BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team held its third scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning, the team’s last before the spring game on April 22.
After the scrimmage, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron will speak to the media about what he saw from his team, including injury updates and offensive stats. SEC Country is live at the press conference and will update this article with quotes as Orgeron says them.
He is expected to speak starting around 1:15 p.m. CT, though he usually comes in a couple of minutes late. If you’re reading this while the article is still live, be sure to refresh the page every minute or so for new quotes.
UPDATE: The scrimmage let out late at approximately 1:25 p.m. CT. The press conference will start later today than usual.
What LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said:
- It was a pretty balanced day for our football team. Both teams did some good things. We did some goal-line periods, two minutes. Our goal today was to take the next step and we did.
- Receiving: Stephen Sullivan had a really good day: 3 receptions for 75 yards. He and Drake Davis connected on some long passes. Rushing, Derrius led. 234 yards passing, 249 yards rushing. That’s with two groups.
- I thought the defense did a much better job today. The defensive staff did a nice job of coaching.
- D.J. (Chark) was questionable today, so we held him out.
- The defense this week had the upper hand. Thursday they had an outstanding practice. Today the yardage was cut down in half.
- We’re way ahead in our run-game installation. Today we had to throw the ball. In our two-minute drill we had two balls thrown 60 yards apiece.
- Will Clapp is limited.
- Connor Culp had a pretty good day today. He made several field goals today. He made two good field goals today. No updates on the return game but they’re working on fundamentals.
- Most of all, I thought we’ve been clean and the execution has been good and put the defense on its heels.
- I have total confidence in Matt Canada. For me, it’s been reassuring and I know I made the right hire. I coach on defense every day, so I know what we have to defend. All the plays that he runs, everybody runs them. They’re normal plays that everybody else runs. He just has a unique way of motions and shifts. The thing that I had to defend that reminds me of Matt’s offense is Stanford.
- We still have to make improvements (on the defensive line). We have fifth-year seniors, but those guys have not played a lot of football. Christian (LaCouture) is injured and he’s not scrimmaging this spring. I think that’s the unit that needs the most progress.
- I think overall, the outside linebackers, we have some talent there. Corey Thompson is going to be an excellent outside linebacker. Ray Thornton, along with Arden Key and Andre Anthony. They’re getting better. They don’t have game experience, but that’s OK. Arden’s going to be the guy. Arden’s making progress.
- I think the (quarterback battle) is still opened. I don’t think anyone’s taken the bull by the horns to be honest with you. We’re still going to go into camp. Danny is the first-team quarterback. Nobody’s beaten him out yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
- Justin (McMillan) has done some good things. Lindsey (Scott Jr.) has done some good things. And Lowell (Narcisse) might be the most talented of them all if he comes along.