As of Tuesday morning, Ed Orgeron was doubtful that ailing left guard Garrett Brumfield would be able to get back in the lineup before LSU plays Alabama next Saturday night.
Two practices and five speaking opportunities for Orgeron later, the outlook is a bit more optimistic.
Orgeron said that Brumfield could potentially be healthy enough to play against Alabama after “surprisingly” practicing each of the past two days. The coach estimated Brumfield was at 60 percent health to begin the week, but he’s apparently looked good at practice.
“He could play,” Orgeron said on his call-in radio show Wednesday night.
LSU will hold its annual Tiger Bowl practice Thursday — underclassmen scrimmage with older players serving as the coaches — before taking the weekend off for the open date. Brumfield’s status will remain a wait-and-see determination through practice next week.
True freshman Chasen Hines has handled the lion’s share of the work at left guard since Brumfield went down with a knee injury. Adrian Magee and Donavaughn Campbell have made starts there as well, but Orgeron has praised Hines’ effort aside from a handful of freshman mistakes.
NOTES & QUOTES
– On recruiting, Orgeron said LSU has “one of the best running backs in the country committed to us already,” referring to Tyrion Davis of Southern Lab. He added that LSU wants to sign two-to-three backs in the 2019 cycle.
– Orgeron on Grant Delpit as a pass rusher, tackler and coverage safety: “He’s all over the ball. We use him in so many different ways. It’s like having three great players.”
– Orgeron on Mike Divinity: “I’m proud of Michael. Michael has become an excellent football player … He’s one of our best pass rushers.”
– Asked about potentially adding transfers in 2019, Orgeron said LSU is “looking at the best players available.” He listed quarterback, running back, offensive and defensive linemen, tight ends and safeties among the positions LSU could add depth at.
– LSU will hold its annual “Tiger Bowl” scrimmage on Thursday. Underclassmen will play as older players serve as coaches. Orgeron said Joe Burrow will call plays for the offense while Devin White and John Battle share play-calling duties on defense.
– LSU’s players have the weekend off for the open date. Orgeron said he’ll be going to watch his son Cody play for McNeese State on Saturday. Cody was recently named starting quarterback.