LSU’s entire 2017 signing class could play this year, and many of those freshmen who haven’t yet played — there’s only five — could see the field as soon as this weekend.
The 12th-ranked Tigers open their home slate hosting UT-Chattanooga on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. One of the things to watch: Will LSU play its entire signing class?
Coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday that “there’s a chance” the Tigers will play all 22 eligible true freshmen over the course of the season. Many could see the field for the first time this week, specifically safety-turned-receiver Jacoby Stevens.
“We plan on most of our guys playing,” Orgeron said on the Southeastern Conference teleconference Wednesday. “We’ve talked about it today. We want to get Jacoby Stevens more in the mix. He’s got things he can do on offense. I think you’ll see more of him this week. We’re going to give an opportunity for most of our freshmen to play.”
LSU played 17 true freshmen during the 27-0 season-opening win last week over BYU. The school believes it’s likely a school record of rookies to play in an opener, and it’s tied with Miami and Georgia for the national leaders for true freshmen playing in Week 1.
The five who did not play include Stevens, defensive end-turned-tight end Aaron Moffit, fullback Tory Carter, quarterback Lowell Narcisse and receiver Mannie Netherly. Nose tackle Tyler Shelvin is ineligible this season, and offensive tackle Seth Stewart, though he signed, left the team in June.
Saturday was supposed to be the big reveal of LSU’s new offense.
Tigers to continue RG rotation
Coaches plan to continue the rotation at right guard between freshmen Saahdiq Charles and Ed Ingram, Orgeron suggested Wednesday.
Charles started at the spot vacated by transferring junior Maea Teuhema. He played 51 snaps to Ingram’s 28. The two players started six and four offensive drives, respectively.
“I think I’m going to let (offensive line coach) Jeff (Grimes) make that decision, but both of those guys are doing very well,” Orgeron said. “We’re very thin on the offensive line, but we want to keep those guys healthy. We watched film on Saahdiq Charles and Ed Ingram today in one-on-one stuff. We identified some things they did well and things they need to improve. I just want to continue to let those guys develop at right guard. I consider both of them a starter.”
Garrett Brumfield and Saahdiq Charles made their first career starts Saturday as guards for LSU.
Freshman linebacker Jacob Phillips has a closer connection to UT-Chattanooga than most.
His brother plays for the Mocs (0-1). Joshua Phillips is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound linebacker at the Football Championship Subdivision program in Tennessee. The Phillipses are from Hendersonville, Tenn., just outside of Nashville.
The players’ parents told Orgeron about the family connection over the summer, the coach said.
“Great people. Jacob is doing very well,” Orgeron said. “He’s going to be an excellent linebacker for us, excellent student. Has a great character about himself. Love his parents.”
It’s a feeling Devin White gets.