LSU’s defense, under the direction of fourth-year defensive coordinator
Dave Aranda, leads the SEC in interceptions with 16, and the Tigers are
second in the conference in sacks with 33. LSU is also No. 2 in the SEC in
turnover margin (+8) and in third-down conversion defense, allowing just a
30.2 percent success rate.
The Tigers rank No. 4 in the SEC in rushing yards allowed per game (119.6),
No. 4 in red zone defense (25 scores in 34 red zone appearances), No. 7 in
scoring defense (21.2 points per game) and No. 9 in total defense (341.3
yards per game).
The defense has played a huge role in the fact that LSU has trailed in a
game only four times in 2019, and the Tigers haven’t trailed by more than a
touchdown all season. LSU is currently riding a streak of 21 straight quarters
without trailing an opponent. The last time LSU trailed in a game this year
came in the third quarter of the Auburn contest on Oct. 26.
LSU hasn’t been behind in the fourth quarter this year, and the only four
times the Tigers have trailed in a game came at Texas in Week 2 (down
7-3 in 2Q), against Northwestern State in Week 3 (trailed 7-3 at end of 1Q),
against Florida in Week 6 (trailed 28-21 in 3Q) and versus Auburn in Week
9 (trailed 13-10 in 3Q).
The defense has been especially effective in LSU’s last two games – a
50-7 win over Texas A&M and a 37-10 victory over Georgia in the SEC
Championship Game. The Tigers limited Texas A&M to just 12 first downs
and 169 total yards (72 rushing, 97 passing). LSU allowed only 286 total yards
against UGA, including 61 yards rushing, a season-low for the Bulldogs.
Safety Grant Delpit, the 2019 Thorpe Award winner, earned first team All-
SEC recognition for the second straight year. He is fourth on the team with
56 tackles to go along with 3.0 tackles for loss, one sack and two pass
Outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, a first-team all-conference selection,
leads the Tigers with 11.5 tackles for loss to go along with 52 tackles and
Three LSU defenders were voted second-team All-SEC this season:
defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence (23 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 2.5
sacks); safety JaCoby Stevens, who was named the SEC Defensive Player of
the Week three times this year; and cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., who led
the SEC in both interceptions (6) and passes defended (21). Two of Stingley’s
interceptions came in the SEC Championship Game, tying the conference
title game record.
Stevens finished second on the team with 82 tackles, and he recorded 8.5
tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and three interceptions. Stingley, who was named
the 2019 Associated Press SEC Newcomer of the Year, has recorded 34
Linebacker Jacob Phillips ranks No. 4 in the SEC in total tackles (97), and he
has registered 7.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. Other defensive playmakers
for the Tigers include linebackers Patrick Queen (69 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 2.5
sacks) and Damone Clark (49 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 3.5 sacks).
Nose tackle Tyler Shelvin anchors the middle of the LSU defense with 39
tackles (3.0 TFL), and defensive end Neil Farrell has 44 tackles with 6.5 TFL
and 3.0 sacks.
Kristian Fulton – who combines with Stingley to form the best cornerback
combination in college football – has 12 passes broken up and one
LSU punter Zach Von Rosenberg has been called on to punt just 39 times this
year, but he has made the most of his opportunities, averaging 42.7 yards per
attempt. Of his 39 punts, 18 have been downed inside the 20-yard line, with
11 of those coming inside the 10-yard line.
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