Ed Orgeron, Joe Burrow, Grant Delpit and Lloyd Cushenberry represented the LSU contingent for 2019 SEC Media Days in Hoover. Coach Orgeron took the podium around 4:55 ET to preview the upcoming season and answer questions.

Lots of the talk surrounded the team’s high expectations entering the season, almost a complete opposite from last year’s media days. According to ESPN FPI, LSU is projected to win 9.5 games. Orgeron emphasized on Monday the team will continue to ‘block out the noise’ regardless of how the media perceives them … good, bad or anywhere in between.

Here’s some key quotes from Coach O’s time at the podium:

“We’re excited about the three young men that we brought here today.”

“I think Grant Delpit is the best defensive player in the country coming back this year.”

“Kardell Thomas is going to have a chance to start at left guard.”

Orgeron on blocking out the noise: “Last year there was negativity … now this year they’re saying we’re going to have a really good football team.”

“We went to the spread and hired Joe Brady. He has been a game-changer for our staff.”

Orgeron on LSU’S backup QB: “Myles Brennan is up to 212 pounds. We’re going to play him in significant times this year.”

“The strength of our offense is probably going to be our wide receiver core led by Justin Jefferson.”

“I think this is the best group of defensive backs I’ve ever coached.”

Orgeron on the new rivalry with Texas A&M: “I think they way last year’s game ended added to the rivalry. It’s a game I’ll be looking forward to. We felt that we should have won that game three or four times, but that’s done.”

Orgeron on Joe Burrow: “If we let him, [Joe] would run through a brick wall. He has a linebacker mentality.”

“We gave up 167 yards rushing per game last year. That’s not championship football.”

Orgeron on how he’s changed since his first media days: “I’m a lot more comfortable being the head coach at LSU. Last year was a pivotal year. We proved we could win. I do believe I have a better staff this year than I’ve ever had.”

Orgeron on how LSU can improve: “We still have to get better at the line of scrimmages. I’m not saying we need better players, we need to perform better.”

Orgeron on recruiting nationally: “LSU has a national brand. SEC is the hot ticket now, especially the SEC West. Players want to come compete.”

“I’m going to be a lot more involved coaching the defensive line this year than I’ve ever been.”