LSU looks to put ‘Bama loss be­hind it

The Sentinel-Record - - SPORTS - KURT VOIGT

FAYETTEVILLE — Santos Ramirez is un­der no il­lu­sion about how dis­ap­point­ing this sea­son will be re­mem­bered for Arkansas.

The se­nior safety is just hop­ing at this point for one fi­nal mem­o­rable mo­ment to cap his ca­reer in Fayetteville, a chance he will have when Arkansas (2-7,

0-5 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) hosts No.

9 LSU tonight.

“No mat­ter what no­body says, we’re still men and we’re go­ing to show that,” Ramirez said. “You can’t come in here and think we’re just go­ing to lay down for you just be­cause we’re 2-7. You’ve got to come up in here and fight.”

Ramirez has plenty of rea­sons to put forth his best ef­fort against the Tigers (72, 4-2), even though Arkansas is al­ready well on its way to miss­ing a bowl game for a sec­ond straight sea­son. He is from Shreve­port, La., and he’s more than ea­ger to put an end to a two-game los­ing streak to LSU.

It will be a tall task for a Ra­zor­backs team that hasn’t won an SEC game since last sea­son and is the lone school in the league with­out a con­fer­ence vic­tory this sea­son.

Es­pe­cially against an LSU team that is still hold­ing on to hope — no mat­ter how re­mote — that it can climb back into the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off pic­ture af­ter its sec­ond loss of the sea­son last week — a 29-0 de­feat at the hands of No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0). The Tigers will be play­ing their first road game in more than a month. Of more con­cern is how they’ll bounce back af­ter in­vest­ing so much emo­tion into the shutout loss against the Crim­son Tide.

“This is go­ing to be a very tough road game af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing loss to Alabama, but our team is go­ing to bounce back and we’ll be ready to go,” LSU coach Ed Org­eron said.

Org­eron said safety John Bat­tle will dress for the game, but that he would only play in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion. The se­nior was in­jured on the first play of last week’s loss, and he has 37 tack­les and three in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son for the Tigers. Also, Org­eron said start­ing de­fen­sive line­man Brei­den Fe­hoko won’t play af­ter not prac­tic­ing all week be­cause of an in­jury.

Arkansas run­ning back Ra­keem Boyd had rushed for 100 yards or more in three of the last four games, and he had 99 in the fourth game. The sopho­more is one of seven SEC rush­ers with three 100-yard rush­ing games this sea­son, and he will face an LSU de­fense that’s al­low­ing 147.2 yards per game on the ground.

First-year Arkansas coach Chad Mor­ris once in­ter­viewed with Org­eron while the LSU coach was at Mis­sis­sippi. Mor­ris was then a high school coach in Texas and didn’t get the job with the Rebels, with Org­eron hir­ing Hugh Freeze in­stead.

“I re­mind him every now and then when I see him that he didn’t hire me,” Mor­ris said.

LSU is 7-0 in games fol­low­ing a loss un­der Org­eron, and the Tigers haven’t lost back-to-back games since los­ing three straight in 2015.

Arkansas linebacker Dre Green­law and wide re­ceiver Jared Cor­nelius are ex­pected to re­turn af­ter miss­ing time with in­juries in a loss to Van­der­bilt (4-5, 1-4) two weeks ago. Green­law is the SEC’s ac­tive lead­ing tack­ler with 300 stops, but he is bat­tling an­kle in­juries and only played briefly against the Com­modores. Cor­nelius missed the Van­der­bilt game with an an­kle in­jury.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

INCOMPREHENSIBLE: LSU head coach Ed Org­eron talks to his team dur­ing a time­out in the sec­ond half the Tigers’ 29-0 loss a week ago in Ba­ton Rouge, La.

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