It seems that Stanford education received by graduate transfer Terrence Alexander is being put to good use.
LSU is asking the veteran defensive back to apply his savvy at a number of positions all over the secondary.
Alexander is competing with Kary Vincent to start at nickel back, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Monday. Alexander has also worked some at safety during practice this week, an experiment Orgeron confirmed on the Southeastern Conference Teleconference.
“He’s working at nickel, working at corner and a little bit at safety,” Orgeron said. “We tried several different packages to see where he can help us out the best. What we like about Terrence is he’s very smart.
“He’s mature, and he can handle different roles in our defense, and he is going to valuable for us this season.”
Here’s some of the other notable bites from Orgeron’s time on the teleconference Wednesday morning:
– On what separated Joe Burrow in the QB competition: “I think consistency day in and day out. It was a very tight race between he and Myles (Brennan). The grades were very close, but overall he was the most consistent quarterback throughout camp … It was an advantage for him that we were putting in a new offense so he wasn’t that far behind everybody else. He was there on the first day of installation for a lot of this offense, and I think that was an advantage. Going into the game, obviously you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, how he’s going to react under first, but we do feel that he’s poised, he’s consistent and he’s mature. We expect him to play well.”
– On backup quarterback Myles Brennan: “We have confidence in (Burrow), but also in Myles. Myles is one play away. We expect Myles to be ready to play if called upon, so both quarterbacks prepared. They’ve studied very hard.”
– On Miami defense: “Joe Jackson, projected first-round pick, 10 sacks. Very quick off the ball. Jaquan Johnson may be one of the best safeties we play. Another projected first-round pick. Shaq Quarterman, all over the place. But the thing they do is they cause turnovers. They play fast. They’re back to playing Miami defense. Blitzing. Very well coached. This is a very aggressive defense. Very impressive.”