The other side: Sam Houston State’s LaDarius Brown
Why he’s good
Sam Houston State junior receiver LaDarius Brown has quite the story.
Just a season ago, Brown was a key member of the TCU offense, catching 63 passes for 778 yards and seven touchdowns. Then in February, he was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession, which led to his release from the Horned Frogs.
He’s looking to rebuild his brand with the Bearkats. Brown’s numbers at TCU prove he can match up against prime Football Bowl Subdivision competition, and his 6-foot-2, 220-pound build will provide a challenge for whichever LSU cornerback lines up opposite him.
This won’t be the first time Brown has squared off against LSU, though he’d probably like to forget the previous meeting.
When LSU and TCU met at AT&T Stadium to open the 2013 campaign in Arlington, Texas, Brown finished with no receptions. Now he’ll have to match wits with Tre’Davious White or Jalen Collins, both of whom contributed to a stellar secondary effort against Wisconsin last week.
Though he won’t line up directly across from him Saturday, Brown has seen his share of LSU junior safety Jalen Mills. Mills, who is from DeSoto, Texas, grew up 20 minutes away from Brown’s hometown of Waxahachie, so the two met often in high school.
Number to know
Brown averaged 10.9 yards per reception during his sophomore season at TCU.
“I remember one guy say Randy Moss isn’t going to be that good of an NFL player. Now, there’s one of those memorable misquotes and miscues, if you will.”
-- Coach Les Miles discussing early expectations put on freshman running back Leonard Fournette
By the numbers
4: Times Sam Houston State has faced a nationally ranked Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.
12: Games in which Les Miles has started at least one true freshman.
22: Games Miles has won at LSU when trailing in the fourth quarter. Fifteen have come against ranked opponents.