Alabama vs. LSU: Tim Tebow names biggest improved player in SEC West showdown
Alabama vs. LSU may not have the hype it normally does. It’s being overshadowed by Tennessee’s trip to Georgia Saturday.
However, it could be a sneaky great game. Alabama enters 7-1 on the season with its only loss coming to Tennessee, while LSU enters 6-2. The Tigers, led by new head coach Brian Kelly, have played very well this season and have improved week-to-week. That includes quarterback Jayden Daniels.
It was apparent that the Arizona State transfer Daniels was a playmaker in the opening week loss to FSU. He was LSU’s offense in the opener for much of the game, and now, he’s playing his best football as of late. He’s distributing the ball on offense, and he’s picking his times to be dangerous in the running game.
The dual-threat Daniels has thrown for 1,812 yards and 12 touchdowns, compared to just one interception, and he has added 524 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns.
Tim Tebow thinks Daniels is one of the most improved players in college football. He discussed Daniels Saturday morning on ESPN.
“Honestly, he (Jayden Daniels) might be one of the most improved players from Week 1 to right now in the country. The way he’s adapted and learned this offense. He’s playing fast. He’s playing quick. He hasn’t been playing in a hurry, but he’s been going through his progressions, and then, something that he adds so well is his ability to run, especially in the red zone. He has nine rushing touchdowns this year, and I think that is going to be such a key in this game against Alabama. You’re not going to be able to match them (Alabama) field goal for field goal. You have to go score-for-score with Bryce Young. And what Jayden Daniels does, almost as good as anybody right now in the red zone, is understanding, ‘When can I get rid of it? Also, when do I use my legs?’
“He has more carries than Jahmyr Gibbs, the star running back for Alabama. That means he’s not just a good runner; he’s a willing runner, which you’re really going to need against Alabama.”
LSU hosts Alabama at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.