Tiger Rag analyzes the key matchups for Saturday's LSU-Va. Tech contest.
Virginia Tech QB vs.
Sean Glennon vs. Ali Highsmith
Sean Glennon didn't get off to the
best start in last Saturday's game against East
Carolina. He threw an interception and fumbled after getting
walloped by an East Carolina defender. But
Glennon rebounded and went on to complete 22 of 33 passes for 245 yards and a
touchdown. The East Carolina defense isn't
quite on par with that of LSU, and Glennon can expect to be harassed much more
this week than in the Hokies' season opener. He might want to give Miss. State quarterback Michael Henig a call.
Ali Highsmith lived up to his preseason All-American selection, turning in an
eight-tackle performance versus Miss. State.
LSU RT vs. Virginia
Carnell Stewart vs.
Carnell Stewart got picked on last
week while making his first career start on the offensive line. Stewart was
faced with going up against State's best player in defensive end Titus Brown.
Virginia Tech has lots of good players in their front seven; look for linebacker
Vince Hall (13 tackles vs. East Carolina) to be
coming at Stewart quite often. Let's see if it is true when they say a player
improves the most from game one to game two.
Brandon Ore rushed for 1,137 yards
and 16 touchdowns last season. But this junior running back found little running
room last Saturday versus East Carolina.
Ore ran for
just 70 yards on 23 carries, and his longest run from scrimmage was all of nine
yards. However, Ore is the cog of Virginia Tech's offense.
Look for the Hokies to turn to Ore when Glennon begins getting pressured by
LSU's defense. However, don't expect LSU's defense to be any more generous with
the running room than East Carolina's was last