October 23, 2009

Run defense key for AU against LSU

LSU has struggled to run the football this season but will look to get on track Saturday night against an Auburn defense that's equally bad at stopping the run.

The Fighting Tigers are still searching for an identity on offense but feature a backfield that includes seniors Charles Scott and Keiland Williams.

Scott ran for 132 yards on 21 carries in a LSU's 26-21 win over AU last year, which is far better than the 54.5 yards on 12.5 carries he's averaging this season. LSU is 11th in the SEC in rushing offense while Auburn is 11th in rushing defense.

Will Scott see his role increase this weekend? The Auburn defense certainly thinks so.

"LSU is going to run the football first. That's what they'll try to establish, and that's something we'll try to shut down to be successful," AU junior linebacker Josh Bynes said.

"That's what you've seen all year: A lot of teams that have been hanging with LSU have been penetrating their gaps, stopping their runs. The key to the game is to try to let the quarterback beat us."

Sophomore Jordan Jefferson has started every game at quarterback this season. He's completed nearly 63 percent of his passes but thrown for just 1,016 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions, surprisingly low numbers considering the talented group of receivers he has to work with in senior Brandon LaFell and junior Terrance Toliver along with senior tight end Richard Dickson.

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