Tigers' depth chart has few surprises

Updated: August 26, 2003, 1:52 PM ET

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Nick Saban released his depth chart, and perhaps the biggest surprise was fifth-year senior Bryce Wyatt listed as the starter at left defensive tackle.

Wyatt, who was a member of former LSU coach Gerry DiNardo's final recruiting class, came to LSU as a tight end but was switched to defensive end. He moved to defensive tackle at the start of fall camp and battled sophomore Kyle Williams for the started job throughout camp.

"It's been a long road," said Wyatt, who prepped at Barbe in Lake Charles. "I'm ready to contribute to the team. I practice hard every day. I wasn't skeptical about moving from end. It's the same technique but in a smaller space. It's all just D-line play." ^------<

INJURIES: Three players have been declared out for Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe: OL Terrell McGill (bruised kidney), WR Amp Hill (knee) and WR Craig Davis (elbow). LB Adrian Mayes has missed two practices with a strained quadriceps but is expected to be available. OL Steve Arflin missed Monday's practice with a bad back. ^------<

CHOICE SEATS: LSU is accepting applications for the new club seats in the West upper deck, which will be ready in time for the 2005 season. The Tiger Athletic Foundation is borrowing money to reconstruct the West upper deck and boost club seating from 807 to 3,255. Deadline for applications is Oct. 15. ^------<

LOUISIANA SATURDAY NIGHT: For the first time since 1949, LSU will play two Louisiana schools in a season. That season, LSU beat Southeastern Louisiana 48-7 and Tulane 21-0. LSU plays Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, then hosts Louisiana Tech on Nov. 1.

This will be the first football game between LSU and ULM, a member of the Sun Belt. LSU is 9-0 against the Sun Belt.

CLAYTON'S DOUBLE: Wide receiver Michael Clayton will continue to practice at safety this week in addition to receiver, but Saban doesn't know if he will play him both ways Saturday.

"We're getting him ready to play defense," Saban said, "but I haven't decided if he will play defense this week."

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