Landry is big hit in Washington
A new defense has allowed former HHS star Laron Landry to shine.
Landry, who was a standout at LSU, was the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins, but he didn’t quite fit the mold of a top free safety in the league.
But under new Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, Landry has quickly developed into one of the top strong safeties in the league.
In the first game of the 2010 season Landry totaled 17 tackles, 13 of which were solo, and he led the NFL in total tackles after leading the Redskins defense to a 13-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
While the Redskins were defeated in overtime by the Houston Texans 30-27 in Week 2, Landry again showed up big for the Washington defense.
He totaled 11 tackles, a quarterback sack, one tackle for a loss, one pass defense and he had three quarterback pressures.
“LaRon is the best secondary athlete I have ever coached,” said former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett, now in his first season as defensive coordinator with the Redskins. “He’s tough, aggressive, very smart and he has a nose for the football.”
Washington Redskins defensive team captain and starting middle linebacker London Fletcher says that Landry is playing Pro-Bowl caliber football.
“LaRon is the best athlete we have on defense and you just can’t match what he has from a size and speed standpoint. His speed to get to the ballcarrier is just outstanding,” he said. “Getting LaRon closer to the line of scrimmage plays to his strength as a player. He is still very aggressive, but it is more of a controlled aggression.
“The guy knows how to play this game at a high level and I can’t think of another strong safety who is playing better today.”
Jefferson does his job in Tiger win…
All week long there was a buzz across Louisiana that LSU head coach Les Miles would pull former Destrehan High School signal-caller Jordan Jefferson from the starting lineup and replace him with Jarrett Lee.
But despite not getting the Tiger offense into the endzone until the second half, Jefferson kept his starting spot at quarterback and did a very solid job across the board in LSU’s 29-7 victory over Mississippi State.
“We discussed the quarterback position like we do every other spot we have on our team during the week, but we had no plans to replace Jordan as our starter,” said Tiger head coach Les Miles. “I thought overall he did very good orchestrating our gameplan throughout the contest. I would like to have seen us score touchdowns instead of field goals in the first half, but that was not the fault of our quarterback.
“We needed to do a better job executing our gameplan and run the ball better. We accomplished that in the second half and I am proud of how Jordan handled a tough week. He did a nice job locating receivers downfield throughout the game and he made a number of big plays with his mobility.”
Jefferson completed 10 of his 16 throws for 97 passing yards. He also rushed for 40 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown.
LSU was able to move the ball quite well against a tough Mississippi State defense in the first half, but settled on field goals by Josh Jasper. Jasper set a new school record by connecting on 5 field goals against the Bulldogs.
Former Hahnville High School running back Alfred Blue looks as though he has won second-string status at halfback for the Tigers behind starter Stevan Ridley. Blue rushed for 36 yards on 5 carries against Mississippi State, but he fumbled the ball late in the contest.
Former DHS stars making an impact at UCA
Two former Destrehan High School players are making an impact for the 3-0 University of Central Arkansas Bears.
Former Wildcat quarterback Wynrick Smothers lost out on his bid to be the starting quarterback for the Bears to Nathan Dick, but he has made his mark when called upon.
Smothers, a redshirt freshman, has completed 9 of his 12 pass attempts for 66 yards and 1 touchdown this season. He also leads the team in rushing with 18 carries for 142 yards and 3 scores.
“Wynrick is a major part of our offense,” said former Nicholls State All-American linebacker Clint Conque, now the head coach for Central Arkansas. “He has done a very good job working the many packages we have on offense and he has really upgraded his knowledge of our offense and his accuracy as a passer.
“Wynrick has been very good in those short-yardage and redzone features that we run and we are very proud of his work here on and off the field. Despite him not beating out Nathan for the starting spot I am very confident that Wynrick can run our offense at a high rate when we insert him into the lineup.
“I think highly of him.”
Conque is also very pleased with the progress of true freshman defensive tackle Calvin Ursin.
Ursin has totaled 4 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss and 1 quarterback sack in three games this season.
“It didn’t take long for us to figure out that Calvin could play some real good football for us,” Conque said. “He is quick off the snap, a superb leverage guy and very disruptive. We have to get him on the field more as the season progresses.”
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