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College Football Playoff: LSU's Ed Orgeron talks OU's Jalen Hurts & CeeDee Lamb

LSU coach Ed Orgeron conducted a Peach Bowl press conference Friday on the eve of the game. Here are some of his more interesting answers:

Q. How has OU quarterback Jalen Hurts improved since you've last seen him on the field?

Orgeron: “Well, obviously, he was a young player when we played him (when Hurts was at Alabama). They're doing more things with him. He's the leader of this football team. He looks like to me, he's the heart and soul of this football team. I have to commend him, going into a new situation and obviously have won it over by, I'm assuming, the way he works. Knowing him and his character and what he's done, working with Coach (Lincoln) Riley, I think that those guys have a tremendous system, a tremendous program. He's very smart. He's very difficult to stop. I'm going to tell you what. The scheme makes it tough. And those guys, they block more people in the box than you have, and then they have CeeDee Lamb sitting out there. Very difficult scheme. They know how to call the right plays. But he runs the ball like a big tailback back there and also throws the ball well and also has come back from a deficit to lead his team to victory.”

Lamb and the matchup problems he presents, I'm assuming you're going to have to mix a lot of different coverages.

“No question about it. That was the first thing I heard about that. He played on the peewee league with (LSU safety) Grant Delpit. I can just about imagine how well that (team) was. Obviously, Coach (Riley) and them do a great job of recruiting Texas. A lot of our players went to Texas. They've done a great job with him. He's big and he's strong. He's one of the best receivers we've seen. We've faced some really good receivers. We see some really good receivers every day in practice. But he's different. Yards after the catch from this guy are phenomenal. You're going to have to cover one-on-one. You just can't put a safety over the top of him and stop Jalen Hurts all day. You have to mix it up. You can't give them the same thing every time. This guy (Riley) is too good of a play caller. You have to mix it up, take your shots. The biggest key is to keep him in front of you and tackle him. The yards after the catch is where he's really dangerous.”

Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda talked about how Jalen Hurts was the most dangerous scrambler since Ole Miss quarterback John Rhys Plumlee and talked about that was a rough afternoon for you. What did you learn from that experience, having to defend Hurts?

“I think we were a little surprised by the Ole Miss quarterback. We knew he could run. They had a scheme that really got to us a little bit. We weren't as prepared for that scheme as we thought we'd be. He was faster, and they were bigger. I don't think this is going to be the case. That doesn't mean we're going to stop him. We know this guy's a great player. We know they have a great scheme. We know they're going to make plays. We're just not going to shut down this offense, but we need to be in the right place at the right time. We need to play our blocks. We need to tackle in space and we need to keep coming after it. This is going to be a war. This is going to be one of the hardest offenses we've tried to stop since I've been here at LSU, and Jalen is one of the best players. We know that. He's beaten us twice already. He has the ultimate respect of the head coach here and everybody on our staff.”

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<strong>LSU coach Ed Orgeron says of OU quarterback Jalen Hurts: "He's beaten us twice already." [AP Photo/John Bazemore]</strong>

LSU coach Ed Orgeron says of OU quarterback Jalen Hurts: "He's beaten us twice already." [AP Photo/John Bazemore]

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Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›

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