Running Back Patience
I was right about a lot of things going into the LSU game. One thing that I thought would happen would be FSU coaches using Jordan Travis more in the run game.
I expected him to carry the ball 13+ times because that’s what happened in the final three games of 2021. However, what I didn’t account for or expect is him to perform that well as a passer. Those aspects left FSU with more of a traditional running game with the running backs, and they didn’t have as much success as anticipated.
Treshaun Ward led all running backs with 16 carries and 49 yards. Trey Benson only had six carries for 15 yards, and Lawrance Toafili only had four carries for nine yards. I think they trust Ward the most, and he looked the most comfortable out there.
The game looked a little too fast for Benson as he looked indecisive about where he wanted to go once he got the ball.
He didn’t run with the same power and vigor as against Duquesne. That’s expected somewhat, but it’s something he’ll need to continue improving upon as they consistently face better competition than Duquesne.
I think Toafili needs more touches, and Ward’s lack of overall production was partly because LSU has a good defensive line that wanted to make Jordan Travis beat them with his arm, and he did.