BATON ROUGE, La. — Just two days separate Ed Orgeron and the LSU football from their season opener in New Orleans versus BYU.
Prior to the game, Orgeron addressed the media one last time to talk about his team’s readiness for BYU, including announcing a few injuries, naming a few starters and clarifying his stance on suspending players.
Here are Orgeron’s comments.
What LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said:
- No repeat Thursday. The emphasis was on short yardage and red zone today. We’re excited to go out and open up our 2017 season in the Superdome. We’ve got 25 players on our roster from New Orleans, so I know they’re awfully excited to represent our Tigers.
- It’s a special night in the Orgeron family tonight. The McNeese Cowboys play. Parker is a starting receiver and Cody is a backup quarterback, so we’re going down here with our family.
- We still don’t know who is going to start at the B linebacker. Andre Anthony sustained an injured during the week so he’s probably not going to play. It’s between K’Lavon Chaisson and Ray Thornton.
- I do believe Saahdiq Charles will start at right guard. Ed Ingram will back him up and play.
- I think the freshman corners can do it. They proved they can play. I think you’re going to see Kary Vincent play in the nickelback. Jontre Kirklin will play a lot of special teams. If he has to play, I think we’ll trust him.
- Ed Alexander has lost some weight. He had his best week of practice. He needs to play his best game. Their center is going to be a handful all night. We practiced Glen Logan [at nose] a little bit. He can do it if we need it. We don’t think we’re going to need it. But if we do, he can do it.
- Everybody’s watching. We’ve been talking to the quarterbacks. We’ve been talking to the receivers. Everybody knows LSU is going to run the ball, but we want to be 50/50. There are some big-time receivers out there who want to see the offense. And they’re going to see it.
- Greg Gilmore is older. Probably a little bit ahead on his technique. More of a technician. [Alexander] is about 15 pounds heavier, built a little lower to the ground, a lot stronger than Greg. One is a technician and the other is a lot stronger.
- I feel good about Dave Aranda. I feel good about Pete Jenkins and Corey Raymond and Dennis Johnson. We’re awfully talented. Are we as polished as we want to be? No. We’re going to play a lot of young players. But it’s a positive because we have a lot of talented athletes. We’re going to have to draw up a lot of plays on the sideline, especially if they give us new looks. But that’s one of our staff’s greatest strengths.
- Derrius practiced well yesterday. He’s close to 100 percent. He should be fine.
- Jacob Phillips or Tyler Taylor could be the first freshman linebacker off the field. Tyler is a little more fluid, a little more athletic and rangy. Jacob is a little more physical at the point of attack. Uses his hands well. They’re both very, very good linebackers.
- Usually, before game time, the decisions come. They’re kind of clear.
- We talked about this this morning. There’s not a plan to get Myles in the game, but there’s a plan to get the second-string quarterback some reps if we possibly can. There’s two scenarios that that can happen…
- First of all, I want to handle everything in house. I don’t want to give a competitor an advantage before a game. We handle it in house. Those are the things we talk about. But we’re all going to make mistakes. We have people who forgive us. They need to learn their lesson and hopefully they don’t do it again.
- Here’s the deal: I just didn’t want to announce any suspensions. I didn’t want to give BYU a competitive advantage. And that’s the reason I didn’t do it.
- Danny is competitive. He was competitive on the scout team when I coached him. I was competitive as the scout team coach. We were both working our way up. What a story. The players love him. He’s got a blue collar attitude. He’s always coaching the new guys. I’m sure Danny would be a part of the family or you’d like him to date your daughter. He’s that kind of guy.
- Suspended players will not travel.
- On BYU’s center: Leverage. They have him listed at 6-foot-1. He’s probably about 6-foot. He knows how to use his hands and his hips. He’ll single block a nose tackle. And on their zone schemes he does a great job of getting up to the second level.
- I have to train my eyes to look elsewhere. [The trenches] are where I want to look. But I think we’re well prepared. I feel like [BYU’s center] is on our team we watch so much tape on him. But I’m glad we’re playing this offensive line.
- I feel a little bit [of nerves]. But I won’t let it get to me. I’m sure come game time I’ll be OK. Just like the first hit as a player. It’ll be inside, but I can’t let it show outside.
- Obviously, we always want to end up with a great season here at LSU. We always want to be in the national championship hunt. But that’s not what we focus on at LSU. We talk about the process. We’ve got to focus on the first step. That’s all we’re focused on right now.