Les Miles is drifting away from the I-formation, and he’s moving on from the fullback.
LSU’s season opener against Mississippi State painted a picture of a team that’s more “spread” than anything else.
The Tigers used the fullback 28 times in 61 snaps (45%). Last year, they used a fullback in 62 percent of plays.
QB Brandon Harris was in shotgun or Pistol 32 snaps (52 percent). Last year, LSU quarterbacks aligned in the shotgun on just 39 percent of snaps.
LSU aligned in a set with three or more receivers 30 times (49%) in the game. Last year, they did that 37 percent of the time.
Rumblings that LSU and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron were preparing to run more of a spread system this season might just be true.
Spread doesn’t necessarily mean throwing the ball 40 times a game. Spread has to do with formations and personnel more than anything. There are plenty of run-heavy teams that work out of the spread. One visits Tiger Stadium on Saturday (Auburn), and LSU played the other last week (Mississippi State).
Mississippi State and Dan Mullen have run the ball 57 and 55 percent of the time over the last two years. Auburn and Gus Malzahn have run it 64 and 71 percent of the time.
Don’t start celebrating just yet, LSU fans. There’s a long season left. We have a small sample size. It’ll double in size after Saturday’s game.