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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron acknowledges the fans as LSU comes down Victory Hill before LSU's football game against Arkansas Saturday Nov. 11, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La..

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said the Tigers' victory over Arkansas featured quarterback Danny Etling at his most confident this season. That despite the fact that Etling was struggling with an injury before the game, Orgeron said. 

"We believe in Danny. We believe in the positives he brings to the football team," he said. 

Orgeron said he expects Tennessee interim coach Brady Hoke to have the Volunteers ready to go when they face the Tigers on Saturday.

"I know they're going to be emotionally ready," he said. "I know this guy. He'll get them fired up."

As for the Tigers, he said he saw a "great mindset" as the team took on Arkansas last week. "Second year in a row we beat Arkansas after a loss to Alabama. Guys did a good job."

Orgeron said the job now is to focus on last two games of the season -- wrapping up what he first termed a "great" season before quickly correcting himself to a "good" season.

On other topics:

  • Orgeron said he wants to improve in the area of punt returns, especially blocking to allow returner D.J. Chark room to make a move and break free.
  • He said edge rusher Arden Key is "questionable" for this week after injuring his knee against Arkansas, and left tackle K.J. Malone is "very questionable."
  • He expressed respect for Tennessee and its players, adding that there are a lot of players on Tennessee's defense that "I tried to recruit."
  • In preparation for being the visiting team Saturday, Orgeron said LSU will play crowd noise in practice but refuses to play Rocky Top. "I'll get tired of hearing it all week," he said.
  • Before talking football, Orgeron opened his press conference talking about the athletic department's 90 percent graduation rate. "Its phenomenal," he said.

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