Four days into his tenure as LSU’s interim head football coach, Ed Orgeron has a lot on his plate. The status of his best offensive player is up in the air, he’s juggling two quarterbacks and he’s got a player who was suspended and reinstated in the same week. Coach O is scheduled to speak at 5:50 pm CT. We’ll keep a live tally of Orgeron’s quotes here. Remember to check back with the page as the presser progresses.
- It’s been a very busy week. Our guys have been focused on the task at hand. I think the coaching staff has done a tremendous job of putting in a new offense as fast as they can. Guys are adapting as fast as they can. We know that we have a tough job to do, a Missouri team that scores 44 points a game.
- I’m most excited about seeing the players, seeing the look in their eyes and watching the magic.
- [Fournette] hasn’t practiced all week. He’ll be a game-time decision. I don’t think [Toby Weathersby] is going to play. I think [Ethan Pocic] will play. (Kevin Tolliver is also good to go.)
- Heck yeah I’ll be nervous. I’ll get the butterflies. It’s part of coaching. But once you get the first play out of the way, to be honest with you, it passes by pretty fast.
- I’m the most proud of [the new staff]. I take accountability. I gave each one assignments. I think we’re doing it collectively as a staff. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. I’ll play to my strengths, they’ll play to theirs.
- [Pete Jenkins] is going to go down as perhaps the greatest assistant coach in the history of football. And I hope he’s here as long as I’m here.
- I thought [the players] were fresh today. They’re practicing faster. This is going to be a process. This isn’t going to be flipped over night. There has to be some patience on my part. I know what the end result will be.
- As long as we can have some success and move the ball and score points, we’re making improvements. In order to put in a new offense, a new philosophy, that’s not going to be done this season. That’s totally impossible. In a lot of cases, it’s not putting in more, it’s taking away and doing less.
- We’ve run two huddles and we’ve had two offenses going at the defense. We practice really fast. I think Dave Aranda had a great plan all week. It’s like basketball on grass. We’ve done a great job of preparing these guys for the speed [of Missouri’s offense].
And with that, Orgeron is out. Thank you for following along.