What a difference a week makes. What a difference a win makes.
After an uncomfortable and at times harsh appearance on Ed Orgeron’s call-in radio show the previous week following the loss to Troy, this Wednesday’s show was largely uneventful.
Orgeron did not give any insight into the injury status of the Tigers. He was non-committal about lingering nicks and bruises, declining to give any assessment other than questionable.
The most detailed update of players he gave was running back Derrius Guice and defensive end Rashard Lawrence were described as still being "gimpy" and are expected to be limited against Auburn this weekend. Lawrence is battling an ankle injury while Guice’s ailment is undisclosed.
Orgeron also said it's likely several of the young offensive linemen who played against Florida will have to again step up for injured starters, but did not go into detail about how much they'll play.
"We're healthy in some spots. We're questionable in some spots, especially the offensive line," Orgeron said. "We'll have to see toward the end of the week. We might be playing those young guys again. If we are, they're going to be ready to play.”
Other than that, several fans asked questions relating to quarterback Danny Etling, and more specifically, his backup Myles Brennan.
Fans wanted to know if Orgeron might walk back some of his statements that Brennan isn’t expected to see much of the field during conference play this season.
Orgeron didn’t necessarily rule out any possibility that Brennan would get significant playing time, but didn’t stray from his stance that Etling will continue to be the Tigers quarterback either.
“It may occur,” Orgeron said. “It all depends on how the game is going. It all depends on how Danny is playing. There may be some times when Myles is going to have to go in. I don’t know. He’s ready to go and we have confidence that he can go in.”
Orgeron was also asked about the return of the 2007 National Championship team who will be honored for their 10-year reunion during halftime of Saturday’s game.
With the players who return will be former LSU coach Les Miles who Orgeron succeeded after Miles was fired in the middle of the 2016 season.
Orgeron said he’s happy Miles agreed to come back to Tiger Stadium and looks forward to seeing him.
“It means a lot. They paved the way,” he said. “Those guys had two losses on the season, they weren’t the highest ranked , but they found a way and they got hot and they came together.
“A lot of those guys have already talked to the team and they’re coming back. Coach Miles is going to be back. I hope to see him. I know all the fans are going to be happy to see him. He did a lot of great things at LSU.”