It’s no secret that LSU has a host of top shelf defensive backs, but coach Ed Orgeron took those accolades one more step on Monday when he lavished high, perhaps historic, praise on the Tigers’ secondary.

Speaking at SEC Media Days, he called the group the best he’s ever coached in 35 years.

Grant Delpit is an unquestioned leader of the group that includes JaCoby Stevens, Derek Stingley and Kristian Fulton. In fact, the only comparison he could make to other great players in the conversation with Delpit is former Southern Cal star Troy Polamalu.

“I believe Grant is the best defensive player coming back in college football this year, no question about it,” Orgeron said. “He can do everything. We needed him in the post against Ole Miss, he got that interception for us. We needed him to get pressure against Ole Miss, he got sacks. He is tall, smart, he’s a great young man. I do believe he is one of the best defensive players I’ve ever been around.”

Fulton turned down a chance to leave for the NFL, and Orgeron previously said Stingley was the best CB during bowl practice last season.