Top 5 Questions for LSU Spring: No. 5 – How will LSU’s defense look under new coordinator Dave Aranda? _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New LSU football defensive coordinator Dave Aranda answers media questions during a press conference on campus Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

Top 5 Questions is a five-part blog series, starting Monday and ending Friday, counting down the top five questions LSU must answer during spring football practice, which begins March 7.

What needs answering: How LSU’s defense will look in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s first spring practice ?

Key Players: DE/LB Arden Key, LB/DE Isaiah Washington, LB/DE Kendell Beckwith, DT/DE Davon Godchaux, DT/DE Christian LaCouture, DT/DE Frank Herron.

The Skinny: The Tigers hired one of the nation’s most sought after assistant coaches this off-season, plucking Dave Aranda from Wisconsin. Aranda brings with him a variable, sometimes shapeless defense predicated on winning one-on-one battles up front via mismatches that are schematically created.

Dave Aranda runs something most similar to the 3-4 defense. (Patrick Dennis)

Dave Aranda runs something most similar to the 3-4 defense. (Patrick Dennis)

LSU has not released its spring practice availability yet, but, usually, the school provides reporters with the most opportunity to view practices during the spring time. This will be our first glimpse of Aranda’s scheme – more similar to a 3-4 than anything else. Coach Les Miles twice referred to the defense on national signing day as “Okie” – a title normally used to describe a 3-4.

The guys listed above are natural swing players who are likely to play dual roles in Aranda’s defense, moving back and forth from linebacker-defense end or defensive end-nose tackle.

Top Five Questions

  • No. 5: How will LSU’s D look?
  • No. 4: Tuesday
  • No. 3: Wednesday
  • No. 4: Thursday