Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Louisiana State Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) looks to make a pass as offensive lineman Trai Turner (56) and offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (78) block during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Morning Fix: Tiger's Offensive Line Progressing


It’s the position group that gets none of the acclaim when it’s playing well and when they make a mistake they are highlighted as much as any position outside of quarterback. This LSU “morning fix” wants to credit the Tiger offensive line for their work in the win vs. the Florida Gators.

James Moran from The Times Picayune says that the unit took it as a personal challenge that they were the tougher, physical unit against the vaunted Florida defensive line.

“La’El Collins said the unit took exception to some things they heard from Florida defenders leading up to the game. Gator defenders said the Tiger offense wouldn’t be able to do all the things it wanted to do, and Collins took their words to heart.”

Jeremy Hill was the beneficiary of Collins, Vadal Alexander, Elliott Porter, Trai Turner and Jerald Hawkins winning their battle with the Gators. Hill ran for more than 100 yards and LSU scored both touchdowns from the 1-yard line displaying power, toughness and a little nasty.

After an offseason full of musical chairs along the offensive line the starting five is is showing signs of progress, writes Les East in The Advocate

“It was definitely fun,” right guard Trai Turner said of the Tigers win over Florida. “We wanted to impose our will and dominate from start to finish. We started a little slow, if you ask me my opinion. Toward the end, we started mashing them, and that was good. It takes time, but I think we’re coming together at the right time.”

Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  says the film study revealed that it wasn’t just the offensive line that played well as the defensive line played well limiting the Florida running game and providing the best pass rush we’ve seen all season.

“This was a game won by the big uglies up front on both sides of the ball. LSU’s offensive and defensive lines each played a terrific game, although it didn’t show up in points and yardage for the offense or time of possession for the defense.”

LSU will see a significantly better offense this week at Ole Miss who has a veteran offensive line and a five-star freshman protecting Bo Wallace. Although the Rebels don’t run as much as Florida, they will be challenged in the way Hugh Freeze operates his spread offense.

The big uglies don’t get nearly the credit they deserve for all the hard word they do in the trenches, so this morning fix goes out to them.

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