BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team did what it was supposed to do Saturday night, blowing FCS opponent Chattanooga out of Tiger Stadium 45-10. And in the process, some of LSU’s veterans and youngsters alike proved their star potential.
LSU quarterback Danny Etling showcased his deep ball Saturday night, completing 8 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown, averaging 28.4 yards per completion. And running back Derrius Guice rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns for the second week in a row, carrying 15 times for 102 yards and two scores.
Inside linebackers Devin White and Donnie Alexander paced the LSU defense with 17 combined tackles, with White adding half a sack as well. The LSU defense came away with five sacks, seven tackles for loss and two interceptions.
Here is a list of some LSU players who improved or hurt their stock on Saturday night.
Greedy Williams: The redshirt freshman cornerback was all over the field for the second week in a row Saturday night. Making his second career college start, Williams came away with five tackles, three pass breakups and one interception, pushing his total to two on the season. With the way Williams is playing in the early going, he just might be the future of LSU’s secondary, and it’s going to be tough for Kevin Toliver II to earn his starting job back.
D.J. Chark: It’s hard to raise your stock when you’re already the unquestioned No. 1 receiver on a team. But Chark more than solidified his role Saturday night, catching three passes for 103 yards and returning two punts for touchdowns, though one was called back on a penalty. Chark finished the game with 176 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.
K’Lavon Chaisson: Filling in for the still-injured Arden Key, Chaisson wreaked havoc on the Chattanooga backfield Saturday night, notching 2 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1 quarterback hurry. His four tackles were the most of any LSU outside linebacker.
Kickers: Who will be LSU’s placekicker for the rest of the season? It doesn’t seem like Ed Orgeron even knows. Jack Gonsoulin and Connor Culp went a combined 1-for-3 on field goals, missing from 40 and 47 yards respectively. Culp made a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter to break the dry spell. Culp might have a slight lead right now, but this battle doesn’t seem close to being resolved.
The perfect defense: Unlike Week 1, Dave Aranda’s LSU defense was far from perfect against Chattanooga. The unit committed four penalties, three in the first half, and allowed 242 yards of total offense and a touchdown. Chattanooga converted a field goal on its opening drive, ending LSU’s scoreless quarters streak at four to open the season.
Lowell Narcisse: Freshman quarterback Myles Brennan played most of the fourth quarter in mop-up duty Saturday night. This left fellow freshman Lowell Narcisse on the bench, solidifying Brennan as Etling’s backup and making Narcisse a strong candidate to take a redshirt. Narcisse is one of three LSU freshmen who haven’t seen the field in the Tigers’ first two games.