Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Get to Know Your SEC Football Players: Craig Loston Edition

It's June, it's hot, and other than Ohio State committing one NCAA violation after another, not very much is going on right now.  However, to prevent your brain from entering a complete state of mush, we begin our annual offseason educational process of learning about the players who we both curse and praise during football season.  Through this weekly, perhaps more if things get REALLY boring this summer, get-to-know-you format, it is my hope that you learn a little something about these players so that you may properly identify him as he destroys your team's chances to win a game with either a great or WHATTHEHELLAREYOUDOING play, is arrested, or is simply milling around in the background of shots of the sidelines.

Selection of players and teams is done through a super-secret formula that consists of I'm in charge, will do as I please, and mind your own business.  At the very least, I will not choose a team twice until all teams have been represented.

#6 Craig Loston, Safety, LSU

Some background information
A redshirt sophomore, Craig hails from Houston, Texas, the capital of the not-so-sweet combination of sprawl, pavement, and humidity. Per the usual for LSU defensive players, he was one of the best players in the country coming out of high school, yet was unable to significantly crack the rotation his first year because all the other best players in the country were ahead of him on the depth chart.

Sort of like Ole Miss' farm outside of Clarksdale where 5'9" cornerbacks are born and raised, except way better, LSU maintains a farm south of I-10 in a remote bayou where it raises 6'0" defensive backs who run like deer (the farm for massive, cat-quick defensive linemen is near the mouth of the Mississippi). Craig is a product of this farm, but was given the city of Houston as a cover.

And if Craig is 21 years old, then I'm 137.

Greatest on-field accomplishment
A career-high four tackles in the loss to Arkansas in 2010. Had LSU won that game for victory number 11 on the year, they would have done so with a starting quarterback who had thrown four touchdown passes in 12 games.

A close second in this category:

Coached by Les Miles, and, as properly engineered in the lab, is big, fast, and strong for his position. And with his mature look, could easily rent a car without proving he's 25.

Coached by Les Miles, suffered a wrist injury that ended his true freshman season, wears Rohan Davey's old number, which could increase his appetite to 290-pound proportions.

Based on 10 seconds of me looking at his head shot, his favorite book, song, movie, TV show, or piece of literature
Sanford and Son. Never missed an episode from 1972 to 1977.

Where to look for him in 2011
I don't claim to have my fingers on the pulse of the LSU depth chart, but could probably look it up (but I won't), however, all signs point to Craig getting significant playing time, either as a starter or rotation player.

Anything else?
According to Craig, they do not cut hair very well in Baton Rouge. And he knows Colt David's name! Yes, THE Colt David.

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