Nothing gets me more excited than counting down the last month before the beginning of college football. We are almost there, and as the hot days of July continue to turn, the dog days of August will lead us up to kick. Today, we’re back on the offensive side of the football and back to give the big boys up front some love. 50 in 50 continues with LSU offensive tackle Alex Hurst.
Alex Hurst, OT, LSU:
At 6’6″, 340 pounds, it’s no secret as to why Alex Hurst was first team All SEC in 2011. First of all, he helped pave the way for one of the best rushing attacks in the country last year. Secondly, he was one of only five players to start all 14 games for the Tigers. Hurst put up huge numbers for an offensive lineman, (yes folks, linemen get graded out). He competed in 811 snaps and had 71.5 knockdowns on the season. Hurst also played every single offensive snap in seven games. His 811 were second on the team behind Will Blackwell, who had 823.
In 2012, LSU will return four starters up front. Hurst, along with Chris Faulk, give the Tigers one of the best set of tackles in the entire country. What’s even better for Hurst and his counterparts is, LSU now has a quarterback they believe can actually go out and win games in Zac Mettenberger.
Although the entire college football world wants to see Mettenberger unleashed, coach Les Miles knows that to win ball games in the SEC, he is going to have to get behind this line and pound his stable of running backs for four quarters. Lucky for “The Madd Hatter, ” he has one heck of an offensive line to do it with.