BATON ROUGE, La. -- Even though LSU lost two starters from a year ago, including All-SEC safety Chad Jones, LSU coach Les Miles thinks the Tigers will be even better in the secondary next fall.
“This year, we’re younger than we’ve been, but I think we’ll be better at corner and better in the secondary overall,” said Miles, adding that the Tigers will also have more speed back there.
Much of Miles’ optimism revolves around the way sophomore cornerback Morris Claiborne has played this spring. He’s physical, tackles extremely well and locks down his man in coverage.
Of course, the other cornerback is manned by junior Patrick Peterson, who returns as one of the best cornerbacks in the country.
Junior cornerback Ron Brooks has also played well this spring, which is key. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis likes to play five and sometimes six defensive backs.
Claiborne’s development made it a lot easier to move senior Jai Eugene to safety, and junior Brandon Taylor returns at the other safety spot.
The Tigers got some good news this week on safety Craig Loston, who received a medical redshirt by the NCAA and will be classified as a redshirt freshman for next season.
Loston, one of the top-rated safety prospects in the country last year, has shown big-play ability in spots this spring. But the LSU coaches would still like to see him be more physical on a consistent basis.