BATON ROUGE, La. — The 2017 LSU football season gave us electric offensive showings and stifling defensive performances. But only 10 plays could make SEC Country’s countdown of the top LSU plays of 2017.
We begin our countdown with the brightest moment from an LSU loss in 2017, one of the most exciting offensive snaps of the year and the shining moment for a senior attempting to play his way into the NFL. Though the play ultimately didn’t contribute to an LSU victory, it set up the Tigers’ only touchdown against the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense and also introduced a new wrinkle to the LSU playbook.
At No. 10 on our countdown, here’s Darrel Williams’ 54-yard romp out of the wildcat formation versus Alabama.
With just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, LSU lined up Williams in the shotgun, showing a wildcat look the Tigers hadn’t used all season prior to that game. Williams signaled receiver Russell Gage in motion, faking a handoff to Gage on the jet sweep.
Williams instead tucked the ball and ran it himself, swerving through traffic up a crease in the middle of the Alabama front seven. Despite heavy traffic and a few stutter steps, Williams shot through the Crimson Tide defensive front untouched, breaking into the secondary behind the help of a fantastic second-level block from center Will Clapp.
Once Williams secured the first down, he angled toward the sideline. Although not known for his speed, Williams beat two Tide defenders to the edge, racing inside the 10-yard line before Alabama defensive back Levi Wallace was able to catch him and bring him down at the 2.
Two plays later, Williams punched the ball in from 2 yards out, scoring LSUs’ first touchdown versus Alabama since 2015.
Check back to SEC Country throughout the next two weeks as we continue our countdown of the top LSU football plays of 2017.
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