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LSU's Muschamp talks defense

LSU Defensive Coordinator and former Bulldog, Will Muschamp. LSU Defensive Coordinator and former Bulldog, Will Muschamp.

June 25, 2004

Tifton - One of the reasons why LSU won a share of college football's national championship last year was a defense that was rated number one in the nation.

The man who led that LSU defense is former Georgia linebacker Will Muschamp, who prior to moving to the bayou, was Chris Hatcher's first defensive coordinator at Valdosta State.

Will Muschamp returning to south Georgia this weekend to talk about his LSU defense to area high school coaches in Tifton.

Some of these coaches are older than the soon to be 33 year old Muschamp.

But one of the youngest coordinators in division one football has proven he knows defense.

In his second season as Nick Saban's defensive coordinator, LSU led the nation in total defense last year and the 19 touchdowns scored on the Tigers were the fewest given up by any team at the division 1-A level.

Will Muschamp says the style of defense he teaches at LSU is the same four years ago at Valdosta State before Muschamp got the chance of a lifetime to work for one of the top coaches in all of football.

Will Muschamp said "We want to attack and make offenses make plays obviously but I have learned a lot of football from Nick (Saban) and not just from a defensive standpoint but from program management, recruiting, evaluations of players. Total program things that I have learned from him and it has just been a great experience for me."

This season Will Muschamp will have the same secondary coach he had at Valdosta State.

Bainbridge native and former Georgia standout Kirby Smart was hired by Nick Saban to coach the LSU secondary.

Saban now has three former Georgia players on his coaching staff in Muschamp, Kirby Smart and Travis Jones.

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