Let’s dig into each position group and how they performed in Gainesville:
From start to finish, it was a dazzling performance by Jayden Daniels. Daniels completed 23-of-32 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 44 yards and punching in three more scores.
Utilizing Kayshon Boutte early in the first half, the All-American wide receiver caught two passes for 54 yards on the opening drive, looking on the same page as Daniels for the first time all season.
It’s hard to pick out flaws from the Daniels show Saturday night. He trusted his arm. He trusted his receivers. He provided a balanced attack using his legs and pushing the ball down the field on passes of 15+ yards. Staying on the same trajectory and carrying this success into the Ole Miss matchup will be of the utmost importance.
Running Backs: B+
Starting running back Josh Williams did it all. Ending the night with over 100 yards, the first 100-yard game of his career, the former walk-on had a game to remember. Earning the game ball, it wasn’t his work on the ground that got Brian Kelly’s attention, it was his efficiency in his blocking.
Williams has always done the dirty work for the Tigers, but Saturday night he also got to thrive on the ground. A few missed opportunities here and there it was expected against a talented Florida defensive line, but Williams proved he’s more than just a third-down back against the Gators on an efficient night.
Wide Receivers: A-
The help Daniels received from his wideouts was significant. With Boutte, Jaray Jenkins and Brian Thomas Jr . all getting in on the action, it was an efficient night for this group. Not to mention Malik Nabers slowly getting in on the action as well.
The receiving corps finished with over 300 yards, but the major takeaway was the usage of Boutte, who totaled 115 yards of his own on six receptions. The All-American wideout came into Saturday with just 130 yards on the season, so seeing him be more incorporated in the offense was a bright spot Saturday night.
Offensive Line: A
There’s a reason freshman left tackle Will Campbell earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Campbell’s dominance just a week after being hospitalized was impeccable, allowing zero sacks and no quarterback pressures.
Factor in his fellow freshman tackle, Emery Jones, holding it down on the right side and it was a recipe for success.
This unit provided Daniels with significant time in the pocket for pass plays to develop while dominating the trenches to allow Josh Williams to rack up his first 100-yard performance.
If this unit can continue trending in this direction, expect LSU’s offensive attack to continue dominating as they did against the Florida Gators Saturday night.