BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Les Miles told reporters Wednesday what they had been suspecting for a week: Running back Alfred Blue may miss the entire season.
"I'm not overly optimistic," Miles said when asked about Blue's injury. "I think he's going to come back, but I don't know the length of time."
Pressed on whether Blue might miss the entire season, Miles said he might.
Blue started LSU's first three games, eclipsing the 100-yard mark in the first two before leaving the third game, Sept. 15 against Idaho, because of the unspecified leg injury early in the first play of the third quarter. When he went down, he was the Tigers' leading rusher on the season with 270 yards on 40 carries, though by game's end, Kenny Hilliard had passed him for the team lead.
If he is out for the year, he'll be the second Tiger to miss the season because of injury along with left tackle Chris Faulk. Also out for the season because of injury is reserve defensive end Jordan Allen.
Two other would-be starters -- cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (kicked off the team) and linebacker Tahj Jones (academics) -- were lost for the entire season during August camp.
Lonely Simon gets surprised: Life's been a little boring for LSU cornerback Tharold Simon.
With true freshman Jalen Mills replacing Mathieu at the corner position opposite Simon, the junior has been largely left alone this season with opposing offenses focused on picking on Mills or the third cornerback, redshirt freshman Jalen Collins.
So it was a surprise to Simon that, on Auburn's second play of last Saturday's 12-10 LSU win, Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier went right after Simon, throwing a deep ball down the left sideline to Sammie Coates that had Simon beat, but Simon was able to close on it and was on Coates as he dropped the pass.
"They caught me sleeping," Simon admitted. "They tried to slip one on me, thinking they'd catch me sleeping, but I was able to recover."
Simon later got his first interception of the young season on Frazier's desperation heave on the game's last play. It was rare action for Simon, who emerged as a rising star as the Tigers' third cornerback last season and has become the Tigers' top cornerback since Mathieu's departure.
"It's very lonely out there," Simon said. "But I think we're about to get to where they are going to have to start throwing it both ways sooner or later and I have to take advantage of it. I can't be caught sleeping just because I'm thinking in the back of my head that they aren't going to throw it my way."
Simon figures he'll start seeing soon for a simple reason: Avoiding him hasn't worked out for opponents so far.
Mills already has two interceptions and a pass break-up, while Collins has broken up two passes. LSU has eight interceptions, and opposing quarterbacks have completed 61 of 115 passes for a mere 571 yards and four touchdowns. LSU is third in the SEC in pass efficiency defense, 92.3.
Simon said it has everything to do with the constant improvement of the young players opponents chose to pick on, like Collins and Mills.
"They (opposing teams) are seeing it on film now," Simon said "They (Collins and Mills) aren't sleepers. People can't just say 'We're going to pick on them.' They probably haven't played too many great receivers yet, but they are showing good cover skills. And I know they are going to be great."