Reid believes secondary will improve

The LSU secondary proved to be one of the most athletic defensive backfields in the country. Junior safety Eric Reid believes that the talented group of play makers can improve on last season's successes.

"I believe potentially we can be just as good as last year, "said Reid after Thursday's practice. "We are going to try to be even better.

"We came into camp looking to get better and that is something we're going to do every day. I am looking forward to tomorrow.

While the Tiger defensive backs were pretty stingy last fall, Reid sees room for improvement this year.

"I think we can be tighter in our coverage," said Reid. "We need to stay glued to the receivers and try to cut down on the number of catches we allowed last year."

The Tigers have developed a reputation as a defensive unit that swarms to the ball carrier and punishes him upon arrival.

Reid reports that the ability to play downhill is a by product of a culture built by defensive coordinator John Chavis based on discipline and physicality.

"That just comes with the nature of our defense," said Reid. "Being with Chief, being physical is something that he prides himself in when it comes to our defense.

"He wants players who will come out and play physical and do the things they are asked to do.

"Making those big plays just comes with the territory."

While Tyrann Mathieu and some of the more flamboyant Tigers get a lot of the headlines, Reid is content to take a business like approach to his style of play.

"I just want to help the team as much as I can," said Reid. "I want to do all of the things that I am supposed to do and I want to eliminate as many mistakes as I can, so we can be a real solid defense.

"I have been working hard on my conditioning, so I can run a lot more back there this year.

"It's been working out for me so far and I am just trying to get better in everything I do."

The Tigers appear to be in game shape from a physical standpoint.

Reid reports that the conditioning work has been done and it is now time to get an edge intellectually.

"We just have to get the mental part of it down now," said Reid. "We've worked hard on the physical part of it this summer.

"We've been in the weight room and working on our conditioning.

"Now we just need to get the plays down and get everybody on one page."

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