LSU coach Ed Orgeron and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger praised graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow on Thursday but stopped short of naming the former Ohio State signal-caller the Tigers' starting quarterback. The coaching duo, along with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, were in Metairie for the final stop of the LSU football caravan, an event where coaches can interact with fans in the offseason.
Below are a few questions to the coaches about Burrow and their answers:
Ensminger on Burrow, overall: I'm very impressed with him. We put in something new every day and he's in there studying every day ... A big strong athletic kid, doesn't make a lot of mistakes mentally and a very accurate kid. Watching on film I questioned his arm strength, but not anymore.
Ensminger on offense, installation: We don't know who our QB is right now. We don't know who our RB is right now. We have depth at receiver and I think we're good up front. Strength of our offense right now are our WRs. We've probably put in about 50 percent of offense in the spring. We haven't had a chance to put a Jet package in, 12 personnel. I want to go empty with '12' personnel. We have a lot to do in August.
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Ensminger on returning QBs Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse and Justin McMillan: I would play all three of them. They all have talents. Myles to throw the ball. McMillan can do both. Narcisse is outstanding deep. They all bring something to the table.Whoever wins the job, I've got to a great job conforming to their talents.
Ensminger on offense, tempo: Will we do more tempo? No doubt about it. Let's go fast and let's see how they react to it. I tell them, I want to go fast, so you'd better be in good shape.
Orgeron on Burrow: He's competing. He's very smart. The thing with Joe that's impressing everybody is he works hard.
Orgeron on fall practice objectives: 1. Execution; 2. Development of the offense; 3. QB competition. Our goal is to give them all an equal chance and have them prove to the team who is the starting QB at LSU.
Orgeron on Burrow's biggest challenge: He's 6-2, 220. He's strong. Working in the weight room. His biggest challenge? To go out and win the starting job. We've got 3 good QBs.
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Advocate staff writer Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.