BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Linebacker Lamin Barrow says he never doubted that the Tigers had the talent to bottle up two-time Heisman hopeful Johnny Manziel.
The challenge was getting a unit full of first-year starters to develop the discipline and trust in one another required to execute the schemes drawn up by defensive coordinator John Chavis.
Against Texas A&M, LSU's defense looked nothing like the unit that was gashed in losses to Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. The Tigers limited Manziel to arguably his worst performance in two seasons in a 34-10 victory Saturday. That lifted LSU from 18th to 15th in Sunday in the Top 25, while the Aggies plummeted from ninth to 19th.
Manziel says LSU's defense has talent, regardless of past results, and played "a heck of a game" against the Aggies.
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