LSU's defense looks to carry on tradition
BATON ROUGE - There seems to be fewer concerns about LSU's untested defense than there were in March.
Defensive coordinator John Chavis faced a major retooling job, having to replace six defensive starters heading into spring practice. But after three preseason scrimmages head coach LSU Miles remarked how difficult the defense is to handle.
Tackle Bennie Logan, ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, linebacker Kevin Minter, cornerback Tharold Simon and safety Eric Reid skipped their senior seasons and entered the NFL draft.
The 12th-ranked Tigers have just three returning full-time starters on defense.
Chavis says "the number of guys we lost last year isn't usual, but, ... we recruited well before this year and the years before that."