Among the names that will be called on that occasion will be Early Doucet.
With Louisiana Tech,
If not for a freak injury earlier this year, Doucet would likely be within real striking distance at this point: a striking distance that would make his name at No. 1 a foregone conclusion. The fact that he may come up a little short isn't something that bothers Doucet, and whether or not he's the guy the coaches call upon in crunch time isn't something he focuses on.
"Well, I was just going with the game plan," Doucet said of the fourth-and-three play late in the ballgame that resulted in a tying touchdown. "That's the type of guy that I am. I'm really not, you know, a guy that's going to demand the ball in pressure situations. I think the coach has got to have enough confidence in me. You know, if that's what they want to do, they'll do it. As you all could've seen, they had confidence in me, and they came to me."
Down 34-27 with 2:58 showing in the fourth quarter against the Crimson Tide, LSU faced a ‘do-or-die' situation that has become commonplace in 2007 – convert, score, or lose. Matt Flynn, on a fourth-and-three from the
"After I caught the ball and I was untouched," Doucet said. "I seen the guy and he had an angle on me, and I knew I was going to try to set him up and act like I was going to run to the left and cut back and go to the right because it was wide open. He bit on the cutback, and I got in the end zone."
According to Doucet, it was just a routine play that he and quarterback Matt Flynn run all the time.
"We just looked at each other, and he winked at me and I winked back, and we knew it was a play that we ran thousands of times," Doucet said. "So we knew we would be able to execute it."
Without question, Doucet's playing career will extend to Sundays beginning next year. Unless
In the third game of his freshman season, Doucet was on the field as the No. 5 Tigers traveled to the state of
Back on that September day, down 10-9, LSU began a drive on its own 13-yard line with 1:08 remaining on the clock. After six plays, the Tigers faced a third-and-one at the
Two years later, Doucet was the focal point of just one of a bevy of controversial calls at
No, last Saturday didn't offer redemption on The Plains for Doucet, but it did run LSU's mark against teams from
"It's real big to go back and play those two teams and come out with a victory against
At some point against the Bulldogs, Doucet will probably grab a third reception to surpass Tony Moss on LSU's all-time career reception list. He'll likely catch Craig Davis against
Perhaps the most consoling and sobering part about the entire situation is that Doucet doesn't care about it. Dressed to the nines in a black suit and crimson tie following the Tigers' 41-34 victory over
"We're going to put this game behind us and look forward to playing LA Tech and continue to take it one week at a time," Doucet said.