Gallery: Mississippi State at LSU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott throws as LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture and defensive end Jermauria Rasco try to knock down the pass during the teams' game Sept. 20.

Jermauria Rasco is happy LSU doesn’t still have to play Auburn and Mississippi State.

“I’m just glad we got them out of the way early on,” the Tigers defensive end said.

Two games into an eight-game Southeastern Conference schedule, LSU (4-2, 0-2) has played arguably the best two teams and most explosive offenses in the nation.

Not to mention the quarterbacks. Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott has the second-best odds (5-2) to win the Heisman Trophy, and Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall is third at 11-2, according to Bovada’s most recent odds.

“Hands down,” Raco said when asked if Marshall and Prescott will be the two best quarterbacks LSU will face this season.

Still, the Tigers have a handful of dual-threat quarterbacks waiting on the schedule. That begins this week at Florida (3-1, 2-1) with Jeff Driskel, a struggling junior who threw three interceptions before being pulled in a 10-9 win over Tennessee.

Driskel (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) has run for 113 yards on 32 carries. Rasco compared him to Prescott, who ran for 105 yards and threw for 268 in a 34-29 win over LSU on Sept. 20.

“Jeff Driskel, he’s no sleeper,” Rasco said. “He’s more of a Dak kind of quarterback, a little smaller. He could run with it too. He can do the same thing those guys do in their offense.”

LSU has struggled in slowing mobile quarterbacks this season. The Tigers have allowed the second-most rushing yards to a quarterback this season (379), according to ESPN stats and info.

Driskel won’t be the last mobile quarterback LSU will meet. Texas A&M has Kenny Hill, and Ole Miss has Bo Wallace. Rasco is focused on this week’s guy for now.

“We got to make sure Jeff doesn’t get loose on us and try our best to contain him,” he said.

DT cleared

Defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao tweeted Monday night he’s been cleared by doctors to play in this week’s game at Florida.

Lealaimatafao, a three-star freshman from Florida, has been recovering from an incident this summer in which he severely sliced his right arm while punching through a window during a fight with a teammate.

Defensive tackle has been a weak point for the Tigers. Coach Les Miles suggested on his radio show last week that Lealaimatafao would play against the Gators. Lealaimatafo missed the first month of practice.

“He’s getting stronger,” Miles said last week. “I’d not be surprised if we get him some action, maybe, at Florida.”

Willis in fight

Florida freshman defensive end Gerald Willis, a former LSU recruit and New Orleans native, was involved in a fight with a teammate outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Monday over a pair of football cleats, according to multiple reports.

Willis and Florida’s third-string quarterback, Skyler Mornhinweg, traded punches.

The misunderstanding was over a pair of Mornhinweg’s football cleats, according to the incident report with University of Florida Police Department.

It’s the second off-the-field incident of the week in Gainesville, Florida. Backup quarterback Treon Harris is being investigated for sexual assault with a female student.

The team canceled coach Will Muschamp’s weekly press conference Monday, is not making players available for interviews this week and suspended Harris.


LSU and Florida will meet as unranked teams for the first time since 1989. That year, Florida won 16-13 on a last-second field goal. … Miles goes after his 100th win at LSU on Saturday. He’s looking to become just the second coach in school history to win 100 games (Charles McClendon won 137 games in 18 years). … LSU is 24-1 under Miles following a loss. The Tigers have loss back-to-back games just one time since Miles took over in 2005. The only time LSU has lost consecutive games under Miles came in 2008 when the Tigers dropped back-to-back games to Ole Miss and Arkansas in November.

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