PREVIEWING THE 2019 CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
When the Sooners Have the Ball
During his college career, Hurts has always been a dual threat from the
quarterback position, but Riley helped the Houston native kick it up a
notch. This past season, Hurts rushed for 1,255 yards on 219 carries and
accumulated another 3,634 passing yards while completing 222-of-309
passes. He had a hand in 51 scoring plays for the Sooners, 18 rushing, 32
passing and a 21-yard reception.
Hurts has a 38-3 record as a starter during his college career and is
making his seventh appearance in a CFP game, including his fifth as a starter.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be his 56th game as a collegian and he has
been in the losing locker room following those contests just four times.
Hurts’ key target is junior wideout CeeDee Lamb, who snatched 58 passes
for 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns. He averaged nearly 21 yards per catch
and 101 yards per game. He also returned 24 punts for 179 yards this year.
During his three seasons in Norman, Lamb has amassed 3,173 receiving
yards on 169 catches (nearly 19 yards per catch), and 32 TDs.
Charleston Rambo caught 42 passes for 734 yards and five TDs, while Lee
Morris hauled in 18 for 330 yards, an average of 18 yards per catch. Nick
Basquine also snared 18 balls for 272 yards, while Jadon Haselwood and
Jeremiah Hall combined for another 31 catches and 411 yards.
Running back Kennedy Brooks gained 976 yards on 145 attempts despite
missing one game. His 81 yards per game and five touchdowns helped add
balance to the Sooners’ offense. Rhamondre Stevenson added another
515 yards on just 64 attempts and scored six times in his first year after
transferring to OU from Cerritos College. He also caught 10 passes.
First-team All-Big 12 center Creed Humphrey, and co-offensive lineman
of the year, is the mainstay of the Sooners’ offensive line. The redshirt
sophomore was a second team performer in 2018.
Defensively, LSU’s most notable players are in the defensive secondary.
Junior safety Grant Delpit, the 2019 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the
nation’s best defensive back, combined with fellow safety JaCoby Stevens
for 138 tackles and five interceptions. Freshman corner Derek Stingley, Jr.,
an All-SEC Freshman team selection, picked off six opponents’ passes this
season and also contributed 34 tackles. He is the grandson of former New
England Patriots wide receiver, Darryl Stingley. Counterpart Kristian Fulton
also has tremendous cover capabilities.
LSU’s linebacking corps is led by the Tigers’ leading tackler, Jacob Phillips,
a junior from Nashville, Tennessee. Phillips was credited with a total of 97
tackles, seven behind the line of scrimmage. Junior Patrick Queen added 69
stops and K’Lavon Chaisson had 26 solos, 26 assists, 11.5 tackles-for-loss
and 4.5 sacks, and was named first-team All-SEC by league coaches.
The glue of LSU’s defense, however, could be senior defensive lineman
Rashard Lawrence. He was named a permanent captain of the team in both
2017 and 2018, has played in 42 games for the Bayou Bengals and was last
year’s Fiesta Bowl defensive MVP. Lawrence teams with Honolulu native
Breiden Fehoko to give LSU a formidable front.
LSU created 20 opponent turnovers in 13 games and allowed opponents
to score on 25-of-34 chances inside their 20-yard line.
Just for Kicks
LSU’s Zach Von Rosenberg punted 39 times for an average of 42.74 yards
per punt. He had only three touchbacks and pinned opponents inside the
20-yard line 18 times.
Reeves Mundschau punted just 33 times and averaged 42.2 yards per punt. He
had just one touchback and pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 11 times.
LSU’s Cade York was 21-of 25 for the season in field goal attempts, including
a long of 52 yards. He was 74-of-78 in PATs.
Oklahoma’s Gabe Brkic made every kick he attempted this season. He
was 17-of-17 in field goal attempts and converted all of his 48 extra-point
attempts. He took over the placekicking duties in OU’s fourth game of the
season versus Texas Tech.
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