Two games into the season, third-ranked Louisiana State University is now playing without two of its top players and a projected starter at a third spot.
It’s just a little hard to tell when they’ve won their first two games by a combined score of 82-17.
“We have a quality two-deep,” LSU head coach Les Miles said. “We lose a guy and someone has to step into the breach. That guy has to play to the responsibility of the position.”
The big losses to the lineup so far are 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu at cornerback and punt returner, left tackle Chris Faulk and linebacker Tahj Jones.
Mathieu was dismissed in August for failed drug tests, Faulk hurt his left knee in practice last week, requiring surgery that is expected to sideline him for the season.
Jones started the season academically ineligible and Miles said on Wednesday that Jones would not play this year, though he didn’t say why.
GEORGIA: Now that Chase Vasser is back from a two-game suspension, the junior outside linebacker wants to pick up where he left off.
He was slotted into Georgia’s starting “Sam” outside linebacker spot before his suspension.
“I’ve proved myself,” Vasser said. “Coaches are really pleased with what I’ve been doing. I’ve just got to come back and show that I’m not rusty.”
PENN STATE: The team announced Wednesday that starting receiver Shawney Kersey had left the Nittany Lions for personal reasons. He remains enrolled in school. Kersey was one of the most experienced returning wideouts following the transfer of Justin Brown to Oklahoma and offseason departure of Devon Smith.