When LSU convenes for fall camp next month, one of the biggest questions will be who starts at cornerback opposite All-American Greedy Williams. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda might have tipped his hand as to who has to early lead.
“Kary Vincent is one that comes to mind,” Aranda said on “Off the Bench” on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge.
Vincent is a sophomore who played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2017, starting three of his first four games, and finishing with nine tackles and an interception.
“He’s coming off of a year where he was able to play some and he’s got some ability to conceptualize a defense and know the ins and outs of it.”
In February, Vincent told The Advocate that “complacency” is the reason he lost his starting job and became a marginal contributor the rest of the season; he’s working to right those wrongs.
“I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t angry,” he told the paper. “I was very angry. But I’m really thankful for it. I understand it and appreciate the coaches for what they did. It made me a better football player.”
Aranda also mentioned freshman signee Kelvin Joseph, sophomore Jontre Kirklin, and graduate transfer Terrence Alexander as other possibilities that could fill the spot opposite Williams.
“There is a great stable of guys that we think can come in and play,” said Aranda. “There’s an ability of having guys that can line up and both play outside with the ability to play inside and to move guys in and out and be able to create looks that we want. I think we have that ability.”
Aranda is entering his third season calling the Tigers defense after rebuffing a lucrative offer to join Jimbo Fisher’s staff at Texas A&M. His four-year, $10 million contract worth $2.5 million per season is the richest ever for a coordinator in college football.
The Tigers finished 12th nationally in total defense in 2017 after allowing the fewest touchdowns in the country in Aranda’s debut season in 2016.
LSU opens its season Sunday, Sept. 2 in Arlington against Miami (FL).
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