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Eating with Ed: Week 1 vs Miami (FL)

Subway Fresh Take w/ Coach O - Week 1

At 12:30 p.m. CT, coach Ed Orgeron takes the podium for the first of 12 weekly press conferences, this week previewing Sunday's season opener against Miami in Arlington. Prior to coach, Voice of the Tigers Chris Blair and Sideline Reporter Gordy Rush break down the matchup.

Posted by LSU Football on Monday, August 27, 2018

Joe Burrow is officially LSU’s quarterback.

Anyone surprised? If you are, you haven’t been paying attention.

Ed Orgeron and company didn’t convince Burrow to come to LSU to hold a clipboard. They brought him in because they think they can compete for a SEC and national title with him at quarterback.

Whether he does that is another question all together. Most years LSU can mark down Alabama as the most important game of the year. Even last year, despite losing to Troy and Mississippi State, LSU would have won the SEC West if they had beat Alabama.

This season, however, it’s not quite that easy. LSU has a gauntlet to get through that may be even tougher than the infamous 2011 schedule, which the Tigers cruised through and won 12 of their 13 games by double digits with an average margin of victory by 28 points.

It’s almost impossible for LSU to ever replicate that, and it’s an almost certainty that it won’t happen in 2018.

What can be replicated is a 10-win season. Burrow, much like his predecessor Danny Etling, is more than capable of winning games, the only question is if he can beat the best on the biggest and brightest stages.

Maybe he can, maybe he can’t. Either way the race between Burrow and sophomore Myles Brennan was extremely close according to Orgeron.

The deciding factor was decision making. Brennan has a stronger arm than Burrow, but Orgeron and Ensminger plan on running a NFL-style west coast offense that is predicated on quick passes that require accuracy and quick decision making.

This isn’t to say Brennan isn’t accurate or makes poor decisions, and Orgeron emphasized that when he left the door wide open for Brennan to get playing time.

Orgeron said if the starting quarterback isn’t getting the job done, he has no problem turning to the backup, which is Brennan.

So, everyone buckle up because if Burrow shows the inconsistencies many first-year starters do, expect another bumpy season filled with quarterback controversy.

In other news...

  • Newly freed DB Kristian Fulton gave his first ever press interview as a Tiger

  • Coach O held out releasing a depth chart until after announcing Burrow as the QB1 to the team. Though he did talk at great length about the starting groups at the other positions.
  • Starting RT will be Adrian Magee or Badara Traore.
  • The starting CB opposite Greedy Williams will be Kristian Fulton or Kelvin Joseph. I’d have to guess it will be Fulton, but maybe there’s just a small worry of him having rust to knock off.
  • Starting RB will be Nick Brossette or Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but both will split most of the snaps
  • The entire coaching staff will be on the field except OC Steve Enzminger and Jerry Sullivan
  • TE Thaddeus Moss and DE Rashard Lawrence, who’ve both missed some practice time due to injury, should be able to go.

LSU Game Notes [PDF]

Miami Game Notes [PDF]

SEC Release [PDF]