LSU Head Football Coach Ed Orgeron joins the show to talk Tiger football, starting with a recap of the defensive performance as of late.
“(I am) totally confident in the direction of our defense,” Orgeron said. “I think (Ole Miss) had more people at the point of attack than we did. I think it was more or less schematic. Everything we can fix.”
Michael Divinity’s return to the team is welcome, Orgeron said.
“We love Michael being back on our team,” Orgeron said. “He’s still unable to play but he’s able to practice… as of now.”
The Tigers’ offensive performance has been explosive, Orgeron said.
“One word: wow,” Orgeon said. “Overall, pleased with everything on offense.”
Orgeron also expounded on his story from his press conference, where 30 neighborhood kids showed up in his driveway after the Alabama game.
“It reminded me of when I was a young boy… when I saw the look in the little kids’ eyes,” Orgeron said. “They even made me a big paper deal to run through. It let me know the magnitude of LSU in the state of Louisiana.”
Stepping back into Death Valley undefeated is going to be a great feeling, Orgeron said.
“I can’t wait,” Orgeron said. “One game at a time, we’re excited about it.”
Safety Grant Delpit’s health is going to be a point of focus these next few days, Orgeron said.
“(Delpit is) going to take a couple of days off,” Orgeron said. “Jack (Marucci) is going to guide me along this week to see where he’s at.”
Strength Coach Tommy Moffitt plays an important role in this part of the year, Orgeron said.
“If you’ve been on the ponderosa with Tommy Moffitt in the summer, you’re ready,” Orgeron said. “He keeps them fresh. The energy that he provides on the practice field and in the games is phenomenal.”
Myles Brennan looks to be improving and is playing with the first team offense when he can, Orgeron said.
“I think Myles is throwing some good balls,” Orgeron said. “He’s going to be an excellent quarterback at LSU.”
Apu Ika’s progression has been positive since he got on campus, Orgeron said.
“It just took him a little while to get healthy,” Orgeron said. “I thought he had his best game last week, and we’re going to need him down the stretch.”
Kardell Thomas looks like he will stick to his promise of playing this year, Orgeron said.
“He’s out there… He’s way ahead of schedule,” Orgeron said. “He’ll be ready to play some time this year.”
Listen to more episodes of Off the Bench on our On Demand page!