LSU relies primarily on a power running game and play-action passing. The Tigers
will often use three wide receivers and a single back or a fullback with two
wide. LSU will run the option at times, but generally the running game stays
fairly basic. The Tigers did hire Gary Crowton as offensive coordinator from
Oregon, so some spread concepts may have trickled into LSU’s offensive schemes.
Matt Flynn (#15, 6-2.5 227, r-Sr., 4.64) has waited five years to take over
the starting quarterback job at LSU. He is a heady, composed QB with good
athletic ability. While not possessing JaMarcus Russell’s cannon, Flynn has a
good arm and can make all of the throws. He is a good runner and can handle the
option as well as showing the ability to scramble. The biggest issue with Flynn
is the lack of “big-game” experience, so we’ll see how he handles
Tech’s pressure Saturday night.
Ryan Perrilloux (#11, 6-2.5 227, r-So., 4.68) is a former five-star recruit
as an athletic quarterback. Perrilloux has all of the tools but he is still raw
as a quarterback. Basically, he is still an athlete learning to play
quarterback. The third quarterback is highly regarded true freshman Jarrett Lee
(#12, 6-2 211, 4.81).
Jacob Hester (#18, 6-0 224, Sr., 4.58) is a solid all-around power back who
started last year at fullback. He is primarily a between-the-tackles runner, but
he has decent speed for a big back. He blocks well and has very good hands. He
has played fullback throughout his career, but he is now starting at tailback,
the position he played at high school powerhouse Evangel Christian in
Keiland Williams (#5, 5-10.5 226, So., 4.45) played against the Virginia Tech
JV team two years ago for Hargrave. Tech offered Williams but he was always more
interested in returning back home to Louisiana. Williams is primarily an outside
running threat, though he has improved running inside. He runs very hard and
will break tackles when he gets into the open field. Look for Williams to be
used in the option game for LSU and see considerable time in this game.
The other running backs that may see action for LSU are Charles Scott (#32,
5-11 226, So., 4.69) and Richard Murphy (#26, 6-0.5 197, r-Fr., 4.55). Scott is
a strong back who is best running inside. He is not overly elusive, but he runs
hard and can be a load to bring down. Murphy was a star in the LSU spring game
and is probably the Tigers’ most elusive back.
Early Doucet (#9, 6-0.5 210, Sr., 4.48) was an all-state quarterback who has
successfully converted into a top-notch receiver. He runs excellent routes and
shows toughness running over the middle. Doucet has very good hands and will be
used as LSU’s primary possession receiver. He can make the big play, but his
most useful role for the Tigers is to make the plays to keep the chains moving.
Flynn will look to Doucet on most key situations.
The other starting wide receiver is Brandon LaFell (#1, 6-2.5 205, r-So.,
4.39) who is an exceptional talent. LaFell is a big, physical receiver with
outstanding speed. However, he is raw as a receiver and still needs a lot of
work on running routes and reading coverages. Look for LaFell to be used
primarily as a deep threat. Like all LSU receivers, he is also an excellent
blocker and had a crushing block in the Mississippi State game.
The reserve wide receivers are all inexperienced. Jared Mitchell (#87, 5-11
198, So., 4.48) is the third receiver and converted running back R.J. Jackson
(#28, 5-11 205, r-So., 4.56) should also see action. Chris Mitchell (#86, 6-0
180, So., 4.50) was a highly regarded recruit with good hands. Trindon Holliday
(#8, 5-5 160, So., 4.32) is a converted running back and one of the fastest
players in the country. Holliday will be used a lot on reverses and speed
options. Terrance Tolliver (#80, 6-4.5 190, Fr., 4.50) was one of the most
highly regarded high school recruits this last year and he saw action in the
Mississippi State game making a nice catch and run.
The tight end position is shared by Richard Dickson (#82, 6-3 235, So., 4.78)
and Keith Zinger (#89, 6-4 250, r-Sr., 4.96). Dickson is more athletic and the
better receiving threat, while Zinger is primarily a blocker. Dickson started as
a true freshman
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