Offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock spoke to the media

As fall camp heats up, the coaches speak to the media for the first time in a minute.

Earlier this week, LSU’s offensive coordinator spoke up.

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Mike Denbrock said the offense is starting to take shape and he’s happy with the direction the unit is heading. He is also satisfied with the effort.

Denbrock talked about every position on offense, from QBs to TEs.

Prior to coming to LSU, Denbrock spent the past five years in Cincinnati. Under Denbrock, UC QB Desmond Ridder became an NFL draft pick.

Prior to Cincinnati, Denbrock spent seven years with Brian Kelly at Notre Dame. His relationship with Kelly dates back to the 80s when they both got their start at Grand Valley State.

Denbrock has done a lot of different things on offense in his career. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what his plan will look like at LSU. Brian Kelly and Joe Sloan could also have a say in the design.

That said, let’s take a look at what Denbrock said when he met the media.

The quarterbacks

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Every time Brian Kelly or Denbrock speak to the media, they’ll be asked about the quarterback battle.

That’s the biggest question as LSU prepares for 2022. Who will start at QB?

It’s cliché, but Denbrock said they want someone who’s going to run whatever system they want, but also added that it’s an adjustable system.

So we didn’t find anything new there.

However, you get the sense that Denbrock and Kelly really appreciate the command and maturity in this position.

Denbrock said the number one thing he doesn’t want in a QB is a guy flipping the football.

Running backs as receivers

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“They’re going to be a big part of what we do,” Denbrock said when asked about using running backs in the passing game.

He also touched on the tight details, saying that using RBs and TEs in the air allows the attack to open up more.

Defenses could focus on LSU stars at wide receiver, if that happens other guys will have to step in.

The offensive line

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Denbrock said LSU is still solving the puzzle.

It’s not a secret. LSU has had guys jumping around throughout the offseason as it tries to find the best combination possible.

Denbrock said they’ll be much closer next week to solidifying a five-man roster.

The closest thing to a lock right now might be Will Campbell starting at left tackle. Garrett Dellinger could be about to secure a spot in the middle.

Everything else is evolving with players like Anthony Bradford and Miles Frazier trained in guarding and tackling.

Denbrock, who has a solid background with the offensive lines, praised LSU OL coach Brad Davis.

tight ends

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“What I’ve seen from them is a pretty dramatic improvement from where we were in the spring,” Denbrock said of his tight ends.

He went on to say it’s an “ongoing process” and they’re “not where they need to be”.

The tight ends room has been a question mark for LSU throughout the offseason. There’s less talent in this room than any other position on LSU’s roster, but Denbrock said each of those guys has a chance to earn an offensive role.

Kelly and Denbrock’s offenses in the past have used tight ends a lot. They may have to find that production elsewhere this year as that venue continues to be built.

Mechanics by Jayden Daniels

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Denbrock said they’ve been working with Jayden Daniels’ footwork since the spring.

He said they were working on his lower body to help him find more consistency when it comes to accuracy.

Despite being the OC, Denbrock works with tight ends. He said Brian Kelly and Joe Sloan handled things like Daniels’ footwork.

Daniels’ talent is no secret, but he struggled with accuracy at Arizona State. If he can find some consistency there, he will make great strides with LSU.

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