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LSU football coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media Thursday night in advance of the Tigers' game against Chattanooga on Saturday.

What LSU football coach Ed Orgeron in his press conference Thursday

Nick Suss

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU football coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media Thursday in advance of the Tigers’ game Saturday versus Chattanooga.

Orgeron made a couple announcements, including updates about injuries, the depth chart and what to expect from the Tigers in their home opener. SEC Country was on the scene and typed Orgeron’s statements as he spoke.

Listed below is what Orgeron said. Scroll through for updates.

What LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said

  • The guys are focused and ready to go. They’re ready to take care of the task at hand. Excited to play at Tiger Stadium. A lot of new faces are going to be in the stadium for the first time. First time I’m being in there as a full-time head coach at LSU. We’re expecting to play very well.
  • Rashard Lawrence will not play this week. Glen Logan has worked in his place. Neil Farrell and Justin Thomas. We’re going to play three guys there. Glen Logan will start.
  • My first time at Tiger Stadium I was a recruit. LSU beat Rice 77-0. It was a nice night. [My first time as a coach] first of all, somebody threw a rock at the window [of the bus]. I remember the fans coming over the fence screaming Tiger Bait. Then they put the Tiger right in front of the [Ole Miss] locker room and it was hard to get some of the guys out of the locker room.
  • I’m glad that [the freshmen] got the playing time they did in the Superdome. I know it’s going to be an emotional night. But they’re going to be fine. You hear stories of guys doing certain things before they go out there. I just want them to enjoy it.
  • I think that’s going to be all the way to game time. Dave Aranda has not made a decision yet. Donnie Alexander is up to 230. I don’t think Dave has made a final decision on who he’s going to start yet.
  • We’re bringing Arden Key along slowly. He’s not ready yet. We’ll see what he can do in practice. I work with him every day. I know where he’s at. He’s not ready yet.
  • We don’t know. Chattanooga plays a 3-4 defense. They play Cover 4, which means the safeties are in the box to stop the run. We didn’t expect that from BYU. I think Matt’s going to have a game plan. He knows this offense well enough to adjust in-game.
  • I played in the FCS. My teammates, there are some good players in that league. That’s a tough, competitive conference. There’s no difference when you go to work. I have a lot of respect for the league. For them to play a team like LSU, it’s good for them. I know they’re going to be fired up. We’re expecting their best shot. I think it’s good for football.
  • Playing in the SEC West, we need to prepare ourselves. The better football team you play, the more prepared your team. We’re going to be tested. And it’s coming soon.
  • I was happy for Derrick Dillon. Derrick is a good boy. He came here and didn’t play his first couple of years. But all of a sudden, here’s a guy who comes to work every day with a smile and starts doing the right things and catching balls. What a great story. He’s one of my favorite players on the team.
  • I’d like to have the fastest team in America. I wish I had six or seven track guys. I’m into speed. I like speed. And I have a tremendous relationship with our track coach. But there’s a difference between a track guy and a football player.
  • I’m going to be on the road tomorrow morning at 6:30 going to high schools. I’m going to come back for practice then I’m going to take the helicopter to see some games. Then I’ll come back here for meetings.
  • [Canada] has his offense. Certain plays are going to work against certain defenses. When you get into a game and something works, you keep on calling it. When we get into games where he needs to, he’ll use that whole play sheet. I promise you.