March 14, 2007

Don't look for a dip at safety positions

The foundation of the LSU secondary for the past four seasons is now gone.

LaRon Landry and Jessie Daniels, the starting safeties since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, have used up their eligibility. Replacing Landry and Daniels is one of the goals for the team during spring practice.

Midway through spring drills, a pair of experienced backups is running with the first unit at those two spots. Redshirt junior Curtis Taylor has taken over Landry's spot at free safety, and senior Craig Steltz has moved into Daniels' position at strong safety.

"LaRon was one of the best safeties to ever have played here," said Taylor, who along with Steltz arrived at LSU one year after Landry and Daniels signed. "But, I have not gotten caught up in replacing LaRon."

"It was awesome being here with LaRon and Jessie," Steltz said. "Me and Curtis have had the time to learn a lot from them."

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