Richard Samuel has played in 4 games and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Caleb King has played in 2 games and is averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Samuel is the physical back that slams it 'tween the tackles and has the breakaway speed that we've only had the privilege of seeing once. King has some juke to his jive and is showing no ill effects of the bad groin that slowed him in late August/early September.
LSU brings a #4 ranking to town Saturday afternoon, but these two backs should be licking their chops. John Chavis' defense has been woefully bad at stopping the run this season. Hell, those other SEC dogs in Stark'dville gained over 150 yards against them. In fact, the Tigers have yet to hold a team to under 100 yards rushing...that includes Louisiana-Lafayette.
But if the Dawgs want to continue that trend, these two featured backs are gonna need some help. Samuel and King compliment each other well, but the stats don't pile up unless there's blocking up front. And that was noticeably absent Saturday night.
Losing Sturdivant in the first game of the season hurt, again. But this O-line is deep and talented. There's no excuse for there not being gaping holes for Samuel and King to utilize. And there's no damn excuse for procedure penalties, back to back...that back us up to our own goal line.
This is largely the same defense that we gashed last season, the main difference being a new DC. But this isn't the first time Chavis has gone up against Bobo. As usual the blocking up front will determine our success. If the O-line can compliment the running game and produce some holes for these tailbacks to run through, it could be a good night for two Dawgs to tote the rock...early and often.