BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron met with sports journalists Monday for his weekly news conference.
Orgeron previewed Saturday’s game between No. 13 LSU (5-1, 2-1 SEC) and No. 2 Georgia (6-0, 4-0 SEC) in Tiger Stadium. The game is sold out. It will air on WAFB.
He said he and the team are excited about the game. He added this will be the best offensive line LSU will see up to this point in the season.
Orgeron said senior offensive guard Garrett Brumfield will be out against this week. He added he thinks linebacker Jacob Phillips will be able to practice this week.
He said Georgia doesn’t blitz a lot and doesn’t sack the quarterback much but affects the quarterback. He said their defensive linemen up front are all big and strong. He added they do a good job of stopping the run.
The Bulldog defense is allowing only 13 points per game. Opponents are averaging just under 284 yards in total offense, 113 on the ground and 170 through the air.
Orgeron said he talks to defensive coordinator Dave Aranda about rotating the defensive players to keep them fresh so LSU can win the game in the fourth quarter. He added the defense is doing more blitzing and slanting this year than in previous years.
Orgeron had high praise for Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm because of his throwing ability. He added Fromm has some really good players around him.
Fromm has completed 83-of-114 passes this season for 1200 yards, 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift lead a Bulldog running attack that is averaging 245 yards per game.
Holyfield, the son of former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield, has run for 432 yards on 58 carries ( 7.4 average) and three touchdowns.
Swift has carried the ball 59 times for 290 yards (4.9 average) and four touchdowns.
He also recapped the Tigers' 27-19 loss to the Florida Gators. He said the team fought hard, but couldn’t pull it out. He noted there were some positives like the fast start and the interception by Grant Delpit.
He said not being able to close out the game, turnovers, and other negative plays hurt them. He said the defense didn’t have the sacks he wanted, but his players were able to pressure Florida’s quarterback.
Orgeron said there is no question quarterback Joe Burrow held the ball too long and should have been getting rid of it quicker. He thinks the offensive line will be okay this week. He added Burrow has done well throwing and running the football but there are areas where he can improve.
He said there were technical errors by the offensive linemen that he thinks can be corrected and those issues will be a great focus this week.