One of the unfortunate things about LSU football‘s 2021 season is the lack of attention that the players on the field received.
Most of the focus this season was on Ed Orgeron and whether or not he would return as the Tigers’ head coach in 2022. The speculation started after LSU’s loss to the UCLA Bruins in the season-opener.
Once it was revealed that Orgeron wouldn’t be back in 2022, the focus immediately shifted to who the Tigers would hire.
Now that Brian Kelly has been hired and the uncertainty is behind us, it’s time to shift the focus back to the players on the field. You know, the ones out there playing the game we all love so much.
The defensive player that should be a breakout star for LSU football in 2022
Tigers fans are well aware of edge rusher BJ Ojulari and his talent.
But I’m not sure national analysts and fans of other programs are aware of just how good Ojulari is and will be.
The former four-star recruit, who signed with LSU during the 2020 recruiting cycle, has totaled 11 sacks during his first two seasons in Baton Rouge, despite not playing in a full-time role.
Ojulari was tied for sixth in the SEC with seven sacks in 2021.
The Georgia native was one of the few bright spots for the Tigers during LSU’s loss to Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on Tuesday night. Ojulari looked electric at times, like he was completely capable of taking over a game.
Getting after the quarterback is a key ingredient to winning games in the SEC. The Tigers’ new defensive staff is going to absolutely love having a player as talented as Ojulari. He’s going to create a lot of head coaches for opposing offensive coordinators in 2022 and beyond.
Ojulari has it all — length, athleticism, and strength. If he continues to work on his technique, he could be one of the SEC’s most dominant pass rushers in 2022.
Folks shouldn’t sleep on LSU next season. This roster has a lot of talent. It won’t take Brian Kelly long to get things clicking in Louisiana.