Here are my thoughts on this year’s LSU spring game.
Matt Canada’s offense: Lots of shifts and motion. I like the movement to create mismatches with the defense, but when the motion man runs across the formation 3 times, it might be a bit too much! I know this was only a peak behind the curtain, but there were a ton of jet sweeps trying to get the wideouts involved in the rushing game.
Danny Etling didn’t really impress and he didn’t do anything to show that he is the #1 QB in Baton Rouge. In the first quarter, Etling had a 1st and goal from the 6-yard line. He ran the bootleg and hit Guice in the flat. Guice was forced out about the 1-yard line, my feeling with this is a failure on both of their parts, Guice should have extended his route into the end zone, and Etling should have led Guice a bit, or thrown it a bit quicker to give Guice room to turn it up the field. Going into the season, that will be a play they have to make to stay competitive against other teams in the SEC. I felt that Justin McMillan out-played Etling. But keep in mind that McMillian did play against the #2s on defense. The second half was moved to the indoor facility due to lightning near Tiger Stadium. I wanted to see how true freshman Lowell Narcisse played. Coming out of high school, he was the nation’s 5th best dual threat Quarterback.
The first play of the game, D.J. Chark ran a sweep for a 4-yard loss. On the third play, he made a nice catch on the sideline. Chark only had two catches for 45 yards. He really didn’t impress me as a #1 WR. If feels like he is the #1WR only because everyone else left. Russell Cage had 3 catches for 59 years. Drake Davis had 1 catch for 39 yards and a touchdown. Unless things change over the summer, it looks like it will be another rough year for the passing game. If McMillan wins the starting job, the defense might start to creep up due to his running ability and his escapability. This could open up the defense for the wide receivers or at least take away the double team.
Derrius Guice ran with a ton of power. Looks like he hasn’t regressed a step from last year when he led the SEC in rushing. I’m really excited to watch him this year! Darrel Williams had a nice end around run on 4th and 1, for the first down. Lanard Fournette (younger brother of Leonard Fournette) looked really good also, punching in the first touchdown of the day from a yard out. Granted, he was playing against the 2s. No clear #2 behind Guice has been established.
Grant Delpit, who is a true freshman, stepped in for John Battle on the first team defense. He made some big plays in coverage and his run support was solid with a couple of good hits. Coach O said “Grant may start for us. Grant proved tonight that he could make plays. We treated this like a preseason game because we wanted to see what guys could do under the lights. He did a tremendous job.” You can’t get better than that as a freshman. I’m looking forward to watching Delpit develop as his career goes on. He is a great addition to DBU!
Word coming out of spring practices was that the defense was getting beat up pretty good by the offense. Well, tonight they were the better squad. They played well together with very few mistakes. Arden Key should be rejoining the team this summer (he stepped away for personal reasons). Key will help to anchor the linebackers, who 3 of which, will be freshmen