Thursday, January 1, 2009

LSU 38, Georgia Tech 3: Media Roundup

Later in the weekend, I'll take a look at what the bowl performances and the recruiting season may say about how the depth chart will look next year.

But for now, here's a roundup of what the mainstream media folks and bloggers are saying about LSU's decisive pounding of Georgia Tech.

Coley Harvey of Mauled, maimed and downright outplayed by the LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve night, the No. 14 Yellow Jackets had hardly anything to celebrate, as they were humbled by the unranked Tigers in a mind-blowing 38-3 loss.

Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution: This game was supposed to be a reward. It turned out to be some bad acid flashback to bowl flops of years past. But at least back then, the Jackets suffered their humiliation in Boise and nobody really cared. Or noticed.

George Morris of the Advocate: Let the record show on defense the Tigers swaggered their way into the new year. LSU’s defense played its best game of the year in a 38-3 Chick-fil-A Bowl rout of Georgia Tech.

Joe Schiefelbein of the Advocate: With his coming-out party, Jefferson takes a considerable lead into a spring quarterback derby, if one exists.

Randy Rosetta of the Advocate: ...freshman Jordan Jefferson slammed the door on any doubt of who the quarterback of LSU’s immediate future is with an MVP performance ...

Scott Hotard of the Advocate, quoting GT safety Morgan Burnett: “Those guys looked like a defending national champion."

James Varney of the Times-Picayune: All of which suggests the Tigers have found a quarterback. But later this month, high school phenom Russell Shepard will enroll at LSU. The rose in what some services now rate as the nation's best recruiting class is also a quarterback from Texas, which gives the Tigers plenty of options at the position come spring.

Pete Fiutak of Scout: Going into next year, Jordan Jefferson might seem like the answer under center, but the coaching staff has to quickly figure out if it's going to be that big a slam dunk. Will Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee get any real chances to work and win the job? Les Miles has to at least keep the competition open.

Richard Pittman from And the Valley Shook: Jefferson was outstanding in the first half, but came back to earth in the second. He wasn't bad, but he reminded me that he was a true freshman making only his 2nd career start.

Dandy Don from, well, I was also very happy with LSU's kicking game that kept Ga Tech backed up close to their goal line and gave them bad field position to start drives. Josh Jasper, who had struggled all season with his kicks, kicked four into the end zone and two resulted in touch-backs. The other two were returned but for only 17 and 20 yards. I was also pleased with Brady Dalfrey's punting. Dalfrey had good distance and height.

Spencer Hall on the SportingNews Sporting Blog: Les Miles puts on his Scream mask, grabs a knife, and calls you on a phone that is INSIDE THE HOUSE by calling a fake punt in the fourth quarter of a 38-3 blowout. Hey, the fans decided to spend New Year's with you: give 'em some freakin' fireworks, even if you happen to be pointing that lit Roman Candle directly in the face of Georgia Tech.

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