One of Joe Burrow’s top targets, receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., could be ready to play for the Tigers Saturday afternoon when LSU hosts No. 9 Auburn at 2:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
Marshall, who’s missed the Tigers’ last three games after suffering an injury in LSU’s 66-38 win against Vanderbilt, is expected to suit up and could see the field this weekend.
“We plan on easing him along, seeing how much he can do,” Orgeron said during his Monday afternoon press conference. “(Team doctor) Jack Marucci and coach (Joe) Brady have an excellent plan. We talked about it today. He’s going to want to do everything to be ready to go. But we feel that by game time he should be ready to play.”
Marshall was off to a fast start this season racking up over 300 yards and six touchdowns through LSU’s first four games and Orgeron thinks the 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver’s return will be a boost for the Tigers’ offense.
“We feel that with Terrace in there, it’s hard to double Ja’Marr (Chase) or Justin (Jefferson) and obviously Terrace gives us a big threat in the redzone and Joe feels comfortable with it,” Orgeron said. “So he’s a great addition and I think having him back and making some adjustments to the play calling and the formations is going to help us.”
Orgeron also said that offensive lineman Austin Deculus who went down with injury in Saturday’s win against Mississippi State “should be fine.”
“Deculus is doing O.K.,” Orgeron said. “He had a minor injury he might be held out of practice today or tomorrow but he shoulda be fine.”
Orgeron said LSU’s offensive line has been playing well these last few games and will need to continue doing so as they face a tough challenge in Auburn’s defensive line which he called “the best defensive line we’ll see, we have seen so far.”
“You look at a guy like Derrick Brown, who is that big and physical. Nobody that we've faced so far has been that big and physical,” Orgeron said. “He's very, very disruptive. They put him in a four technique, they put him in a three technique. He's hard to match one-on-one. You have to double-team him.
“Marlon Davidson is good pass-rusher. These guys get most of their rushes with a four-man rush. They can stop the run and play two high safety. They're very physical.”