BATON ROUGE – ESPN personality and former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard was on the LSU campus Wednesday for a feature the network is airing on the Tiger defensive line.
The Tiger defensive line will be featured on ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday morning as a preview for ninth-ranked LSU’s game against fifth-ranked Florida. College GameDay airs each Saturday starting at 9 a.m. This week, the College GameDay set will be on location in Gainesville, Fla., for the LSU-Florida contest.
Howard spent an hour with Tiger starters Chase Pittman, Glenn Dorsey, Marlon Favorite and Tyson Jackson on Wednesday morning for the feature. Howard talked the players about what has made the so effective this year, while also getting the defenders to demonstrate some of their techniques and stunts.
As a unit, the Tiger defensive line has combined for 14 of LSU’s 19 sacks, with Jackson leading the way with 5.5 sacks through five games. LSU goes into the Florida game leading the nation in total defense, allowing just 193.4 yards per game. The Tigers have also allowed only 37 points this year for an average of 7.4 points per game, a figure that ranks second nationally.
As the Tigers wind down the practice week and head into the weekend, Miles said he has liked his team’s preparation. He also likes the way his team has handled the mental aspect of approaching a road game against a top five-ranked opponent.
“We’ve been around that before,” Miles said of the top 10 matchup with Florida. “It’s not unusual and it’s kind of what we would expect. We expect these matchups, maybe as many as four or five times a year. I don’t think that creates enormity. We are facing a quality opponent. Everybody understands what it’s for and how important it is. I don’t think it needs to be heightened.”
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