What's cooking? Gator, of course, Tigers serve up Louisiana favorite on gameday _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's mascot, Mike the Tiger, cheers as the cheerleaders spell 'Tigers" at the start of the game against Sam Houston State on Sept. 6 at Tiger Stadium.

1. Dural’s status

Travin Dural received about 15 stitches to his forehead after a car accident over the weekend. He returned to practice Wednesday, coach Les Miles said, and the coach said he’ll play. Still, his status is in doubt. Dural had trouble wearing his helmet early in the week. Sure, LSU is playing UL-Monroe, but Dural is QB Antony Jennings’ go-to receiver. Jennings has targeted Dural on about 15 of his 34 attempts through the first two games. Someone else (ahem, Trey Quinn and Malachi Dupre) will need to step up.

2. Magee’s role

Senior RB Terrence Magee has had a light role in the offense over the first two games. Magee has the fewest carries (12) and yards (35) of any of LSU’s four running backs. One caller to Miles’ radio show Wednesday said Magee seemed to have been demoted. “There’s no demotion,” Miles fired back. “We want to give him a number of opportunities, and I am sensitive to the fact he hasn’t gotten enough carries.” Magee has spent much of his time pass-blocking and on special teams.

3. The QBs

Jennings has tightened his grip on the starting job, but that doesn’t mean true freshman Brandon Harris won’t see playing time. Harris showed flashes of his dual-threat ability, and Miles suggested he’ll continue to see significant snaps. Jennings looked solid against Sam Houston, but the Bearkats didn’t offer much defense. Which Jennings will we see Saturday? The one who struggled against Iowa and in the first half against Wisconsin or the guy who played well last week and in the second half vs. the Badgers.

4. Defenders to watch

If you plan to watch any LSU defensive player Saturday, keep your eye on No. 94 (defensive end Danielle Hunter) and No. 4 (linebacker Kwon Alexander). The two players have excelled during the first two weeks. Alexander was in the game for just three series against Sam Houston but made a handful of plays. His second half against Wisconsin helped LSU storm back for the win. Hunter has been whipping his man on the edge during the first two games.