Originally written on Saturday Night Slant  |  Last updated 8/16/14
The glamour boys. La'Ron Landry, Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne, Tyrann Mathieu. LSU might put more star defensive linemen in the NFL, but the position that gets all the press is defensive back. This year's crop possesses a mix of youth with veteran leadership at safety, not unlike years past. LSU returns young guys who received a trial by fire last year and held up for the most part, even while playing with guys like Eric Reid and Tharold Simon, who are now moved on the NFL. Read past to jump to see how this year's DBs stack up. Craig Loston S 6'2" 209lbs Sr 55 tackles, 3 TFLs, 4 PBUs, 3 INT, 1 FR Corey Thompson S 6'2" 212lbs So 11 tackles Ronald Martin S 6'1" 218lbs Jr 35 tackles, 2 INT, 1 FF Rickey Jefferson S 5'11" 199lbs Fr 4-star recruit Micah Eugene S 5'11" 188lbs So 29 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 3 PBUs, 3.5 sacks Jerqwinick Sandolph S 6'1" 201lbs So 5 tackles, 1 FR Dwayne Thomas CB 6'0" 181lbs Fr 4-star recruit, RS Tre'Davious White CB 5'11" 177lbs Fr 5-star recruit Derrick Raymond CB 6'1" 175lbs Fr 4-star recruit, RS Jeryl Brazil CB 5'10" 189lbs Fr 4-star recruit Rashard Robinson CB 6'1" 165lbs Fr 4-star recruit Jalen Mills CB 6'0" 189lbs So 57 tackles, 7 PBUs, 2 INT Jalen Collins CB 6'2" 195lbs So 30 tackles, 8 PBUs, 2 INT Kavahra Holmes CB 6'2" 184lbs Fr 4-star recruit, RS The secondary begins with Craig Loston. A highly-touted 5-star prospect when he came out of Texas, his first couple of years on campus were littered with injury. Not major ones, but nagging injuries that kept him from snaring a starting role. Last year, he stayed healthy and, in my opinion, finished the year stronger than future 1st round pick Eric Reid. LSU will be looking for him to continue to grow and lead the secondary. Loston has everything you want in a top free safety: loves the big hit, great in run support and can cover receivers with relative aplomb. Next to Loston, you'll see either Corey Thompson or Ronald Martin. Martin has speed, speed, and speed, with a good ability to snare a big play. His downside is his big-play-hunting, whereas he sometimes misses his assignment in going for it. Martin has the ability, but needs work on the mental side of the game. He'll most likely be the first safety out next to Loston. Thompson has mostly seen duty just on special teams, but the coaches as well as other insiders have been high on him. Remains to be seen if he will get the other starting safety spot. The Jalens Mills and Collins will be the first two starting corners. Mills is a strong cover guy, even if he lacks some of the top end speed. He's definitely no Peterson or Claiborne, but he also won't get burned by many receivers in the SEC. Collins played a little less than Mills, but possesses similar talent. Both of these guys probably played earlier than they thought last year, but the experience has only prepared them better for this season. Super recruit Tre'Davious White will most likely be the first guy off the bench and the leader in the clubhouse to man one of the nickel or dime back slots. White has great speed, excellent hips, and great cover skills. He's related to Morris Claibone & even looks just like him. While he might not look just like him on the field yet, he has all the ability to become LSU's next great corner. So while this secondary might lack the fireworks that we've become accustomed to in the past 3 years, this secondary will acquit themselves well and still be one of the best, if not the best, units in the SEC. By the end of the season I fully expect them to be in full form and watching the youth grow will be exciting.
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