Tape It Up: LSU: Quarterback Questions

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LSU: Quarterback Questions

Fifth-year senior Matt Flynn has clearly earned his spot under center at No. 2 LSU, having led the tigers to two convincing wins that have some pollsters rethinking their USC = Unbeatable mentality. Unfortunately, Flynn has missed several days of practice this week, which means he may not find himself under center for Saturday's game. The Tigers are taking on Middle Tennessee State, which is a far cry from Virginia Tech, but they'd like to have their go-to guy healthy either way. And as of now, healthy is one thing Flynn is not.

Flynn hurt his right ankle in the first half of last week's win over then-No. 9 Virginia Tech. Although he played through some of the second half, he was certainly not at full strength and sat out of all of practice on Monday before taking part in only portions of Tuesday's and Wednesday's practices, sans pads. Head coach Les Miles said that the injury did not require x-rays, but the senior doubts his being able to start Saturday against MTSU. And starting him in a game after missing significant practice time may not be the best of decisions.

Sophomore Ryan Perrilloux took over for the injured Flynn in the fourth quarter and did not disappoint, connecting for two touchdowns and gaining the confidence of the team. Still, Perrilloux's off-the-field miscues, including an arrest for attempting to enter a Baton Rouge riverboat casino with a fake ID, have made for a distant, at best, relationship between quarterback and coach. The sophomore was suspended throughout the summer months because coaches found his judgment to be lacking - which had nothing to do with his production on the football field.

Flynn has had a nearly flawless run in his first two games, throwing for two touchdown passes and no interceptions, and averaging 172.5 yards per game. He is completing a whopping 63% of his passes. LSU clearly is pushing Flynn to lead the Tigers to glory, and they do not want to be without him for any period of time, no matter who the opponent may be. Flynn will most likely start on Saturday, but watch for limping around that tender ankle - if he does have to miss a game, Saturday's may not be the worst one to watch from outside the lines.

Safety Craig Steltz also missed Tuesday's practice, but no announcement has been made about any injury to the starter. Steltz's four interceptions are the best in major college football, and he would sure like to pad those numbers against MTSU on Saturday.

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