LSU has players hold meeting before Bama game: "I know it was good."

The LSU players held a players-only meeting on Thursday, Jazz Ferguson is suspended indefinitely and why LSU has to watch for Lane Kiffin trying to "set you up."

LSU players call players-only meeting before practice, ready to focus in

Before Thursday's practice, LSU players Leonard FournetteEthan Pocic and Jamal Adams led a players-only meeting after clearing it with coach Ed Orgeron that lasted roughly 15 minutes. 

Orgeron said that whatever it was that was said when he was waved back in, it was powerful.

"I'm for it. I know what was said, I know it was good. I know the guys that led it and I trust them. When I walked in, you could hear a pen drop."

Orgeron said on Thursday that the team hasn't treated Alabama any differently citing his themed days like No-Repeat Thursday and Focus Friday as examples of how the team continues to take things one day at a time.

"We have not treated this opponent any differently during the week and our preparation. This is Game 4 of our new season," Orgeron said.

His players on the other hand, might stress the significance a little bit more. Former LSU players also stressed the importance when 25 former players including Hall of Famer Tommy Casanova talked to the players after practice.

"He's the original DBU," Orgeron said. 

On Friday, Orgeorn will beat the drum in the team room to represent the one heartbeat the team must take on to play together each week. At 3 o'clock, the team forgets about everything else.

"The drum starts beating at 3 o'clock. We're in here in our little cocoon. It's the start of a great weekend. Coaches get to see their wives, do family things. I'm sure players gotta go wash clothes. The drum is our heartbeat. We take a little time, forget about everything."

LSU is going to need all the focus it can muster to defeat No. 1 Alabama in this annual war.

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Last words on Alabama offense: "You have to be on guard."

Ed Orgeron has a lot of respect for Alabama and the Tide's offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who's one of the most creative minds in football. Kiffin will "set you up" and you've got to be ready for whatever he has coming back side.

"You have to be on guard, especially against Kiffin," Orgeron said. "He's going to run the play and see how you play it."

Alabama has a bevy of playmakers and that led to Nick Saban deciding with Kiffin to almost go all-out spread this season, but Orgeron said they'll still run the football like the Alabama in years past. 

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"The game is changing. It's basketball on grass. They still are going to run between the tackles," Orgeron said. 

As far as defending tight end O.J. Howard, Alabama uses him at times, but he's been inconsistent with getting targeted this season. Orgeron knows what's coming from Kiffin in that regard.

"That's Lane Kiffin. I know how he uses tight ends. I watched him recruit tight ends. I watched him recruit Fred Davis at USC, who won the Mackey Award."

Orgeron said Alabama has, "great players and great schemes," which make the difference offensively for the Tide. Orgeron said Dave Aranda is the best defensive coordinators in college football and he trusts him in the chess match on Saturday night.

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Quick Hits:

  • Orgeron says Toby Weathersby will be a gametime decision on if he'll start or not for LSU. "He's looked great."
  • LSU wide receiver Jazz Ferguson has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. 
  • After what Orgeron said was a sloppy practice on Tuesday, the Tigers came in and had their best practices the past two days.
  • LSU has put a ton of pressure on Etling in practice this week and he's responded. "Excellent day, excellent week. We've rushed him as hard as we can to simulate it."
  • Orgeron said in a game like this, special teams could be the deciding factor. "Maybe a winning field goal, maybe a blocked field goal. Key. These games usually come down to 1-2 plays."
  • Speaking of special teams, Tre'Davious White will continue to be the punt returner for LSU as the Tigers staff trusts him more, according to Orgeron, but Donte Jackson is coming along nicely. "He's electric back there."
  • As far as NFL talent, the game is an annual matchup that features some of the biggest names on draft boards. Orgeron said that's a credit to both programs. "Speaks a lot to the tradition of both schools & the great state of Louisiana. It speaks about the development of both teams."
  • Ed Orgeron said Pete Carroll and he talked when Seahawks were here playing the Saints. Carroll told him: "that's (LSU) one of the places I've always wanted to coach."

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