The reason Alabama must prepare two game plans

The Jarrett Lee/Jordan Jefferson dynamic in Saturday’s game cant’ be ignored. That’s why I wrote about it in today’s newspaper. Here’s a taste:

Jarrett Lee (AP photo)

TUSCALOOSA — Jarrett Lee. Jordan Jefferson. The names, it seems, never change at quarterback for LSU.

But the hierarchy is written in pencil, erased time and again, to create a mess of a game plan for Alabama coaches this week.

Now it their fourth season sharing snaps, their roles evolve constantly as the sometimes complicated world of Tiger football spins.

If the first eight games provide any blueprint, Lee will be the man again at 7 p.m., Saturday when No. 1 LSU visits the second-ranked Crimson Tide. Starting every game this fall and throwing all but 21 of the 176 Tiger passes, the senior stepped in when Jefferson’s preseason arrest on assault charges derailed his expectation-heavy season.

Though Lee out-paced projections, Jefferson remains a wild card who, so far at least, has been used in limited role after a four-game suspension. Then there’s former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger who sits third on the depth chart after competing in spring practice.

Either way, Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t messing with his defense against an LSU offense that runs twice as much as it throws.

“I don’t think it changes much at all. Their style of play on offense is a little different,” he said. “I’m not sure it’s because of the quarterback as much as it is because of the kind of team they have and how they choose to play as an offensive team. They’re going to run the ball downhill on you. When you put them all out there, they’re going to try to throw the ball over your head and make plays.”

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