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Tag:LSU Offense
Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Kragthorpe's hire a bad sign for Jefferson?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Jordan Jefferson has been a polarizing figure for LSU fans during his three year career in Baton Rouge.  The Tigers offense has ranked near the bottom of the conference for the last two seasons, both with Jefferson at least taking a good portion of the snaps.  In 2010, Jefferson found himself sitting series' out while Jarrett Lee took more snaps near the middle of the season.  But Jefferson did finish strong, particularly his four touchdown performance against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

But with offensive coordinator Gary Crowton run off to Maryland, head coach Les Miles has decided to bring in Steve Kragthorpe, formerly with Louisville and Tulsa.  Additionally, the Tigers will have touted junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger.  The former Georgia recruit will enter LSU with high expectations from a fan base that has become restless with an offense that has struggled and, some would say, cost them a shot at the SEC Championship.  

Kragthorpe will likely open competition between Jefferson and Mettenberger, perhaps even choosing to use both.  Traditionally, Kragthorpe has been known to run a pro-style offense.  Glenn Guilbeau, of the Shreveport Times, suggests that this will be an advantage for Mettenberger - a drop back, pro style quarterback.  

Mettenberger is certainly a talented quarterback with a lot of potential, his 6-5 230 pound frame is comparable to Arkansas' Ryan Mallett.  But despite the advantages of his style matching Kragthorpe's system, Jefferson should have a fair shot at the starting job.  Jefferson may have thrown 10 interceptions and only 7 touchdowns in 2010, but he did lead the Tigers to an 11-2 record and a Cotton Bowl victory.  With all the talent returning, LSU will likely be a preseason favorite in the SEC.  There is no reason to jump the gun benching Jefferson, though if he starts throwing interceptions early Tiger fans will be calling for Mettenberger.  They won't do so quietly either, LSU fans don't know "quiet."
Posted on: September 30, 2010 5:22 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 5:24 pm
 

LSU's Peterson practicing on offense

Posted by Chip Patterson

A few weeks ago, LSU head coach Les Miles had no plans of using cornerback Patrick Peterson anywhere other than on defense and to return kicks.  After watching him fly up and down the field on special teams, Miles admitted that using him on offense would certainly be worth a consideration.

Now after seeing an arguably impotent offense limp off the field to a sea of boo's from the home crowd in Tiger Stadium, Miles is starting to reconsider the possibilities of using the athletic junior.  All this week in practice Peterson has been taking snaps with the first team offense from a variety of different positions.  

"Patrick Peterson has gotten some snaps on offense," Miles revealed Wednesday night after practice. "I don't know when he'll be ready, but there are some thought processes for him on offense."  

"On offense," he said. "He could play a number of spots for us in addition to a full slate of special teams and defense. I think he could play tailback to be honest with you, certainly receiver."

Peterson ran a 4.3 40-yard dash in the spring, and has already returned nine punts for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns, good for second best in the nation.  The Shreveport Times also pointed out that the LSU has their own version of the Wildcat (Wild Tiger), and suggested that might be one place to utilize Peterson.

Regardless, if you have seen Peterson fly across the field this season you realize this is good news for football fans.  He is an phenomenal talent and a thrill to watch.  He carries that Devin Hester-type excitement where every time he touches the ball, you know there is a chance he could take it to the house.  

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: September 9, 2010 9:47 am
 

Miles: Would consider using Peterson on offense

Posted by Chip Patterson

Patrick Peterson entered the season as a preseason pick as one of the best defensive backs in the nation.  After his performance in LSU's season opener against North Carolina, it is not hard to consider him one of the best football players in the nation.

Peterson was so good returning kicks and punts, it would not be surprising to see teams stop kicking to him.  He set a school record with 257 total return yards on punts and kicks, and his 87 yard punt return touchdown was the sixth-longest in school history.  If teams do stop kicking to him, how would the Tigers utilize that explosiveness?  Simple, use him on offense.

According to head coach Les Miles, they are not ruling out that possibility.

"We would consider using him on offense," Miles said. "The issue is the number of snaps and what you are going to get out of him at a key time on defense. The opportunity to keep him on the field and play in crunch time on the defensive side in the back end of the game also certainly has priority.
"We have thought about that. We're not ready to commit to that with the idea that his number of snaps will be a great number as we go forward."

Utilizing Peterson on offense, even if only as a decoy for some packages, would help stretch out a defense and allow quarterback Jordan Jefferson to move in the pocket to make a play.  Put him on a well-blocked end around, and you can go ahead and add six to the scoreboard for the Bayou Bengals. Despite scoring 30 points, LSU's offense was not impressive against the Tar Heels.  They were held scoreless in the second half by a defense that was missing seven starters due to eligibility issues.  If those offensive woes continue, Peterson might be the energizer to end them.

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