Texas A&M Football: How Florida Game Tape Can Help Aggies Beat LSU
The Texas A&M football team will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to take on the LSU Tigers on November 23. The Aggies will be assisted in their game plan for the Tigers by watching the game tape of the Florida game against LSU.
The Florida Gators lost to LSU 17-6 in Baton Rouge. The Gators held the Tigers to their lowest point total of the season.
Florida has one of the best defenses in the country while the Aggies have one of the worst. There is still a lot that the Texas A&M coaches can learn from the Gators' game plan.
This is a look at how the Florida game tape can help the Aggies beat the LSU Tigers.
Stick with the Run
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Florida's top two backs, Mack Brown and Kelvin Taylor, combined for 108 yards on 25 carries against LSU. The Tigers' defense has always been tough against the run under defensive coordinator John Chavis.
They held the Gators to 2.8 yards per rush but the Florida running backs were able to find room to run. Texas A&M offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney has to continue to feed the Aggie running backs even if they get stuffed early.
The Tigers had success in the second half of the 2012 game against A&M when they went to nickel and dime defenses with five and six defensive backs on the field at one time. The way to counteract that defense is to run right over them.
Taylor rushed for 5.2 yards per carry against LSU. He is 5'11" tall and weighs 215 lbs. The Aggies have a back with a similar style in Tra Carson at 6'0" and 230 lbs. McKinney will need to utilize Carson against LSU.
Les Miles Will Resort to What He Knows in Tight Games
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LSU has put an explosive offense on the field in 2013. The Tigers are averaging 465 yards and 41 points per game. They are passing for 271 yards per game.
At his core, LSU head coach Les Miles is an old-school coach who wants to win games in the trenches. When facing Florida's outstanding defense, Miles resorted back to what he knew and tried to win the game by running the ball.
LSU ran the ball 39 times against Florida in 56 offensive snaps. They controlled the clock and the game on the way to the 17-6 win.
Texas A&M coaches should expect LSU to do the same when the Aggies visit Baton Rouge. LSU has arguably the best duo of starting receivers in the nation in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.
Since Miles and the LSU coaches will want to keep the Aggie offense on the sideline, expect them to feed the ball to running back Jeremy Hills and attempt to control the clock.
Account for Lamin Barrow
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LSU senior linebacker Lamin Barrow had 13 tackles with a tackle for loss against Florida. When LSU played the Aggies in 2012 Barrow had eight tackles and a tackle for loss.
If the Aggies want to run the ball successfully, then the offensive coaches are going to need to account for Barrow on every play.
If Chavis holds true to form, then he will open against the Aggies in a "nickel" or 4-2-5 scheme with five defensive backs and two linebackers on the field. Barrow will be one of those linebackers.
Blocking him will be the key to successfully running the ball against the Tigers.
Prepare for "Robbers"
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In 2012, Tigers' defensive coordinator John Chavis was able to contain Johnny Manziel in the second half by putting extra defensive backs on the field and blitzing them from all over.
By bringing these corners backs and safeties, or "robbers," on blitzes he was able to create confusion and speed up Manziel's internal clock. Chavis blitzed his corners against Florida and sophomore corner Jalen Mills was able to register a sack.
The Aggies have to expect these exotic blitzes. Manziel will need to be prepared to find Malcome Kennedy and the other slot receivers on slants and other hot routes.
In 2012 Manziel did not know the offense well enough to adjust as a passer to what LSU did defensively. In 2013, Manziel is in complete control of the offense and should be able to counter whatever Chavis throws at him.