Coach Ed Orgeron addressed the media today following the transfer announcements of 2 LSU QB’s, junior Justin McMillan and freshman Lowell Narcisse.
McMillan earned his degree over the summer and is eligible to play immediately under NCAA graduate transfer rules.
— JUSTIN MCMILLAN (@HONEYSLOTH_13) August 15, 2018
Narcisse, from St. James, said he plans to transfer to a junior college before committing to another FBS school. Per NCAA rules, non-graduate transfer players must sit out a season of eligibility.
— Lowell Narcisse Jr. (@L_Narcisse2) August 15, 2018
Although there had apparently been no decision made on a starter, the transfer decisions were understandable according to Coach O: “I don’t blame them. If they see that they’re not going to be the starting quarterback, they want to leave.” Later, he added: “College football is very transient nowadays, you need to be ready.”
Orgeron made it clear that LSU feels good about the 2 QB’s still battling for a starting spot, sophomore Myles Brennan and Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow, saying that the offense has come together as those two have gotten the majority of the reps; a “complete difference on offense” with both quarterbacks showing more consistency & fire.
— James Moran (@SmartestMoran) August 15, 2018
The Tigers had been working in a number of different formations on offense, including some wildcat formations for Narcisse, something Orgeron said could remain in the playbook using a RB in the place of the QB.
While the transfer discussion was clearly the hot topic of of today’s press conference, Coach O took some time to point out a couple of young local players who have been making plays and should help whomever is throwing them passes look good, freshmen wideouts Terrace Marshall (Bossier City, La./Parkway HS) and Ja’Marr Chase (Metarie, LA/Archbishop Rummel).
“There were high expectations coming in; usually with high expectations there’s a little dissapointment and they have not dissapointed at all.”
I’ve got a pretty good feeling about this JaMarr Chase cat https://t.co/unrPIPIhIm
— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) August 15, 2018
On the defensive side of the ball another freshman, CB Kelvin Joseph (Baton Rouge, LA/Scotlandville Magnet HS), drew praise for his play so far.
Watch out for freshman CB Kelvin Joseph. We saw him working as a first-team CB opposite Greedy Williams at practice. Now Ed Orgeron is singing the Baton Rouge native’s praises.
— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) August 15, 2018
Adding to the superlatives on defense, a number of areas were called out as positives: the return of CB Greedy Williams (Shreveport, La./Calvary Baptist Academy), the play of Sr. Safety Todd Harris (Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine HS) and the overall play of their linebacking corps.
With all that said, the big question lingered around who’d be calling the signals for LSU and, with the opening kickoff against Miami just around the corner, we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out.