TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama again is facing an opponent that plans to use more than one quarterback on game day.
This season, only Arkansas entered the game without the possibility of throwing a second quarterback Alabama’s way at any time in the game, barring injuries.
No. 12 LSU has Jordan Jefferson as more of a running threat and Jarrett Lee as a classic pocket passer. Neither has been overly successful throwing the ball as the Tigers’ passing offense ranks last in the SEC and 113th nationally, averaging 138.8 yards per game.
“I think you’ll see both quarterbacks play,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “I think for us to play best, both quarterbacks have to do the things they’re able to do and do it well. We’re at our best when we’re throwing and catching … and letting the quarterback run with the football at times. That’s been the best recipe for us.”
Preparing for two styles is becoming a habit for the Tide defense that leads the conference and ranks second nationally in points allowed with 12.5 per game.
Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower said he doesn’t have a preference for either style.
When facing Jefferson, keeping the quarterback from finding open field is the key, he said.
“He’s a very talented athlete,” Hightower said. “He has trouble sometimes hitting wide-open receivers, so we’ll take that and use that to our advantage. The other quarterback is the total opposite. He’s not a very good runner, not very mobile, but he has a great arm and great accuracy.”
‘Such a worm’
Marcell Dareus delivered the quote of the week Wednesday when talking about the difficulty tackling Trent Richardson.
His power and size makes bringing down the sophomore running back a difficult process.
“He’s such a worm,” the defensive end said. “He’s a little powerhouse. It’s like trying to tackle a little stump. He’ll hit the hole so hard, then you grab him, and he’ll find some way to wiggle out. For him to be so thick, he can still wiggle a little bit. Once you get a good grasp on him, all the wiggling stops. It’s tough, but there’s ways of getting him down.”
Though Richardson’s style is typically compared to that of backfield mate Mark Ingram, Dareus sees the differences.
“To be honest, I think they have two totally different running styles,” Dareus said. “Mark follows his blocks, and he sits behind the O-line and then breaks out. Trent is more of a power runner. Mark is power and finesse, Trent can do the same things, but Trent is more power. … He likes to bruise people with his body. He can take licks that I don’t think Mark can, and Mark can do things that Trent can’t, but it’s two totally different runners.”