Tiger Rag's Spring Sneak Peek: THE DEFENSE

On the defensive side of the ball, LSU is loaded at linebacker and in the secondary, but Miles will look to not only fill three of four vacated spots on the defensive front, but will be breaking in new defensive line coach earl Lane as well. Over the next two pages, we will outline the Tigers position by position as LSU preps for spring camp. Remember, this is not an official depth chart and is our outlook on who will work where in the spring before the new crop of freshmen arrive in August.



The Defensive Line:

Defensive Ends – Charles Alexander, Tyson Jackson, Rickey Jean-Francois, Tremaine Johnson, Al Jones, Chase Pittman, Kirston Pittman, Tim Washington, Ryan Willis

Defensive Tackle – Glenn Dorsey, Marlon Favorite, Lyle Hitt


Our best guess (as the starter to open the season):

Chase Pittman, Glenn Dorsey, Marlon Favorite, Ryan Willis


Like the offensive line, the defensive front is another major area of concern considering the fact LSU lost three all-conference starters. Replacing Kyle Williams, Claude Wroten and Melvin Oliver will be tough, but the Tigers have the horses – especially at defensive end. Chase Pittman is an animal as the lone returning starter on the defensive front at defensive end. Stepping in for Oliver will likely be Ryan Willis for the time being. Willis had some flashes of brilliance last season, but he will be pushed by a talented cast of reserves. The well isn't s deep at tackle as Marlon Favorite and Glenn Dorsey list as the only possible replacements plus newcomer Lyle Hitt. But true freshmen Al Woods and Charles Deas could make a world of difference come the fall.




Darry Beckwith, Dominic Cooper, Jacob Cutrera, Ali Highsmith, Luke Sanders, Jason Spadoni, Josh Stoltz


Our best guess (as the starter to open the season):

Darry Beckwith, Luke Sanders, Ali Highsmith


The linebacking corps returns lots of talent and experience and will headlined by a headhunter like Ali Highsmith and the hard-hitting Darry Beckwith. Sanders is a consistent player and the addition of freshman Jacob Cutrera, who enrolled at semester, will make this group even better.




Cornerback – Daniel Francis, Chris Hawkins, Chevis Jackson, Sammy Joseph, Curtis Taylor

Safety – LaRon Landry, Jesse Daniels, Keron Gordon, Jonathan Zenon


Our best guess (as the starter to open the season):

Chevis Jackson, LaRon Landry, Jesse Daniels, Sammy Joseph


The biggest victory for Miles in the offseason was the ability to keep LaRon Landry at LSU. Landry decided to return for his senior season, which should boost the LSU defense's stock considerably with a three-year starter back at free safety. Jesse Daniels is back for his third year as a starter and is almost as vital as Landry. Many eyebrows raised about Chevis Jackson after the first two games last season, but he turned out to be a great cover corner and will be the Tigers closer now that Ronnie Prude has departed. Sammy Joseph should step in on the other side and finally be the contributor everyone thought he could be. This was considered the deepest position on the team, that is until Nick Child and Jeffrey Jack got booted from the team last month.




Chris Jackson, Ryan Gaudet, Colt David, Patrick Fisher, P.J. Zimmerman, Trindon Holliday


Our best guess (as the starter to open the season):

Chris Jackson (Kicker/Punter), Colt David (PAT)


Chris Jackson shouldn't have a problem handling kicking and punting duties as he has done the past two seasons. Colt David was steady on PATs and everyone can hardly wait to see Holliday return kicks.

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