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Chavis: A different challenge than I've had in a while

LSU defensive coordinator / linebackers coach John Chavis says the Tigers’ youth on defense will be a challenge to overcome.

Chavis told The Advocate, “This is a different challenge than I’ve had in a while, but nothing I haven’t gone through before. We’ve got a lot of young guys that we’re going to have to count on a lot, and they’re eager to get out there and show what they can do.”

“This defense is going to be a lot of sophomores and a lot of freshmen, and that doesn’t put any fear in me because I love coaching a young football team that’s aggressive, a young football team that’s eager to make a name for itself or themselves — each individual and then us as a team.” 

“The opportunities were there last year, and now we have to figure out how to capitalize better. Our goal is always to make it a short field for the offense. We want to score on defense, but at the same time, if you take the ball away it gives you momentum.” 

The Tigers’ defense finished 26th nationally in total defense during Chavis’ first season in Baton Rouge. In 2009, LSU finished 87th in the country in sacks with 1.62 per game. The bright spot was that LSU allowed just 16 points per game, 11th best nationally. 

LSU opens against North Carolina on Saturday night in the Georgia Dome. Kick-off is set for 8 pm EST.