LSU’s racing game continues its downtrend
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – LSU’s racing game continues to get worse. The Tigers came in on Saturday averaging 2.9 yards per carry, and the Bayou Bengals’ rushing offense hasn’t even hit its season average against the opposing Tigers. LSU finished with 33 net rushing yards on 25 carries, and when Auburn won Max Johnson’s main target Kayshon Boutte, LSU didn’t adjust.
“When they give up eight and only rush three, we have to find a way to deal with football. I think in some situations we can skip the football. In some situations we have to learn to manage football, ”said Orgeron.
The running game will always depend on an offensive line that has struggled with two things: consistency and injury. LSU’s initial starting line has played nine snaps in total throughout the season, and learning the new system from offensive line coach Brad Davis has been a hurdle the team has yet to overcome.
“We lost our offensive line coach in the middle of the summer and he’s coming. He’s a great coach, but there is a different style. There are different techniques; and there’s a combination of our guys who aren’t around all the time; and then another combination of engagement in the racing game, ”said Orgeron.
The Tigers’ next opponent, the No.16 Kentucky, has the 24th best running defense in the country, and the Wildcats held the former 10th place Florida with 171 rushing yards. The Gators have averaged 322.75 rushing yards per game in their previous four games.
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