HOOVER, Ala. — Even though he’s in his first year on the job, it’s safe to say LSU’s Ed Orgeron is already the most frequently imitated coach in the SEC. That’s just what happens when anyone’s voice has his unique combination of booming and raspy.
Suffice it to say, no one has had more exposure to that voice than Orgeron’s players. LSU running back Derrius Guice offered his personal Coach O impersonation while describing why he loves playing for Orgeron at Monday’s SEC Media Day session.
As for why he likes playing for Orgeron?
“He’s never tired,” Guice said. “He’s the same 24/7. He probably sleeps screaming. There’s never a day where he’s having a bad day and takes it out on somebody,” Guice said. “He’s always walking around smiling. ‘Hey hey hey!’ Hold that Tiger!’
“That’s what I like the most. He’s so consistent. He doesn’t have these bad days where he wants to be a bad coach who makes us do punishment work. Practice is the same every day.”
Guice did not claim to having the best Coach O impersonation on the team, which is probably an honest assessment given that it may sound a touch more like cartoon character Fat Albert than Orgeron.
“I’m pretty sure someone else can give a better one,” Guice said.
Guice will be able to put a smile on Orgeron’s face this season if he can replicate his production taking over for the injured Leonard Fournette in 2016.
Guice rushed for 1,823 yards and 18 touchdowns in six starts last season, eclipsing the 200-yard barrier against Arkansas and Texas A&M. Unsurprisingly, the Tigers are 7-0 when Guice runs for at least 100 yards.
The Citrus Bowl MVP and first team all-SEC selection goes into this year as one of the early favorites for the Heisman Trophy. He’s also poised to be the first LSU back to lead the SEC in rushing in consecutive seasons since Arkansas’ Darren McFadden in 2006-07.