It can’t hurt, right?
That was the consensus among left guard Will Clapp, wide receiver Malachi Dupre and strong safety Jamal Adams regarding the news of all nine LSU assistants coaching from the field.
Specifically, the three Tigers standouts agreed having offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda on the sideline can only be beneficial to on-field communication, given that each is the play caller. However, they all said their primary point of contact in a game is normally their position coach.
“We’ve always had (offensive line coach Jeff) Grimes on the sidelines, so it’s not really different for us,” Clapp said. “Having Cam out there in the bowl game was definitely a big upside — having him tell us what he thinks between each series and we being able hear his opinion. But we’ve always had Grimes on the sidelines for us, so that’s not really that much of a change.”
Cameron moved to the sideline in December for LSU’s Texas Bowl win against Texas Tech, the first time he had done so in his three-year tenure. The move proved to be advantageous as the Tigers accumulated 638 yards of offense, the most in a bowl game by an LSU team.
As Dupre explained, having coaches on the field is valuable for gauging the “emotions of the game,” but Cameron will have his hands full with the entire offense, not just one position group. Even if Cameron can more easily disperse information to his unit, Dupre still believes he’ll seek most advice from receivers coach Dameyune Craig.
While it’s a rarity in the sport and has never been done in Les Miles’ time in Baton Rouge, Adams liked the idea of all the coaches being in one place, even if he’s used to defensive backs coach Corey Raymond patrolling the sideline. Of course, Aranda is the conductor behind the Tigers’ new-look, 3-4 defense.
“At the end of the day, he’s the guru," Adams said. "This is his defense. We’re just out there on the field at the end of the day. We’re on the field making plays, but if we have a major question or anything that we can’t discuss on the sideline or get fixed on the sideline, we’ll definitely go to him.”
Badgers linebacker ruled out
Wisconsin redshirt freshman linebacker T.J. Edwards will not play Saturday against LSU with a foot injury, Badgers coach Paul Chryst said Monday.
After completing a Freshman All-America season in 2015, Edwards broke his foot in June, which leaves Wisconsin without one of its six returning starters on defense. Under Aranda’s top-ranked scoring defense last season, Edwards led the Badgers with 86 tackles, including 6½ tackles for loss and a forced fumble.