Saturday, September 3, 2011

Keys to the Game, Oregon versus LSU: offensive line

#1: Oregon's offensive line must be effective, cohesive and consistent.
Steve Greatwood's retooled offensive line has to adapt and overcome quickly in a big opening game on the road. They'll face a wall of noise and a blockade of mayhem, a large, rabid crowd urging on an elite defensive line. The assumption by SEC honks is that the Tigers' big, physical front four will be able to overwhelm, disrupt and penetrate inside.

Defensive coordinator John Chavis hopes to blow up and frustrate the Oregon running game the way Auburn, Cal, Ohio State and Boise State have done previously. LSU will rotate an impressive group in the d-line, including 300-lb. tackles Michael Brockers and 5-star freshmen Anthony "The Freak" Johnson (LSU's Nick Fairley impersonator) and agile defensive end Sam Montgomery and a representative from the all-name team Barkevious Mingo, a 6-5, 240-lb. defensive end who punches alligators between the eyes for off-season amusement (not really, but he's quick and tough to block).

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