By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
BATON ROUGE: Coach O meet with the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the end of spring football camp and answer questions about this weekend's annual spring game.
Most are curious about the quarterback competition, hoping to hear who will lead the offense in 2021. That decision will not happen until the team returns in the fall, probably about two weeks before the season opener. Some were surprised that Max Johnson starting spring camp taking snaps with the first unit even though Myles Brennan had returned healthy from the injury that ended his 2020 season.
“You know, the reason why Max is getting the first snap is, I told him, hey, he finishes the season 2-0. You know it was hard for Myles. I could’ve gave Myles the first snap too. It really didn’t matter. They’re all competing for a job. Who takes the first snaps, they’ll all take equal snaps and stuff. I think that’s more of a status deal. There is no starting quarterback. They’re all competing and all four of them are very talented. I think you’re really going to like Garrett Nussmeier. He’s very talented. He’s got to learn the offense. TJ’s had a good spring. All of them had a good spring, but you know what, we’re just getting started. We’re putting in a new offense and new plays every day. We can’t judge those guys yet. We’ve got to get them enough reps to where we can get into the game situations, have some preseason games and then give them a chance to compete for the starting job,” said Ed Orgeron.
With the Tigers being short on running backs and in the secondary due to injury, Coach O was asked if the game might have a toned down format...
“No, no we want them competing. This is another practice. We need this. That’s why we’re going first offense vs. first defense. Second offense vs. second defense." Orgeron said.
Saturday will be an interesting game to watch and grade.. This team is very talented but has a lot of questions still to be answered since last season's disappointing 5-5 finish.
Things to watch for during the practice.....
How will the quarterback's share the snaps?
How will the offense handle working on running plays with a shortage of healthy running backs?
How will the second offensive line unit perform?
The linebackers and secondary play a basic new scheme... (Simplified. No blitzing in the game.)
The intensity and energy of the team...
Watch how the tight ends will perform, both blocking and receiving....
Below is the video of Tuesday's press conference....