Scouting Report: McNeese State _lowres


The basics

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium

TV: SEC Network (alternate channel)

Radio:WDGL-FM, 98.1, in Baton Rouge; WWL-AM, 870, and WWL-FM, 105.3, in New Orleans; KLWB-FM, 103.7, in Acadiana

Series: LSU leads 1-0

Last Meeting: LSU 32, McNeese 10 (Oct. 16, 2010)

The opponent: McNeese State

Record: 0-0 (0-0 Southland Conference)

Offensive leaders:QB Daniel Sams, RB Ryan Ross, LT Quentin Marsh

Defensive leaders: WS Brent Spikes, FS Wallace Scott, WLB Bo Brown

Rumblings:After going 6-5 last season, McNeese is picked to finish third by the Southland coaches this summer, while the league’s SIDs had the Cowboys fourth.

The offense — What you don’t want to hear

Sams is a shifty dual-threat quarterback who rushed for 711 yards and threw for 624 in splitting time in 2014.

The offense — What you do want to hear

The Cowboys, who don’t throw the ball a lot, lost their top two receivers from last year to graduation.

The defense — What you don’t want to hear

Spikes, a preseason All-America pick, is an active player who led the team in tackles and interceptions a year ago.

The defense — What you do want to hear

McNeese State’s defensive line was hit hard by graduation, losing three of four starters from that group.

Sheldon Mickles