Mettenberger practices on sprained ankle

Certain LSU players met with the media Tuesday after practice. Zach Mettenberger provided an update on his injured ankle and the rest of the team tried to answer what went wrong against Alabama last weekend.

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger suffered a sprained ankle against Alabama after LT La'El Collins fell on him during one of the three sacks that ended the game.

Mettenberger said he did practice fully Tuesday, and the injury isn't going to force him to miss any time.

"It's no big deal," Mettenberger said. "It's tough moving around on a sprained ankle, but I was still able to get through practice. If I practiced today, I think I'm going to practice next week too."


The pressure Alabama got on Mettenberger was a big reason why the offense failed in the second half. That obviously led to a lot of big hits on Mettenberger, which his teammates said was tough to see.

"It was hard seeing him crawling on the ground," said WR Odell Beckham. "I know that he's hurting. But the type of character he has, he's not going to quit. He's going to get up and fight until he can't go anymore."

SO WHAT HAPPENED IN TUSCALOOSA?

As you might imagine, most of the questions during Tuesday's media availability focused on trying to figure out what went wrong against Alabama. The offensive players consistently chalked it up to the pressure.

OL Trai Turner said Alabama consistently loaded the box, often dropping a safety down to plug up the rushing lanes. When the Tide effectively forced LSU into obvious passing situations, Turner said they brought more pressure than the offensive line could handle.

"We Just kinda lost it as an offensive unit," Turner said. "[When they bring that kind of pressure], you can't really do too much. There are a only a handful of things you can do."


As for the defense, the focus fell on what Alabama RBs T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake were able to accomplish. DT Anthony Johnson said their patience is mostly what contributed to their success. Johnson said they weren't overpowered by Alabama's offensive line, but the small holes they did create were enough for the Tide's talented backs.

LB Lamin Barrow said when that happens, it's up to the linebackers to contain the run, and that's something they were unable to do Saturday.

"We didn't do a good job of containing things," Barrow said. "There weren't too many big gashes up the middle of the field. They just wait and sooner or later there are going to be some leaks. You just have to be firm in your gap."


Johnny Football's coming to town
LOOKING FORWARD TO JOHNNY FOOTBALL, TEXAS A&M

LSU doesn't start looking too far ahead during bye weeks. While most of the week focuses on getting healthy and honing technique, the players did say they've started studying the Aggies.

The team watched film from last year's victory in Kyle Field and will slowly start implementing the gameplan throughout the week.

As for Mr. Football, Johnson said Beckham is serving as the scout team's version of the reigning Heisman winner. Though most of the key cogs that slowed him down last year are no longer on the team, Johnson said they can still follow a similar script.

"It's all about getting pressure in his face," Johnson said. "That's the best thing. If you let Johnny sit back, he can be even more deadly than when he's running around."

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