Corey Raymond, a former LSU standout who spent six years playing in the NFL, enters his fifth season coaching the defensive backs for his alma mater. During his four years on the LSU staff, the Tiger secondary has consistently been one of the strengths of the team and has only enhanced the school's claim of being “DBU”.
Under Raymond, LSU's secondary has produced five NFL Draft picks, including first rounder Eric Reid in 2013, second rounder Jalen Collins in 2015 and most recently, seventh round pick Jalen Mills, who was selected by the Eagles.
For the third time in four years under Raymond, LSU's 2015 secondary featured a true freshman in the starting lineup as cornerback Kevin Toliver started eight games for the Tigers. Toliver followed cornerback Tre'Davious White, who started 11 games in 2013, and safety Jalen Mills, who started all 13 games as a rookie in 2012, as first-year Tigers who broke into the lineup under Raymond.
LSU's 2015 secondary featured Mills, who earned first team All-America honors despite missing the first five games of the season with a broken ankle. Mills was joined in the secondary by White and safety Jamal Adams, who were both second team All-SEC selections. Adams led all defensive back with 67 tackles and four interceptions.
In 2014, LSU's secondary featured another young, but talented group as the starting lineup included a true freshman, one sophomore, two juniors and a senior. The play of LSU's secondary was prominent in the Tigers leading the SEC in total defense (316.8 yards per game), pass defense (164.2 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (101.6 rating). LSU allowed an SEC-best 10 passing touchdowns in 2014 and the Tigers were the only team in the league to hold teams to fewer than 200 completions.
LSU ranked No. 4 in the SEC in pass defense in 2013, allowing 197.5 yards per game. The Tigers limited opponents to 15 touchdown passes and ranked second in the league in yards allowed per attempt (6.4) and third in the conference in completion percentage at 56.0 percent.
In his first year back with the Tigers in 2012, Raymond coached safety Reid to first team All-America honors. Reid was later chosen in the first round (18th overall) of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Starting cornerback Tharold Simon was picked in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks.
As a unit in 2012, LSU's secondary, despite using a pair of first time starters, combined for 15 interceptions and helped the Tigers rank No. 11 nationally in pass efficiency defense.
Raymond returned to LSU after spending the 2011 season as the secondary coach at Nebraska. In his one season with the Cornhuskers, Raymond coached a Nebraska secondary that featured the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in Alfonzo Dennard. Despite inheriting a group that lost four starters from the season before, including three NFL Draft picks, Raymond's secondary helped Nebraska rank No. 18 in the nation in pass defense in 2011.
Prior to his one-year stay in Lincoln, Raymond served as the cornerbacks coach for two seasons at Utah State. Raymond's top pupil at Utah State was that of Curtis Marsh, who earned All-WAC honors and later went on to become a third-round pick in the NFL Draft.
Raymond served on Miles' LSU staff for three years from 2006-08 before taking the job at Utah State.
During his three years on the LSU staff from 2006-08, Raymond was part of two BCS bowl victories, including a 38-24 win over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship. LSU's defense ranked No. 3 nationally in both 2006 and 2007 as the Tigers combined to post a 23-4 record during that span.
Prior to joining the LSU staff in 2006, Raymond coached at the high school level for three years in his hometown of New Iberia. Raymond was the defensive coordinator at New Iberia High School in 2003 and then held the same position at Westgate High School in 2004-05.
Raymond was a three-year starter in the secondary for the Tigers from 1989-91. He capped his LSU career with 185 tackles and eight interceptions. Following his career with the Tigers, Raymond spent six seasons in the NFL – three with the New York Giants and three with the Detroit Lions. In 90 games in the NFL, Raymond started 60 times and intercepted 11 passes to go with 258 tackles.
Raymond, who earned his undergraduate degree from LSU in 1992, has one son, Chris, who recently graduated from University High School.
The Raymond File
YEAR AT LSU: Fifth (appointed Feb. 28, 2012)
BIRTHDATE: Sept. 28, 1969 in New Iberia, La.
HIGH SCHOOL: New Iberia (La.) High School
COLLEGE: LSU, ’92
1992-94 New York Giants
1995-97 Detroit Lions
2003 New Iberia (La.) High School (defensive coordinator)
2004-05 Westgate (La.) High School (defensive coordinator)
2006-08 LSU (intern, 2006; assistant strength coach, 2007-08)
2009-10 Utah State (cornerbacks)
2011 Nebraska (secondary)
2012-16 LSU (defensive backs)
As a player
Season, Bowl, Team, Opponent, Results
1988, Hall of Fame, LSU, Syracuse, L, 23-10
As a coach
Season, Bowl, Team, Opponent, Results
2006, Sugar Bowl, LSU, Notre Dame, W, 41-14
2007, BCS National Championship, LSU, Ohio State, W, 38-24
2008, Chick-fil-A, LSU, Georgia Tech, W, 38-3
2011, Capital One, Nebraska, South Carolina, L, 30-13
2012, Chick-fil-A, LSU, Clemson, L, 25-24
2013, Outback, LSU, Iowa, W, 21-14
2014, Music City, LSU, Notre Dame, L, 31-28
2015, Texas, LSU, Texas Tech, W, 56-27