Jarrett Lee (QB – Junior)
When Jarrett Lee tossed a pair of interceptions in Gainesville in 2008, No. 4 LSU was on the embarrassing end of a 51-21 blowout - and the first bricks in the house that Lee was trying to build began crumble.
Back in The Swamp two years later, Lee was smooth in every chance that offensive coordinator Gary Crowton allowed him. Coming off the bench for his first action in the second quarter, Lee led the Tigers on touchdown drives in both of his first half series.
Lee also steered the ship on two second-half scoring drives, including the game-winning touchdown on a pass to Terrance Toliver with six seconds left. Error free through the air, Lee finished 9-of-11 passing for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Last time out… vs. Tennessee: 16-of-23, 185 yards, 1 INT
Terrance Toliver (WR – Senior)
Terrance Toliver has had big games before, but even the senior admitted that this one goes down as his most important.
His six catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns led all receivers, and the late-game snag on the fade pass from Lee will be the one everyone remembers if LSU can make a run at Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference title game.
When Toliver couldn’t eclipse the three-catch mark in his first five games, the senior started to get vocal about his lack of production.
The response from his head coach: the best might be yet to come
From what Toliver showed Saturday night, Miles was right.
Last time out… vs. Tennessee: 3 receptions for 52 yards
Josh Jasper (K/P – Senior)
Jasper’s point totals this season: 4, 9, 17, 7, 4 and 9.
Jasper missed a chip shot in Atlanta on his first attempt of the season, and a month later the senior missed from beyond 50 yards as Tennessee pushed LSU to the edge in Tiger Stadium.
Outside of that, he’s been perfect.
In Saturday’s 33-29 win of the Gators, Jasper hit a 45-yarder to open the game and a 39-yarder as time expired before the half. Just as it appeared that he was lined up for the game-winning attempt, the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder took an over-the-shoulder toss – off the bounce – from holder/punter Derek Helton and sprinted five yards to move the chains on fourth down.
Last time out… vs. Tennessee: 1-of-2 FG, 1-1 EP
Drake Nevis (DT – Senior)
One of the storylines of the week leading up to Florida and LSU was whether or not center Mike Pouncey could remain consistent with snapping the ball out of the shotgun, and the Gators came out heavy under center because of it.
The one thing that could make the night worse: a workhorse at defensive tackle.
No different than the five games prior, Drake Nevis became just that. From his team-high 1.5 sacks to 4.5 tackles for a loss, Nevis lived in the Florida offensive backfield all night long.
Through six weeks, Nevis ranks 13th in the nation with 10.5 tackles for loss.
Last time out… vs. Tennessee: 5 total tackles
Kelvin Sheppard (MLB – Senior)
The leader on the defense led the team in tackles once again – the fifth time in six games that the senior has taken those honors.
In a week that Sheppard adamantly brushed away any negative press and called the team as confident as ever, the senior carried the defense with eight tackles - the biggest on a third-down sack that forced a punt late in the second quarter. Two plays later, Toliver was in the endzone to give the Tigers the 17-14 lead.
In a conference stacked with talent on the defensive side, there aren’t many better than No. 11.
Last time out… vs. Tennessee: 10 total tackles (7 solo), 1 TFL, 1 breakup, 1 sack.