FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Everyone knows LSU running back Leonard Fournette is a special talent and a constant threat to break a huge run. Including No. 25 Arkansas as it prepares to host the No. 24 Tigers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).
The standout junior has played in just five games this season as he’s been hobbled by an ankle injury. Still, he’s averaging 141 rushing yards per game and he scored 5 touchdowns. That average would top the SEC if he’d played enough to be considered among the leaders.
Backup Derrius Guice is no slouch either. The sophomore has received an average of just 10 carries per game, yet is ninth in the SEC with an average of 78.6 yards per game.
But is that all the Tigers’ offense has? The passing stats would suggest as much. LSU is 13th in the SEC with an average of 172 passing yards per game.
The Razorbacks, however, are having none of that. They suggest not taking LSU’s passing game serious could be costly.
“I don’t think they’re one-dimensional at all,” senior cornerback Jared Collins said Tuesday. “They like to take deep shots and they’ll run the ball to set up their play-action pass so they can take a deep shot. I feel like they can run and pass.”
Linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves offered a similar sentiment: “I think certainly they’re a running football team, but I don’t know about one-dimensional. I think those other guys can get behind you and if you’re not paying attention, they can hurt you that way, too. We’ve got to make sure we’re matching up everywhere and doing what we’re supposed to do.”