LSU football coach Ed Orgeron joined the Dukes & Bell Show Tuesday to talk football, recruiting and LSU in a spirited conversation. He also spoke about third-round linebacker Duke Riley, who the Falcons added during the 2017 NFL Draft.

“You’re getting a great kid, runs a great 40, and he was instrumental, in many ways, in our program,” said Orgeron about Atlanta’s newest linebacker, a kid the team hopes will add an always-around-the-football mentality to pair with former LSU teammate Deion Jones.

Speaking of LSU, the Tigers’ coach talked about the team’s quarterback situation, one that hasn’t been solid since the days of Zach Mettenberger.

Danny Etling played 11 games for LSU during his junior season in 2016 and completed 59.5 percent of his passes and connected on 11 touchdown throws. He had five interceptions as well. “Danny did a great job for us last year,” said Orgeron, “but he didn’t have a good spring.”

Click below to hear the entire conversation with Orgeron. Here were some of the topics:

  • Orgeron on recruiting in Atlanta: “We love recruiting in Atlanta. We’re proud of the guys we have and had (Arden Key, Kelvin Shepard and Perry Riley) and we’re looking to grab some more.”
  • On getting the LSU job: “I knew when they named me interim coach I wasn’t going to let go of the rope for the job.  I love recruiting, feeding them some good gumbo and meeting their mommas.”
  • On competing in the SEC: “I understand we’re in the toughest division in the toughest conference and we welcome the challenge.”
  • On new offensive coordinator Matt Canada: “His job – score points.  We’re expecting a lot of things out of Coach Canada.”
  • On Arden Key: “He’s another grown man, my friend.  He runs with a passion and he will be one of the best players in the country this season. I think Arden’s going to be fine.  He took the spring off for personal reasons and we were fine with that.”
  • Can you beat Alabama? “We’re going to take it one game at a time and when we step on that field in Tuscaloosa, we will be prepared. [I know] how to manage my team and I’ve learned from the those experiences.”
  • On Lane Kiffin: “We’re good friends and I know if he didn’t get a head job, I believe he would have come [to Baton Rouge].  He’s a great friend and a great man, and you won’t hear anything negative from me. But we’re happy with the addition of Coach Canada.”




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