BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips hasn't enjoyed the fourth-ranked Tigers' 3-0 start nearly as much as he would have liked.
A combination of injuries, sporadic missed assignments and generally inconsistent play has resulted in some unflattering numbers for a defense boasting top-rated talent and coached by Dave Aranda, whose $2.5 million annual salary places him among the highest-paid coordinators in the nation.
"Obviously the team goal is to win. But besides the win, did we win as a defense? And if we didn't, then we come in on Monday acting like we lost," Phillips said. "That's just something you've got to do if you want to be critical of yourself and improve. We definitely have things to adjust to and change."