LSU's RB depth means ball carriers must be patient

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU running back Alfred Blue sometimes wonders whether he'd break off more runs like his 45-yard touchdown last weekend if had he chosen to play somewhere else.

Yet Blue says he's glad he's at LSU, where he spells running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ford, and also shares carries with Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee.

The No. 1 Tigers average 195.1 yards rushing, but playing running back at LSU requires patience.

Coach Les Miles has shown he's willing to play five different tailbacks at any given time, and no LSU rusher averages as many as 65 yards per game.

Miles says the depth of LSU's running game is the strength of its offense, with fresh backs wearing down defenses for four quarters.

LSU plays at Mississippi on Saturday night.