LSU Football: What You Need to Know About the Tigers' RB Depth

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IMay 29, 2012

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15:  Spencer Ware #11 of the LSU Tigers scores a touchdown against Brian Randolph #37 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Somewhere down in SEC Country, whether it be Gainesville, Fayetteville, Columbia or even Tuscaloosa, teams have taken notice and are already preparing for how to stop what should be the top rushing attack in college football this season.

No matter how much time opposing teams spend in trying to figure out how to stop LSU's backfield, it's just not possible.

So we ask, why is that?

Because Les Miles' team doesn't have just one starting running back. In fact, they don't have two or three either.

LSU has four running backs capable of starting and producing huge numbers at any given time, which is simply unfair to the opposition.

If you take a look back at the 2011 college football season, you can see that the combination of Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard rushed for a combined 2,338 yards.

Perhaps even more impressive, they scored 30 total touchdowns.

The scariest part about this group is that they are all equally as good, with each back having his own unique talents.

Ford led the group in rushing with 756 yards, but it was Ware who had the most carries and scored a team-high eight touchdowns. Blue is the home run threat of the group, averaging an eye-popping 6.9 yards per carry. Hilliard is the goal line specialist who uses his 240-pound frame to rumble through opposing defenses.

To put this into perspective, Alabama, last year's BCS National Champion, was the only other team in the SEC to have more than two rushers top the 330-yard mark. The Tigers had four backs who did so.

Fortunately for the Tigers, not one of these four backs are seniors. Ware, Ford and Blue are all entering their junior seasons in 2012, while Hilliard will be a true sophomore.

LSU will face the challenge of breaking in a new starting quarterback this season, as Zach Mettenberger takes over behind center.

As much talk as there has been about Mettenberger's golden arm and the Tigers' plan to air it out more in 2012, it should be comforting to both Mettenberger an LSU fans knowing that the Tigers have a loaded backfield that is capable of taking pressure off their new quarterback at any time.

As SEC programs continue to prepare for this four-headed monster in LSU's backfield, keep in mind that not a single program outside of Alabama was able to contain this unit last season.

Now, one year later, they are only going to get better.