LSU Beat Reporter Ross Dellinger Breaks down Alabama at LSU [Audio]
After enjoying a week off to close the month of October, Alabama and LSU are days away from a big Saturday night rumble inside Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
LSU football reporter for The Advocate Ross Dellinger analyzed Saturday night’s game from the purple and gold perspective on The Gary Harris Show.
Although both teams did not play this weekend, LSU defensive back Dwayne Thomas created a stir with his thoughts on dominating the game during the bye week.
Dellinger explained Thomas’ reputation as a talker and the reasoning behind those comments.
“He’s a fifth year senior, so he’s a guy who has seen a lot of losses to Alabama, has not beaten Alabama in his career. No one on LSU’s team has, but he’s seen more losses than anybody being a fifth year guy. I think he’s just really fired up about it, and he’s always been one of the better talkers on the team and one of the better interviews.” Dellinger said.
The LSU football beat writer later recalled the off-the-cuff nature of Thomas’ comments and how the LSU defensive back reminded the media of the locker room’s familiarity with receiving bulletin board material.
Dellinger delved into how the loss to Auburn in September provided a spark for the team’s success over the last month of the season.
In last year’s 30-16 loss to Alabama, Leonard Fournette totaled 31 yards on 19 rushing attempts. LSU as a team finished the game with 54 yards on 26 carries.
Dellinger touched on how LSU’s potential game plan offensively against Alabama could mirror the approach they’ve taken in the three games under interim head coach Ed Orgeron.
“I think that approach is going to be a lot of we’ve seen the last three games with Ed Orgeron and Steve Ensminger calling plays now in place of Cam Cameron, and that is an offense that’s tweaked a little bit, that throws the ball more early in downs to set up the run.” Dellinger said.
The LSU beat writer elaborated how the Tigers offense has utilized three and four wide receiver sets in the passing game to set up their run instead of relying heavily on first down runs under Miles. He also mentioned the improvement of the offense’s execution over the last three game.
Saturday’s game for LSU and Alabama could not only determine a potential winner of the SEC West but Ed Orgeron’s fate relative to landing the permanent spot as LSU’s head coach. Dellinger detailed the positives of Orgeron’s leadership as interim head coach and his trajectory toward cementing his status as the head coach permanently.
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