The LSU Tigers have a bevy of talented players. They have excellent running backs, a three receivers, a stable offensive line and a defense that will more than likely send two-thirds of its members to the NFL. However, the one thing the Bayou Bengals lacked is the only thing they’ve always lacked: A quarterback.
This year, the Tigers have four quarterbacks heading into fall camp. Graduate transfer Joe Burrow arrived in Baton Rouge from Ohio State after backing up Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett.
“The addition of Joe Burrow has added to the competition we already have at quarterback,” Orgeron said Monday at SEC Media Days. “We feel that Justin McMillan, Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse are three excellent quarterbacks. We’re going to let this thing play out and let the best man win.”
The axiom is, “if team has two quarterbacks, they don’t have a quarterback.” In LSU’s case, whoever steps up will be guided by someone Coach O. trusts.
“I’m so excited Steve Ensminger is our offensive coordinator,” Orgeron said. “As we all know, he took over as interim coach (previous offensive coordinator Matt Canada was fired after LSU lost the Citrus Bowl). Steve’s offense broke seven school records in eight games. He spread the ball around. He put the ball in our play makers’ hands and space and let them make plays. Great game day caller and able to make adjustments.
“If you’re thinking about what we’re going to do at LSU, we’re going to be a spread offense mainly from three wide receiver sets, four wide receiver sets, sometimes five. We’ll be 50/50, throwing the football, running the football.”
LSU over the past decade has been measured against Alabama. If Alabama is the gold standard of college football, LSU isn’t that far behind, provided they find a quarterback that can beat zone defenses.
“Almost is not good enough against Alabama. But we feel that a couple of plays here and there and continue to be physically, we’re going to be right in there with them.”
On defense, Junior Linebacker Devin White will take Arden Key’s spot as captain. He aspires to follow the footsteps of Duke Riley, Deion Jones, Kwon Alexander, Barkevious “Keke” Mingo and Kevin Minter, former LSU linebackers that have landed on NFL rosters.
“Turnovers,” White answered when asked about what LSU’s defense strives to be known for. We want to get the ball to our offense, so they can make a lot of plays. We want to pride ourselves on takeaways and being dominant for five quarters. You never know what’s going to happen in a game, so you never want to leave with that extra inch out there. The extra inch can lose or win you the game. We want to play the last snap like it’s the first snap. The same out of energy and enthusiasm the whole game.”