Coach Les Miles has draped a shroud over his plan for LSU’s quarterbacks.
It’ll be lifted Saturday night when his 13th-ranked Tigers meet No. 14 Wisconsin in Houston.
But the past often predicts the future.
Miles has done this before. Remember Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee in 2008? The Tigers entered that season with a plan to play two quarterbacks.
The way in which LSU used Hatch and Lee could point to what the coaching staff plans for Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris.
Hatch played the first four drives of the first three games that season. He went down with a concussion in a Game 3 win over Auburn.
Lee entered the game for two series on the fifth series of each of those three games — against Appalachian State, North Texas and at Auburn.
Hatch then re-entered the game, usually to start the third quarter.
Is this what we’ll see Saturday? Maybe.
LSU players say they don’t mind a possible QB rotation. Interchanging quarterbacks shouldn’t pose an issue.
It may affect the offensive line the most. Linemen will have to adjust to hearing a different voice call the cadence before the snap.
Left tackle La’el Collins said having two young and inexperienced quarterbacks behind him gives the offensive line what it loves.
“We look at it as a challenge. We feel like it’s all on us,” he said. “It gives me a chance and the rest of the guys up front a chance to show our ability as pass blockers and run blockers and great players.”
The LSU-Wisconsin series
This will be only the third meeting between the Tigers and Badgers, with LSU winning the first two encounters more than 40 years ago.
LSU won 38-28 in 1971 in Madison, Wisconsin, then beat the Badgers 27-7 in 1972 in Baton Rouge in the first visit by a Big Ten team to Tiger Stadium.
Overall, LSU is 8-4-1 against members of the Big Ten. The Tigers were 0-5-1 against Nebraska before it joined the Big Ten and 0-1 against Penn State as an independent.
LSU and Wisconsin will complete their two-game series in 2016 with a Sept. 3 season opener at the Green Bay Packers’ legendary Lambeau Field.
CST’s LSU show to debut
Cox Sports Television will debut it’s new “LSU Gameday Live” show at 11 a.m. Saturday from NRG Stadium in Houston.
The one-hour show will air before each LSU game this season. On-site anchor Gordy Rush will be joined by former LSU running back Jacob Hester, former LSU offensive lineman Kevin Mawae and reporter Emily Dixon, who is employed by the LSU athletic department.
Victor Howell will serve as the show’s anchor from CST’s studio in New Orleans.
Advocate on the road
Traveling to watch the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff doesn’t mean being without a copy of the newspaper. Saturday’s edition of The Advocate will be available in the Houston area at the following locations, courtesy of Manda Fine Meats: Hyatt Regency (Houston), Royal Sonesta (Houston), Marriott West Loop Galleria (Houston), Courtyard Marriott (Houston), Residence Inn Medical Center/Reliant Park (Houston), Hampton Inn and Suites (Houston), Holiday Inn Reliant (Houston), Quality/Reliant Inn and Suites (Houston), Omni Hotel (Houston), Westin Galleria (Houston), Westin Oaks (Houston), JW Marriott (Houston), Hampton Inn Galleria (Houston), Hilton Houston Post Oak (Houston) and Hotel Indigo at The Galleria (Houston).
Badgers LB expected to start
Wisconsin inside linebacker Derek Landisch is expected to start Saturday.
Landisch strained his right hamstring Aug. 13 and missed about 10 days of practice. He worked a full session with the first-string defense Wednesday.
The senior is a key returnee on a defense replacing its front seven. Coordinator Dave Aranda said Landisch should be one of the Badgers’ most productive players.
Landisch had 19 tackles and a sack in 10 games last season, including one start. He injured his ankle in the 2013 season opener and missed two games.
The team left Thursday for Houston. Coach Gary Andersen said the Badgers overall were healthy.
Freshman linebacker Clifton Garrett had “a reaction to the heat” and missed much of the early portion of preseason camp, Miles said on his radio show Wednesday. Garrett isn’t prepared to play at the linebacker position, but could see time at special teams, the coach said. … Kendell Beckwith is “competing tooth and nail” with D.J. Welter at middle linebacker, Miles said. “I think you look forward to those guys playing a lot of football,” he said of them both.
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