LSU’s offense succeeded in the passing game against Florida and will need to show it wasn’t a fluke against Ole Miss. This game very well could be dictated by the offenses having to go back and forth in some respects. The confidence and momentum gained from last weekend could help fuel another strong performance.
But once again, LSU will need its pass catchers to step up, and the sophomore Thomas is in midseason form heading into this matchup. Though he had just two catches against the Gators, both were important as one was a touchdown, and the other set the Tigers up in a great position to burn some clock at the end of the game.
At 6-foot-4, Thomas has the length and athleticism to be a devastating force in this offense, and the way quarterback Jayden Daniels was more aggressive downfield last week plays right into Thomas’ vertical strengths. Should Daniels throw a couple of shots in one-on-one coverage, Thomas has enough ability to make a game-altering play. His teammate Kayshon Boutte believes Thomas can be a force for this offense.
“Going into his second year, he’s making big plays. Unbelievable plays against Florida, even the one that didn’t count. He brings size and physicality that I always say no other receivers bring,” Boutte said of Thomas. “He can block, he can do everything and I believe he can be the best.”