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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Tiger Tale: Josh Dworaczyk

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Leading up to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, we'll take a daily look at a key LSU player. We'll examine how he has done and what his challenges are for the Clemson game.

Josh Dworaczyk, LT, Senior

Josh Dworaczyk
Senior Josh Dworaczyk was a two-year starter at guard for LSU before bouncing around this season and ending up at left tackle.
Accomplishments: A sixth-year senior, Dworaczyk relinquished his old job, starting left guard, to become a utility reserve after missing last season with a knee injury. Eventually, that role turned into the starting left tackle job after Chris Faulk was lost for the season after one game with a knee injury. Dworaczyk was particularly solid in the second half of the season after missing games because of lingering effects of his injury. His leadership on the offensive line was a key reason why the Tigers' offensive line thrived down the stretch despite starting two freshmen and a sophomore.

Shortcomings: While a solid technician at any OL position, he's not the first-round draft "stud" Faulk was and what you might expect from an elite SEC team at his position. Dworaczyk more than holds his own, but it isn't because he overwhelms opponents with talent. A two-year starter at left guard prior to his injury, he might be a more natural fit inside.

Against Clemson: The Clemson defense gives up 411 yards a game so the chance for Dworaczyk and the offensive line to control the game appears to be there. He might have his hands full with Clemson's pass rush specialist, Vic Beasley, who has eight sacks and eight quarterback pressures on the season.