LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee’s passing statistics got a boost without him having to raise his arm.
A review of game film from the Tigers’ 38-7 victory Saturday at Tennessee showed that three plays that had been recorded statistically as laterals were actually pass plays. The changes gave Lee three more completions, 23 more yards and an additional touchdown pass.
That meant he completed 13 of 17 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdowns tied a career high set against Georgia in 2008 and equaled against West Virginia last month.
Lee said during the game he assumed the plays were passes.
“I didn’t even realize (they were considered runs) during the game,” Lee said Monday. “It wasn’t something that occurred to me. I don’t know. It was close. Whoever the statistician was doing that had to make their call, but I think we got it fixed.”
The changes also meant that Russell Shepard had a 14-yard touchdown reception rather than a 14-yard touchdown run. His rushing stats were reduced to two carries for 19 yards.
Odell Beckham Jr. lost his two rushes for 9 yards as his receiving stats were increased to four catches for 24 yards.
Being No. 1 is nice, but ...
Several LSU players said they learned of the team’s No. 1 ranking in the BCS via Twitter on Sunday night. Projections had the Tigers being anywhere from one to three.
“It’s a great thing for this school, this city, this state,” Shepard said. “I was kind of paying attention before, and a lot of people thought we were going to be three; a lot of people thought we were going to be two at the highest. Nobody really thought we could be No. 1.”
Offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert put the ranking in perspective.
“It’s nice, but it really means nothing at all to me,” Hebert said. “Playing in the SEC West, if we win the games we want to win, we’re going to be afforded any opportunity we’re trying to get. Our schedule sets us up to be successful no matter where we’re ranked.”
Miles to be more vigilant
LSU coach Les Miles said there’s not a whole lot that can be done to prevent a sideline collision like the one that caused New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton’s knee and leg injuries that required surgery Monday.
Payton was injured when Saints tight end Jimmy Graham accidentally collided with him during New Orleans’ loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
“I have seen coaches that are looking for another player or not paying attention to the field, and certainly it happens on my sideline every week,” Miles said. “It is a very significant risk. You see it intermittently year after year.
“(Florida offensive coordinator) Charlie Weis had a significant injury at Notre Dame. (Penn State coach) Joe Paterno was off of the sideline and in the press box off of one of those. I do not know how you set up where you avoid it entirely. It is a risk of standing on the sideline. Frankly, I will make sure to pay better attention.”
Faulk honored by SEC
LSU left tackle Chris Faulk was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Tennessee. He played all 69 snaps and had a season-high 12.5 knockdowns.
“It is kind of nice when you have success,” Miles said of Faulk’s selection. “You move the football on the ground and move the football in the air. It is a quiet position. He has had a great fall to this date. He played very well in this last game.”
It’s the second consecutive week that that distinction went to a Tiger. Guard Will Blackwell was selected for his performance against Florida.
Line getting healthy
LSU center P.J. Lonergan returned to practice Monday after missing the Tennessee game because of an ankle injury. If Lonergan is able to play Saturday, it will be the first time since the Mississippi State game Sept. 15 that the starting line of Faulk, Hebert, Lonergan, Blackwell, and right tackle Alex Hurst has started together.
Faulk injured an ankle against State and didn’t start against West Virginia the following week. Hebert injured an ankle against West Virginia and didn’t start against Kentucky or Florida, then Lonergan went down.