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LSU Defenders May Be Young, But They Say They’re Still Tough

gfx - they said itThere 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.

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Freshman “Freak” Looks To Shine At LSU

LSU freshman defensive tackle Anthony Johnson is known as “Freak” by his teammates.  He’s 6-3, 295 pounds and he happens to be remarkably fast for his size.  How fast?

“My sophomore year, I committed to the University of Tennessee, and the defensive coordinator at the time, Monte Kiffin, said he wanted me to run a 40-yard dash.  I was 315 pounds at the time and I ran a 4.8-second 40.

Ever since that day, (Kiffin) said it was some freaky stuff, so he called me the ‘Freak’ — and it just stuck with me.”

While Tiger coaches are trying not to overwhelm the freshman phenom, his teammates already see a guy who can go toe-to-toe with LSU’s offensive linemen.  “This guy comes in and goes against the ones, and it looks like he’s been playing int he SEC for a long time,” Michael Brockers told The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Get used to hearing the name Anthony Johnson, folks.

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Monday Recruiting Notes

Here are some recruiting notes on an All-American Week Monday.

1. Could Georgia land a “dream team” from inside its state’s border?

2. Here’s a report on some of the finest in-state players from Georgia.

3. LSU has a strong class so far. The members call themselves “The Fam.”

4. One of those commits – Anthony Johnson – could be a giant for the Tigers.

5. Florida hopes to land some top players from the Under Armour Game.

6. Will Ja’Juan Story remain committed to Florida? He’s not quite sure.

7. Will Muschamp is trying to sway a Miami commit to Florida.

8. Auburn’s on-field success has created more attention in recruiting.

9. Ole Miss is the team to beat for transfer quarterback Barry Brunetti.

10. Alabama has landed a not-so-surprising commitment for 2012.

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