BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU football coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media on Thursday after the Tigers took the practice field for the third time this spring.
Thursday was LSU’s first practice in full pads. As such, Orgeron had plenty to talk about, including which players were available for contact and how his players looked heading into the team’s first spring scrimmage over the weekend.
SEC Country was on hand and typed Orgeron’s words as he said them. Follow the article below for a transcript of Orgeron’s words as typed by SEC Country’s reporter.
What LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said:
- First of all, I was very sad to hear that Mr. Benson passed away. Louisiana icon. Great man for the state of Louisiana, city of New Orleans. I had an opportunity to work with Mr. Benson. He was a great man to know. He brought so much to Louisiana. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the New Orleans Saints.
- We had a very physical practice today. There were a lot of 1-on-1s, a lot of form tackling. The offense beat the defense. We did some red zone, something that last spring we didn’t put in the red zone until next week. We wanted to speed it up. We have a great plan. We’re doing a lot of research on red zone routes and red zone offense to improve. We made some great plays.
- We worked on kickoff team on special teams. It’s great to see coach McMahon out there.
- Tomorrow is a day off. Saturday morning we’re going to meet at 9. We’re going to practice at 10:30 on the field then we’re going to head to the stadium and have half a practice and half a scrimmage.
- The guy that stood out to me today was Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Foster Moreau had a touchdown in the red zone. Jonathan Giles made a tremendous touchdown catch in the red zone.
- Jerry has the ability to teach the fundamentals. He has an answer to everything. We run a lot of Cover 4, and his 4 beaters have been kicking our butt in practice. There’s not a coverage he hasn’t seen, there’s not a route he doesn’t know about. He’s specialized in what our guys can do. Tremendous asset.
- On Breiden Fehoko: He’s always been in to it. But his ability. He can play the 4 technique. His pass rush is tremendous. And now is his time. It’s hard to practice a year and not play. He’s in great condition. I think he’s going to have a great year. I’m sure [him and Jonathan Giles] pushed each other. Right now both of them are starters for us.
- Dee Anderson is in the mix. We’re playing 3 and 4 receiver sets. He has a chance. He’s doing some real good things.
- We have Justin Jefferson, Jonathan Giles and Stephen Sullivan. Those are the three guys right now. It’s not etched in stone. Dee Anderson would be fourth. Obviously our young guys are coming along.
- On Clyde Edwards-Helaire: The way he runs the football. He’s got tremendous balance. He’s got a big trunk And he has cuts similar to some guys who have been here for. I don’t want to compare him to any other guys, but he’s making some plays.
- Everything is built on route progressions. Everything is built on coverages. A lot of NFL teams [use checkdowns] a lot. We’re working a lot on our checkdowns.
- Grant Delpit might be a week or two.
- Darrel was our best pass protector. We gave Darrel MVP of our team. He was an every-down back. That’s going to be important. I think a guy who made some plays today was Tae Provens. He made a touchdown catch on the red zone and he was hard on a couple of runs. He’s tough. He’s learning the offense. Get bigger. Compete. We’ve got a long ways to go, but what we see, we really like.
- Jonathan Giles will be returning. Justin Jefferson will be returning. Those two guys right now. Clyde too.
- I think we struggled a little bit in protection. The quarterbacks were under duress a bunch. All of them are about even right now. Nobody has stood out yet.
- The corners are doing some good things. Guys are coming along. But we aren’t where we want to be right now.
- Andre Anthony still isn’t 100 percent, but he’s practicing. He’s still hobbling a little bit, but he’s strong.
- We’ve got Michael Divinity and Ray Thornton. Those are our two Fs right now. We have some young guys coming in. We’ve got Jarell Cherry and some young guys coming in. One thing about the F position is they don’t stay on the field a lot because we play nickel a bunch. That’s why we don’t put too many people there. It all depends what we have at corner. We need to play both. We’re going to be more multiple there.
- Lloyd’s doing good. And I’ll tell you who is a guy to watch is Damien Lewis. Obviously when Saahdiq gets back he’s going to be a tackle. If Damien keeps progressing, he’s going to have to be on the field. He may be a guy we look at center. But he was playing guard today.
- This day in age, it’s what it is. You try to make a calculated assessment of what you think a commitment is. I know some guys are really strong. Some guys are here every day. That’s a strong commitment. Some guys might make a commitment and change their minds. That’s the way things are.
- Your red zone package is different than regular offense to me. We’re researching a lot of people. The routes, the personnel groupings you use. Bunch routes, mesh routes, corner routes, backline routes. Protections. Quarterback runs in the red zone. All the things that give defenses problems.
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