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No. 20 LSU prepares for Tennessee change of direction

LSU coach Ed Orgeron knows what this week is like for Tennessee interim head coach Brady Hoke.

Orgeron was named interim head coach at USC in 2013 and the Trojans beat Arizona 38-31 in Orgeron's first game. LSU named Orgeron interim coach during last season and the Tigers beat Missouri 42-7 in Orgeron's first game.

Now Orgeron is on the other side as Hoke makes his interim debut when Tennessee hosts No. 20 LSU on Saturday in Neyland Stadium.

"I've been there," Orgeron said. "They can't change much, obviously, but they're going to tweak some things."

The Volunteers fired Butch Jones last Sunday, one day after a 50-17 loss at Missouri dropped the team to 4-6 and 0-6 in the SEC. The Tigers, who named Orgeron full-time head coach after the team went 5-2 under him last season, are 7-3 and 4-2 this season.

Hoke, who previously was head coach at San Diego State, Ball State and Michigan, said he has a narrow focus for this week's game and the regular-season finale at home against Vanderbilt next week.

"These last two games are only about one thing, and that's the seniors on this football team," Hoke said. "As a staff, we are going to coach our hearts out for the seniors. They've had a tough year, but they do deserve that recognition in these next two football games.

"I'm going to be who I am. We will tweak some things because of the comfort level that I have. There will be a couple different things with how we approach each day, but I've got to be who I am. If I'm not, that would be a fraud."

The Volunteers need to win both of their remaining games to become bowl eligible.

"We have to understand that it would be great to take our seniors to a bowl game for their last year," Hoke said.

Defensive tackle Kendal Vickers knows what to expect from Hoke, having had him for a position coach since the spring.

"He brings a lot of energy to the table," Vickers told Knoxnews.com. "He's going to push you. He'll let you know when you're doing good. He'll let you know when you're messing up.

"That's a great quality he has. He's a great motivator. He's a great person, and I know he's going to get everybody's 100 percent game when the time comes."

Tennessee has only two games to salvage something from this season, whereas LSU had seven and ultimately a bowl game after Orgeron took over.

"Everything is new, you don't know how much the interim coach is going to change how we do things," LSU center William Clapp told NOLA.com 5/8The Times-Picayune. "LSU had done the same stuff for 12 years (under Miles). It all changed just like that.

"We all thought it was a good change, but you've got to kind of feel your way out, see what the new expectations are and how the interim likes to practice."

LSU has a chance to finish this season with a much better record than seemed likely at the end of September.

Some critics were questioning whether LSU made a mistake when it named Orgeron full-time head coach. The Tigers were routed by Mississippi State 37-7 in their SEC opener and were embarrassed by a 24-21 loss to Troy in Tiger Stadium to drop to 3-2.

But since then, LSU has won four of five, handing No. 6 Auburn its only SEC loss and losing only to No. 1 Alabama 24-10 two weeks ago.

"I'm going to get after it, have a great mindset and lock in on to Tennessee to finish a great season -- not a great season, a good season -- one game at a time," Orgeron said. "These kids deserve a finish to a real good season. And we're going to work hard on that."

Though LSU has had a much better season than Tennessee, no one will know how the Volunteers will react to the coaching change until Saturday night.

"We're playing a team that hasn't won an SEC game," Tigers receiver DJ Chark told NOLA.com 5/8The Times-Picayune. "You don't want to be that team they win against."

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20 LSU 7-3 -----
Tennessee 4-6 -----
0 AVG PASS YDS 0
0 AVG RUSH YDS 0
0 AVG TOTAL YDS 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.9% 1806 11 2 152.3
D. Etling 116/197 1806 11 2
M. Brennan 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.5% 178 1 2 118.5
M. Brennan 13/23 178 1 2
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
R. Gage 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
164 929 9
D. Guice 164 929 9 59
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
117 602 6
D. Williams 117 602 6 54
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 217 1
R. Gage 27 217 1 70
D. Dillon 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 98 0
D. Dillon 13 98 0 30
N. Brossette 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 71 0
N. Brossette 13 71 0 15
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
49 70 1
D. Etling 49 70 1 19
D. Chark 7 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 56 1
D. Chark 10 56 1 20
C. Edwards-Helaire 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 31 0
C. Edwards-Helaire 8 31 0 10
L. Fournette 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
L. Fournette 1 7 0 7
S. Sullivan 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 5 1
S. Sullivan 2 5 1 4
J. Jefferson 32 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
J. Jefferson 1 4 0 4
J. Moore 18 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
J. Moore 1 1 0 1
M. Brennan 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 0 0
M. Brennan 8 0 0 6
J. McMillan 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
J. McMillan 1 -1 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Chark 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 718 2
D. Chark 29 718 2 68
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 241 0
D. Williams 18 241 0 63
F. Moreau 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 190 3
F. Moreau 16 190 3 60
S. Sullivan 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 186 1
S. Sullivan 8 186 1 46
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 173 2
R. Gage 14 173 2 34
D. Davis 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 134 2
D. Davis 3 134 2 87
D. Dillon 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 108 0
D. Dillon 12 108 0 16
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 71 0
D. Guice 11 71 0 15
J. Moore 18 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 51 1
J. Moore 6 51 1 14
J. Stevens 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 32 0
J. Stevens 2 32 0 27
T. Carter 44 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 29 1
T. Carter 4 29 1 15
C. Edwards-Helaire 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 19 0
C. Edwards-Helaire 2 19 0 12
J. Pettigrew 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 18 0
J. Pettigrew 1 18 0 18
D. Anderson 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 10 0
D. Anderson 1 10 0 10
J. Washington 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
J. Washington 1 6 0 6
D. Ducre 41 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
D. Ducre 1 -2 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
G. Delpit 9 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
G. Delpit 0-0 0.0 1
K. Toliver II 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
K. Toliver II 0-0 0.0 1
J. Battle 26 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Battle 0-0 0.0 1
A. Williams 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 4 0.0
A. Williams 0-0 0.0 4
K. Vincent Jr. 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
K. Vincent Jr. 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Culp 34 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
9/11 15/17
C. Culp 9/11 0 15/17 42
J. Gonsoulin 39 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
2/5 16/16
J. Gonsoulin 2/5 0 16/16 22
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Q. Dormady 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.5% 925 6 6 117.9
Q. Dormady 76/137 925 6 6
J. Guarantano 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.8% 575 1 1 115.5
J. Guarantano 59/94 575 1 1
W. McBride 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
42.5% 152 1 2 72.7
W. McBride 17/40 152 1 2
J. Smith 25 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
J. Smith 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Kelly 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
154 711 8
J. Kelly 154 711 8 38
T. Chandler 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
68 286 2
T. Chandler 68 286 2 30
C. Fils-Aime 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 178 2
C. Fils-Aime 27 178 2 30
W. McBride 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 70 0
W. McBride 18 70 0 43
T. Jordan 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 52 0
T. Jordan 11 52 0 12
T. Byrd 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 19 0
T. Byrd 2 19 0 15
Q. Dormady 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 13 0
Q. Dormady 11 13 0 13
T. Coleman 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
T. Coleman 4 9 0 5
J. Palmer 5 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
J. Palmer 1 6 0 6
M. Callaway 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
M. Callaway 1 4 0 4
J. Guarantano 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 -17 1
J. Guarantano 55 -17 1 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Johnson 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 350 1
B. Johnson 28 350 1 66
M. Callaway 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 318 3
M. Callaway 19 318 3 50
J. Kelly 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 263 0
J. Kelly 33 263 0 52
Et. Wolf 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 199 2
Et. Wolf 20 199 2 28
T. Chandler 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 108 0
T. Chandler 10 108 0 23
J. George 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 105 1
J. George 7 105 1 48
J. Palmer 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 98 0
J. Palmer 9 98 0 18
El. Wolf 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 48 0
El. Wolf 3 48 0 19
J. Smith 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 43 0
J. Smith 5 43 0 13
T. Byrd 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 27 1
T. Byrd 3 27 1 13
T. Jordan 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 21 0
T. Jordan 5 21 0 9
C. Fils-Aime 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
C. Fils-Aime 2 18 0 12
J. Jennings 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 17 0
J. Jennings 3 17 0 7
J. Johnson 44 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 0
J. Johnson 1 13 0 13
J. Murphy 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
J. Murphy 1 12 0 12
A. Pope 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 9 0
A. Pope 2 9 0 10
T. Coleman 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
T. Coleman 1 3 0 3
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Bituli 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
D. Bituli 0-0 0.0 1
R. Gaulden 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
R. Gaulden 0-0 0.0 1
E. Moseley 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
E. Moseley 0-0 0.0 1
J. Martin 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Martin 0-0 0.0 1
N. Warrior 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
N. Warrior 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Cimaglia 30 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
8/13 3/3
B. Cimaglia 8/13 0 3/3 27
A. Medley 25 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
4/5 21/21
A. Medley 4/5 0 21/21 33
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD