Stepping Up: Toliver, Shepard among Good Signs for LSU

Posted by Faimon Roberts on September-17-2009 Add Comments

For all of the doom and gloom talk—some of it mine, full disclosure—coming out of LSU's first two games, there have been a couple of very good things to see.

The first major pleasant surprise was middle linebacker Jacob Cutrera's play.

In the past, Cutrera was most often seen in pass situations two steps behind an offensive player at a dead sprint with a look of complete desperation on his face. But this year, he has proven to a be a solid, physical middle linebacker for the Tigers.

His stats aren't overwhelming—seven tackles in two games, one pass defensed, one tackle for loss, and one interception—but he has anchored the middle of the defense with aplomb. His tip and interception of a Jake L...

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