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LSU faces "tough, tough, tough" Arkansas team; Danny Etling nervous against Alabama?

LSU is trying to move forward following the team's loss to Alabama with a road SEC matchup against Arkansas looming.

Was Danny Etling nervous against Alabama?

LSU had 3rd and 3 from the 35-yard line on the Tigers' opening drive, yet drew a delay of game call before quarterback Danny Etling was sacked for an 11-yard loss on the next play. That sequence set the tone for the type of night LSU was in for and many things went into that including communication on the side lines, Ed Orgeron said in his Monday press conference.

"We met offensively and identified some things we need to fix in protection. Some plays didn't work. We need to communicate better on the sidelines to get the plays in on time so we don't have these critical mistakes," Orgeron said. "There were some receivers open. Danny didn't get the ball to them sometimes under pressure, sometimes not."

Etling missed multiple open receivers while going 11-of-24 for 92 yards and an interception against Alabama. Orgeron was asked if Etling was nervous and he said it sure looked like it.

"It seemed like it (Danny Etling being nervous). I don't know. It was totally unlike his character," Orgeron said.

As far as the LSU gameplan, Orgeron said that there are things the staff will look at, but he's trusted Steve Ensminger to call plays and that won't change following a zero point output against Alabama.

"There are some things that we looked at. Hindsight is 20/20. Some things we need to do against a great defensive front," Orgeron said. "We would have changed a lot of stuff. I gave it to coach Ensminger and manage their group. I'm not going to second guess them. We all saw some things we didn't work."

LSU submitting multiple plays to SEC office

There were a few key no-calls and plays that LSU is going to have sent to the Southeastern Conference for review. Notably, a late hit on Jalen Hurts and likely, a potential missed holding call on Hurts' touchdown run that LSU will have reviewed.

"I thought the late hit on the quarterback with 3rd and 5 and he gains two yards that kept the drive alive that resulted in a touchdown, was a critical, critical penalty in the ball game," Orgeron said.

Orgeron said the team is looking for explanations on those plays.

"We have several ones (penalties) that we're going to submit to the league office. Usually we don't. I think there were some very questionable things that happened out there and we want some explanations."

Another sequence was Colin Jeter's short gain that resulted in a scuffle on the LSU sideline with Da'Ron Payne involved. Multiple fouls were called and LSU is looking for explanations with that too.

"Well, it was called the way it was called. We sent some stuff in and we're going to get an interpretation from the league office and just follow that."

LSU moving forward to Arkansas

LSU has a tough opponent in Arkansas, whose only home loss is to Alabama where the Razorbacks scored 30 points against the Tide. For Orgeron and LSU, it's all about turning the page.

"This is Game 5 of our new season. It's going to be important for us to put this one behind us and focus on a tough Arkansas team who plays very good at home. Coach Bielema's team is a very physical team. They're going to come into this game with confidence."

Arkansas rushed for over 300 yards against LSU last season and has beaten the Tigers two years in a row. LSU has to be ready for another physical football team.

"They have a gigantic offensive line. They're very good and well-coached. Their offensive tackle is 6-10. Tough, tough, tough," Orgeron said. 

Orgeron maintained that it's on LSU to get up for this game, citing changes in the team's meeting schedule on the road.

"There's no moral victories. We played a tough Alabama team scoreless until the fourth quarter. I think everybody had a hurt in our belly. When we get around each other today, we're going to be positive. It's a mindset. It's going to be the same approach."

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Other Notes:

  • Ed Orgeron said he expects offensive tackle K.J. Malone to be fine. Malone exited the game at one point before returning late in the game.
  • Dave Aranda's defense has held opponents scoreless in 10 of 16 quarters since Orgeron has taken over as the interim coach. First Alabama team held scoreless in the first half since 2007.
  • Orgeron said the special teams have improved with LSU downing five punts inside the 12, but was "disappointed" with Tre'Davious White catching the punt inside the 5 like that.
  • "I'm going to commend their effort. It was a classic LSU-Alabama football game," Orgeron said he was impressed with the team's effort against Alabama.
  • Orgeron said he expects Leonard Fournette to "shake it off and finish strong." 
  • Ed Orgeron addressed the offensive line and LSU's recruiting of offensive linemen that end up in the first round like Alabama. Orgeron brought up Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson, who's going to be a first round pick most likely. "He should be here."
  • Orgeorn also said spread offenses are here to stay in college football. "Spread offensive coaches are here to stay. Those guys will score 40-45 points until they come against Dave Aranda." 

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