LSU Tigers safety Grant Delpit (9) celebrates after sacking Mississippi Rebels quarterback Jordan Ta'amu (not pictured) during the first quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium.

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Two LSU defenders named to ESPN preseason All-America team

Kristian Garic
August 20, 2019 - 1:28 pm

LSU defensive back Grant Delpit and outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson have been named to ESPN’s 2019 preseason All-America Team.

Delpit earned All-American Honors as a sophomore after he led the SEC in interceptions and was second in the league in passes defensed.  He also recorded a team-best five sacks in helping the Tigers to a 10-3 overall mark and a Fiesta Bowl victory.

ESPN mentioned “LSU has had its share of great safeties over the years, but Delpit has a chance to be right up there with any of them and will be a main cog in Dave Aranda's defense. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound junior is relentless and flies all over the field. He had five sacks and five interceptions last season, and that was just a glimpse of how disruptive he's poised to be in 2019.”

Despite playing in only one game last season, Chaisson earned a spot on the ESPN All-American team, after suffering a season-ending knee injury last season against the Miami Hurricanes in the season opener.

“The sophomore is a blur rushing the passer from his outside linebacker position, and if he can stay healthy, he will be as disruptive as anyone in the college game this season” ESPN said of Chaisson. 

The sixth-ranked Tigers open the 2019 season on Saturday, Aug. 31 against Georgia Southern in Tiger Stadium.

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