Q&A with Joseph Addai

LSU's offense took quite a hit when All-Southeastern conference running back LaBrandon Toefield suffered a broken left arm in the second quarter against Louisiana-Lafayette. But redshirt freshman Joseph Addai helped cushion the blow.<br><br>The redshirt freshman from Houston carried eleven times for 98 yards, scoring twice on runs of 10 and 34 yards.

Addai also made two catches for 50 yards, finding an open seam in the first quarter for a 42-yard reception. The play set LSU up first-and-goal at the ULL 6.

 

Tiger Rag: You got a lot of work tonight, partially due to LaBrandon's injury. But regardless of how you got the chance, you made the most of it?

Joseph Addai: Yeah, we feel real bad that LaBrandon went down. He's a real leader for us. When I make mistakes, he corrects me. I think now it gives me the chance to play a little bit more.

 

TR: You've said before you're going to do whatever it takes, running the ball or catching it, to make your plays. Are we going to see more of you as a receiver now?

JA: It goes back when I was little, really. I just love to play football and get out on the field. It doesn't matter what position I'm playing. My goal is to just to do my best.

 

TR: Was tonight's balanced offensive performance an indication of what you guys are capable of? Can you guys do this on a weekly basis?

JA: We're starting to get relaxed. Coach (Saban) tells us to relax, calm down and not to worry about mistakes. So I think our confidence is kind of going up now.

 

TR: Was that a problem – you all weren't relaxed enough to produce on offense?

JA: Not really. We just have new guys out there, and we're trying to get the feel of it. Just relax and play.

 

TR: I asked Michael Clayton if a switch was thrown on in this game that allowed everyone to make big plays. He said that wasn't the case, that you all knew you were capable of putting together this kind of performance.

JA: Yeah, we're all confident in each other. That's what it takes – team effort. I think that's what we showed today and we played real well.


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