EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first installment of a series of profiles on the key contributors for LSU's 2006 campaign.
A two-time 5-A All-State selection, Broussard compiled 2,252 yards and 25 touchdowns his junior year, following it with a senior season total of 1,910 yards and 27 scores, with over 700 yards in three playoff games, earning him a place on two All-American teams.
As a true freshman in 2003,
Broussard ran for 389 yards and four touchdowns, including a 108 yard breakout
The next year, Broussard exploded onto the scene as LSU's top rusher, earning the job over 2003 Sugar Bowl MVP Vincent. During his sophomore campaign, he led the Tiger ground game with 867 yards and 10 touchdowns, all the while receiving fewer carries due to the team's abundance of talent at running back. The Tigers troops totaled 2,326 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground that year.
Broussard also set a school
single-game record in 2004 by rushing for 250 yards and three touchdowns against
Ole Miss. His season total of 10 rushing touchdowns was second only to
Going into the 2005 season, Broussard was expected to be one of the nation's premiere running backs, with some thinking he could be one of the top running backs selected in the 2006 NFL draft following a successful junior year. A preseason knee injury sidelined him for the year, however, as he was redshirted during the season to return as a junior in 2006.
In his absence, the Tigers were led
by the more than qualified Addai, who ran for 911 yards and nine touchdowns and
was the first-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts.
With Broussard back in the uniform and at full-strength, combined with senior Justin Vincent, junior Jacob Hester, and the true freshman trio of Keiland Williams, Charles Scott and Richard Murphy, the Tigers will once again have one of the deepest stable of backs in the nation.
Dearman's Perspective on Broussard:
Over the past several years, LSU has had an almost unreal depth of talent at running back, and this year will be no exception. Though his knee will remain in question, if Broussard can remain healthy and return to the level he was at in 2004, he could start for any team in the country.
The feeling here is that big
No. 22 will bounce back nicely from the injury but it will be 2007 when he
returns to form as one of the premiere backs in America.