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From the Sat. scrimmage:

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The Tigers are still in the developmental stage of installing coach Steve Ensminger’s new scheme, and the absence of a starting quarterback has coaches using two styles of play. The scheme is, at least partially, dictated on the play-caller, coach Ed Orgeron said, and LSU’s three-man quarterback competition is headed for an August conclusion.

Coaches have installed just “35 percent” of the system, Orgeron said after Saturday’s scrimmage, the 12th of 14 practices in spring, all culminating in next week’s spring game at Tiger Stadium. The game begins at 5 p.m. and is televised on the SEC Network.

“We don’t have the whole offense in. This thing is going to go throughout the summer, throughout camp,” the coach said. “We want to look good next Saturday. I want the quarterbacks to look good. We want to throw the ball. Want all that to happen. I believe some of that is going to happen, but we’re not there yet. I ask the fans to be patient. We’re not where we need to be, but we’re going to get there.”

LSU’s scrimmage Saturday produced one of the strongest outings from redshirt freshman quarterback Lowell Narcisse, Orgeron said. He went 7 for 10 for 143 yards. Sophomore Myles Brennan completed half of his 20 passes for 98 yards, and redshirt junior Justin McMillan was 5 for 16 for 62 yards.

Reporters must rely on Orgeron for scrimmage statistics. Scrimmages, much like the team portions of practice, are closed to media.

“Lowell stood out today, made a lot of good throws, good plays,” Orgeron said. “Had some scrambles and big passes. He’s improved every day.”

Narcisse is running more of a zone-read scheme as opposed to more of the pro-style, pocket-passing system with Brennan on the field, Orgeron suggested.

It appears the result of the starting quarterback competition will also determine the direction of LSU’s offense. Does it feel like that to Orgeron?

“Almost. A little bit,” he answered. “We have certain things we’re going to do with most quarterbacks. Certain plays, all three quarterbacks are running, but we have certain things that skill sets of quarterbacks demand we do it.

“We’re running the same plays,” he said. “Once we find out who our quarterback is going to be, we’re going to do what they can do. Lowell will do more quarterback runs. Myles will do more drop-back passes.”

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/sports/lsu/article_d90d9abc-4010-11e8-9731-8f86a9aeb7c5.html

 

I was in La. for a high school reunion this weekend.  Talk was that Narcise has healed completely from his ACL injuries, he's losing some weight at 240 now, and he's coming on in the spring.  I would not be surprised to see 2 QB's play a lot early in the year, and maybe deep into the season.

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1 hour ago, houtiger said:

From the Sat. scrimmage:

I was in La. for a high school reunion this weekend.  Talk was that Narcise has healed completely from his ACL injuries, he's losing some weight at 240 now, and he's coming on in the spring.  I would not be surprised to see 2 QB's play a lot early in the year, and maybe deep into the season.

Man, if Narcisse is getting Down to 240, then that means he got quite heavy.  I think he was listed at 220 lbs coming to LSU.  He was an EE so at first he was just rehabbing, but then he was practicing throughout, so that doesn't sound good for a 18 / 19 year old athlete. 

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Have you seen him?  He's built like a Mack truck.  Not like he's Jamarcus post grad lol.  He's worked out with Jarvis Landry and others.  He's in tremendous shape.

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If they play both QB's in a game, and Brennan is drop back, and Narcisse is zone read, how hard is it for the o-line to adjust from one series or one quarter to the next?

Could Ensminger look at a defense and say, this one the zone read will work better against, and that one the drop back will work better, and go with one guy mostly against one opponent, and go with the other guy more against a different team?

When Bert Jones had to split time with Paul Lyons, Tiger fans didn't like it as Jones was clearly the better player.  But taking one of our current guys out and putting in another equally talented QB, with different talents, that could make sense.  If both QB's are effective, it seems like it gives LSU some good options we haven't had in a long time.  We couldn't find one effective QB many times (except Mett and Etling), much less two.

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My recorder is set to record the spring game. 

By the way, on SEC network, in the series on Legends of the SEC, they have done an hour on Pete Maravich, very complete and well balanced, one of the best one hour features on his life, they include recent interviews with his widow (lives in Covington) and his two sons.  Watch it or set it to record, it is well worth the hour.  It's a shame the video quality of his play from the 1960's is so grainy.  I didn't know that when he was with the Atlanta Hawks, right out of college, his huge salary compared to the rest of the team's established players caused such dissension that they had a bad locker room, and that is why Pete was traded away to the NO Jazz.  I used to go to the superdome and watch the Jazz play, to see Pete.  I liked to go see the NY Knicks, because they had Walt Frazier who was the best defensive guard in the league at the time, and Pete seemed to take special delight in lighting up Frazier, basically saying "I am not guardable!", and he was not.

There is a 16 min. video of all of his points in the article below, some of it is pretty incredible, Pete was at the top of his game at the time.  He had worked on his defense by then, and was also a good defensive player.  Sorry about the diversion, but the SEC Network piece on Pete brought this back up.

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Forty years ago today, Feb. 25, 1977, Pete Maravich played one of the most spectacular games in New Orleans basketball history. “The Pistol” scored 68 points in a 124-107 win against the New York Knicks at the Superdome.

Maravich victimized five different Knicks guards: Walt Frazier; Butch Beard; Earl Monroe; Dean Meminger; and Tickey Burden. Frazier was known as one of the best defenders in the NBA but Maravich averaged 35 points a game in his three previous matchups with Frazier. “We tried everything humanly possible to stop him,” Knicks coach Red Holtzman told The Times-Picayune that night. “We double-teamed him, we tried to have guys help out. We tried trapping him. He was just so darned hot, we couldn’t handle him.”

Maravich made 26 of 43 field goals and 16 of 18 free throws en route to his record-setting night. And this was before the 3-point shot had been instituted. At the time, it was the seventh highest scoring output in NBA history. It set the benchmark for the most points ever scored by a guard, eclipsing Jerry West’s mark of 63 in 1962. The mark still ranks fourth among guards all-time and 12th overall in NBA history. 

"It was really nice to achieve a personal goal like that and win," Maravich told the Times-Picayune after the game. "A lot of times I did this in college, and we didn't win."

A look back at that memorable night:

http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2017/02/remembering_the_night_pistol_s.html

 

 

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Who's going to the spring game?  You owe us a report tomorrow!  It's televised, so all observations are welcome!

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