LSU demolished Auburn last season 45-10 in front of the Tiger faithful in Baton Rouge. And after the game, LSU fullback JC Copeland took a shot at Auburn’s toughness, or lack thereof.
“After the first couple of hits, everybody (on AU’s defense) was just backing up,” Copeland said. “They didn’t want to hit at all. Before I got to them, they just fell down and just laid on the ground.”
And seemingly fit, Auburn’s coaching staff is trying to find any way to motivate its players. So, they brought out Copeland’s expressions in their preparations for the game.
DE Corey Lemonier and DB Demetruce McNeal said the comments still don’t sit well with them.
“We wouldn’t be in the SEC if we had guys jumping out of the way,” McNeal said. “Everybody can look on tape and see for theirselves. Let me know just one person that jumped out of the way of a guy who was running the ball last year.”
“The only reason I believe a guy would say something like that is the outcome of the game,” McNeal said. “I won’t say we played soft. If we played soft, then they’d probably score every play, you know.”
“It’s a huge disrespect to us and what we stand for,” Lemonier said. “We’re just going to use that as momentum, put fire in, and just use it as motivation for us.”
Copeland was referring to the players not wanting to be hit by him when blocking for the downhill, power running game LSU throws at defenses. And at 6-1, 272-pounds, he is a bruiser to contend with all game long. He’s certainly part of the reason LSU has the top running game in the SEC right now.
Can Auburn win this football game? Maybe, but they will have to find a way to stop the LSU rushing attack that will feature Kenny Hilliard, Michael Ford and Spencer Ware. Alfred Blue will be out with a knee injury. LSU is averaging an SEC-best 269.3 yards per game on the ground, and Auburn is allowing an SEC-worst 217 yards rushing per game.