LSU's DJ Chark, Derrius Guice impressed with Danny Etling's improvement, leadership

Posted July 12, 2017

LSU's Ed Orgeron is a head coach in Baton Rouge for the first time at the media extravaganza but previously coached at Ole Miss a decade ago.

"There's no telling", Chark said. The crowd of 87,451 sat in mostly stunned silence. I wish that we had our own camps on our own campuses and that would be it, but that's not the rule there. "That is a man who I have looked up to for the past four to five years".

Etling "loves that we made it a quarterback competition", Orgeron said. "Me watching them, it's really pointless. Then we find out that's not what they're reviewing". The Tigers of Les Miles didn't cross midfield in that contest until the midway mark of the fourth quarter, and their offense was woeful in last year's matchup as well. "We celebrated, then we had to walk into the locker room from being so happy to being so down". I talked to him and he said he just didn't want anybody to feel sorry for him. "Something that I'll never forget". "He's changed the program so much". "I'm proud Coach O has been given the opportunity".

Just picture it: LSU's Heisman Trophy hopeful and potential first-round National Football League draft pick having temporarily lost half of his hearing while feverishly chewing gum between the short walks from one interview room to the other. There may be good things to say about Ed Orgeron as a head coach.

Orgeron, the interim-turned-full time head coach, was back at the podium for the first time in 10 years since representing Ole Miss in 2007.

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The Tigers return 14 starters from last year's Citrus Bowl-winning team, including SEC leading rusher Derrius Guice.

Together with Auburn, the two teams represent probably the West's best chance to unseat Alabama from the throne it has held for three straight years. I was going to treat each one of our players the same way I treat my sons. "I was born in Louisiana, and they're very high". "But we have the same expectation of our staff. ..." I don't feel the pressure from that. It was a chance to be a head coach in the SEC and I learned a lot.

"That last game, going into the bowl, Leonard could not play".

Now that he's learned it, there's a new number he'd prefer to focus on: Auburn hasn't won a game in Baton Rouge, where the two teams will meet on October 14, since 1999. "I don't know when he'll be back, what time he'll be back".

"Getting the job was well deserved for him", Guice said.

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Due to the rescheduling of the Florida game for Tiger Stadium last November, the Tigers have five conference road contests this year. It definitely shows that he gets us.

Still, it's hard not to think about what transpired in that final second at Jordan-Hare Stadium last September.

"Danny was like 'Hey, I'll be there in 30 minutes, '" Chark said. With Derrius being a smaller, stockier guy, I think he's a guy that can do more.

Something else hasn't changed, although this more quadrennial or so in nature. I mean, I could tell he would be hurt sometimes but during that spring grind, a lot of people have different nicks and bruises. Maybe we would have somehow won a natty.

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