I saw how ineffective your offense was without him. I'm guessing the coaches have seen this too.
1) LSU struggles most against 3-4 defenses....SC is 4-3
Starting DT Byron Jerideau is day to day, as is backup CB Akeem Auguste.
But, my point in telling you this is to say if I were the LSU defensive staff, I would force Shaw to carry the ball, and make him pay for any limited success he might enjoy. Unlike our offensive staff, our defensive guys are competent. They're going to make Shaw beat them on the ground, and if I get my way, they're going to beat him into the ground.
Your backup is not ready for the atmosphere Saturday night.
Well I did say he was a backup.
To me the game hinges on if LSU's "wounded" O-line handle SC's front 7
Hi ya'll. Looking forward to a fun and exciting game on Saturday. And wanted to give you a little friendly 411 on some gamecock players to keep your eyes on this weekend. We did this with the huskers before the C1b and it made watching the game much better.
Clowney, Lattimore and Shaw are names you have likely heard. Here are some you may or may not have heard of but are considered some of our "playmakers."
Since it's our strong suit, I'll start with the defense. FWIW, we run a 4-2-5 defense with one our DB's playing a safety/MLB position we call "the spur".
#98 Devon Taylor. Plays DE opposite of Jadevon Clowney. 6'8" 270 lbs. He cleans up alot of what Clowney flushes his way.
#70 Byron Jerideau Defense tackle. 6'1 320 lbs. Holds down the middle of the line. Big time run stopper. He doesn't always get that many tackles, but he takes up a lot of space in the middle of the D-line.
#54 Shaq Wilson Sr middle linebaker excellent pass rusher.
#21 Devonte Holloman Spur. A "disrupter". A lot of our defense depends on Holloman making a read off the QB (run or pass). Passing he drops to coverage (unless it's a blitz). Run play he plugs the last gap.
Our best DB, safety DJ swearinger is out for the game. Another DB is CB Vic(tor) Hampton.
Our DB's are our weakest link (which is why Dj's suspension really hurts vs you guys), which plays to your strong suit. Alot of the game will come down to weather or not our D-line can penetrate and disrupt the tiger passing game before the QB can get the ball to the receivers.
On offense you've heard of Shaw and Lattimore. Well Shaw was hurt vs Vandy (as I'm sure you've heard as well). Honestly, his performance in that game was one of the toughest I've ever seen in a football game. His status for Saturday is uncertain. His backup is Dylan Thompson, who's looked REALLY good vs lesser opponents the past two weeks, but he was abysmal during the Vandy game.
A couple of receivers to watch out for:
Ace Sanders (#1), Bruce Ellington (#23) and Damiere Byrd (#3). The downside is none of this trio is very tall at 5'8"-5'9" but they all have great speed. Byrd is out of NJ and ran a 4.3 40 yard dash in high school (Nj state record at the time). Bruce is a two sport star playing both football and point guard on the B-ball team.
Our O-line has played well at times and poorly at times. I consider it a work in progress. Their run blocking needs to improve and their pass blocking is adequate, but could be better.
We've been running a fair amount of two TE sets as well, with our two big TE's Justice Cunningham (#87) and Rory "Buster" Anderson (#81). I think this is in response to teams trying to stack the box to stop lattimore forcing us to beat them deep (ask ECU how that worked out for them).
Two freshman that might see playing time are running back Mike Davis (#25) and Shaq Roland (#4). Mike is a little faster than lattimore but not as powerful. He had 85 yds and scored his first TD on 4 carries vs UAB. Shaq was "Mr. Football" in SC last year. At 6'1" he's a bit taller than our other WR's. He's still learning the routes and the system but he's looked good when's he's been in. Caught his first TD last week.
That's about it. As I said earlier, I think this game comes down to our D-line & Db's vs your QB and receivers and if our Offense can move the ball with the (Missouri) tigers stacking the box to stop the run (everyone else has done it, so I anticipate you'll do it to).
Honestly this game scares me more than just about any other on our schedule minus LSU.
Good luck and may the best team win Sat.
The fact is we are light across the defensive line, and Florida exploited that weakness
Mizzou loaded the box to stop the run
I'm actually pinning LSU's hopes on defense and special teams scoring. FG's from these two phases could be a difference.