COLLEGE STATION, TX -- If the LSU Tigers are going to avoid falling to 2-2 in SEC play they will need for formulate a plan to contain Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel on Saturday. The Aggies' red shirt freshman quarterback leads the nation in total offense with 392 yards per game and ranks second nationally in point production accounting for 24 per contest.
"I think the biggest thing we've got to do is keep him contained and not let him extend plays with his feet," said LSU Defensive End Barkevious Mingo. "He's very fast quarterback with a big arm so we've got to get some pressure on him to make him make some bad mistakes."
After not turning the ball over at all in his first 4 games, "Johnny Football" has had 4 turnovers in his last two outings.
LSU Head Coach Les Miles doesn't think that using a "spy" on defense is the only answer. "You want to contain, mix strategies, come get him, keep him in the pocket, cover his routes, make pressure of coverage ... it's going to take all of the strategy and all of the calls to defend a guy like that."
The game will mark the first time in 17 years the two teams have played in College Station. Kick off is set for 11am Saturday morning and will be broadcast on ESPN. Now because of the possibility of early kick times this season, the LSU football team brought in a Sleep Doctor during the off season to talk to the team about the importance of rest and taking care of their bodies.
"It's a guy that we have," says Offensive Lineman Josh Dworaczyk. "He comes in during the off season and talks to everybody about the importance of sleep. It's something they've been doing a lot of research as far as the way athletes preform. People talk about getting 8 hours of sleep well if you want to play at your best and be at your peak performance you need to be 9 hours."
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