LSU Football: Keys to Defending Geno Smith, West Virginia
LSU will head into a hostile environment in Morgantown tomorrow night and the Tigers better be ready to play, because West Virginia will be looking for a big statement upset.
All week, everyone has been talking about LSU’s dominant defense but West Virginia’s offense has the type of talent to hang tough and give the Tigers are real run for their money.
West Virginia’s offensive success begins and ends with QB Geno Smith.
Smith, now in his second year as a starter, is beginning to get a better grasp of Dana Holgorsen’s system as the season progresses, and the junior signal-caller certainly has the arm strength and natural ability to flourish once he finally figures it all out.
The key for the LSU defense is to get in Smith’s face early and stay there all night long.
LSU linemen like Michael Brockers, Barkevious Mingo and Kendrick Adams are all capable of penetrating into the backfield.
If the defensive line can get consistent pressure on Smith, it will force him to make mistakes, and the LSU secondary has the type of ball-hawks like Mo Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu to capitalize.
The key for the secondary will be to neutralize Smith’s top two targets, Tavon Auston and Stedman Bailey, and force another receiver to step up and make plays.
In last year’s meeting, we watched the LSU defense keep the West Virginia offense under wraps for basically the whole game, but it could be a different story this year.
If Smith gets in a groove, throwing the football, the Tigers could be in for a long night.
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