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New LSU o-line coach James Cregg gets high marks — extremely high marks — from ex-Tiger in NFL

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BATON ROUGE, La. – One of Ed Orgeron’s new staff members got a ringing endorsement from a former Tigers standout now in the NFL.

Joe Barksdale just finished his seventh NFL season and third with the Los Angeles Chargers, where he was tutored by new LSU offensive line coach James Cregg in 2017.

“He’s going to be known as one of the best offensive line coaches in football if he stays in college that long,” Barskdale said on “After Further Review with Matt Moscona.”

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“He’s got the whole package – the film study, he understands theory, he understands technique, he knows how to tailor technique to different players’ strengths and weaknesses. He has multiple ways to solve problems as opposed to one way to do everything. He adapts and he is always cool under pressure. I’m not gonna lie – we’re gonna miss him (with the Chargers).”

Cregg got his start in coaching at Colorado State in 1999. He was a member of Lane Kiffin’s staff at Oakland, Tennessee and USC from 2007-13. He was on staffs with Orgeron with the Volunteers and Trojans. Despite spending the past four seasons in the NFL with the Broncos and Chargers, his time away from the college game shouldn’t hinder his ability to recruit, Barksdale said.

“Yeah, he can recruit,” Barksdale said, laughing. “You think Ed brought him in if he couldn’t? If you’re an offensive line coach, you got to be able to recruit. You’re not coaching the sexiest position. You’ve got to bring something else to the table.”

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Barksdale has made national headlines during the past week after he addressed his battle with depression in a Los Angeles Times story; his battle includes a failed suicide attempt this past fall.

Originally from Detroit, Barksdale played at LSU from 2007-11 before he was selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders. He has played in 93 NFL games with 70 career starts.

Cregg and the Tigers open spring practice March 11.

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