During his three year career, Vincent has compiled 1,811 yards and 17 touchdowns but the question on everyone's mind is which Vincent will show up in 2006?
Vincent first came onto the scene as a freshman in 2003, where he was thrown into the starting role after Addai and Shyrone Carey both went down with injuries.
That season, he started in the
final eight games, compiling 1,001 yards and 10 touchdowns to be named to the
Freshman All-SEC team, Freshman All-American Team, the SEC Championship MVP and
the Sugar Bowl MVP. His 201 yard performance against
Following the success of his inaugural year, expectations were high for Vincent in 2004, though he struggled early on and lost the job to fellow sophomore Ally Broussard.
Serving solely as a backup
following the fourth game, Vincent finished the season with 322 rushing yards
and two touchdowns, with his best performance coming in a 102 yard and two
touchdown performance against
With Broussard out all of last season with a knee injury, Vincent became the No. 2 running back for the Tigers, playing in al 13 games and compiling 488 yards and five touchdowns on the season.
Before coming to LSU, Vincent was a
As a senior on the prep level, Vincent ran for 2,050 yards and 30 touchdowns and was named Gatorade's Louisiana Player of the year, as well as a member of the Class 5A All-State team for the second consecutive year.
Prior to that season, he ran for 1,317 yards and 19 scores as a junior which put him on the map as one of the top running backs in the state as a junior. He finished his prep career with a stellar 75 touchdowns and 28 games with greater than 100 rushing yards.
Vincent was high recruited by schools throughout the country, including Notre Dame and Texas A&M, but LSU was his leader, and it came as no surprise when he committed to the Tigers.
Dearman's Perspective on Vincent:
Justin Vincent can run like the nation's best, as was shown in 2003. Since then, however, his performance has been inconsistent at best, and LSU's depth of talent kept him off the field.
With Joseph Addai now in the NFL and Ally Broussard coming off a knee injury, Vincent should again get the chance to prove himself as the man if he bounces back from his own knee injury that he suffered in the Peach Bowl.
If he plays at the level he did as
a freshman, he could be one of the top rushers in