“Tonight, everybody wanted to eat,” said LSU wide receiver Demetrius Byrd, who was speaking of Tigers, not ticks.
By everybody, Byrd meant everybody. That’s why LSU dominated Ohio State, 38-24. Wide receivers, tight ends, running backs, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, safeties, cornerbacks. They came at Ohio State from every angle and they all took a bite out of the Buckeyes.
So here is one of those sweeping generalizations that people loathe, you know, like the one about the SEC having more speed than the Big Ten.
The SEC has more football players, more playmakers, than the Big Ten. The SEC doesn’t just have more speed; it has more of everything.
Ohio State had Chris Wells running the ball and a nice player in wide receiver Brian Hartline catching the ball.
LSU had eight guys running the ball; they also had eight guys catching the ball. How unfair is that? There were 13 different skill guys trusted enough in the national championship game to either catch a pass or run with the ball.
Ohio State didn’t flop. It just got worn out by better players.
Gary Crowton, the offensive coordinator, said the depth of LSU’s talent allows him to have packages and sets and looks galore. The reason is if a defense lines up a certain way or makes an adjustment, the Tigers have an answer.
It’s like having five guys on a basketball team who can score in double figures. Where’s the weakness?
“He’s a project quarterback,” said former NFL quarterback and broadcast analyst Gary Danielson said. “He’s definitely draftable, but probably on the second day. He needs three or four years to refine things, but I think he can make it.”
Guys like Flynn show up like this from time to time, under a veil, and not easy to recognize, even harder to appreciate, and make it possible for a team to win a title.
Tee Martin comes to mind. He was the quarterback who followed Peyton Manning at Tennessee and won a national title. Manning, you remember, was the Chosen One, but he couldn’t beat Florida and he couldn’t win a national title.
Martin had guts and smarts — like Flynn — but he also had a lot to work with, a roster full of guys who ended playing on Sunday in the NFL. Tennessee won a national title in 1998 with that chemistry.
Now here comes Flynn, following JaMarcus Russell, the Tigers' quarterback in 2007.
LSU didn’t just have playmakers on offense Monday night; it had some wizards on defense, too.
Glenn Dorsey is the All-American, but the defensive MVP of the game was Ricky Jean-Francois, a tackle who was in on six tackles and part of a sack. It was his second game of the season because he was ineligible up until the SEC championship game.
Craig Steltz, the All-American safety, suffered a shoulder injury in the first half, but reserve Harry Coleman made plays in his place. On Ohio State’s first possession of the fourth quarter, after the Buckeyes had gotten some momentum with a touchdown, a drive stopped when Coleman recovered a fumble following a sack.
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