BATON ROUGE, La. — Just because LSU doesn’t have a game this week, it doesn’t mean Ed Orgeron doesn’t have anything to say.
Orgeron is scheduled to speak at 6:30 CT after the first practice of LSU’s bye week this afternoon. SEC Country is live on the scene and will be updating this blog with quotes from Orgeron. Be sure to refresh this page to keep up with up-to-the-minute happenings from the LSU football facility.
- We had a great attitude toward work today. The energy was there. I thought the attitude was getting better on the fundamentals. Part of the day was getting better at our skills and competing one-on-one. We mixed in a little bit of Alabama, not much. We mixed in some great work today.
- D.J. Chark did not practice today because of a sprained finger. J.D. Moore did not practice. Other than that, we looked pretty good. Toby [Weathersby] looked very good.
- Travonte Valentine looked better. He’s lost some weight.
- I think [the offensive line will be 100 percent for Alabama]. It looks like it.
- It’s getting used to the physicality of the game. Obviously he’s going to be playing against some very good players. They’re very well-coached.
- That’s the past. I wasn’t there in the meetings. I don’t know what happened [to Leonard against Alabama last year]. We have to be physical on both sides of the football. This is a big-man’s game.
- Hopefully we can do some things that put not a lot of people in the box and spread it out a little bit. I’m sure Steve and coach Grimes and those guys are going to have a tremendous game plan.
- We just got off an emotional win. We can use this week. This week will be a good week. You can’t win a game on Tuesday and Wednesday. But I’m sure on Nov. 5 on Saturday we’ll be good to go.
- I like the way [Alabama] uses O.J. Howard. Lane is very smart. He likes to use his tight ends. He is an excellent player. Probably the best tight end we’ll see all year.
- [Jalen Hurts] is like a wildcat back there. He’s big and physical. He can run like a big tailback.
- Here’s the thing about Alabama: They grind and they grind and they grind and you make a mistake and they capitalize. They keep coming after you until you give in.
- It’s not about the routes you run. You have to protect first against these guys. We cannot give up a [sack-fumble or] anything like that.
- (On how to prepare Danny Etling for Alabama’s defense:) Run him through a meat grinder or something.
- I talk to him [Lane Kiffin] about two or three times a week. But I think we’re going to take a hiatus this week. He’s going to try to reach out to me. But I don’t think I’m going to pick up.
- I have the utmost respect for him. Ever since he was a young coach, he had all the answers the first day. We did a lot. We won two National Championships together. We have a lot of great memories. But it’s not about that. It’s about two football teams right now.
- The players view a bye week as ‘Coach, we’re going to give you some effort, but we need a break too.’ I think if you try to push too hard, you get the wrong reaction. I think we had lost [at Ole Miss] before so I practiced them Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. It didn’t work well.
- I think [Corey Thompson] is going to redshirt. That decision has been made final.
- The whole offensive [gets credit]. There were a couple times where we pulled a guard or tackle and it just cut the defense. I just thought it was a great scheme. We had everybody block. And he hit the hole.
That’s all guys. Thanks for reading.