"We started out tough, but at the same time we have played some pretty tough teams," said linebacker and LSU commitment Trey Granier. "We just threw the offense and the defense together in the spring, and we did it with a new coordinator. There have been games we were in until the fourth quarter. It comes down to not making the big plays when we need to."
On the offensive side, quarterback Aaron Thomas has been stellar, piling up 108 yards rushing and 136 yards passing with two touchdowns in his latest outing, a 43-26 loss to Assumption High last Friday.
The Tigers have managed at least 26 points in all three games, but the defense has allowed an average of 39 points a game.
That's where Granier hopes to change things.
So far, LSU first linebacker commitment to the 2012 class has had bright spots. He combined for 18 tackles in the first two games, and he intercepted a pass last week.
This weekend Thibodaux travels to New Iberia, which marks the first of six games in district play – where Granier hopes to turn the tide of the season.
"If we win, then we are tied for first," Granier said. "District play is all that matters. That's what gets you into the playoffs, and my goal is to get this team there.
"I have had close to 300 tackles over the past two seasons, and this year I am trying to get to the 120-130 tackle mark. I feel like the defense will settle in and we will start playing like we are supposed to. I want to help lead the way with that."
With former linebackers coach Blake Trosclair now in charge of Thibodaux's entire defense, Granier said he has a feel for what the team's defensive coordinator wants at all times, which has kept him on the field from start to finish.
"Middle linebacker is my main position, but last week I played a good bit on the outside," Granier said. "I am trying to help the team any way that I can, and playing other spots is only going help out my game in the long run. I'm trying to become the best football player I can before I show up for school in Baton Rouge.
"One thing I am really working on is getting to the football quicker. That's something the coaches are on me about. I've put in a lot of extra film work to make those improvements."
Granier – the nation's No. 19-ranked middle linebacker – said work ethic, like extra hours in the film room, is what helps separate him from other high school linebacker prospects.
With one glance at the Granier family's athletic history, how Trey picked up the trait comes as no surprise.
"Football is something I have been around a long time," Granier said. "My dad was a high school football coach and played at Nicholls. My two brothers did the same. When I leave school, my life is still about football.
"We always talk when they come to the game and watch. We put it all together and study and know my opponent, so then I start off with an edge. That has always been big for me. The LSU scholarship was great, but they look at it like it doesn't mean anything. They say go out every Friday and play, then do the same on Saturdays. They always tell me to remain focused."
Though he became the second commitment to the 2012 class when he pledged to Les Miles last November, the LSU staff is still actively recruiting Granier – as are other coaches.
"I talk to Coach Frank (Wilson) and Coach (John) Chavis a lot," Granier said. "As for other colleges, I still get tons of mail. I have been getting some calls here and there, but the conversations don't last very long. I just tell them I am sticking with LSU.
"I think the staff will be down here to see me some time soon. I don't know if Chavis will be down to watch me play, but I know coach Frank said that he will be at a game before the season is over."
With linebackers Ronnie Feist, Lamar Louis and Torshiro Davis also committed to LSU's 2012 class, Granier said he is eager to step into the program as part of one of the state's deepest linebacker classes in recent memory.
"I am really excited about the whole situation," Granier said. "All of us will take care of what is in front of us and keep our noses to the grindstone.
"With the defense playing so well right now, it's just an exciting time to be committed to LSU. You watch the game and realize the opportunity you are about to have."