Weathersby out, Fournette gametime decision, + more
A few LSU players haven't practiced this week including Toby Weathersby, who will miss the game on Saturday, Ed Orgeron said on Thursday. The starter at right tackle has an ankle injury and missed the last game against Auburn. Maea Teuhema is expected to start in his place.
As far as running back Leonard Fournette, who hasn't practiced this week, Orgeron said he'll be a gametime decision.
"Sometimes when you walk down that hill, you feel a little better," Orgeron said about how players can improve on Saturdays.
Defensive lineman Davon Godchaux is one player that Orgeron said they aren't sure if he'll play yet for sure, but did indicate that will happen.
"We've got a couple more meetings, but it's looking pretty good," Orgeron said.
"It's gonna be crazy!"
Orgeron touched on the atmosphere at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night and that he'll be nervous at first, but once the first snap is gone, it'll be back to worrying about all the aspects of the actual game.
"It's gonna be crazy! Looking forward to walking down that hill, walking into to Tiger Stadium and playing football as Tigers," Orgeron said.
Orgeron did temper some expectations though. Most of all, this team will play hard though.
"There will be some mistakes, but we're looking forward to playing 60 minutes and playing as Tigers."
With the new schedule, the team is ready to get out and play with the team looking fresh with shorter practices.
"They were fresh today. This is going to be a process. Not going to change overnight."
Impossible to put in new offense in season
There won't be a change in philosophy completely for LSU offensively, but tweaks are expected. Orgeron opened up more about that.
"Totally impossible to put in an entirely new offense in during the season. Just tweaking stuff and simplifying," Orgeron said. "It's going to be a learning curve throughout the weekend. In a lot of cases, it's not putting in more, it's making it less."
The Tigers are dealing with a completely new schedule as well.
"Put in a new practice system. We changed the meeting schedule, times, practice around. We know we have a tough job to do," Orgeron said. "Every team is different, but there's a lot of things we're using that worked at USC."
The Tigers are ready to learn under their new coach though.
"If I tell my players we have a meeting at 2:13, I walk in at 2:13 and everybody is in their chairs, That tells me something."