WR Early Doucet

2006 Statistics

Coach: Les Miles
22-4, 2 years
2006 Record: 11-2
at Auburn LOST 3-7
at Florida LOST 10-23
at Tennessee WON 28-24
at Arkansas WON 31-26
Notre Dame WON 41-14

2006 Final Rankings
AP-3, Coaches-3, BCS-4

2007 Outlook

By the end of 2006, many felt this was the best two-loss team, and their lopsided win over Notre Dame made this point hit home to pollsters. Start the ’07 Tigers off by subtract their hulking QB, a few top snarlers and an All-American safety…and then add in a new, proven offensive coordinator and a solid senior QB to get the same basic team with just enough new wrinkles to make winning 11 games again a modest challenge. Coach Les Miles scored when he landed Gary Crowton (of La. Tech and BYU fame, really) after Jimbo Fisher vacated to FSU – the offense can therefore reform itself around new starter Matt Flynn at quarterback and maximize his many dimensions. A ‘big’ running game will force foes to stack the box, and that means Flynn will find Doucet open ‘early’ and often. The linebackers, DTs and corners are strong enough so that needs at safety and DE won’t mean a lull in their overall defensive result. Simply put, there is a reason guys like Russell and Landry have left and we still have the Tigers in our top five. Miles puts his guys in motion right away with Virginia Tech in the second week, so we will know if Flynn is the shizz when he goes up against last year’s top pass defense. But it is the sequence of Florida, Auburn and at ‘Bama that will dictate how loud these Tigers roar. A few steps back early on won’t detract from how good State will get, but being again feared at the end of the season means little when early losses keep them out of the BCS.

Projected 2007 record: 11-1
LB Ali Highsmith
QB - 4 DL - 4.5
RB - 4 LB - 4
WR - 3.5 DB - 4
OL - 3.5 ..

Passing: Matt Flynn, 12-20-1, 133 yds., 2 TD

Jacob Hester, 94 att., 440 yds., 6 TD

Receiving: Early Doucet, 59 rec., 772 yds., 8 TD

Scoring: Colt David, 8-13 FG, 50-51 PAT, 74 pts.

Punting: None

Kicking: Colt David, 8-13 FG, 50-51 PAT, 74 pts.

Tackles: Darry Beckwith, 65 tot., 29 solo

Sacks: Tyson Jackson, 8.5 sacks

Interceptions: Jonathan Zenon, 4 for 81 yds., 2 TD; Craig Steltz, 4 for 111 yds.

Kickoff Returns: Early Doucet, 12 ret., 16.8 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Chevis Jackson, 15 ret., 6.7 avg., 0 TD


OFFENSE: Justin Vincent-TB, Craig Davis-WR, Dwayne Bowe-WR, Brian Johnson-OG, Peter Dyakowski-OT, JaMarcus Russell-QB (NFL), Alley Broussard-RB (left team)
DEFENSE: Ryan Willis-DE, Chase Pittman-DE, Daniel Francis-CB, Jessie Daniels-SS, LaRon Landry-FS, Chris Jackson-P

Goodbye Jimbo Fisher, hello Gary Crowton…the latest architect of the powerful Tiger offense. It seems appropriate that a new coordinator would get a new starting quarterback to shape as needed so that the offensive vision can be realized. But Crowton is more likely to shape his offense around the strengths of Matt Flynn, seeing how the senior has both speed (4.53 sec. in the 40) and solid throwing mechanics. Flynn will operate out of both a traditional I formation and a multiple-receiver spread look. Listed as the backup, former-top dual-threat prospect Ryan Perrilloux has yet to look close to as good as many Tiger fans hoped, leaving room for incoming frosh Jarrett Lee to find possible playing time. The receivers are there, but they need seasoning to find which new faces are most worthy. Flynn and classmate Early Doucet have been working together since January, and their chemistry is sure to pay off in the form of serious production. LaFell could be huge, but a less-than-spectacular spring (too many drops) means the ex-point guard isn’t solid at No.2 yet. Landing the nation’s second-best WR prospect in 6’5 Terrance Toliver, the No.7 guy in DeAngelo Benton and speedy four-star JUCO-transfer Demetrius Byrd has Crowton’s work cut out as he sorts through the raw talent to find the corps’ future. Watch for the TEs to be used in the slot when they go to the spread – that position should see more use downfield under Crowton. Running back-by-committee may have produced the 31st-rated rushing attack, but look for a few chosen backs to emerge and get the bulk of the work there. Again, Crowton’s job is tough with so many great runners – Shreveport senior and top returning rusher Jacob Hester is almost as dangerous in the flat; sophomores Keiland Williams and Charles Scott both pounded defenses for almost six yards per carry as froshes; and four-star Richard Murphy has quietly impressed and could even start. Did we mention there are fullbacks, too? What was, in ’06, a bunch of first-time starters on the left side of the Tiger line now form a strong set of gelled veterans, and they go three deep there. Carnell Stewart is ready at right tackle, but whether former-Freshman All-American Will Arnold recovers (ankle, knee) to hold down the start at right guard remains unknown until game day. No less than six four-star linemen have been procured in the last two classes. Last year, only one returning starter up front equaled the No.11 total offense, so three (four with Arnold) starters back this time will surely help to establish the new schemes. With a new QB, it will be run to set up the pass until the Tiger aerial circus is flying high again under Crowton.

**Backup QB Ryan Perrilloux has been suspended from the team indefinitely as of late April. He was caught trying to use his older brother’s ID to get onto a riverboat casino in Louisiana. Perrilloux is 20 and the minimum age to board a gambling boat is 21 in that state.


OG Will Arnold


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Matt Flynn-Sr (6-2,228) Ryan Perrilloux-So (6-2, 222)
FB Jacob Hester-Sr (6-0, 228) Shawn Jordan-Sr (5-11, 240)
TB Keiland Williams-So (5-11, 223) Richard Murphy-Fr (6-1, 198)
WR Early Doucet-Sr (6-0, 206) Ricky Dixon-Fr (6-2, 216)
WR Brandon LaFell-So (6-3, 180) Chris Mitchell-So (6-0, 176)
TE Richard Dickson-So (6-3, 245) Keith Zinger-Sr (6-5, 260)
OT Ciron Black-So (6-5, 315) Kyle Anderson-So (6-6, 260)
OG Herman Johnson-Jr (6-7, 335) Matt Allen-Fr (6-3, 285)
C Brett Helms-Jr (6-4, 300) Ryan Miller-Jr (6-6, 318)
OG Will Arnold-Sr (6-4, 322) Lyle Hitt-So (6-2, 284)
OT Carnall Stewart-Sr (6-4, 295) Zhamal Thomas-Fr (6-4, 330)
K Colt David-Jr (5-9, 170) Sean Gaudet-Jr (5-9, 187)



Already used to each other’s tendencies, this defense only needs to find two starting safeties from a deep pool of DB candidates to assure it improves from its 2006 rankings of 3rd in total effort and pass defense, and 4th for scoring. Defensive end is the other area that has to find a new face or two to complete the two-deep there. Junior Tyson Jackson led the team in TFLs and sacks last year as a starting soph, and coupled with Ricky Jean-Francois’ production as a freshman reserve, there is no need to panic about the DL. All-SEC first-team DT Glenn Dorsey was third on the team in tackles, a rarity from his inside slot. Alexander and Favorite guarantee injuries cannot hurt the Tigers here, as does landing last year’s second-best defensive tackle recruit in Elton-native Al Woods and this year’s No.6 guy in Joseph Barksdale (just to name a few of the many recent prospects up front). The linebacking crew returns to enforce both effective run stuffing and strong (underneath) coverage. Juniors Beckwith and Sanders seem interchangeable on the weakside and in the middle, though local product Beckwith will be the starter at MLB come September due to his speed (with hungry sophomore backup Jacob Cutrera behind him). After Ali Highsmith at BUCK, there seems to be a drop off in development, so injuries here would likely impact defensive results. Senior corners Zenon and Jackson will be OK on the outside alone, but depth issues here cry out for more development amongst the newbies (true frosh Phelon Jones was the Gatorade Player of the Year for Alabama). Liberal rotations and creative dime packages enabled the newly-promoted safeties to see extensive time as reserves last campaign, making the drop off here seem less exaggerated. The weapons coordinator Bo Pelini has here include Chad Jones, the top safety prospect for ’07, and the No.6 prospect in Reserve-native Stefoin Francois. Once the learning curve kicks in, this secondary will be as good as it has ever been. Moreover, once the new faces along the two-deep settle in, this defense can get back to dictating results to opposing offenses.


DT Glenn Dorsey


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Tyson Jackson-Jr (6-5, 292) Ricky Jean-Francois-So (6-3, 281)
DT Charles Alexander-Jr (6-3, 294) Marlon Favorite-Jr (6-1, 300)
DT Glenn Dorsey-Sr (6-2, 299) Al Woods-So (6-5, 325)
DE Tremaine Johnson-Jr (6-2, 273) Rahim Alem-So (6-3, 252)
SLB Luke Sanders-Sr (6-4, 229) Perry Riley-Fr (6-1, 225)
MLB Darry Beckwith-Jr (6-1, 225) Jacob Cutrera-So (6-4, 225)
WLB Ali Highsmith-Sr (6-1, 226) Kelvin Sheppard-So (6-3, 228)
CB Jonathan Zenon-Sr (6-0, 179) Chris Hawkins-So (6-1, 181)
CB Chevis Jackson-Sr (6-0, 180) Jai Eugene-Fr (6-0, 175)
SS Craig Steltz-Sr (6-2, 205) Danny McCray-So (6-1, 205)
FS Curtis Taylor-Jr (6-4, 195) Harry Coleman-So (6-2, 205)
P Patrick Fisher-Sr (6-5, 235) Paul Dalfrey-So (6-0, 198)


Junior Colt David isn’t going to make the Groza watch list, but he is solid from inside the 50. Patrick Fisher as the new punter is good enough to make most Tiger fans forget Chris Jackson. Trindon Holliday needs the KR job so Doucet can stay healthy, while Chevis Jackson has to produce to keep his punt return job safe from all of the new speedsters available.