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That was the difference in then and now. The pursuit angles are perfect. The hits are beautiful... just perfection.
#3 ranked Auburn hosted #6 ranked LSU in perhaps the greatest defensive game in the modern era.
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I was looking at Ellis Johnson's impact when he took over at Mississippi State in 2004 and at South Carolina in 2008. I looked at the two years before he got there, and the first two years after his arrival. That had me looking at defensive rankings for 2002 to 2009.
Just for fun (or just to get depressed), I noted Auburn's rankings for all those years.
Scoring Defense, National Ranking:
2002 - #13
2003 - #9
2004 - #1
2005 - #6
2006 - #7
2007 - #6
2008 - #14
That's seven straight years of kick-ass defense. Cry about duck hunting and new contracts all you want....Tuberville's Auburn teams played championship defense, end of story.
We all know what happened from there...
2009 - #79
2010 - #53
2011 - #79
2012 - #66
PS. Here's what Ellis Johnson's impact had for those years (total defense)....
Two years BEFORE his arrival at MSU:
2002 - #24*
2003 - #113
Two years AFTER his arrival at MSU:
2004 - #51
2005 - #29
Two years BEFORE his arrival at South Carolina:
2006 - #63
2007 - #56
Two years AFTER his arrival at South Carolina:
2008 - #13
2009 - #15
*being #24 in total defense in 2002 was some kind of crazy anomaly. They were only #77 in points allowed and went 3-9 on the year. They only faced 282 passes that year....second lowest total in all of football. So it looks like teams got up early and then ran the clock out on the ground.
noticeable improvements though
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Nice... thanks for the comparison.
"There's no doubt, we're going up."
Started at the bottom, now we here.....better get used to it.
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