LSU reloading on offense: Ed Orgeron talks up his freshman class on the offensive side of the ball
The talk all offseason when it comes to LSU’s football team has been all the star power lost this offseason in Baton Rouge but the way Ed Orgeron tells it, the next generation of Tigers that have arrived in Baton Rouge are poised to create legacies of their own starting this fall.
There’s no way LSU replaces the production lost when Joe Burrow exhausted his eligibility, as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner put together arguably the great individual season in college football history, but Orgeron and his LSU program have all the confidence in the world when it comes to Myles Brennan’s ability to step into the lineup and produce at a high level.
When it comes to the uncertainty behind Brennan on the QB depth chart in Baton Rouge, that’s a fair question to ask but Orgeron spoke highly of the two freshman quarterbacks LSU signed this offseason in Max Johnson and TJ Finley. If you were unaware, Max is the son of former NFL quarterback, Brad Johnson.
“Backing up Myles will be Max Johnson and TJ Finley. I really believe those two guys are very, very talented and are going to push Myles,” Orgeron said during a Wednesday virtual appearance speaking with the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. “This is an open competition, Myles is going to have to earn the winning job but I think he’s going to do it. But that doesn’t mean the other guys can’t beat him out. So, it’s going to be great to see in August.”
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Arguably LSU’s biggest win on the recruiting trail last cycle came when the Tigers pulled off a stunning victory beating out Kirby Smart’s Georgia program and Nick Saban’s Alabama program for tight end, Arik Gilbert.
Prior to his public commitment to LSU, the Peach State native was expected to be picking between Georgia and Alabama. Both programs had big holes at the tight end position, but the opportunity to play in Baton Rouge was too much for Gilbert to pass up.
That’s something that has Orgeron smiling to this very day.
“Tremendous young man from Georgia, tremendous talent,” Orgeron said of Gilbert. “We going to play him at tight end, wide receiver. You are going to be excited to see him play. 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, very athletic, runs like a wide receiver.”
Losing Burrow is the departure most typically point to when discussing LSU entering the 2020 season but local Baton Rouge native Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the heart and soul of the Tigers offense in 2019. Replacing him will be incredibly difficult but Orgeron spoke very highly of the team’s most recent running back signee.
“I want you to remember this name now, Kevontre Bradford. He is a talented young man,” Orgeron commented.
Finally, after claiming the receivers his program is returning may be the best group in the nation, LSU’s coach talked up receiver signees Kayshon Boutte, Koy Moore and Alex Adams.
“I’m really excited, I get excited by a lot of things, but Kayshon Boutte, Koy Moore and Alex Adams. Three outstanding young receivers,” Orgeron concluded.
There has been a lot to be excited about in Baton Rouge in recent years but the best may be yet to come based on these comments from the leader of the LSU program.