Ed Orgeron (Photo by James Bryant)

LSU excited and ready to play in Citrus Bowl after arriving in Orlando Tuesday night

LSU arrived in Orlando for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and are excited to get to work on the final touches to the Tigers' bowl preparations for Louisville.

Ed Orgeron has been a part of many bowl games throughout his coaching career, when his team arrived here in Orlando Tuesday night for the Citrus Bowl, there was one major difference. This week’s game between LSU and Louisville will mark the first time he has led a team as a head coach. 

The 20th ranked LSU Tigers, named Orgeron the full-time head coach, removing the interim tag on November 26 giving the veteran coach the opportunity to lead this LSU team in post season play. 

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The Tigers arrived in Orlando Tuesday night and first stop Buffalo Wild Wings for a welcoming dinner provided by the Citrus Bowl sponsor. 

“This is a great opportunity for this LSU Football program,” Orgeron said to a group of media following the team’s dinner. “It’s great to be here, in an exciting city, in a great bowl game. Louisville is a great football team. They have a dynamic quarterback and a great head coach, it should be a great game for our team.”

Orgeron has been a head football coach before in the SEC, he also has been interim head coach for several programs, and an assistant coach for multiple seasons and been to a lot of bowl games. He was asked how he would prepare his team for its challenge in Saturday’s big game. 

“We are going to hit the practice field for our normal Wednesday practice around the same time as our game time will be against Louisville,” Orgeron said. “We will be in full pads, we will do everything like we did during the season.”

Orgeron took over this LSU football team after the Tigers disappointing loss to Auburn after Les Miles was fired, the veteran coach has made this season about his team, about the school and about Tiger Nation. http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1740992-photo-gallery-tigers-arri...

“Our kids are excited,” Orgeron said. “They will be ready to play.”

It was apparent that the Tigers were happy to be in Orlando, and glad that Orgeron is their head coach. 

“We are excited, it’s good to be in a bowl game, there are a lot of teams aren’t in bowls, ” defensive lineman Greg Gilmore said. “We love it that Coach O is our coach, he has brought us new things and we accepted him on who he was and we embraced him, we are going to run behind him and do whatever he ask of us.”

LSU will play Louisville at 11 a.m. Eastern time on New Years Eve morning. Stay tuned to TigerBlitz.com for the very best Bowl Coverage of your LSU Tigers. 

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