13 LSU

Aug. 31, 1987
Aug. 31, 1987

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Aug. 31, 1987

News Of The Week
College Football '87

13 LSU

You say there's a better young quarterback in the country than LSU's Tommy Hodson? Bite your tongue.

This is an article from the Aug. 31, 1987 issue Original Layout

Do that to remind yourself of how Hodson came of age as a freshman last year. It was 1½ minutes into the Tigers' fifth game when a Kentucky lineman planted his helmet under Hodson's chin, driving the quarterback's teeth through his tongue. When Hodson returned to the huddle five stitches later, Kentucky led 7-0 with five minutes left in the half. Though he could barely bark signals, Hodson sparked two TD drives in 66 seconds, and the Tigers won 25-16. LSU never looked back, taking the SEC title, while Hodson finished No. 6 in the country in passing efficiency.

Until the Kentucky game not all Tiger fans believed in the redshirt from Mathews, La. "When I first got here I was a quiet, shy guy and everyone doubted if I could take the leadership role," Hodson says. "It took that game to get everybody to believe in me."

Hodson's credibility was greatly enhanced by All-America Wendell Davis, whose 80 catches for 1,244 yards and 11 TDs acccounted for 46%, 55% and 58% of Hodson's totals, respectively. When he's not throwing to Davis, Hodson will be handing off to sophomore tailback Harvey Williams—a name to remember at Heisman time in '89.

In 34-year-old newcomer Mike Archer the Tigers have Division I-A's youngest head coach. The former defensive coordinator replaces Bill Arnsparger, who had been the division's oldest. Archer's poise and enthusiasm won him the job over a former NFL coach, a present NFL assistant, and another I-A head coach, and if he can transfer those qualities to the troops, they should weather a tough schedule well.

PHOTOJERRY LODRIGUSSWith three more seasons to go, there could easily be a Heisman in Williams's future.