The LSU secondary has an extremely difficult task ahead of them. This Saturday, the Texas A&M Aggies will bring their high-powered offense to Tiger Stadium and the LSU secondary will be faced with the challenge of slowing the dangerous Mike Evans.
Evans is arguably the nation’s best wide receiver and the 6-5, 225-pound redshirt sophomore is extremely athletic, can high-point the ball and has incredible hands. He frequently comes down with improbable receptions, and has been a safety blanket for Johnny Manziel all season.
Evans is second to only Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks in receiving yards per game. He is also ranked fourth in the country in touchdown catches with 12 and has four multi-touchdown games this season, including an astonishing four receiving touchdowns against Auburn.
Mike Evans is by far the best receiver for Texas A&M, but he is not by any means their only option. The Aggies have twelve different players who have recorded at least one touchdown reception, seven more than LSU.
Malcome Kennedy has only two fewer receptions than Evans, but his yards per catch (11.0) is only half of that of his star teammate. Kennedy is having a solid year as the Aggies’ second receiving option and has 606 receiving yards and seven touchdown grabs on the season.
Travis Labhart has come up big for Texas A&M in his senior season after playing sparingly earlier in his career. Labhart has provided quality results for the Aggie offense and is fourth on the team with 442 receiving yards and third with five receiving touchdowns.
LSU will use their 29th ranked pass defense to attempt to slow down the Aggies’ prolific passing attack. Texas A&M ranks sixth in the country in passing yards per game and cornerback Jalen Mills and free safety Ronald Martin will need to step up their game, as they have struggled recently.
Tre’Davious White has really come up big for the secondary as a true freshman and Craig Loston has been excellent for the Tigers when healthy but has battled injuries throughout the season.
The LSU secondary is going to find it difficult to slow down the sensational Texas A&M offense, so offensively they will need the combination of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry for LSU to match the exploits of Evans.The duo should be able to have big games against a weak Aggie defense.
This should mean viewers are treated to quite the show from some of college football’s most talented wide receivers.