Bayou Bengal Briefing: 3 questions for LSU coach Ed Orgeron at 2017 SEC Media Days
Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today we preview the 2017 SEC Media Days, catch up with some recruits, market some shirts and more. Enjoy!
LSU football in Hoover
The LSU football team will take the stage at the 2017 SEC Media Days on Monday, with coach Ed Orgeron, running back Derrius Guice, wide receiver D.J. Chark and defensive end Christian LaCouture all stopping by for interview sessions.
I’m in Hoover for the event, as is a whole litter of SEC Country writers and reporters from all across the nation.
In other words, there are going to be a lot of questions lobbed toward the players and coaches, but especially the coaches. So, here are three hot-button questions that I expect Orgeron to be asked today, and what he might say in response.
1. What’s the deal with the satellite camps?
Ed Orgeron has garnered some attention for allegedly blocking schools such as Texas from attending satellite camps in Louisiana. This will be Orgeron’s first public opportunity to refute the speculation, and he’ll likely deny it with the line: “I’m just trying to keep Louisiana’s talent in-state.”
2. How’s Arden Key?
LSU’s star defensive end missed spring camp for personal reasons. It’s unlikely that Orgeron will divulge those reasons, but he’ll undoubtedly give an update on how Key is doing, and his health status for the fall after his recent surgery.
3. And the QB battle?
Coach O won’t be announcing a starting quarterback anytime soon. But since presumed starter Danny Etling isn’t at Media Days and recently had surgery of his own, there’ll be questions about Etling’s health and ability. Expect Orgeron to deflect with the “it’s an open competition” line until at least the week of the Houston game.
Speaking of SEC Media Days…
SEC Media Days is the place where the SEC preseason poll will be conducted. In just a few days, you’ll know where the media project LSU will finish, and who the projected SEC champs will be. (We’re often very wrong.)
But we at SEC Country conducted our own poll this week among our employees. Unsurprisingly, Alabama is projected to defeat Florida in the SEC title game. Again. Jalen Hurts is the consensus favorite for player of the year, the Iron Bowl is the projected game of the year, and Nick Saban is projected to win coach of the year.
For what it’s worth, my ballot looked like this:
- SEC West Champ: Alabama
- SEC East Champ: Florida
- Player of the Year: Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald
- Game of the Year: LSU at Florida
- SEC Champ: Alabama
Again: I’m often wrong.
Another perk of SEC Media Days? LSU released its media guide for the 2017 season. You can look at the cover and the newly released rosters, numbers, heights and weights by clicking here.
But don’t stay there too long. We’ve got more of the Bayou Bengal Briefing to go through. Like this.
Catching up with the ‘croots
It was a busy weekend of LSU recruiting news. Here’s a smattering of the content you might’ve missed courtesy of SEC Country’s own Sam Spiegelman.
- RB Slade Bolden is down to his final three schools
- 5-star RB Noah Cain is visiting Baton Rouge this week
- The Tigers have a high chance of flipping this priority target…
- …and will be welcoming this Nebraska commit for a visit too
Former LSU baseball second baseman and future Washington Nationals player Cole Freeman launched his website Monday and it looks pretty cool. It follows his slogan Heart Has No Limit.
You can watch an ad for it below.
— Cole Freeman (@ColeDrank) July 10, 2017
The fine folks at Pro Football Focus tweeted out a comparison of Guice and former LSU running back Leonard Fournette. And while the numbers are misleading, man, are they impressive.
Could LSU have back to back first round running backs? pic.twitter.com/9MBkuRz3Gt
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 9, 2017
As you’ve probably noticed, this tweet doesn’t mention that Guice carried the ball 54 more times than Fournette last season. Or that Guice played in all 12 of LSU’s games last and Fournette played in seven — all seven of which he was hurt.
If you’re going to talk about how great Guice was in 2016, there’s no reason to compare him to Fournette. Compare him to other healthy backs who played full seasons against comparable competition.
Guice was the SEC’s leading rusher in 2016 by yards and yards per carry. That’s really all you need to say. Fournette had 11 runs of longer than 15 yards on a bum ankle. That’s also impressive. No need to prove that a healthy Guice was better. Because, duh.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, today is “National Piña Colada Day.” So, if you’re of age, sit back and prepare to get the catchiest song ever written in your head.
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