Who says we don't take non-conference games seriously here at ATVS? I even decided to reach out to somebody on the side of this week's edition of "the other Tigers," of Towson. Alex Glaze, sportswriter for the Towerlight, Towson's student newspaper, was good enough to answer a couple of questions for us.
First of all, what can we expect to see from the Tigers, Towson edition, in terms of offense and defense?
Alex: On both sides of the ball, you can expect to see everybody competing and giving it 110 percent every play. Towson isn't traveling all the way to Death Valley to roll over, so I expect to see a lot of guys flying around, giving it their best shot and hoping for the best.
Terrance West -- he's a big kid that has been pretty ridiculously productive for y'all. Can you give LSU fans any perspective on him as a player and how he might compare to some FBS-level backs?
Alex: Terrance West is a beast; there is no other way to put it. He gets the ball and keeps his legs moving, so it's going to take a solid tackle to bring him down. There is no arm tackling this dude and he isn't going down without a fight. Last season he set a new Towson single-season record for rushing touchdowns (29) and earned the Jerry Rice Award, which is given to the top freshman in FCS football. He already has five touchdowns this season, so if Towson gets close to the end zone, there is a good chance T. West is getting the ball.
Personally, I think he has the physical build and skillset to match most FBS-level backs. I would compare him to a Montee Ball type of running back. He has tremendous power, is deceptively quick, has incredible balance and almost always finds a way to get in the end zone.
Any other players we should know about, offense or defense?
Alex: Jordan Dangerfield is the one big name on defense that sticks out to me. He's a senior All-American and is one of the best safeties in all of FCS football. He has a nose for the ball and is always lurking in the secondary ready to make a big hit or snatch an interception. Definitely look for No. 20 to make some plays on Saturday.
As far as the offense is concerned, quarterback Grant Enders plays a big role for Towson. He has completed almost 75 percent of his passes thus far this season and averages 201 yards per game through the air, so I expect much of the same from him.
I don't expect the big stage to affect these guys much.
Do you have any expectations for this game?
Alex: As much as I have heard that this is going to just be a walk through for LSU, I don't expect it to have that feel. The mentality Towson has had is that it's an 11 on 11 game. I know that some of the Towson guys are excited to have a chance to be on this big of a stage, to showcase their ability, so that is why I expect them to compete as hard as they can on both sides of the ball until the final whistle blows.
Lastly, do you plan on making the trip down to Baton Rouge? Any questions?
Alex: I will be at the game, so I am excited. I've never experienced an SEC football atmosphere in person, so to be in Death Valley will be an experience in and of itself.