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Zach Mettenberger, on the hoof, is the definition of a drop back passer. At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Mettenberger is the type that likes to sit in a clean pocket and deliver the ball down the field. When he has time to set, he is veb]ry accurate. He has great arm strength and throws very well to the middle of the field. On throws to the outside, Mettenberger's mechanics can sometimes break down and he lets the ball sail on him. The second-year starter throws an accurate deep ball. He has shown the ability to make all of the throws necessary to be a big time SEC quarterback. He does, however, lack the ability to extend the play. When he leaves the pocket, he is not very accurate in either direction. His pocket mobility is questionable at times as well.
Jeremy Hill is one of the top overall players in the SEC. At 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, Hill is similar to Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Hill does a great job of running behind his pads. He runs to daylight well and is very tough to stop for a loss because of his strength and ability to get downhill so quickly. Hill doesn't have elite speed, but he has enough to break the big play at any time. Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard, and Terrence Magee all share carries behind Hill and all are very talented. Blue is a big play back that is great on the perimeter and between the tackles. Hilliard is a big, bruising 240 pounder who is extremely effective in short yardage situations. Magee is a slasher that can make people miss. Leading the way for those running backs is senior fullback J.C. Copeland. The LaGrange native is 6-foot-1, 280 pounds and is considered one of the most physical fullbacks in the SEC.
The Tigers have a two-headed monster that leads their group of receivers. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. have had tremendous seasons thus far. Beckham has caught 20 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns while Landry has hauled in 24 balls for 364 yards and six scores. Both have similar skill sets. Both Landry and Beckham have the speed to get deep on the defense, but both also display the hand strength and toughness to excel underneath as well. After those two, LSU doesn't have another player on the roster with more than three receptions, but keep an eye on tight end Travis Dickson. Dickson has only played in two games for the Tigers but has a reception of over 20 yards in both games.
The LSU offensive front is big and physical, but it is also inconsistent. At times against opponents this season, the LSU offensive line has been dominant in the run game and in pass protection. But there have also been a few lulls in those games where the Tigers struggle to move the football because of inconsistent line play. La'el Collins and Jerald Hawkins are a couple of long, athletic tackles that protect very well. They do an excellent job of containing the edge rush, and they are also effective with their down blocks. Guards Trai Turner and Vadal Alexander are also talented. Alexander does a good job at the point of attack but can struggle getting to the second level at times. Turner is one of the most physical offensive linemen in the SEC, but he too can struggle at working up to the linebackers. Center Elliott Porter is an underrated lineman in the SEC. He is a great athlete who positions his body well and plays with solid leverage.
• 1st Down - Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has chosen to go with the run game just a tad under 70% of the time in 2013.
• Second down and long (7 or more yards) - This down and distance is also a run heavy down for the Tigers as they keep the ball on the ground 54% of the time.
• Second down and medium (4-6 yards)- Second and medium is another situation where the Tigers like to run the football. Cameron has called on the running game 63% of the time in 2013 in this situation.
• Second down and short(less than 4 yards) - The Tigers keep the ball on the ground 68% of the time on this down and distance.
• Third down and long - This is a pass-heavy down as the Tigers have gone to the air 82% of the time. This is also a down where LSU tends to max protect with the offensive line, running backs, and tight end.
• Third down and medium - This is second pass-heavy down and distance for LSU at 77% pass.
• Third down and short - The Tigers tend to keep it on the ground on third and short with a run rate of 79%.
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