With LSU settling into its run game as much as it has in recent weeks the threat of the play-action pass looms larger.
Ole Miss cornerbacks will no doubt be called upon for run support against a quartet of LSU backs, three of which are listed at 230 pounds or better, the fourth at 217 pounds.
Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack is aware of the difficult task for cornerbacks to help out with the run but be certain not to allow big passing plays at the same time.
“It absolutely can be. When it’s run, run, run, you want to stick your nose up in there. We’ve got to do a good job in practice this week of shocking them with a pass. They have tendencies like everybody else does. All of our defensive guys know those things. That’s an area of emphasis this week,” Wommack said.
LSU has passed on only 26.8 percent of 138 snaps in wins at Florida and at home against Kentucky.
LSU is 17-for-37 with two touchdowns and one interception in those games.
Wommack sees a lot of similarities between LSU and Alabama.
“Alabama to me is very similar. The lines are similar. Their backs are similar. The quarterbacks are very similar The receivers in some ways are. The one outstanding receiver for Alabama is probably better than any one person they have. As a group they’re a little bit younger,” he said.
Ole Miss linebacker Serderius Bryant says the biggest key to the Rebels’ defensive success this season has been its gap integrity and in being assignment sound.
Bryant says he has faith in the Rebels’ defensive backs to master both the run game and the pass game in Baton Rouge.
From a linebacker standpoint, he likes playing the run-dominant teams.
“I love sticking my nose in, going in and hitting fullbacks and running backs. I love doing that type of thing. This is that type of game. Coach came up to me and said, ‘This is your type of game.’ I really believe that just because it’s one of those games where they want to get downhill and run the ball, pull linemen, try to get outside on us. We’ve just got to use our speed, athleticism and our power and make plays,” Bryant said.