Baton Rouge, La. - During his stay at LSU, defensive coordinator John Chavis has produced elite NFL talent while maintaining a dominant unit year in and year out.
This year his task will be a stiff one with seven starters now playing in the professional ranks. The following is a copy of Chavis' session on media day, as transcribed by LSU:
On how practice is going so far…
"It's going well. We got some good, warm weather for this acclimation period. We got in pads on Friday in full gear and it's a lot better when you're out in full gear to play real football."
On the incoming freshman class…
"I think it's too early to start calling names. We've got a very talented class that arrived on campus earlier in the summer. Most of them have been here working out and they're in great condition. It's going to be fun to see how things work out and we're going to count on some of those young guys to provide depth for us."
On Jalen Mills…
"He's got a year of experience and that helps. He did a good job for us as a true freshman last year and stepped in and played in a big way for us and we need him to do that. We'll count on him to have an even bigger year this year."
On what it takes to play cornerback at LSU…
"If you're going to play at LSU, it starts with ability to cover. You've got to have great hips and great speed to do that. And then you've got to have great confidence because I don't care how good you are – there's going to be a point in time where you give up a play and then you've got to go play the next play. It takes great athletic ability, it takes great confidence to play corner at LSU."
On whether this season will be a test for new guys to see if they can compete…
"I think it's always a test. Obviously the number of guys that we lost last year isn't usual – normally you don't lose that many, but we did. We didn't get caught off-guard. We recruited well before this year and the years before that. But certainly when you lose that many guys, there's going to be some freshman that are going to have the opportunity to play."
On Lamin Barrow…
"Had we not had Kevin Minter last year, everyone would have been talking about Lamin [Barrow] and how well he played because in my opinion he had an outstanding year for us. Look at the number of plays that he was in on and it's pretty high. So I thought that he played extremely well. Lamin was the guy, had he chose to, could have gone to the [NFL] Draft and been a second or third round pick from some of the information that I got from people. I don't want to refer to him as a program guy. He's an excellent football player – he's played well here. He decided to come back his senior year and we hope he has a great senior year at LSU and we're glad to have him – there's no doubt about that."
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