LSU vs. Alabama: Why Jordan Jefferson Just May Be the Key to LSU Winning

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst INovember 2, 2011

Will LSU QB Jordan Jefferson come up big on the biggest stage of his career?
Will LSU QB Jordan Jefferson come up big on the biggest stage of his career?Jamie Squire/Getty Images

It’s been a long, bumpy ride for quarterback Jordan Jefferson during his LSU career.

The former 4-star recruit, who arrived in Baton Rouge with such promise and potential, hasn’t quite lived up to expectations.

Last season, the senior signal-caller endured a rough campaign in his second year as a starter, as he completed just 56 percent of his passes and threw just seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

He ended the season with an inspiring performance against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, though, and from all the talk we heard during the spring, it sounded as if Jefferson was finally ready to make good on his abilities as a senior.

Then came a bar fight and an arrest right before the start of the season that put that all in jeopardy.

Jefferson was suspended from the team for the first month of the season before his charges were reduced and he was allowed back.

Since his return, Jefferson has been a moderate spark to the LSU offense, and he’s added a running dynamic that’s been a nice change of pace from starter Jarrett Lee, who is very much a pocket passer.

Although Jefferson hasn’t been used all that much in the four games he’s played in, he may be called upon to play a key role in this weekend's big showdown with Alabama.

It’s hard to gauge just what kind of an impact he’ll have, since we don’t know what type of game plan that Les Miles and the LSU brain trust has in mind, but odds are Jefferson will definitely get a few snaps on crucial plays.

If Jefferson produces when called upon and gives the LSU offense a boost, he may just end up being one of the deciding factors that ultimately swings the balance of the game in the Tigers’ favor.

For four years, Jefferson has been waiting for a big stage like this to shine on, and now he’s finally got the opportunity to step up and make LSU fans proud.

Let’s see if he can seize the moment.