LSU Football: Tigers in Big Trouble Against Oregon Without Jefferson, Shepard
Following breaking news today that quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns have a warrant out for their arrest on a charge of second-degree battery – a felony charge – LSU will likely be without those players.
And yesterday it was announced that the Tigers would be without top wide receiver Russell Shepard for at least the season opener against Oregon.
This is a gigantic problem for a team that was largely one-dimensional last year, ranking 107th out of 120 in passing yards per game.
The Ducks has a fast defense that’s strength last year was in rush defense but perhaps more problematic is the fact that LSU will have to outscore Oregon.
Steven Ridley is gone at running back and while Michael Ford should be just fine as his replacement, he doesn’t have the experience necessary to really excel under such a spotlight.
Jefferson isn’t by himself irreplaceable, Jarrett Lee the likely starter was put in on passing downs last season, the loss of Shepard is huge and leaves Reuben Randle as the only receiver with any returning experience and Oregon knows that.
Expect a lot of double coverage on him and for them to stack the box and use a lot of run blitzes.
If the Ducks’ Cliff Harris were playing, Oregon would be an overwhelming favorite to win the game at this point but as of now, a three to six point favorite is most likely.
And if those are the odds, I’m taking them.
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