The defensive backfield is not, and will not be as bad as everyone though/thinks they are. Some reasons are When LSU was getting smoked in the first few games, it was mostly Erin Damond getting burned. I hate to dis a player like this, but Erin Damond was covering Kelly Washinton, Erin Damond was covering Jabar Gafney most of the game. I think Demetrius Hookfin is actually a pretty good corner. Sure he has gotten beat, but every corner in the league would get beat sometimes covering someone for seven seconds like he has had to do. I think he is absolutly an SEC caliber corner back, and seeing as how he's only a sophmore(I think), he can develop into a damn fine player. also despite being so small, he has great tackling form, and he can really bring a load for such a little guy. With the move of Damian James to Corner, that has patched up a leak slightly. I also think the saftey and Linebacker coverage has been pretty good. Besides in the Florida game, the opposing TE's have not really hurt LSU at all, and the running backs have not done a hole hell of a lot out of the backfield. While the saftey's have played good, Lionel Thomas is not a great cover saftey, but he is a good run stopper. LSU has done such a great job shutting down the run this year, that they force teams to become one dimensional. Knowing that they are going to pass can really help a secondary. If the tigers can just keep up the pass rush, this secondary can turn into a average to above average unit, and with the great run defense, that will make the defense great.