WATCH LSU’s Ed Orgeron preview Georgia: ‘best offensive and defensive line we’ve seen’
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron provided a break down of the Georgia football offense and defense on Monday at his press conference in Baton Rouge, and he sounded impressed.
“It will be the best offensive and defensive line we’ve seen all year,” Orgeron said. “Probably three or four guys that will be draft choices. All five of them will play in the NFL.
“They’re multiple on offense. Averaging 33 points a game. 200 (yards) on the ground, 220 passing. Jake Fromm, excellent quarterback. We all know about him.”
The Tigers are up to a 7-point favorite over the Bulldogs — the line opened at 4 — in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (TV: 4 p.m., CBS).
Orgeron made it clear he’s aware Fromm has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in the last four games, indicating he doesn’t think any less of him because of it.
“I can’t tell you why he’s throwing under 50% yet, I can’t tell you that,” Orgeron said. “I will tell you this: he’s a winner, a fantastic young man, he’s a leader. They believe in him at Georgia. He’s won a lot of games. That tells you a lot about a quarterback.”
Orgeron said D’Andre Swift is “one of the best tailbacks in America,” adding that the Bulldogs have “big wide receivers, and a great offensive line. Very, very good system. Very physical football team.”
LSU has the best offense in the SEC, but Orgeron said he expects the Tigers to face a challenge against the Bulldogs.
“By far the best defense we’ve seen, 10 points per game, they basically are a 4-3, some 3-4,” Orgeron said. “Only giving up 257 (yards) a game. Tyler Clark and their defensive line, I watch them all the time, because I watch opponents’ offensive line.
“They play with a low pad level … they bring that No. 99 (Jordan Davis) in that weighs about 330 pounds. I’m sure that’s a light day for him. He knocks everybody back, lets those linebackers run.”
Orgeron has also taken note of the secondary.
“They’re very well-coached, they’re quick, disruptive,” Orgeron said. “J.R. Reed is one of the best safeties we’re going to see. He and Richard LeCounte, two outstanding safeties.”
Most impressively, Orgeron said, is how the Bulldogs pursue the football.
“The thing when you watch the Georgia Bulldogs, ever since I’ve been watching football, they get 11 helmets to the football,” Orgeron said. “They fly to the football. They tackle well in space. They’re very physical.”
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