Ed Orgeron: Zach Von Rosenberg, Josh Growden to potentially split time at punter for LSU

September 28, 2017

It appears there may be a position controversy brewing at LSU, but it’s not the one you think.

While Ed Orgeron reaffirmed at his weekly call-in radio show that everything is as planned concerning Danny Etling as starting quarterback with Myles Brennan serving as backup, Orgeron said the Tigers could use two punters this week.

Orgeron previously said Zach Von Rosenberg would be the LSU punter moving forward, but on Wednesday night suggested it might not be over for Josh Growden.

The first-year head coach said LSU will use Von Rosenberg in some situations where he’s bet suited and Growden in others. He did not expand on what those situations may be.

Against Syracuse, Von Rosenberg had punts of 49 and 40 yards. Two of his three punts this season have been fair caught and one was pinned within the 20.

Before Von Rosenberg seemingly took over at the spot midway through the Syracuse game last week, he averaged 38.8 yards on his 13 punts with a long of 53 yards.

“We want to give Zach a chance, we gave him a chance,” Orgeron said. “We’re going to use Zach in situations where we think he can help us. ... Josh has done a good job for us, and we’re going to use Josh in situations where he’s best and Zach in situations where he’s best.”

On Monday Orgeron said Von Rosenberg had taken over at the spot due to Growden’s inconsistency the first three games.

“I think Zach’s going to be our punter until he gets beat out,” he said of the situation on Monday.

Orgeron again stated that running back Derrius Guice would be questionable for Saturday’s game, keeping in line with his assessment he gave Wednesday morning during the SEC coaches teleconference.Orgeron didn’t go into any more detail about how upcoming changes to the offense, but did reaffirm that simplification is the plan. He said “We’re going to leave in the things we do well and take out the things we don’t do well that’s causing us to make mistakes. Our offensive staff has done a temendous job of trimming stuff down this week.”It appears the installation of the LSU offense is complete, Orgeron said. Orgeron said the playbook is fully installed but is unsure if coordinator Matt Canada had called everything they have yet.Adrian Magee will not start for LSU at right guard this week, but is expected to play a lot against Troy. Ed Ingram has started at right guard the last few weeks.Asked about what the most important position he’s looking for in the 2018 recuriting class, Orgeron responded with “Linemen, linemen, linemen, linemen and more linemen.”