But with that, came some unduly criticism.
"In the 2003 Cinderella season, I walked into a great opportunity and did things well," said Vincent. "Then things did not go my way early in 2004. But, people are always going to talk."
Saturday night's win against Appalachian St also had people talking. But for the first time in recent memory, the talk was complimentary of Vincent.
He rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries and scored a one yard touchdown on the first drive of the second quarter to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 11:56 to go in the first half. That touchdown marked the second of the season for Vincent and his 14th on his career. Besides the touchdown, Vincent also carried the load of the offense on that drive, tallying carries of 26 and 20 yards.
"I just wanted to show my teammates and coaches that when you put me in, you don't have to worry about anything," said Vincent. "I will get in there and handle business."
Saturday night was also special because Vincent said that he is glad to contribute and glad to get into the end zone again.
"It felt good," said Vincent. "I haven't been there in a while."
Vincent led the way while Joseph Addai sat out most of the game. He was featured in the first two LSU drives and had 15 yards rushing on three carries. Coach Miles said that it was a precautionary measure to keep Addai on the sidelines.
"Addai is a little nicked," said Miles. "We really could have played him but decided not to. We wanted to rest him."
Miles also said that even with Addai out he did not feel there was any loss of ability.
"We still run the same plays even with the other backs."
Miles said he liked what he saw in Vincent.
"Justin Vincent ran hard tonight," said Miles.
Others agree and say that Vincent has overcome some things that plagued him early in the year and is getting back to his capability.
I think that he has been there for us and been a good player," said Andrew Whitworth. "He had a few miscues early in the year and now has gotten the chance to get in there and establish himself."
Vincent owes these opportunities,
in part, to the schedule shakeup that was implemented because of Hurricane
"Appalachian St was a good team. It gave everybody a chance, not just me, to get some more work in and work on some things for next week." said Vincent. "They were a good warmup for next week with some good guys on defense."
There is a trend in Vincent's stats
from the year. Against the lesser opponents he rushes well. He chalked up 31
yards on nine carries against
But, the more alarming fact is the
trouble he has had against top SEC teams. Five yards rushing against
Miles has also noticed the pattern.
"But we still need him to step up and be a guy we can turn to in the absence of Addai."
This week against
"I never lost confidence," said Vincent. "It was just a matter of time until I got the opportunity to show I got it back."