LSU was well represented at the 2018 SEC Media Day with Coach Ed Orgeron, senior tight end Foster Moreau, junior linebacker Devin White and junior defensive end Rashard Lawrence stealing the spotlight on behalf of the purple and gold.
That age old question of who will be the quarterback for LSU hasn’t changed this year as four players are competing for the starting slot against Miami on Septenmber 2.
Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow has been all the buzz recently around Baton Rouge and is receiving high praise from teammates and coaches. Along with Burrow is sophomore Myles Brennan, freshman Lowell Narcisse and junior Justin McMillan.
Orgeron said the competition is still wide and that the team is hoping to find their starter after fall camp has concluded but before the Miami game.
“We’re going to let this thing play out and may the best man win,” Orgeron said. “You know the quarterback has to be able to make plays. They have to make smart decisions and accurate throws. We’re going to throw the ball, be 50/50 in the run and pass.”
Moreau had a great repor with former teammate and roommate Danny Etling but is now tasked with getting to know the play styles of four different guys, which he embraces.
Orgeron also replaced last season’s offensive coordinator, Matt Canada, with tight ends coach Steve Ensminger. The move raised some eyebrows but Orgeron is confident he made the right choice.
“Here’s the deal, it’s tough when you make a mistake,” Orgeron said. “But it’s even tougher not to admit you made a mistake. Just wasn’t a good fit. I had to do what I thought was best for the LSU program. So that’s why I did it.”
Ensminger is not new to the offensive coordinator position as he was named the interim coordinator in 2016 where he led the LSU offense to 32 points per game and 464.9 yards on average in eight games.
White, has been presented numerous accolades including being a preseason All-American and most recently being added to the watchlist of the Bednarik Award presented to the best defensive player in the country.
The junior linebacker lets his play speak for itself, racking up 133 total tackles a season ago, more than double the next man up at 66.
“I’m not going to let anything bother me and just try to stay cool and collected,” White said. “I tell myself to just play within the scheme like I did last year and that’s how I had the success I did.”
Rashard Lawrence is mainly focusing on staying healthy this season after an ankle injury kept him at less than 100 percent despite playing in ten games. Lawrence was a key leader last year, a trait that Orgeron told him was a main reason for recruiting Lawrence.
“He told me I was going to be a captain on this team and at SEC Media Days and a lot more things that are coming true,” Lawrence said of Orgeron when he was first recruited. “A lot of times recruiters don’t mean what they say but Orgeron has delivered on his promises.”
The Tigers have lofty goals this season, despite being projected to finish in the middle of the pack in the crowded SEC West. For Moreau, that means at least 10 wins for his swan song year.
Lawrence on the other hand wants this team’s legacy to be a squad that fought hard in the SEC Championship game and eventually won a national championship.
“It’s not going to be easy,” Lawrence said. “We have to take it a day at a time and put in the work so we can hopefully achieve those big dreams.”