Honestly, if there's one team that can handle losing key players, it's LSU. Anyone remember the start of the 2011 season?
Yesterday, the word was that highly-touted LSU left tackle Chris Faulk might miss a few games with a knee injury. Today, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Faulk “is likely done for the 2012 season with a major knee injury that will require surgery and long-term rehabilitation.”
As noted by Les Miles when he first tipped the media to Faulk’s practice injury, LSU does have a number of options moving forward. But losing a 6-6, 323-pound blind side-protecting behemoth is still a blow. New Orleans-based NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier told The Times-Picayune: “Chris Faulk is the best left tackle in the SEC, no question about it.”
Oh, how things have changed in the last month. LSU was once favored to win the SEC West (and the SEC in general) over Alabama. Then Heisman-candidate Tyrann Mathieu was booted for the season due to failed drug tests. The Crimson Tide then wowed America with a 41-14 rout of then-#8 Michigan. And now the Tigers have lost one of the best offensive linemen in the SEC, maybe the best.
Miles did a masterful job of coaching around and through turmoil last season. Looks like he’s going to have to outwit adversity again in 2012.