Louisiana State coach Les Miles on Thursday reneged on announcing his starting quarterback against Arizona State, meaning the choice will likely not be revealed until the Tigers offense takes the field on Saturday.
Miles had repeatedly said that he would publicly decide between a trio of quarterbacks — sophomores JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn and hotshot freshman Ryan Perrilloux — but he did not meet with reporters on Thursday.
LSU’s sports information department indicated no press release would be issued.
The Sun Devils are apparently not sweating about not knowing, as their defensive strategy will be the same regardless of who is taking the snaps.
"They are a running team, and our first priority is going to be stopping that," middle linebacker Dale Robinson said. "We’re going to try to make them beat us by putting the ball in the air. It’s possible that all three of those guys could play, and we might be able to use that to our advantage."
Russell played in 11 of 12 games last year, passing for 1,053 yards, while Flynn had just 10 attempts. Perrilloux was USA Today’s 2004 high school offensive player of the year.
ASU coach Dirk Koetter said his team is preparing as if Russell will start.
Rush end Kyle Caldwell’s bruised quadriceps muscle kept him out of practice on Thursday, and he is doubtful for LSU. Defensive tackle Brett Palmer, who missed the season opener against Temple with an elbow injury, is wearing a brace and expects to play.
"It still hurts a little, but this is a big game, and I’m going to push through it," Palmer said.
SEC teams will wear a helmet sticker with the three states — Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama — afflicted by Hurricane Katrina. ASU will wear the sticker on Saturday. . . . About 17,000 game tickets were sold on Thursday, including 5,000 in a 34-minute period from ASU’s athletic Web site. . . . LSU is scheduled to arrive in the Valley this afternoon and stage a walk-through practice at Sun Devil Stadium.