BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU kicks off a new chapter in its season on Saturday when the No. 21 Tigers host Jacksonville State in their home opener.
Before looking ahead to the game, SEC Country caught up with LSU senior fullback J.D. Moore to get his thoughts on where this team is mentally, how it prepares for Jacksonville State and the road ahead.
Moore discussed why LSU remains a championship contender, what his takeaways from the Wisconsin game were and more:
SEC Country: When you look back at the run game, what did you notice?
JDM: I think it’s an obvious area for improvement. We had some execution errors. There were a lot of good things, some real physicality up front, but we need to be able to put it all together and be cohesive on offense. If 10 guys are doing the right thing and one isn’t, it can make or break a play.
SEC Country: What did you make of the offensive line’s chemistry?
JDM: There’s definitely an adjustment between playing in scrimmages or practices during fall camp than playing in a game environment with close to 100,000 fans. It’s definitely an adjustment we have to make and these players will be able to easily make the adjustment because they’re around this environment. It’s nothing insurmountable.
SEC Country: What did you think of Brandon Harris and how he’s been since the loss?
JDM: Him, as well as everyone on this team, is keeping their eyes focused down the road. He had a positive takeaway from the game. The best way to learn a lesson is the hard way, so he’s taken those things to heart. We’ve swallowed, chewed on them and now we’ll spit it out and be ready to move onto the next game and learn from those mistakes. Brandon has led that charge.
SEC Country: What does playing a team like Wisconsin do for this team moving forward?
JDM: Playing a good opponent like Wisconsin did a lot of good for us. We saw our strengths and weaknesses really highlighted, and against an opponent like that, you see how good you really are. You’re able to evaluate from that and can improve from that.
SEC Country: What positive things did you notice from the loss?
JDM: Even though the outcome of certain plays didn’t get off the ground like we wanted, there was a lot of physicality, a lot of guys doing their jobs well. If we polish some of the other places like decision-making, a technique issue or making the right read or throw, we saw a lot of great things. If we tweak things here or there, it’s a different game.
SEC Country: What will it be like playing at home after all that’s happened in Baton Rouge this summer?
JDM: It’s going to be huge. Playing in Tiger Stadium in itself is a real great experience. Playing following all the tragedy that’s been going on in Baton Rouge this year will be big for our fans to have something to really rally around and something positive. What we want to give our fans is to acknowledge what they’re going through and give them something to cheer about.
SEC Country: LSU loses, and on the same day, Alabama routs Southern Cal. How do you try and explain the loss when your rival looks so good?
JDM: I can understand where some negative thoughts might creep in, but we have such a positive view coming out of this game. It’s a first game, a wind-up game, with a lot of young guys making their debut. Les Miles always emphasizes the jump between Games 1 and 2, and it’s a huge gap between the way you play. There’s been a lot of improvement this week at practice, so from a fan’s point of view, I understand some downtroddenness, but this team has what it takes to bounce back.