K’Lavon Chaisson defends former LSU football teammate

LSU football's K'Lavon Chaisson (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
LSU football's K'Lavon Chaisson (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

K’Lavon Chaisson took to Twitter recently to defend his former LSU football teammate.

LSU football is a tight knit family, so it’s no surprise to see former Tigers stepping up to defend each other.

On Monday, former Tigers linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, who was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, took to Twitter to defend his former teammate Greedy Williams.

Chaisson took exception to the fact that Georgia’s Deandre Baker won the 2018 Jim Thorpe Award (given annually to the nation’s top defensive back) over Williams.

Honestly, it’s not like Baker winning the award was a major slight to Williams. It could’ve gone either way.

Statistically, the numbers were similar.

Baker had 40 total tackles (two for loss), two interceptions and nine passes defensed in 12 games.

Williams had 33 total tackles, two interceptions and nine passes defensed.

As a redshirt freshman in 2017, however, Williams had six interceptions and 10 passes defensed (both led the SEC), so it’s clear that quarterbacks started avoiding the star defensive back.

Of course, quarterbacks likely avoided Baker as well.

Someone had to win the award and someone had to come up just short. In 2018, it just happened to be a Georgia player who came out on top.

There’s always an LSU player in the mix

In 2019, it was LSU’s Grant Delpit who won the award. And he probably had a good case to win it in 2018, too.

As a sophomore in 2018, Delpit compiled 74 tackles (9.5 for loss), five interceptions and nine passes defensed — better numbers than either Baker or Williams.

Oddly enough, Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley Jr probably should’ve won it in 2019, but he’ll almost certainly win it in 2020. He’s already by far the best cornerback in the nation.

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The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (they vote on the Jim Thorpe Award) may not always get it right, but it seems like there’s almost always an LSU player or two in the mix.