BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU football coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon after the LSU football team’s Week 2 fall camp practice.
Orgeron revealed a couple of marquee position changes, explained who is starting on the offensive line and confirmed the arrival of one of LSU football’s latest signees. Read his quotes in full down below.
What LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said:
- What a tremendous day. I thought we had one of our better days of camp. We start with 8 o’clock meetings and walk throughs. We finished today with third downs. The offense was very efficient. The protection was very good given the guys out there. K.J. Malone was the left tackle, Garrett Brumfield was the left guard, Lloyd Cushenberry was the center, Ed Ingram was the right guard and Austin Deculus was the right tackle. Will and Toby did not practice.
- At wide receiver, Russell Gage and Derrick Dillon continue to have a great fall camp. Justin Jefferson is a guy we signed. We should’ve announced that. But we feel like he has had a tremendous camp.
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire was held out of practice with a hard hit but he’ll be OK. Nick Brossette is having a phenomenal camp. Lanard Fournette has not practiced for a while.
- On defense, our young linebackers are starting to show. I thought Jacob Phillips and Tyler Taylor have been outstanding. Patrick Queen is starting to show.
- Defensive line, Rashard Lawrence and Frank Herron continue to play well.
- Tyler Taylor has had some tremendous practices. We moved Aaron Moffitt over to tight end. Thought he had a better chance to play there.
- Corey Thompson was back today. Michael Divinity continues to push him (at F-linebacker). We expect him to have a great year.
- Ed Paris had a minor injury. He got kicked in the leg. Gave Grant Delpit a chance to get a lot of reps there. At right corner Kevin Toliver and Kristian Fulton are having great camps. At nickel we’re playing Kary Vincent and he’s having a great camp.
- We went 10-for-10 on field goals the other day. Connor Culp and Jack Gonsoulin are sharing those responsibilities and they’re doing well.
- Right now, Shelvin’s paperwork is at the clearinghouse. As we know we have to wait. We should be cleared in about a week like we expected.
- Greg McMahon is coaching the coaches on special teams. I’m into it. I’m helping in every phase we possibly can. We treat all the phases just like we treat offense and defenses. Both [kickers] are doing a really good job right now. It’s neck and neck. We still haven’t figured out who our guy is.
- Drake Davis is doing a lot of returning. Derrick Dillon is doing some. Donte Jackson is doing some. When Clyde Edwards-Helaire is back, he’s going to get some looks. Our coaches like him and we’re going to give him a good shot.
- They’re playing on the second team [walk-on offensive linemen]. Those guys are doing a tremendous job. I know them by their nicknames probably. Porkchop, Meatball, etc. It’s been Cushenberry and Michael, one of our walk-on snappers, he’s done a very good job.
- I believe we’re at the lower end on the support staff. I’m happy with what the administration has given us. I think it should be an equal number in the SEC. But that’s not for me to decide. I would really feel that every assistant coach ought to have an assistant. That would be a reasonable number. But the way college football is going today, I think that’d be appropriate. But that’s not me to decide.
- I think that Toby and Will should be back very soon.
- Aaron Moffitt is tough. We originally thought he could play defensive end or fullback for us. We’re very deep on the defensive line and we wanted to go out and get some blockers.
- We would like a rotation for sure at inside linebacker. One of the [young guys] might start. We don’t know yet.
- Justin Jefferson: He’s a good athlete. It doesn’t take long in camp to see the new guys that can really play. They’re going against elite talent. Some of them show out. He’s one of those guys.
- Darrel Williams understands that there’s no running back in the SEC that can be counted on to carry every snap. He and Derrius have been fantastic.
- Donte Jackson: He’s one of the fastest for sure. But he needs to get better day-in, day-out with technique. He knows he needs to get better. He’s not perfect yet. He has the potential to be a future No. 1 draft pick. But he needs to improve.
- I saw the tight ends after practice working on the jugs machine catching passes. J.D. Moore’s athletic ability [is a little surprising]. He’s very deserving of it.
- On Greedy Williams: Consistency. Learning to play the technique. He’s a tall corner. Tall corners are hard to find. The taller they are, usually the slower they are. But he’s a tall corner with speed. You need tall corners nowadays with all the tall receivers you have to cover in the SEC.
- Donavaughn Campbell had a big collision with Breiden Fehoko. Fehoko, if he was eligible, he’d be in the two-deep. He is beyond our expectations. He’s quick and he learns well. I ain’t seen him get tired yet. Pete is teaching him some techniques that he’s never heard of. He’s destroyed some blocks for us. Thad Moss is catching the ball well.
- It looks like right now the starters would Donte and Kevin and perhaps Kary or Xavier at nickel, whoever wins out there. But Greedy is going to get a lot of reps too. As you know, we play 85 percent nickel. That guy does a lot. He blitzes, coverage, takes on tight ends. Sometimes you want to put a strong safety at nickel. Sometimes you want a cover corner. We want a guy who can do both.
- It’s hard to take your best corner and put him at nickel unless you’re really confident in the guys behind him. We need to see them in a game.
- The first thing I said when I had my first team meeting was “You’re here because I chose you. I trust you.” And some of them are living beyond my expectations. This is one of the best freshmen groups I’ve ever seen.
- I think it’s a combination of some [freshmen] are very elite athletes. And some of them have been here. Then, the ability to go skill drills and film sessions in the summer with everybody here. And Myles Brennan is a natural thrower. His release and his ability to throw the ball is really special. It’s just fun to see. It’s fun to see the ball come out of his hand. But we’re going to have to bring him along when he’s ready.
- Danny is still our No. 1 quarterback. We’re not thinking that far ahead. But hopefully there are some chances where we can play some quarterbacks. It’s still not over yet. I see them all tied [behind Etling]. Obviously we’re going to have to make a decision there. But we still have time. We’re giving Myles more reps now because we saw all those guys in the spring.
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