Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Glimpse of Things to Come?

Yesterday's scrimmage was completely shut off to outside sources. So we have no media reports other than what Coach Les Miles himself said in his post-practice press conference.

Those limited comments may (or may not) be revealing of what is to come from LSU's offense and defense. Here are the most significant stats, in order of significance in my opinion.

1. Jefferson was 11 of 14 for 150 yards and a TD. Lee was reportedly 6 of 12 for 50 yards. The gap is widening. Shepard was 3 of 4 for 73 yards.

2. Russell Shepard was the leading rusher with 60 yards on 6 carries. I can't find anything to say whether Shepard got his yardage as a QB on the run, out of the backfield, or both. Likely both.

3. Linebackers Riley and Coleman led the team in tackling and sacks. Linebackers are Chavis' specialty and they are a very experienced group on this LSU defense.

More info here and here (Scout $$).

Bottom line: On offense, look for Gary Crowton to befuddle defensive coordinators with an insane array of offensive weapons, featuring Russell Shepard. On defense, look for a much more solid, coherent defense that gives up fewer big plays and makes more things blowup in the offensive backfield.

Excited yet? If not, call 911 immediately because you're almost dead.

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