LSU Tigers: D.J. Dean

Week 14 helmet stickers

December, 1, 2013
Here are three LSU players who earned helmet stickers with their exceptional play in Friday's 31-27 win against Arkansas:

Jarvis Landry: There likely have been better catches than the 32-yard, left-handed grab Landry made over Arkansas cornerback D.J. Dean on LSU's fourth-quarter field-goal drive, but it's a short list. Landry has made a habit of posterizing Razorbacks defenders, but this was the topper. Just an unbelievable catch -- and the capper on another outstanding outing in which he finished with eight catches for 113 yards. With running mate Odell Beckham out of the game with an injury, Landry's Tigers needed him to deliver, and he certainly did.

Anthony Jennings: The true freshman quarterback entered the game under almost impossible circumstances, and yet he delivered a winning performance. LSU was down 27-21 when Jennings entered the game after senior Zach Mettenberger went down with a knee injury on the same play where Landry made his ridiculous catch. Jennings completed the drive, which ended with an LSU field goal, so the Tigers needed at least a field goal to tie when Arkansas' Sam Irwin-Hill punted the ball to the LSU 1 with 3:04 to play. No problem. Jennings went 4-for-6 for 76 yards -- including the game-winning 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 to play -- and also ran twice for 23 yards as LSU mounted the game-winning drive.

Jeremy Hill: Almost put cornerback Jalen Mills here -- and he certainly made some big plays -- but Hill deserves the mention. LSU leaned heavily on its big bull of a tailback, and he delivered with 20 carries for 145 yards, good for an average of 7.3 yards per carry. Hill's 52-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave LSU a 21-20 lead. It was also his fourth TD run of 50-plus yards this season, which leads the SEC and is tied with Indiana's Tevin Coleman for second in the FBS, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

SEC freshmen power rankings

September, 25, 2013

We're continuing to look at the first quarter of the 2013 college football season today by checking out the effect true freshmen have had. We know that the days of freshmen sitting back and watching are over, and SEC teams have made sure to get the youngsters on the field as quickly as possible.

Who has received the best results from their freshmen through the first four weeks? Who not only has quantity but quality when it comes from the freshmen impact? Take a look:

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Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesTrue freshman WR Laquon Treadwell has been one of several instant-impact rookies for Ole Miss.
1. Ole Miss: The Rebels might have had the most talked about recruiting class this past spring, and boy has it delivered. Coach Hugh Freeze was concerned about the class receiving too much hype, but these kids haven't had trouble adapting to the college game. Heading into this week's Alabama game, Ole Miss has five true freshmen as starters on the depth chart. The headliners in the class have been defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, who has 10 tackles, including four for loss, and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who is averaging 5.3 catches per game and has 154 receiving yards. Tight end Evan Engram has also had a major impact, catching 11 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns, while offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil will make his second straight start at left tackle. Starting nickel corner Tony Conner intercepted a pass on his first career defensive snap, while offensive lineman Austin Golson has played around 50 percent of the snaps.

2. Georgia: The Bulldogs knew they were going to have to get a lot out of their freshman class, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Through the first four weeks of the season, six of Georgia's top 15 tacklers are freshmen: safety Tray Matthews (14), linebacker Leonard Floyd (12), cornerback Brendan Langley (10), safety Quincy Mauger (five), defensive lineman John Taylor (four) and linebacker Reggie Carter (four). The Bulldogs have played 14 true freshmen this season, which ranks third nationally. Ten of them have played on the defensive side of the ball and three of them -- Matthews, Floyd and Langley -- have started. In addition, freshman receiver Reggie Davis has two catches for 134 yards, including a school-record 98-yard touchdown reception against North Texas.

3. Arkansas: The first thing you think about when you see this Razorbacks team is the running game. Alex Collins became the first freshman in SEC history to begin his career with three straight 100-yard rushing games and the first true freshman in the NCAA to record three straight 100-yard rushing games to start his career since Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson had nine straight in 2004. Collins leads the SEC with 481 rushing yards, is averaging 120.3 yards per game and has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week twice. Tight end Hunter Henry is second on the team with eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. Offensive tackle Denver Kirkland grabbed a handful of snaps against Southern Miss, while fellow tackle Dan Skipper blocked a field goal against Rutgers. Cornerback D.J. Dean has received a lot of snaps this fall as well.

4. Tennessee: Fourteen true freshmen and 22 freshmen overall have played for the Vols this season. Three true freshmen have made starts this season: wide receiver Marquez North (four), defensive back Cameron Sutton (four) and wide receiver Josh Smith (two). North, who leads the team with 12 catches for 112 yards, became the first true freshman to start the season opener for Tennessee at receiver since Marsalis Teague in 2009, while Sutton is the first true freshman defensive back to start a season opener since Justin Coleman in 2011. Defensive back Malik Foreman intercepted a pass in his debut against Austin Peay, becoming the first true freshman to record a pick in his Vols debut in the season opener since Dwayne Goodrich in 1996. Defensive back Devaun Swafford recorded a pick-six in Tennessee's loss to Florida last week.

5. LSU: The Tigers have played 14 true freshmen this season, and eight of those are defensive players. Cornerback Tre'Davious White is the only freshman to make a start this year, doing so against Kent State and Auburn. White has 17 tackles on the season, including one for loss, and has also forced a fumble and broken up a pass. Kendell Beckwith has received some good snaps at linebacker and on special teams. He also lines up at defensive end to provide more of a pass-rushing threat on third downs. Defensive lineman Christian LaCouture has seen time in the rotation along the Tigers' defensive line.


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