Orgeron says Tigers DBs are best he's ever coached

Amos Morale III
July 15, 2019 - 7:14 pm

LSU football coach Ed Orgeron stepped up to the podium Monday’s afternoon and heaped praise on the 2019 Tigers. 

However, he was particularly complimentary of one position group.

“This is the best group of defensive backs I’ve ever coached,” Orgeron told the media members in attendance. “That’s 35 years of coaching.”

The unit which is lead by returning All-American safety Grant Delpit, who Orgeron described as one of the country’s top defenders, will feature returning starter and former Rummel standout Kristian Fulton, as well as some new faces, is just one of the many reasons the Tigers’ coach is excited about his team.

Despite his optimism about LSU’s roster Orgeron said his team is still looking to “block out the noise.” It’s the same motto the Tigers took ahead of last season’s 10-3 record when expectations weren't as high in Baton Rouge.

“Our Block out the noise statement is going to be there again this year,” Orgeron said. “Last year there was negativity. People didn’t know what kind of football team we were going to have. 

“They were talking about this, talking about that... Now, this year, they are saying we are going to have a really good football team. 

“And I do believe we are going to have a really good football team but we have to get back to work.” 

The Tigers return several starters from last season’s team including quarterback Joe Burrow who Orgeron expects to see run much more this season. Burrow will also have a complement of weapons including two of the top incoming freshmen running backs in Tyrion Davis and John Emery. Orgeron also said the players he’ll throw to are going to be a strength of the offense.    

He specifically highlighted the Tigers’ leading receiver from last season, Justin Jefferson, and sophomore pass catcher Ja’Marr Chase. He also said sophomore receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. was “coming into his own.” 

He also said he expected several more members of the 2019 recruiting class to see the field this season including cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and defensive lineman Apu Ika.

Orgeron said his team has a tough schedule this season but he expects them to be able to “answer the bell.”



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