Hester could return punts Saturday

Jacob Hester is LSU's most successful running back this season, but that doesn't mean the junior from Shreveport will get the start on Saturday against Kentucky.

Freshman running back Charles Scott looked to be the answer to LSU's running woes earlier in the season, but Miles and his staff says Hester is probably their best weapon in the backfield.


Scott leads the squad in rushing yards with 214 yards and just one start under his belt and has played in five of the Tigers six games this season. Hester on the other hand has started all six games and trails Scott with 188 yards on the ground with four touchdowns.


The difference between the two lies in the passing game.


Hester currently stands as the fourth best receiver on the team with 18 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Because Hester brings more to the table, he received his first start at the position on Saturday in Gainesville.


"We tried to spread it about a little bit. It was defiantly working better than it has in past weeks," Hester said. "The holes were opening up at the right time. We made our cuts and the time and rhythm of everything was just better."


Hester said after the first couple of runs against Florida, he and Alley Broussard both believed they could run the ball with success. The two netted a combined 90 yards of rushing against one of the best defenses in the nation.


Hester would have had a rushing touchdown in the second quarter if not what Hester believed to be a bad call when officials called the junior down on the one-yard line.


"It hurts. I thought I got into the endzone with no problem but I guess they thought otherwise," Hester said. "At Auburn I thought I caught the ball but I guess not either. Replay is defiantly not my friend. They are both big plays and big plays hurt when they are taken away. I guess I just have to have better play and not leave it up to them."


Hester's role could expand even more on Saturday against the Wildcats where he might be asked to return kickoffs and punt returns. Hester practiced returning both punts and kickoffs during spring practice, but said coaches thought they might be asking too much of him.


"Kickoff really isn't that hard, but punt is different," Hester said. "The ball could change directions, it spins, and it's really hard. It's like a fly ball because you have to judge it right off the guys bat. Everybody says it's pretty easy, but unless you've tried it, it's hard to know. Probably the hardest thing to do in football."

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