Coming Attractions: LSU vs. Vanderbilt
Sept. 11, 2009
The A-List—Noteworthy LSU Players
Jordan Jefferson, sophomore quarterback
Jefferson, the 2008 Chick-Fil-A Bowl offensive MVP, is entering his first full season as LSU’s starter and is on his way to adding himself to the list of elite SEC quarterbacks. He helped LSU narrowly escape Washington’s upset bid of the Tigers last week with a career night, completing 11 of 12 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns. His elusiveness in the pocket and outstanding arm strength could pose a serious threat to Vanderbilt’s vaunted defense.
Rahim Allen, senior defensive end
An AP first-team All SEC selection from a year ago with eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss, Allen is back for more and already registered a sack in LSU’s season opener against Washington. He is new defensive coordinator John Chavis’s prized possession for this season, with his combination moves and speed off the edge a recipe for disaster for opposing offensive lines. If Vanderbilt’s veteran line can contain Allen and give Smith ample time to throw, taming the Tigers would become much more feasible.
Charles Scott, senior running back
Though the bruising back only raked up 51 yards in their opener, the 2008 coaches’ first team All-SEC selection has demonstrated the ability to run over defenses throughout his illustrious career. He has a legitimate chance to become the first LSU back to rack up 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons since Kevin Faulk did it from 1997-1998. Another dominant effort against the Commodores could spell trouble for Chris Marve and Co.
Terrance Toliver, junior wide receiver
Toliver had a career day against Washington, hauling in four passes for 117 and two scores for an offense that is anxiously awaiting his arrival onto the national scene. The 2007 Freshman All-SEC selection, Toliver slipped a bit last year due to suspect hands and a consequent reliance on departed receiver Demetrius Byrd. However, he has the opportunity to prove his 2009 debut was no fluke against a very talented Vanderbilt secondary.
Jacob Cutera, senior linebacker
The first-time starter made his presence felt in a big way last weekend, registering five solo tackles and returning an interception 29 yards for a touchdown. His play will be crucial to LSU controlling a Vanderbilt rushing attack that went off for 433 yards last week.