The biggest takeaway from LSU’s spring game is this: The Tigers are tremendously talented and awfully deep defensively.
The Tigers racked up eight “sacks” (quarterbacks weren’t actually hit) and generated two turnovers during their annual spring game Saturday afternoon. LSU’s starting defense won the battle against the starting offense and will enter the summer with plenty of positive momentum under first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. LSU coach Les Miles described his defense in a way nobody else could.
“You look at our defensive ends that have come in, Sci Martin and (Andre) Anthony, I find that we’ll have guys fit those spots very effectively,” Miles said. “At inside linebacker we’ve played Kendell Beckwith a lot in spring but we’ll be two-deep like we have been for some time, and our defensive front will be salty, secondary (will be) back healthy (and the) guys that are coming in, should be a lot of fun.”
Miles was particularly complimentary of junior defensive tackle Davon Godchaux and senior defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, who have new positions in Aranda’s 3-4 defense. Godchaux recorded four tackles on Saturday while LaCouture racked up three takedowns.
“Godchaux (is a) tremendous nose tackle and i think LaCouture gives real pressure at the T spot,” Miles said. (He) understands technique very well, think he’s built to play it. Both movement, both changes have been helpful.”
LaCouture was energetic and optimistic following Saturday’s game, and it’s hard not to blame him. LSU’s defense showed plenty of upside and hasn’t even learned the truly unique intricacies of Aranda’s defense. LaCouture said LSU’s aspirations are extremely high after a disappointing conclusion to the 2015 campaign.
“We’re hungry, really trying to get back on the field,” LaCouture said. “I feel like with everybody coming back for the most part, except (offensive tackle Jerald) Hawkins, guys coming up, underclassmen, really kind of have big roles. I feel like the sky’s the limit for us and if we just attack everyday like we want to and take the installs, master it, know what’s going on… I think the sky’s the limit.”
After a tumultuous season that nearly cost Miles his job, the sky might not be just the limit. It may be the expectation.