LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is fresh off signing a three-year contract worth an average of $1.85 million a year to stay on as the defensive coordinator of the Tigers.
On Friday morning, Aranda joined Culotta & The Fan on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge to talk about his first season in Baton Rouge, recruiting, Ed Orgeron and much more. Here's what Aranda had to say on the show.
On Tre'Davious White:
"Tre'Davious could see things coming at him. He played with a calm and confidence. I think some of our veterans would fall in that category as the season went on (Beckwith and Godchaux). Tre'Davious kind of came out that way right off the bat, seeing splits, seeing big receivers so he can get his hands off, seeing scat guys that he can let their moves come."
On players stepping up versus total team defense:
"So much of it is getting your best players on the field and in position to succeed. I think that's probably a common thing, but I don't know how much it's actually done. I think with Tre'Davious, is he better inside or outside? That can change game to game. With Beckwith when we had him, is he better inside or outside on third downs? There's all types of matchups. When you get those matchups the way you want them, it's about everybody doing their job. Not getting out of the team defense thought or what my job is, was always key." http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1736070-lsu-recruiting-notes-from...
On Devin White 1-on-1 sessions in practice:
"Really proud of Devin. Lot of that was during special teams times so we were able to work on things like eye progressions, footwork and taking on blocks. Devin is an avid learner of football and the right connections. When something goes in, he applies it right away. If a play were to develop and he make the play, he'd come off the field and say 'I was supposed to be in the B-Gap, but I saw it and I hit it.' I said that's good. The big picture, he gets it. Good to spend as much time with him as possible."
On Arkansas win:
"I give credit to Coach Orgeron for that. That was the challenge after the Alabama week, or two weeks, is something else. There's a difference there. When you come off that game and the challenge is to match it, I know O did a great job motivating coaches and players. We had some good practices going into that game. There was some confidence going into it. When we got to the stadium, the crowd was lit up. We were surrounded by Arkansas. I knew we had to play our best game. I was proud of them."
On working with Orgeron now that he's head coach:
"I have a great relationship with Coach O and a lot of respect for him. He's one of the top defensive line guys in the country. He's got a great football mind. Football wise, I'm always running things by him. He understands ins and outs of run game and pass protections. I learned motivation of players and coaches from him. He did it at USC and then he did it here. Take something and flip the script. This is what we need. To know that and apply that and get everyone to buy in, that's exciting." http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1735951-top-schools-in-hot-pursui...
On decision to remain at LSU:
"My family loves it here. My oldest girl is fishing and probably wants to go hunting soon. She's catching on here with her friends and school. My other daughter and boy love it here. My wife has really settled in. That's what you want. We have the opportunity to do something really special here and take the next step."
On recruiting linebackers to scheme:
"You want tough, smart, dependable and any kind of athleticism with speed, height and jumping ability, you'd love. What you need is tough, smart and dependable. The game that I'm still upset about is the A&M game in the fourth quarter with shifts. People will not let you line up and get your cleats in the grass and line up downhill. A lot of the people we play will be shifts and unbalanced. They have to be football smart and be in the game. Devin White is a good example. That ability and coupled with the instincts, that's what you're looking for."
On preparing for Lamar Jackson:
"There's times where you pressure him, he scrambles. When you don't pressure him and cage him, he passes and completes bombs. That's the problem and that's what is unique about him. This guy can go through a progression and complete balls down the field. There's designed quarterback runs similar to Alabama and Mississippi State. How to play him, rush him, max drop, disguises, all those things will come into play."
On coaching aspirations:
"I don't really know. That type of thinking, I haven't spent much time on. I probably should. I'm still thinking about the fourth quarter of the A&M game. Trying to watch as much film as possible on Louisville. That's where it is on football. I look at the opportunity at this bowl game is to play four quarters. What we haven't played as a defense is four quarters. There's an opportunity to play an elite offense and elite quarterback and play four quarters."
On wearing a sweatshirt in the heat:
"Maybe if you're sweating, you feel like you're actually doing something. I can do the sweatshirt. I can't do the sweatpants. Jabbar and Dameyune do that, but that's another level. I feel like I'm working with the players."
Listen to the full interview with Aranda on 1045espn.com right here.