Rueben Randle needs more touches

January, 9, 2012
NEW ORLEANS -- A lot of the focus this week has been put on Jordan Jefferson and how he'll fare against this vaunted Alabama defense.

He has the running ability to frustrate the Crimson Tide, which he's done in the past, but in order for LSU's senior quarterback to get a vertical passing game going this time around, Jefferson will need to make wide receiver Rueben Randle a major factor in tonight's Allstate BCS National Championship Game.

"Since he's one of our key guys on offense, we have to find ways to get him the ball," Jefferson said. "We have to do whatever we can to make sure we get it to him."

Randle has been LSU's best receiver all season, catching 50 passes for 904 yards and eight touchdowns, but when these two teams played in November, Randle was constantly doubled by Alabama defenders and was basically taken out of LSU's offensive game plan. He caught just two passes for 19 yards and was targeted seven times. Randle wasn't happy with how he played last time these two teams met, and he's looking to be much more involved Monday night.

"I want to make the biggest impact that I can," Randle said. "I was pretty upset with the first game we had (against Alabama)."

Randle will no doubt receive a lot of attention from Alabama's secondary again, but he likes the challenge. This is the biggest stage that Randle has been on, and he wants to be the one who puts LSU over the top in the title game.

"I take that attitude each and every Saturday," he said. "I want to be the guy that makes those plays."



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