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WATCH: Murf Baldwin thinks Xavier McKinney may be the “X” factor vs LSU

Murf Baldwin’s latest breakdown involves Xavier McKinney and his potential impact against LSU’s new spread offense. As he notes, a safety who can tackle running backs in space and also cover wide receivers is an extremely valuable commodity that allows the secondary to play “big.” It’s about a 10 minute watch and worth your time.

McKinney has been outstanding, but it should be noted that he was only able to shift into this type of role due to the emergence of freshman safety Jordan Battle. As you may recall, early in the season Josh Jobe was playing outside in dime, shifting Patrick Surtain II inside while McKinney stayed at safety.