The passing yards for Beckham and Landry, a good portion came early on. Look as I said, brah I don't agree with you. I'm not gonna keep going tit for tat with you on this shit! If you don't think the philosophy changed in offense from early on in the season to going later on. That's you! I'm not the only one on here that recognized that. Running the power I and smash mouth running is a Les Miles' staple, but a lot of people don't care for it. Auburn's spread attack isn't just used by them and it's not one dimensional like you wanna try to portray it out to be by sayin it's not balanced. Auburn does one thing really well when running it and that's run because their QB is a shite passer.
I havent seen that many people in here saying they saw a difference in the offense from the 1st half to the 2nd half... And, again, the numbers say differently. And you havent brought up after I posted the #s, so I will post them again.
Through the 1st 6 games of the season, Mett threw 157 pass attempts. The last 6 games of the season, SEC crunch time, he threw for 139pass attempts. And he missed the end of the Arky game so if you add the 7 attempts Jennings had, even though Im pretty sure Mett would have been throwing it more than he did, he would be at least at 146pass attempts. Rushing wise, we had 230attempts in the 1st 6 games of the season and 234attempts the 2nd half of the season.
The difference between the 1st half vs 2nd half: (-)1.8 pass attempts per game, (+)0.6 rushing attempts per game. Marginal difference, especially considering during the final 6 games of the season we faced certain opponents that called for a power run game plan (TAMU in rain, Alabama, and Florida).
And running the power I and playing smash mouth is not just a Les Miles staple, but also a Cam Cameron staple, as well as majority of coaches and teams in college and NFL football. When it dominates an offensive playbook, I can get why people dont care for it. But, as shown above, it didnt dominate our playbook. It has in the past, dont get me wrong, and I didnt like it at all. But, last year was a perfect combo of pass and running. And we were extremely efficient at both and used them to set the other up... run to set up the pass, pass to set up the run. I mean we were great at running the ball last year, Hill set an SEC record for YPC IIRC. Why change something like that for no reason whatsoever, other than you dont like it and think its boring? It works and gets results. And thats how this team has been built.
And, again, that Auburn offense is most def. not balanced. 285 pass attempts to 729 rushing attempts... 71.8% rush / 28.2% pass. Yardage wise, they had 2,422yards passing and 4,596 rushing, 65.5% of their total yards came off the run, 34.5% came off the pass. Think about that... 99% of the time teams have more passing yards than rushing yards. And, Auburn only had 1 WR with more than 40catches and over 350yards.... Their 2nd leading WR had 28catches for 325yards. Thats not being balanced, at all.
So, I have no ideal where you get the running or passing would suffer some if switched to that type of offense or players not be utilized to their fullest.
Where did I ever say that? Never. But the players we have would not be utilized to the fullest though. Especially the pass catchers like Dural / Dupre / Quinn / DeSean Smith. Those guys are some of the most talented players on the team... and barely would get the opportunity to make plays for us in Auburns offense. You have those weapons... but arent using them. Kind of a waste.
And that includes Brandon Harris... you even said earlier that hes the type of talent that could win the Heisman at LSU. And I agree... But, if he gets 185 carries a season how long do you think he would hold up physically? Its not like hes built like Cam Newton or whatever... hes listed at 193lbs right now.
I would much rather use Harris like TAMU used Manziel than change our entire offensive philosophy to Auburns. Yeah I know Manziel is just 210lbs and ran and didnt miss a game, but its a miracle he didnt suffer a serious injury. Very rare for a QB his size to run that much and not sustain a serious injury.
He threw the ball way more than he ran, and was still a very explosive and dangerous as a runner and still beat teams running the ball. And they didnt call that many running plays for Manziel. Most of them were improvised by Manziel during a scramble or roll out... and I have no problem with Harris doing that. You utilized your WRs and pass catchers wayyy more than Auburn doesn, and you allow Harris to still be a threat with his legs if he chooses to do so. I have no problem with Harris reading the D, then deciding to tuck the ball and run.
But at the same time, Manziel never had the type of RBs we have here at LSU and we should use our RBs way more than TAMU did. And use them in the power I with the QB under center because thats the type of RBs and OL that we have, and we are very successful at that.