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LSU defense backs up talk by walking the walk in Citrus Bowl win

The LSU defense backed up the talk from this week by dominating Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and Louisville.

Earlier in the week LSU starting safety Jamal Adams made a statement that Louisville and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson hadn’t faced a defense as fast as LSU. 

Thursday Louisville starting wide receiver senior Jamari Staples was asked about Adam’s comment and here is his response. 

“We will just let the game do the talking for that,” Staples said. “People can say what they want, at the end of the day its about the points up on the scoreboard. As far as for the defense they’re fast and physical. We know that. They are good upfront but they’re strong in the back end too. It should be a good challenge for us.”

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End of the Day Saturday New Year’s Eve 2016 score of the Citrus Bowl 29-9 in favor of the LSU Tigers. 

If you talk the talk you better be able to walk the walk be able to back it up, Adams and his Tiger defenders did just that. 

Enough said, could be end of the story with the dominating way the Tigers man handled the Cardinals give LSU a 8-4 final season record, while extending Louisville end of the season losing streak to three in a row.

A good challenge for the Louisville offense, a big understatement. 

It’s always been said that great defenses win championships. Great fast defenses from the SEC probably would have killed the chances of Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman. 

The Tiger Defense allowed Jackson only 33 net yards on 26 carries, sacked him EIGHT times in the game and help him to 10 completions on 27 attempts for 153 yards and no touchdowns.

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Yes that’s right no touchdowns, LSU kept Louisville from scoring a touchdown in a game for the first time since 2010. 

Louisville’s Bobby Petrino is known as an offensive genius, if that’s the case Dave Aranda needs to have a Doctorate degree in defense. 

Aranda scored high marks with the Tiger’s new permanent Head Coach Ed Orgeron. 

“It was a great job by our staff coming on the road, preparing our guys to play like we did today,” a proud Orgeron said. “It was a dominating performance. Dave Aranda answered the call. So did Pete Jenkins, Corey Raymond and Dennis Johnson. I thought those guys did a tremendous job, our d-backs covered those guys. We didn’t give up big play, they did a tremendous job defensively.”

Adams apparently is a man that doesn’t mind backing up his words. When asked about Staples comments about the Cardinals letting the scoreboard do the talking, the talented defender just smiled. 

“I guess that question has been answered already,” said a proud Adams. “Our defense is one of the best and definitely one of the fastest. Our conference shows that a lot.

Adams was asked about defending Jackson. 

“He’s fast and he is good, but so are we,” Adams said. “Our coaches did a great job preparing us against him, we studied hard to know what he was going to do before he did it.” http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1742018-rapid-reaction-lsu-tops-l...

Junior defensive end Davon Godchaux had a big day at his defensive end position, picking up one sack, three solo tackles and one assist. 

Godchaux is very proud of his teammates and their preparation to stop Jackson.

“We watched a lot of film, a lot of film,” Godchaux said. “Our defense is one of the best in the country, we proved that today. The way we handed the best player in college football.”

Orgeron summed up the Tiger’s performance when he was asked what this win mean to him personally after such uncertainty throughout the season. 

“I’m happy for the team. I’m happy for the Tiger Family, this never going to be about me,” Orgeron said. “We have a saying, we’re going to fight for our brothers and these guys have bonded as you would with your family.”

LSU DL Davon Godchaux on Citrus Bowl win


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