September 14, 2006

RB by committee is nothing new

Two games into the 2006 football season, the questions surrounding the LSU running attack are still present.

It's true that the Tigers are the third best rushing team in the Southeastern Conference with their 200.5-yard per game average. However, much of that yardage has been recorded in the second half against tiring defenses.

Moreover, none of LSU's talented backs has stepped forward to be the one guy who will shoulder most of the rushing responsibilities. No LSU back has more than 16 carries in the victories against Louisiana-Lafayette and Arizona.

In fact, three backs - Alley Broussard, Jacob Hester and Justin Vincent - each have a team-high 16 attempts. No Tigers runner has gained 90 yards on the ground. Charles Scott, who has done all of his work in the second half, is the leader with 86 yards.

LSU coach Les Miles has a simple philosophy concerning which back gets the call to run the football.

"I want the best back to have the ball in his hands," Miles said.

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