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LSU looking for more depth in secondary

LSU returns one of the top defensive playmakers in football in Tyrann Mathieu.

And not surprisingly, LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis said you're going to see Mathieu in different spots again next season.

The Honey Badger will line up at one of the two cornerback spots when the Tigers are in their base defense. But Chavis likes to play five and six defensive backs, and when the Tigers bring in extra defensive backs, Mathieu will move to the nickel position, which is where he caused most of his damage last season.

With rising junior Tharold Simon penciled in at the other cornerback spot and rising junior Eric Reid returning at one of the safety spots, Chavis said it's important to find at at least two other cornerbacks and two other safeties who are ready to play. The front-runner to replace Brandon Taylor at the other safety is rising junior Craig Loston, who needs a big spring.

It's also a big spring for redshirt freshmen Jalen Collins, Micah Eugene and David Jenkins. Chavis wants to see who has a chance to play both cornerback and safety and where they fit best. Sophomore Ronald Martin moved to safety and played late last season after Reid and Loston suffered injuries, so Martin at least has some game experience. Another guy to keep an eye on in the secondary is sophomore Ronnie Vinson.

When it's all said and done, Chavis wants to come out of the spring with at least seven guys in the secondary that he thinks are ready.