Etling talks receivers, offense talks tempo
LSU quarterback Danny Etling (video above) saw his team roll out a few different receivers including Jazz Ferguson and Russell Gage in addition to the regulars. Etling said the quick passing game and additions of formations helps him get into a groove with the short passing game.
"Any time you spread it around better and get other guys touches that's helpful," Etling said. "It always helps you to see yourself complete a few passes."
As far as the newer faces for snaps in the game, Etling said Ferguson and Gage both have impressed with Gage being one of the best athletes on the team.
"Lot of height, lot of energy. He's (Ferguson) a high-energy guy and they put him out there and he made some plays for us," Etling said. "Russell was really good. He's really fast and might have the highest vertical on the team. He's a freak athletically. I don't know if you saw, but he hurdled Jamal Adams in the fall."
The offense also featured a more hurry-up tempo. LSU wasn't operating at a breakneck speed, but wanted to have some more efficiency to how the team operated.
"Felt like that was something we went through the week with working on. Just getting to the line quicker keeps the defense on its toes," lineman Garrett Brumfeld said.
Etling echoed that.
"Any time you can get up to the line quicker it's good. The plays were coming in quicker and anytime it's a home game it's going to be easier so it helps a lot to see the defense and understand what they're doing," Etling said.
On Monday, LSU worked on their four wide receiver sets again, bringing in two tight ends with Colin Jeter and DeSean Smith being the main tight ends working in. Other formations featured bunch with a tight end being the lead man in the bunch.
Using great blocking receivers like Gage is going to be a continued focus. Motioning Gage in from the outside to block the backside defensive end is something LSU showed and will allow linemen to get to the next level quicker.
LSU TE Colin Jeter
- Toby Weathersby was in a boot on Monday and is out for this week, Ed Orgeron made it seem on Monday in his press conference.
- Another lineman on the mend is Will Clapp, who also didn't practice on Monday afternoon for LSU's walk thru.
- Running back Leonard Fournette didn't practice on Monday either as coach Orgeron called him day-to-day on Monday at his press conference.
- Tight end Foster Moreau was also absent with Caleb Roddy working in his place.
- Frank Herron was also absent and seen in a walking boot on Monday. That led to Glen Logan getting more time with the 2's.
- Andy Dodd and Xavier Lewis will both be available for Saturday following their ejections.
- Players seem to be taking to the themed days that Orgeron has instituted. It allows them to have a focus and something to emphasize each day, which helps with preparation.
- The team said that the shorter practices led to them feeling fresher later in the game, which led to LSU having the ball for 42 minutes against Missouri.
- LSU's scout team wore Gator blue on Monday in blitz pickup work.
- LSU even practiced a little Wildcat with Darrel Williams on Monday.
- Defensively, LSU will work out of its base defense more often than in past weeks with Florida's pro-style system and worked on that extensively before the 1's came together to do takeoff drills.
LSU RB Derrius Guice
Guice's big game was lauded by Ed Orgeron in his press conference this week as he compared him to running like Warren Sapp playing defense and his cuts to those of Reggie Bush.
Guice talked about that, the running back rotation and more.
LSU OL used to mixing and matching
LSU's offensive line featured Andy Dodd, Garrett Brumfield and Donavaughn Campbell in the game against Missouri when players like Will Clapp and Josh Boutte went down along with Toby Weathersby not being dressed. That's nothing new for the offensive line though.
"It's just a little bit of adversity. As a group, we've done a pretty decent job. We'll just continue to be better and get better," Ethan Pocic said. "Communication is really the same."
One of the newer faces along the offensive line is "Bruiser" or Brumfeld, who was prepared to come in and play at left guard, where.
"It's a lot of body collisions and a lot of guys going down. It's a part of the game. We know that things like unfortunately do happen. In the event of those things happening, we just tried to be prepared," Brumfeld said. "As a whole, I try to play to the best of my ability each week."
Left tackle K.J. Malone said that Brumfeld was great next to him.
"When Clapp went down, he stepped in and did tremendous."
LSU's offensive line combinations featured (from left to right): Malone-Brumfeld-Pocic-Boutte-Teuhema, Okeke-Teuhema-Dodd-Brumfeld-Pocic, Malone-Teuhema-Dodd-Brumfeld-Pocic.
Josh Boutte, who exited the game as well with a tweaked knee, said the Florida defense will be tough, but Boutte is excited for it.
"If we do a good job on the front end, our running backs are so good," Boutte said. "Florida is a tough opponent especially in the Swamp. We're going up against a tough opponent and with a really good defensive line. It starts with Monday's practice and just developing that scheme."
With an old-fashioned SEC showdown on the horizon, offensive linemen get excited for games like this one.
"The intensity. Play after play is just us going after each other. It's going to be man to man all night."