Colin Jeter is quick with the answer.
“One,” he said.
Jeter, the LSU tight end who’s a junior-college transfer from Texas, participated in one play during the Tigers’ season-opening win over Wisconsin on Aug. 30 in Houston.
His number of snaps grew to “35 to 40” in Saturday’s 56-0 win over Sam Houston State, he said. Jeter didn’t only play in the second half, with the game in hand. He saw action often in the first half, playing in the position that senior Travis Dickson normally occupies.
Dickson fumbled against Wisconsin and had his snaps dramatically drop against Sam Houston State. Jeter was there to take the reps. His evaluation?
“First-game jitters playing,” he said.
Jeter went out for a pass — a crossing route — just once Saturday. He mostly blocked, sometimes lined up as the H-back in the backfield.
Either way, the 6-foot-6, 235-pounder has found a bigger role than many might have expected, and he’s set to play a ton when No. 10 LSU (2-0) hosts Louisiana-Monroe (2-0) on Saturday.
His career began by signing with Air Force out of Longview High but spent just a few weeks there. His mother was diagnosed with cancer, and he transferred to Kilgore College, a junior college, to be closer to her. Jeter’s mother has overcome the illness.
He just happened to be working out over the summer at Longview High when LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensminger dropped by, searching for a tight end. Jeter’s meeting with Ensminger turned into a trip to camp, which led to a scholarship offer.
“This whole thing’s been crazy,” Jeter said.
Just for kicks
LSU junior Chris Sciambra may be better known for his time in Alex Box Stadium as an outfielder for baseball coach Paul Mainieri, but he’s recently found himself sporting pads as a walk-on kicker for Les Miles.
Sciambra had a reason for putting down the glove and picking up the pigskin in recent weeks.
“I used to kick in my free time,” Sciambra said. “I had made friends back with Drew Alleman when he was here, and now Colby (Delahoussaye) and Jamie Keehn and those guys. I would come over here and kick with them for fun.”
He said he plans to split time between football and baseball once fall scrimmages begin in a month. Scrimmages happen later in the afternoon, which don’t conflict with morning kicking practice.
Anthony Jennings and Travin Dural hooked up for a 94-yard touchdown pass to begin — and end — LSU’s first possession against Sam Houston State.
The pass broke the record for the longest pass play in school history, a mark previously held by Ensminger, the tight ends coach.
Miles on Wednesday said Jennings and Dural were given the game ball after the game. They signed the ball and wrote “Records were meant to be broken,” then gave it to Ensminger.
LSU DTs not charged
LSU defensive tackles Davon Godchaux and Trey Lealaimatafao are being sent through pretrial diversion and can have their misdemeanor arrests expunged.
Over the summer, Lealaimatafao was accused of stealing a bicycle outside LSU’s Middleton Library, and Godchaux was accused of tossing firecrackers into a campus apartment. They were issued misdemeanor citations.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore, instead of charging them with the crimes, is sending them through pretrial diversion, a program for first-time offenders.
LSU will wear its traditional purple jerseys against Louisiana-Monroe. The Tigers wear purple tops for home nonconference games, excluding the home opener. … Miles has won 23 games in a row at home in September since dropping his debut game in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 26, 2005, a 30-27 overtime decision to Tennessee. ... LSU and UL-Monroe have met just twice in football, with the Tigers winning by a combined score of 100-7. LSU routed the Warhawks 49-7 in 2003 en route to winning the BCS championship, then shut out UL-Monroe 51-0 in 2010.
Advocate sportswriters Scott Rabalais and Sheldon Mickles contribute to this report.