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Tiger Ree
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Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
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Donté Jackson and Kevin Toliver are the starters, but the “nickel” guy could well be Donté in certain down and distance spots. Also, Andraez Williams and Kary Vincent, along with Kristian Fulton, come into play. Watch out for the young man from Lutcher in Jontre Kirklin. He is just a freshman, but he is a very talented athlete and he has excellent turn and run skills


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No question, there’s a drop-off in talent at cornerback and they will be tested and tested early by BYU and Mississippi State. As Orgeron told me, “ I want to find out who gets dirt on the pants and can knock it off.” You are going to lose some battles, but who is mentally tough enough to get right back on the horse and ride again. It’s the old line Ed Reed has told me – opposing teams couldn’t care less about your high school credentials.


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John Battle – hopefully healthy – and Ed Paris are the starters, but both guys will be pushed by Grant Delpit and JaCoby Stevens. And watch out for Todd Harris.

Cam Lewis and Eric Monroe are in the mix and they can be valuable pieces on special teams and work their way into the mix.

Watching what happened in the spring, Delpit was very impressive, but the guy to watch is Todd Harris


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We did a banquet for Eagle 98.1 in Baton Rouge last week and Ed told me that he was so impressed with Todd Harris and how quickly he was picking up the defensive scheme. He told me that he felt Harris would be one of the top-5 freshmen in this recruiting class. He kind of got hidden a bit because of JaCoby Stevens and Grant Delpit, but Todd can flat out play


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Devin is a world-class athlete with great foot speed. He now has a better understanding of the defense and not at times pulling himself out of position, but athletically he is off the charts and can match up in coverage too


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“Little” Donnie Alexander is not little anymore and he is one of the leaders on defense. He is a quick strike, strong wrap-up tackler and he has excellent roam skills from side to side.


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The young men will have to earn their stripes. Jacob Phillips and Tyler Taylor are impressive and key reserves and they can help out on special teams. Watch for Patrick Queen. He is not a real huge inside linebacker but he can move and he has quick strike skills from the inside. Phillips, Taylor and Queen will challenge for back-up playing time,


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Coach O told me the strength of the 2017 Tigers defense was at outside linebacker.

Ray Thornton is a very good football player. I like his quick start skills and he gets up the field in a hurry and he’s stout against the run.

Andre Anthony from Edna Karr has made great progress and he is an aggressive up the field pass rusher. Coach O has said a few times that K’Lavon Chaisson is one of the best pass rushers he has ever seen at the high school level and he really believes he will be a difference-maker early for the Tigers


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On the other side of the field, Corey Thompson is back and a solid all-around player who runs the field well and can drop back smoothly in coverage. The same for Mike Divinity, who has seen work inside, but I think Divinity is best suited on the edge. He has a quick first step up the field and he can run well from sideline to sideline.


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I do think Key will be there versus Mississippi State. I think first man up will be Ray Thornton, but in obvious pass rush spots watch for the freshman K’Lavon Chaisson. If Key is not ready to go, then its Ray Thornton’s spot to lose.


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The nose guard spot is strong. Greg Gilmore has made a lot of progress and you see his maturity as a player and he is a solid player inside. Ed Alexander is a huge man inside and he has displayed good inside penetration skills and the ability to tie up multiple blockers. Tyler has unique movement skills for a big man. He is still awaiting full approval, but he is a guy that once approved can play and play early for LSU


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tell me your “breakout player” on defense:

Rashard Lawrence and Devin White look like special talents on defense and I think freshman safety Todd Harris could see a ton of playing time in 2017.


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Aranda’s back seven will be tested early and those games against the gunslinger teams in BYU and Mississippi State will be key. It’s just not that easy to replace Kendell Beckwith, Duke Riley, Tré White, Jamal Adams, Dwayne Thomas and Rickey Jefferson.


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Matt’s offense is intriguing and it will catch people off guard moving at the final seconds before a snap. With Guice in the backfield, the offense will percolate well and at a pace we have not seen from an LSU offense. The speed of the play-calling and the ability to catch people off guard will have LSU fans happy.


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Tiger_n_ATL
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
Can't wait to see this defense take the field. They will be fast and aggressive.


Lakeboy7
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
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Aranda’s back seven will be tested early and those games against the gunslinger teams in BYU and Mississippi State will be key. It’s just not that easy to replace Kendell Beckwith, Duke Riley, Tré White, Jamal Adams, Dwayne Thomas and Rickey Jefferson.



damn, when you see it on paper thats rough.


I20goon
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
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The speed of the play-calling and the ability to catch people off guard will have LSU fans happy.
Indeed.

In one statement it covers both something that needed to be fixed just to function and something that will improve the offense from there.


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Mike Detillier




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sjmabry
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Can't wait to see this defense take the field. They will be fast and aggressive.
Damn Skippy!


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deathvalleyfreak43
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Cannot wait to see this team play

The defense will be stout.. sounds like Ray Thornton will be counted on big time to step up


Tiger Ree
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
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damn, when you see it on paper thats rough.


That's either 5 or 6 defensive starters (Don't remember if D. Thomas started) that are gone. That is very freaking rough. It will take time to adjust to the losses and they may not be able to fully recover talent wise.


eyepooted
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
That last quote got me jacked up!


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tgerb8
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
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Ed told me that he was so impressed with Todd Harris and how quickly he was picking up the defensive scheme. He told me that he felt Harris would be one of the top-5 freshmen in this recruiting class. He kind of got hidden a bit because of JaCoby Stevens and Grant Delpit, but Todd can flat out play


This is interesting.. I remember when Harris was considered a Bama lean and we weren't too concerned with losing him since Delpit and Stevens were already on board, but it sounds like he's a great pickup. Maybe the coaches are better at evaluating talent than us..


Draconian Sanctions
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
man there are more guys i've hardly even heard of that are expected to be contributors on both sides of the ball than in any season i can remember.


LesTiger
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
I like Detillier but it seems like the just goes down the the two-deep depth chart on both sides of the balls and says this player has all the talent in the world and will be a big time player for LSU.


Alt26
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
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This is interesting.. I remember when Harris was considered a Bama lean and we weren't too concerned with losing him since Delpit and Stevens were already on board, but it sounds like he's a great pickup. Maybe the coaches are better at evaluating talent than us..


It's a bit surprising to see Delpit get a ton of pub/playing time in the spring and now, O, gushing about Harris when Stevens was thought of as the best prospect. I wonder if this isn't a little bit of O trying to motivate Stevens.


BayouBengals18
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
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It's a bit surprising to see Delpit get a ton of pub/playing time in the spring and now


Not to anyone that watched his HS film and knew what they were watching.


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notiger1997
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and says this player has all the talent in the world and will be a big time player for LSU.



This is the problem I have with all of these off-season fluff pieces. Everyone is great. Everyone is working harder than ever. Everyone is picking up the scheme, etc.


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Bert Macklin FBI
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
You have to remember that rankings have a lot to do with projection. Stevens is a 6'1 215 pound kid that's as athletic as anyone. His ceiling is VERY high.

Here's the catch, he played both ways in HS and never got to focus on safety. He still has so much to learn as far as the nuances of the position.

Both Harris and Delpit played only safety in HS and are probably a little further along from a development stand point.

I wouldn't put too much weight on these out shining him on first impressions. In the long run, that kid will be a baller.


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TheHat7
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What? Fully recover? We're loaded with young talent. Devin will be better than beckwith. And once the freshman catch on we will be stronger in the middle than we've seen in a long time. U don't replace Jamal Adams but Delpit Harris Stevens Monroe. That's a lot of talent. At corner watch greedy and jontre. They are gonna shine along with KT2 and Donte Jackson. We're gonna be just fine on defense.


ninthward
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
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The speed of the play-calling and the ability to catch people off guard will have LSU fans happy.


The defense has needed help for 7 years.


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ninthward
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man there are more guys i've hardly even heard of that are expected to be contributors on both sides of the ball than in any season i can remember.

Each one is a freak. I cannot think of a more talented, yet young, group of guys showing up. Its a bit hard to imagine the defense getting field position, playing with a lead, and no more 3 and outs. I am not anointing the offense but I am so refreshed by the change in philosophy and with our athletes I cannot imagine anything but positives.


BayouCowboy
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re: Dandy Don's Q&A with Mike Detillier - Part 2 - Defense 2017
There is certainly a lot to be hopeful for with this team. The talent is there. How soon they develop, pick up schemes and operate as a unit will determine how far they go.


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