Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: Well, as of 12:30pm on Monday, Ed Orgeron is still the head coach of the LSU Fighting Tigers, as he held his weekly "Tell the Truth Monday" press conference. With the team sitting at 3-3 overall and 1-2 in SEC play, coming off of their worse defeat of the season, I figured that Scott Woodward would have seen enough. Orgeron mentioned that no one as spoken to him about his job status at all.
Florida comes to Tiger Stadium on Saturday with a 4-2 record. Maybe a loss to the Gators will be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Time will tell... I still feel like the change needs to happen now. Not at season's end. A good friend of mine, Billy Embody with GEAUX24/7 thinks it may happen during the bye week after Ole Miss game to give the interim head coach time to make his adjustments leading into the Bama contest.
Dan Mullen will bring his team into Death Valley focused on winning to take the momentum of a two game winning streak into their contest with Georgia next weekend. They could be catching the Bulldogs at the right time as Georgia will play Kentucky this Saturday.
Florida is ranked 3rd in the country in rushing the football, averaging 273 yards per contest. That's bad news for a banged up LSU defense after giving up 330 yards rushing to Kentucky last week. The Tiger defense will be without Derek Stingley, Ali Gaye, Major Burns, and Joe Evans. However, Eli Ricks is expected to return and Glenn Logan will see his first action of the season.
Florida quarterback Emory Jones has thrown for 1,144 yards while completing 68.2% of his passes (107-of-157), with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions this year (190.7 yards per game). He’s also carried the ball 75 times for 479 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 79.8 yards per game.
Running back Anthony Richardson has rushed for 311 yards on 21 carries (77.8 yards per game), with two touchdowns on the ground this year.
Jacob Copeland has 21 catches and leads the team with 370 yards (61.7 per game) while scoring three touchdowns.
The LSU offense could find some success against Florida if they can sustain the running game that they put together in the second half of last weekend's game. Right now the offensive line is the healthiest they've been all season. They will need to continue to open holes for the backs and give Max Johnson more time to throw the football. But whatever the offense is able to produce on Saturday, they will need to do it without the team's leading receiver Kayshon Boutte who has been lost for the season with an ankle injury.
The video of Coach O's Monday press conference is below for you to view... GEAUX TIGERS!!!