September 7, 2006

Versatile defensive front

While coaching at Florida in the 1990s, Steve Spurrier brought the multiple wide-receiver sets into the Southeastern Conference.

His plan was simple.

Spurrier wanted to create matchup problems for the defense. He figured that his fourth and fifth receivers were more talented than the defenders assigned to cover them. Spurrier attempted to turn the action into a touch football game.

LSU's defense under Bo Pelini may try to follow the same stategy this season. With its multitude of athletes on the defensive side of the football, the Tigers are able to line up with people at different positions.

Louisiana-Lafayette got a glimpse of what LSU will be able to do on defense last Saturday. In order to counteract the Ragin' Cajuns run-dominated spread-option offense, the Tigers primarily utilized a 3-3-5 defensive alignment

But, it wasn't simply a matter of the scheme. LSU also set up its personnel in unaccustomed positions.

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