Russell out for Peach Bowl
Flynn to start for LSU, which left Russell at homeAssociated Press
LSU starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell did not accompany the Tigers to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl.
Russell, who injured his left shoulder Dec. 3, remained in Baton Rouge for treatment and rehabilitation, meaning Matt Flynn will make his first start in Friday's Peach Bowl.
"Nothing's gotten worse," said LSU coach Les Miles. "It just hasn't gotten better fast enough."
LSU coaches and trainers decided Russell should stay in Baton Rouge as a precaution and not participate in any Peach Bowl practices. Russell is the only LSU player who won't be in Atlanta for the game.
LSU (10-2) plays ninth-ranked Miami (9-2) in the Georgia Dome, where Russell suffered a separated shoulder in a 34-14 loss to Georgia.
"I think Matt will play well," Miles said. "I think well be fine at quarterback. Quarterback wont be the issue. It will be a matter of how we play on the offensive line, at running back, on defense and on special teams. We have a quarterback in Matt who can win for us.
Miles said that walk-on Jimmy Welker will serve as Flynn's backup at quarterback against Miami. Welker, who has served as the LSU's scout team quarterback all season, has never played in a college game.
Miles and LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher could also look to wide receiver Skyler Green and kicker Chris Jackson if needed.
Green -- like Jackson, a quarterback in high school -- took two direct snaps from center against Georgia and spent some time at practice last week throwing the football with the quarterbacks.
RE: Russell out for Peach Bowl
It's going to be tough to beat the canes without him. But what about Miami, aren't they starting a young backup also?
I don't know, but I think our defense is good enough to keep us in it. Flynn has played well when he has come in. What's the word on Addai? Is he back to 100%?
I don't konw about Addai, I need to look that up. I can't believe the game is this Friday! :awe:
Well I guess our questions were answered. Flynn was in and Addai pretty much walked all over the canes. I have to say it was very impressive. LSU got my vote for effort this season. But then again they didn't move their team to San Antonio and forgot to move them back at the bye week.
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