Ed Orgeron knows they’re watching it.
What? LSU’s offense.
“Everybody is watching. We’ve been talking to (prospective) quarterbacks, receivers about what we’re going to do,” the LSU coach said Thursday during his final news conference before the season opener Saturday against BYU in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“Everybody knows LSU is going to run the ball,” he continued. “We want to be 50-50, want to open it up. They’re going to see it.”
The Tigers aren’t just focusing on beating the Cougars; they want to show off their new offense for recruits.
LSU will pull the shroud that’s been covering first-year coordinator Matt Canada’s offense, flashing to prospects what Orgeron says will be a more pass-friendly and spread scheme. He’s hoping to surprise BYU, too.
“Matt Canada has an offense they haven’t seen yet," Orgeron said on his radio show Wednesday night. “I know they’ve practiced some stuff from Pittsburgh, but it’s not the total offense we’re going to run here. We’re going to give them some surprises.”
Recruits, too? Well, sure.
LSU’s 2018 recruiting class, as it stands at 19 commitments, has room for five to seven more players. At the top of the list is Parkway receiver Terrace Marshall, the top-ranked wideout in the nation according to 247sports.com's composite rankings.
“Some big-time receivers still out there; (they) want to see the offense,” Orgeron said. “And they’re going to see it.”
Orgeron won’t just prepare his team Friday for the season opener. He’ll be recruiting.
The LSU staff, including Orgeron, will visit high schools Friday morning, and his assistants plan to spend Friday night watching high school games around the state.
Meanwhile, the Tigers will play in, maybe, their most fertile recruiting territory.
“Tremendous weekend for us recruiting,” Orgeron said.
Greg McMahon can’t talk about football.
No ‘plan’ to play second-string QB
Coaches don’t plan to play LSU backup quarterback Myles Brennan on Saturday, but they hope to get the chance.
Brennan, a true freshman whose family is originally from New Orleans, beat out a host of players to land the No. 2 job behind starter Danny Etling. Orgeron and Canada discussed Thursday morning the possibilities of playing Brennan.
“It’s not a plan to get Myles in the game,” Orgeron said. “It’s a plan to get the second-string quarterback some reps if we possibly can. There’s two scenarios that that can happen.”
Orgeron did not reveal the scenarios, but they're obvious: if LSU is winning handedly or if Etling suffers an injury.
Greg Gilmore threatened Breiden Fehoko: Turn over the enemy’s information, or leave LSU.
Charles gets nod; Logan working some NT
Freshman Saahdiq Charles is likely to start at right guard, Orgeron confirmed, and redshirt freshman Glen Logan is practicing some as a potential emergency nose tackle option.
Charles will take the first snap at right guard, but both he and fellow freshman Ed Ingram will play there, the coach said, signaling a historic moment. The school says no true freshman has begun the season as a starter on LSU’s offensive line since at least 1972, when freshmen became eligible.
LSU's depth at nose tackle is thin. Gilmore, the starter, is backed up by sophomore Ed Alexander, who Orgeron said earlier this month was battling injuries and was not in adequate shape.
Alexander had his "best week of practice" this week, the coach said Thursday, and will rotate with Gilmore. Logan took snaps at practice as a possible third player at the position, Orgeron said.
LSU’s edge-rushing position took another hit this week.
O on suspensions
Orgeron did not rule out that LSU will have players suspended for the season opener and again refused to announce a list.
“I want to handle everything in house, and I don’t want to give a competitor an advantage before the game,” he said Wednesday.
The suspended players — it’s unclear who or how many — will not travel with the team, the coach said.