BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU football coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media for the first time this week on Thursday night after his team completed their practice.
SEC Country was on hand to track what Orgeron said, including thoughts on LSU’s quarterbacks, injury updates and the status of some of LSU’s absent or recovering players. Check out a transcript of what Orgeron said below.
What LSU coach Ed Orgeron said:
- Tremendous day today. We took the day off yesterday. We surprised the guys with a little activity then we went and ate. Tuesday we ended up in a goal-line scrimmage. Seemed like the offense scored almost every down. The plays were well designed. Today we got to go out in the sun and eat and it was a defensive day. We ran 16 plays and I think the score was 12-4 in favor of the defense, which was good.
- Offensive line continues to do well. KJ Malone at left tackle. Garrett Brumfield, Donovaugh Campbell, Will Clapp have practiced all week. We’ve had the full offensive line all week.
- Danny Etling has taken snaps with the first team. Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse with the second team and also Justin McMillan.
- We got Clyde Edwards-Helaire back today which was good. Lanard Fournette is out with a little injury.
- The tight ends practiced all week and had a good week.
- I think the receivers are probably the most improved players on the team. Stephen Sullivan has stepped up, Drake Davis has stepped up. JaCoby Stevens has learned the plays, he has strong hands. Justin Jefferson continues to look good. Dee Anderson has been limited with an injury.
- Our installation is almost in.
- On defense, we struggled a little bit, especially on the edges and the goal line. We made some adjustments. Arden has not taken any contact, but he’s looking better. Andre Anthony has not practiced all week.
- We feel like we’re deep on the defensive line. Greg Gilmore and Ed Alexander have played well. Christian LaCouture and Frank Herron are considered starters sharing time at left end, backed up by Neil Farrell.
- Donnie Alexander and Devin White continue to have good camps. A guy who’s really had a solid camp for us all year and I haven’t talked about is Jonathan Rucker. He’s going to start on special teams.
- Jontre Kirklin is showing us a lot on special teams. Donte Jackson has made a lot of interceptions this week. At nickel has been Kary Vincent and Xavier Lewis. The guys have done a tremendous job all week.
- I think we’ve had a great camp. We’re going to have an in-season Friday practice tomorrow. We’re going to scrimmage Saturday a preseason game at 11 a.m. It’ll be a full game, the last big-time scrimmage we have of the preseason. Next Saturday will be strictly a mock game. School starts on Monday, I know guys are excited.
- Rashard Lawrence loves Pete Jenkins. Pete is a master of technique. Rashard is a really smart guy. He studies, learns the techniques. He’s actually improved on his defensive skills and been our most consistent defensive player this spring. He was a two-time state champion and the No. 1 player in Louisiana for a reason.
- Pete is 76 years old, but if his guys aren’t doing it right, he’s going to let him know. He’s an expert at what he’s doing, especially at teaching the 4-technique. I think he’s the best in the world at that.
- On Neil Farrell: Tough, tough, tough, tough, tough. Won’t back down from anything. He was coached very well in high school. Loves contact. The physicality of camp has not been too much of an adjustment. I think he’ll be an excellent player for us.
- We’re going to work short yards, goal line, red zone, two minute, overtime all in a scrimmage type situation. We feel like we can run the ball very well and our passing game is catching up. But we need to protect up front and our guys know that.
- I think [the installation] is close [to being complete]. Canada’s goal was to have everything put in by Saturday. But for the most part our offense should be complete for tomorrow.
- The B linebacker. Ray Thornton, K’Lavon Chaisson and Andre Anthony, those guys are fighting. There are some battles between Tyler Taylor, Jacob Phillips and Patrick Queen. Who’s going to be in the rotation right there? The free safety position between Grant Delpit and Ed Paris is big too. This scrimmage is going to say a lot. We’re going to start practicing a lot like next week is a game week.
- This is a good class. If Austin Deculus, Ed Ingram and Saahdiq Charles are starting, I’ll have no problem. If one of those guys have to start, I have no problem. K’Lavon’s gotta start? I have no problem. Kary Vincent, Grant Delpit, Tyler Taylor, Jacob Phillips. They’re going to play.
- Tyler Shelvin is still in progress right now. It’s being reviewed. I still think he’ll be here before the season starts.
- Narcisse ran a bootleg on the goal line the other day. Nobody touched him. He’s big and strong. Lowell never took a snap under center [in high school]. That’s a whole different world. Now he’s getting it down. He’s right there. No hesitation. I think it’s being familiar with the offense. This is a complicated offense. There’s a lot of stuff going on before the snap.
- I’m not sure, but I’m not expecting Arden Key for the opener. Nothing that dude does surprises. We should know later next week after he goes to his doctor.
- Actually running the routes. Drake is working hard with Mickey. You’ve got to go out there and make plays and they’re going against a pretty good defense unit. He stepped it up this camp as far as making plays. Last spring he looked like a first-team, big time SEC player.
- Arden is practicing but not hitting. He’s going through walk-through stuff. He’s stepping through stuff and using his hands with pass rush moves. But he’s not taking any contact.
- Myles and Lowell got more second team reps without Lindsey Scott there.
- Ed Ingram started at right guard, but Lloyd Cushenberry took snaps there too. I’m going to have to talk to Jeff, but I think Lloyd has an edge up right now because he was with us in spring.