NOTEBOOK: LSU vs. Virginia Tech

Second-ranked LSU opens its home schedule on Saturday when the Tigers host ninth-ranked Virginia Tech (1-0) at 8:15 p.m. in a sold out Tiger Stadium.

The game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN. LSU (1-0) is coming off a 45-0 win over Mississippi State last Thursday in Starkville. The Hokies opened their year with a 17-7 victory over East Carolina.


It will be only the second meeting between the teams and it will mark Tech's first visit to Tiger Stadium. Virginia Tech beat LSU, 26-8, to open the 2002 season in Blacksburg. The LSU-Virginia Tech matchup will mark only the third time in Tiger Stadium history that Death Valley will host a non-conference contest involving two top 10 teams (last time it happened came in 1987 when No. 4 LSU and No. 7 Ohio State battled to a 13-13 tie). LSU brings an eight-game overall winning streak into the contest. The Tigers have also won 13 straight games in Tiger Stadium, a streak that dates back to the 2005 season. LSU was a perfect 8-0 at home a year ago after winning its final five games in Tiger Stadium in 2005.


Saturday's contest will pit two teams that have developed reputations as being the best in the nation in defense. LSU goes into the Virginia Tech contest ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense (0.0 ppg), pass efficiency defense (40.65 rating), turnovers (+7), No. 6 in rush defense (10.0 ypg) and No. 8 in total defense (146.0 ypg).


Offensively, LSU QB Matt Flynn will make his first Tiger Stadium start after making the first regular season start of his career last week against Mississippi State. Flynn directed an LSU offense against Mississippi State that scored 45 points, didn't commit a turnover and racked up 347 yards on a wet field. Flynn finished 12 of 19 for 128 yards and a pair of scores. He also rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries. Flynn's top target in the opener was that of WR Early Doucet, who hauled in a career-best 9 receptions for 78 yards and a TD. Senior RB Jacob Hester led the Tigers on the ground with 68 yards on 14 carries.


Defensively, the Tigers limited the Bulldogs to only 10 rushing yards and just 146 yards of offense. LSU's defense forced seven turnovers, including six interceptions which were the most by a Tiger team since 1975. LB Ali Highsmith led the Tigers with 8 tackles, while DT Glenn Dorsey had 5 tackles, 2 tackles for losses and a sack. FS Craig Steltz tied a school-record with 3 interceptions in the win over the Bulldogs.




LSU's Defense Overwhelms Mississippi State In 45-0 Win Over Bulldogs


LSU forced seven turnovers, including six interceptions, as the second-ranked Tigers overwhelmed Mississippi State, 45-0, in the season-opener for both teams last week. Matt Flynn, making his first regular season start at quarterback, directed a Tiger offense that didn't commit a turnover and racked up 45 points, the most by an LSU team in an SEC road game since scoring 63 points against Kentucky in Lexington in 1997. LSU took an early 3-0 lead on a 27-yard field goal by Colt David. The Tigers stretched the lead to 10-0 late in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Keiland Williams. LSU increased the lead to 17-0 when Williams scored on a 1-yard run as time expired in the first half. LSU took the opening kickoff to start the second half and put together its best drive of the game, going 73-yards on six plays, capped with a Flynn-to-Early Doucet 11-yard TD pass to run the score to 24-0. Backup QB Ryan Perrilloux engineered a pair of fourth quarter TD drives for the final margin of 45-0. For the game, the Tiger defense limited Mississippi State to just 10 yards rushing and 136 yards passing. The Bulldogs managed just nine first downs, four of which came in the first half. Thirty-eight of LSU's 45 points came following an MSU turnover, including all 17 first half points.



Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:22 p.m. CDT


Location: Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium - 92,400)


Television: ESPN (live) - cable ch. 35 in Baton Rouge; Cox Sports Television - cable ch. 37 in Baton Rouge


Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network - 98. 1 FM in Baton Rouge


The Series:  Virginia Tech leads 1-0


Series Notes: : LSU and Virginia Tech will meet for only the second time when the Hokies travel to Tiger Stadium on Saturday … Tech won the only other meeting between the teams, 26-8, in Blacksburg to open the 2002 season … The Tigers and Hokies were scheduled to open the 2004 season against each other in Baton Rouge, however, that game was moved to the 2007 season in October of 2003 … LSU is 30-28 all-time against current members of the ACC (9-3 vs. Miami, 6-12 vs. Georgia Tech, 5-1 vs. North Carolina, 3-0 vs. Wake Forest, 2-0 vs. Boston College, 2-0 vs. Clemson, 1-1 vs. Duke, 0-1 vs. Virginia Tech, 0-3 vs. Maryland) … LSU last welcomed a current ACC team to Tiger Stadium in 1988 when the Tigers dropped a 44-3 decision to Miami … The last time LSU played an ACC foe came in December of 2005 when the Tigers beat Miami, 40-3 in the Peach Bowl … LSU coach Les Miles is 1-0 vs. ACC teams (beat Miami in 2005 Peach Bowl) … Miles has never faced Virginia Tech.






Record 1-0 (1-0 SEC)


Ranking: No. 2 Associated Press; No. 2 USA Today/Coaches


Last Game: Aug. 30 in Starkville, Miss. - def. Mississippi State, 45-0


Coach: Les Miles


Career Record: 51-25/seventh year


LSU Record: 23-4/third year, vs. Virginia Tech               0-0




Virginia Tech


Record 1-0 (0-0 ACC)


Ranking: No. X Associated Press, No. X USA Today/Coaches (Poll hasn't been released yet)


Last Game: Sept. 1 in Blacksburg, Va. - def. East Carolina, 17-7


Coach: Frank Beamer


Career Record: 199-105-4/27th year


VT Record: 157-82-2/21st year, vs. LSU: 1-0




Tigers Back In National Spotlight; Host Virginia Tech On ESPN In Home Opener


For the second straight week, the national spotlight will shine on second-ranked LSU as the Tigers host ACC powerhouse Virginia Tech at 8:22 p.m. on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. LSU opened its season last week on ESPN with a 45-0 road win over Mississippi State. It marks the second time in three years that LSU's first two games are on national television. In 2005, LSU beat Arizona State on ESPN and then followed that with a loss to Tennessee two weeks later on ESPN2.




College GameDay and College GameDay Radio Will Be Here


The LSU-Virginia Tech matchup will get further national attention with the addition of ESPN's College GameDay and GameDay Radio to the lineup on Saturday. It marks the fifth time that the popular College GameDay will be on campus for a football game and the first since the 2004 season-opener against Oregon State. College GameDay and GameDay Radio will be setup on the Parade Grounds for Saturday's broadcast. College GameDay goes on the air at 9 a.m. with GameDay Radio following at 11 a.m.




A Rare Top 10 Non-Conference Matchup In Tiger Stadium


Saturday's LSU-Virginia Tech contest will mark only the third time in the history of Tiger Stadium that a pair of top 10 teams will square off in a non-conference contest. The last time it happened came in 1987 when No. 4 LSU and No. 7 Ohio State battled to a 13-13 tie. Current LSU defensive coordinator was a defensive back on that Buckeye team that tied the Tigers that day in Tiger Stadium. The other top 10 non-conference matchup in Tiger Stadium came in 1959 when No. 1 LSU beat No. 9 TCU, 10-0, on Sept. 26.



Top 10 Non-Conference Matchups In Tiger Stadium History


Sept. 26, 1959      No. 1 LSU vs. No. 9 TCU - LSU won, 10-0


Sept. 26, 1987      No. 4 LSU vs. No. 7 Ohio State - Tied, 13-13


Sept. 8, 2007        No. 2 LSU vs. No. 9 Va. Tech         ….




This Day vs. Night Thing In Tiger Stadium


Myth has it that LSU plays better at night in Tiger Stadium than they do during the day. The facts show that since 1960, LSU is 201-59-3 (.769) at night under the lights compared to a 19-22-3 (.466) mark in Tiger Stadium during the day. Since 2000, LSU is 43-6 overall at home, which includes a 35-4 (.897) mark at night in Tiger Stadium and an 8-2 (.800) record during the day. Prior to 2000, LSU had only won 11 games at home during the day in 34 tries. From 1960 to 1999, LSU posted an 11-20-3 (.368) record at home during the day. 



LSU Brings 13-Game Home Winning Streak Into Virginia Tech Contest


LSU brings a 13-game winning streak in contests played in Tiger Stadium into Saturday's game against Virginia Tech. The 13-game home winning streak ranks as the nation's fourth-longest current streak, along with Ohio State. Southern Cal is riding a streak of 34 straight home victories to rank first. In addition to its 13-game winning streak at home, LSU has also won 23 of its last 24 games in Tiger Stadium. LSU's last loss at home came against Tennessee on Sept. 26 of last year, a Monday night. LSU hasn't lost a Saturday game in Tiger Stadium since a 19-7 setback to Florida on Oct. 11, 2003. To take it a step further, LSU hasn't dropped a Saturday night game at home since a 31-0 defeat to Alabama on Nov. 16, 2002, a streak that stretches 21 consecutive Saturday night games. The 13 straight wins in Tiger Stadium is the longest streak for LSU since winning 15 consecutive games at home from 1971-73.




Miles To Face Top 10 Team For 8th Time As LSU's Coach


Les Miles will face a top 10-ranked team for the eighth time as LSU's head coach when the Tigers face ninth-ranked Virginia Tech on Saturday. Miles is 4-3 in his previous games at LSU against Top 10 teams. In his head coaching career, Miles has a 6-7 mark against Top 10 teams. At Oklahoma State, Miles beat Oklahoma twice when they were in the top 10. Miles' Top 10 wins at LSU have come against No. 3 Alabama and No. 9 Miami in 2005; and No. 5 Arkansas and No. 8 Tennessee last year. All of those victories came away from Tiger Stadium.



Tiger Defense Ranked Among Nation's Best After First Week Of Play


In what was another dominating performance against Mississippi State, LSU's defense is currently ranked among the nation's best in several categories. The Tigers are No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense (0.0 ppg), pass efficiency defense (40.65 rating), turnover margin (+7.0), and interceptions (6). The Tigers are also No. 6 nationally in rushing defense (10.0 ypg) and No. 8 in total defense (146.0 ypg). LSU has ranked in the top 5 in the nation in each of the last two seasons in total defense (No. 3 in 2005 with 266.8 ypg and No. 3 in 2006 with 242.8 ypg) and scoring defense (No. 3 in 2004 with 14.2 ppg and No. 4 in 2006 with 12.6 ppg).



Tiger Offense Steady Under Flynn In Opener


In a word, LSU's offense was steady under first-time starter Matt Flynn (actually it was his second start, but first in a regular season game). The Tiger offense had balance - 198 yards rushing, 149 passing. The Tigers racked up 45 points and 347 yards on what was a wet field in Starkville against Mississippi State. They also moved the chains, getting 22 first downs (11 rushing, 10 passing). Most importantly, the Tigers didn't commit a turnover in the game.



Flynn Shows Versatility In Opener


Fifth-year senior QB Matt Flynn showed his ability to both throw it and run it in LSU's opener against Mississippi State. Flynn completed 12 of 19 passes for 128 yards and a pair of scores. He also showed the ability to run the ball, accounting for 42 yards on 11 carries.



Tigers Open Season In Style With Shutout Over Mississippi State


LSU opened the 2007 season with a convincing 45-0 win over Mississippi State in Starkville. The shutout was the first in a season-opener on the road for the Tigers since a 44-0 win at Colorado in 1977. It also marked the first time LSU posted a shutout to open SEC play since a 30-0 win over Kentucky in 1966. The 45 points was also the most by an LSU team in an SEC road game since the Tigers scored 63 points in a victory over Kentucky in 1997.



LSU To Make 51st Appearance On ESPN


LSU will be making its 51st appearance on ESPN when the Tigers face Virginia Tech on Saturday.  LSU is 30-20 all-time on ESPN (does not include a 13-4 mark on ESPN2). ESPN has been kind to the Tigers in recent history as LSU's won 10 straight games on the network, a streak that dates back to the 2002 season. LSU's last loss on ESPN came on Nov. 16, 2002 when the Tigers dropped a 31-0 decision to Alabam in Tiger Stadium.



LSU Started 2007 Ranked No. 2 In The Nation


LSU opened the 2007 season ranked No. 2 in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Top 25. The No. 2 ranking is the highest preseason rating for the Tigers since 1959 when LSU was ranked No. 1 by the AP. The No. 2 ranking in the coaches poll is the highest preseason ranking for the Tigers since the inception of that poll in 1982. LSU finished the 2006 season ranked No. 3 in both polls following is 41-14 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. (Note: This week's poll will be released on Tuesday following Monday's Florida State-Clemson game).



Taking Note On The Tigers Under Miles (Since 2005)


Here are some notable trends for LSU in the 27 games its played under head coach Les Miles … The Tigers are 21-0 when rushing for 100 yards or more … The Tigers are 10-1 at home in night games … The Tigers are 18-1 when leading after the first quarter with the only loss during that span coming against Tennessee in 2005 … LSU is 20-1 when scoring 20 or more points and 17-1 when scoring 25 or more points … The Tigers are 14-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing.



Tigers Stretch Overall Winning Streak To 8 Straight


LSU ran its overall winning streak to eight straight games with its 45-0 win over Mississippi State last week. LSU won its final seven games a year ago, which included victories over No. 5 Arkansas, No. 8 Tennessee and  No.11 Notre Dame. LSU hasn't lost a game since a 23-10 setback to Florida on Oct. 7 in Gainesville. The 8-game winning streak ties with Florida as the nation's fifth-longest current streak. Boise State's 14-game winning streak ranks first, followed by BYU (11), Wisconsin (10) and TCU (9). The 8-game streak is also the longest for LSU since winning 10 straight during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. LSU won its final 8 games in 2003 and its first 2 contests in 2004 before falling to Auburn, 10-9, on Sept. 18.



In The Polls


LSU goes into the 2007 season riding a streak of being ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation for 68 consecutive weeks in the USA Today Coaches Poll and for 67 straight weeks in AP poll. The last time LSU failed to make the top 25 in either poll came following the Tigers loss to Texas in the 2003 Cotton Bowl to conclude the 2002 season. (Note: This week's polls won't be released until Tuesday due to the Florida State-Clemson game on Monday night).



Tigers Have Nation's Fifth-Best Home Winning Percentage Since 2003


Since 2003, the Tigers have posted a 26-2 overall mark in Tiger Stadium, a figure that ranks as the nation's fifth-best total during that span.



Tiger Defense Picks Off 6 Passes In Opener; Most By LSU Team Since 1975


LSU's six interceptions in the season-opener against Mississippi State was the most by an LSU team since having the same total against Tulane in 1975. Senior S Craig Steltz tied a school-record with 3 interceptions against the Bulldogs. Steltz became just the seventh player in school history, and the first since Corey Webster vs. Florida in 2002, to intercept 3 passes in a game. In all, the Tigers forced 7 turnovers in the 45-0 win over Mississippi State. The school record for interceptions in a game is 8, which was set against Villanova in 1951.



Steltz Outgains State In Second Half


In addition to tying a school-record for interceptions with 3, LSU S Craig Steltz also outgained Mississippi State's offense in the second half of last week's game. Steltz accounted for 100 all-purpose yards in the second half, returning one interception 49 yards and the other 51 yards. His other interception came in the first half. Steltz's 100-yards in the second half was 29 more yards than Mississippi State's offense managed to accumulate in the second half. Steltz's 100 yards also would have made him the game's leading receiver.



Doucet Sets Personal Best With 9 Catches Against Mississippi State


LSU WR Early Doucet set a career-high with 9 receptions against Mississippi State. Doucet finished the contest by making all but five of LSU's receptions against the Bulldogs. For the game, Doucet tallied 78 yards and 1 score on his nine receptions. Doucet's nine receptions ran his career total to 112, which puts him just 10 catches shy of breaking into LSU's all-time top 10 list for that category. Doucet's third quarter TD moved his career total to 16, which ties with Tony Moss as the eighth-highest total in school history. Dwayne Bowe holds the school record with 26 TD receptions. A year ago, established himself as one of the best in the SEC, catching 59 balls for 772 yards and eight TDs.




Dorsey In Line For Special Season


Last spring DT Glenn Dorsey opted to return to LSU for his senior season, turning down what would have surely been a first round pick in the NFL Draft. As a result, Dorsey is now in line to get his college degree, while also being put in a position to contend for some of college football's most prestigious awards. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit has already called Dorsey, "the best player in college football," heading into 2007. Dorsey has been listed on every preseason All-America team and has been rated as the best defensive tackle in the nation by several publications. Last year, Dorsey earned First-Team All-America honors after anchoring an LSU defense that ranked among the top five in the nation in yards allowed and scoring. Dorsey opened the season with a 5-tackles, 2-tackle for loss, 1-sack effort in the 45-0 win over Mississippi State last week.



Running Back Hester Adds To Receiving Total


When it comes to catching the ball out of the backfield, RB/FB Jacob Hester has become one of the best in school history at it. During his LSU career, Hester has 49 receptions from the running back position, a figure that ranks just outside of the top six in LSU history. A year ago, Hester caught 35 passes, which ranked as the third-highest single-season total in school history. Gary James (1982-85) holds both the LSU career mark (122) and single-season record (50 in 1985) for receptions by a running back. Hester caught 1 pass for 10 yards in LSU's win over Mississippi State last week. 



Hester Does It All For Tigers


LSU senior RB Jacob Hester does it all for the Tigers. Last week against Mississippi State, Hester led the Tigers in rushing with 68 yards on 14 carries. He caught 1 pass for 10 yards. He also had 3 tackles on special teams. In all, Hester saw action on 41 of LSU's 79 offensive plays. He also participated in a total of 18 special teams plays (7 punt, 3 punt returns, 1 kickoff, 7 PAT/FG). The 18 special teams plays was the most by any Tiger against Mississippi State.



First Quarter Dominance…. Will It Continue In 2007


One big reason for LSU's success last year was its ability to take control of the contest early. Last year, the Tigers outscored their opponents 136 to 27 in the first quarter and 240 to 87 in the first half. LSU didn't allow a single point in the first quarter of a game last year until the sixth contest of the year when Florida scored with 11 seconds remaining in the opening frame. In all, LSU held nine of its 12 opponents without a point in the first quarter a year ago. LSU opened the 2007 season by holding Mississippi State scoreless and to just 37 yards of offense in the first quarter last week.



The Bo Pelini "D"


Since taking over as defensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2005, defensive coordinator Bo Pelini has put a unit on the field that rarely allows opponents to reach the 20-point mark. In 27 games with Pelini as its defensive coordinator, LSU has held 22 opponents to fewer than 20 points. In addition, 14 of LSU's 27 opponents (52 percent) failed to score more than 10 points. Last year, LSU limited seven of its 13 opponents to 10 points or less, including holding Kentucky scoreless, Arizona to 3 points, Fresno State to 6 points, and Auburn to 7 points. The shutout of Mississippi State to open the 2007 season marks the third straight year in which the Tigers have recorded a shutout.



Double-Trouble At Corner


LSU cornerbacks Chevis Jackson and Jonathan Zenon are back as returning starters at cornerback for the Tigers in 2006. The duo has started opposite each other at the cornerback position for 14 straight games. Last year, Jackson and Zenon combined for 6 interceptions for an LSU defense that ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 3 in the nation in pass defense.



A New Starter At Free Safety For The Tigers


With LaRon Landry taking his game to the NFL, LSU had new starter at the free safety position for the first time since the 2003 season against Mississippi State. Curtis Taylor, a junior, started at free safety against the Bulldogs, snapping a streak of 48 games in which the same player (LaRon Landry) started at that position for the Tigers. Taylor responded with 3 tackles and 1 interception, which he returned 22 yards. 



First Time Starters


LSU had four players make their first career start against Mississippi State. First time starters for the Tigers in the season-opener included RG Lyle Hitt, RT Carnell Stewart, FB Quinn Johnson and FS Curtis Taylor. Hitt and Stewart are both converted defensive lineman who were playing on the offensive side of the football for the first time in their career. Johnson is also a converted linebacker who is in his second season on the offensive side of the ball.



Six True Freshmen See Action In Opener


LSU put six true freshmen on the field in the season opener against Mississippi State. True freshmen who saw action in the win over the Bulldogs were: PK Josh Jasper, PK Andrew Crutchfield, LT Jarvis Jones, RT Joseph Barksdale, WR Terrance Toliver, and DB Chad Jones.



Double-Duty Tigers


Three members of the LSU football team also participate in other sports on campus. Wide receiver Jared Mitchell and defensive back Chad Jones are on the baseball team, while wide out/return specialist Trindon Holliday is on the track team. Here's a look at how these players fared while competing in their "other" sport:



Trindon Holliday - sprinter - track and field


Established himself as one of the nation's premier sprinters on the track with his outstanding performance in the spring. He earned a pair of All-America honors at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June. He finished as the NCAA runner-up in the 100-meter dash after ripping up the track with a time of 10.06 seconds in the final while also anchoring the Tigers' fearsome 4x100-meter relay team to a second-place finish with a seasonal best time of 38.85. In addition, Holliday etched his name in the record books with his performance as he shattered the school record in the 100-meter dash with a seasonal best time of 10.02, eclipsing the mark of 10.09 set by LSU great and former two-sport standout Xavier Carter in 2006.



Jared Mitchell - centerfield - baseball


Last year as a true freshman, Mitchell started 55 games at centerfield for the Tiger baseball team, batting .258 (54-of-209) with eight doubles, a triple, three homers and 21 RBI. He also became the first freshman since 1998 to lead the team in steals with 18. The stolen bases put him fourth in the SEC in that department and represented the most by an LSU player since 2004. Mitchell, the 10th-round selection of the Minnesota Twins in the 2006 Major League Draft, was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Feb. 26.



Chad Jones - outfielder - baseball


Jones, a left-handed outfielder from Southern Lab High School, was picked in the 13th round by the Houston Astros in the 2007 Major League Draft. He will make his debut for the Tiger baseball team this spring.




D-Line U.


You can now refer to LSU as D-line U as the Tigers have made it a habit of producing All-Americans and NFL Drafts from its defensive line. Since the 2003 season, LSU has had five defensive linemen earn First-Team All-America status and seven members of its defensive line selected in the NFL Draft. Senior defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey earned First-Team All-America recognition in 2006 and then opted to return to LSU for his senior season despite being projected as a first round pick in last spring's NDL Draft.


2003       DT Chad Lavalais - First-Team All-America; 5th round NFL Draft pick


                DE Marquise Hill - 2nd round NFL Draft pick




2004       DE Marcus Spears - First Team All-America; 1st round NFL Draft pick




2005       DT Kyle Williams - First Team All-America; 5th round NFL Draft pick         


                DT Claude Wroten - First Team All-America; 3rd round NFL Draft pick


                DE Melvin Oliver - 6th round NFL Draft pick




2006       DT Glenn Dorsey - First Team All-America


                DE Chase Pittman - 5th round NFL Draft pick




LSU's Been The Best In SEC Since Winning League Title In 2001


Since capturing the SEC title in 2001, the Tigers have won more games than any school in the conference over the past six seasons. Since 2001, the Tigers have recorded 62 wins, one more than Georgia.




What's New For LSU in 2007


The Tigers have three new assistant coaches on the staff, including offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, who is considered one of the most innovative minds in football. Other newcomers to the staff include offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and receivers coach D.J. McCarthy.



Three Members of LSU Coaching Staff Have Wins As Division I Head Coaches


LSU is one of the few schools in the country that can lay claim to having three coaches on its staff who have picked up wins as a head coach at the Division I level. Head coach Les Miles has combined to win 51 games at LSU and Oklahoma State, offensive coordinator Gary Crowton has a combined 47 victories after stints at Louisiana Tech and BYU and defensive coordinator Bo Pelini won his only game as the interim head coach at Nebraska during the 2003 season.



LSU Streaks To Make Note Of


LSU's won 8 straight games dating back to last year ... It's the longest streak for an LSU team since winning 10 straight during the 2003-04 seasons … CB Chevis Jackson has the longest streak of consecutive starts with 27 straight to his credit …WR Early Doucet has caught at least one pass in 23 straight games.



Oh Brother


LSU has two sets of brothers on this years team - defensive end Rahim Alem (formerly Al Jones) and defensive back Chad Jones are brothers as are center Brett Helms and offensive lineman Trey Helms. Alem is a backup defensive end for the Tigers, while Jones serve as either a nickel back or dime back in LSU's subpackages on defense. Brett Helms is LSU's starter at center, while Trey is a walkon true freshman.



LSU Sack Streak At 20 Straight


LSU ran its streak of games with a sack to 20 straight against Mississippi State after the Tigers had 4 sacks against the Bulldogs. The last time LSU failed to record a sack came during the 2005 season against North Texas.

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