What will LSU’s secondary look like without Donte Jackson, Kevin Toliver?
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As most fans should’ve seen coming, LSU lost another valuable member of its secondary to the NFL draft on Tuesday with junior cornerback Donte Jackson declaring. This comes one day after fellow junior cornerback Kevin Toliver II made his decision to declare as well.
This leaves LSU with a pretty easy hole to fix in the secondary. But what actions will coach Ed Orgeron, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond take to make like Paul McCartney and start fixing a hole?
Obviously, it helps to have Greedy Williams in tow. The freshman All-American will take over as the Tigers’ No. 1 cornerback and attempt to maintain his status as the SEC’s best turnover corner. Beside Williams there are plenty of question marks, though.
Former 5-star cornerback Kristian Fulton is a logical option, but Fulton didn’t see the field at any point in 2017. As a result, there are a few questions about how he’ll respond to a lost season. At nickel, LSU has rising sophomore Kary Vincent Jr., who started a few games for the Tigers early in the season before Jackson moved into the nickel.
In a pinch, safety Ed Paris should be returning from his season-ending knee injury and could return to cornerback, his natural position, if necessary.
Then there’s Patrick Surtain Jr. The nation’s No. 1 cornerback recruit is locked in a turf battle between LSU and the national champions over in Tuscaloosa. 96 percent of experts voting in the 247 Sports Crystal Ball anticipate Surtain to choose LSU, and if he does he has strong chances to start Day 1 opposite Williams.
Those are some odds
With the 2017 college football season behind us, a few people have started looking ahead to 2018. Some a previewing the long summer ahead. But others are looking to make a buck. If you’re in the latter category and feel like putting some money on LSU to win it all, here are the odds you have in front of you:
Do with that what you will.
Checking in with the ‘croots
As we march toward Feb. 7 National Signing Day, recruiting news refuses to slow down. In case you missed any of it, here is the LSU recruiting news from Tuesday:
- Patrick Surtain has been close to making his decision
- 4-star WR Ja’Marr Chase is making his official visit to Baton Rouge this weekend
- So is 4-star QB James Foster
In NFLSU news
Buffalo Bills cornerback and former DBU star Tre’Davious White was named the NFL’s rookie of the year according to Pro Football Focus. White edged out the NFL’s leading rusher in Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, New Orleans Saints back Alvin Kamara, Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster for the award.
Though White graded out as one of the top players in the NFL for 2017, earning second-team All-Pro honors with PFF as well, White was snubbed from the Pro Bowl for his outstanding rookie campaign. Expect the Shreveport native to slide in as an alternate as players get injured, qualify for the Super Bowl or drop out entirely.
In case you missed it, here’s the best of SEC Country’s LSU coverage from Tuesday:
- By the numbers, Steve Ensminger might be LSU’s best offensive coordinator of the last decade
- Why is the gap between the Tigers and Alabama growing?
- Steve Ensminger is a make-or-break hire for Ed Orgeron
Wednesday in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Jan. 10 is “National Save The Eagles Day.” So if you see an eagle in danger, save it, I guess.
Unless you’re an Atlanta Falcons fan. In that case, you probably want to beat the Eagles this week.
Or maybe you’re just a classic rock fan. In that case, Take It Easy today.
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