Ed Orgeron (Photo by James Bryant)

LSU defense improves in second scrimmage of the spring after offense's big day last week

LSU wrapped up its second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday and Ed Orgeron met with the media to share takeaways.

Defensive line looking for more progress this spring

Even with three fifth-year seniors along the defensive line as starters right now in Frank Herron, Greg Gilmore and Christian Lacouture, Orgeron said he's still looking for more from the group.

"We have fifth-year seniors, but those guys have not played a lot of football, but they still have to make progress. That's the unit that has to make the most scrimmage."

Lacouture has not scrimmaged just yet as he's been limited due to scar tissue as he comes off his ACL injury. Rashard Lawrence and Ed Alexander continue to push the veteran group this spring.

Team is still waiting on a quarterback to step up

Orgeron said a big reason why the team opened up the quarterback competition is to even the playing field with a new offense being installed by Matt Canada.

"I don't think anyone has taken the bull by the horns, to be honest with you," Orgeron said. "There's still a ways to go. One step forward, two steps back. Nobody has beaten him (Danny Etling) out yet, but that doesn't mean that won't happen."

Justin McMillan and Lindsey Scott trail Etling and split second team reps while freshman Lowell Narcisse still has a way to go. Orgeron said that Narcisse might be the most talented of them all. That being said, Orgeron said Canada's offense can be run by a pro-style or a dual-threat quarterback.

"Matt can play with either one. That's why I hired him."

After watching two scrimmages, Orgeron said he has seen good and bad at times, but he knows that what Canada is bringing to the team is beginning to show. 

"He just has a unique way of motions and shifts to get to the plays," Orgeron said. 

Scrimmage Tidbits:

  • In the second scrimmage, Orgeron said that the defense had the upper hand this week.
  • Orgeron called the wide receiver battle an open deal outside of D.J. Chark. "We have a ways to go. We're ahead in our run game installation. I think you continue to run the ball, but I think we had two balls thrown 60 yards a piece, but we still have a ways to go."
  • Offensive lineman Will Clapp returned to practice, but Orgeron maintained that he's limited. From the sounds of it, he won't be a full-g in spring practice.
  • Early enrollee Austin Deculus is one player that Orgeron is high on. The staff has moved him around from tackle to guard this spring. "Love him. Tough, physical. Has played several positions. He comes to work every day. I don't know if we have enough weights in there for him."
  • Kicker Connor Culp had a pretty good day on Saturday, Orgeron said. LSU's likely starting kicker made several field goals in the scrimmage.
  • Orgeron said the offense had a fumble in redzone and one or two penalties, but the speed that Canada's offense operates at puts the defense on the heels.
  • Outside linebackers have made the most progress, Orgeron said. Corey Thompson, Sci Martin, Andre Anthony and Ray Thornton are going to be great linebackers along with Arden Key, Orgeron reported. Key is still on track to return to the team. "I really feel good about that group." The Tigers coach also mentioned K'Lavon Chaisson coming in that will only add to the talented group.
  • Buck linebacker Sci Martin is "out," Orgeron said. It sounds like he'll be out for the remainder of spring.

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