Check out this piece from TSD’s Hunter Paniagua to get a feel for the Tigers’ haul from yesterday on the defensive side of the ball.
The two-deep below (and occasionally three/four-deep, when obvious) factors in the newcomers and should provide an early estimate of where first-year coordinator Kevin Steele’s defense stands.
---------------------------DE: Tashawn Bower (Jr.), Arden Key (Fr.), M.J. Patterson (R-So.)
DT: Christian Lacouture (Jr.), Travonte Valentine (R-Fr.) OR Trey Lealaimatafao (R-Fr.)
DT: Davon Godchaux (So.), Quentin Thomas (R-Sr.), Greg Gilmore (R-So.)
DE: Sione Teuhema (So.) OR Deondre Clark (So.), Lewis Neal (Jr.)
WLB: Deion Jones (Sr.), Duke Riley (Jr.)
MLB: Kendell Beckwith (Jr.), Clifton Garrett (So.)
SLB: Lamar Louis (Sr.), Donnie Alexander (So.)
CB: Tre’Davious White (Jr.), Donte Jackson (Fr.)
FS: Jalen Mills (Sr.), Corey Thompson (R-Jr.), John Battle (R-Fr.)
SS: Jamal Adams (So.), Rickey Jefferson (Jr.)
CB: Kevin Toliver (Fr.) OR Edward Paris (So.), Dwayne Thomas (R-Jr.)
DEPTH CHART NOTES
- Among the most interesting things I’ve heard lately relates to the possibility of Godchaux occasionally flexing out to defensive end. Apparently the staff trusts his ability to play on the outside, too. He’s still expected to start at defensive tackle, but, should Valentine or Lealaimatafao shine in spring and fall camp, this would accommodate one of them at tackle and give LSU a bigger front four when it wants to go big in games. Other notes up front: Teuhema versus Clark should be one of the better battles of the next six to seven months . . . and Gilmore is listed as a reserve tackle, but that could just easily wind up being Maquedius Bain or Frank Herron.
- Yes, I’ve already flip-flopped on Mills in the last month. When I released my starters on defense not long ago, I had Mills projected to move to back to corner. It was a gut feeling based on the numbers at both positions (safety and cornerback). Well, what I’m showing above now reflects what I’m actually hearing from people on the inside – that for now, Mills is going to remain at free safety. Over and over again in recent years LSU has cleared way for the next young, great player at corner (Peterson, Simon, Mills himself, White, Robinson) to come in and play immediately. Looks as if they’re going that route again, and Paris vs. Toliver should be quite juicy when it comes to position battles.