6/12/09 - From the Bleacher Report: If the adage 'speed kills' is true then opposing defensive coordinators are going to be in for some potentially fatal game planning when preparing to play LSU in the upcoming year.
The Tiger’s under sized giant in track shoes, Trindon Holliday proved on Friday Night, in Fayetteville, Arkansas -at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships- that he is indeed the fastest man in college football today. (Sorry, Jeffery Demps and Jacob Ford are just a tad bit slower – perhaps I should say ‘less fast’)
Holliday’s 10.00 in the 100-meter dash was good enough for him to claim the NCAA Championship in that event and solidifies him as one of the fastest men ever to play college football.
Head football coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator, Gary Crowton have done a great job in the past couple of years involving 'Supa-D' (Holliday’s nickname) in LSU’s offense as well as special teams play. Despite his small stature -5’5”, 160lbs- Holliday, according to teammates, has a big heart, is as tough as nails and seems to bounce off of would-be-tacklers like a Frank Abegnal check at your local Savings and Loan branch.
Coach Crowton has engineered some creative formations to get the ball to Holliday in full sprint and if/when he makes it past the first tackler or rounds the corner it is virtually impossible to catch the man. To add to DC’s headache, the Tigers have some of the fastest skilled players in the country at wide-out, in the back field and really through out the two deep line-up.
To go with Supa-D, the Tigers feature RBs Keiland Williams who runs a 4.4 – 40 yard dash @ 225lbs, and Richard Murphy at 4.5 - 40. WR Brandon Lafell has SEC proven break-away speed, Terrance Tolliver also runs a 4.4 - 40, and incoming phenom Ruben Randall is lightning between the sidelines.
The Tigers are also swift under center with projected starter Jordan Jefferson and Russell Shepard, the most highly anticipated recruit in recent memory. Shepard is listed with 4.4 speed -though he looks to be even faster- and he possesses that special elusiveness of great dual threat quarterbacks.
Not to mention Charles Scott, the feature running back, who may not be known for speed but is plenty fast and is a PUNISHING down field runner who is among the best in the nation at his position.
The word out of camp* is that Coach Crowton is having a field day developing schemes to get all of these weapons loaded into the offense. No doubt some formations will resemble the single wing (a.k.a Wildcat, Wild hog, now Wild Rebel, etc…) becoming ever more popular since the Razorbacks started using it so effectively under then head coach Huston Nutt and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.
The Tiger’s version (I personally dislike the ‘Wild Tiger’ as it not original so I am proposing ‘Geaux Wild’ as the moniker for the Tigers special formations) of this offense has the potential to be something very special.
Whatever they do with the offensive sets, one thing is sure, speed does kill and the tigers have plenty of it!
*Anonymous personal source close to the program.
Contributed by Henry Ball (a.k.a. Southern Man )- Independent writer and Bleacher Report Scribe.