Ed Orgeron met with the media for his first Monday luncheon of the football season. He addressed position battles, Georgia Southern, the depth chart and more. 

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Here’s some key quotes from today’s media availability:

Orgeron on Saturday’s game: “We’re playing a very good Georgia Southern team. A tough hard-nosed football team that won 10 games last year.”

Orgeron on Jontre Kirklin: “Like I said before, Jontre (Kirklin) has been the MVP of the week. He’s done a tremendous job.”

Orgeron said Tyler Shelvin and Apu Ika are “both starters” and that nose tackle position battle hasn’t been settled. 

Orgeron on the young DBs: “We’re really impressed with Cordale Flott. He’s separated himself to the point that if he started for us right now we’d feel comfortable putting him in.”

LSU’s starting offensive line, per Ed Orgeron:

LT: Saahdiq Charles

LG: Chasen Hines or Adrian Magee

C: Lloyd Cushenberry

RG: Damien Lewis

RT: Austin Deculus

LSU hosts Georgia Southern on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPNU. The Tigers are highly rated and expectations remain through the roof, but Coach Orgeron and his team will ‘block out the noise’ vs. a hard-nosed Sun Belt team.

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