LSU: 5 impact players to watch vs. Texas A&M
It’s been a tough November in Baton Rouge and the LSU Tigers haven’t handled it well, losing three straight blowouts, all to SEC West opponents.
The Tigers have lost by a combined points in November and they’re lucky the number isn’t higher the way they’ve been playing.
If LSU has any hope of rebounding against Texas A&M, these five Tigers will have to make an impact:
1. LB Deion Jones: Saturday will be the senior’s final game at Baton Rouge, and he’s finishing strong (23 tackes, 7.0 for loss in past three games). It hasn’t been the senior’s fault, but LSU’s run defense has fallen apart, allowing more than 233 rushing yards per game in November.
With the SEC’s sixth leading-rusher heading to town — A&M’s RB Tra Carson (990 yards 6 TDs) — Jones may need to play his best game to help secure another victory.
2. WR Tyron Johnson: The Tigers’ season effectively ended last week when they lost to Ole Miss by 21. Time to get ready for 2016. The one bit of good news from that blowout was Johnson, a 5-star freshman, scored the first points.
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Brandon Harris finds Tyron Johnson to get LSU on the board. Second TD of the year for the freshman WR. pic.twitter.com/PB5IHLrUG1
— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) November 21, 2015
He finished with 5 catches for 87 yards and a TD, the best of his young career.
If the No. 5 WR from the 2015 class, according to 247Sports, can get a little momentum heading into his sophomore season, it’ll be huge for an offense in need of playmakers. At 6-foot-1 with breakaway speed, he has all the tools to be another great young WR in an SEC full of them.
3. CB Tre’Davious White: After covering Mississippi’s Laquon Treadwell on Saturday, LSU’s top corner will have his hands full again this week with Texas A&M freshman standout WR Christian Kirk.
Though did score his eighth TD of the season against the Tigers, Treadwell finished with only 58 receiving yards on four receptions, the first time he’s been held to under 100 receiving yards since Oct. 10.
Kirk has slowed after a torrid hot start — 443 receiving yards and four touchdowns in first four games. He has four games of under 45 receiving yards in his past five and has scored just twice. With White blanketing him, chances are that could grow to five of six.
4. RT Vadal Alexander: The matchup the Tigers should be more worried about is at the line of scrimmage, where Alexander will line up across from A&M standout Myles Garrett.
Garrett leads the SEC with 10.5 sacks. Teammate Daeshon Hall is tied for fourth with 7.0. Texas A&M ranks third with 32.0.
LSU hasn’t exactly protected QB Brandon Harris lately, either, allowing eight sacks in the past three games.
5. RB Leonard Fournette: With his Heisman hopes gone faster than anyone thought possible, how will Fournette handle his final regular season game?
A bounce back game is possible, considering Texas A&M has the second-worst run defense in the conference.
Five SEC teams have gashed the Aggies for 230 or more rushing yards, led by Auburn’s 311-yard running day on Nov. 7.