LSU coach Ed Orgeron seemed pleased with the state of his offensive line as he spoke at the weekly Southeastern Conference Media Teleconference on Wednesday morning.
He said Saadhiq Charles’ return and center Lloyd Cushenberry’s health will hopefully give the Tigers a much-needed boost this weekend against Florida.
“I think we’re about as healthy as we’ve been on the offensive line,” Orgeron said. “We have Saadhiq back, we have Adrian Magee back, Donovaughn Campbell played well, and he can go in there. … The only one we’re missing right now is Garrett Brumfield.”
As far as the left guard position goes, Orgeron said the Tigers have a few options.
“(Chasen) Hines and Campbell have been working there,” he said. “We think those guys can do a good job there. We could also play Adrian Magee there. He can help us out.”
Orgeron continued to stress the importance of the turnover battle in LSU’s upcoming game against the Gators.
The Tigers enter the game with a +7 turnover margin despite losing two possessions to fumbles in the red zone against Ole Miss last weekend. Florida is one of the few teams in the SEC with a better margin, entering the contest at +9.
Orgeron called the red zone turnovers “uncharacteristic,” and he expects the Tigers to bounce back with a better performance in that area this weekend.”
“We work on (preventing turnovers), and we do drills every day,” Orgeron said. “It’s a mindset. We only had eight turnovers as a team last year, so that’s been our motto.
“I’m really disappointed in our two turnovers last week. That’s uncharacteristic of us. Florida is going to come after that ball, so we need to take care of it.”
Orgeron also commented on the friendly bet between former LSU coach Les Miles and long-time Florida coach Steve Spurrier.
The terms of the bet are as such: if LSU wins, Spurrier will eat some grass, and if Florida wins, Les Miles will wear a visor.
“We love Les Miles over here,” Orgeron said. “He did a tremendous job for the LSU Tigers. I love coach Spurrier myself. Two of the greatest coaches in college football. I hope they have fun with it.”