For the first time since All-American linebacker Devin White was ejected for a controversial targeting foul Saturday, Ed Orgeron discussed losing his star defender.
“I want to say something about that call,” Orgeron said Tuesday on “Off the Bench” on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge. “It’s very unfortunate. I thought it was very unfair. I didn’t think it was the right call, but there’s nothing we can do about it now. We’ve got to move on. We can’t blink. That’s the past and we’re moving forward.”
As LSU moves forward into its open date, it has an extra week to prepare for life—for a half anyway—without arguably the best linebacker in college football against the nation’s top-ranked scoring offense. The Tide is averaging 54 points per game.
“I talked to Dave (Aranda) this morning,” Orgeron said. “Patrick Queen has done a good job for us. Micah Baskerville has done a good job for us. We’ve got Damone Clark. So, we’ve got some good linebackers. We’re going to have to get those guys ready to play and see which one can do the best job and play the first half.”
Baskerville has played in only five games, but did start at Florida when Jacob Phillips was out due to injury. Queen and Clark have each played in all eight games, but mostly on special teams and in a reserve role.
White leads LSU and is third in the SEC with 76 tackles on the season.
“We’re going to have to play our defense and not change a whole bunch and adjust to what they do,” Orgeron said. “It’s going to be a combination of both.
“Obviously, we are going to miss Devin.”
Orgeron also updated the status of guard Garrett Brumfield who suffered a knee injury Sept. 22 against Louisiana Tech and has not played since.
“He’s still not ready and I don’t know if he’s going to be ready against Alabama,” Orgeron said, describing the fifth-year senior as “60 percent” last week. “I don’t know how you get to 100 percent in two weeks.”
LSU will host No. 1 Alabama in Tiger Stadium Nov. 3 at 7:00 pm.
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