There are five SEC squads in most national preseason top 10 polls. LSU is not among them. The likely reason for the Tigers’ absence is the enormous turnover the team experienced on the defensive side of the ball this offseason.
Only three of last year’s starters on defense are back. But everyone from Les Miles (“It looks like the kind of defense that we’re used to having here at LSU.”) to defensive tackle Anthony Johnson believes it will be business as usual for John Chavis’ bunch:
“We’ll be the same as always. We play fast, physical and dominant. We’re going to go out there with a great game plan like Chavis always puts us in, and we’re going to go out there and play great football. We’re going to be disciplined and attack the guys in front of us.”
The sheer number of starters lost suggests a drop off for the LSU defense.
But Chavis’ track record, the squad’s history under Miles, and one top 10 recruiting class after another suggest otherwise.