With the Alabama game in the rearview mirror, sophomore receiver Jarvis Landry has had a chance to reflect on his performance in the Tigers' loss to the Crimson Tide and on the first nine games of the season.
The 6-1 195-pound former Lutcher (LA) High School standout understands that the issues with the team's lack of offense leading up to the Alabama matchup were fixable. Landry, who is second on the team with 292 yards receiving and two touchdowns, feels as thought the Tigers have corrected those issues and are ready to move on.
"We had some dropped balls earlier in the season, myself included," said Landry. "There were just some little things that we had to correct, so it was really nothing overwhelming and we took care of it. When we got an opportunity last week we took advantage of it."
Landry had high praise for the game plan that was installed for the Alabama game. He said the Tigers knew exactly what the Crimson Tide would be looking to do, and how they should attack it.
"I think we just knew what they were going to do by trying to stack the box," explained Landry. "We knew we had to spread them out and quick-game them and just be as efficient as possible. That gives Zach [Mettenberer] a rhythm and allows him to spread the ball around so guys can make big plays."
Perhaps the most memorable play of last weekend for Landry was the 14-yard touchdown pass he caught from Mettenberger early in the fourth quarter. While it was a great play, Landry, who led the team with eight receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown, felt as though the defender had no chance of stopping the touchdown from being scored.
"I'll say that the way Zach threw the ball was nice," said Landry. "I feel like I had the defender beat over the top but it was a perfectly placed ball on the back shoulder. There was nothing the defender would have been able to do even if we threw it over the top there. He didn't have a chance to knock my arms down or anything. That play was something that we worked on all week in practice and we hadn't been able to execute it until this weekend. I place the blame for that solely on myself."
The manner in which the Tigers lost on Saturday night usually brings about a lot of second-guessing, but not for Landry. While he explained that it was the toughest loss he has had to handle in his playing career, he also realizes that if he doesn't move on that it could negatively affect the rest of the season.
"I guess you could say that it was the toughest loss of my career," said Landry. "But it makes no sense to dwell on it now. The 24-hour rule is in effect and we have to get over a loss or it will affect us the next week. It's all about staying optimistic because we have a lot at stake still. We can't let a loss affect how we take care of business in the following weeks."
After pouring so much emotion not only into the game on Saturday, but also into all of the preparation that led up to the clash between the Tigers and Crimson Tide, one would expect potential for an emotional letdown this week against Mississippi State.
Landry doesn't feel that this will be a problem because the Tigers understand that they still have a lot to play for.
"Emotionally, I don't think we will have a problem regaining that fire that we had last week," explained Landry. "We try to be optimistic about it and look at the bright side of things. We still have a chance to get a BCS bid, and maybe we won't but we just have to continue to control the things that we can control and that starts with winning out. We just have to show the voters what we are made of. We also have to believe in the system that we are in, regardless of if we win or lose."
Landry believes that if the Tigers execute on offense against Mississippi State like they did against Alabama, then the rest will take care of itself.
Landry moving on
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