2002 Football Preview: Quarterbacks

We start our position-by-position breakdown of this year's Tigers with a look at the quarterbacks.

QB Marcus Randall

12 Marcus Randall

6-2 217

Soph. Sqd.

Baton Rouge            Glen Oaks HS

 

Randall tore an ACL in the spring game and is not expected to be available until mid-September at the earliest. Before his injury, Randall was making great progress and was battling closing the gap between himself at No. 1 quarterback Matt Mauck. Although known as a good improviser out of the pocket, he was establishing himself as a good passer.

As a redshirt freshman, Randall saw action in two games for the Tigers  in 2001 - vs. Tulane and Mississippi State. He rushed for 7 yards vs. Tulane and was 2-of-2 passing for 7 yards. In mop-up duty against Mississippi State, Randall did not record any statistics.

 

 

16 Rick Clausen

6-2 180

Fresh.   RS

Woodland Hills, Calif.            Taft HS

 

Clausen looks for his first collegiate playing time after taking a redshirt in 2001. He has extensive practice time with the Tigers after enrolling at LSU in January of 2001. Coaches inserted Clausen for the injured Marcus Randall in the spring game, but Clausen managed only 5 completions on 20 attempts with 2 interceptions.

The younger brother of Tennessee starting quarterback Casey Clausen is hoping to make a name for himself after a stellar high school career. Rick was Named was All-League, All-City, All-South California and Academic All-State after completing 264-of-430 passes for 3,361 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior at Taft High School.

 

 

18 Matt Mauck

6-2 216

Soph.   1VL

Jasper, Ind.            Jasper HS

 

Matt Mauck's first season of playing football for LSU featured a storybook ending, as he came off the bench to lead the Tigers to a 31-20 win over Tennessee in the SEC Championship game. He now heads into the 2002 season as LSU's starter and hopes to write three more sequels to his first edition.

Mauck completed his transition from minor league baseball player to major college quarterback when Rohan Davey went down against Florida last year. Despite facing a large deficit, he finished the game 11-of-22 for 132 yards and 2 interceptions. His next action came against Kentucky, where he played one drive for Davey and was 2-for-4 for 25 yards.

In the SEC Championship game, Mauck took advantage of the running plays offensive coordinator included in the game plan for the rematch with the Volunteers. The redshirt freshman rushed for 43 yards and 2 touchdowns, completed 5-of-15 passes for 67 yards and was named the game's MVP.

Mauck endured a rough outing at the 2002 spring game where he completed 20 of 42 passes and threw five interceptions. Despite the bad day, he has the first support of the coaching staff and – more importantly – his teammates, who have labeled him a team leader on offense.

 

NEWCOMERS

 

Michael Harrison

6-2 210

Jr.        JC

Lakewood, Calif.            Mayfair/Cerritos

 

The LSU staff scoured the country for an available quarterback after Marcus Randall was injured in the spring game and came up with Harrison. He played quarterback for one season at the University of Hawaii and spent the 2001 season at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., where he set three school records. In 2001, Harrison set school records for attempts (293), completions (145) and total plays (340) and threw for 1,847 yards and 17 touchdowns in leading the Falcons to a 7-4 mark.

Harrison was a starter at Hawaii in his true freshman season and played in five games, but he received a redshirt in his second year with the Rainbow Warriors. As a freshman, he completed 9-of-20 passes for 91 yards and one interception. He also scored a touchdown on a 14-yard run against the University of Texas-El Paso.

At Mayfair High School, Harrison passed for 2,900 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior. He was named the CIF Division IX Offensive Most Valuable Player and was the Suburban League MVP.

 

Lester Ricard

6-4 195

Fresh.   HS

Amite   Amite HS

 

"Long-Arm Lester" is probably headed for a redshirt in his first year at LSU. Although he ran a run-oriented offense at Amite, he was able to air it out on occasion and has the frame of a classic pocket passer.

For more information on Ricard, see our Class of 2002 section starting on page 74.

 

WALK-ONS

 

1 Perrin Rittner

6-4 210

Fresh.   RS

New Orleans            Jesuit

 

9 Adam Lair

6-3 213

Fresh    HS

New Orleans            Brother Martin

 

15 Ty Barrett

6-0 182

So.       Sqd.

Bay St. Louis, Miss.    Bay


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