NEW ORLEANS — LSU kicked off the 2017 football season with a 27-0 victory over BYU in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
That wasn’t the venue that the Tigers were expecting, but the results proved worthy.
LSU revealed its new-look offense under first-year coordinator Matt Canada and ushered in a bevy of new faces to its defense. A shutout was the result.
Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron addressed the media after LSU’s season-opening win. Here’s what he had to say:
- Opening statement: Proud of our football, coaching staff, and their preparation all week. We played as many as 5 freshmen on defense, started to play several freshmen offense. Zero sacks, zero turnovers on offense is fantastic. Tremendous job on defense. Credit Dave Aranda, Pete Jenkins. Special teams — couple things to fix. Obviously, first-game jitters, but we’re going to fix them. Got to get better in the red zone. We’re going to fix it. Take the next step.
- On rushing attempts: We try to be 50-50, but one of those nights we were going to be physical, take what they’re giving us. We wanted to out-physical them. They’re a physical football team.
- On playing freshmen: We knew they were going to play. This is one of the best freshmen classes I’ve been around. I thought they’d make more mistakes, but I didn’t think they did. Credit to our older guys; they coached them up. They did very well.
- On suspensions: We handled everything in-house.
- On freshmen on defense: No. 24 was all over the field. No. 15 was all over the field. We saw those things all week in practice. Glad to see Myles Brennan get some snaps. We believe in this freshmen class. Our opponents will be tougher down the road and we need to get these guys ready.
- On Danny Etling: He played exactly what we asked him to do. I thought he did fantastic. Guy is a relentless worker.
- On Matt Canada: I thought he did a great job managing our whole offensive staff. He’s enthusiastic. A-plus.
- On red-zone issues: Those are things we talked about. We’ll practice it more next week and get better at.
- On holding BYU under 100 yards of offense: When you’re in that defensive staff room with Dave Aranda, he has 30 pages of notes every day. He’s looking at practice film, Pete Jenkins hitting the sled, Corey Raymond teaching — it looks like it’s all coming together. Obviously, we got things we got to get better at.
- On Corey Thompson’s play: We’ve seen that in practice. Corey has battled some injuries. He’s an outside linebacker, he’s fast and quick. Injury free, Corey should have a great year.
- On Canada’s offense: All the first-down passes, the intermediate passes, he didn’t have to run. He gave me a skull sheet. He used about 10 percent of them.
- On wide receiver play: What happened with our receivers. We brought Jerry Sullivan in. He worked hard with Mickey. Coached them on the field, coached them in the classroom. I think it’s a better-coached unit this year. The guys we played tonight are guys that can catch the football.
- On suspensions: Obviously, we handled it in-house. We expect our guys that weren’t here tonight to bounce back next week.
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