Throughout the turmoil of the LSU Tigers’ up and down season, head coach Les Miles and the rest of his staff have faced much scrutiny about the disappointing campaign. Still, after three straight wins, the Tigers have appeared to find their form and sitting at 6-2 have an opportunity to qualify for one of the premier bowl games. Most of the recent success has stemmed from the defensive side of the football, and it begins with defensive coordinator John Chavis.
The defensive guru has spent the last five seasons with the program and previous 14 seasons in the same position with the Tennessee Volunteers. The veteran coordinator was awarded for his efforts by the athletic office and spokesman Michael Bonnette announced that Chavis received a one-year contract extension following his strong 2014 season. The deal is worth the same value ($1.34 million) and will keep Chavis with the program through the 2015 campaign.
Through Chavis’ five seasons his defenses have ranked among the top 12 in the nation three times with the program losing the National Championship during the 2011 season. The defenses have also churned out five first round picks, seven AP All- Americans and nine SEC first team members.
Chavis has another opportunity to build his legacy this weekend when the team squares off against long time rival Alabama. Alabama enters the game on the outside looking in on the College Football Playoff rankings and the Tigers would like nothing more than to spoil the Crimson Tide’s season. Chavis has been a key part of the program’s recent success and LSU will look to finish their season in style against two rather mediocre teams- Arkansas and Texas A&M- with yet another chance to win an SEC Championship on the line.
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