Q&A with Matt Mauck

LSU's starting quarterback talks with Tiger Rag about the state of the LSU passing game.

Q: A lot of talk has been about how the long ball has eluded the LSU offense so far. Do you worry about that?

A: Obviously, we need to be able to throw the ball down the field a little bit. A lot of times, you'll throw a little screen pass and it goes for 60 yards. People will say, ‘We don't need a long ball. This is all we need.'

I think things have been close to working out. There have been just a couple plays here and there and we haven't made the big plays. I don't care if I throw it 50 yards or throw it two yards and run 60 – we just need some big plays.


Q: Do you plan to lean a lot on the running game and let the passing game develop slowly?

A: We have two great backs and an offensive line, so we're going to take advantage of the fact that we should be able to run the ball on people this year. But I don't think we're getting away from the passing game or anything like that. I think a lot of it's maybe blown a little bit out of proportion.

We're going to be fine. We have good receivers, we have a good team, and I think we're going to be all right.


Q: What is it that you think might be blown out of proportion?

A: I think things are going to click and we're going to go together. I've only started three games. It takes a little while for you to get into a rhythm with the receivers and everything.


Q: Do you think if you were an 18- or 19-year-old quarterback, fans might have a little more patience with you, or do they expect more from you because you're an old guy at 23?

A: (Laughs) You're older, but that doesn't mean you've played any more. It takes time. I might be older but those years I was playing baseball instead of football, it's a little different. You need football experience.


Q: Do you have lines of communication strong enough with your receivers that they can come to you and say when you've made a mistake?

A: Definitely. If there's something I need to do different, I expect them to come tell me. If there's something they need to do differently, I think they expect me to come tell them.


Q: For those of us ignorant of Indiana geography, is your hometown of Jasper, Ind., anywhere near Oxford, Ohio, and Miami University?

A: I'm probably about 2 ½ hours away. Actually, my cousin went there and I've heard it from him a little bit.


Q: What kind of respect does Miami-Ohio get among football players in the Midwest?

A: Coach Saban has kind of said this. It's the "Cradle of Coaches."

They get a lot of good players, maybe the players that didn't go to Michigan and Ohio State. They get the next tier of guys who could have gone anywhere, but maybe it just didn't work out. Michigan might have signed the guy in front of him. They have the talent to play at a big time Division I school, and you can see that whenever you watch film.


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