BATON ROUGE, La. — Dave Aranda doesn’t speak much. So, sometimes Ed Orgeron has to speak for him.
“Dave is very smart,” Orgeron said on of his defensive coordinator on his radio show Wednesday night. “I’ve said it before: He studies the game, he’s a student of the game. He’s very quiet. He sees a lot of things on the field. He can see all 11 on defense and all 11 on offense. As soon as the football is snapped, he knows where it’s going.”
As an example of what he sees as Aranda’s brilliance, Orgeron brought up how precise Aranda is when preparing for games. Getting ready for Ole Miss last week, Orgeron said that Aranda had boiled down to the percentages how important his pass rush would be.
“I heard Dave Aranda telling (the defense) during the week that Chad Kelly with no pressure completed 70 percent of his passes,” Orgeron said. “With pressure, he’s something like 30 percent and throwing the ball away. If we get pressure on them, we’re going to get turnovers. And the game plan worked.”
In each of LSU’s last two games, Aranda’s defense has started slow, but eventually pitched a shutout in the second half. A lot of this has to do with the adjustments Aranda is capable of making on the fly. Orgeron offered as an example of this the way that Aranda reconfigured his defense’s man coverage scheme on the fly last Saturday.
This is why Orgeron has faith in Aranda in every regard.
“He can figure it out,” Orgeron said. “He knows how to fix things. We fix our adjustments. He never panics. He gives everybody security, me first. I have the utmost respect that Dave Aranda is going to get it done.”