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Tigers report: Strategy and personnel

Strategy and personnel · Inside slant · Notes, quotes

Arkansas State isn't a good team, but LSU needed to get on the right track with a solid performance, especially from the offense. The Tigers didn't win any championships on Saturday, but they took a step toward being a better team capable of winning at Auburn this week.

Chris Jackson kicked a 34-yard field goal, but he also missed two extra-points. "I think our specialists still are inconsistent," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "Chris Jackson is just a fantastic kicker, and I never see him kick a ball like that until we get in the game, and then it's a thrill a minute. I can't understand it." Saban indicated he might have to re-evaluate the kicking situation, and allowed Ryan Gaudet to attempt a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers played without two starters, WR-PR Skyler Green (ankle) and OG Will Arnold (knee). Without Green available the Tigers allowed starting CB Corey Webster to play WR, but Webster missed the second half with a minor knee injury. All three players are likely to play against Auburn. ... WR Lavelle Hawkins left the program last week, returned home to Stockton, Calif., and enrolled at City College of San Francisco.

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