Ed Orgeron says LSU expecting to host a fired up Arkansas team

Amos Morale III
November 18, 2019 - 3:36 pm

Ed Orgeron said LSU had a lot to be proud of after posting 58 points and over 700 yards of offense at Ole Miss. But the Tigers head coach, said there were also a lot fo things to correct including, among other things, the play of LSU’s defense in the second half of the 58-37 win against the Rebels.

However, Orgeron said Monday, he didn’t want to get too down on his team as the players were already disappointed with their second half play which saw them give up 31 points to Ole Miss.

“I knew they were a little disappointed,” he said. “I think that would have just added fuel to the fire. I thought they needed to be picked up a little bit. To compliment them on a win, not take for granted winning.

“We've been on some teams, no matter whether they've not played so well, might not have played so well, had a hangover. I don't think we had a hangover. Played well in the first half. They made some plays. I wanted to give them confidence, how much I believe in them.”

The Tigers will look to tighten up on defense as they host the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

Orgeron said the defensive adjustments will start with coaching.

“We need to fix our run fits,” Orgeron said. “There were a couple of runs that gave us some problems. I for one called the run stop on that first long run in the second half that didn't work. We're trying to be a little too aggressive…Had a couple guys out of position. We need to fix our positions on those plays.”

Orgeron also said LSU is hoping that one its defense’s key players, safety Grant Delpit, is able to get a bit healthier ahead of Saturday’s 6 p.m. kickoff.

“It's tough when he doesn't practice all week,” Orgeron said. “I don't know if any players would have played against Alabama, Grant wanted to play. I thought he did well.

“Obviously that ankle is very sore, not getting reps hurts sometimes. Making tackles in open space hurts sometimes because he can't bend or run like he wants to. We're going to give him a couple days off this week and hopefully he can get healthy for this weekend.” 

The Tigers are facing a Razorbacks team that is playing its first game under interim head coach Barry Lunney Jr. and Orgeron, who’s had stints as an interim coach, said he is expecting Arkansas to be fired up.

“Interim coach, they had an open date, obviously he's changed things around. He's going to rally the troops. They going to come out and give their best effort. We know they will,” Orgeron said.

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