LSU Report Card: Which Tigers graded well, which ones didn’t per PFF

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As we wrap up the win over McNeese on Saturday, we take one final look back at the win for the LSU Tigers.

Top Offensive Grades

As far as their Pro Football Focus grades for this game, on offense nothing was spectacular. The team won 34-7 but early on the offense struggled to move the ball consistently against the FCS foe. Only four players on offense were graded in the 70+ range with Jack Bech coming in close to that. The breakdown of the top five players on offense

Player

Game Grade

Season Grade

Ed Ingram, OG

74.9

66.3

Liam Shanahan, C

73.2

73.1

Max Johnson, QB

72.5

59.3

Deion Smith, WR

71.1

71.1

Jack Bech, TE/WR

69.5

65.6

Bottom Offensive Grades

Player

Game Grade

Season Grade

Brian Thomas Jr, WR

38.6

49.6

Jaray Jenkins, WR

44.7

49.4

Charles Turner, OT

50.1

52.6

Koy Moore, WR

53.3

61.6

Alex Adams, WR

54.7

54.7

No surprises with Brian Thomas Jr and Jaray Jenkins posting the two bottom grades from this one. Both players dropped a pair of passes each. While the offense was able to score 34, it could have been more if receivers weren’t dropping passes. Something that needs to be fixed ahead of SEC play in a couple of weeks.

The Tigers’ offense needs help in the receiving game from someone other than Trey Palmer and Kayshon Boutte. Who will emerge as a legit No. 3 receiving option for Max Johnson?

Next, a look at the defense

Top Defensive Grades

Unlike the offensive grades, plenty of top grades handed out to the defensive side of the ball. All of which came in the front seven of the defense. Reserve linebacker Desmond Little the only player to receive a grade of 90+ in this game. Jaquelin Roy and Maason Smith proved to be a handful inside, Smith ended the night with three sacks. Andre Anthony added 2.5 sacks but graded below BJ Ojulari and Smith. Overall it was a solid performance for the defense.

Player

Game Grade

Season Grade

Desmond Little, LB

90.0

90.0

Jaquelin Roy, DT

87.9

89.8

Damone Clark, LB

85.1

56.0

Micah Baskerville, LB

81.0

62.7

Maason Smith, DT

78.7

75.7

Bottom Defensive Grades

Player

Game Grade

Season Grade

Joseph Evans, DT

51.9

52.6

Phillip Webb, LB

55.1

55.1

Darren Evans, CB

61.4

61.4

Bugg Strong, LB

61.6

59.5

Eli Ricks, CB

62.5

68.4

The bottom grades have a pair of players who won’t see the field too often with Webb and Darren Evans. The more concerning grades were Joseph Evans, Strong, and Ricks. However, chalk it up to a victory. When the lights are on brighter against SEC foes, one shouldn’t think this is the type of performance you will see.

As New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would say, we’re on to Central Michigan.