LSU has a history of true freshmen starting football games. But not quite like this.
A possible-record four started — and made their presence felt — in an eventual 27-0 defeat of BYU (1-1) on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to headline a deep group of first-time contributors called upon in Game No. 1.
“We knew they were gonna play,” coach Ed Orgeron said. “We prepared them. These were some of the best freshmen I’ve seen around. I thought they were gonna play well. Actually, I probably thought they were gonna make more mistakes than they did.
“I think that’s a credit to our older guys. They helped coach ’em up, and they stayed calm on the sidelines and calm before the game. And credit our coaches that coach their positions. They managed their positions, and they did very well.”