LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly is all about advantages. He admittedly doesn’t like to give the opposing team any more information than absolutely crucial about his squad in the build-up to a game. Fans saw this first hand over the summer when he refused to name a starting quarterback until just moments before kickoff against Florida State.
Kelly is a tight-lipped individual. Rightly so, considering the Tigers play in the SEC, the toughest conference in all of college football. Though when not playing against power five opponents the Bayou Bengals’ new frontman is a bit looser. Speaking ahead of LSU’s upcoming match-up with New Mexico, Kelly revealed part of the offensive game plan for this weekend.
Brian Kelly reveals the offensive plan for LSU’s game vs. New Mexico
Non-conference contests at home are often seen as a free win for many programs around the country. They are much more than that though. These games allow teams to perfect their execution ahead of the most meaningful conference games to be played down the road.
The Tigers used the Southern game to fix key issues such as special teams and the run game. It’s no surprise that they’re expected to do the same against the Lobos too. Seeing as the rushing attack has gotten a lot better over the last few weeks though, Mike Denbrock is expected to switch things up a bit on offense this weekend.
Kelly confirmed this on Wednesday when asked about his wide receiver rotation:
"“We’ve gotta get [Jack Bech] more involved,” Kelly said. “You’re going to see that that’s going to take place this weekend. We’ve got really good players at that position and we have to do a better job of getting really good players on the field. There has to be intentional rotation and competition in practice.”"
The LSU coach was speaking about sophomore wide receiver Jack Bech at the time, but the same can be said for other playmakers too. Kayshon Boutte, Jaray Jenkins and others have only gotten a handful of targets through three games. It seems as if only Malik Nabers has gotten the opportunities to create big plays.
The receivers are arguably the most talented bunch in the program, which is exactly why they need to become more involved going forward. Luckily, Kelly and Denbrock agree with the fans on this subject.
Jayden Daniels had a decent day throwing the ball against Mississippi State, but there was definitely room for improvement. He’ll undoubtedly play longer than he did against Southern (~16 minutes) against New Mexico this weekend, which should give him time to develop some in-game chemistry with his receivers.
Something needs to change as the Tigers’ offense has gotten off to a sluggish start in two of their three games this season. LSU cannot afford to put itself down two scores before finally waking up against the opposition on the schedule for the new few months. Therefore, it should be music to the purple and gold faithful’s ears that Kelly and Co. will be working to improve the passing game on Saturday night.