Brian Kelly measured, prepared in first SEC media outing

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Brian Kelly

LSU football coach Brian Kelly is always prepared so it was no surprise he had his plan for his first appearance at SEC Media Days. He desired to “hit a bunch of singles” and avoid making any big news.

If so, he succeeded.

Kelly did provide a handful of nuggets as he met with media Monday in Atlanta.

When he watched the UCLA game, last year’s season opener for LSU, he saw a “tired” LSU team.

Kelly said he didn’t want to criticize any strength coach, but that his plan was to have the Tigers fresh and ready for the September 4th opener in the Superdome against Florida State.

According to Kelly, naming a starting quarterback before that game would not give the Tigers a tactical advantage. He left the door open to possibly naming a starter late in fall camp.

Quarterback Myles Brennan was praised for his leadership, and Kelly went so far to say he “would love to see Brennan win the job.”

However, Kelly also said that the starting quarterback at LSU would have to play efficiently, throw the ball accurately, make good decisions and help get the Tigers out of bad plays.

Kelly noted that offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock would have input in picking a signal caller that he felt comfortable.

The importance of getting off a good start this season was noted.

Even without coaching a game, Kelly was enthused about recent victories in recruiting, stating that LSU’s 2023 haul will be good while 2024 and 2025 had even more promise.

Kelly said it was important that LSU knew who all the outstanding high school players were in Louisiana, but noted that it was impossible to “lock down the state of Louisiana.”

Kelly said in the transfer portal, LSU was looking for SEC quality players who had a connection to the state of Louisiana. The Tigers landed several in the secondary, including former New Orleans metro area stars Joe Foucha (McDonogh 35) and Greg Brooks (West Jefferson) from the University of Arkansas.

He said that LSU fans know what outstanding football looked like and deserve smart football.

Well, what if they didn’t get it?

“We get what we deserve,” said Kelly.

An LSU insider, who has watched Kelly in action said the following: “When Saban was here, we were always superbly prepared. If we got beat ,it was because somebody was better than us.”

“This guy (Kelly) will have us super prepared.”

We chatted about the total on LSU football, which this summer was set at seven games.

Reporter: Should I bet the over?

Insider: (Smile).

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Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…

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