One week into his tenure as LSU’s interim football coach, Ed Orgeron is about to take the podium in Baton Rouge, holding the distinction of having the best winning percentage of any head coach in LSU history. Of course, he’s only 1-0.
Regardless, five days from now he’ll put that perfect record on the line when he and his Tigers head to the Swamp to face the Florida Gators. Today is the first time that Orgeron has addressed the media this week in advance of that pivotal SEC contest. He is expected to begin at 12:30 CT. SEC Country is on hand and will be updating this blog as Orgeron speaks. Remember to refresh the page for updates.
- What a tremendous night for the Tiger family, all the way from the Tiger Walk to the stadium 60 minutes. We operated very well for the first time together. I was excited going into it. I was excited at halftime being able to make adjustments. I thought we played a good 60 minutes of football.
- I was excited about the efficiency on offense. Steve Ensminger called the plays; I liked the diversity. The goal was to be very efficient, to be multiple, and to put the ball in our playmakers’ hands in space on roll with that. This was about the offense operating all 11 at one time.
- On defense, I have to give credit to Dave Aranda and the staff. I thought our DBs had their best game of the year. Tre’Davious White had an excellent night. Davon Godchaux had two sacks on the night, played his best game.
- Going on to Florida a little bit to give you a scouting report, obviously they’re 4-1. I think they’re a very well coached football team. Jim McElwain has a lot of respect from our coaching staff. Those guys have a tremendous staff and they’re a very well-coached football team.
- They’re plus-5 in the turnover ratio. To me, that’s the most important staff.
- Austin Appleby has been playing, but probably the starting quarterback will be Del Rio, who I’m familiar with because I know his dad very well.
- In the second quarter, my son is on the sideline and he tells me ‘Parker just scored his first touchdown!’ After the game I say I’m proud of him and he says ‘Hey dad, I’m so proud of you.’
- We all worked together as a staff. Everybody manager their own group. Everybody had their own ideas. The big thing was marrying them to the whole system and putting our players in a position where they could perform using the same language.
- I think [Leonard] is going to be day-by-day. I don’t know if he’s going to practice today or tomorrow. I don’t know if he’s going to play.
- Sometimes, it can be [difficult to keep Leonard engaged.] But Leonard is a different cat. I think he was happy to see the offense have so much success. But I think he wants to get in there.
- I thought the players felt calm, I thought they played confident and energetic in the plan. We wanted to play simple, effective football. I told the guys before we left on the bus ‘Let’s put 11 on the field and let’s make sure we did that.’
- I kind of have a knack for [getting players ready to go.] We’re not going to make a big deal out of [starting at 11 a.m.]. It’s a business trip. We’re going to have a team meeting, then we’re going to go to chapel, then we’re going to go to bed. That’s the plan.
- I believe players do what coaches demand, and energy is going to be demanded in my program.
- I think [Dave Aranda] is an overall great coach. Plus we have great players.
- Toby [Weathersby] is going to be out for a little bit. And I think Will [Clapp] is going to be out for a little bit. We’ll know a little bit more in a couple days.
- I enjoy taking my team on the road. I enjoy going to a hostile environment.
- I think [targeting calls] are needed. I think they’re doing a good job.
- I told [Steve], ‘You know what you did was the most production against any SEC team in history?’ He said ‘Man, I’m just trying to win.’
- [Derrius Guice] is tough as nails. He runs the ball like Warren Sapp played defense. His ability to cut is just about the best I’ve ever seen. He’s Reggie Bush like, maybe not as fast, but he has cuts like him.
- We’re going to simulate crowd noise starting tomorrow. They’re going to hear those Gators songs all week. They’re going to know them. We’re not going to let it affect us. You’re going to have to play calm, not play too crazy, not let the crowd affect you. It’s all about fundamental techniques. Hopefully we’re mature enough to answer the bell there.
And that will be all, folks. Thanks for following along.