LSU’s defense apparently didn’t come anywhere close to using its full playbook in 2016.
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said this week that he used less than a quarter of the playbook that he brought from Wisconsin last year. In his first year with the team, he knew it would take a while to install all of the schemes he wanted to use.
“We really played three defenses throughout the year. About probably less than a fourth of what we had in Wisconsin,” Aranda said this week, according to Coaching Search’s Chris Vannini. “You’d like to be able to come back in year two, and naturally you’d think we’re going to add this, we’re going to add that. We’re going to expand.”
It turned out fine for the Tigers. They were No. 10 in the country in yards allowed per play (4.76) and No. 8 in rushing yards allowed per play (3.28).
Ironically, LSU actually stripped down its defensive playbook even more this spring. With Arden Key out and the departures of S Jamal Adams, CB Tre’Davious White and LB Duke Riley to the 2017 NFL Draft, Aranda said it’s like the defense is “starting all over” with a group of new, young players.
“They don’t know that they don’t know,” Aranda said.