Aug 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; LSU Tigers fullback J.C. Copeland (44) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with tackle La'el Collins vs. the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

J.C. Copeland to Return for LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide


J.C. Copeland

Aug 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; LSU Tigers fullback J.C. Copeland (44) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with tackle La

J.C. Copeland is one of the best fullbacks in the nation–if not the best–and the punishing blocker for LSU benefited from the off week so much that he is expected to return for the Tigers in their SEC west clash with rival Alabama on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.

“J.C. could have played last week, if we had had a game.  I think we’ve done everything that we can to ensure that he has time off and heals.  I think he’s ready to come back to practice.  He’ll be practicing with us today.”

Copeland has missed the past two games at Ole Miss and vs. Furman with a concussion. Fellow fullback, Connor Neighbors is expected to be near full health after battling a contusion, but Les said he will be back as well.Having Copeland back will be imperative for the Tiger running game that needs a big night from Jeremy Hill against the No. 1 scoring defense in Alabama.

LSU also got some favorable reports on the health status of placekicker, Colby Delahoussaye who had to leave the win vs. Furman with a leg injury and linebacker Tahj Jones who hasn’t played since the win vs. Auburn.

“I think both of those guys get to come to play in this game.  I think Colby is much improved and Tahj is‑‑ again, I think he’s in position to play.”

Don’t underestimate the return of Delahoussaye as recent history would suggest this game could be close late and decided by a field goal.

[h/t ASAP Sports for the quotes]

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