Grant Delpit shares his thoughts on Trevor Lawrence, Clemson offense after studying the Tigers' scheme
Based on what we’ve seen from LSU’s offense all season long, it’s safe to assume Joe Burrow and company will have success against Clemson’s defense in the upcoming College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
That’s not to say LSU will necessarily have its way with Clemson’s defense, but it’s easy to imagine the 2019 SEC champions scoring at least a few touchdowns on the 2019 ACC champions come Jan. 13 when the two teams meet in New Orleans.
If you are willing to concede that point then it’s easy to make the argument that the upcoming title game will be decided by how well LSU’s defense can limit Clemson’s explosive offensive attack. Clemson’s offense is nearly as explosive as LSU and we’ve seen a few offenses exploit Dave Aranda’s unit this season already.
Allowing Clemson to do the same could be the only way LSU loses the game.
That being said, LSU’s defense has been playing its best football of the season over the last month. So how does its leader like the matchup against Trevor Lawrence and Clemson’s offense after studying the tape?
Let’s just say Clemson has Grant Delpit’s full attention.
“First of all, I was watching the game, the Ohio State game some, (Trevor Lawrence’s rushing) touchdown, it looked pretty fast, so he’s definitely a great all-around player,” Delpit noted on Thursday during a CFP teleconference. “People don’t give him credit for his running ability. So we’re definitely going to take that into consideration. And also just the amount of weapons they have, guys like (running back Travis) Etienne, big, tall receivers like Tee Higgins, they’ll go up and get the ball. It’s going to be definitely a fun match-up, going to be a fun game. They have great coaches, a great offense, so it’s going to be cool.”
Delpit was then asked if this is the best offense LSU’s defense has seen this season. While he certainly has respect for Clemson’s offense, he’s wasn’t willing to give them that title just yet.
“The most balanced offense? I don’t know, we’ve faced a lot of great offenses,” Delpit responded. “I would say theirs is definitely one of the best. We’ll just continue watching film on them, and we’re just going to get prepared for the game.”
While LSU will be the favorite when these two teams meet in the title game, Alabama was the favorite heading into the CFP title game at this point last year. Instead of Alabama taking care of business in that game, Lawrence quickly earned a reputation as college football’s best quarterback heading into the offseason.
Joe Burrow has taken that title away from Lawrence with his play on the field this season but it will be up to Delpit and the LSU defense to make sure Burrow keeps that title when this college football season comes to an end.