Eleven tackles for loss. 5 sacks. Eight quarterback pressures.
LSU starting middle Lloyd Cushenberry has the statistics memorized.
Those numbers are from LSU’s first loss closing season — the mid-day sport in Gainesville, Florida, when an aggressive Florida defensive front overwhelmed LSU’s offensive line in a 27-19 Gators agree with.
Cushenberry remembers how LSU became leading 7-Zero and drove to the Florida 28 ahead of a sack fumble flipped the moment of the sport devour a card desk in a typhoon, how Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow became forced to gain fast selections and threw his first two interceptions of the season on the two closing drives.
“It be been stuck in my head for a while,” Cushenberry talked about.
That is precisely the trend of week that attracts followers to LSU football devour a Washington Say flag to the “College Sport Day” mosh pit.
The numbers rose up yet again after LSU’s forty two-6 agree with against Utah Say closing weekend, once No. 7 Florida (6-Zero, three-Zero Southeastern Conference) beat Auburn to force an undefeated showdown in Tiger Stadium on Saturday — a sport that LSU coach Ed Orgeron talked about will yet again advance correct down to who wins within the trenches.
Eleven tackles for loss. 5 sacks. Eight quarterback pressures.
Cushenberry is LSU’s mute chief, the first offensive lineman to wear the team’s honorary No. 18 jersey, the man who spoke candidly for his plight neighborhood for the length of spring football and talked about the video games LSU misplaced closing season “had been on us.”
Tiger Stadium is equipped out for LSU’s dwelling sport Saturday against Florida, an LSU athletic genuine announced Monday.
So Cushenberry walked to the athletic academic middle, typed those memorized statistics onto a be conscious doc, and stuck the printed copies to the lockers of all his fellow linemen.
The copies had been mute placing on the lockers Monday evening.
“Only a miniature of extra motivation so we are able to place a ways from that this 365 days,” Cushenberry talked about.
It be laborious to argue there is a extra crucial plight fight in Saturday’s sport than LSU’s offensive line vs. Florida’s defensive front.
And Cushenberry would possibly maybe maybe print out heaps extra pages of statistics to gift it.
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Florida’s 26 sacks are tied for Zero.33 within the nation, and its 50 tackles for loss are tied for fourth.
Gators out of doors linebacker Jonathan Greenard ranks 2nd within the SEC in tackles for loss (6½) and sacks (Four), and the protection has seven gamers who private recorded now not decrease than two sacks.
Orgeron watched the mayhem that became Florida’s 24-20 agree with over Miami within the season-opener, when the Gators recorded three sacks and compelled three fumbles — on the closing force of the sport.
“Todd Grantham is one of the correct defensive coordinators in football,” Orgeron talked about Monday. “He’s an prominent defensive position coach. He knows systems to blitz, knows systems to attack. I judge he’s done a immense job all over the place he’s been.”
LSU senior defensive quit Rashard Lawrence and senior linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. will note this week and “with a miniature of luck” be ready for the …
Since Orgeron’s days at Miami within the early 1990s, he’s change into one of college football’s most beneficial experts on defensive position instructing.
He recognizes what Florida does successfully. They confuse offensive traces with tactful and fast stunts on the road. They’ll gain rigidity using a Four-man roam. They’ll ship an assortment of ingenious blitzes.
However most of all, Orgeron talked about, LSU will must mute be ready for Florida’s hotfoot on the defensive position.
Florida’s 6-foot-Four, 246-pound defensive quit, Jabari Zuniga, is one of the physical freaks that gave LSU distress closing season.
And salubrious devour how LSU grew to change into its “Warp Whisk” up-tempo offensive equipment against its protection to arrange for Utah Say’s high-powered offense, Orgeron talked about the Tigers are going to simulate Florida’s attacking protection in note this week.
“We’ll place our fastest guys on the push team and roam our guys all week,” Orgeron talked about.
Sophomore wide receiver Terrace Marshall became note at LSU football note on Monday afternoon for the first time since he underwent surgical operation on his foot two weeks within the past.
Who’s going to replica Florida?
Orgeron talked about it’s now not going to be star budge rusher Enough’Lavon Chaisson on each day foundation — the 6-foot-Four, 250-pound out of doors linebacker salubrious returned to play against Utah Say from an ankle injury that stored him out for two video games.
LSU will use defensive quit Justin Thomas, who started against Vanderbilt, frail five-star and salubrious freshman safety Marcel Brooks, plus starting linebacker Michael Divinity, if, Orgeron talked about, Divinity reveals he’s wholesome in his recovery from the injury he suffered against Vandy.
Cushenberry is assured this 365 days’s LSU offensive line can handle the Florida attack.
Freshman cornerback Cordale Flott has an injury, LSU coach Ed Orgeron talked about Monday, that would possibly maybe maybe put him out against Florida.
The line became mired in a pile of accidents in 2018, and frail starting guard Ed Ingram became mute suspended after being arrested for alleged sexual assault.
Ingram has since been reinstated — the costs had been brushed apart the day ahead of the Vanderbilt sport — and LSU’s offensive line is bolstered with experienced depth even with its accidents.
Reserve lineman Badara Traore, who started against Georgia Southern, is out for the Florida sport, Orgeron talked about, and he became seen wearing a boot on the sideline against Utah Say.
Initiating left kind out Saahdiq Charles will play, Orgeron talked about, and he’s uncared for three video games with what Orgeron called “coach’s selections.”
And LSU has extra depth with reserve linemen Chasen Hines, Donavaughn Campbell, Dare Rosenthal and Cameron Wire — gamers who private blended for 241 snaps this season.
“Now we private gorgeous worthy all people back,” Cushenberry talked about. “It became no excuse, but we had a young neighborhood in a antagonistic ambiance closing 365 days. This 365 days, we have got got loads extra self assurance, a high-potent offense, and it would be a fight.”
Junior left kind out Saahdiq Charles will play in LSU’s top 10 matchup against Florida on Saturday, coach Ed Orgeron talked about.
Oh, correct. On that top-potent offense …
LSU toned down from “Warp Whisk” against Utah Say with a aim to tremendously decrease the quantity of performs the high-scoring Aggies ran.
However the Tigers’ breakneck tempo — which averages 2 minutes, 5 seconds per touchdown force — is a invaluable draw that LSU did now not private in closing 365 days’s loss to Florida.
In LSU’s first top 10 agree with of the season, a Forty five-38 agree with at then-No. 9 Texas, the Tigers scored Four touchdowns in below three minutes by retaining the Longhorns protection off kilter.
LSU passing sport coordinator Joe Brady theorized within the summertime that a range offense that uses five-man protections — that methodology most titillating the offensive linemen are blockading — will stop fewer sacks.
LSU has given up thirteen sacks this season, half the quantity the Tigers gave up in its first five video games closing season.
“They can not gain their calls in,” Cushenberry talked about. “They can not residing up. The extra tempo we are able to achieve, it would be functional to us.”
LSU football stayed at No. 5 within the most modern rankings of the AP High 25 ballot, which became up-to-the-minute and launched Sunday afternoon.
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In Saturday’s forty two-6 agree with over Utah Say, LSU’s offense became as unhurried and methodical as the pockets of followers who meandered into Tiger Stadium for t…