Ed Orgeron: 'This is a team for the ages'

Amos Morale III
January 14, 2020 - 1:28 pm

Ed Orgeron said Tuesday morning that he could recall thinking his quarterback was making some grand promises when Joe Burrow claimed LSU would average 40 points per game.

The Tigers were installing a new spread offense with first year passing game coordinator Joe Brady collaborating with offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger. 

Players said the early returns were promising but after a 15-0 season which saw LSU win a national championship and shatter college football scoring records Orgeron has a simple description for his team’s play on that side of the ball:

“This offense was a force.”

Burrow through for a college football record 60 touchdown passes this season and won the Heisman Trophy. Ja’Marr Chase was one of three LSU receivers to break the school record for touchdown receptions catching an all-time SEC-high 20 as he won the Biletnikoff award. Even LSU’s offensive line earned national recognition.

“We got an O-line award,” Chase said. “The freaking trophy’s bigger than them. It’s amazing that we got all this accomplished in one year, to be honest.”

Chase described the Tigers offense as prolific and his teammate Patrick Queen agreed adding that LSU’s defense fed off of its offense’s success.

“That's why I think you have to have a good team, so the offense and defense can feed off each other,” Queen said. “I feel like when we play, we feed off each other. Every play is a big play, Joe throwing a ball to Ja'Marr, Clyde making a big run. 

“Our defense feeds off of that. When we make a sack, our offense feeds off of that. To be a great team, you have to have those guys to be able to feed off of each other.”

With that combo the Tigers were able to beat seven top 10 teams including No. 3 Clemson. Orgeron said he thought it would be hard to duplicate the success this record breaking squad had.

“I think this is a team for the ages,” Orgeron said. “Especially how prolific we were on offense, and to have that type of quarterback that we have, to go 15-0 and to beat the teams that we beat, all the top teams that we played, we beat them, obviously. 

“We had a tremendous schedule. We answered the bell. These guys didn't blink. We didn't have a bad game. We played 15 good football games, and this is going to be hard to beat.”

LSU running back Clyde Edward-Helaire, who rushed for more than a thousand yards this season, hopes another team is able to have this type of success.

“I hope it will be next season with this same team,” he said. “But ultimately the make up of the guys from Joe coming from Ohio and Thad doing his thing from transferring from NC State to Jets (Justin Jefferson) being that two-star athlete that nobody wanted to accept, everything that I went through… That offensive line always being doubted…. I don’t think you can make a story as good as this one.”

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