With the 2012 college football season right around the corner, Rant Sports continues analyzing every SEC team through stats and facts in its By the Numbers series. In this edition, we profile the LSU Tigers.
5.49: The number of passing yards allowed per play by the 2011 LSU Tigers defense. Absolutely dominant. Those are two words that describe the performance of LSU’s defense last year. The team will be without star cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu but is still expected to field a top defense this year. Without those two play makers, LSU will still have its two sack leaders from 2011 returning in Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. The Tigers wont miss a beat.
17: The number of sacks from defensive ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo last season. After becoming a force on one of the nation’s top defenses last season, this pass rushing duo is ready to take the next step forward. Mingo will start for the first time in his career as a Tiger and has coach Les Miles drooling at his potential. Barkevious tallied eight sacks while playing in a rotation, so a full complement of snaps should mean a higher level of production out of the talented defensive end.
0: The number of passes quarterback Zach Mettenberger has thrown as a LSU Tiger. Mettenberger was a highly recruited prospect out of school but was missed from the University of Georgia after encountering legal trouble. He then proceeded to transfer to a community college and after a sitting out a year at LSU, now finds himself as the starting quarterback for the LSU Tigers. Mettenberger possesses a passing ability that has not been seen at LSU in years and Les Miles will take advantage of that. Expect a lot more passes this year than the Tigers featured in their 2011 ground and pound. However, do not forget Mettenberger has yet to play a snap in the SEC and is a relatively untested prospect.
Chris Lionetti covers the Southeastern Conference(SEC) as a College Football Writer for Rant Sports.
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