Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Running backs are a major focus for LSU
By Edward Aschoff
BATON ROUGE, La. -- It's no secret who LSU's defense will be keying in on Saturday.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson has made defenses wince more than once this season and LSU is looking to not be just another victim on Richardson's path.
But it's not just Richardson who is on the mind's of LSU's defensive players. They know that backup Eddie Lacy is a tough body to bring down as well, and they expect to see a heavy dose of both.
LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers said that if you take the names off the backs of their jerseys, he sometimes can't who which one is which because of their similar running styles and their stylish dreads.
Oh and don't forget about Jalston Fowler, who has made his presence known now and again against opposing defenses this fall.
"They both run physical, high and tight," Brockers said of Richardson and Lacy, who have combined for 1,454 yards and 22 touchdowns. "Both are two physical backs. And then they got somebody else, No. 45. I thought he was a fullback when I saw him in there. I was like, 'Oh, this guy is huge.' Just bruising backs and if we get three-and-outs, I feel like we'll be fine, but if we keep letting them run the ball, I think it's going to be a long day."
LSU enter Saturday's game allowing 76.6 rushing yards per game and 2.5 yards per rush. Both are second in the SEC to, of course, Alabama.