McNeese State vs. LSU: Key change on QB depth chart; Mike the Tiger to appear in Tiger Stadium tonight _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU ground crew members Hunter Sexton, left and Eric Campbell, right, paint the Eye of the Tiger emblem at center field in Tiger Stadium Wednesday in preparation for LSU first game of the season Saturday against McNeese State University. Sexton said a second coat will be added Friday.

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  • Mike The Tiger loaded into his mobile cage for his pregame tour around the Tiger Stadium Field. He did not participate in the pregame ritual last season for the first time in history because he refused to be loaded into the cage.
  • Match: No. 14 LSU vs. McNeese State
  • TDP: 6:39 p.m., Saturday, Tiger Stadium
  • TV: SEC Network Alternate
  • Series Record: LSU leads 1-0
  • QB Brandon Harris: LSU has anointed sophomore Brandon Harris as its new starting QB. He gets a warm-up of sorts against McNeese State on Saturday. There’s still a competition between him and junior Anthony Jennings so Harris can extend his lead in the QB race with a good outing ahead of a key two-game stretch.
  • CB Kevin Toliver: The freshman is expected to get tons of playing time at CB, especially when LSU is in the five-defensive back nickel formation. Toliver will likely replace Dwayne Thomas at cornerback when Thomas moves to the nickelback. How will he perform? He’s still in a battle with Thomas and Ed Paris.
  • ATH Donte Jackson: He’s kind of an X factor. The highly touted freshman has played offense in scrimmages as a do-it-all speedster, but will LSU flash some of its scheme against a team like McNeese State ahead of key matches with Mississippi State and Auburn? Guess we’ll see.
  • DE Arden Key: Outside of Jackson and RB Derrius Guice, no LSU freshmen has created more buzz during preseason practice. Les Miles said on his radio show earlier this week that Key will play two-thirds of the defensive snaps. Prepare for a lot of this guys as a rookie.
  • LSU D-line vs. McNeese QB Daniel Sams: Sams played a full season at quarterback at Kansas State, so he’s not slouch. He’s a dual-threat guy with some explosiveness. It’ll be a good test for an LSU defensive line that has several questions, primarily the depth. This is a good challenge for guys like Frank Herron, Greg Gilmore and Quentin Thomas. Can they be relied upon?
  • Sagarin rating: No. 155
  • Best win: N/A
  • Worst loss: N/A
  • Sagarin strength of schedule: N/A
  • Record vs. Sagarin Top 30: N/A

Last 10

  • 2010: LSU 32, McNeese 10
  • LSU: 32-10 (22 points) 2010

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