In typical Ed Orgeron fashion, LSU's fiery Cajun coach began preseason camp Sunday by showing his players a motivational video.

That's not so interesting — until you find out what player it motivated most of all: Arden Key.

"He’s a guy that’s just an extraordinary human being," Orgeron said. "Brings some fire to the team when he’s in there. Showed them a motivational video. I think he was the one most fired up."


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Key and other players reported for camp Sunday, checking in at the West Campus Apartments before that afternoon team movie session in the Lawton Room at the stadium. Practice begins Monday, with a morning walk-through followed by an afternoon practice.

LSU is completely closing its three-week camp to reporters, but the program will re-open a portion of drills as early as Aug. 21, the first day of school, the coach said Sunday.

The decision to close camp centered around the lack of periods of individual drills, the coach said, and the installation of the team's new offense. In the spring and last season, reporters were allowed into camp for 20-30 minutes of mostly individual drills.

"We have a lot of things we want to get done offensively. We wanted that time to be us and the team," Orgeron said. "If we feel like during camp we’ve accomplished the things that we need to accomplish, as far as installation, finish the things we need to finish, we’ll have more individual (drills) where we can let you in. We’ll do that."

Key's appearance at check-in was expected. The Tigers' record-setting, All-American edge rusher will miss at least the first two weeks of preseason camp while recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent in May.

Concerns about Key's status and the upcoming quarterback battle were topic du jour during the offseason. None of that changed Sunday during a news conference with LSU's first-year coach.


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Coaches will push hard to give highly touted freshman quarterback Myles Brennan early snaps in camp, Orgeron said. Coaches plan to even hold simultaneous scrimmage-like drills on adjacent practice fields — one captained by presumed starter Danny Etling and the other, potentially, by Brennan.

"That’s one of the reasons we’ll have a lot more team (drills), walk-throughs," Orgeron said. "Instead of having just one offense go against one defense, we might have (another) offense verse (another) defense here. We might put the freshman together to give them as many reps as we can."

Etling and Brennan reported to camp separately Sunday. The rookie from the Mississippi coast arrived at nearly 200 pounds, more than 25 pounds heavier than his playing weight last season at St. Stanislaus. Coaches insisted that Brennan gain weight.

Etling, nearly fully recovered from his April back surgery, arrived donning a clever shirt: Air Canada, it said.

First-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada new scheme is the impetus for the camp closure. He plans to re-install his offense starting Monday, he said during a school-publicized interview earlier this week.

"First couple of days will not be a lot of hitting," Orgeron said. "First couple of days will be a lot of install in the passing game, pass defense. (We'll) put on the pads and have a lot of install with the run. We will get ready for a very tough opener, BYU. We’re not starting to work on BYU until August 21, first day of school."

Key, meanwhile, continues his progression, and he’s gained weight, something coaches asked of him. He’s up to 267 pounds, he told reporters at check-in.

“Gives me a lot of confidence, promise you that,” Orgeron said when asked about Key. “He’s a guy that heals fast.”

Mike Gegenheimer contributed to this report. 

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