Back in the nick of time: LSU senior free safety Jalen Mills returns to anchor Tigers’ secondary for game with pass-happy Western Kentucky _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety John Battle (26) struts off the field after his interception, surrounded by teammates Ed Paris (24), Jalen Mills (28) , Jamal Adams (33) and Tre'Davious White (18) in the second quarter of LSU's win over South Carolina.

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This would be an accurate assumption. We all know how Les Miles feels about running backs who fumble. They’re usually benched for a significant amount of time. Brossette is a freshman reserve (No. 4 on the depth chart). Fumbling is the worst thing he could have done. The guy has had nine carries this season and one is a fumble. Not good.

Guice, meanwhile, has 29 carries, no fumbles and 263 yards. Guice is doing something many expected – he’s slowly overtaking the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Leonard Fournette.

I haven’t heard much here, but it did come up Monday night at interviews. Dupre and Fournette both said they have no beef with one another and that things are fine between them.

Dupre was quoted in an AP story last week as saying this: “If they were recruiting me and they told me they were going to give the ball to Leonard, or the running backs 75 percent of the time, it might be hard to get a recruit at the receiver position or quarterback position. But at the end of the day, we’re here … we’ve got to live with it. ‘We’re doing the best that we can do blocking, and then when we get an opportunity, we’ve got to make the best of it. Because there’s going to be times this year where we’re going to have to have it.”

This is a question I’ve been asked quite a bit, and I think I know the answer, but I’m not 100 percent positive. On Wednesday night, we might ask Miles about it. I tried to ask at least one player about it but got a non-answer.

If I had to guess: Mills plays the role he was expected to play this season – the nickel. That would mean Thomas slides in to play cornerback. The question: what happens to Kevin Toliver? Toliver has impressed so far this season.

I know this – when Mils returns, LSU will certainly play more six-DB Dime with Toliver Thomas and Mills all on the field at the same time.

I don’t believe Fournette will sit out next season. We wrote about this last week at length. Here’s that story and a column to accompany it.

On Monday night during an interview session, Fournette was asked if he think it’s fair that players can’t leave college before their third year.

“I believe waiting is the best key because there’s so much you could learn before you get to that level where you’re on your own,” he said. “I’m still learning right now. I’m not perfect. I’d tell them to wait.”

Doubtful.

Can’t argue with results. LSU is 14th nationally, allowing 291 yards a game. The Tigers have struggled in the second halves of games, but many of those were blowouts, so don’t put too much stock into that.

What’s really been impressive is the influence D-line coach Ed Orgeron has had on the defensive line. It’s so obvious what Orgeron has brought – the pass-rushing moves, stunts, etc. Steele said before the season that the Tigers’ scheme would be a blend of stuff from Orgeron, himself, Bradley Dale Peveto and DB coach Corey Raymond.

I don’t expect him to play this week. You never know, though. But if he doesn’t play this week, does LSU use him against Western Kentucky with a bye week the next week ahead of the Alabama showdown? That’s the real question. He might be ready for WKU or, even, Florida, but do you hold him out for the key stretch in November: at Alabama, vs. Arkansas, at Ole Miss, vs. Texas A&M.

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