One of the most exciting aspects of LSU’s defense this upcoming season is that this group is Dave Aranda’s complete baby. He’s recruited just about every member of this group — certainly every major contributor — and he’s been here longer than any other previous stop. Ever year we see another different twist, and it’s always fun to see how he’ll evolve this group.
But the biggest area we’ve seen Aranda’s influence overall (it’s the position he personally coaches as well) is in the linebacking corps. When he arrived, Aranda remarked that LSU had more kickers on scholarship than inside linebackers.