Running Back Alley Broussard, who led the LSU offense in rushing as a sophomore in 2004 before missing last season due to injury, will look to play a key role for the Tigers this season. Broussard, an alum of Acadiana High School in Lafayette, came to LSU as the fourth ranked running back in the 2003 recruiting class and the top back in the state of Louisiana.

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.


Along with LSU, the big bruising back was heavily recruited and offered scholarships by Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M and South Carolina, among others.


As a true freshman in 2003, Broussard ran for 389 yards and four touchdowns, including a 108 yard breakout performance against South Carolina, while sharing time with the dynamic running crew that included Joseph Addai, Justin Vincent and Shyrone Carey. Although he never started, he saw playing time in 12 of the Tigers 14 games on their way to the National Championship.


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 Auburn's Cadillac Williams in the SEC, who scored 12 times.


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.

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