But before Les Miles and the Tigers invade the House that Jerry Built to battle TCU, TSD will get you ready by tackling a question a day for seven straight days surrounding the shape of LSU's team entering the Aug. 31 opener.
PREVIOUS QUESTIONS (PREMIUM)
Saturday – Which freshmen will make an impact on defense in the opener?
Sunday – Can LSU's new-look offensive line gel in time for kickoff?
Monday – How will LSU be different in 2013 than 2012?
Tuesday – Who will provide secondary depth and play in special packages?
Wednesday – Will the formula change for Mettenberger and LSU's offense?
PREVIOUS QUESTION (FREE)
Thursday – What does LSU's offensive depth chart look like?
Today's Question: What does LSU's defensive depth chart look like?
DE: Jermauria Rasco (Jr.), Tashawn Bower (Fr.), Justin Maclin (Jr.)
DT: Anthony Johnson (Jr.), Christian Lacouture (Fr.)
DT: Ego Ferguson (Jr.), Quentin Thomas (So.), Mickey Johnson (So.)
DE: Jordan Allen (Jr.), Danielle Hunter (So.), Lewis Neal (Fr.)
WLB: Lamin Barrow (Sr.), Deion Jones (So.), Lorenzo Phillips (R-Fr.)
MLB: D.J. Welter (Jr.), Lamar Louis (So.)
SLB: Tahj Jones (Sr.), Kwon Alexander (So.), Kendell Beckwith (Fr.)
CB: Jalen Mills (So.), Dwayne Thomas (R-Fr.), Tre'Davious White (Fr.)
FS: Ronald Martin (Jr.), Corey Thompson (So.)
SS: Craig Loston (Sr.), Micah Eugene (So.)*, Rickey Jefferson (Fr.)
CB: Jalen Collins (So.), Derrick Raymond (R-Fr.), Jeryl Brazil (Fr.)
* = DB Micah Eugene is listed as a strong safety but features in nickel and dime packages.
- There are a number of players listed on the second team who are expected to figure in defensively in rotational play. On the defensive line that includes true freshmen Christian LaCouture (DT) and Tashawn Bower (DE) and sophomores Danielle Hunter (DE) and Quentin Thomas (DT). At linebacker, John Chavis typically sticks to his starters for most of the game, but two second-team LBs – Kwon Alexander and Deion Jones – will see time. A third, freshman Kendell Beckwith, could factor in on occasional pass-rush situations.
- In the secondary LSU has several defenders who will enter the ballgame in nickel and dime packages. Micah Eugene is the Tigers' nickel back and will play in the box, guarding slot receivers and blitzing from the perimeter, as the first DB in after the starting four. After that the leader in the clubhouse to play dime back, the sixth DB, is redshirt freshman Dwayne Thomas. Derrick Raymond is also providing competition for that role.
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