Favorite: LSU now a ‘winning environment’

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Former LSU defensive lineman Marlon Favorite remembers well his last visit to the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club.

“I remember about two years ago I was here,” Favorite – now a member of the LSU radio broadcast team – said Tuesday at the latest meeting of the Quarterback Club at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. “I had about 50 questions dealing with the quarterback.”

That’s not the case in 2019, with the nation’s highest-scoring offense led by Heisman Trophy contender Joe Burrow.

If there are any questions, Favorite said, it’s about the defense.

“LSU has dealt with a lot of injuries on the defensive line,” Favorite said, specifically mentioning the injuries to Glen Logan, Rashard Lawrence and K’Lavon Chiasson. “Now you have guys who are young that have to play more reps.

“(Former Outland Trophy winner) Glenn Dorsey did not become a starter for LSU until his third season. These kids don’t have time to develop.”

LSU coach Ed Orgeron has embraced former Tiger players, regardless of whether they were All-Americans or walk-ons, Favorite said. “When you make the environment like that,” he said, “it’s a winning environment.”

And that attitude is rubbing off on the current players. “These players will run through a wall for this man,” Favorite said.

Second-ranked LSU meets Mississippi State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Starkville. The game will be televised by CBS.

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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