The biggest sign that LSU football’s culture is in a great place right now

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LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron is well aware of one of the biggest keys to success in the SEC.

It can’t be the head coach doing all the coaching.

It can’t be the coaching staff, either.

There has to be a sense of responsibility and discipline among the players on the roster for a program to truly have success. There has to be accountability among teammates. It’s not always easy to attend voluntary workouts or player-led practices. But it has to be done if a team is going to be “all in”.

Fortunately for the Tigers, it appears that LSU’s roster is absolutely “all-in”.

LSU football’s roster is all-in when it comes to player-led activities

Orgeron made a comment this week during an appearance on 104.5 in Baton Rouge that I felt was extremely important.

Coach O talked about player-led practices and he mentioned that a few summers ago the Tigers didn’t have very good attendance at those practices.

“Four summers ago, we had a players only practice, maybe only 25 percent would show up, maybe 30,” said Orgeron.

That’s not the case anymore.

“Right now, it’s 100 percent,” explained Coach O. “It’s no question if you’re going to be there or not. Those guys, they handle that. It’s all scripted and it’s just like a practice that the coaches would be out there, but the leadership runs the practice.”

This shows that Orgeron has LSU’s culture in a perfect place. And that’s the biggest reason I think the Tigers are going to have a major bounceback season in 2021.

The talk about Coach O’s seat being “hot” entering this season is absolute non-sense. The attendance at these player-led practices proves it.

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The only way I could see Orgeron being on the hot-seat is if he had somehow lost the team. And that clearly isn’t the case.

Quite the opposite, actually.

It’s clear that LSU’s players are ready to make some noise in 2021.