Ed Orgeron reaffirmed his stance on LSU's quarterback situation on Wednesday, shooting down any talk of freshman Myles Brennan replacing senior Danny Etling down the stretch.
"We're playing to win. Danny gives us the best chance to win," Orgeron said on his weekly radio show. "Something happens in the game and Danny isn't doing well, we're going to play Myles."
The Tigers (6-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) host Arkansas (4-5, 1-4) at 11 a.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium, the first of a final three-game stretch against teams with a combined 4-12 SEC record.
Many are clamoring for the coach to play Brennan, given that LSU is out of the conference championship chase. The coach has insisted since Saturday night that senior Danny Etling will remain the Tigers' starter.
He was asked about it immediately after the game, at least twice during his news conference Monday and again on the SEC teleconference Wednesday morning.
"Myles has not beaten him out. Danny is our quarterback," Orgeron said on the teleconference. "It's all about competition. Myles is not beating him out. Danny has done a lot of good things for our program. We believe in him. If Myles goes in a game or practice and beats him out, then that would be a different story, but that has not happened."
LSU entered this summer with what looked like a sturdy, deep and talented defensive line.
More from the radio show
- Orgeron says LSU missed three touchdown passes in the game at Alabama. Quarterback Danny Etling and receiver DJ Chark couldn't connect on four deep passes against the Tide, the plays Orgeron is likely referring. "Protection was excellent. Had guys open. Didn't throw the ball far enough or timing wasn't there. Had right play call and protection."
- LSU's 14-point loss to Alabama still lingers in Baton Rouge - as a positive. The Tigers were a 21-point underdog. They held Bama to a season-low in rushing yards, sacked QB Jalen Hurts four times and had a handful of near-misses on deep passes. "We showed (the players) the film and the plays we could have made to win the game and I think it gave them a little pep in their step," Orgeron said.
- Orgeron, asked about the early 11 a.m. kickoff against Arkansas, says LSU cut practice by 15 minutes Tuesday and Wednesday. Players, he said, will go to bed at 9 p.m. Friday.
- Asked if he's considering a transfer quarterback, Orgeron says that's "always an option."
LSU’s athletic graduation success rate hit the 90 percentile.