When Kevin Steele left LSU after serving one season as the defensive coordinator, there was no panic displayed by head coach Les Miles.
Apparently, he instantly knew who would get the job to lead the Tigers defensive assault in 2016. Miles quickly contacted Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Miles interviewed Aranda last season before giving the job to Steele.
At Tuesday's press conference introducing Aranda in Baton Rouge, Miles called Aranda "the absolute star."
Miles said, "We look forward to adding his skills to our staff. We feel like he gives us a great edge."
Aranda took 3-star players and built defenses at Wisconsin that were ranked year-in and year-out near the top in almost every category.
So how would Aranda describe his defense?
"You want to be aggressive on defense, "stated Aranda. "You want to play with an offensive mindset but you want to do it in a way that is intelligent. You want to try to flip the math as best you can. Keep the big plays to a minimum. Define your best players, get them matched-up on their worse players and do it over, over and over again."
Aranda began his coaching career as a player and coach Miles said Aranda lives and sleeps football. Aranda said he was excited about what the future brings in Baton Rouge, to work with the great coaching staff assembled and putting the best players in the best spots to make plays.
Aranda is known for creating mismatches with the offense. He said he wasn't sure if he would coach a position on defense and he said it was up to coach Miles on whether he coaches on the sidelines or up in the booth on game day.
Aranda brings excitement and hopes that excitement will keep a number of the LSU juniors from declaring for the NFL. He will immediately start meeting with those juniors to see if they would consider returning for their senior seasons.
Aranda says he studies film and uses those film studies to devise defensive schemes that come up with ways to stop the opposition, developing matchup problems. He calls it smart aggression. He said he's familiar with SEC teams since Wisconsin played against LSU, Auburn and Alabama.
The Professor is ready to teach LSU defensive players his style, a style of defense that has been highly successful. LSU fans hope the Aranda era will help bear results on the field, results that translate into victories and championships.
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