Ed Orgeron explains his decision to bring Joe Burrow and Lloyd Cushenberry to SEC Media Days
Earlier this week, the Southeastern Conference announced the player representatives set to be at SEC Media Days for all 14 league programs. If you missed it, Ed Orgeron decided he would be joined by safety Grant Delpit, quarterback Joe Burrow and offensive lineman Lloyd Cushenberry down in Hoover.
Considering LSU’s reputation as an elite defensive program, the decision to bring two offensive players said a lot.
During a Thursday appearance on ESPN Baton Rouge 104.5 FM program “Off the Bench,” Orgeron was asked to discuss his thought process behind bringing Lloyd Cushenberry and Joe Burrow down for the event.
For LSU’s coach, that’s an easy answer — Cushenberry is the team’s best offensive lineman and Burrow has emerged as the leader of his program.
“You know T-Bob, [Cushenberry] was our most consistent lineman last year. A leader up front,” Orgeron explained. “He is going to be a leader. I’ve challenged him and Joe Burrow to be the leaders of the team, of the offense, along with Damien Lewis. We need to be solid up front and Lloyd is our best player on the offensive line.”
Here is what Coach O had to say regarding his starting quarterback.
“Joe got the ‘it’ factor, that’s it,” Orgeron continued. “I played with T-Bob’s daddy, Bobby, he had the ‘it’ factor. He is a leader. Everyone knows he’s a hard worker. Joe doesn’t say much, he talks when he needs to, but he leads by example. He’s always studying, always leading and in our player-only practices, we’ve had 100 percent attendance all summer — even 10 a.m. in the summer — 100 percent of our team volunteered to practice on their own. That tells you a lot about the leadership of our team.”
For LSU’s offense to live up to the massive offseason hype, the program’s offensive line and quarterback play will have to step up this season. Based on these selections by Coach O, the players have done their part this offseason to show they are ready to take LSU’s offense to the next level.