Cam Cameron and Les Miles frustrated fans and the media alike when after being more aggressive in the first half of last week’s 21-19 win against Mississippi State, No. 13 LSU returned to its old conservative play-calling in the second half. While the play-calling has been more conservative, the promise of an offense that featured more spread has been delivered, according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
The spread offense doesn’t necessarily mean a more wide open offense and aggressive play-calling, Dellnger writes but more LSU (1-0, 1-0 SEC) formations have been spread formations this season, compared to previous years under Miles:
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.
Plenty of teams who run the spread implement run heavy versions of the popular offense, Dellenger writes. Mississippi State has run the ball 57 and 55 percent of the time over the last two seasons and No. 18 Auburn’s spread offense has featured run plays 64 and 71 percent of the time over the same time period.
It may not be the high-octane offense Tigers fans crave but LSU’s offense is by definition, a spread offense.