Injuries updated by Orgeron ahead of Arkansas
LSU coach Ed Orgeron said that defensive back Kevin Toliver (above) is questionable for the Tigers on Saturday, but wouldn't specify his injury. Toliver did not play against Alabama.
"Questionable. He's coming around, but I think he's questionable. He's hurt."
At left tackle, LSU expects KJ Malone to be back in action. While at right tackle, Toby Weathersby and Maea Teuhema figure to see time at right tackle, but Orgeron didn't indicate who would start.
"Should be fine. I'll let Jeff handle that throughout the week. Couple guys we like. Toby or Maea, always have. I don't see a big change there."
Former 5-star defensive back Kristian Fulton (below) is likely out for the season following surgery on a cracked bone in his finger.
"Yea, I think so. I'm not sure of that, but I think so."
Orgeron updated the status of offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell and Jazz Ferguson too. Campbell is back with the team and Ferguson is still suspended indefinitely and is not close to returning to the team.
At punt returner, Orgeron said that Tre'Davious White will remain the punt returner for the team.
Orgeron preparing for first game on the road as Tigers coach
Having lost two straight years to Arkansas, Orgeron has the Tigers refocusing following the loss, but the team has responded well with their "best week of practice." That was something LSU coaches focused on from the get-go.
"I thought our guys were very focused. Week of practice has been tremendous. Great mindset," Orgeron said. "Competition Tuesday, we had a lot of energy. Put in some new plays. No-Turnover Wednesday, was outstanding. Today, we went out there and everything felt good."
The team focused on the team being ready to go for the big road test with a lot of focus.
"We talked about traveling and it being a business trip. Tonight is protect the team night. We have a lot to play for. We have a good football team, facing a good football team. Great SEC rivalry. We'll be ready to go."
Orgeron isn't concerned with LSU's recent play following losses to Alabama or that Arkansas has beaten LSU two years in a row.
"When it comes to game time, it doesn't matter what happened last year or the year before. Is it extra motivation for us? Sure. It's all going to come down to fundamentals and execution. We've got to handle a hostile crowd and be very efficient on offense, continue to play great defense and we have to have great special teams."
While at Arkansas, Orgeron made just $25 every two weeks as an assistant strength coach. This week, he returns to the place he spent two seasons.
"Excited. Excited to get on the plane with the team. I get excited when I get into a big game and somebody else's stadium."
LSU spends time working on little things on offense
In the loss to Alabama, LSU had a few miscommunications on offense and the team spent 10 minutes in practice on Thursday working on the little things that hurt the Tigers in the loss.
"Whether it be on risk-man call we didn't understand, whether it was communication, trying to get the right personnel, whether it was getting the play in on time, whether it was changing the play at the line of scrimmage," Orgeron said. "All those things, we spent a lot of time this week and we had a specific period today to polish that up." http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1726717-advanced-scouting-lsu-vs-...
This week, LSU's offense has been sharp according to Orgeron on Thursday. That's something they'll have to be in a tough environment in Fayetteville this Saturday.
"Outstanding day of practice for the offense. Danny was sharp. Receivers were catching the ball. We were running the ball well. Good feeling."
Against Alabama, LSU was just 4-for-15 on third downs. It's all about having success on first downs to change that for LSU.
"We have to convert on third down. When you look at third downs, it all comes down to what you do on first down. You have a chance to move the chains then. If you're behind the chains on first down, it makes it difficult."