LSU’s O-line has improved greatly since the game at Auburn. (Travis Spradling)
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If a player isn’t seeing a lot of playing time and is healthy, it usually means one thing: Other players are better. That’s just the truth of it.
And, you’re right, LSU doesn’t pass the ball much so receivers – especially depth at receiver – aren’t a major concern. The Tigers have a handful of guys who they can rely on and that’s good enough. Those guys: Trey Quinn, Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural and John Diarse.
You’re noticing that the O-line is improving and thus want to see more passing? Think the opposite.
The O-line’s improvement will likely mean more running from LSU and its deep running back position. The Tigers linemen – for whatever reason – have started opening up holes like never before. That lends itself to more running. Les Miles isn’t going to stray from that scheme, especially if his O-line is playing well – which it is.
Jennings has struggled in several spots, and this is one. He hones in on a certain target (namely Travin Dural), but, just like several areas in Jennings’ game, that’s getting better.
We saw him, for instance, target Trey Quinn just as much Saturday as he did Dural. But on many of those throws, Quinn was the primary. Plain and simple: coaches are giving Jennings easy, high-percentage throws. They don’t want him thinking too much. Don’t expect that to change too much.
The SEC West is a hodgepodge for now. It’s crazy to think about, but LSU could finish in a five-way tie for the SEC West leave. It’s improbable, yes, but possible.
It’s tough to see LSU winning its final three games (that would mean its final six after a 4-2 start). The best scenario would be to split the two remaining road games against Arkansas and Texas A&M and hope the Tigers get some special teams help and assistance from the 102,000 to stun Alabama.
That would put the Tigers finishing at 9-3, which is where many fans had them projected before the season.
Oh, I think there will be a competition. This year’s quarterback battle stretched into the sixth game of the season (Brandon Harris started at Auburn). There’s no reason to think Harris won’t again challenge Jennings.
I’m gonna take a stab at it and say that a very similar competition will unfold over the off-season that unraveled this past spring and summer. And LSU may enter next season as it did this one – with Jennings as an unsteady starter and Harris as a talented backup who’s poised to take over mid-season.