UF'S OPPONENT THIS WEEK


Published: Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
LOUISIANA STATE TIGERS
Last year
  • LSU went 11-2, including a 7-1 mark in the SEC. The Tigers won the Western Division but lost to Georgia, 34-14, in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. The Tigers then returned to the Georgia Dome four weeks later to demolish Miami, 40-3, in the Peach Bowl.

    Last week

  • JaMarcus Russell threw for a career-high 330 yards and matched a school record with 14 consecutive completions in LSU's 48-17 win over visiting Mississippi State.
    Tradition
  • The Tigers have one of the richest traditions in the SEC. The Tigers have won two national titles (1958, 2003) and have won nine SEC titles, including two this decade.
    LSU's top five
  • 1. Billy Cannon (HB, 1957-59) - Cannon won the 1959 Heisman Trophy and also was a two-time All-American. Cannon's versatility is best remembered in a 1959 game against Ole Miss when he returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown then stuffed Warren Rabb at the goal line on fourth down to preserve a 7-3 win.
  • 2. Kevin Faulk (HB, 1995-98) - Is LSU's all-time leading rusher and was a three-time All-SEC choice. Faulk's 246 yards rushing against Houston in the 1996 season opener set a school record.
  • 3. Josh Reed (WR, 1999-01) - Re-wrote both the LSU and SEC record books in 2001, when he caught a school-record 94 passes for an SEC-record 1,740 yards on his way to becoming an All-American and Biletnikoff Award winner.
  • 4. Wendell Davis (WR, 1984-87) - Ranks second in LSU history (behind Reed) and sixth in SEC history in career receiving yards with 2,708. Two-time All-American who ranks in the top 10 in SEC history in single-season receiving yards (1,244), single-season receptions (80) and career receptions (183).
  • 5. Marcus Spears (DE, 2001-2004) - One of the most dominating defensive linemen in LSU history. His 20-yard interception return for a touchdown turned out to be the winning score in LSU's 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the 2003 national championship game.

    Recruiting rank in 2006

  • Ranked No. 7 nationally according to Rivals.com. The Tigers have already gotten excellent production from running back Charles Scott, of Jonesboro, La. Scott leads the Tigers with 214 rushing yards and an SEC-leading five rushing touchdowns.
    How LSU can win
  • For the Tigers, it's all about defense. Coordinator Bo Pelini has developed one of the more aggressive and suffocating defenses in America. LSU leads the SEC in total defense, giving up just 193.4 yards per game. The Tigers also lead the SEC with 19 sacks and nine interceptions. The Tigers will look to slow Florida's offense by sending multiple blitz packages at Chris Leak. The Tigers and quarterback JaMarcus Russell, meanwhile, must eliminate the turnovers that nearly cost them last year's game in Baton Rouge.
    Worry about this guy
  • Sophomore defensive end Tyson Jackson. An All-SEC freshman last year, Jackson is in the midst of a break-out season. The 6-foot-5, 281-pounder leads the SEC with 5 sacks in just four games.
    Coachspeak
  • "(Our receivers) are our big playmakers in this offense. Certainly, for us to have a big day on offense, those three guys (Dwayne Bowe, Craig Davis, Early Doucet) have to come to play and play fast. The way those guys are approaching practice and the games is really good. They are working hard. They understand the gameplan. They are comfortable with the plays that are called. They have improved this year. All three of those guys have improved and for that matter, (Brandon) LaFell. Those three are very good receivers and a very strong receiving core." - LSU coach Les Miles.
    -Brandon Zimmerman
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