It’s time for another in this week’s series of potential defensive coordinator replacements.

But before we get into that, let’s talk about news at home.

According to folks close to the situation, LSU coach Les Miles won’t have to fire either of their defensive coordinators as Bradley Dale Peveto is expected to accept the head coaching position at Northwestern State University and Doug Mallory has been offered and will likely accept the vacancy open as New Mexico’s defensive coordinator.

It’s all speculation and no one knows the intentions of these men just yet, but it’s looking better and better each day that these guys will leave under their own will (most likely because Miles told them they wouldn’t be back anyway).

So to focus on the search for a replacement should a change be made, we will travel today to the Left Coast with a guy regarded by many as one of the best defensive coordinator’s in America.

#4 DC Candidate – Dewayne Walker (UCLA)

Walker has been in his current post at UCLA since the 2006 season
— a season in which the rookie DC’s defense held powerhouse USC to under 10 points in an upset victory.

This season has been great for Walker, despite a pitiful offense, causing the Bruins to have a 4-8 season.

Walker’s defense was 48th in the country in total defense a number that looks very mediocre on the surface, but when you consider that UCLA was near the nation’s leaders in three and outs this season, it makes the stat look not quite as bad.

What will draw Miles to Walker is his youth. Walker’s not an old guy in ‘coaching years,’ and his youth could make him attractive to LSU.

What might draw Walker to LSU is that he’s been sort of an outcast at UCLA ever since the new staff has been in place. It was rumored last season he’d go to Washington when the old regime was fired, but he changed his mind at the last minute and remained at UCLA. But he is not one of “Rick Neuheisel’s guys” and that could make him want to go elsewhere.

But we should not assume that place will automatically be LSU. All of Walker’s college stops have been on the left coast — one at USC and one at UCLA, so why would he come to the SEC, a league unknown to him and abandon the PAC 10?

We’ll find out soon enough if he’d be willing to make that transition as all reports are that LSU will be ringing Walker’s phone should a replacement be needed.

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The Tigers’ bowl game is getting closer and closer to its kickoff.

As we all know, LSU is taking on Georgia Tech, a team geared toward the running game with its triple option attack.

But instead of studying Ga Tech’s run-based attack, today, we will tackle their passing game.

GT PASSING ATTACK

Quarterback:

Josh Nesbitt (6’1 214 sophomore)

Nesbitt’s biggest asset to the Jackets is his running ability, but he is also a decent passer when he needs to be. The statistics are uglyand the Greensboro, GA native is completing less than 50 percent of his passes with just two touchdowns on the season, but when he does connect, it’s usually a big gainer.

But just a stat of note for the Jackets. Georgia Tech is 0-2 in games when Nesbitt throws for more than 100 yards this season, so it’s very clear to see where the Jackets’ bread is buttered.

Receivers:

Memaryius Thomas (6’3 229 lb sophomore)


Most teams have 3-4 guys who you have to contain if you want to control their passing game. With Ga Tech, you only have to contain Thomas. The Jackets have only 66 completions and 1140 passing yards all season and 36 of those receptions and 595 of those yards belong to Thomas.

What does it for the Georgia Tech standout is his size and speed. Standing 6’3 with an NFL-like build, Thomas is able to streak the field and get behind safeties in this triple option attack that sees defenses play close to the line of scrimmages.

If LSU can limit the 4-5 catches a game Thomas gets, it can go a long way in an LSU win.

We’ll look at the running game tomorrow.

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It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t a style points win. And it certainly wasn’t easy, but the LSU men’s bball team is still unbeaten after overcoming a halftime deficit to secure a 12-point win last night against Nicholls.

LSU started the game horrendously and was swarmed by Nicholls’ tight-knit defense.

The Colonels stayed close deep into the second half, but a double-digit run in the final 5 minutes put the game away for LSU.

Tasmin Mitchell led four LSU players in double figures with 19 points and 10 boards for LSU and Marcus Thornton and Bo Spencer added 17 a piece.

The next challenge for LSU will be its biggest as the Tigers return to the court this weekend to take on Texas A&M in the Toyota Center.

This year’s Texas A&M team is not as strong as the team’s anchored by Acie Law and some of the others, but they are still far stronger an opponent than the likes of a Nicholls, so it will be interesting to see how the Tigers fare in their first contest away from the PMAC.

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That’s all for me today, folks.

Enjoy your day! 🙂

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