BATON ROUGE, La. -- When LSU’s defense brilliantly contained Johnny Manziel in a 24-19 win over Texas A&M on Oct. 20, the young Tigers secondary had never looked better.
With an effort to keep the dynamic freshman out of his comfort zone after he got off to a quick start, LSU employed the strategy of keeping him in the pocket as opposed to trying an all-out rush to get to the elusive young star.
It gave Manziel time to throw, but he often simply could not find receivers because the Tigers perfectly executed the coverage downfield.
At the time, the secondary -- which only has one starter back from last season and employs two freshmen among its top five players -- looked all grown up.
Not so much any more. Read the full story here.