Just picture it: Receiver D.J. Chark is in LSU’s offensive meeting room with other players, all of them staring at offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s talking head projected on a screen via Skype.
As Canada installs another new package to his system, behind him waves crash into the front yard of his North Carolina beach home.
“Modern-day technology,” coach Ed Orgeron chuckled, “ya know?”
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LSU players are learning their new offense in peculiar ways this month, digesting the scheme with their coordinator halfway across the country. Orgeron gave his assistant coaches much of July off, but Canada is using technology to continue the installation of his system.
The installation is very much on-going, Chark said at Southeastern Conference media days last week. In fact, there are days when Chark recognizes a package that Canada has already installed only to find out a few minutes into the session that things are new.
“We’ll go back over what we learned this spring, but you have to really be studying the plays, because there might be some new plays thrown in there,” Chark said. “You might think, ‘This is Install (No.) 1,’ but we’ve still got different plays. A lot more plays have been put in, but we’re still focused on the basics now. If you know the basics now, we can put in a lot of different variations or routes and concepts.”
Players can meet — or Skype — with their position coaches and/or coordinators for an hour each week for an eight-week period during the summer. It's a NCAA rule that passed three years ago, giving coaches more summer access than they had ever had.
Players are allowed eight hours each week for weight training and conditioning as well. Coaches are not allowed to watch much of that, but they hear things. After all, it’s all happening in the building where they work.
“The team looks like they’re coming together,” Orgeron said. “Older guys are teaching the young guys, becoming a team in the summer.”
The summer’s nearing its end.
Players report for drills July 30 and start camp July 31. The Tigers begin the season Sept. 2 with a meeting against BYU in Houston. Chark doesn’t expect the learning of Canada’s offense to stop there.
“We’re always going to be installing new with coach Canada. There’s always something new,” he said. “If he finds a way to attack a coverage, even if he has to make the route up himself, it’s going to happen.”
HOOVER, Ala. — Alabama hasn’t lost a Southeastern Conference football game in 22 months.
O heads to Bristol
Orgeron will have another day in the spotlight this week.
The Tigers' first-year coach gets his spin through ESPN's "car wash" Wednesday, nine days after he took his turn at SEC media days.
The network's annual "car wash," originating from its studios in Bristol, Connecticut, puts coaches through a full day's worth of interviews on ESPN's various platforms: radio, television and print. Coaches normally get a live spot on "SportsCenter," spend time with a bevy of radio shows, including "Mike & Mike" and "The Russillo Show," and meet with ESPN.com reporters and columnists. They take part in as many as 25 interview sessions.
Former coach Les Miles was the only SEC coach last year to miss his trip. He canceled his scheduled appearance after the killing of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge last July.
Orgeron's full schedule
- 7:30 a.m. Mike & Mike (ESPN2)
- 8:30 a.m. SportsCenter:AM (ESPN)
- 9:40 a.m. First Take (ESPN)
- 10:15 a.m. SportsCenter (ESPN2)
- 10:40 a.m. The Paul Finebaum Show (ESPN Radio)
- 11:30 a.m. Coast to Coast (ESPN)
- 1:15 p.m. Stephen A Smith Radio (ESPN Radio)
- 1:30 p.m. The Ryen Russillo Show (ESPN Radio)
- 3:30 p.m. Highly Questionable (ESPN)
- 5 p.m. College Football Live (ESPN2)
- 6 p.m. SportsCenter (ESPNews)
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More watch lists
Edge rusher Arden Key and running back Derrius Guice continue to get national attention. The junior duo landed on more preseason award watch lists Monday.
Key is on the watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's best linebacker, and Guice landed on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, an honor bestowed on the country's most versatile player. LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. won that honor as a junior in 2013.
Guice and Key were the only LSU representatives on the media's All-SEC first team, announced last week, and they've landed on numerous other watch lists. Key is on the Nagurski (best defensive player), Bednarik (best defensive player) and Maxwell (top overall player). Guice is also on the Maxwell.