Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: Are you ready for some LSU Football!??? The Tigers are ready to play and rebound from last year's disappointing 5-5 finish. LSU will open up the 2021 football season on the road against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm CST. and will be carried on FOX.
Last weekend UCLA (1-0), dismantled a pretty bad Hawaii team 44-10, while rushing for 244 yards.
Coach Orgeron has been very happy with his team's progress throughout the fall camp leading up to this weekend. But along came Hurricane Ida. The category 4 storm forced the team and staff to relocate to Houston, Texas to finish off preparations for the week one contest safely.
"It's like a bowl," said Orgeron. "Our team is focused. Players are coming early to meetings. We're kind of in our own little protected cocoon here, so it's been great. It's game week. There's a little pep in their step."
A major subject during fall camp leading up to this weekend has been the amount of injuries that has taken place. Most of them have been called minor camp injuries, but never the less, it's been enough to cause concern among the media and the fan base.
Of course the biggest injury of the entire camp has been quarterback Myles Brennan breaking his left arm in a freak accident while on a fishing trip. He is hopeful to return by mid-season.
Defensive tackle Glen Logan ended up reinjuring a stress fracture in his foot and is hoping to also return at the mid-season point.
Freshman running back Armoni Goodwin will miss Saturday's contest, as well as freshmen wide receiver Malik Nabors who will probably be out until the Auburn game.
The offensive line has been bitten by the injury bug all camp long, but everyone will be available to play against
the Briuns. "We haven't had our starting offensive line the whole camp, I think that's the area where we have to gel fast because UCLA looked pretty good on the defensive front," Orgeron said.
Derek Stingley and Eli Ricks are ready to go after missing several days of practice with camp injuries as well as veteran running backs John Emery Jr. and Ty Davis-Price.
We're all looking forward to seeing how this new, young LSU coaching staff fairs this weekend. Neither offensive coordinator Jake Peetz or defensive coordinator Daronte Jones have ever been coordinators before. The talent is there. Can this group of young men return to live by the "One Heartbeat, One Team" philosophy that the 2019 team was fueled by? We are only one day away from finding out. It's going to be fun.
All of us here at Da Boot Sports will continue to send prayers out to everyone effected by Hurricane Ida. God Bless