Notebook | LSU injury report, an “inspirational” pep talk and a change at kicker for Florida game

By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor

LSU will have its top two tailbacks in its Southeastern Conference showdown with Florida this Saturday, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday, but how much either back will carry the ball remains unclear.

Both Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams will play against the Gators after practicing Thursday, Orgeron said. Trainer Jack Marucci will monitor how they feel during pregame warm-ups at The Swamp.

“Both are going to be limited,” Orgeron said.

That’s about as specific as the LSU boss would be when it came to injuries heading into Saturday. Toby Weathersby is considered “questionable,” though he said expect freshman Saahdiq Charles to start at right tackle for the second consecutive week.

Outside linebacker Corey Thompson, defensive back Xavier Lewis and offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell are also considered “questionable,” according to Orgeron.

Here are some other news and notes from Orgeron’s post-practice presser:

– LSU is changing place kickers again after another week of struggles, going with Connor Culp against the Gators.  “We’re going to give him a chance and see what he can do,” Orgeron said. “He had a good week of practice but he’s got to do it in game time.”

– Orgeron was impressed with freshman JaCoby Stevens’ first week back at safety, his natural position, after moving over to offense one day into training camp: “He’s a big, physical safety. Little rusty, but did a good job. He’s natural.” The coach said there’s “no doubt” Stevens would at least play on special teams.

– Former LSU linebacker Duke Riley gave an “inspirational” talk to the Tigers after practice, Orgeron revealed. Riley, with his Atlanta Falcons on their bye week, came to Baton Rouge to speak about “effort” and “LSU pride.”

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James Moran was Editor of Tiger Rag from August 2018 to October 2019. He previously served as the associate editor since 2014. He is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

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