Battle within the Battle: Jelani Jenkins against LSU Running-Backs
We are just days away from a monster SEC game that features the No. 4 LSU Tigers (5-0) and No. 10 Florida Gators (4-0). This is must-see TV for football fans. There will be NFL talent all over the field in Gainesville, Florida this Saturday afternoon. One of the battles within the battle I am going to be watching is between the LSU rushing attack and Gators line-backer Jelani Jenkins.
Les Miles and the Tigers have arguably the deepest rushing attack in the country. However, they did take a blow to their attack when they lost junior Alfred Blue to a season-ending knee injury during their game against the Idaho Vandals. But like I said, depth at the position is heavy. Statistically, they rank number two overall in rushing offense in the SEC.
The run-game is lead by sophomore Kenny Hilliard, who is averaging just under seven yards-per-carry, and has six touchdowns. Hilliard, 5’9, 240 pounds, is a beast. He only saw 62 carries as a freshman, but found the end-zone 8 times.
Junior Michael Ford, who hails from Louisiana, will likely see a dozen carries himself. Ford is averaging six yards-per-carry and has scored in each of the last two games. One of which was the lone Tiger touchdown in their win over the Auburn Tigers.
Spencer Ware is the last head in this three-headed monster. The junior had 16 carries for 90 yards in the Auburn game, as well as 2 receptions for 44 more yards. Les Miles surely enjoys having an array of running-backs at his disposal.
Sure Gator coach Will Muschamp expects a total team effort in regards to slowing down the LSU rushing-attack, but a lot of the burden will be on junior line-backer Jelani Jenkins. Jenkins has missed the last two games with a fractured right thumb, an injury sustained in their game against the Texas A&M Aggies. The team gave up 159 yards on the ground to the Kentucky Wildcats last week and hopes Jenkins can come to the rescue this Saturday.
The 6’0, 237 pound LB finished his sophomore season with 75 tackles and will be banging with the Tigers tailbacks early and often come Saturday afternoon in the Swamp. Jelani will also be sporting a Gator blue cast on his right hand. Gotta’ love SEC showdowns with National Championship implications.
Paul Bentley is a contributor to Rant Sports
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