BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team held its second scrimmage of the spring on Thursday, spending the afternoon in an otherwise-empty Tiger Stadium.
After the scrimmage, LSU coach Ed Orgeron addressed the media, breaking down what he saw from his team. Orgeron listed off a few top performers, hit on some strong showings in the team’s position battles and raved about the progress of some of his younger players.
SEC Country was on hand for the press conference and typed Orgeron’s words as he said them. Follow the article below for an abridged transcript of Orgeron’s words.
What LSU coach Ed Orgeron said:
- The guys have been working very hard, very intent on their days off and film sessions. Marked improvement by the offense today. We did a situational scrimmage. We went short yardage, third downs and then finished up on the goal line.
- Myles Brennan was 12-16, 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. Justin McMillan was 7-15, 169 yards, 1 touchdowns. Lowell Narcisse was 6-13, 38 yards. I thought the quarterbacks made tremendous improvement today and it was because of the protection on the offensive line.
- Racey McMath had his best day. Drake Davis had 4 catches.
- Nick Brossette had 23 attempts for 58 yards. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 16 attempts for 86 yards and 1 touchdown. Tae Provens had 7 rushes.
- Neil Farrell had 10 tackles, 5 TFLs and 2 sacks. John Battle had 7 tackles. K’Lavon Chaisson had 7 tackles, 1 sack. He could’ve ended up with three or four sacks.
- Overall I thought it was a pretty good day in Tiger Stadium. We threw a lot at our guys today.
- No. 1 it was the protection. There were some routes that were open. Today the quarterback had time to throw the football. When the receivers were open we made some plays downfield with our athletes.
- We never said we’re just going to be a passing offense. We’re going to be 50-50.
- Damien Lewis was fighting an ankle injury. We didn’t know if he was going to practice. He made a difference on the offensive line today.
- Drake Davis has made improvement. You look at the improvement our wide receivers made last year, I think those guys are going to continue to make improvements.
- Justin Jefferson is one of those 3-stars that you get and nobody knows if they can play or not. Then they develop into being an outstanding player and nobody talks about that no more. I think he can be a starter. Like DJ Chark. But that’s further down the road.
- Myles had his best day today. Justin had his best day last Saturday. We will probably go through all of camp and announce a starter at the end of camp unless one separates. We don’t have our total offense in. One good scrimmage doesn’t mean you’re a starter at LSU.
- I think we have about 35 percent of the offense in. We have the basic runs in, the basic passes. All those things are in. But there’s a lot we have to put in.
- Mannie Netherly is making adjustments. He’s tall. He’s trying. Obviously there’s some things he has to learn. But he has the talent to play there. He has a lot to learn.
- Breiden did not practice today. He’s our starting left end right now. Behind him is Neil. At nose tackle because Ed is out is Glen Logan and Tyler Shelvin. At right end is Rashard Lawrence and Justin Thomas. Tyler is getting better. He made some plays on the goal line, a couple of stuff. He made some dominating plays.
- We believe Ed Alexander will be able to practice after the break.
- Andre Anthony: He’s coming. He’s still hobbling a little bit on that leg. He’s not completely healthy right now. But he’s still hobbling a little bit.
- I think Myles has gained about 10 pounds. He’s still got a little bit to go.
- Jonathan Giles didn’t practice today. I think he’s going to be back after the break.
- Nick and Clyde have been getting a lot of reps. Nick is a good zone runner. Clyde does a lot of things to make you miss. Tae Provens has a lot of speed and shows you he can get around the corner. David Ducre is a guy we might need to use back there [in pass protection].
- Moss is working at H-back. He’s getting most of the reps, he and Tory Carter.
- Foster Moreau: Tremendous leader. He’s one of the best young men I’ve ever coached. He’s enthusiastic, tough, leads by example. I wish we had 20 of them.
- We have walkthroughs in June we’re allowed to do. When the NFL starts OTAs, that’s when we like to go watch them practice.
- We’re very multiple. We run the ball out of 11 and 12 personnel out of spread sets. We’ll run the ball out of 21 personnel when we need to hammer the ball. But we have some quarterback runs. We have short passes, deep passes and intermediate passes. We haven’t put in the draw and screen yet but we will.