LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said “several” plays from the Tigers’ 10-0 loss to top-ranked Alabama that he deemed to be "questionable" will be sent to the Southeastern Conference office for review.
“We have several ones we’re going to send over to the league office,” Orgeron said at his news conference Monday. “I usually don’t do it, but this week I did. I think there were some very questionable things out there that happened, and I'd just like to know the explanations.”
Orgeron was specifically asked about a personal foul penalty on Tigers freshman linebacker Devin White. White was called for a late hit on Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts during a 2-yard run late in third quarter.
The penalty gave Alabama a first down at its 47, and Hurts later scored on a 21-yard rushing touchdown.
“That was a critical, critical penalty in the ball game,” Orgeron said.
On Hurts’ rushing score, there were arguably three LSU players that were held on the play. Specifically, Tigers defensive end Lewis Neal, who was keeping outside containment on the play, appeared to be held by Tide running back Bo Scarbrough as Hurts ran past him.
“I didn’t expect a flag,” Neal said. “I ripped up because he was trying to hold me back, but there’s nothing I can do about that except keep playing. That’s the way to get off a block, ripping out of it.”
There were also three offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties – two on Alabama and one on LSU – on an LSU drive inside Alabama territory in the third quarter. Later in the drive, the Tigers were penalized for a delay of game and an intentional grounding that pushed LSU out of field goal range.
Orgeron wouldn’t say whether or not LSU should have been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on that play.
“It was called the way it was called, and we sent some stuff in,” Orgeron said. “We’re going to get an interpretation. We’ll let the league office let me know what their interpretation is and just follow that.”
The No. 19 Tigers (5-3, 3-2) travel to Arkansas (6-3, 2-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Here are a few other nuggets from Orgeron’s news conference:
KJ Malone: Orgeron said left tackle K.J. Malone is “going to be fine” after injuring his shoulder during the Alabama game, he said. Malone missed roughly two or three series with the injury but eventually returned to the game. The Ruston native said he didn’t think he would practice Monday but would play against the Razorbacks. “It’s getting better,” Malone said of his injury. “Just have to take it slow.
Leonard Fournette: Ed Orgeron said he believes Leonard Fournette will be able to bounce back after another rough outing against the Crimson Tide. Fournette finished with 35 yards on 17 carries Saturday night. After rushing for 31 yards on 19 carries against Alabama last season, Fournette was held to under 100 yards against the Razorbacks the following week. “I expect him to play well,” Orgeron said. “I expect him to come back with a great attitude today.’
Danny Etling: Orgeron acknowledge that LSU quarterback Danny Etling seemed rattled during the loss to Alabama. Etling completed 11-of-24 passes for 92 yards with an interception. He was also sacked five times. “It was totally out of his character,” Orgeron said. “It seemed like he was nervous or anticipating getting hit.”
OL recruiting: Orgeron suggested LSU has get “better, bigger, stronger” on offensive line in the future to compete with Alabama’s defensive line. Alabama, which leads the country in rushing defense and sacks, held LSU to 33 total rushing yards. “We need to have (offensive linemen) getting drafted in the first round to be able to block first-rounders on the other side.”
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