It took five quarters for sophomore tailback Jeremy Hill to get into the game for LSU.
When he finally did, Hill went back to what he did last season: scoring touchdowns.
Hill’s first carry after what amounted to a one-game suspension last Saturday against TCU was a 3-yard touchdown run with 14:20 left in the third quarter of this Saturday’s game against UAB.
Hill was suspended from the team in April after being arrested for punching a man April 27 outside a bar near the LSU campus.
He was placed on probation in January 2012 after pleading guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile stemming from his arrest in 2011 while a student at Redemptorist High School.
A judge Aug. 5 ruled Hill did not violate his probation in the bar fight. LSU coach Les Miles immediately reinstated Hill to the team and allowed him to practice that day but held him out of play against TCU.
Lightning delays home opener
It never rains in Tiger Stadium, they say.
Lightning strikes are another matter.
Only a few drops fell on LSU’s 90th home opener Saturday night, but kickoff was delayed 40 minutes by lightning in the area. The game was played without further interruption.
It wasn’t a big recruiting weekend for LSU, but there were some top prospects on hand.
According to 24/7 Sports, among those in attendance was uncommitted four-star defensive end Davon Godchaux (6-foot-4, 271 pounds) from Plaquemine. Godchaux is No. 99 on the Rivals 100 for 2014, No. 150 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 and No. 216 on the ESPN 300.
Several LSU commitments were on hand, among them University High offensive guard Garrett Brumfield (6-4, 285), Westlake tight end Jacory Washington (6-5, 211), Woodville (Miss.) Wilkinson County athlete prospect Devon Voorhies (6-1, 199) and 2015 running back Nick Brossette (6-0, 210) of U-High.
LSU junior receiver Odell Beckham Jr. became the first Tigers receiver to have back-to-back 100-yard games since 2006.
It took Beckham less than one quarter to accomplish the feat, which came when he caught a 22-yard TD pass from Zach Mettenberger with 2:29 left in the first. He finished with 136 yards and five touchdowns receiving on just five catches and 331 all-purpose yards overall.
The last Tiger to have two straight 100-yard receiving games was Dwayne Bowe in 2006.
LSU, which has for the better part of the past decade had 30 or more players on NFL rosters, has 39 players on the Opening Day active rosters this year.
Thirty-five of the 39 played for Miles. Three other players are on injured reserve, and another is on a practice squad, giving LSU a total of 43 players in the NFL.
Nine of the 11 defensive starters from LSU’s 2011 season-opening win over Oregon are on active rosters, while 17 players (12 defense, five offense) played in the BCS championship game against Alabama in January 2012.
CBS is expected to pick Monday between the Sept. 21 LSU-Auburn game and Tennessee -Florida for its 2:30 p.m. time slot. ... Freshman CB Rashard Robinson saw his first action after missing most of preseason practice waiting to be cleared by the NCAA. ... LSU paid UAB $900,000 for the game. ... LSU has won 43 straight regular-season nonconference games (33 straight under Miles) and 27 straight overall in September.
Advocate sportswriters Sheldon Mickles, Les East and Matthew Harris contributed to this report.