Thursday, July 18, 2013
Miles, Tigers tout improved passing game
By Chris Low
HOOVER, Ala. -- Les Miles is convinced the LSU passing game will be better this season.
New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is one of the reasons why, but the LSU players say it runs much deeper than that.
“It’s the experience we have now. It’s the consistency we’re playing with. It’s just everybody being on the same page,” LSU receiver Jarvis Landry said.
In particular, the Tigers feel much better about being able to throw the ball down the field this season and hit some bigger plays in their passing game.
The truth is they’re going to need to after finishing 11th in the SEC last season in passing offense. The Tigers finished with just 12 passing touchdowns. The only team finishing with fewer passing touchdowns a year ago was Auburn with eight.
“I think we just have a better feel for throwing the football and all that goes into throwing it well,” Miles said. “We’ll be a better throwing football team this year.”
Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger said Cameron hasn’t changed is mechanics as much as he’s driven him to learn at the pace of an NFL quarterback.
“It hasn’t just been one thing,” said Mettenberger, who ranked 13th in the SEC in passing efficiency last season. “There are a lot of things we can do better, whether it’s me throwing with better balance or trusting my throws more, throwing it to the guy and not to the spot, just a lot of things we been working on.
“When we get those opportunities this season, we don’t want to miss any of them.”
Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr. are the main two cogs in the passing game and complement each other well. Senior Kadron Boone is also back, and Landry said redshirt freshman Travin Dural and true freshman Quantavius Leslie will both play big roles in helping the Tigers stretch the field.
“It’s looking really good right now. We just have to be more consistent and trust each other,” Landry said. “We’ve got to do our part in the passing game this year.”