An impressive list of former Louisiana high-school standouts will make their return to Bayou Country when Auburn visits LSU on Saturday afternoon.
Three receivers lead the way.
Redshirt freshman Trovon Reed, who is questionable with a shoulder injury, was the state’s top prospect two years ago. The former Thibodaux High star has 13 catches for 91 yards.
Travante Stallworth, a teammate of LSU running back Michael Ford at Leesville, has 11 grabs for 204 yards and a score.
DeAngelo Benton, who once lined up alongside Rueben Randle in Bastrop High’s receiving corps, has five catches for 94 yards. He caught his first career touchdown pass last week, leaping above a pair of Florida defenders to haul in a 25-yard reception and give Auburn an early lead in the 17-6 win.
Other players with Louisiana ties include reserve linebacker Ashton Richardson, the son of former LSU linebacker Al Richardson.
Ashton Richardson, a New Orleans native, finished his prep career at St. Michael after growing up in New Orleans. He spent two semesters as a student at LSU before transferring to Auburn.
Offensive lineman Greg Robinson has not played this season, but the 2011 signee was one of Louisiana’s top prospects last year. Backup defensive end Joel Bonomolo, a junior, played at Fullerton County (Calif.) Community College last year by way of Archbishop Rummel.
Reed has missed three games with the shoulder injury, and Auburn coach Gene Chizik had little news about his status for Saturday.
“It’s going to be 50-50 with him,” Chizik said.
Benton signed with LSU in both 2007 and 2008, but failed to qualify academically each time.
In 2009, when it appeared Benton would sign with LSU once again, Miles pulled his scholarship offer to facilitate the signing of Randle, the more touted of the former Bastrop receivers.
LSU leads 14-5-1 in games played in Baton Rouge and has won five straight against Auburn in Tiger Stadium (Auburn’s last win here was in 1999), including a 31-10 win in 2009.
Overall though, most recent games in the series have been like last year’s meeting, a 24-17 Auburn win at home. Six of the past seven meetings have been decided by seven points or less.
This will be the first time CBS televises an LSU-Auburn game in Tiger Stadium.
In addition to Reed, Auburn could be without leading receiver Emory Blake, who has played only one snap the past two weeks because of a knee injury.
“I think he’s definitely closer than he was this time last week,” Chizik told the Huntsville (Ala.) Times. “How far along that really is, I don’t know.”
Blake has 19 catches for 333 yards with four touchdowns.
Defensive ends Dee Ford (back), Justin Delaine (knee) and LaDarius Owens (lower leg), offensive guard Jared Cooper (lower leg) as well as running back Jared Cooper are listed as out for Saturday’s game.