September 12, 2006

Five Players of the Game: LSU

The Arizona Wildcats went into Baton Rouge with nothing to lose and managed to lose a lot. Arizona was dismantled in every sense of the word by LSU in an extremely tough away game.

The Tigers controlled both sides of the ball and made life tough for every Wildcat. Therefore, deciding the top five players from this type of game was tough, but there were some Wildcats that played well, considering the loss.

1. Nick Folk - For the second week in a row Folk was the leading scorer for the Wildcats. Despite only having the opportunity to attempt one field goal he sent it through the uprights becoming 4-5 on field goal attempts through the season.

Folk also was instrumental in handling the punting duties, which there were plenty of. Folk kicked the ball six times with an average of 42.8 yards with a long of 51 and placing two kicks inside the twenty.

Folk is now the top player in both of Arizona's games and while that speaks highly of his ability will need to change for Arizona to move to a higher level.

2. Dane Krogstad - Although Krogstad was used sparingly in Arizona's first game, he made an impression in Baton Rouge. Krogstad was all over the field and stopped a few runs that could have gone far had he not made the play.

Arizona's entire linebacking corps played great but the hard-hitting Krogstad had perhaps the best. For the day, the linebacker totaled seven tackles and forced one big fumble on LSU star back Alley Broussard.

3. Ronnie Palmer - Palmer was a force for the Wildcats playing in the middle. He seemed to be at the face of every big stop and did a very good job of making fundamental tackles rather than aiming for big hits. Although his play was far from perfect, he was one of the best defenders on the field for Arizona. Palmer had nine tackles on the day including seven solo.

It was a tough day for the defense and everything seemed to be against them as they spent too much time on the field and LSU always had great field position due to the lack of yardage put up by the offense. However, Ronnie Palmer seems to finally be getting healthy and is definitely playing up to his abilities.

4. Michael Johnson - Entering the game many thought that they were seeing two of the best safeties in the country in Johnson and Laron Landry, but Landry definitely stole the show. However, Johnson still had a very good game in both run and pass protection.

He along with others were responsible for a missed tackle here or there, but still made plays across the field. Johnson had six tackles and one pass broken up on the day.

5. Antoine Cason - Despite being one of the weaker performances that the future All-American has put up, he still had one of the best days for the Wildcats. Cason is normally such a force that tackles are made one hundred percent of the time and the ball is never thrown his way.

However, due to the potent LSU offense and the abundance of playmakers, Cason was not shied away from. Although he was beat on a few plays, he did manage to completely read quarterback Jamarcus Russell on one play winding up with a crucial interception for Arizona.

LSU was marching downfield to end the half and Cason immediately took away LSU's possible points and momentum. Although it was only short lived that play was exactly what Arizona needed.

Honorable Mention: Louis Holmes and Chris Jennings

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