THIS WEEK'S GAME: Mississippi State at LSU, Sept. 25 -- The Tigers need to ignore the fact that Mississippi State lost to Division I-AA Maine last week and focus on improving in every area and preparing for a tough two-week stretch with road games at Georgia and Florida.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QBs Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell -- Whether it's one, the other or both, the Tigers need more consistent productivity out of the quarterback position. "JaMarcus did some good things in there, and Marcus Randall did some good things as well," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "So I feel like both those guys can improve. We'll re-evaluate that every week and see how it's affecting us and what we need to do."
WR Dwayne Bowe -- LSU is looking for offensive players with the loss of last year's starting receivers, Michael Clayton and Devery Henderson, to the NFL. So far Bowe has emerged as the Tigers' best target, catching at least one TD pass in all three games this season. Bowe also leads the Tigers in receptions with 10 for 185 yards and 4 TDs.
The quarterback position remains more of a quandary than a controversy at LSU, with even coach Nick Saban unsure of what to do about senior Marcus Randall and redshirt freshman JaMarcus Russell, simply because neither has won the job with his performance. "Somebody's got to take the bull by the horns at this position and get the kind of execution that we need," Saban said. Saban said he will continue to look at his rotation plan, but the quarterback with the hottest hand is likely to stay on the field. "I think if one guy's really playing well, we should definitely leave him in the game," Saban said. ...
Center Ben Wilkerson, the key player on LSU's line, sat out Monday's practice with a patella tendon strain but should be back for the Mississippi State game. DBs Travis Daniels, Jessie Daniels and Corey Webster, TB Alley Broussard, DE Marcus Spears and WR/KR Skyler Green are all trying to play through injuries and are expected to play Saturday. The Tigers are eager to get Green back on the field after he played a limited role against Auburn due to the continuing impact of an ankle injury.
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