- The coaches are sticking with Brendan Langley, despite his shaky performance against South Carolina.
- The coaches are looking for a rotation at one of the inside linebacker slots – Ramik Wilson’s.
- The coaches are pondering a change at strong safety.
Neither of the last two points should come as a surprise. Yes, Wilson’s made a lot of tackles, but it seems like he’s doing a lot of chasing out there, particularly in pass coverage. Herrera, however, has been the most consistent player on defense through the first two games. The first freshman ILB who can stay in position sounds like he’ll be in line for a bunch of playing time.
Strong safety’s been an area of weakness. Norman is supposed to be the one who knows the defense backwards and forwards, but he got exposed at Clemson on that Sammy Watkins’ TD reception. And part of what made Langley’s day last Saturday so tough was that he seemed to get little safety support in coverage. (Moore looked lost on one of those TD passes.)
I get that the coaches see a lot of potential in Langley. What makes me a little nervous at this point is that I thought he looked better in the opener than he did against South Carolina. Some of that may just be due to Spurrier’s skill as a play caller, true. But I also wonder why Sheldon Dawson isn’t seeing much playing time so far.
Needless to say, it would be good to see the Dawgs open up a lead against North Texas comfortable enough to allow Grantham to rotate some players out there to check who can contribute, because it’s starting to look like LSU may be competent on offense this season.