Tigers running back earns SEC offensive player of the week nod
There may be no one in college football trending upward more than LSU’s Jeremy Hill.
Suspended for the first five quarters of the season, the Tigers tailback scored a touchdown the first time he touched the ball in Week 2 against Alabama-Birmingham. He followed that with a 117-yard, two-touchdown performance against Kent State.
Hill revved up for a career night Saturday against Auburn, running for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in a 35-21 LSU victory, earning Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time as a Tiger.
“It’s a great thing,” Hill said. “But our offensive line did an amazing job blocking for me. To me, it is much more of a team award.”
Hill also earned player of the week honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
“He’s the type of back every offense wants,” LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry said. “If he gets past that first wave (of defenders), he could go for 15 yards or a touchdown.”
LSU-State set for 6 p.m.
Kickoff for LSU’s Oct. 5 game at Mississippi State has been set for 6 p.m., the SEC office announced Monday morning.
One of the ESPN networks — ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU — will televise the game, with a decision on that to be announced later.
LSU’s game this Saturday at Georgia will be at 2:30 p.m. on CBS. It’s LSU’s first game on a non-ESPN network this season.
LSU came out of the Auburn game with a number of players banged up but none ruled out of the Georgia game, coach Les Miles said.
Hamstring injuries for outside linebacker Tahj Jones and safety Micah Eugene have left question marks about both players. Miles said Jones needs “rehabilitation and rest” and doesn’t face any long-term issues. But Miles skirted around whether Jones would play Saturday.
Defensive tackles Anthony “Freak” Johnson (bone bruise) and Quentin Thomas (ankle) and offensive guard Trai Turner (foot) are all probable for the game against the Bulldogs.
Both Johnson and Turner said they practiced Monday, but Thomas did not.
“I had these things in high school but didn’t even know they were called that,” Johnson said of his injury.
Linebacker Lamin Barrow left the game with a hyperextended knee but said he soon recovered and was able to practice Monday.
“I was worried when I felt my knee stretch,” Barrow said. “But when I got to the sideline, it felt like nothing was wrong.”
Mother, catcher, daughter, spy
Zach Mettenberger’s mother, Tammy, is a long-time administrative secretary in the Georgia football office — but not right now.
To avoid even the appearance of an issue, Georgia coach Mark Richt gave the LSU quarterback’s mother last week and this week off.
“They didn’t want her to be a spy for LSU,” Zach Mettenberger said with a smile.
Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Miles jokingly lamented Monday that the Tigers were losing a potential mole in the Georgia football office.
“We were really kind of hoping that we’d get the call sheet and several of the other key pieces of information,” Miles said. “But Mark kind of knew that we needed to get that done.”
Then again, Miles has other sources. His niece, Katie Browne, is a sophomore catcher on the Georgia softball team.
Browne is the daughter of Miles’ late sister, Ann Hope Browne, who was killed in a traffic accident in Addis in April 2011. “I’m going to have to call (Katie) later today and see her when I go up there,” Miles said.
Miles may have worries at his end. He said his youngest daughter, Macy Grace, came away smitten with Richt when she met him at the SEC Spring Meeting.
“She said, ‘Gee, daddy, he’s a really nice guy. Do you play those guys?’” Miles said his daughter asked. “I said, ‘Yeah.’
“So I have to keep an eye on her this week. I want to make sure she’s not mailing coach Richt our game plans.”
LSU has scored 30 or more points in its first four games for the first time in the SEC era (since 1933).
The only other times the Tigers scored 30 or more in its first four games was in 1911 and 1928.
Meanwhile, LSU has recorded 400-plus yards of total offense in their first four games for the first time ever. The Tigers’ 1,921 total yards are LSU’s most in the first four games since the 1977 team had 1,950.