The Texas A&M Aggies will host the LSU Tigers at College Station for the final game of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 26, in a bid to avenge last year’s 27-24 loss at Baton Rouge.
Current Aggie and former Tigers quarterback Max Johnson threw the touchdown pass with 20 seconds left to give LSU a thrilling home win.
It was just one of nine wins LSU has had over A&M since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012. The Tigers have led the all-time series 35-22-3 since the first meeting in 1899.
LSU, after going 6-7, parted ways with coach Ed Orgeron just two years after winning a college football playoff title in 2019. The Tigers hired longtime Irish coach from Notre Dame Fighting Brian Kelly to replace him, as LSU aims to return to the pinnacle of college football.
The Tigers had one of the worst offenses based on total yardage in the SEC last season. LSU was third worst in the conference in offensive yards per game (373.5) and points scored per game (27.1).
A large majority of the Tigers’ offensive production came from their passing offense, which averaged the fourth-most yards per game (264.2) in the SEC. The rushing offense was only marginally better than Mississippi State’s pass-happy offense, as LSU averages the second-fewest rushing yards per game (109.3).
Here at AllAggies.com, we’ve already gone over a general overview of the Tigers. Now, let’s look at the LSU offensive players A&M should be keeping tabs on.
QB Jayden Daniels
With the unexpected retirement of projected starter Myles Brennan on August 15, Daniels is now set to step in as QB1, although Kelly has yet to officially name a starter.
A transfer from Arizona State, Daniels struggled a bit with interceptions last year, but he comes into this season with three years of college experience and has proven he’s capable of limiting turnovers and d to be productive.
Last season he passed for 2,380 yards and 10 touchdowns, but also threw for 10 picks. He’s an elite dual-threat option who could pose problems for the Aggies, as Daniel rushed 138 times for 710 yards and six touchdowns.
Daniels’ best college season came in 2019 with the Sun Devils, when he threw for a career-high 2,943 yards, 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also added three rushing touchdowns as Arizona State went 8-5, the program’s best season in five years to that point.
Now, with a trainer like Kelly, he’s certainly capable of replicating or even bettering those numbers.
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WR Kayshon Boutte
Had Boutte played more than six games last season, he could have been in serious contention for the Biletnikoff award based on what he did in limited action.
A scoring machine, he started the season with nine catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns in LSU’s 38-27 loss to UCLA. And that was just the start of a great touchdown streak.
Boutte scored six more touchdowns in his next four appearances before injuring his leg against Kentucky.
He didn’t get a chance to play against the Aggies, but Boutte’s elite scoring knack should put him high on defensive coordinator DJ Durkin’s priority list. In total, Boutte had 38 catches for 509 yards and nine points last season.
WR Jaray Jenkins
Jenkins stepped up Boutte’s absence last season and had a few major games in the process.
The week after Boutte’s injury, Jenkins had just four catches for 50 yards, but notched three touchdowns as a result. It helped the Tigers win 49-42 over Florida.
LSU lost three of its next four games before Jenkins sent a knife through the heart of A&M. He caught the game-winning touchdown against the Aggies in the regular-season finale, as he totaled eight catches for 169 yards and two scores.
Now in contention for a starting role, he will be aiming for similar Herculean results this season.
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