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Five players to know: Jacksonville State

Christian details five players to watch from Jacksonville State for the Gamecocks' 6:30 p.m. matchup against LSU in Tiger Stadium on Saturday.

Roc Thomas

Roc Thomas knows the SEC well.

Before enrolling to Jacksonville State in July, Thomas — a former Auburn running back — rushed for 475 yards, three touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 227 yards through two seasons with the Tigers.

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Kevin Spears

Spears may have the most familiarity with LSU of anyone in JSU's program. Spears, a Holy Cross alumnus from New Orleans, enrolled at Jacksonville State in the summer of 2016 after transferring from LSU. 

He saw spotty action in 12 games during his Tiger career — nine as a sophomore and three as a freshman — after his redshirt season at LSU in 2013.

On Monday, Miles said he maintained respect for Spears although his transferred.

"He's a talented guy and we wish him well," he said.

Eli Jenkins

"He's an All-American," Miles said.

Jenkins was named the Ohio Valley Conference's Offensive Preseason Player of the Year this season and is a preseason FBS All-American.

"He makes plays with his feet and his arm," Miles said. "For a career, he's got — he rushed for 2,900 yards and 30 touchdowns and thrown for 5,700 and 36 touchdowns."

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Desmond Owino

Owino, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound, is a senior captain for the Gamecock's defense and a Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference selection.

After only adding one tackle to JSU's defense last weekend, recorded six tackles against then-No. 6 Auburn last season and finished 2015 with 32 tackles.

Owino leads a defense Miles said LSU will not approach lightly.

"They had five sacks and nine tackles for loss in the opener," he said. "That's a good football team, you're going to have to play well."

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Ra'Shad Green

Green had three total tackles in the Gamecocks' season-opener.

But that's not why you should watch for Green.

Green was a four-year starter at East St. John High School, which is located roughly one hour from Tiger Stadium.

The Reserve, Louisiana, native saw action in 13 games last year as a redshirt junior, including 15 tackles and one interception.


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