Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Big 3: No rush with run
By Gary Laney
With both LSU and South Carolina possession fearsome pass rushes, the theme for LSU's Les Miles and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier Wednesday morning seemed to be more on how they will be marginalized this week when they meet. With both teams leaning on the run, perhaps this won't be the best showcase for pass-rushers like South Carolina's Jadaveon Clowney and LSU's Sam Montgomery.
1. Low impact?: Asked about the possible impact of the two teams' star defensive ends, Spurrier said "If there isn't a lot of passing going on, those pass rushers aren't going to get to show off their skills." In last week's 35-7 win over Georgia, South Carolina only threw 10 passes. Spurrier noted that "LSU doesn't throw it a whole lot" either.
2. Cut, then run: Spurrier said his desire is to get the ball into the hands of running back Marcus Lattimore "as much as possible," but added that he doesn't want to overuse the star running back, who has more carries (116) than any other SEC back and is sixth in yards per game (549 in six games). But Lattimore's presence is a big reason why quarterback Connor Shaw has been an effective runner, often using fakes to Lattimore in Shaw's cut/read option run game.
"[Shaw] has good feet and makes good decisions," Miles said. "He's not going to stay in the pocket any length of time."
3. Get it fixed: Miles said getting LSU's struggling offense moving was his "day job."
"It's the thought process you have when you wake up and go to bed," Miles said. "The players realize nobody's going to get this corrected but us."
LSU's offense has scored one touchdown in its last three games against SEC teams.