Alabama waiting for Shepard

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- You knew LSU was going to attempt to get freshman Russell Shepard involved Saturday, hoping to pop him on a big play.

The Alabama defense was laying in wait on his first touch. Shepard lined up as a tailback and took an option pitch, but Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas was on top of him about the time he got the pitch.

The Tigers will surely come back to Shepard in some capacity. They're going to need some big plays to budge this Alabama defense.