Junior’s two TDs help LSU rout Auburn
Rueben Randle walked into the interview room Saturday night after catching a pair of early touchdown passes in LSU’s 45-10 rout of Auburn.
To alert the media, an LSU official called out the junior receiver’s name.
“Shush,” Randle said. “Don’t tell them I’m here.”
Eight games into what has been a breakout season for the former Bastrop High School star, Randle continues to make noise as a big-play target in the LSU passing game with a penchant for scoring on long touchdown receptions.
He kept at it Saturday, catching five passes for 106 yards — all in the first half.
Jordan Jefferson found him on a stutter route with five minutes to play in the first half and hit him in stride for a 42-yard score. Jarrett Lee found him a series later to make it 21-3 on a 46-yard fade pattern 40 seconds before halftime.
Even though LSU has generally been well ahead late, Randle now has at least one touchdown reception in six of the eight games.
“As long as the quarterbacks keep placing the ball like that, we’re going to keep having a lot of big plays,” he said.
Randle was a five-star recruit, the top prospect in Louisiana as a Bastrop senior. He helped cement LSU’s 2009 signing class as one of the nation’s best when he picked the Tigers on National Signing Day.
As a true freshman, he started four games, but managed only 173 receiving yards. As a sophomore, he made 33 catches for 544 yards and three scores, including a memorable 75-yard touchdown against Alabama.
Now, he’s a clear-cut No. 1 receiver.
“He’s just that kind of player,” Lee said. “That’s why we recruited him here to LSU is he makes those kind of plays. Right now, he’s separating really well. He’s getting open. We’ve just got to get the ball in his hands.”
Randle already has three 100-yard games this season, including a four-catch, 127-yard effort against Florida earlier this month.
Next up, he gets his shot Nov. 5 against Alabama’s vaunted secondary.
“They take a lot of pride in the way they play defense, so it’s good motivation,” Randle said. “You’ve got to prepare to be your best. You’ve got to work on your technique because you know they’re going to play a lot of man-to-man.
“You’ve got to be able to make plays one-on-one.”