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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Mark of greatness

While I firmly believe JaMarcus Russell is the best quarterback for the LSU Tigers, I also got quite the laugh last week when he was mentioned as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate.

Heisman Trophy candidates typically lift their teams to greatness. Russell is 0-2 against ranked teams this season. He is 4-4 against ranked teams over the last two seasons. That is hardly lifting a team to greatness.

LSU is out of the SEC race this year. And Russell is out of any Heisman Trophy talk.

The greater issue now is getting Russell to play against the great teams in a fashion similar to the way he does against the not-so great.

As it is, Russell has thrown one touchdown with three interceptions in his two games against ranked competition this year. He has thrown 10 touchdowns with one interception against teams that aren't ranked.

A more consistent Russell means a more consistent LSU team.


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