LSU was dying for some big changes and long term fixes for their defense when they hired Ed Orgeron. After a short time it is clear that Ed Orgeron’s influence on the LSU players is not an unnoticed feat. In fact, the boys in purple and gold recognize the changes that their latest defensive line coach has created and they are certainly grateful. A recent post on 247sports.com discussed the influence that Orgeron had on the team through tackles made, but not just any form of tackle… a sack. LSU’s 34 sacks this season tied the third highest record in an LSU season since 2008. According to Shipp who wrote the 247sports article on Ed, 23.5 of those sacks came from Orgeron’s boys on the line.
Davon Godchaux had six sacks this fall for the tigers, impressing his team, coaches and his fans. Tiger fans count on a strudy defense every fall but in the past couple of years the team has relied primarily on their offense for game leading plays. Godchaux made a big difference, but he was hardly the only one. True freshman Arden Key made five sacks this fall, tying for third highest on the team with Deion Jones. Lewis Neal had 8 total sacks, setting the record for his team and setting himself up for a potential NFL future, but he has yet to officially decide that fate. With Neal hanging out on the fence between returning to the team for the 2016 season both Orgeron and fans are ecstatic to know that both Godchaux and Key will be back, hopefully making just as many sacks (if not more) and improving the defense for the Bayou Bengals.
Orgeron is especially impressed by true freshman Arden Key, so impressed that he told foxsports.com’s Bruce Feldman that
“I’ve never had a guy like this. Arden’s so fast and long, and instinctive and smart. He’s also tough as nails”
Orgeron compared Key’s strength to Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys. He stated that, “Hardy was stronger but not as fast or fluid like this guy. Wait till he gets to 250 pounds”
You impress your coach that much your freshman year you have some big shoes to fill for the remainder of your college football days, and even high hopes for you set by your future NFL team and fans! Key, Godchaux and Neal are just three potential returning suspects from the LSU Defensive line. Good news
bears… I mean tigers!
With major defensive play makers returning, Orgeron’s contract with the team holding steady, and with the offense improving as well, LSU is set to see an even more exciting season than this year brought. The only thing that I would love to see change is Fournette’s appearance at the Heisman Banquet and ceremony. I’m not telling you he should win, but when a young man overcomes great adversity and leads his team in rushing yards two years back to back you would absolutely expect to see that man at the ceremony!