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LSU's troubled defense vows to adjust

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In its two SEC losses, LSU football has allowed 75 points and more than 1,100 total yards. The Tigers are also dead last in the conference in rushing yards allowed per game (184.3). However, the team feels confident in can bounce back.

"Just get the past out of our head, just gotta look forward because we still have a long stretch in front of us," sophomore cornerback Rashard Robinson said. "We just can't focus on the past losses in the SEC, so we just gotta swallow the pill, and just go get after it."

Head Coach Les Miles added, "This defense has given great effort and energy, and they're really making tackles, so if you want to see some really quality efforts, it's there."

Youth is all over the field, but the Tiger "D" says it's not an excuse for poor play.

"Last week we were in great position to make plays, and we didn't make them," senior safety Ronald Martin said. "We're gonna learn from that, learn from our mistakes on film and continue to strive. A lot of people say we're a young defense, but we have a lot of guys with experience too. So I think everybody's gonna be okay."

Robinson added, "We're a pretty talented team. People say we're young, but we don't look at it like that. Just make sure the communication is really key. And we're just keying in our techniques, and the things that we like to do. And just reading our keys, and making sure we are where we need to be and where our eyes need to be."

Miles also met with his defensive coordinator John Chavis, agreeing that some minor personnel changes will occur.

"A very small shift," Miles said. "You know, I think in certain instances there's a premium for one guy over the other. I think that that's a fact. But I don't know that we can -- I don't know that we're going to toss anybody to the side and not count on them to be very significant as we go forward."

Together the Tiger defense will face a Florida Gator team, which has struggled to score, averaging just more than 15 points in their past two games.

LSU (4-2, 0-2) and Florida (3-1, 1-1) will kick things off Saturday night at 6:30 in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.

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