LSU faces Alabama Saturday in Tiger Stadium

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Eric Reid, a former Dutchtown standout, and his LSU teammates will host Alabama Saturday afternoon in Tiger Stadium.

BATON ROUGE - A pair of top-ten teams will square off Saturday in Tiger Stadium as No. 10 LSU hosts No. 6 Alabama.

The game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. and will be nationally-televised by CBS.

LSU coach Les Miles said the Tigers will continue to use a two-quarterback system with Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee.

"We need to play both quarterbacks and play to the strengths of both Jordan and Jarrett," Miles said. "I think both Jordan and Jarrett have had two good weeks of preparation leading up to this game"

Defensively, LSU will running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, along with quarterback Greg McElroy, who has a 21-1 record as a starter. Alabama also boasts one of the top receivers in the country in Julio Jones.

"They are very good in all areas of their offense," Miles said of Alabama.

One of LSU's defensive standouts, Patrick Peterson, recently was named as one of the 10 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, which goes to the top defensive back in college football.

Peterson is one of two players from the Southeastern Conference who made the list, joining Alabama's Mark Barron.

Peterson also leads the SEC in punt returns and ranks second in the league in kickoff returns. He has started all eight games at cornerback for the Tigers with 20 tackles, two interceptions, one quarterback hurry and a blocked field goal.