Ed Orgeron compares LSU football true freshman to former Tigers star

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LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron had some extremely positive things to say about true freshman wide receiver Deion Smith on Saturday after the Tigers’ 49-21 win over Central Michigan.

While speaking to reporters after the win, Orgeron was asked about Smith’s big day against the Chippewas.

(Smith led LSU with five receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns.)

Orgeron praised Smith’s deceptive speed and body control while comparing the young wide receiver to former Tigers star Justin Jefferson.

Here’s what Orgeron had to say (via 247Sports):

"“He (Smith) reminds me of Justin Jefferson in a lot of ways. He has great body control, he can catch the ball, he has deceptive speed and he can get off the press. And he has great hands.”"

Is Deion Smith the next Justin Jefferson for LSU football?

That’s quite a compliment from Orgeron.

But is he correct?

It definitely seems like Orgeron could be.

Jefferson certainly had great body control. And he also had deceptive speed. Jefferson wasn’t viewed as a speedster, but he’s proved in the NFL that he has more than enough speed to test secondaries.

Orgeron sees those same qualities in Smith.

If he’s right, then the Tigers could end up having the best wide receiver combination in the country.

Sophomore Kayshon Boutte didn’t have a great game against Central Michigan, but we know that he’s capable of taking over a game.

And what’s great about Saturday is that LSU still managed to beat the Chippewas through the air, despite Boutte not being on his “A game”.

The combo of Boutte and Smith is going to be a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators (you know, kind of like the Ja’Marr Chase/Justin Jefferson combo a couple of years ago).

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