LSU defense still needs to improve after bounce back against Arkansas

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BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU gave up 24 points to Arkansas, the second lowest amount the team has allowed this season, but head coach Ed Orgeron still saw room for improvement, especially after the Tigers gave up three 50+ yard passes.

“Yeah. I’m pleased with the way we played most of the game against Arkansas. I thought that we had our cleats in the grass. We had a great plan for the hurry-up offense, but still not pleased with the deep balls; still not pleased with the rub routes; still not pleased with the explosive plays; and definitely not pleased by the way we played most of the season. We need to improve to be a championship defense, and everybody knows that,” Orgeron said.

Pass rush has developed into the defense’s strength. The Tigers are tied for fourth in the conference in sacks, and senior defensive end Andre Anthony earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after getting two sacks against the Razorbacks.

“You know, playing on the edge, you want your best pass rusher at the right end. Him and BJ (Ojulari) play that right end position. He gets a lot of one-on-ones with the offensive tackle coming on the blind side. He’s got a nice, what he calls, a double-hand swipe. I think the attacking defensive line is what you’re seeing, instead of sitting back and reading getting to the back field and making plays. He’s perfect for that,” Orgeron said.

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