The LSU Tigers is more known of their defense over their offense in college football. Head coach Ed Orgeron is looking to change that. Usually, the Tigers are known for their dominant defense and the occasional explosive running play on offense. But the offense has often played second-fiddle to the defense in Baton Rouge. The LSU offense had six plays go for over 20 yards in Saturday’s Spring Game. That number was roughly ten percent of the plays that the Tigers went for over 20 yards last season.
What makes this more impressive for the offense is that most of the explosive plays came through the air. Yes, you read that correctly. The Tigers seem to be working on being more explosive on their passing offense. Backup quarterback Myles Brennan looked very impressive and led the way in the passing game with three passes for over 20 yards. Two of those completions went for over 40 yards each. A 44-yard pass to Racey McMath along with a 41-yard pass to Dee Anderson. Anderson also had a 20-yard catch as well. Overall, Brennan went 16-24 for 212 yards passing in the game. Starting quarterback Joe Burrow went 15-25 for 159 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. With Burrow most likely remaining the starter, Brennan still made a great case for himself.
LSU has always had a great running game and there are no signs of that changing in 2019. Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the ground game with 137 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. But it was Chris Curry who stole the show. The sophomore hit the Madden truck stick as he plowed over Kenan Jones on a 22-yard run. Curry finished with 72 yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 carries. Lanard Fournette also seen significant time with 66 yards on 22 carries.
The receiving unit looked okay, but Dee Anderson stood out amongst the crowd. The senior had 6 catches for 102 yards. Last year’s leading receiver Justin Jefferson had the lone touchdown reception. While the rest of the receivers wasn’t impressive, a lot of that was in part of true freshman Derrick Stingley Jr. shutting down receivers on every possession.
While the Tigers still have a long ways to go in getting their offense to the next level, the foundation is definitely there. LSU goes into the summer with a lot of positives on the offensive side of the ball. The Tigers ranked 68th last year in FBS football, averaging 402 yards of offense per game. Their passing offense ranked 66th. While those numbers aren’t bad, they’re only mediocre and draws concern in a conference like the SEC. Getting the offense up towards the top of college football could make LSU a serious competitor for both the College Football Playoff and the SEC Championship.