Former UGA coach Tony Ball excited to be at LSU

Former UGA receivers coach Tony Ball is excited to be at LSU. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Former UGA receivers coach Tony Ball is excited to be at LSU. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

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Former Georgia receivers coach Tony Ball had plenty of things to say about his new job coaching receivers at LSU in an article at Nola.com.

The AJC’s Michael Carvell talked UGA WR signee Jayson Stanley, who offered his thoughts about Ball leaving after National Signing Day.

UGA hires Stanford’s Lance Taylor to replace Ball.

Ball had coached at Georgia since 2006 before being hired last week at LSU, where he said he is looking forward to working with receivers Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural.

Dural led the Tigers with 37 catches for 758 yards and seven TDs in 2014. He averaged 20.5 yards a catch and Dupre averaged 22.7 yards on his 14 receptions.

Here’s highlights of his interview:

“LSU is like Georgia and is one of the top premier programs in the country. Has always been one that has appealed to me. I’ve always viewed it as a place that the fans are passionate and fanatical about their football program, their sports in Baton Rouge. When we weren’t preparing for them I always enjoying watching them and the talent they had on the field.”

On the LSU coaching staff:

“The communication I’ve had with them on the phone, the way in which they communicated gave me a level of comfort about them. You start to get a sense of people and their heart when conversing with them. When you look at the spirit of the person you can get a sense of their character. Coach Frank Wilson and Les Miles have been great throughout the process. I have been around Cam Cameron in the interview process and it was a very relaxed, but business oriented environment and that’s what I told my wife. The way we would converse about things gave me a sense that they had good people in the room and a respect in the room that I really, really liked. Frank has a calm, confidence about him and a certainty that’s impressive.”

On coaching against LSU:

“That was the first impression I got. As a coach, once you get started you kind of block out the fans. What stuck out on my mind was the level of talent they had with the players assembled especially on the defensive side of the ball and that’s what I remember was sitting there thinking, my God look at this. Look at this talent assembled on that team.”


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