Relief fund set up for Blue

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (16) is stopped by Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams, center, and linebacker Courtney Upshaw (41) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Gainesville, Fla.
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (16) is stopped by Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams, center, and linebacker Courtney Upshaw (41) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Gainesville, Fla.

LSU back’s family lost home to fire

A relief fund has been established to help LSU running back Alfred Blue and his family in the wake of a fire that recently destroyed their home and all of their belongings.

Blue lived in the home with his mother, grandmother, and three younger siblings ranging in age from 4 to 15.

Under NCAA rules, LSU is permitted to accept financial gifts and manage an account to assist the Blue family.ᅧ Those interested in assisting can make contributions to the Tiger Athletic Foundation by going to http://www.lsutaf.org.

According to NCAA rules, all contributions must go through this fund, the Relief-4-Blue fund.ᅧFinancial contributions to this fund are not tax deductible and not eligible for LSU Priority Points.

Blue, a sophomore from Boutte, is coming off his best game as a Tiger, rushing for a team-high 72 yards and one touchdown in LSU’s 35-7 win over Kentucky last week. Blue is third on the team with 148 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

LSU not changing preps

LSU said its preparation for Florida won’t change even though starting quarterback John Brantley won’t play because of a lower leg injury suffered in a 38-10 loss to Alabama last week.

True freshman Jeff Driskel replaced Brantley last week and appears to be the likely starter against LSU.

“He’s a true freshman, so he may be a little more intimidated given that his first start is in Tiger Stadium,” LSU safety Eric Reid said. “But he was highly recruited coming out of high school, so we can’t play easy or let up. We know he’s a good quarterback, and we have to prepare just like we would for any team.”

Driskel was the top quarterback recruit in the country last season, choosing Florida over the Tigers and Alabama, among other teams.

Driskel , 6-foot-4, 235 pounds. completed two of six passes for 14 yards and had a 31-yard run last week.

“I see that this quarterback is tall, runs well, has the ability to see the field, and has a very strong arm,” Tigers coach Les Miles said.

Staying balanced

LSU had trouble running the ball early in its 35-7 victory against Kentucky last week. The Tigers had just 12 yards rushing on 11 carries in the first quarter.

“We had a made a couple of rookie mistakes in there that we shouldn’t have made,” Miles said. “It gave us probably in three drives some negative plays that we really did not need to have. Frankly, we’re better than how we blocked on those plays.

“The need to make some adjustment was there, but at the same time, I think we could have come off the football better and had some more success. The mark of the day eventually is the ability to make the adjustment and then go on.”

The Tigers wound up balanced with 179 rushing yards and 169 passing yards. That is consistent with the first four games. For the season LSU has 885 passing yards and 863 rushing yards.

Tigerama concert is Friday

The LSU band will present this year’s annual Tigerama concert Friday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and a VIP reception and silent auction will be held before the concert, which is set to begin at 8 p.m.

Tigerama is a concert held to celebrate the current LSU football season and to highlight the musical and performance ensembles that are part of the LSU Department of Bands.

The evening includes performances by the LSU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds and Tiger Band, featuring the Golden Girls and Colorguard.

All proceeds from the Tigerama auction, reception and concert will be dedicated to help fund scholarships for Tiger Band as well as the LSU School of Music.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. General admission is $20, $5 for elementary, high-school and college students.

For more information, visit http://www.lsutigerama.com.