Kendell Beckwith felt the tinge in his hamstring.
Oh no, he thought. Not again.
“One of the biggest games of the year, man,” the LSU linebacker said Monday with a shake of the head.
Beckwith missed just one drive of the Tigers’ 20-13 overtime loss to Alabama on Saturday, but he played at less than full strength for the final three quarters.
He re-injured his hamstring early in the second quarter on Alabama’s fifth drive of the game. Beckwith first injured the hamstring in the 10-7 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 25.
He played at “80 percent” the rest of the way against the Crimson Tide.
“I could go sideline to sideline. All-out sprint? Nah,” Beckwith said. “It was hurting. I knew I had to toughen up and man through it.”
Beckwith received only limited reps in Monday’s practice, he said, but he expects his hamstring to be OK when No. 20 LSU (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) travels to play Arkansas (4-5, 0-5) on Saturday night in Fayetteville.
“It’s going to be ready,” he said.
Beckwith is the key cog in an LSU defense that’s allowed an average of less than 110 rushing yards per game over the last month. Arkansas is 12th nationally in yards per carry, gaining 5.7 per rush.
He called the hamstring “pretty sore” Monday night during interviews with reporters.
Beckwith returned to the Alabama game after locker-room treatment that included “dry needling,” an acupuncture-like method of healing muscle pain.
“Loosens the muscle up,” Beckwith said. “Put a band on it so I can fully extend. I just went out there and played through it.”
Stokes: An accidental ‘pantsing’
At least one Bama fan said LSU tight end Logan Stokes should be suspended the rest of the season for an incident Saturday during the Tigers’ loss to the Tide.
Stokes pulled down the pants of Bama linebacker Reggie Ragland, exposing some of Ragland’s rear end on national television and inciting some nasty messages from Tide fans.
“Guess I should take my own life after that,” a joking Stokes said Monday. “I get back to the locker room, and I can’t even open up my cell phone. People are letting me know what they think. Some woman messaged me and said, ‘I’ve been an Alabama fan for 30 years,’ and she’s never seen anything like that, and she thinks I should be suspended for the remainder of the year.”
Stokes said he was only trying to pull Ragland off of the pile of players after a tackle, but Ragland wasn’t wearing a belt. He said he apologized to Ragland during the game.
“I think he said it was intentional, but it wasn’t intentional,” Stokes said. “I’m actually a great prankster, so if I was going to ‘pants’ him, it would have been a lot better than that. Everybody saw the top half of his butt for 2 seconds, and you would have thought I just pulled the biggest prank ever. It’s not the case.”
Collins gets Senior Bowl invite
LSU left tackle La’el Collins has received an invitation to the Senior Bowl, he said Monday.
Collins, viewed by some as a first-round NFL draft pick, was expected to receive an invitation to the postseason all-star game, which us Jan. 24 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
Collins hasn’t made a decision on playing in the game. He’s focused on the rest of this season.
“I haven’t even looked into yet,” he said.
Safety Craig Loston and linebacker Lamin Barrow were LSU players who played in the Senior Bowl last year.