Scott Linehan at LSUs Spring practice Saturday.

Amos Morale III, WWL Radio

LSU's new coaches fitting in well with Tigers, Orgeron says

Amos Morale III
March 10, 2020 - 8:24 pm

LSU held its second Spring practice session Tuesday and Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron likes what he’s seen so far from his team — starting with the new-look coaching staff.

After winning a national championship in January, Orgeron hired Bo Pelini as LSU’s defensive coordinator and longtime NFL coach Scott Linehan as the Tigers passing game coordinator. The coaches replaced Dave Aranda who left to become the head coach at Baylor and Joe Brady who is the current offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.

“Scott Lineman is an old pro. He’s very knowledgeable,” Orgeron said. “The guys like him because of the guys he’s coached. He’s brought in some film of Megatron (Calvin Johnson) and that stuff and the guys are going to watch that and obviously, Bo’s demeanor, his temperament. 

“He’s a lot like I am. They know he’s gonna get after ‘em but at the end of the day, they know he’s going to love ‘em. I sit in the defensive meeting and I see him capturing this group more and more.”

LSU is also looking to replace several NFL bound starters including quarterback Joe Burrow.

Oregon said he was “very pleased” with what he’s seen from projected starter Myles Brennan so far and had high praise for some of the players looking to become big targets for the former Mississippi standout in 2020.

Orgeron highlighted a group of receivers that are looking to fill the void left by Justin Jefferson who caught 18 touchdown passes last season.

Senior Racey McMath  who appeared in 13 games last season and caught 17 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns, has been someone who’s stood out to Orgeron as he’s been very consistent in the workouts.

“You gotta look at Racey,” Orgeron said. “I’ll tell you who had a big day today was Trey Palmer. He showed his speed. We got two freshmen coming in, Jontre Kirklin made a big catch.

“That number three spot is important but we are going to play five or six receivers anyway.”

Another position group the Tigers are looking for new starters at linebacker as both Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips are bound for the NFL.

“Bo like Micah Baskerville, Damone Clark is going to fit in well. We have Marcel Brooks, he’s doing really well,” Orgeron said.

LSU returns to the practice field Thursday.

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