Scouting LSU Tigers Defense, Special Teams

Defensively, LSU is loaded with talent and has good speed. They are tough to run on, allowing just 79 yards a game and they are good pass defenders as well. North Carolina scored 24 opening day, but none of the last four opponents has topped 14. It's important to note that Carolina threw for 412 yards and 3 TD in that one.

The defensive line is headed up by a very strong right side of DT Drake Nevis and DE Sam Montgomery. However Montgomery is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and that significantly impacts the defense. Montgomery is ties for the team lead with 6 TFL and has 2.5 sacks. The left side is not as good, but back up Barkevious Mingo, No. 49 has 2.5 sacks. I expect Mingo to play more in place of Montgomery, but still believe the Gators should run right a lot more than they run left.

LSU has one of the better MLB in Kelvin Sheppard who gets about ten tackles a game, which is five more than any other Tiger. He'll shoot gaps on running plays and he'll blitz. He's really good. The OLB areStefan Francois and Ryan Baker and they are ok, but not special.

The secondary is a bit of a mix with a great RCB in Patrick Peterson and a fair LCB Morris Claiborne. Each has two INT, but that's with about ten times as many passes heading Claiborne's way. Florida needs to challenge him and not Peterson. Tyrann Mathieu will come in to play nickel and blitz – 2.5 sacks. SS Brandon Taylor is a good player who loves to support the run, while FS Karnell Hatcher is too eager on play action .

Florida is not a big play action pass team, but this is a defense that gives you a great opportunity to do that and go over the top. LSU has not faced any teams with passing proficiency since North Carolina has a great deal of success against the Tigers.

Overall the LSU defense is comparable to Alabama but not quite as good at anything. Florida should be able to move the ball with some success, but then there's the matter of executing in the red zone, isn't there?

LSU Special Teams --- LSU historically has excellent return man, and Patrick Peterson is another with an 87-yard punt return for a TD plus another score on a blocked punt. He's also averaging 28 on KOR. LSU has plenty of athletes and their kick and punt coverage is solid. They have used two punters. But # 38 Derek Helton is the guy. He is consistent and has a pretty good leg. PK Josh Jasper is 10-12 FG with a long of 51 and has not missed an extra point.

LSU is a good team defensively, but I believe Florida can have success if the Gators can execute. They can attack the corner opposite Peterson and they can go over the top against the deep part of the LSU secondary.

It's all about big plays. If the Gators don't allow them, they should win, plain and simple.

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