According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, LSU is the clear favorite in this game, as the Tigers are getting odds of -44.5 points against the Eagles. The sophomore from New Orleans has already piled up 631 yards and eight touchdowns rushing in only three games – and those totals represent only those runs which weren’t wiped out by teammates’ penalties. In recent years, the Heisman Trophy has become a QB award. After all, LSU was supposed to dominate Eastern Michigan from start to finish, and Fournette wouldn’t be needed once the eighth-ranked Tigers had a commanding lead.
Only one problem: being only in his sophomore season, Fournette isn’t eligible to make the leap to the pros until 2017.
The safety duo’s physicality against the run resembles the Tigers’ 2011 safety combination of Eric Reid and Brandon Taylor, both of whom tallied more than 70 tackles to rank among the top three on the team. A few wonder if it’s fair to basically force talented kids to play for a fraction of what their abilities could earn them in the NFL. A year ago at this time after four games, he had 25 punts for a 46.5 ypk, with 9 fair catches, 13 downed inside the 20 and 11 punts of 50 yards or more.
Like Mathieu, White has established himself as risky return man, recording two punt returns for touchdowns.
He responded by intercepting two passes in the third quarter to help South Carolina defeat Central Florida on Saturday.
But the point still stands: Syracuse played the country’s No. 8 team very tough with a fifth-stringer who was recruited only by FCS colleges out of high school.
Key’s classmate, Isaiah Washington, saw his first action of the season after missing the first three games with a hand injury he suffered in preseason camp. DT Quentin Thomas saw his first playing time of the season in the second quarter. White routinely refers to Toliver as a “vet”.
NOLA.com’s Randy Rosetta wrote a feature on Jones and discussed his long path to becoming a starter on LSU’s defense. And we plan to be great as well, but we’re not there yet.
Along with the presence of a talented and experienced secondary, the Tigers’ 2015 defense parallels another forte of the 2011 squad with its arsenal of weapons wreaking havoc in the backfield. That left him 18 yards short of surpassing LSU’s single-game record of 250 yards, set by Alley Broussard in 2004. On second and 10, an Eastern Michigan defender rushed Harris, who threw the ball as he was hit.
“He’s a team player, so if the coach wants him to come out 1 yard from a record, he’s fine with it, trust me”, Alexander said.
“I think they take for granted the snaps”, said Miles of the LSU wide receivers. Possibly. There’s no doubt running backs take the worst pounding in football and it all adds up over the course of a career.
Opinions among National Football League coaches and personnel staff would be split if LSU star running back Leonard Fournette were to sit out his junior season in 2016, but the prevailing reaction would not be favorable, according to NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.
Leonard Fournette’s rushing: Have you heard this Fournette fella is off to a decent start?