BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron previewed the home opener against Chattanooga during his weekly news conference.
The Tigers are coming off a 27-0 dominating win over BYU, while the Mocs lost 27-13 to Jacksonville State on August 26. LSU and Chattanooga have faced each other once before. The Tigers won 26-19 on Nov. 6, 1954.
Orgeron was asked about the players who were suspended for the game. He did not give specifics about what the players are accused of, but said they broke team rules and had to pay the consequences.
Orgeron said defensive end Arden Key is still waiting to be cleared for contact. He added Frank Herron is on a week-to-week basis. He said Herron is not cleared to play and he's not sure when Herron will be cleared. He added Dee Anderson has been out the entire camp with an injury and has not practiced at all.
In addition to talking about getting ready for Chattanooga, Orgeron recapped the win against the Cougars. He pointed out the offense had no turnovers and didn't give up a sack, which he was very proud of. He praised the offensive line for doing a great job.
Running back Derrius Guice had 27 carries for 122 yards. Orgeron was asked about the number of touches Guice wants in a game.
"He wants 70," Orgeron joked.
He added he thought quarterback Danny Etling was fantastic. He also stated everybody has confidence in Etling, but they're waiting for him to win the big game. Orgeron also said Etling knows that and he can't do it alone.
Orgeron did note a couple of areas where the offense needs improvement, specifically red zone efficiency and eliminating penalties. He said the coaching staff wants the defense to improve its communication and create more turnovers.
He added special teams must improve on kickoffs. He emphasized the kickoffs didn't reach end zone and he's not happy about that. He added he is reopening the competition. He stated ball security on punts was big. He said the coaching staff knew DJ Chark would catch it, which is why Chark was put in to return punts.
KICKOFF: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium
TV: SEC Network Alternate
RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7
RECORD: LSU (1-0), Chattanooga (0-1)