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Tigers report: Strategy and personnel

 
Strategy and personnel · Inside slant · Notes, quotes
 

LOOKING GOOD
Alabama's offense is limited by its struggling passing game and injuries, but the Tigers still did their part to hold the Crimson Tide to 196 total yards, forcing two key turnovers, recording four sacks and allowing only three first downs on 16 third-down opportunities.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
QBs JaMarcus Russell and Marcus Randall continue to share the job, as well as the struggles at their position. "We've got to get some faith, trust and confidence in these quarterbacks," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "We've got people wide open and we can't get them the ball. We've got good skill players that make plays, and we're not getting them the ball."

ROSTER REPORT
The loss of starting center Ben Wilkerson to a season-ending knee injury on the final play of the Vanderbilt game on Oct. 30 forced some lineup changes up front. In fact, the Tigers used their sixth different starting lineup of the season along the offensive line.

After making one start at left guard, six starts at right guard and one start at right tackle, Rudy Niswanger replaced Wilkerson at center. Nate Livings, who started seven times at right tackle this season, opened at right guard. Brian Johnson, who had started one game at right guard and another at left guard, started at right tackle this time. At left guard, Terrell McGill made his third start of the season. Only left tackle Andrew Whitworth remained entrenched in his familiar position.

It was interesting to note, however, that none of the Tigers' starting offensive linemen were on the field for the final plays of the victory over Alabama. Wilkerson, you might remember, was injured on the final play of LSU's 24-7 victory against Vanderbilt.

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