Marlon Favorite always has a smile from ear to ear. Between Favorite and fellow defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, the defensive line looks to be the happiest group on the sideline. But as big as Favorite's smile is nowadays, his play in fall camp has been bigger.
Going into fall camp, Favorite was
listed as the No. 2 left defensive tackle behind Dorsey. On Saturday, the
started at right defensive tackle for his first collegiate start.
Throughout fall camp, Favorite's
game improved so well that instead of backing up Dorsey, he found himself in a
battle with Charles Alexander for the starting job. After four intense weeks of
camp, Favorite took the field with the defense against Louisiana-Lafayette.
"After the Miami game last year, I went back home to the West Bank of
New Orleans and
just trained and conditioned well," Favorite said. "I was lifting weights and
looking at my playbook from last season. I would just key in on those plays and
just work hard. I let everything else handle itself."
Favorite grabbed one tackle against
ULL, but was also part of a consistent system of substitution because of the
unique three man front the defense was playing. This Saturday against Arizona, Favorite said
the defense will turn back to its traditional ways.
"Three front linemen bring in a
nickel back, that way when they do quick screens, you have an extra guy there,"
Favorite said. "I read the screen pretty good. That's one of the main things I
was focusing on at practice in preparation for ULL. We have a lot of speed on
the line. It's a variety of talent up front.
"Arizona has a base offense, so we will have a
four man front. It's going to be a pretty good game. They play quick screens,
pro sets and eye formations. It's going to be an interesting thing to see this
Favorite said the most important
game of the year is always the next game, but didn't deny next weeks
Southeastern Conference showdown with Auburn was weighing in the back of his mind.
His head coach reiterated his statement Monday when LSU head coach Les Miles
said the only film his team has seen is Arizona.
As tempting as it must be, Favorite
said the team is only studying the Wildcats.
"You want to focus on Arizona now," favorite
said. "When Auburn comes, Auburn comes. Auburn has a nice program and they are in the back of our
minds, but our main focus is Arizona."