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Coach O Discusses LSU’s Final Training Camp Scrimmage

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Defense continues to rule the day.

Ed Orgeron Post-Scrimmage Press Conference

Watch head coach Ed Orgeron's press conference following the Tigers' second preseason scrimmage.

Posted by LSU Football on Saturday, August 18, 2018

Once again, the biggest news out of LSU’s camp was unrelated to what is happening on the field.

In the first week of camp it was the news about sophomore guard Ed Ingram and sophomore cornerback Kristian Fulton’s suspensions. Then earlier this week news broke about the departures of two quarterbacks, junior Justin McMillan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse. Now, it is the suspension of junior wide receiver Drake Davis, who was arrested for second degree battery.

Drake Davis

“Drake Davis is a legal matter, and I won’t make any more comments on it,” said Ed Orgeron after the Tigers’ second team-scrimmage on Saturday.

Orgeron added Davis is suspended indefinitely. The Baton Rouge native was a four-star recruit from IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) in 2016.

Davis has four career catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

Quaterback performance in second scrimmage

While the numbers for either quarterback don’t look great (sophomore Myles Brennan 5-19, 47 yards, 1 INT; junior Joe Burrow 10-24 120 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), Orgeron attributed most of the incompletions to dropped passes.

Junior Jonathan Giles did not scrimmage on Saturday while sophomore Justin Jefferson was limited after being banged up for most of the week.

“I thought they threw a lot of good passes,” Orgeron said. “We had a lot of young guys out there. We didn’t catch the ball well. We need to make some improvements on that next week.”

When asked if he is ready to name a starter between Brennan and Burrow, Orgeron said that the staff will meet on Sunday to breakdown the film and have a further discussion then.

Kelvin Joseph close to locking down starting spot opposite of Greedy Williams

After losing Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver to the draft and Fulton to suspension, LSU has quite the hole on the other side of sophomore Greedy Williams. The freshman corner from Scotlandville High School (Baton Rouge, LA) is making quite the impression in camp.

“He has a strong possibility of starting,” Orgeron said. “We have not named him a starter yet, but it’s the strongest possibility he could start.”

Joseph was one of the top rated defensive backs in the 2018 class and can play both cornerback and safety. He is competing with sophomore Kary Vincent, who has two starts at nickel, and senior Terrance Alexander, a graduate transfer from Stanford.

Stats and Injuries

Passing- see above*

Rushing

  • Chris Curry: 8 carries, 35 yards
  • Nick Brossette: 6 carries, 16 yards
  • Lanard Fournette- 5 carries, 13 yards

Receiving

  • Terrace Marshall: 3 receptions, 44 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Foster Moreau: 2 receptions
  • Justin Jefferson: 1 reception, 6 yards

Defense

  • Damone Clark: 5 tackles

Kicking

  • Cole Tracy: 1-for-2

“We need to get healed up, we are banged up a bit,” Orgeron said. “Most of the things are regular camp injuries, most of the guys I expect to back for [Miami]. I think they need to get their legs back, get back fresh. We did a lot of banging, a lot of hitting, this was a physical camp. A lot of soreness should be alleviated, a lot of shoulders, banged up knees stuff like that. All stuff that is going to heal.”