Get bigger and stronger. It’s become a mission of the Orgeron era, even just as he served DL duties. In the waning days of Chavis, LSU’s front four went long on lean, athletic types intended to disrupt the run game with penetration and hyperactivity. Instead, LSU ranked 47th nationally in run defense, their lowest since Chavis’ first season in Baton Rouge.
LSU, particularly against physical teams, was often pushed around at the point of attack. That 2014 season they allowed 268 rushing yards to Wisconsin, 302 rushing yards to Mississippi State, 298 rushing yards to Auburn, before tidying things up, only to allow another 263 yards rushing to Notre Dame.
Chavis left, Orgeron and Steele arrived and immediately set about transitioning LSU to a more diverse defensive front with a bigger emphasis on size up front. DTs were shifted to DE and DEs were shifted to OLB.


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