HOOVER, Ala. – Gridiron Now’s Frank Frangie and Matt Moscona previewed the 2017 LSU Tigers at SEC Media Days on Monday.
Moscona was somewhat hesitant about his expectations for LSU this season, suggesting things could go one of two ways for the Tigers.
“They got dudes. They’ve got athletes at every position,” he said. “The reason maybe they’re not confident is they don’t have a lot of experience, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
“They lose 19 seniors, they lose eight defensive starters, four to five top-five tacklers, two guys who went in the first round of the NFL draft. They’re replacing a lot. And not just bodies — a lot of really productive players.”
Moscona also was unsure of what LSU will get out of Ed Orgeron, who enters his first full season as Tigers coach this fall. Though he went 4-2 after taking over on an interim basis, he went just 10-25 as Ole Miss coach from 2005-07.
“He’s never built and sustained success at a power program like LSU,” Moscona said. “It’s one thing to take over four games into a season and say, ‘Hey, keep the team together. Don’t let it fall apart.’ It’s another to build and sustain success over a long period of time. Ed Orgeron hasn’t done that, so LSU took a risk in hiring him.”
Still, Moscona said he believes Orgeron is a different coach – and man – than he was 10 years ago.
LSU’s new offensive coordinator is Matt Canada, who is supposed to help the Tigers get over their ineffectiveness in the passing game. Moscona says Canada can’t be any worse than who LSU has had in his position in recent years.
Watch the full video of the LSU season preview above.
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