Football season really never sleeps, but SEC Media Days does create the kind of buzz that lets you know the season is right around the corner - vacations are wrapping up and now it's time to turn our attention to fall Saturdays.
The LSU Tigers stepped into the spotlight Monday at SEC Media Days in Atlanta. Head coach Ed Orgeron was very proud of the three young men he had representing the program.
"Great young men; it's hard," said Orgeron. "We left some good leaders back there. It's hard to only choose three but these guys are a great representation of LSU football."
"When I saw a tweet on Twitter of the big screen over at the Collegiate Hall of Fame and I was kind of on there, like I was on there carrying the ball," said senior tight end Foster Moreau. "And I was like, 'Wow.'"
"I'm just a guy of not many words; I don't say much you know," added junior defensive end Rashard Lawrence. "I like being in front of the camera, though. That's one thing. When you put a camera in front of my face, I'll talk all day."
"Just taking it all in; just taking it one step at a time," said junior linebacker Devin White. "I feel like I am a great person to represent LSU. I'm going to do it well. I'm going to do it with class. I feel like I give LSU all I got. And I feel like I can go out there and let everybody know what they want to know."
The more things change, the more things stay the same with LSU football. Can the Tigers finally find a savior at quarterback? Of the three guys we saw in the spring, no one really separated themselves there. So, Joe Burrow, a transfer from Ohio State who can play immediately, has joined the conversation. The Tigers gave their thoughts on Burrow so far.
"I've seen him do it by example. Watching him run sprints, competing in the wind sprints, competing in the weight room, always in the film room studying. Obviously, this fall camp is going to be important for him to win over the team and see what he can do with the ball in his hands," Orgeron explained.
"He's a great person. He's kind of got a swagger, like me. We listen to the same kind of music. The first day he pulled up, he was listening to Meek Mill when we were going to workouts. So, I thought, I can dig him. Me and him, we already got a $100 bet that I can't pick him off. That's what he said. So, I have to get a pick. The upside is if I don't get a pick off him in fall camp, I don't have to pay him anything. He's very confident," added White.
Longtime LSU assistant coach Jimbo Fisher was also at the event Monday. Fisher is now the head coach at Texas A&M. His 10-year contract with $75 million guaranteed got a lot of attention.
"I kind of like it; it's not about the money, it never is,” said Fisher. “Coached this game back when I was first coaching at Samford University. I was making less than $15,000 as the offensive coordinator. I wasn't doing it for the money then. I'm not doing it for the money now."
The Tigers haven't played in the SEC championship game since the 2011 season. They would love to somehow make it back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in early December, but not many people are counting on it. There's been plenty of talk about the Tigers going 7-5 or 6-6.
"We have to do a lot better and we know that. Starting from the top man to the strength coaches, we all have to do more and that's something we're excited to do," said Lawrence.
"I can't wait to hit somebody. I told Coach May, our special teams coordinator, make sure I'm on kickoff this year because I want to be the first to run down there and set the tempo of the game," White added.
And, whenever Chris Evans steps down as Captain America, perhaps Moreau can step right in. He looked pretty sharp in his bow tie and was excited to be representing LSU.
"I'm honored to be here. I'm happy that I've had the people around me to help me get here. My mom, my dad, my family, my grandparents - I love them all so much and I wouldn't be the man I am without them," he explained.
"Well, he's not a great person to be around because he's too smart. He uses big words all the time that you don't know what they mean. I'm pretty sure [LSU sports information director] Michael Bonnette and them told them don't come up here talking like this but other than that, his work ethic, he gets overshadowed by a lot of people but in the end, he’s about to wake some people up because he's been working extremely hard," White said.
"I believe he almost went to Tulane. Thank God, we did offer him a scholarship," Orgeron added.
Four of LSU’s opponents in the upcoming season: Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida, and Georgia, which hasn’t visited Tiger Stadium since 2008, will take the stage Tuesday at SEC Media Days.
White and Lawrence will once again be counted on to lead a talented defensive squad.
White led the Tiger defense last season with 96 total tackles and 14 tackles for loss, along with 4.5 sacks, one interception, five quarterback hurries, and one fumble recovery.
He has been named a preseason All-American by Sporting News and Athlon Magazine.
Lawrence battled through an ankle injury in 2017, but still played in 10 games, racking up 32 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries.
Moreau brings senior experience to a young offense.
Last year, he was second on the team (DJ Chark) in receptions with 24 for 278 yards, an 11.6 average per catch and three touchdowns.
White, Lawrence, Moreau and the rest of the Tigers travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX for the season opener against the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday, Sept. 2.
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