NEW ORLEANS -- LSU’s record-setting offense took its turn with the media here Friday as coordinator Gary Crowton along with five offensive standouts participated in a BCS Press Conference here at the Marriott Convention Center.
Joining Crowton in the press conference that featured the offense were quarterback Matt Flynn, running back Jacob Hester, wide receiver Early Doucet, center Brett Helms and offensive tackle Ciron Black.
LSU’s brings one of the nation’s top offensive attacks into Monday night’s game against top-ranked Ohio State. As a unit, LSU is averaging 38.7 points and 448.2 yards per game. The Tigers have scored a school-record 503 points in their first year with Flynn as the starting quarterback and Crowton as the coordinator.
The Tigers will face its most difficult challenge to date, going against an Ohio State team that ranks first in the nation in scoring defense (10.7 points per game), total defense (225.3 yards per game) and rushing defense (77.1 yards per game).
“They're really good,” Crowton said. “I had a lot of time to watch film, and, I'll tell you, I have a great respect for what they do. Looking at them, they know when to gamble defensively and they know how to gamble. They disguise things well. They have straight coverages, zone coverages off of their blitz looks and vice versa. So you really have to be sharp, and we've really worked hard on them.
“At the same time, their personnel is outstanding. They're big up front, strong, they have speed and size in the secondary.”
In addition to Friday’s meeting with the media, LSU also spent the early portion of the day taking part in an FCA Breakfast at the Hilton. The Tigers had a typical ‘Wednesday-like’ workout in the Superdome, one that saw the Tigers spend time on everything from offense to defense to special teams.
Friday night had the squad taking part in a dinner at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse in the French Quarter.
LSU coach Les Miles used an hour on Friday night to join the Voice of the Tigers Jim Hawthorne for his radio show, which was played before a packed house in the Armstrong Room at the New Orleans Sheraton.
Saturday will be another busy day for the team as LSU will take part in the BCS Media Day from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Superdome. Modeled after that of the Super Bowl Media Day, nearly 1,000 members of the media are expected to be on hand for the event that will feature the entire coaching staff and team.
LSU is scheduled to conduct an early afternoon practice on Saturday followed by a team dinner that night. With the game now less than three days away, the Tigers will begin limit the outside distractions as the focus now turns to only football.