LSU quarterback Danny Etling hoping for improvement in second season with Tigers

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With his barrel chest and booming, gravelly voice, LSU's new football coach was the star attraction on Monday at Southeastern Conference media days.

Orgeron held the title of assistant head coach at Southern Cal when he was hired at Ole Miss. Les Miles might have been Saban's latest "victim" despite being one of only three people walking the planet who have beaten the Alabama coach in consecutive meetings. Muschamp went 28-21 in four years at Florida and turned that into the SC job with only one year between gigs.

So what exactly is the measure of success for Orgeron in 2017?

"I don't do what I used to do", Orgeron said. "Ever since he was here, I had a great time learning from him, as I learned a lot". Was given a great chance. I did the things that I did as the defensive line coach and was very successful over the years. "It didn't work at Ole Miss, although I recruited well".

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Orgeron said there will be a quarterback competition in camp, although he added that, "Right now if we were to play, Danny Etling would be our starter". "We won nine games". He led the Tigers to division wins over Ole Miss, Arkansas and Texas A&M, a Citrus Bowl victory over Louisville and won over his administration and, every bit as important, his locker room.

He concluded that two primary changes were needed before he gained a second chance. "With Leonard, I feel like he is more of a bigger back, a bruiser that could go up through the middle".

Since then, Orgeron is 12-4 at two top-tier programs. "At LSU we never get some kind of break like that". They failed to score more than 14 points in each of those defeats. It has finished worse in the postseason AP poll than the preseason poll in each of the past five seasons, with no major bowl appearances. "Let him do his job the way he needs to do it and if we had to make an adjustment or a correction I'd do it in an office and we'd do it professionally".

Orgeron will be responsible for fixing all of that as quickly as possible. Miles was just 2-2 in the four games he coached.

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Ditto for the Razorbacks, who took a small step back with a 7-6 record.

"I'm excited, I'm honored to be the head coach at LSU", said Orgeron. Coach coaches very well and gets his team ready to play. "I'm proud Coach O has been given the opportunity". Last year, it was a very tight game.

Receiver D.J. Chark told the story of Orgeron cancelling winter conditioning one day to stage a home run derby at LSU's softball field.

"I thank God", Orgeron said when his 10-year anniversary was brought up in the question-and-answer session of the first day of the four-day event at the same Wynfrey Hotel in suburban Birmingham. "But we have the same expectation of our staff. ..." But I don't feel the pressure from that.

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He looked in the mirror after the firing and vowed to become a head coach again. There may be good things to say about Ed Orgeron as a head coach. And there were plenty of great comments, including one about high school football. A lot of factors had to happen for me to get the job at LSU.

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