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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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SEC Headlines 3/31/2012

1. Kentucky vs. Louisville – game day has arrived.  Why the refs may decide this battle.

2. Or maybe it will be the point guards.

3. Or the centers….Davis vs. Dieng and the battle of the block.

4. Or the coaches….Calipari vs. Pitino: “These guys can flat-out coach.”

5. Can Pitino outsmart Calipari and the Wildcats?

6. Dan Wetzel on Calipari: “He runs the most transient program in America, yet he won’t give up on creating lifelong connections, following an old school ideal in the modern era.”

7. Calipari is actually a really good guy.  Just ask a priest.

8. As the only homegrown star, Darius Miller can appreciate the rivalry – bigger with the fans than the teams.

9. One of these semi-final games is not like the other.

10. Former Gator Ervin Walker arrested - took a taco from a street vendor without paying.

11. Auburn’s Kenny Gabriel a standout in a dunk competition – finishes second

12. Plenty of turnover for the Vanderbilt basketball team – four starters graduating and John Jenkins will decide next week if he’s going pro.

13. Failed drug tests and looming suspensions at Georgia.

14. Jeff Schultz: “(Mark) Richt has a problem. But only part of it has to do with the fact that too many of his players are doing really dumb things.”

15. Georgia defensive end Derrick Lott has decided to transfer.

16. “10 players that have either left the Bulldogs, been dismissed from the team or are expected to miss games due to suspensions since the calendar flipped to 2012.”

17. Kicking off this afternoon, LSU becomes the first SEC team to have a spring football game.  Les Miles: “It will be very vanilla.”

18. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is ready for his close-up.

19. With the quarterback competition wide open at Ole Miss, no one is standing out.

20. With three quarterbacks in a dead heat, Will Muschamp is not ready to name a starter at Florida.

21. But the depth chart at running back for the Gators is becoming clearer.

22. Tennessee likes its new 3-4 defense.

23. First scrimmage of the spring today at Alabama. Afternoon session will be closed to the public.

24. Same schedule at Auburn: “Mistakes are going to be made.” Tigers using a fullback for the first time since 2004.

25. Arkansas had its first scrimmage on Friday – no contact for Knile Davis. Bobby Petrino: “We will take that on a week-by-week basis and see how the spring goes.”

26. A mini-scrimmage for Kentucky on Saturday – giving the Wildcats a chance to test their rebuilt offensive line.

27. The haves vs. the have-nots in the world of college athletics.

Extras

28. Why colleges pay Varsity Monitor thousands of dollars to track their athletes.

29. Former quarterback Ryan Leaf arrested in Montana.

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