Tiger fans received some good news on the LSU injury report as starting right guard Trai Turner and starting defensive tackle Anthony Johnson will be good to go when the No. 6 Tigers travel to Georgia to take on the No. 9 Bulldogs on Saturday.
Turner had to leave the win over Auburn after his right ankle was stepped on. The run game still flourished despite his absence, but his addition to the LSU line will be a welcome sight against a Georgia defense who limited North Texas to seven rushing yards in their Week 4 win.
However, In Georgia’s other two games, however vs. South Carolina and at Clemson, the Georgia rush defense gave up 226 and 224 yards, respectively. In those games South Carolina’s Mike Davis ran for 149 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown and Clemson’s Roderick McDowell had 132 yards on 22 carries, so Jeremy Hill should have another big game after earning SEC player of the week honors vs. Auburn.
Johnson has what Les Miles termed as a bruise on his left leg and will need “The Freak” to have one of his best games of the season vs. the Georgia run game featuring arguably the nation’s top running back Todd Gurley. Not to be outdone his top reserve, Keith Marshall, is awfully talented as well and Mark Richt likely will try to set the tone early with this duo.
Johnson has been overshadowed a bit in the first month of the season by his fellow tackle Ego Ferguson, but there is a reason Mel Kiper has Johnson at No. 21 on his big board for NFL draft prospects. For LSU to beat Georgia they needed a healthy Johnson in the middle of the defensive line to try to contain Gurley, and now there are no doubts about his availability. It would take nothing short of amputation to keep Johnson off the field.