After two games, it seems as if the LSU offense is moving in slow motion.
As LSU is set to face Central Michigan, the team's focal point at practice is increasing the speed of the offense.
Wide receiver Kayshon Boutte believes that if they can increase the tempo and speed of the offense, they will have a chance at turning more successful plays.
“Focus on our tempo this week. I feel like as you focus on tempo more in the game the faster you move, the more momentum you have as an offense," Boutte said.
"And lately we kinda been starting off slow so i feel like it’s got something to do with momentum," Boutte added. "So I think that’s our main focus this week to get everything going faster.”
The team is attempting to decrease the time it takes to set a play from the time the ball is snapped to quarterback Max Johnson's hands.
In 2019, a fast start on offense was one of the Tigers' greatest strengths on the field as they secured a 15-0 season.
The 2021 Tigers are working on recreating that same chemistry and tempo to use against the Chippewa's defense this Saturday.
“When we’re going fast, we’re saying that we can block that play regardless of the look they give us," Center Liam Shanahan explains. "So that’s just something that’ll get better with time which is why I think it’s great we’ve been getting a lot of work with it in practice.”
But do the Tigers have time?
SEC play begins next week against Mississippi State in Starkville and the offense still looks out of sync.
Although the offense scored four touchdowns in a 34-7 victory, the injury-riddled offensive line struggled as McNeese's defense disrupted what could have been good runs.
“The offense is not performing like we want them to perform right now, that's obvious. I’ve got to do a better job coaching," Coach Ed Orgeron said. "We got to get some things wrinkled out, get them fixed up and I think we will do that.”
The uncertainty stems from the lack of chemistry between the players on the field. That chemistry will be crucial for the Tigers to have a more successful offense for the rest of the season.
LSU plays against Central Michigan Saturday night at 6:30.