With a HUGE SEC game looming in "Death Valley" between LSU and Georgia Saturday afternoon, I think of a well known Dallas - Ft. Worth area talk radio host who firmly believes that the "game is all about the quarterback"! His focus would certainly center on nineteen year old Jarrett Lee of the LSU Bayou Bengals. Following in the ultra-successful steps of previous Tiger trigger-men, Matt Flynn and JaMarcus Russell, Lee is now in a position to prove that this season's offensive stats and his lofty QB rating are more than beginner's luck.
Although numbers and statistics are often skewed and over analyzed, young Mr. Lee has given his coach, his offensive cohorts, and his critics reasons to believe that this current man under can deliver against the Georgia Bulldogs. So far and against pristine competition ON THE ROAD (at Auburn, Florida, and South Carolina), two significant numbers stand out...a quarterback rating of 123 and an average completion percentage of 57.3, while going two wins and one loss in that stretch.
Although Coach Les Miles is likely to employ the use of both Lee and freshman Andrew Hatch against Georgia, look for Jarrett to have a very useful and solid performance against a Dawg defense that is sorely lacking in any kind of pass rush. Bulldog senior defensive end Jeremy Lomax was square jawed on Tuesday in the weekly press conference in Athens when he bemoaned the fact that he and his D-line peers were not getting the job done this year when trying to pressure the opposing quarterback. Conversely, Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee, collectively, have been sacked a total of six times while attempting 184 passes thus far in 2008.
KEYS FOR LSU:
Use a great veteran offensive line to make life miserable for the Georgia front seven and enable Hatch (the running QB) and Lee to force the defensive secondary to make plays.
On defense, stuff running back Knowhon Moreno with a now healthy D-line and keep QB Matthew Stafford on the run trying to hit receivers covered by one of the best secondaries in the SEC.
Numbers often lie but become more feasible when circumstance bolsters the method those numbers were acquired...look for Jarrett Lee to provide plenty of reasons that his numbers are golden!