BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU held its final tune-up scrimmage before the 2018 spring game next Saturday, pitting the Tigers offense against the defense in live action.
After the scrimmage, LSU coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media, detailing the best performances of the day and lending some stats on quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and top defenders.
SEC Country was on hand for Orgeron’s press conference and typed his words as he said them. Follow the article below for an abridged transcript of Orgeron’s statements.
What LSU coach Ed Orgeron said:
- I want to compliment our team and our coaching staff for a very spirited practice. Overall our best scrimmage since I’ve been here as a coach. Offense and defense executed very well. Guys stood out on both sides of the football.
- We had a third-down period. The offense threw the ball very well. They won that period. Then we started with a 30-play scrimmage. For the first time our first offense scored on our first defense. We got the ball into the red zone and the defense stiffened up. On the goal line both sides played well.
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 18 carries for 109 yards and 5 touchdowns. On defense, Patrick Queen, Jacob Phillips, Rashard Lawrence and K’Lavon Chaisson led the team in tackles.
- Lowell [Narcisse] was 7-of-10 [passing]. Had his best day. Myles [Brennan] was 10 of 20.
- Thaddeus Moss had 2 fantastic catches [Saturday]. I thought it was his best day.
- Lowell played several snaps with the first team. Did very well. Steve [Ensminger] shares the reps and Lowell played well [Saturday]. He had some scrambles for some big passes. He’s improved every day.
- We’re running the same plays, but once we find out who our quarterback is going to be, we’ll figure out what our offense can be. We have certain things we’re going to do with both quarterbacks.
- Nick Brossette had 16 [carries] for 32 yards.
- I thought the offensive line came out to play. You could hear Coach [James] Cregg motivating the offensive line. Damien Lewis played some on the first team [Saturday]. That helped. I thought our run blocking was a lot better.
- We may try Bruiser [Garrett Brumfield] at center. But Lloyd [Cushenberry] is doing good. And once Cole [Smith] gets bigger, Cole’s at a disadvantage, but it’ll make him better.
- Spring has gone back and forth between the offense and defense. I wanted to have a day where both did well. And I think [Saturday] was that day. I thought overall [Saturday] was our best scrimmage on both sides of the football.
- Terrence Alexander: He’s going to compete. He’s going to compete for that starting corner spot. He has experience. He has speed. He’s mature.
- We’re looking at several positions. There are guys that are available. We have to choose the best available for our team.
- We threw the ball very well [Saturday]. I thought the quarterbacks did a tremendous job. We had a couple of drops. I know Jerry [Sullivan] is a little disappointed. We have to fix that. But I thought the quarterbacks showed the most improvement [Saturday].
- We were teasing this morning. Jerry Sullivan said, ‘I woke up this morning. First of all I’m glad I woke up. Then I started thinking about routes.’ He’s a professional. He’s always teaching. He’s always coaching. I have a lot of confidence in our passing game and a lot of it was because of Jerry.
- I’ll tell you who’s starting to show is Davin Cotton. He’s healthy. He plays with a tremendous motor. Patrick Queen has showed out. I’m sure Dave [Aranda] is going to find him a spot if he continues to do what he does. It would be nice if Devin [White] didn’t have to play every snap. Patrick is developing quickly.
- Terrace Marshall had his best day Thursday. He looked like a receiver getting healthy. He made some one-handed catches that might’ve made him MVP of the day on Thursday. He’s not full speed.
- We don’t have the whole offense in. This thing is going to go throughout the summer. It’s going to go throughout camp. The real judgment is going to come when we play Miami. That’s when we have to be ready. I ask the fans to be patient. We’re not where we need to be but we expect to get there.
- About 35 percent of the offense is in.