Chick-fil-A Bowl 2012: How Les Miles Plans to Shut Down Tajh Boyd
LSU head coach Les Miles has a pretty darn good resume when it comes to shutting down mobile quarterbacks.
However, Miles and the Tigers could face arguably their toughest challenge of the year when LSU goes up against Tajh Boyd and the Clemson Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Monday night.
Boyd is one of the top quarterbacks in the country this year, and make no doubt about it, Miles and the Tigers will have their hands full with Clemson's junior signal-caller.
Boyd passed for more than 3,500 yards and has 34 touchdowns this season for the Tigers (10-2). In addition to his outstanding passing numbers, Boyd also ran for just under 500 yards and had nine touchdowns on the ground for Clemson.
So, how does Les Miles plan to shut down Clemson's talented quarterback?
It's simple: He uses the same technique he used to shut down the likes of Keith Price and Johnny Manziel, two of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in college football.
LSU has the luxury of having a talented run-stopping linebacker in the middle of their defense, junior Kevin Minter. He will be used to "spy" on Boyd and make sure that he doesn't get any open field once he takes off and scrambles.
The other tool that Miles and this LSU defense have at their disposable are a pair of big, run-clogging defensive tackles in Josh Downs and Bennie Logan. Add Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson into the mix, and the Tigers feature four very good defensive tackles who each weigh upwards of 280 pounds.
The Tigers will rely on that size to clog the line of scrimmage and make sure Clemson doesn't get many open holes in the line.
If Boyd does escape to the outside, LSU will rely on the speed of their talented outside backers, specifically Lamin Barrow, who was the most dominant player on this LSU defense in 2013.
If you want a blueprint on how to stop dual-threat quarterbacks, Les Miles is your man.
Just ask Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who was held to a season-low 27 yards on 17 carries against this dominant LSU defense earlier this year.
He can attest.
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