LSU is moving from a 4-3 defensive front to a 3-4 set under new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who has spent the past seven months installing his set.
But as you watch the Tigers this season, know that they’re going to be multiple, as this infographic included in The Advocate of Baton Rouge so intricately lays it out. They could run a 3-3, with a nickelback coming on the field. Or they could go to a 2-4 as well to get even more speed on the field.
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All of these formations are an effort to slow down the spread offenses proliferating today’s college game. If you want to beat speed, you have to have speed.
So Tigers fans may notice that Lewis Neal will line up at defensive end in the base 3-4, but move to outside linebacker in the 2-4 set, and that Tashawn Bower will start at outside linebacker but will move to defensive end in the 2-4.
“Dave does some things that are really different,” Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts told The Advocate. And he should know, given he worked with Aranda at Delta State. “He’s on the cutting edge in what he’s doing.”
Maybe the deception that is part of the 3-4 system is what LSU needs to make a big step forward this season. And if that’s the case, the Tigers have Aranda to thank for it.