Inside the Program: LSU DB Reid

Eric Reid has been hearing the question all week and he'll keep hearing it until Saturday when Alabama rolls into LSU's Tiger Stadium.

"AJ McCarron has not thrown an interception this season," the questioner will say. "How do you expect to change that?"

And the LSU free safety does what he's trained to do and what's probably the respectable thing to do. He compliments the Crimson Tide quarterback whose numbers -- 18 touchdowns vs. no interceptions -- have him being mentioned in the Heisman Trophy race.

"He's doing a great job this season," Reid will answer. "He's very efficient. He takes care of the ball for his team. That's what you want from your quarterback."

Reid knows as well as anybody that McCarron, and Alabama in general, can be forced into turnovers. In last year's 9-6 LSU overtime win over the Tide in the regular season, LSU had two interceptions, including Morris Claiborne's interception of McCarron.

But it was Reid's spectacular pick of a Marquis Maze pass on a wide receiver reverse that was the play of the game in the Tigers' 9-6 overtime win over Alabama last season in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

With Alabama driving at the LSU 28-yard-line in the fourth quarter, Maze's deep heave looked like a catch at the goal line when Reid ripped it out of the hands of Alabama receiver Michael Williams as both men reached up over their heads for the ball.

It was a momentum-changing play that many saw as the season's signature play until the season unraveled with the 21-0 loss to Alabama in the BCS championship game rematch.

"I was just able to make a play to help my team out in a big part of the game" Reid said. "That play isn't going to affect this game in the game at all. It's in the past."

But he said plays like it will have to be made for LSU to win the rematch Saturday.

"In big games," he said, "big plays have to be made."

Reid, as much as any Tiger, knows the feeling of making them against the Crimson Tide.