Check out the full press conference video of LSU coach Ed Orgeron's Monday press conference above.
Coach O's vision coming to life
When LSU named Ed Orgeron coach following Les Miles' departure, he knew it'd be different once he took over with the changes he planned to implement. For Orgeron, his own confidence was the most important thing that he developed following his interim stint at USC.
"When I took it at USC, I had some things I wanted to try and I saw them work and I wanted to try them here. There are a lot more knowns about my job here. So I'm more confident," Orgeron said on Monday. "I know the expectations at LSU. I feel very familiar from being from the state of Louisiana. I'm very confident in the system and what we've got to accomplish."
Orgeron preached last week that everything is about his players and he appreciated the attention from the entire state as he took over for Miles. This week, he hopes the attention goes more on the Tigers.
"Team first. I'm all for that. I appreciated the attention on me. I believe it was because I am from Louisiana."
All players want discipline, structure and knowledge according to Orgeron, who remembered the coaches and structure he had during his playing days.
"You've done the things they've done. You've been through the changes, you've been through the practices, you've been through the two-a-days," Orgeron said. "You remember the great coaches you've respected. You remembered the disciplinarians and the ones you responded to well. You remember the guys that stood up and had the knowledge to take you where you want to go."
More injuries along the offensive line, Fournette update
LSU offensive lineman Will Clapp was in a sling postgame of the Tigers' win over Missouri and offensive lineman Toby Weathersby didn't even play. Orgeron said on Monday that both are expected out for a while.
“Toby’s going to be out for a little bit. Will’s going to be out for a little bit. We'll know more on that this week.”
Leonard Fournette also didn't dress against Missouri and Orgeron backed off of comments on Sunday about Fournette being expected to play.
"I thought he was going to play, but I think it's more day-by-day. We're going to see if he practices today. We'll have to see as the week goes by. I don't know if he'll play."
Fournette, who has missed two games this season, is a "team guy" according Orgeron, who says Fournette is happy for his team's success from this past week.
"Sometimes, it can be, but Leonard is a different cat. He's a team guy. He wants the team to win and have success. I think he was happy to see the guys have success and I'm sure he wants to see the other guys get back there when he can."
Position coaches take center stage with rotations
LSU had two 100-yard rushers in Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams this past game and a lot of that fell on running backs coach Jabbar Juluke managing the rotation with an emphasis on keeping players fresh.
"Jabbar Juluke is the manager of the running backs and he's going to rotate them so that we can have the most success. He did well. When Leonard comes in, he's in the rotation and we can keep them fresh."
To bring his vision for the team to life, which included allowing his assistants like offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger to operate on their own, he wanted the players to be managed by their own position coaches.
"Whatever happened in the past, happened in the past. We know we have a system that we want to run and we believe in it," Orgeron said. "You let the assistant coach managing their position. It allows more guys to be happier and come to work happier."
That allowed players like Russell Gage, Jazz Ferguson and Foster Moreau to see even more snaps on offense. Ferguson was one who responded with two catches for 17 yards and was a part of a group of nine different receivers who caught balls.
As far as the changes on offense, Orgeron felt the offense was simplified and while there still needs to be improvements on timing, routes, etc, but overall, he like the demeanor of his team.
"I thought the players felt calm and energetic. We didn't want to put anything in that would put too much pressure on them or have too many checks or substitutions," Orgeron said. "We wanted to play simple, effective football. We wanted to put 11 on the field and make sure they play hard."
Ensminger kind of shrugged off the great game he called against Missouri according to Orgeron.
"I believe Steve has ice in his veins. I told him he set an SEC record for LSU and all he said was, 'I'm just trying to win.' I think we have a humble offensive staff. I think this is going to be a tougher test."
Guice, Pocic earn SEC honors after big game
Coming off of a 42-7 home win over the Missouri Tigers Saturday night, LSU sophomore running back Derrius Guice and senior center Ethan Pocic earned SEC’s Offensive Player and Offensive Lineman of the Week awards, respectively.
"He runs the ball like Warren Sapp played defense. He has an attitude that he wants to run through you," Orgeron said on Guice. "He has some Reggie Bush like cuts. He's bigger and stronger than Reggie Bush. Maybe not as fast, but he has Reggie Bush cuts."
Guice carried the ball 17 times for a career-high 163 yards and three touchdowns against Missouri. The Baton Rouge native averaged 9.6 yards per carry on his second 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Pocic led the heart of the offensive line that helped the Tigers eat up chunks of yards, as along with Guice helped Darrel Williams also earn a career-high in yards with 131 on 21 carries and three touchdowns.
Nuts and Bolts
- LSU is working on appealing Xavier Lewis' and Andy Dodd's ejections it sounds like and expects to hear favorably on those.
- Coach O on targeting: "I think it's needed. I've got no complaints."
- Orgeron said that the team will expand their packages and not give the Gators the same look as last week.
- LSU has an 11 am CT kickoff against the Gators and Orgeron said the team will get in, eat and meet before heading to bed at their hotel.
- Coach O on energy drink in-take: "Enough."
- Orgeron says Dave Aranda's attention to detail and ability to adjust is what impresses him the most. "It's like a chess match."
- LSU will pipe in crowd noise this week to prepare for the Swamp. "They're going to hear those Gator songs all week."
- Orgeron on "new season" talk being aimed at potential poll votes: "I've never thought of that. That's a helluva idea."