Don’t sleep on how great LSU’s defense can be in 2018

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Reading the future

A handful of LSU football players detailed the Tigers’ first spring scrimmage of 2018 on Tuesday, with everyone agreeing the defense won the day. Which isn’t unusual. It’s almost always easier for a defense to install quicker than an offense, let alone an offense with a new coordinator. But there’s a difference between winning a scrimmage and dominating a scrimmage. And the early indications are the defense pulled off the latter.

In 58 plays on Saturday, LSU’s offense didn’t score a single point. Yes. This can easily be a commentary on LSU’s offense not being ready yet. But let’s not ignore the talent on the LSU defense. And more than talent, LSU has depth. Plenty of it.

LSU’s defense wasn’t bad last year. If anything, ranking No. 14 nationally in scoring defense is pretty darn impressive. But the Tigers were thin everywhere. LSU didn’t have backup defensive ends, rarely carried more than two nose tackles, relied on freshmen as backups at three linebacker spots and played virtually an entire SEC schedule with three cornerbacks.

This year? All those freshmen will be sophomores, and experienced sophomores at that. Breiden Fehoko will be eligible after his redshirt. So will Tyler Shelvin. There’s a chance Kristian Fulton will be able to play. And the Tigers will have a recruiting class built around fortifying depth on the defensive line.

Take the talent from last year, age it a year and fortify it with scholarship options as second stringers. That’s a pretty impressive image to think about. Sure, it’s one scrimmage against an offense without an identity yet. But this defense is only one week into spring ball too. Might be time to get a little excited about at least one thing this offseason.

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Speaking of Breiden Fehoko

Of all the players on LSU’s roster, Fehoko might have taken the most unique journey to Baton Rouge. A native Hawaiian, Fehoko ended up in Louisiana after transferring from Texas Tech, meaning he’s spent the last five years of his life in three drastically different parts of the country.

Naturally, acclimating to Baton Rouge isn’t the easiest thing in the world for a native islander. Just listen to the defensive end describe his first time eating crawfish:

Checking in with the ‘croots

Recruiting news never stops. In case you missed anything, here are some of the biggest recruiting news items from Tuesday:

In LSU baseball news

The LSU baseball team hosts in-state rival Tulane on Wednesday, trying to end a streak of four straight losses to the Green Wave over the last two seasons. The Tigers will send freshman Nick Storz to the mound for his first start. The right-hander missed the first month of the season recovering from a shoulder injury.

The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be available to stream online through WatchESPN.

Words of wisdom

Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette gets deep on Twitter. Here’s one example from Tuesday of the wisdom this dude dispenses:

Listen to Leonard. He knows.

Wednesday in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, March 21 is “ National Countdown Day.” A countdown to what? Anything. Whatever you feel like counting down, count it down.

And if you just want to listen to a song called Countdown, you can do that too. Because this guitar riff should be celebrated. At least once a year.

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