LSU looking for running back help

LSU coach Les Miles said Wednesday that there was some consideration being given to taking the redshirt off of true freshman running back Michael Ford and playing him Saturday against Arkansas.

The Tigers are down to just Stevan Ridley at tailback after Keiland Williams broke his ankle last week in the Ole Miss game. Richard Murphy had already been lost in the Vanderbilt game, and starter Charles Scott went down in the Alabama game with a broken collarbone.

Ridley scored one of the Tigers' two touchdowns in the Alabama game. He started the season playing primarily on special teams, but has a ton of ability.

Ford is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound freshman from Leesville, La. He was one of the top running back prospects in the country last year and rushed for nearly 3,000 yards as a senior in high school.

Miles said the Tigers may also look at getting freshman Russell Shepard more involved in the Wildcat package as a way to help their running game, which is ranked 11th in the SEC.