LSU offensive line focusing on communication to fix pass protection

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BATON ROUGE, La. – “There was way too much pressure on the quarterback,” LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron said, during Saturday’s post-scrimmage press conference. Pass protection was a plaguing issue for the Tigers, during the 2020 season.

In Monday’s presser, the players boiled the blocking issues down to one thing: communication.

“I think we need to do a better job of just communicating. The protections, getting them right, focusing on where the pressure’s coming from and getting that turned around,” starting quarterback Max Johnson said.

“We just gonna be working on picking up different blitzes, and helping each other pick up line game and creating good pocket awareness for the quarterback. We gotta work on not getting pushed back and pressing the pocket so the quarterback can have some room,” senior guard Ed Ingram added.

The offensive line’s chemistry should not be a problem. The team return’s four full-time starters from last year’s unit, and Cam Wire has officially become the Tigers’ starting left tackle. Wire played six games in 2020, mostly in place of former LSU tackle Dare Rosenthal.

However, the line will still need to gel with its new position coach Brad Davis, and buying into his coaching style and philosophy will be the x-factor in developing better chemistry.

“I know we haven’t been with him for that long, but we just need to trust him, and trust the process and know that all his coaching is goin to lead to greatness down the line,” Ingram said.

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