Still riding the high of a 36-16 victory against Georgia, LSU will get back to work this week to get ready for Mississippi State.
Orgeron said that stopping Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald would be key, and spoke to his ability as both a passer and a runner.
“We knew he could throw the ball. He is a very dangerous runner. He can pick and choose his holes. He likes to run them between the tackles. Big, strong, quarterback.”
“We watched him this morning, watched his runs especially against Auburn. He’s very dangerous. He can get up the field, can make you miss. Very smart with the football, make decisions. This is going to be one of the best quarterbacks we see all year.”
He named defensive ends Jeffrey Simmons and Montez Sweat as players he would be preparing for in particular.
“It was hard for us to block Simmons last year. He’s physical,” Orgeron explained. “He plays over the guard. Big, long and lean. He reminds me a lot of Leonard Williams, coached him at USC, a first-round draft pick. Montez is tall, great pass-rusher.”
We can also expect to see a more aggressive LSU offense from this point on. Orgeron felt the team had previously been a bit too conservative on fourth down, so they took advantage of opportunities to go for it against Georgia.
“We have to attack. We have to get it,” he said. “Let’s go for it. Not that we didn’t go for it against Florida. We had to change our mindset. We weren’t going to just sit in there. We were going to do everything we could.”
As to who will take the field for the Tigers, left guard Garrett Brumfield’s status is still uncertain heading into the week.
“I don’t think Brumfield is going to be ready this week,” he said. “I think he’s very questionable.”
But as for nose tackle Ed Alexander, things are looking up.
“Ed is still struggling with some problems with his lower extremities,” he said. “He gets very sore. You can see he got off the field. Not going to practice today. I think he will be ready to play. We’re going to need him against Mississippi State.”
LSU faces Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. CT.