The difference between this year and last year’s LSU offense is night and day. Last season, LSU had a quality running attack with five talented backs that could perform at a high level. However, the passing game was less than mediocre and opposing defenses could crowd the box and slow down the run.
Things are different this year. First year offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron has remodeled the Tiger offense and has turned it into one of the most complete offensive units in all of college football. Nothing has changed in the running game. LSU still has plenty of backs that strike fear into their opposition. Jeremy Hill has led the backs with his uncontainable play. In week four, Hill carved the Auburn defense, finishing with 184 yards and three touchdowns.
The running game has remained similar to that of the 2012 squad, so what is making this one of the best offenses that LSU has ever had? Zach Mettenberger has been sensational this season under Cameron. In the new system, Mettenberger has already surpassed his passing touchdown totals from all of last year. He has looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the entire nation all season.
Mettenberger has been extremely successful but it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the best wide receiver duo in all of college football. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr have been so reliable this season, Mettenberger seldom throws to other targets. The deadly duo has combined for 11 of Mettenberger’s 13 touchdown passes, and have been on the receiving end of 73.5 percent of his passing yards.
Beckham has been electrifying using his lightning-like speed to race past coverages and pick up yards after the catch. The top receiver from a year ago has taken advantage of the improved offense with 507 receiving yards and four touchdowns, through just five games. He has also been a human highlight reel on special teams, and was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week in week two against UAB.
Landry has been consistently incredible, and will make a name for himself in the NFL whenever he decides his career as a Tiger is finished. Landry catches every ball thrown in his vicinity and frequently snags balls that would have been incompletions a year ago.
He has 520 yards receiving and seven receiving touchdowns, third best in the country. He has caught a least one touchdown pass in each of the past seven games and needs a touchdown catch against Mississippi State to break the LSU record. He is currently tied with Dwayne Bowe with seven straight games.
The LSU receiving duo has yet to be slowed this season. Having two of the best receivers in the country on the same team is extremely rare and the Tigers have been taking advantage of their opportunity.
Beckham and Landry are two NFL ready talents who are looking to lead a powerful LSU offense to a rematch with Georgia this season.