Sunday, September 9, 2012
Alfred Blue continues to roll as starter
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Spencer Ware was healthy and running hard. Michael Ford looked fast and Kenny Hilliard was a load.
Alfred Blue, however, did nothing to indicate that he isn't LSU's main running back going forward during LSU's 41-3 romp over Washington Saturday.
Blue turned in his second straight 100-yard game to start the season, rambling for 101 yards and a touchdown on a mere 14 carries.
"It means I've just started out great," said Blue, a junior who jumped LSU's top two rushers from last season, Ware and Ford, to become the starter at the end of August camp. "But I've just got to keep on running hard, running physical and helping my team win."
Blue was a little opportunistic in becoming a starter. Ware, last season's opening day starter and second-leading rusher for the season, had a nagging leg injury and did not play in last week's 41-14 season-opening win over North Texas. Ford, the Tigers' leading rusher last season, had an academic issue that was cleared up during the UNT week that allowed him to play, but deep off the bench.
Blue, third on the team last season with 539 yards, took advantage by going for 123 yards on 14 carries in the opener and showed it was no fluke against a better defense in the second game, getting outside at will, including a 21-yard touchdown run for LSU's first score of the night.
He became the first Tiger since Charles Scott in 2008 to break 100 yards in the first two games for the Tigers.
Ford added 48 yards on 10 carries, Hilliard had 46 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns and Ware rushed for 38 yards on eight carries in his season debut.