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Pass Happy? LSU Will Still Lean On Its Power Run Game Against TCU

lsu-running-gameMuch of the talk in Baton Rouge this offseason has centered on quarterback Zach Mettenberger, new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and a new commitment to the passing game.  That’s all well and good, but Les Miles is still the head coach, not Mike Leach.

When LSU faces TCU’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme on Saturday, expect the Tigers to try to crank up their traditional power run game early and often.  “Coach Miles emphasized in the meeting we’ve got to be able to run and pass the football,” tailback Alfred Blue told The Baton Rouge Advocate.  “In the past we’ve been pretty good at running the football here, and he’s trying to get that passing game going more.”

“We’ve just got to keep running physical and get those tough yards if they stack the box,” Blue continued.  “It’s those three or four yards, and eventually they’ll back off once we start throwing the football.  Once they do that, who knows?”

“There’s a lot of outside zone and outside toss plays that we can do to get out on that edge.  If they want us to stack that middle and allow us to get that edge, so be it.  I’d rather the edge anyway.”

Coaches rarely change their DNA.  And Miles is a man wired to run first, pass second.  Below are LSU’s run-versus-pass numbers for the last five seasons:

 

2012 — 527 rushes, 356 passes

2011 — 591 rushes, 279 passes

2010 — 538 rushes, 301 passes

2009 — 435 rushes, 336 passes

2008 — 495 rushes, 391 passes

 

Cameron and Mettenberger may toss the ball around the yard a bit more this season, but as running back Kenny Hilliard said this week: “That’s what we do here.  We pound the ball.”

 


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