On Zach Mettenberger
Zach is a pretty level, unemotional guy before a game, but the coaches need to work and talk it through with him that this game is not Zach Mettenberger against Aaron Murray. He has to let the game come to him and not get caught up in the hype.
Keys to LSU-Georgia
• There are two phases of this match-up that favor Georgia. First, this is LSU’s first game this season in a hostile setting. Second, Georgia brings an attack that LSU hasn’t seen yet. LSU has been facing finesse spread teams. They are now going to face a team that will challenge their new defensive lineman to stop the run against two talented backs in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
• Both of these teams want to show that they’re tough and that they can run the ball. They want to make the other team back up half-a-step. It’s going to be fun to watch because they are both basically mirror images of each other. They both feature fullbacks that like to block linebackers, downhill running backs, and then play action passes off of that.
• Georgia’s defense is much younger this year. Last year’s defense did not prove they could stop the run and this year’s defense without much of a veteran line-up across the front is going to be tested. LSU has the two best receivers in this game in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. They are NFL receivers.
On Les Miles and Mark Richt
These coaches are very similar. They both built the foundation of their programs by not chasing the next fad. They both got criticized for being 1970s style football. But they stuck to it and those dividends have paid off. Mark Richt is steady, calm and you know what you’re going to get from him. That is different from Les Miles. I like Miles on the road. He enjoys going into these big venues and he takes the pressure off his team on the road, and they respond.