It might not be paradise for Les Miles and his LSU Tigers on Thanksgiving Day when they visit Texas A&M in the newly expanded 106,000-seat Kyle Field in College Station.
Former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been the subject of much talk at LSU this week after his amazing three fingertip grab Sunday night for the Giants against the Cowboys. The catch may have shocked the world, but not the Tigers.
"We're so used to seeing things like that, especially in practice," said redshirt freshman wide receiver John Diarse.
"ESPN blew it up like that," said sophomore cornerback Dwayne Thomas. "It was like, 'Wow, they're excited,' I mean, they should just come to an LSU practice. That's just what they do all day. He does it in warmups like it's nothing."
"It's something that we would've expected," said Miles.
LSU's current passing attack certainly hasn't produced anything nearly as dynamic. Tiger fans are wondering whether freshman quarterback Brandon Harris will finally see any game action this week or if it will be Anthony Jennings wire-to-wire again.
"I would want to assess this week fully before I commented on that. Again, both guys are getting better and again, Brandon Harris is getting better. Ever since I've been here, I think I've gotten questions about the quarterback spot. Not the free safety. Certainly, not about the defensive end. But the quarterback, I recognize that and it should be. It should be because it's an awfully important spot on our team," Miles explained.
"Everybody has to do their job. Not only quarterbacks, but receivers, running backs, offensive line, tight ends, everybody as a whole and as a unit," Diarse added.
To be truthful, LSU may not have to pass the football much. Texas A&M's marshmallow defense ranks second to last against the run in the SEC. It allows 208 yards per game.
"I think our running backs are looking forward to coming to the field and running the football," Miles said.
"I think it's time for our running game to come back into full effect and this week is definitely going to be the week," Diarse stated.
LSU has never suffered a three-game losing streak under Miles and the Tigers certainly hope to keep it that way on Thursday.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
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