Scouting Report: LSU Offense

The Gator defense has put together some pretty good numbers in the first five games of the season, most notably holding opponents to 63.4 yards a game on the ground and 310.8 in total offense. However the Gators face their biggest challenge of the season in the LSU Tigers' offense.

LSU has excellent run (223 yards/game) and pass (217 yards/game) balance. They also have far and away the most explosive talent Florida has faced. LSU averages almost 40 points a game and can beat you a number of ways.

Quarterback ----- Matt Flynn is reminiscent of Matt Mauck who led LSU to the BCS National Championship four years ago. He's a little bigger and runs a little better than Mauck, but is not a particularly accurate (56.4 percent) passer. They also make use of talented sophomore Ryan Perrilloux who has completed 76 percent of his passes for six touchdowns. Perrilloux is a special athlete who is also a dangerous runner (143 yards, 5.7/carry).

Running back ----- Jacob Hester is one of my favorite players in college football. He's a fullback, no he's a tailback, or maybe he's an H-back. To me, he's just a baler. Hester is their leading rusher (327 yards, 5.2/carry/ 4 TD) and is an excellent receiver. Add in Keiland Williams (226/7.5/4) and speedster Trindon Holliday (147/6.7/1) and you have plenty of weapons.

Receivers ----- Early Doucet (15 receptions, 10.2/catch, 2 TD) is one of the most dangerous receivers in the country, but nagging injuries have limited his effectiveness. Still, with Brandon LaFell (17/16.4/2), Jared Mitchell (9/11.6/0) and Demetrius Byrd (7/25.3/1) they have plenty of talent. They will also make use of their tight end Richard Dickson (8/10.5/1).

Offensive line ----- LSU is huge up front and very powerful blocking in the running game. The best player is probably left tackle Ciron Black. The center, Brett Helms is also very good. They did have trouble with blitzes from Tulane and South Carolina put plenty of pressure on the quarterback as well. They have allowed 14 quarterback sacks.

Kentucky is dangerous, as is Georgia. South Carolina, well you know about the Head Ball Coach. Still, from top to bottom there's no question that LSU is the best offensive football team the Gators will face this season. The Florida defense must play with the energy and aggressiveness it showed for most of the second half against Auburn. They need to pressure Matt Flynn while keeping him contained in the pocket, and they must continue to be very tough to run on. Another key for the Gators will be causing some turnovers. LSU has been superb this year, turning it over just four times in five games while the Gators have struggled to force turnovers.

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