LSU sweeps doubleheader against UGA

LSU sweeps doubleheader against UGA

Posted on 18 April 2015 by Allen

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Second-ranked LSU swept a doubleheader from Georgia Saturday at Foley Field, winning 4-1 and 9-1.

LSU won a pitcher’s duel to take game one as freshman Alex Lange improved to 7-0, allowing just one run on five hits in six innings. Hunter Newman tossed three scoreless innings for his second save. Bulldog junior left-hander Ryan Lawlor dropped to 4-5, surrendering three runs on six hits in 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out RBI-single by Conner Hale. Georgia answered with a leadoff home run by Nick King, his first of year. It was the first career home run allowed by Lange who came in with a 1.39 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched. In the fifth, a wild pitch by Lawlor made it 2-1. In the seventh, the Tigers got a two-out, two-run double from Kade Scivicque to extend their lead to 4-1. The Tigers scored all four of their runs with two outs. Bulldog sophomore centerfielder Stephen Wrenn went 0-for-4 in the first contest, marking the first time he failed to reach base in a game this year, ending the streak at 38 games.

In game two, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the second. Scivicque extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a one-out, solo home run, his fifth of the year. A safety squeeze bunt was executed by Chris Sciambra to make it 2-0, allowing Andrew Stevenson to score as he was on after a double and took third on an infield hit by Chris Chinea. The Bulldogs got a run back in their half of the frame when junior Zack Bowers blasted his team-leading seventh home run. In the fourth, LSU loaded the bases with nobody out, and junior right-hander Sean McLaughlin managed the jam, allowing just a sacrifice fly to Chinea. The Tigers loaded the bases in the sixth and pushed across a run on a passed ball for a 4-1 lead. LSU added two runs in the seventh and three in the ninth for the final.

Sophomore left-hander Jared Poche’ went seven innings for the win to move his mark to 7-1 while Laughlin fell to 3-3. McLaughlin allowed four runs on 10 hits through six innings. Parker Bugg pitched the final two frames for the Tigers.

“Our starting pitchers competed and gave us a chance, but we’re just not scoring a lot of runs right now,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “It’s tough to win if you’re not scoring. We’ve scored five runs in our last four games, and we’ve had plenty of opportunities for some big innings, and it’s disappointing we’re not hitting in those situations. LSU is a really good team, they hit, pitch and play defense.”

The Tigers are now 34-6 overall and 12-5 in the SEC while the Bulldogs dropped to 20-20, 6-11 in the SEC. The series concludes Sunday with first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. and be televised on the SEC Network+.
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LSU thumps Arkansas, 16-3

LSU thumps Arkansas, 16-3

Posted on 21 March 2015 by Allen

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The University of Arkansas baseball team ran into the red hot bats of top-ranked LSU Friday evening as the Tigers evened the three-game SEC series with a 16-3 victory at Baum Stadium.

After Arkansas held LSU to one run Thursday night, the Tigers returned the favor on Friday as Alex Lange lasted 7.0 innings and gave up just one run on three hits.

LSU came out firing in the first inning, recording three hits and pushing across two runs to take an early lead.

Trailing 4-0 heading to the last of the fourth inning, the Razorbacks loaded the bases with no outs and brought the tying run to the plate, but a sacrifice fly from Tyler Spoon to plate Clark Eagan is all the damage Arkansas could muster in the frame.

LSU would go on to score 12 more runs, including a six spot in the ninth inning. Carson Shaddy added some late fireworks with a two-run opposite field home run in the ninth inning, but LSU picked up the 16-3 victory.

James Teague (0-1) suffered his first loss of the year, tossing 3.0 innings and giving up four runs on seven hits, while walking a pair. Four other Arkansas pitchers saw action in the game, including a pair of scoreless one-hit innings by Josh Alberius.

The Razorbacks and Tigers will play the rubber game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon with first slated for 2:05 p.m. on SEC Network Plus and the WatchESPN App.

Arkansas right-hander Trey Killian will get the start for the Razorbacks as he makes his third appearance. He is coming off 7.0 perfect innings at Vanderbilt where he struck out six and earned Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week honors.

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Amadi picks LSU

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Amadi picks LSU

Posted on 30 December 2014 by Allen

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Four star Overton defensive back Ugo Amadi has committed to play at LSU. Amadi had originally picked Ole Miss but changed his mind earlier this month. The speedy DB and kick returner’s timing is a little ironic considering that the Tiger’s defensive coordinator John Chavis is leaving for Texas A&M.

After Amadi decommitted from Ole Miss it was thought that he would stay in state and go to Tennessee where Butch Jones was heavily recruiting him. He even tweeted last weekend that he had narrowed his choices between the Tigers and Vols. But after giving it some thought the Amadi will enroll at LSU. He has already graduated and can enroll late next month.

Amadi had two interceptions, five pass breakups and 25 tackles in 2014 for the Bobcats.

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LSU vs Notre Dame set for Music City Bowl

LSU vs Notre Dame set for Music City Bowl

Posted on 07 December 2014 by Allen

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LSU will make its first trip to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 when the 23rd-ranked Tigers face Notre Dame in Nashville, Tenn.

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. CT on ESPN in what will be the first meeting between LSU and Notre Dame since the 2007 Sugar Bowl. The game will be played at LP Field, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.

LSU, which ran its streak of consecutive years with at least eight victories to 15 straight with its 23-17 win over Texas A&M in the regular season finale, is 8-4 overall. Notre Dame brings a 7-5 overall mark into the contest.

“We are very excited to bring our football program and the great LSU fan base to Nashville to play Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “Notre Dame is a traditional football power and we are looking forward to renewing what has been a tremendous rivalry between the two programs through the years.

Nashville is a great city to play and the opportunity to play in an NFL venue makes this a very attractive bowl destination for us.”

The LSU-Notre Dame matchup will be the 11th meeting between the two teams with the series standing at 5-5. It will also mark the third bowl matchup between the Tigers and Fighting Irish. In addition to the 2007 Sugar Bowl, LSU and Notre Dame met in the 1997 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

“We are delighted to be heading to Nashville for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva said. “This is a fantastic bowl destination against the historic Notre Dame football program. We are excited about the opportunity to bring our incredible Tiger fans and football program to the great city of Nashville for what should be one of the most attractive matchups of the bowl season.”

LSU will be making its school-record 15th straight bowl appearance and 46th overall. The Tigers are 23-21-1 overall in bowl games, which includes a 6-3 mark under Miles.

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LSU stomps Wildcats 41-3

LSU stomps Wildcats 41-3

Posted on 19 October 2014 by Allen

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LSU senior running back Terrence Magee started with a career-long kickoff return and finished his evening with two touchdown runs in the third quarter to spark the Tigers past Kentucky, 41-3, on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

Magee, LSU’s No. 18, tallied a career-best 220 all-purpose yards including 127 rushing on only nine carries, with scoring runs of 9 and 23 yards in the third quarter. The Franklinton native accounted for 121 of LSU’s 131 yards of total offense in the opening stanza of the second half that gave LSU its final margin.

LSU (6-2, 2-2 SEC), which became bowl eligible for a school-record 15th-straight season, complimented Magee’s big night with defense and special teams that took a firm hold of the game in the first 10 minutes and let loose.

The Tigers’ defense came out of the lockerroom firing to the ball in each half. LSU held Kentucky to 48 yards of offense in the first quarter and 17 in the third quarter.

Magee opened the game with a 49-yard kickoff return that setup a 1-yard touchdown run by Leonard Fournette, before Tre’Davious White returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown that put the Tigers ahead 17-0 with 5:47 remaining in the opening quarter.

LSU added 10 more points in the final 44 seconds of the first half to lead 27-3 at the break. A 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Anthony Jennings to wide receiver Travin Dural was followed by catching Kentucky off guard on the ensuing kickoff that the Tigers recovered behind the Wildcats front line. Colby Delahoussaye capped the half 35 seconds later with a 35-yard field goal.

The Tigers return to Tiger Stadium next Saturday at 6:15 p.m. CT on ESPN, as No. 3-ranked Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 SEC) comes to town undefeated for the first time since 1963.

Jennings started for the Tigers and played into the fourth quarter, completing 7-of-14 passes for 120 yards including the Dural touchdown. Freshman backup QB Brandon Harris entered late and ran once for eight yards.

Fournette and Jennings each added 40 rushing yards, while freshman Darrel Williams ran 10 times for 61 yards and Kenny Hilliard added 29.

LSU outgained Kentucky, 423-217, including 303-71 rushing. The Tigers were 7-of-13 on third down and averaged 6.4 yards per play.

The Tigers defense spent a good portion of the game in the Kentucky backfield, collecting eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage including two sacks. Linebacker Kendell Beckwith led the way with nine tackles, while safety Jamal Adams had eight. Defensive end Danielle Hunter batted down three passes at the line and had six tackles.

Kentucky (5-2, 2-2 SEC), which entered Tiger Stadium with five wins for the first time in history, left with a loss for the 24th time in its past 28 visits. In its most recent four games in Baton Rouge, the Wildcats have now been outscored, 159-10.

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towels was 19-of-36 passing for 146 yards and ran seven times for 16 yards. Mikel Horton led the Wildcats with 29 rushing yards on five carries, while Demarco Robinson had 52 receiving yards.

The Wildcats threw a bag of tricks at the Tigers – faking an onside kick, snapping directly to running backs, attempting to draw an offsides penalty on a field goal attempt, trying three fourth downs – but nothing worked against the improving LSU 11.

A week after allowing 115 punt return yards to Florida, LSU was much improved in all aspects of special teams. The Tigers gave up only one return for one yard, while punter Jamie Keehn averaged 44.2 yards in net punting with three fair catches and two inside the Kentucky 20-yard line. Including the touchdown, White had 114 yards in punt returns for the Tigers.

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Cats have a big test in Baton Rouge

Cats have a big test in Baton Rouge

Posted on 16 October 2014 by Allen

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On Thursday, Mark Stoops spoke with the media for the final time before Kentucky’s trip to LSU.

Following a light practice, Stoops sounded like a coach confident his team is prepared to turn in its best effort on Saturday.

“Good practice today, putting the finishing touches on a pretty good week of work so far,” Stoops said. “Guys are excited. We’ll have a run-through tomorrow, but so far so good. Been a good week. Guys have worked hard. Energy’s high. So we expect to go down there and play well.”

No matter how ready the Wildcats may be, beating the Tigers won’t be easy. LSU is a young group, but Les Miles’ team is talented.

“We’ll be prepared,” Stoops said. “It’s still a challenge. It’s obviously a very big challenge. They’re not only physical, they’re skilled and they know what they’re doing. They put pressure on you.”

The 100,000-plus in Tiger Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday will do the same. UK is two days away from facing its second road test of the season and handled the first at Florida well. Nonetheless, Stoops knows the Cats will need to respond when things go awry in Death Valley.

“(Noise) really didn’t affect us much the last time we were at that type of environment,” Stoops said. “Let’s hope it’s the same. I think it’s certainly not uncommon to see some problems when you’re in a hostile environment, so if we get a few, we’ve just got to be able to overcome them.”

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Bulldogs shock LSU in Baton Rouge

Bulldogs shock LSU in Baton Rouge

Posted on 21 September 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC) upended No. 8 LSU (3-1, 0-1 SEC) 34-29 on Saturday night, ushering in the 2014 Southeastern Conference slate in exciting fashion.

It was the first win over LSU for the Bulldogs since 1999, the first such in Baton Rouge since 1991.

In front of the biggest crowd in Tiger Stadium history, Dan Mullen’s team started quick, scoring on the first drive after holding the Tigers to a three-and-out. The Bulldogs went into the fourth quarter with a 21-point lead, though a late push by LSU closed the gap to single digits.

“We really expected to win,” Mullen said. “I don’t know, to the guys in the locker room, that this is an upset for us.”

Junior quarterback Dak Prescott totaled 373 yards of total offense after completing 15-of-24 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns, as well as running for 105 yards and a score. The Louisiana native made big play after big play to keep drives moving and to extend MSU’s lead en route to victory.

“It’s exactly what I wanted to do when I committed to Mississippi State,” he said of the win.

Prescott credited a devotion to film study for the team’s success.

“I pretty much knew everything they were coming with before the snap of the ball,” he said. “It paid off.”

Mullen said his quarterback was huge in coming through when MSU needed him and said the entire team trusts that Prescott will do what needs to be done.

“You’re gonna put the ball in his hands to make things happen in the key moments of the game.”

Junior running back Josh Robinson racked up 197 yards and a touchdown on the ground, averaging 12.3 yards per carry. MSU’s offense gained 570 yards on the night all told.

A Louisiana native, Robinson was openly emotional as he did post-game interviews surrounded by friends and family.

“I’ve been dreaming about this since I was 10,” he said after wiping tears from his eyes.

Defensively, the Bulldogs held LSU to only 89 yards rushing, as linebackers Benardrick McKinney and Beniquez Brown each had a team-high seven tackles.

“We knew it was going to be a physical game up front,” McKinney said. “Our linemen did a great job of taking blocks and keeping offensive linemen from getting upfield.”

Mullen shared similar sentiments, explaining that the rushing game was huge in the outcome with the Bulldogs out-gaining the Tigers 302-89 on the ground.

“Our big key coming into the game was controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” he said afterward.

Beyond offense and defense, MSU got big performances from its special teams unit to help secure the outcome. Sophomore place kicker Evan Sobiesk was 2-for-2 on field goals, the difference in the five-point win for MSU.

“No one believes me when I say [the kickers] are really good in practice,” Mullen joked. “That’s nothing we haven’t seen in practice from Sobes. Let’s get everybody to blow up Twitter about how great he is.”

MSU now enjoys its first off weekend of 2014 on Sept. 27 before returning to action in Starkville against top-10 ranked Texas A&M on October 4 at Davis Wade Stadium. A&M will meet Arkansas in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 27 before its road trip to Starkville. Game time for the Bulldog-Aggie contest is expected to be announced by the SEC on Monday.

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Bulldogs ready for LSU

Bulldogs ready for LSU

Posted on 20 September 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State football seeks to stretch its winning streak to seven games as the Bulldogs open Southeastern Conference play against No. 8 LSU at 6 p.m. CT Saturday in what is expected to be a record crowd of over 102,000 in Tiger Stadium.

The contest will be televised live in primetime on ESPN with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe calling the action. It’s also available on WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app on mobile devices. The C Spire Tailgate show goes live on the MSU Sports Radio Network at 4 p.m. CT (click for affiliates).

Saturday’s game will re-air on the SEC Network at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 4:30 a.m. Monday and 12 a.m. Tuesday.

The Bulldogs (3-0) have been dominant offensively, racking up 500 yards of offense in four consecutive games, including 514 in a 35-3 win at South Alabama last weekend. Quarterback Dak Prescott, a Haughton, La., native ranks second nationally in points responsible for with 72. Prescott has completed 43-of-72 passes for 696 yards through the air, while rushing for over 100 yards in back-to-back games.

MSU’s high-powered offense will be tested by an LSU squad that is off to a 3-0 start, including a come-from-behind win over Wisconsin in week one. The Tigers have not allowed a point in nearly 10 quarters highlighted by consecutive shutouts of Sam Houston and UL-Monroe.

“We were in a tough environment last week, but it’s going to be an even tougher environment playing at LSU on a Saturday night,” said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. “That is always a tough environment to go in to. This is a team that brings so many weapons to the table. It’s a huge challenge for our offense. Statistically, this is the best LSU defense we have ever played going into the game.”

Defensively, the Bulldogs ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense (11th – 12.3 ppg), rushing defense (11th – 80.3 ppg), redzone defense (second) and tackles for loss (fifth – 9.3 tpg). MSU’s 29 tackles for loss is currently most among Power 5 Conference teams.

“I think all year we are playing good defense,” said Mullen. “I can’t say we are playing great defense because of the big plays we have given up down the field. But when you take away the big chunks we are playing really good defense. That is something we continue to work on with guys and making sure guys are always in the right position.”

Senior defensive end Preston Smith was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the third consecutive game, a first in league history. Smith has made impactful plays with two blocked kicks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, two sacks and three quarterback hurries. Junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney is the Bulldogs’ leading tackler with 20 and five tackles for loss.

Junior running back Josh Robinson, a Franklinton, La., native makes a return to his home state. Robinson is MSU’s leading rusher with 96.0 yards per game and three touchdowns.

LSU has won 14 in a row in the series, and the Bulldogs seek their first victory over the Tigers since Oct. 23, 1999 in Starkville.

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Miss State-LSU gametime set for Sept. 20th

Miss State-LSU gametime set for Sept. 20th

Posted on 09 September 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State’s Southeastern Conference football opener at LSU on Saturday, Sept. 20 will kick off at 6 p.m. CT live on ESPN, the league office announced Monday.

It will also be streamed live on WatchESPN.com and on mobile devices via the WatchESPN app.

The Bulldogs (2-0) travel to Mobile, Ala., this week to face South Alabama (1-0) in a 3 p.m. CT kickoff Saturday on ESPNews.

Below is the SEC television schedule for the weekend of Sept. 20:

Thursday, September 18:
6:30 p.m. CT: Auburn at Kansas State (ESPN)

Saturday, September 20:
11 a.m. CT: Troy at Georgia (SEC Network)
2:30 p.m. CT: Florida at Alabama (CBS)
2:30 p.m. CT: Texas A&M at SMU (ABC & ESPN2)
3 p.m. CT: Indiana at Missouri (SEC Network)
6 p.m. CT: Mississippi State at LSU (ESPN)
6 p.m. CT: Northern Illinois at Arkansas (ESPNU)

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Dupree Named Men’s Basketball Student Assistant

Dupree Named Men’s Basketball Student Assistant

Posted on 08 September 2014 by Allen

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Former LSU basketball star and 10-year pro Ronald Dupree was named a student assistant on the LSU men’s basketball staff Monday by LSU Head Coach Johnny Jones.

Dupree has returned to LSU to finish up his degree work and will follow a similar path to what Coach Jones did in his first year on the LSU staff under Dale Brown as he served as a student assistant during the 1984-85 season while Jones finished up his degree work after his college career ended.

“We are excited about Ronald Dupree’s addition to our staff as he continues to pursue his degree in electrical engineering,” said Coach Jones. “He has shown through our camps and clinics his passion and desire to be involved in coaching and we look forward to his participation with our basketball team serving as a student assistant coach this year.”

Dupree played at LSU from 1999-2003 under then LSU Coach John Brady. The Tigers went to the NCAA Sweet 16 and won the conference championship in 2000, his freshman season. He was on teams that advanced to the second round of the NIT in 2002 and to the NCAA Tournament in 2003. He was the leading scorer in the league in 2001 at 17.3 points per game and second in rebounding at 8.8 boards per game.

He was also near the top of the league in rebounds in 2002 (8.8) and 2003 (8.5) and was in the top in scoring in both 2002 (16.2 ppg) and 2003 (15.8 ppg). He presently remains ninth in career scoring with 1,726 points (13.4 ppg average for 129 games) and ninth in career rebounding with 907 (7.0 rpg). LSU won 81 games during the course of his four years. He was an All-SEC selection each of the last three years at LSU.

“I am ecstatic to be able to come back, first of all, and finish my degree, and contribute to the LSU Basketball program that helped so much with my career. One part is giving back; and, the second part is starting my career as far as coaching is concerned. I am excited for our team, Coach Jones and the staff and look forward to doing what I can to help us win and move to the next level,” Dupree said.

Dupree, now 33, recorded six years of experience in the NBA with Chicago, Minnesota and three different stints with the Detroit Pistons. His high water marks were 47 games played in 2003-04 with Chicago and 2004-05 with Detroit. He had 14 post-season appearances with the Pistons in 2005 when they won the Eastern Conference championships. Dupree’s last NBA appearance came with Toronto during the 2010-11 season.

Dupree concluded his pro career last season with the Hapoel Jerusalem team of the Israeli Basketball Super League.

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Hilliard rushes for 100 yards in second scrimmage

Hilliard rushes for 100 yards in second scrimmage

Posted on 24 August 2014 by Allen

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Kenny Hilliard continued to build on what has been an outstanding fall camp for the senior running back Tuesday as he rushed for 100 yards in LSU’s second full-scale scrimmage of the preseason here at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

The Tigers open their 10th season under Les Miles on Aug. 30 when 13th-ranked LSU faces 14th-Wisconsin in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium. Kickoff for the Tigers and Badgers is scheduled for 8 p.m. on ESPN.

LSU will take Wednesday off from practice as they will have only a walk through and position meetings. LSU will also take part in the school’s annual “Move-In Day” at various dorms on campus as the players will assist incoming freshmen move onto campus. LSU returns to practice on Thursday.

Tuesday’s scrimmage focused on all phases of the game, including special teams situations, which were held outside on the artificial turf. The rest of the scrimmage, which featured 80 live tackle plays and another 40 “thud” snaps, took place indoors.

The scrimmage featured the 1s against the 2s on both sides of the ball for a majority of the workout.

“We got a lot done in what was a lengthy go,” Miles said. “We worked a lot of special teams situations and we finished with the two-minute drill. I think both quarterbacks are playing well and competing. There hasn’t been any separation between them, but they both provided a high level of execution today.

“We have four talented tailbacks. Kenny went for 100-yards today. He’s had a really good camp and he was special today as was Terrence (Magee). I think we are going to have four very capable backs.”

Miles said that he will continue to let the two quarterbacks – sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris – compete before making any decision on who the starter will be for the season opener.

“There’s an opportunity to see both quarterbacks play,” Miles said. “We still have several practices left. I think I’ll wait (to name a starter) until I see how I want to play the guys. We’ll tell the starter on Thursday (of game week) when we put together the final (play call) list.”

Miles said that freshmen receivers Trey Quinn and Malachi Dupre each caught “a couple balls” and that the offensive line “performed well” during the 120-play scrimmage.

Miles said that Dupre is beyond the minor injury that slowed him during the first part of camp.

“He’s really just getting back to health,” Miles said of Dupre. “He will maintain this opportunity to play. He along with D.J. Chark and Trey (Quinn) are competing every snap for playing time. All three of those guys are going to play this year.”

Miles said that the defense line performed well and that the secondary provided a pair of interceptions.

“The defense tackled well and they made it tough to get balls off,” Miles said of the pressure applied by the defensive front. “That defensive unit is pretty special. They are fast to the ball.”

On special teams, Miles singled out the performance of kickers Trent Domingue and Cameron Gamble saying, “both kicked the ball extremely well.”

Miles said that one key piece of the workout was there were no injuries.

“It was a good day of work and we didn’t have any injuries,” Miles said. “The team worked hard and we made progress.”

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Les Miles weighs in on Power 5 and paying players

Posted on 12 August 2014 by Allen

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With the Ed O’Bannon ruling and the Power 5 getting to make their own rules everyone is talking about the changes that are inevitably coming to college athletics. LSU head football coach Les Miles was asked on Sunday at the team’s media day about his thoughts on the matter. Miles never has been shy to say what he thinks and he brought up some good points.

The Power 5 vote, I think it’s good for college football. I think it’s the right thing. I think LSU will certainly look forward to participating in those rules discussions. Again, I think in the same vein that there will be separation from other conferences in the same vein, there is probably a necessity not to go too fast. Now the banning is the rule that you are allowed to use your own likeness in the NCAA is in the process of appealing that, correct? That is the legal ruling that you want me to comment on?

Yeah, I think that’s I guess really interesting. College for me was a time where everybody was poor and it was really comfortable, and you wore blue jeans and your shirt wasn’t just perfect, but that’s the way it was. You were in college. I think that’s kind of how I grew up. I think there is probably legal precedent for now how do you make that a right rule for everybody. That’s a tough one.

There will be some guys whose jerseys will sell for $200,000 a year, and other guys whose jerseys won’t net them a dime. So it’s going to be one for the NCAA to adjudicate and make it fair. Certainly in places in this state you have to think that there would be a number of people that would buy jerseys. So there would be schools in the Power 5 conferences where that wouldn’t necessarily be the case. So you might be able to, in a recruiting talk say to a young man, you know what? I would be willing to bet I mean, last year’s running back made $200,000 just on selling his shirt. I would be willing to bet that should you set this up that that might well happen.

I think that those kinds of scenarios are something that really needs to be looked at and said which is right and fair.

Again, I think we’re at a time in the NCAA where there is a lot of necessary scrutiny on what rules need to be in place, and what rules do not. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Right now the NCAA is appealing the ruling in the O’Bannon case but as it stands players can get around $20 grand when they eligibility expires from the school for using their likeness. The kids should get something but once the Power 5 start calling their own shots the whole situation could get even murkier.

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ESPN Top 300 Xavier Lewis picks LSU

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ESPN Top 300 Xavier Lewis picks LSU

Posted on 13 July 2014 by Allen

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LSU locked down the 10th best prospect in Louisiana last week when corner Xavier Lewis committed to the school at “The Opening” in Oregon. Lewis picked the Tigers over Texas, Clemson, Florida, and several other top programs.

It actually was the second time Lewis committed to Les Miles. The East St. John defender (and QB) committed to LSU last year but took a step back and decommitted in the Spring. After weighing his options he chose to go with the Bayou Bengals again after his announcement last week.

With 5 star corner Kevin Toliver already committed to LSU Lewis could be moved to safety. And with 4 star defensive backs and Louisiana natives Deshawn Raymond and Donte Jackson still uncommitted you can bet Les Miles is still working his magic and the LSU secondary could be pretty stout for the next few years.

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Collins, Alexander on Outland Trophy Watch List

Collins, Alexander on Outland Trophy Watch List

Posted on 10 July 2014 by Allen

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LSU senior left tackle La’el Collins and junior left guard Vadal Alexander were named to the 2014 Outland Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America announced Thursday.

The award is presented each season to the best interior lineman on offense or defense in college football.

This marks the second straight season Collins has earned a spot on the Outland Trophy Watch List.

A senior from Baton Rouge, Collins enters the 2014 season as one of the top left tackles in college football. He has started 25 times in 32 games played in his career and has seen action in 1,690 offensive snaps with 134.5 total knockdowns.

After spending his first two seasons at guard, Collins took over as starting left tackle in 2013, and he served as an anchor for an LSU offense that set a school record with 37 rushing touchdowns last season. He finished the season with 65 knockdowns in 808 snaps on the way to earning Second Team All-SEC recognition.

Another versatile player, Alexander shifted from right tackle as a freshman to starting left guard as a sophomore in 2013. Excelling in both run blocking and pass protection, Alexander has started 22 times in 26 career games and has piled up 120.5 knockdowns in 1,466 offensive snaps in his first two seasons.

A native of Buford, Georgia, Alexander led LSU in total snaps played at 810 and knockdowns with 71 in the 2013 season. He helped pave the way for Jeremy Hill’s 216 rushing yards in the Outback Bowl win against Iowa when Alexander established a career high with 13 knockdowns against the Hawkeyes.

The Southeastern Conference dominated the Outland Trophy Watch List with 19 players, at least eight more prospects than any of the other conferences represented on the 64-man list.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 26-man first team and eventually the Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.

Semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 20, and four days later the three finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner will be announced on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards show on Dec. 11.

2014 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List

Position, Name, School
OG Vadal Alexander, LSU
C Jack Allen, Michigan State
DL Henry Anderson, Stanford
C David Andrews, Georgia
DT Michael Bennett, Ohio State
C Evan Boehm, Missouri
C Jake Brendel, UCLA
DT Malcom Brown, Texas
OG A.J. Cann, South Carolina
OT Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech
OT La’el Collins, LSU
OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
DT Christian Covington, Rice
DT Carl Davis, Iowa
DT Sheldon Day, Notre Dame
C Reese Dismukes, Auburn
OT Jamil Douglas, Arizona State
OT Spencer Drango, Baylor
OT Cameron Erving, Florida State
C Dominic Espinosa, Texas
C B.J. Finney, Kansas State
OT Jake Fisher, Oregon
C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
OT Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
OT Sean Hickey, Syracuse
OT D.J. Humphries, Florida
DT Chucky Hunter, TCU
OT Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M
OG Tre’ Jackson, Florida State
DT Grady Jarrett, Clemson
OG Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
OT Tyler Johnstone, Oregon
C Ryan Kelly, Alabama
OG Arie Kouandjio, Alabama
OG Alex Kozan, Auburn
OT Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati
OG Cyril Lemon, North Texas
DT Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech
OG Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech
OG Josue Matias, Florida State
C Mike Matthews Texas, A&M
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
OT Andrus Peat, Stanford
DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
OT Corey Robinson, South Carolina
OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa
C Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State
OT Brandon Shell, South Carolina
DT Danny Shelton, Washington
OT Donovan Smith, Penn State
C Jake Smith, Louisville
OG Quinton Spain, West Virginia
OG Laken Tomlinson, Duke
C Max Tuerk, USC
OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
C Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern
OG Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
OG Cody Wichmann, Fresno State
OT Daryl Williams, Oklahoma
DL Leonard Williams, USC
OG Torrian Wilson, UCF
DT Gabe Wright, Auburn
OT Michael Yeck, BYU

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Temple 37 Vanderbilt 7 F
Alabama 33 West Virginia 23 F
Arkansas 21 Auburn 45 F
LSU 28 Wisconsin 24

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