Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention.
And you thought because LSU’s game was ruled a “no contest” and lasted less than 5 game minutes that we weren’t doing a film room. Well, here it is – an abbreviated version.
Since there were 10 total plays in the game, we analyzed the kickoff return more than normal. The return by Donte Jackson is below, followed by the booms, which come from Darrel Williams and JD Moore.
A good debut for Jackson. He saw the lane and hit it well. Deion Jones, top of the screen, doesn’t completely finish off his block and that ends in Jackson being tackled. Jones held it long enough to create the lane.
A lot of folks were probably surprised to see Darrel Williams run out to return kicks with Jackson. What the heck, right? Well, here’s why he’s back there – to be the lead blocker. He’s the fullback, basically, in the return game.
JD Moore didn’t wait long to get his first boom of the season.
We spotlighted a few of LSU’s five – five – total offense snaps.
The Tigers didn’t wait long to show off some zone read with Leonard Fournette and Brandon Harris. On the second play, Harris hands off to Fournette after eyeing the defensive end (red circle). The DE hovers in place, and Harris releases the ball to Fournette. He follows pulling guard Josh Boutte (who misses his block in the hole, somewhat).
LSU ran two plays before giving highly touted speedster Donte Jackson the ball on offense. It’s an end-around, and it doesn’t work because of blocks. TE Colin Jeter, aligned in the slot, doesn’t get his man. RT Vadal Alexander (red circle) can’t get to his man (the linebacker) after being thrown off track by McNeese’s defensive end. Who makes the tackle? The three arrows – one of those is Vadal’s guy and the other is Jeter’s.
LSU aligns Derrius Guice and Nick Brossette on either side of Brandon Harris in the shotgun. Guice goes in motion, as you’ll see below, but McNeese’s CB reads the play perfect, and freshman WR Jazz Ferguson misses his block on him. On the plus side: Harris makes a perfect pass, just in front of Guice.
LSU fans will like this – a four-receiver set. Tigers have John Diarse up top. From top to bottom on the low side: DeSean Smith-Malachi Dupre-Travin Dural. Dupre gets open on this play, but, as the broadcaster says, Harris waits too late to throw the ball and it’s way underthrown because of it.
Three players made McNeese’s first play go for no gain: Kevin Toliver (top black circle), Rickey Jefferson (red circle) and Deion Jones (lower black circle). Their pursuit and recognition is perfect, especially Jefferson, who moves down quickly (red line) from his spot at safety when McNeese’s receiver goes in motion from left to right. Jefferson and Jones take on the three blockers (red arrows), leaving Toliver on the outside to make an ankle tackle.
On second down and 10, LSU brings the heat, dropping down Rickey Jefferson from his safety spot. It turned into a sack.
Third and 17. Perfect play call for the Mustang package, right? Not with DC Kevin Steele. He leaves his nickel (five-DB) set out on the field, but with a twist. You’ll see two screen shots of the play below. One at the snap and the other about 1 second into the play.
Deion Jones (red circle) is gonna come on a blitz from the outside (red line), right in the face of where McNeese QB Daniel Sams will throw his pass. The defensive linemen will each cross one another – the D-tackles (blue) head outside and the D-ends (black) head inside.
Now, 1 second into the play.
Special teams personnel
Kickoff return team: Darrel Williams, Donte Jackson, Donnie Alexander, Deion Jones, Ed Paris, JD Moore, Colin Jeter, Lamar Louis, Devin Voorhies, DeSean Smith, Duke Riley
Punt return team: Kevin Toliver, Devin Voorhies, Ronnie Feist, John Battle, Duke Riley, John Diarse, Lamar Louis, Dwayne Thomas, Corey Thompson, Donnie Alexander, Tre White