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LSU coach Ed Orgeron thinks the Auburn win shows the program can be on a championship trajectory.

Ed Orgeron believes a national championship is near for LSU

Alex Hickey

BATON ROUGE, La. — Ed Orgeron is confident that a national championship is not far around the corner for LSU.

When asked by a caller to his radio show how far the Tigers could go with the “true grit” they showed in their rally from a 20-point deficit to beat No. 10 Auburn, Orgeron suggested the ultimate goal.

“Our team showed true grit, and if we stick together, I do believe in our tenure we will win a championship,” Orgeron said.

For that to happen, LSU needs to hit on its next two recruiting classes, but Orgeron feels the Tigers are on their way based on current commitments.

“With our recruiting classes we are going to get and the linemen we’re going to get, I do believe a national championship is in our future,” Orgeron said.

LSU celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its most recent national championship during halftime of the Auburn game.

Other highlights from Ed Orgeron radio show

  • Orgeron indicated that right tackle Toby Weathersby will be back in the lineup against Ole Miss. Weathersby missed the Auburn game and most of the Florida game. He was replaced by freshman Austin Deculus against Florida and sophomore Adrian Magee against Auburn.

“It gives us some confidence that we have three returning starters on the offensive line instead of three true freshmen,” Orgeron said.

  • Orgeron mentioned that this year’s training camp was less physical than he would have liked as a result of LSU’s lack of depth up front. He expects next year’s camp to be different with more offensive and defensive lineman in tow.
  • On the Auburn comeback: “First one I’ve been involved in like that. Incredible experience to be with that team at halftime, the third and fourth quarter. We felt we would win the whole time. Incredible resolve.”
  • On some controversial officiating decisions the past couple games: “We turn every call in to SEC office. I’m not allowed to say it, but they’ve been honest when they’ve missed some calls.”
  • On sophomore linebacker Devin White, who leads the SEC in tackles: “He’s still getting better. His reads are still getting better. His practice habits are getting better. I think he is just starting to see the type of football player he can be.”
  • On Ole Miss: “Their quarterback is top 10 in country. The receiving corps is the best we’ve faced. They play a lot better in their home stadium. It’s going to be a hostile crowd.”