Lunch with Coach O: LSU vs Auburn Preview

Lunch with Coach O: LSU vs Auburn Preview
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron met with sports journalists Monday afternoon to preview LSU vs. Auburn.

The No. 2 Tigers (7-0, 3-0 SEC) rolled to a 36-13 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday.


Orgeron started off by saying he was pleased with the win and with the work ethic on the road. He noted the offense did not turn over the ball and the defense forced three turnovers, which he thought was the difference in the game.

He encouraged the crowd to show up in Tiger Stadium against Auburn. He said the team will need the fans again. This will be the best defensive line they have seen so far, according to Orgeron. Coach O knows a good deal of information about some of those players because he tried to recruit them. He especially talked about Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson.

Orgeron said offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles will play this week. He added the other tackle, Austin Deculus, is doing okay. He stated Deculus had a minor injury and might be held out of practice a day or two but he should be fine.

Offensive guard Adrian Magee has been the surprise of the year, Orgeron said. He said he thought guard Ed Ingram would’ve stepped right in to play but Magee is playing well and holding on. Orgeron added the coaches are going to ease wide receiver Terrace Marshall along in practice this week. He said there’s a plan in place but he thinks Marshall will be able to play against Auburn.

According to Orgeron, he wants the offense to go five-man protection to maximize the receivers. He explained it means someone is going to be one-on-one with Brown, which is the big matchup. If the offensive lineman can’t block Brown, there will have to be adjustments to the offense, like keeping a tight end or running back in to block.

Orgeron said he has high confidence in Tyrion Davis-Price. He added the freshman running back reminds him and the coaching staff of former LSU running back Jeremy Hill. When asked about junior safety JaCoby Stevens, Orgeron called him the “pound-for-pound strongest player on our football team.” Stevens was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Mississippi State.

Orgeron said Connor Culp is not ready to be the kicker. He said they are going to stick with Cade York at this time.

Orgeron also talked about how defensive lineman Glen Logan had the tight-rope procedure to treat a high ankle sprain. It is the same procedure Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is having to treat his high ankle sprain. Logan returned in four weeks, according to Coach O.

Orgeron noted LSU is the least penalized team in the SEC.

Quarterback Joe Burrow was 25-of-32 for 327 yards and four touchdowns against Mississippi State. He set a new LSU record with 29 touchdown passes in a season and there are still five regular-season games left to go.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson had eight catches for 89 yards and the touchdown that broke the record for Burrow. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire gained 53 yards on 11 carries.

LSU finished with 413 yards of total offense, while limiting Mississippi State to 339. The Tiger defense forced three turnovers, a fumble and two interceptions.

No. 9 Auburn (6-1, 3-1 SEC) is coming into Death Valley after a 51-10 win over Arkansas. Quarterback Bo Nix threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. Fans can also watch the game on WAFB.

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