan Washington of Alexandria/Alexandria and linebacker Edward Williams of New Orleans/Warren Easton.