BATON ROUGE, La. — As far as this season has gone, LSU just experienced one of its more normal weeks.
Two days from now, No. 25 LSU will take the field at Tiger Stadium to host the No. 23 Ole Miss Rebels. LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron, formerly the head coach at Ole Miss, has spent the week preparing his players and staff for Saturday, deflecting all of the angles surrounding any revenge he may be trying to exact.
Orgeron will take the podium for the last time this week, starting at about 7 p.m. ET, to address the media in advance of Saturday’s game. SEC Country is on hand and will be updating this blog with quotes as Orgeron says them. Make sure to follow along and refresh the page so that you can stay up to date with news as it’s said.
- We challenged our guys to focus all week. They accomplished that task. You could feel the energy in the room today before practice. I know it’s going to be a tremendous setting for our guys.
- Leonard (Fournette) is healthy. He’s had a good week of practice. We expect to use him as much as we can.
- We’ve made some adjustments on special teams. We went back to some real fundamentals this week. Hopefully we can improve on our special teams play.
- I think Chad Kelly is the best quarterback we’ve faced, best quarterback in the league. Kelly makes plays, he extends plays. He’s going to be a tremendous challenge.
- It’s going to take a while for us to get adjusted. They run a lot of fast plays and they don’t let you get a lot of substitutions in.
- We feel healthy. The only (offensive lineman) that’s not ready to go is Toby (Weathersby). We’re rested. We think (Will) Clapp is ready good.
- (Leonard) is gonna be the first off the bus, my man. He’ll play. We’re going to let him play.
- (Ole Miss TE Evan Engram) is a very good player and they use him a lot.
- (TE Foster Moreau) practiced. He should be ready.
- (Donte Jackson) still has a little ways to go on punt returns. Hopefully soon we can get him back there.
- I’m more mature. I see the whole game. I’m able to make decisions as a head coach. I spend less time with the defensive line. I spend more time on certain situations with the offense, certain situations with the defense. I’m more of a head coach.
- (Travonte Valentine) is a little behind in his technique. Right now he’s on the third team. A lot of times the third-team guys don’t get a lot of reps. (Ed Alexander) is good to go. He’s got a fractured bone in his hand, but he’s good to go.
- It means more to our football team. But just because it’s Ole Miss, no. It’s an SEC opponent and they’re very good. I have a lot of respect for this football team after I saw them last year. They play well, they play hard.
- This could be a big momentum game for our football team, and it’s going to be. It’s going to be a battle. It’ll give us confidence, get us over the hump a little bit. How we handle adversity: What’s going to happen if we get behind? We’ll find out about our team. But I think we’re prepared to do it.
Thanks, guys. See y’all later.