What’s the latest with LSU freshman safety JaCoby Stevens?
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Question of the Day: Thursday, Dec. 14
Most of the questions this week have focused on LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Today we are more than happy to flip to the other side of the ball for a question about a highly touted freshman who hasn’t seen much of the field lately.
David surely isn’t the only person wondering about the answer to that one.
JaCoby Stevens was perhaps the most-discussed member of this year’s signing class behind quarterback Myles Brennan. A 5-star safety from Murfreesboro, Tenn., Stevens enrolled at LSU early and practiced well enough in the spring to threaten for a starting job.
During camp in August he surprisingly was moved to wide receiver. The coaching staff felt there was a deficit at that position, and that Stevens would be a good enough athlete to make a seamless transition.
By the end of September he was practicing with the F-backs — players such as J.D. Moore and Tory Carter.
The loss of safety Ed Paris for the season, combined with an injury to Xavier Lewis in early October, saw Stevens finally shift back to his original position.
Now the issue is that no one in front of Stevens has played poorly enough to warrant losing playing time. Senior John Battle has been solid, and freshman Grant Delpit is developing into the future star that Stevens might also become some day. But in the present, Stevens hasn’t played since the Ole Miss game.
One factor is that LSU played a lot of base 3-4 defense down the stretch, moving Donte Jackson from corner to one of the safety positions so the Tigers could also keep Greedy Williams and Kevin Toliver on the field at the same time. That tactical move further cut into Stevens’ chances at playing time.
Stevens should compete for a starting job next season, but it’s fair to say that his freshman season was largely lost to experimentation.
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