BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team held its annual spring game on Saturday, rotating all three of its quarterbacks and showing some looks from its new offense.
After the game, LSU coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media about what he saw from his players, including who he thought stood out and what areas he was most pleased with. SEC Country was on hand and typed Orgeron’s words as he typed them.
Follow the article below for an abridged transcript of Orgeron’s words as they come.
What LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said:
- I’m very proud of our football team. The way they competed. It came down to the very end. I think you all saw tonight what I’ve been telling you about the quarterbacks. Sometimes they’re doing well, sometimes they’re not. I thought Justin McMillan did well. There’s still some inconsistencies. Still some missed throws and missed protections. I told the team we’re going to be a good football team when we execute. We need to execute. When we did, I thought we made big plays. There were a couple of times that we didn’t call a sack. I was glad to see Jefferson made some big plays. I thought Stephen Sullivan had a good job today.
- Defensively I thought we started very strong then obviously we tailed off toward the very end. Overall I was pleased with our football team. There was a good energy in here. These guys took this game very serious.
- We love to [throw deep]. We started off throwing deep. Especially when we get 1-on-1 coverage and great protection. They’ve got strong arms and can throw down the field. That’s what you saw tonight.
- On McMillan: He’s been here. He’s older. He’s playing with more confidence than the other quarterbacks and I think that shows. It’s what he’s been doing. The other guys have had other practices. I don’t think was Myles or Lowell’s best practice. It’s been up and down the whole season.
- Jefferson can catch the ball. He’s smooth. He runs routes well. He’s got a great knack for getting yards after the catch. He’s a good player.
- I think Clyde shows that right now he’s our most explosive back. When Clyde’s in there we move the football. He makes plays. He’s hard to tackle because of the way he’s built and his leverage. He’s 5-foot-9 going on 6-foot-4. I love the way he plays. He gives a spark to the offense when he’s in the game.
- Neil Farrell the last two practices has been one of our better defensive linemen. He’s graded out well.
- That’s what we’ve seen all spring from Tae Provens. He’s a very fast running back. He needs to run the ball tougher inside. But overall I thought he had a good day.
- We have to be creative in our protection. It’s an advantage when guys have to be able to make plays with their feet. It’s a huge factor.
- If we’d have called sacks, K’Lavon Chaisson would’ve probably had five sacks. He’s had a good spring. He was in Arden’s shadow, but he has matured. He’s a great young man. He turned it up tonight. I thought he had a great game.
- I think Andre had a good spring. He’s not completely healthy on that foot. But I like what I’ve seen.
- Grant Delpit has a shoulder injury. I don’t know exactly what it is.
- We’re allowed walk throughs in June. We’re going to have two hours a week when we get back. One hour on the field. Those guys are going to work out. They’re here all summer. We’re very encouraged. I was a little nervous. Things were going south fast. But they came back fast. It was kind of indicative of the spring practices. The first one the defense one. The second and third quarter the offense came alive.
- Steve handled the rotation with the quarterbacks.
- We’d all love [if a quarterback was a leader]. It’s just not there yet. If we had a quarterback who was dominant all spring we’d name a starter. But we don’t have one yet. The quarterback competition is going to stay open. I’m sure Steve and I are going to sit down. We’ve still got a lot of installation left.