It might be an unpleasant thought for Tech fans —- defensive tackle Darryl Richard as an LSU Tiger. When he was a senior at Destrehan (La.) High School, he was recruited by then-LSU coach Nick Saban.

“He knows how to recruit,” Richard said. “It was hard to get away.”

While he could have won a national title with the Tigers last year, Richard said he has no regrets about coming to Tech, where he earned an undergrad degree in management and a master’s business degree in 4 1/2 years, was named the top scholar-athlete in ACC football and earned second-team All-ACC honors.

“I think the things I’ve learned here will help me the rest of my life,” he said. “I can’t say I want to take that back.”

Several players Richard knows from home will be on the other side of the field, including one of his best friends, cornerback Jai Eugene. Another is quarterback Jordan Jefferson, whose youth league games Richard used to referee.


LSU’s big guns

Two players to watch for LSU are wide receiver Brandon LaFell and defensive end Tyson Jackson.

Jackson, a senior, had 34 tackles and 4.5 sacks and was named the team MVP.

He’ll be lined up over right tackle Austin Barrick, who will give up two inches, 20 pounds and years of experience to the 6-5, 290-pound Jackson. Barrick is in his first season on the offensive line.

LaFell was a first-team All-SEC pick after catching 61 passes, tied for most in the conference, and eight touchdowns.

Said Tech defensive coordinator Dave Wommack of LaFell, “He’s as good as anybody we’ve faced this year, and we’ve faced some good ones. … He’s a big-time player that’ll play on Sunday [in the NFL].”

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