Another year, another SEC Media Days in the books for LSU. This time, the Tigers brought the brigade of Head Coach Ed Orgeron, tight end Foster Moreau, linebacker Devin White and defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence.
One thing Orgeron stressed on was that we could expect a stellar offensive line led by Garrett Brumfield. He also said the team would be running a spread offense this year with anyone from three to five wide receiver sets.
Moreau painted an interesting illustration of what it’s like to be involved in the new 2018 offense, and what we can expect its evolution to look like.
“When you guys see it first, I’m sure you guys will be able to tell as a whole how it looks. But since we’re around it, it’s kind of like being with your son all the time, and you never really see him grow... Until one day, you’re like ‘Oh wow.’ You’re taken aback by how tall he’s grown, if you see pictures or you mark a wall. I think that’ll be how it goes.”
Moreau also sang the praises of of Steve Ensminger, calling him “one of the best in game play callers” in the business.
Of course, the discussion of the quarterback position and who would start was presented to Orgeron. The LSU coach stuck to the same narrative he’s been with, stating that Joe Burrow was a player that presented an exciting option for the Tigers but that the battle was still an open one in which the “best man” will win.
Orgeron and the Tigers are hoping they can be confident in a single guy as the starter by the season opener against Miami on Sept. 2 in Arlington, TX.
”We would like it to be settled in fall camp. We don’t know if it’s going to be or not, but we’re going to have to name a starting quarterback,” he said.
If there is no definite option, a rotating quarterback system may be employed.
“There could be a possibility, we don’t want to do this, when we play two quarterbacks if it’s not settled or it’s even close. We don’t see that happening, but if we have to do it, we can.”
Another thing we learned about quarterbacks at Media Days is that Burrow is incredibly accurate — a trait LSU desperately needs at the helm. White highlighted this on Monday, explaining he and Burrow currently have a $100 bet running that he can pick Burrow off in fall camp.
“I can’t pick him off.... I got to catch me a pick,” he said. “The upside is if I don’t catch a pick off him in fall camp, I don’t have to pay him anything so he’s very confident, which I like, but the guy comes in and he works hard.”
Something that influenced the decision to bring Burrow to Baton Rouge was an “outstanding recommendation” given to Orgeron by safeties coach and former Ohio State assistant Bill Busch. After that, he was sold on the graduate transfer.
“After we researched him, Joe was exactly the type of quarterback we felt could come in and compete at LSU. Those things were very important to us in the recruitment of Joe Burrow.”
Orgeron was also asked about the decision to make Steve Ensminger the offensive coordinator in place of Matt Canada, which stirred up a lot of controversy at one point.
Per the coach, the decision came down to a bond based on trust that began in 1979. He also claimed that people do not recognize the former LSU quarterback for the incredible rectruiter he is. He also made clear Ensminger is extremely involved in the offense as one would hope, to the extent that it’s even more than Orgeron himself “is used to.”
The quote that bounced around social media and made the headlines, however, was a little more blunt than we usually see from Orgeron. Describing the hiring and later separation with Matt Canada, he said “It’s tough when you make a mistake, but it’s even tougher not to admit you made a mistake.’’
SEC Network ended the deal in splendid fashion with a classic “Danny Etling Is A Good Quarterback” discussion, stating the current Patriots signal caller was “thrown under the bus” numerous times, despite having a solid season last year.