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Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
LSU head coach Brian Kelly recently spoke to The Advocate and revealed that star defender Harold Perkins will be moving back to inside linebacker.

Perkins excelled during his freshman season as a pass rusher and quickly became one of the best defenders in college football in 2022.

Last spring, Kelly and former defensive coordinator Matt House switched Perkins to inside linebacker, but it was obvious early into his sophomore season that his production dropped off at his new position.

Perkins was then moved into a "hybrid strongside/nickel linebacker" position, where he made more of an impact. Now, he will return to inside linebacker in Blake Baker's new defense.
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“He needs to be in the action,” Kelly said in an interview Monday. “He needs to be the (weakside) linebacker. He needs to be in the box. He needs to be active in there. That's where he's going to start, and we've got to get him ready at that position.”

“We felt like we could manage it better with him there,” Kelly said. “We don't want to manage it. We want to get him in a position where he can impact the defense, where he will play at the next level. I think we owe it to him."

“We can lock him into some specific things that will allow him to really play fast,” Kelly said. “The key is he's got to play fast. He's got to be able to utilize his talents. And so we've got to be able to help him out with that.”

“Whether it was scheme or whether it was our inability to get him to where we wanted him, he needs to be more involved in the linebacker fits inside,” Kelly said. “That's going to get him ready for the next level. It's going to make us a better defense.”
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NorthSider721 month
I wonder if asked where he wants to play. I'm thinking he'd know where he's most comfortable and productive.
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tigersquad891 month
This man needs to be on the edge rushing the passer. Why are they still trying to force something that was a complete disaster. Also, you can make a lot of money rushing the passer in the nfl.
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3PieceSpicy1 month
Not many 215 pound pss rushers in the nfl baw
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CanebreakCajun1 month
Re-release the Kraken.
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FATBOY TIGER1 month
They're gonna mess around and lose Mr. Perkins.
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CanebreakCajun1 month
No. This is where he belongs and anyone with eyes sees that.
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JimTiger721 month
HP4Heisman
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MC56011 month
Needs a solid 20 pounds no matter where he plays. I guarantee the guy is no more than 210-215 right now and while supremely talented he gets abused by linemen
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Jabontik1 month
Hope he gives him more carries on the other side of the ball as well. He's already got his first TD
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SabiDojo1 month
His positioning wouldn’t be so much of a problem if he weren’t so underweight. He needs to be at least 230
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biglego1 month
He should be strong safety
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jp4lsu1 month
Surely there is going to be a lot of packages for him to blitz outside and inside. Otherwise expect plenty of runs up the middle and some teams may even have some play action to pause him.
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Damn
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BCLA1 month
So, he was completely neutered at ilb at the start of the season, so he moved back to pass rusher where he was effective again. So the plan is to completely remove him from playing his best again. Jesus Christ.....
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tigerfan58031 month
Blake Baker > Matt House

I think Blake will having him playing like we all hoped he'd play last year
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Waverunner1 month
Oh well.........
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CP3LSU251 month
It’s a crime how they ruined Perkins his sophomore season
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