LSU Twitter Mailbag: You asked about LSU passing more, the read-option and the Tigers’ final overall record _lowres

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) carries for 27 yards on a scoring drive in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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They do both look good, but keep in mind that they’ve played a total of five – five – games. It’s still real early. That said, their November meeting is shaping up to be quite the clash.

Leonard Fournette suffered only a bruise during his final touchdown, and he and coach Les Miles said the running back is OK. The helmet of an Auburn defender smacked into Fournette’s right knee as he flew into the end zone.

We speak to Fournette on Tuesday night so hopefully we’ll find out more about his condition, but I wouldn’t expect that it’s anything serious. He was walking fine during post-game interviews.

I’d say yes. Certainly, Brandon Harris will crack his average of 72.5 passing yards a game. Syracuse allowed more than 400 passing yards last week to … Central Michigan.

Look, I know many fans are up and arms because of Harris’ low passing totals, but here’s a few reasons to explain that:

  • LSU has, arguably, the best running back in the nation.
  • LSU has, what appears to be, a very capable, talented run-blocking offensive line.
  • LSU has a young quarterback who struggled with the mental aspect of the game as a true freshman just a year ago. It’s pretty clear coaches want to ease him into the season.

See the above answer.

Just throwing darts here: 9-2.

Remember, LSU’s game against McNeese was canceled. Obviously, that would have been 10-2. Is a 9-2 record enough to get into the SEC championship game? It depends on who you lose to, but it’s likely that the SEC West champ will have at least one loss.

LSU’s next five games set up nicely for the Tigers – at Syracuse, Eastern Michigan, at South Carolina, Florida and Western Kentucky. But the grind begins after the Nov. 1 bye week:

  • Nov. 7: at Alabama
  • Nov. 14: Arkansas
  • Nov. 21: at Ole Miss
  • Nov. 28: Texas A&M

This is a good question. Quentin Thomas’ role has been completely diminished from a guy who started last season as a starter. It’s bizarre. He has not played in a snap through the first two games of the season.

It appears that he was passed up by reserves Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore. Those two guys have combined for more than 20 snaps over the last two games, spelling starters Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux about once every five drives.

Remember, Thomas had off-season shoulder surgery and missed spring practice. He was probably behind, especially with a new D-line coach.

Here are the true freshmen who have played:

  • Nick Brossette
  • Derrius Guice
  • Donte Jackson
  • Arden Key
  • Foster Moreau
  • Maea Teuhema
  • Kevin Toliver
  • Toby Weathersby
  • Tyron Johnson

See the answer a couple above.

It remains depth at the defensive line, though that seems to be getting better. After all, reserve DT Frank Herron got that sack-fumble against Auburn.

Still, LSU has played four – four – defensive tackles through two games. That’s a pretty low numbers. They’ve only played five linebackers, too. At defensive end, they’ve primarily played just three players, with Sione Teuhema and Deondre Clark combining for less than 10 snaps in eight quarters of football.

Yes. At some point, LSU is gonna be up by 30-plus points and Jennings will enter a game. Maybe that happens in the fourth quarter at Syracuse. If it doesn’t happen then, expect it to happen in the fourth of the game against Eastern Michigan the next week.

Les Miles doesn’t want to risk injury to his prized possession. If LSU has the game in hand, Leonard Fournette won’t play too much in the second half – just like what unfolded against Auburn.

Remember, Miles didn’t even realize how close Fournette was to the single-game rushing record against Auburn. The goal is to win and keep Fournette healthy.

Do you know that LSU did not run the read-option one time against Auburn? AU was the worst of any Power 5 team depending that play and LSU didn’t run it once.

But, yeah, I do expect them to run that a good bit as the season progresses. I’d also expect you to continue to see LSU run the jet sweep/fake jet sweep with guys like Donte Jackson and Travin Dural. It’s not really a read-option, but it is a misdirection run that can confuse the defense. Harris could keep the ball on the play, hand to the running back or give it off on the jet sweep.