By LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
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-With 72 points, LSU scored the most points since 1977 (77 points), dropping 70+ points for only the third time since then (A&M 2018).
-In Just 8 late game snaps, freshman #LSU jack LB Da'Shawn Womack produced 4 tackles (2 solo) during his debut vs Grambling. That is outrageous production and some of the best on the night.
-LSU's entire defense produced just 1 sack through their first 2 games.
Matt House's defense also had a lack of early pressure last season through the first 2 games of 2022, registering just 3 vs Florida State and Southern (all three vs Southern).
In 2021, the Tigers' defensive line & overall defensive unit were rampant, piling up 12....
As for 2020, Bo Pelini's defense may have been terrible throughout that year, yet they still piled up 8 vs their first 2 contests.
In 2019, LSU's last National Championship season, a year where the Tigers' leading sacker on defensive line recorded just 3.5, Dave Aranda's defense still sacked quarterbacks 7 times, markedly better than this current season's complete and utter dearth of pressure.
-After 2 games, DE Saivion Jones leads the team with 5 pressures, Harold Perkins second with 4 (does it feel like Perkins pressured the quarterback four times??? He was in the backfield a couple times total...with little effect...that's from watching these games again and again (as we type this, we are on our 3rd viewing of the Grambling tape)....and sadly, that's not even on Harold Perkins, it's on the coaching staff making sure he is playing as far away from the ball as possible.....so, even when he pressures the quarterback, it's transparent, the QBs can see him from afar, and get rid of the ball immediately.
Simply put, we're not allowing Perk to rush the passer from the right spots at the right moments, which frequently means designing the entire defensive scheme around letting #4 loose.
Despite the stats, it doesn't feel like quality or positive production....which is sadly somewhat out of Perkins' control due to the awkward position manuever.
-CB Zy Alexander has been targeted the most over LSUs first two games, 12 times, allowing 7 catches. Against Grambling, Alexander was targeted on 9 occasions, giving up 5 catches for 74 yards, allowing a catch of 34 yards or more for the second straight game.
(1 TD allowed vs Florida State, 124 total receiving yards allowed, 17.7 yards per reception,
-Freshman CB Ashton Stamps received 5 targets his way and allowed zero catches, the only Tiger DB who's been targeted without allowing a catch.
-LSU DBs total allowed 37 receptions from 58 attempts for a 63.8% completion rating.
-LSU's receivers dropped 6 passes in 2 games; Hankton's receivers dropped 26 passes last season; Overall, since the legendary 2019 season, the Tigers' receivers dropped an ugly 77 total passes (104 drops by all personnel).
-In just one appearance, LSU RB Kaleb Jackson is third on the team in missed tackles forced as a rusher (5 vs Grambling).
Jackson totaled over 100 yards on his freshman debut, joining Kevin Faulk as another Tiger debutant to accumulate over 100 yards in their first appearance (Faulk piling up 171 yards on his LSU debut).
-LSU QB Jayden Daniels is now 3rd on LSU's all time single game passing TDs list w/ 5, only behind Burrow's 6 vs Vanderbilt & 7 vs Oklahoma. He's also the only LSU quarterback, alongside Joe Burrow, to toss for 5 TDs in a single half.
-Once again, Mekhi Wingo is already clocking up the snaps, now at 105 on the season, something this defense spoke about specifically avoiding this season: early wear and tear on prized linemen.
Wingo's film is incredible, and it was intriguing to see him next to Maason Smith for the first time ever....we'll see what this dynamic duo can produce in what is likely to be their maiden campaign together.
-As for Maason Smith, before his return vs Grambling (1 tackle, 1 pressure, 1 tackle for loss over 35 snaps) the former Terrebonne 5 star hadn't been able to play over 30 snaps since the Kansas State game back in early January 2022, final game of his freshman season.
After his ACL tear, Smith spent an entire calendar season out of action, his comeback vs Florida State spoiled by the disgusting greedhound wretches of the NCAA.
-Chris Hilton Jr caught his second career touchdown vs Grambling on Saturday night, both stemming from big plays downfield (81 yards in 2021/2022 vs KST, 47 yards in 2023/24 vs Grambling).
-LSU's defense allowed 163 yards of total offensive from Grambling during the first quarter alone, including an opening salvo that featured a pair of 80+ yard scoring drives, scoring their only points of the game that day.
Grambling eclipsed 100 yards in both rushing and passing by the second quarter.
By LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
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