I wonder whether anyone has asked Aranda whether he wants to be a head coach. He's the quiet type, and I'm not sure he has what it takes to be a head coach. There's a lot more to being a head coach than X's and O's. Some guys just want to coach defense. John Chavis, for example. It's possible that Aranda just wants to coach defense.
Tuberville coached 4 years at Ole Miss.
A school from Indiana in the "Atlantic Coast" Conference. I know, stranger things have happened. Missouri in the SEC, and in the East Division at that. Colorado in the Pac-12. 14 schools in the Big 10, 10 schools in the Big 12. Why don't they stop the farce and start calling them Region 1, Region 2, etc.?
Michael Divinity and Saivion Smith? They most likely will be backups.
I agree to some extent. To me, the most pressing concern is the passing game, not QB in particular. We know what we have at QB. The question is how will Canada use what he has to work with. That's more concerning than the defense. The defense will reload, and Aranda will work his magic. The younger players have a year in Aranda's system, whereas last year it was new to everyone. What I want to see is Canada working his magic, too.
I agree the coaching in the SEC has not kept pace nationally. When you look at the recruiting rankings every year, you realize the SEC should still be dominating college football. When they don't dominate, it's on the coaches.
I agree, but LaCouture has his upside, too. If healthy, he could be a decent 3-4 DE. But he's not 1st round material.
I can agree with Guice and Key. I can agree that Toliver could be honorable mention. He had to fight off Saivion Smith to keep his job, but such is the nature of LSU's secondary. LaCouture is battling a persistent knee problem, and I'm not sure he'll be able to play all season, let alone get drafted in the early rounds.
I doubt whether LSU should be included in this list. LSU has a lot to prove, and it's premature to be counting them among the nation's best.
I mean Southern Cal at #3 is a reach, but I'm also not sure what to expect from Carolina.
USC seems like a bit of a reach. I'm not sure who I would pick in their place, but there are options.
Everyone knows Prescott is quite a bit better than Dobbs. But that doesn't mean Dobbs can't make it in the NFL. It just means he doesn't compare to Prescott.
Both selected #135 tells me that Prescott was underrated, or Dobbs is overrated, or both. I'd say Prescott was a steal in the 4th round, and Dobbs is a risk in the 4th round. Prescott was a much better QB in the SEC. He played better against tougher defenses. But, good luck to Dobbs.
Yes. Hate to see this. Hope he'll be fine.
He seems like a good kid, and I wish him well. It's just that the same issues he had in college are going to be magnified in the NFL. He's slight. He needs a major strength and conditioning regimen. It will take some time.
Jackson? Do you mean Dwayne Thomas, or Rickey Jefferson?
Dupre was overrated. His lack of success wasn't only on the QBs or the Miles offense. It was also on him. Yes, he is going to need patience and development.
I don't think the comparisons to Prescott are fair to Dobbs. Prescott was a great SEC QB. Not good, but great. Dobbs in the NFL might be a perennial backup, if that much.
Just another one exiting the pipeline. I'm ready for LSU 2017.
Great news for LSU fans, although I couldn't blame him for sitting out.
LSU should do it anyway. What are they gonna do, kick us out of the conference? They might fine us, but the beer revenue would pay that off in a few months.
2016 was a down year for the SEC, so he's right. 13 of the 14 SEC teams sucked last year, to varying degrees of suckitude. (Should be a word, if it isn't.)
I get the impression that Canada was just spinning his wheels in this one. We were led to believe that the offense dominated the defense in previous scrimmages, but we didn't see anything to convince us of that. What was different? The only thing I can surmise is that the play calling was vanilla, at least by Canada's standards. At least, that's what I'm hoping. There must have been a reason why the offense dominated all the closed scrimmages and fell flat in the one public scrimmage.
Agreed. I realize that Canada isn't going to show much in a spring game, but that game left me wondering how the offense managed to dominate the defense in previous scrimmages. All those jet sweeps and naked bootlegs, surely Canada knows those won't work in the SEC. It seemed like a waste of time. The secondary looks good. Lose Jamal Adams and Tre White, and simply reload. But, yeah, the QBs suck, even though the secondary was all over the receivers. I find myself hoping that one of the spread QBs really steps up in the next few months.
I'm not too concerned about the secondary. If Ed Paris is good enough to keep guys like Monroe and Stevens out of the line-up, he must be pretty good. I thought Stevens might be another Jamal Adams, ready to start immediately. But even Adams had to wait his turn. Corey Raymond will have these guys ready.
The defense was ready last September, right out of the gate. It was strong all year. If you are talking about 2015, that was mostly on Kevin Steele. If you are talking about the offense, that's a whole other can of worms, but hopefully it's on the right track with Matt Canada in charge. This year's defense should be ready. Aranda knows how to use the talent he has, and it will be a good defense.
It's hard to complain about a top 5 class, but the bulk of LSU's commits so far are on defense. They need to get it going on offense.
I'll just echo what the above comments noted. LSU lost a ton of starters, and the two most experienced d-linemen are not participating in scrimmages this spring. Arden Key is out. Christian LaCouture is still nursing a knee injury. Plus, some of the backups on defense have been dealing with injuries, so depth is a problem. The defense is at a disadvantage so far, and hopefully that situation is only temporary.
It's a promotional deal Bama made with Coca-Cola. That bottle is always there.
Academic problems and way behind the LSU receivers learning the offense. That means he's not playing. Good luck.