BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Two games into the season, third-ranked LSU 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, Jones is barred from playing because of unspecified academic matters and Faulk hurt his left knee in practice last week, requiring surgery that is expected to sideline him for the season.
Mathieu's replacement at cornerback has been freshman Jalen Mills, who had seven tackles and an interception during the Tigers' 41-3 demolition of ...