GAINESVILLE, Fla. - LSU played as close to full strength as it’s been all season Saturday against Florida.
Right tackle Toby Weathersby, defensive end Rashard Lawrence, F-back JD Moore and running back Derrius Guice all got the starting nod after missing last week’s loss to Troy.
Coach Ed Orgeron said earlier this week that freshman Saahdiq Charles would probably start at right tackle for Weathersby, who is battling an undisclosed injury. Lawrence and Guice were expected to play in the game after missing last week.
Lawrence has battled several ankle injuries this season, missing three of the first five games. Guice appeared to sustain a left knee injury late in the game against MississippiState. Both players practiced some this week.
Moore is dealing with an undisclosed injury that forced him to miss last week’s game.
Wide receiver Derrick Dillon became the third LSU player to be disqualified from a game this season when he was flagged for targeting at the end of a pass play from Danny Etling to Darrel Williams late in the first period.
At the end of a 12-yard play, Dillon had a helmet-to-helmet hit on Florida cornerback CJ Henderson and had to leave the game. Dillon had to sit out the second half, but will be eligible to return for Saturday’s game against Auburn.
Inside linebacker Donnie Alexander and defensive end Neil Farrell were ejected in the second half of the Mississippi State game on Sept. 16.
Narcisse on trip
LSU brought all five of its scholarship quarterbacks to Florida, including freshman Lowell Narcisse.
The Tigers left behind Narcisse on the trip to MississippiState on Sept. 16, and coach Ed Orgeron said the next week that the rookie from St. James would likely redshirt this year. Narcisse joined starter Danny Etling, Myles Brennan, Justin McMillan and Caleb Lewis, who serves as the backup place-kicking holder and signals in offensive plays.
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The favorite is … LSU
After opening as a five-point underdog to Florida last Sunday, according to the in Las Vegas oddsmakers, LSU was actually favored by two points about 90 minutes before Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Tigers remained a two-point underdog as late as Friday night before the large swing early Saturday.
Youth is served
Seven of the 10 defensive backs who dressed out for LSU against Florida were freshmen or redshirt freshmen.
The true freshmen were cornerbacks Kary Vincent and Jontre Kirklin and safeties Grant Delpit, Todd Harris and JaCoby Stevens. The redshirt freshmen were cornerback Greedy Williams and safety Eric Monroe. The three upperclassmen were junior cornerbacks Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver and junior safety John Battle.
Receiver Dee Anderson traveled with the team for the first time this season. He did not go with the team to New Orleans for the season opener and was not on the trip to Starkville, Mississippi, for the game against MississippiState. … Redshirt sophomore defensive back Xavier Lewis did not make the trip after missing this week of practice for undisclosed reasons. Orgeron listed him as “questionable” earlier this week.
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