BATON ROUGE, La. — Like a mayor cutting a red ribbon outside a new courthouse, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron spoke from the Tigers’ practice facility Sunday, marking the beginning of fall camp.
The Tigers will take the practice field for the first time as a team on Monday. Until then, Orgeron has plenty of stories to address, not the least of which is the quarterback competition.
Scroll through to read a complete list of Orgeron’s comments, including updates on Arden Key and a freshman who decided to leave the program.
What LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said:
- It came out that camp is going to be closed. Here are some of the things we’re going to do. We’re going to give you all the film you need. We’re going to give you complete access to the players. And we’re going to open camp back up on Monday, Aug. 21. That’s not going to change. But we’ve got a lot of things that we’ve got to get done offensively, so we wanted to have a time with just the team.
- We’re fired up. Everybody is pumped up. I just showed them a video of the LSU tradition. The title was “Dream On.” Our guys have had a tremendous summer under Tommy Moffitt. We’re bigger and stronger and faster. They’ve gotten used to the south Louisiana weather. Summer conditioning prepares you for camp. Camp prepares you for the season. 2017 season, we start our preparation today.
- I’m excited to see Myles Brennan. I haven’t seen him yet. I’m excited to see Danny [Etling], is he 100 percent? I don’t know yet. I’m excited to see Matt Canada. I’m excited to see Dave Aranda in his second season, what’s he going to do in his second season and who’s going to take the place of all the guys we lost?
- Our coaches have taken most of July off. Tonight is the first full meeting at 5 o’clock. If something comes up in the next few weeks about our depth chart, I will answer it as honestly as I can.
- Seth Stewart will not be reporting to camp. He will not be attending Louisiana State University as far as I know. I know that he will not be in camp. We wish him the best.
- Tyler Shelvin is still completing coursework. He should be completed very soon. I don’t expect him to be back this week at all. Hopefully we can get him for the second week.
- Stewart spent a couple of days here and decided that he wanted to move on. Obviously we tried to get him back, but it’s something that he decided he wanted to do.
- We’re going to meet at 8 o’clock in the morning. We’ll have a team meeting, then offense and defense for about an hour and 15 minutes. Then a 1-hour walkthrough with special teams and plays. The guys have to have three hours off, so they’ll go back and eat. Then we’ll come back and have a full practice. We’ll practice fast and short. The first couple of days will not be a lot of hitting. A lot of install in passing game and pass defense. Then on Saturday we’ll have preseason games. Then we will get ready for a very tough opener versus BYU.
- Arden is a guy that heals fast. He’s just an extraordinary human being. He brings fire to the guys in there. We just have to make sure that we don’t push him too fast. We talk about his playing weight being around 255.
- Obviously we all love recruiting and we all love camps. But this is something I did with Pete Carroll. We do all our camps in June so the guys get to go on vacation the whole month of July. We did have several unofficial visits the last couple of days. Some of the top players in the country have been here. But I wanted our guys fresh and ready to be here.
- I really believe the guys who come in, the mid-year graduates, they’re like vets. I’m so glad the NCAA let us put them on scholarship in the summer so they can come get ready with Tommy Moffitt. I think really getting used to the tempo, when you’re in high school and doing a jumping jack, that’s good. But what happens when you get here and you’re fourth in line? You’ve got to compete. I think that’s the mark of a true freshman.
- It takes awhile. Some guys you see right away that he’s not a redshirt. It depends on the strength and the quality of the guys. But obviously we don’t want to burn a redshirt for 10 plays.
- Offensive line depth is one of the things I’m worried about. We’ve got some young guys like Austin Deculus that need to step up. Lloyd Cushenberry, Donavaughn Campbell, Adrian Magee. We’ve got to figure out what his status will be throughout the season.
- First of all, it’s our team. When you walk in here and take over someone else’s team, the seniors had to do a tremendous job for us. I called several guys on the way here from Mandeville and told them what I expected from them as far as leadership. We’ve been through a whole spring, a whole summer. Now we get to install our way we’re going to practice in fall camp.
- We’ll have a lot more two-spots. Two offenses going at once. One day we might get the freshmen together to simulate the game. We have to get Myles reps.
- D.J. Chark had a tremendous spring. Drake Davis, he’s got to come along. Derrick Dillon has got to come in and play for us. Stephen Sullivan had a great spring. Dee Anderson’s got to mature. I am so excited about Racey McMath. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s physical and he’s got a great work ethic. We do so many shifts and motions everyone has to play.
- I feel we have two great young corners in Kary Vincent and Jontre Kirklin. Backing Donte and Kevin up we have Kary and Jontre and Greedy Williams. And Kristian Fulton also. I should’ve mentioned him.
- That nickel position, Xavier Lewis can play it. Kristian Fulton can play it. And Kary Vincent has a chance at it.