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Tigers shuffling some guys around on 'D'

Spring practice is all about finding your best football players and who fits where best.

Along those lines, LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is taking a look at some guys in different spots. That's nothing new. He's always cross-trained players throughout his coaching career.

But one of LSU's goals on defense next season is to get more pressure on the quarterback. As solid as the Tigers were defensively a year ago, they tied for ninth in the SEC with just 21 sacks.

Senior Lazarius "Pep" Levingston has shifted inside to tackle this spring from end and hopes to give the Tigers more of an inside pass-rushing threat. The Tigers also need more depth at tackle with Al Woods and Charles Alexander both gone. Sophomore Josh Downs will also push for that other starting tackle spot opposite Drake Nevis, but Downs is limited right now with a thigh injury.

Michael Brockers and Chris Davenport, both 2009 signees, also figure into a tackle rotation that should be strong in 2010. Levingston, who only has three career sacks at end, may still play outside some in situations. But he thinks his quickness will be better utilized at tackle.

He's already played all four positions up front during his career at LSU. One of the reasons Chavis felt like he could move Levingston inside is that the Tigers are high on their young defensive ends, including Lavar Edwards, Chancey Aghayere, Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo and junior college newcomer Kendrick Adams.