Here were some of the players' final thoughts on the Towson game and where LSU stands as a team followed by a few additional personnel tidbits.
DE Sam Montgomery
"Oh no, it's not surprising at all. When somebody's playing with that much heart and passion, anything can happen."
- On if he was surprised that Towson put up 22 points
"The overall pulse of the team is decreasing, but it's something that has to pick up as we go forth through the week. I think it's something that during the week I might have to tire myself out or we as leaders might have to go hard and go all out just to get everybody back on the right foot. It doesn't even matter really about being great or any of those things. All that matters is you play your heart out every play. We have to get back to that. That's something that Towson brought tonight, and it was a necessary reminder. It was a humbling lesson."
- On the current pulse of LSU's team
"I know that LSU has a lot of secret power to it when it wants to, but we have to learn how to play with that at all times and know how to use our weapons to our maximum ability. Even if that means for each individual player learning how to take this game like it's your last, that's what has to happen. We have to quit playing down to our opponent."
- On if this team thinks it can turn it off and on depending on the opponent
"No, it's all love out there. We try to pick those guys up. They're going to come through for us. Regardless of what happens, we've always got their back and we're always family."
- On if the defense needs to be supportive of the offense or give tough love
"My initial take on Florida is that Florida is a great team, a tough team. I'm definitely expecting a four-quarter fight until the end. Probably one of those games where it's just like going out to war, and you gotta be willing to die on the field."
- On the Florida game and his first take on it
WR Odell Beckham Jr.
"Yeah, definitely. As a receiver you've got to catch balls to get your confidence back. This was a good game to give me a lot of confidence, but you've got to move forward from here."
- On losing confidence during the Washington game and regaining it versus Towson
"It was a tough win today. In a way that punt return kinda just sparked everybody. I felt like somebody needed to step up and do something to get a little enthusiasm within our team. I felt like I needed to make that play."
- On the energy his 30-yard punt return provided in the second quarter
LB Kevin Minter
"We're so deep at linebacker. Those boys are real talented. They came in and did a good job, especially Kwon [Alexander] for his first time starting."
- On playing a lot of the freshmen with Luke Muncie out
"I could've helped him (Alexander) out more on a lot of stuff - couple of formations, things like that. It was really on me, but we're going to get it right ... He (Lamar Louis) played really well. I feel like I've got to do more for them to get them in better situations with some of the calls I could've made. They could've been on better sides of the ball. To be honest with you, all the mistakes they did make were on me."
- On adjusting to being more vocal with inexperienced players on the field
- LB Kwon Alexander acquitted himself very well in his first start, filling in for the ailing Luke Muncie on the strongside. Alexander finished the game with four tackles, a forced fumble (which was recovered by Tharold Simon) in the first half and a pass break-up ... Fellow frosh Lamar Louis saw a bunch of action beginning in the first quarter. The game seemed to be an audition of sorts for No. 23. Louis finished without a tackle, but Kevin Minter thought his was a positive performance ... Debo Jones continued to make the best of his opportunities as the next outside 'backer in. He registered two tackles and forced two QB hurries in a game. He has shown a knack for tracking down the football behind the line of scrimmage.
- Maybe lost in the shuffle of all the frustration surrounding the sloppy win over Towson was the whale of a game turned in by DE Lavar Edwards. The senior has really come into his own and, through five games, has been a more consistent performer at the position than KeKe Mingo (who I get the sense the coaches haven't completely let off his chain yet coming back from surgery this summer). Edwards posted seven tackles, second on the team, and 1.5 sacks. What's more: The man continues to show his versatility. Edwards frequently shows up at defensive tackle in LSU's three-man dime and Mustang front and also chases down kicks. Scary stuff when you think about the skill set it takes to do those two vastly different things.
- RB Spencer Ware didn't register a single carry in the second half Saturday night. He did start the game and carry eight times for 36 yards, fumbling once but recovering it himself. In fact his final play came late in the second quarter, when he picked up a first down on a six-yard gain the play before Zach Mettenberger hit Odell Beckham on a play-action touchdown in the back of the end zone. After that, no more Ware in the ballgame. The replay on television showed No. 11 favoring his shoulder a good bit after he intentionally seeked out a Towson safety and lowered the boom on him. No word yet on if he's injured moving forward, but it goes without saying LSU would lose a huge chunk of its physical nature in the backfield if both Copeland and Ware are out.
Final quotes, notes on Towson game
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