LSU's sly gambler: Les Miles uses trickery to spice up 'down your throat' offense

Dabo Swinney: 'Third-and-10, it doesn't matter - they're going to run the power. Or maybe a trick play off the power'

In this Nov. 10, 2012, file photo, LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team out onto the field before their NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La. LSU returns to practice as the Tigers prepare to meet Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl later this month. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

In this Nov. 10, 2012, file photo, LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team out onto the field before their NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La. LSU returns to practice as the Tigers prepare to meet Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl later this month. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

On offense, LSU's Tigers don't mess around - except when they do.

Offering a change of pace on LSU's traditional power-based offense, Les Miles has developed a reputation as a gambler, spicing up his attack well-timed and well-executed trick plays and sleight-of-hand.

"Their offensive style of play is different from anybody we've seen all year, just because of their physical nature that they have," said Dabo Swinney on Monday during Chick-fil-A Media Day in Atlanta. "Third-and-10, it doesn't matter - they're going to run the power. Or maybe a trick play off the power.

"It's just a different style than we see week to week."

LSU has gotten particularly good mileage off field goal fakes, including a perfectly-executed flip-back from holder to kicker, who sprinted for a touchdown against South Carolina in 2007, as well as various reverses and reverse-throwbacks.

The trick plays work because of the effort and attention to detail required to contain LSU's running back.

"They run the power, the power lead, the power toss, the belly," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables after practice on Tuesday. "They've got the speed to attack the corners, but they definitely want to run it down your throat."

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