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Coach O meets with the media after day one.

LSU football is back.

Well, almost. Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron met with the media following the the first spring practice on Thursday, clearing the air on a number of issues.

On the injury front, the Tigers will go through spring practice without K’Lavon Chaisson or linebacker Jacob Phillips participating in contact drills.

As for the offense, the team continues to transition into more of a run-pass option scheme and Orgeron seems to like the progress it’s making.

“I really like the direction of our offense,” Orgeron said. “They spread the ball around, moved the ball to receivers, got the ball to our playmakers in spacing ... I thought we were on fire today.”

As expected, quarterback Joe Burrow will continue to gain more opportunities to make plays with his legs.

“We’re going to run (Burrow) more,” Orgeron said.

According to the coach, the only reason we didn’t see even more action out of Burrow on the ground in 2018 was because of backup Myles Brennan’s injury.

And speaking of Brennan, he’s slated to get his fair share of snaps in 2019.

“We couldn’t run him at the beginning of the year because Myles was hurt. I want to play Myles next year. I think Myles is going to be a great quarterback. I think all those things will help.”

Orgeron also addressed questions in regards to filling the void of players like Devin White, who will be replaced by younger talent.

While the loss of someone like White leaves the Tigers with a lot of work to do, Orgeron said he has confidence in Patrick Queen and Damone Clark to get the job done.

The Tigers’ Spring Game is currently set for Apr. 6 at 1:00 p.m. CT in Tiger Stadium.