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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is trying to figure out fast which of more than a half-dozen true freshman will be able to handle crunch-time responsibilities when the Tigers enter their Southeastern Conference slate.

So far, eight true freshmen have seen playing time on the Tigers’ defense, and at least that number could play again this Saturday night when No. 8 LSU (2-0) hosts five-touchdown underdog Kent State (1-1).

Chavis says LSU is counting on freshman for depth and some of them “are fighting to be starters” on a unit that saw a lot of offseason turnover.

The freshmen who’ve played already are: linebackers Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley; defensive backs Tre’Davious White, Rashard Robinson and Rickey Jefferson; ends Tashawn Bower and Lewis Neal; and defensive tackle Christian LaCouture.

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