Four games into the 2018 season, LSU is one of the biggest surprises in the country. At 4-0 and ranked No. 5, the Tigers have leaned on an efficient offense, dominant special teams, and an athletic, suffocating defense to snag the nation’s attention.
A big part of the Tigers defensive success is sophomore safety Grant Delpit.
“Honestly, we’re just lucky he can’t leave school now,” former LSU and NFL safety Ryan Clark said.
Clark played at LSU from 1997-2001. Despite going undrafted, he played 13 NFL seasons, winning a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers and making one Pro Bowl. After retiring following the 2014 season, Clark founded DB Precision which he runs out of Traction Sports Performance in Baton Rouge. Defensive Backs from all levels of football (Seriously, check out DB Precision on Instagram) come from across the country to train with Clark at the state-of-the-art facility.
“His progression year one to two is probably a bigger progression than I’ve seen from a lot of people,” Clark said. “It’s a very Jamal Adams-type progression from a guy who I thought was good to a guy who is playing like a First Team All American.”
As a true freshman in 2017, Delpit played in all 13 games for the Tigers, finishing fourth on the team with 60 tackles, earning Freshman All-American honors. Clark explained specifically how Delpit has advanced as a sophomore.
“He plays every level of defense well,” Clark saie. “Last year, Grant was a guy that played well sitting in the middle, having opportunities to read quarterbacks, play deep ball down the middle of the field. Now, you see him near the line. He’s a force rushing the passer. He’s a force in the run game.”
The numbers bear out Clark’s observations. Through four games, Delpit is third on the team with 22 tackles and has added four tackles for loss and two sacks. His interception of Jarrett Stidham on Auburn’s first possession led to the Tigers first touchdown in their upset win on The Plains. He continues stuffing stat sheets with three passes defended, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry.
In short, Delpit is defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s Queen Piece on the Chessboard.
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