BATON ROUGE – LSU tailback Leonard Fournette likely did not practice on Monday, but he is expected to play Saturday against Mississippi State after sitting out last Saturday’s game with a minor ankle injury.
“We expect Leonard back and ready to go in this game,” LSU coach Les Miles said at his weekly press luncheon on Monday.
Fournette was held out of the 34-13 victory over Jacksonville State as a precaution.
“I think he’ll practice, if not every day, certainly four of those days or three of those days,” Miles said.
Sophomore Derrius Guice started in Fournette’s place and gained 155 yards on 19 carries and caught an 18-yard pass from quarterback Danny Etling.
The No. 22 Tigers (1-1) and Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2 in Tiger Stadium.
EXTRA WORK: Quarterback Danny Etling stayed after practice Monday and was throwing passes to wide receiver Malachi Dupre in the indoor facility. Dupre has dropped three passes in the Tigers’ first two games.
LSU-AUBURN TV: The Tigers’ second SEC game of the season will kick off at 5 p.m. on September 24 at Auburn and be televised by ESPN, the SEC Network announced on Monday.
TRE’DAVIOUUS WHITE HONORED: LSU senior cornerback Tre’Davious White of Shreveport was named a SEC co-special teams player of the week on Monday after returning a punt 60 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 34-13 win over Jacksonville State Saturday.
White went backwards for about 10 yards before reversing his field and turning it up the right sideline for the score, which put the Tigers up 27-10 with 20 seconds to go until halftime. It was his third punt return for a touchdown in his career.
In LSU’s season opener against Wisconsin, White returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown. He is the first non-offensive LSU player to score touchdowns in the first two games of a season since cornerback Jonathan Zenon returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in the opener against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2006 and returned another interception 41 yards for a touchdown the next week against Arizona.
GO GOLD: LSU will wear special gold jersey tops for its “Gold Game” against Mississippi State Saturday. A mannequin with the uniform was on display in the Tigers’ indoor facility Monday.
“I like it,” safety Jamal Adams said. “I can’t wait. New uniforms, first SEC game – it’s going to be great.”
JOSH BOUTTE BACK: LSU right guard Josh Boutte will return to action Saturday against Mississippi State after sitting out the Jacksonville State game because of a suspension for a flagrant personal foul against Wisconsin.
Miles seemed to say that Boutte will not return to the starting lineup this week. Maea Teuhema started at right guard last week.
“Well, Maea played well,” Miles said. “I think you move him around, but you integrate him (Boutte) into that line pretty quickly. We’ll see if we can infuse him into the line some.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We felt like we needed a little pick-me-up.”
---LSU coach Les Miles on why he replaced starting quarterback Brandon Harris with Danny Etling in the second quarter Saturday.