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January 8, 2014

Staff changes beginning

In recent years, LSU coach Les Miles has made staff changes following National Signing Day.

It seems that Miles is adjusting his time line this year. According to multiple sources, Greg Studrawa is out as Tigers offensive line coach. Reportedly, Studrawa informed the offensive linemen Wednesday morning.

There has been no comment from LSU officials on Studrawa's status.

Studrawa has been on Miles' staff since 2007 as the offensive line coach. During the 2011-12 seasons, Studrawa also had the responsibility of offensive coordinator. He was given that role just prior to the 2011 campaign when Steve Kragthorpe was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

After the Tigers advanced to the national championship game that season, Studrawa was named full-time offensive coordinator. The LSU offense struggled during the 2012 season, so Miles hired Cam Cameron as quarterbacks coach/coordinator for this past season.

A real possibility to replace Studrawa at LSU

Studrawa returned to simply being offensive line coach in 2013. Both tackle La'El Colins and guard Trai Turner were named second-team All-Southeastern Conference selections. The offensive line, which had just one player returning in the same position from a year ago, had an up-and-down season.

During Studrawa's time as coach, the Tigers had four first-team All-SEC offensive linemen - Herman Johnson in 2007-08, Ciron Black in 2009 and Will Blackwell and Alex Hurst in 2011. Joe Barksdale (2010) and Chris Faulk (2011) were second-team All-SEC choices along with Collins and Turner.

The offensive line has been one area which has failed to produce many NFL players during LSU's recent period of great success. Barksdale is the only current NFL former LSU offensive lineman, who played for Studrawa.

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