BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU announced the start of its 2019 spring practices and the date of the National L Club Spring Game.
The Tigers began their offseason drills Thursday.
Head coach Ed Orgeron is riding the momentum of a No. 6 national ranking.
Orgeron said the team is farther ahead this year than any other spring. He liked the offense. It spread the ball around well. The wide receivers had a good day. He added quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Myles Brennan also had a good day.
A new assistant, Joe Brady, is the new passing game coordinator from the New Orleans Saints. Brady will be working alongside returning offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger to craft a new attack for 2019.
Orgeron said Brady and Ensminger are working together in a fantastic way. He added plans are to spread the ball around more. He said they are implementing the run-pass option and passing game that Brady brought with him from the Saints.
On defense, the No. 7 jersey will go to All-American safety Grant Delpit. Meanwhile, No. 4, defensive lineman K’lavon Chaisson continues to work his way back from a knee injury in game one vs. Miami that cost him the whole season.
“It’s a better choice than I made last year,” Orgeron replied when asked about his thoughts on Delpit wearing No. 7 this season for the Tigers.
Orgeron said Chaisson looked good Thursday. Orgeron added he thinks Chaisson is going to have an excellent year, but they are keeping him out of contact drills for the whole spring.
Derek Stingley Jr. from Dunham already practiced with the team before the Fiesta Bowl, but now, he’s really out there, competing for playing time as a true freshman. Orgeron said he practiced on punt returns Thursday.
Orgeron said he has been really impressed with linebacker Damone Clark. Orgeron said he thinks Clark and Patrick Queen will be excellent linebackers. They will try to fill the shoes after Devin White’s departure. Another linebacker, Jacob Phillips, will not participate in any contact during spring practice.
The Tigers hit the field indoors for the first of 15 days without a quarterback controversy. Burrow, the graduate transfer, is returning for his senior year. Burrow played very well down the stretch last season, including nearly 400 yards passing and four touchdowns in the bowl win over UCF.
The Purple and White teams will face each other on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is going into his third full season leading the Tigers.