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Opposing offenses will be paying close attention to LSU outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson this season.

Who is poised to be breakout star for LSU defense in 2018?

Alex Hickey

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Question of the Day: Tuesday, June 19

We don’t know what to expect from LSU’s offense in 2018. That won’t be the case on defense, where a veteran core should be good enough for the Tigers to get away with some hiccups on that side of the ball.

But even on a unit filled with known stars, some inexperienced player is bound to step up and take a star turn. Loyal reader/question-asker Jake Higginbotham is curious about who is the most likely player to become this season’s version of Greedy Williams.

Top 3 breakout candidates on 2018 LSU defense

OLB K’Lavon Chaisson: The sophomore has been groomed for success, and without Arden Key standing in his way he’ll have a chance to attain it this fall. Chaisson couldn’t be stopped in the spring game. Granted, the Tigers were without both starting tackles, but Chaisson’s quickness will have many of the SEC’s best struggling to stop him.

ILB Jacob Phillips: Opposing offenses had a pretty clear strategy against the Tigers last season — spot Devin White and attack a place where you can’t find him. They’ll do it again this season, but Phillips could turn a weakness into a strength at the other inside backer spot. He looked confident against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl, and I expect that to carry over to the 2018 season.

CB Kary Vincent Jr. or CB Kelvin Joseph: I thought of listing defensive end Breiden Fehoko as the third breakout candidate, but I would maintain that a guy with two years of college experience at Texas Tech is a known quantity. The cornerback who will start opposite Greedy Williams is not.

Regardless of whether Vincent or Joseph (or even Kristian Fulton, should he win his NCAA appeal) starts at the No. 2 corner spot, there will be an opportunity to become a star. Opponents rarely will test Williams this season. The ball is coming to the other side of the field, and from that a playmaker could be born.

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