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  1. All I've ever gotten is look for him to return by the Moo U game. Unless something changes, this is whats expected.
  2. Projecting LSU's offensive depth chart, with camp nearly complete BY ROSS DELLENGER | rdellenger@theadvocate.com Aug 18, 2017 - 12:30 am Derrius Guice leads LSU's running back depth chart. Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG Ross Dellenger QUARTERBACK Starters lost (1): Brandon Harris +35 LSU quarterback Danny Etling is poised to be the Tigers' starter this season. Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK Returning starters (1): Danny Etling Depth chart Danny Etling, RSr. Justin McMillan, RSo. -OR- Myles Brennan, Fr. Lowell Narcisse, Fr. Newcomers to watch Both of the Tigers' true freshmen, Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse, were ranked in the top five nationally: Brennan as a pro-style QB and Narcisse as a dual threat. Brennan has spent camp surging up the depth chart, impressing coaches with his accuracy and arm power. Number to know: 54.3 That’s the cumulative completion percentage for LSU’s starting quarterbacks (Anthony Jennings in 2014, Brandon Harris in 2015 and Danny Etling in 2016) over the past three seasons. In 2016, that would have ranked 96th nationally out of 128 programs. One word: Burden The quarterback position has dragged down LSU for a while now, specifically over the past two and a half to three years. Etling brought stability to the spot last season with his accuracy and veteran knowledge. Can he take his game to the next level? RUNNING BACK Returning starters (1): Derrius Guice +3 Darrel Williams should see significant work behind Derrius Guice this season. Advocate FILE photo by HILARY SCHEINUK < p> Starters lost (1): Leonard Fournette Depth chart Derrius Guice, Jr. Darrel Williams, Sr. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Fr. Nick Brossette, Jr. Lanard Fournette, Jr.* *Been limited with injury Newcomer to watch Former Catholic High star Clyde Edwards-Helaire made waves during preseason camp, at running back and returner. The 5-foot-8, 208-pounder was the first freshman to play varsity football in coach Dale Weiner's 29 seasons at Baton Rouge's Catholic High. Number to know: 5 Five LSU running backs have been selected in the past five NFL drafts, including a second-round pick in Jeremy Hill (2014) and a first-round selection this year in Leonard Fournette. Kenny Hilliard, Alfred Blue and Spencer Ware were late-round picks. One word: Strong Outside of the secondary, this might be LSU’s strongest position over the past decade. It’ll get even stronger this season. Derrius Guice is one of the Heisman Trophy favorites, and senior Darrel Williams is expected to be heavily involved in the Tigers' plans, too. They call themselves the Bs. Or the Bucks. WIDE RECEIVER Returning starters (1): D.J. Chark Starters lost (2): Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural Depth chart D.J. Chark, Sr. Russell Gage, Sr. Derrick Dillon, RSo. Stephen Sullivan, So. Drake Davis, So. Jacoby Stevens, Fr. Mannie Netherly, Fr. Justin Jefferson, Fr. Racey McMath, Fr.* Dee Anderson, So.* *Been limited with injury Newcomers to watch Four rookies are a part of this unit, including Racey McMath, Mannie Netherly, late signee Justin Jefferson and converted safety JaCoby Stevens, who moved to receiver early in camp. McMath is thick and strong. Netherly is thin and fast, and Stevens is a pure athlete. Number to know: 10 Excluding D.J. Chark, LSU’s receivers have caught a combined 10 passes in their careers. The production and experience faces a steep drop after the senior Chark and his 26 career catches. One word: Tall Six of LSU’s 10 scholarship receivers (counting converted safety JaCoby Stevens) are listed at 6-foot-3 or taller. Stephen Sullivan and Dee Anderson are 6-6, and D.J. Chark and Drake Davis stand 6-4. OFFENSIVE LINE Returning starters (3): C Will Clapp, LT K.J. Malone, RT Toby Weathersby +3 Will Clapp is expected to start at center for LSU this season. Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK Starters lost (3): RG Maea Teuhema, C Ethan Pocic, RG Josh Boutte Depth chart LT K.J. Malone, RSr. Saahdiq Charles, Fr. Jakori Savage, RFr. LG Garrett Brumfield, RJr. Donavaughn Campbell, So. C Will Clapp, RJr. Lloyd Cushenberry, RFr. RG Lloyd Cushenberry, RFr. Ed Ingram, Fr. RT Toby Weathersby, Jr. Austin Deculus, Fr. Adrian Magee, RSo. Newcomer to watch Saahdiq Charles and Ed Ingram have impressed coaches enough in camp to have Ed Orgeron saying that they've "played like starters." They might have to start. LSU's depth issues on the O-line mean these guys are one injury away from playing tackle (Charles) or guard (Ingram). Number to know: 0 Will Clapp has taken zero snaps in a game at center. Despite that, the fourth-year junior landed on the Rimington Award watch list, awarded to the nation’s best center. Clapp moves from his spot at guard to replace Ethan Pocic as the leader of the line. One word: Alabama Coach Ed Orgeron says the difference-maker in LSU’s six-game losing streak to SEC rival Alabama is the Tigers’ offensive line play. Orgeron’s focus in recruiting is on stronger, more powerful O-linemen to handle Bama’s front-seven pass rush. Ed Orgeron can’t yet say that his first-string offensive line has scrimmaged together this camp. H-BACK/TIGHT END Returning starters (2): TE Foster Moreau, HB J.D. Moore Starters lost (1): TE Colin Jeter Depth chart TE Foster Moreau, Jr. Caleb Roddy, So. Jamal Pettigrew, RFr. Jacory Washington, RJr. Aaron Moffitt, Fr. HB J.D. Moore, RSr. David Ducre, Jr. Bry'Kiethon Mouton, Jr. Tory Carter, Fr. Newcomer to watch Tory Carter is the only new guy in this position group, and he signed as one of the nation’s most highly touted fullbacks. He’s a hard-hitting Georgia native who also has versatility for this new position group in new coordinator Matt Canada’s new offense. Defensive end signee Aaron Moffitt was shifted to tight end during camp. Number to know: 16 J.D. Moore and Foster Moreau combined for 16 receptions last season, most of them coming after Steve Ensminger replaced Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator. One word: Versatile The new H-back position combines the old fullbacks and tight ends, and it expands the role of the position. H-backs can find themselves at slot receiver, in the backfield, attached to the line as a tight end or spread out wide.
  3. Projecting LSU's defensive/special teams depth chart, with BY ROSS DELLENGER | rdellenger@theadvocate.com Aug 18, 2017 - 1:10 am Arden Key might not be LSU's starting edge rusher against BYU. advocate file photo by Travis Spradling < p> Ross Dellenger DEFENSIVE LINE Returning starters (3): DE Christian LaCouture, NT Greg Gilmore, DE Arden Key Starters lost (2): DE Davon Godchaux, DE Lewis Neal Depth chart DE Rashard Lawrence, So. Frank Herron, RSr. Justin Thomas, Fr. +2 Greg Gilmore is set to start for a second straight season at nose tackle. Mike Groll NT Greg Gilmore, RSr. Ed Alexander, So. Christian LaCouture, RSr. DE Christian LaCouture, RSr. -OR- Frank Herron, RSr. Neil Farrell, Fr. Deondre Clark, Sr. B-OLB Arden Key, Jr.* Ray Thornton, RFr. -OR- K'Lavon Chaisson, Fr. Andre Anthony, RFr. Sci Martin, So. *Been limited with injury Newcomer to watch K’Lavon Chaisson, a Houston product, was the fourth-best weakside defensive end in the recruiting class. He impressed coaches during summer work and in the early part of preseason camp. Coach Ed Orgeron even suggested Chaisson and a healthy Arden Key could be on the field this year at the same time in pass-rushing packages. Number to know: 92 Christian LaCouture, Greg Gilmore and Frank Herron have combined to play in a whopping 92 games. The three are fifth-year seniors who will be fighting to prove to NFL scouts this season that they’re worthy of a draft pick. One word: Attacking LSU’s defense is morphing into more of a natural 3-4 scheme. The Tigers have more hybrid edge-rushing players (Chaisson, Key, Thornton, Anthony) than traditional D-linemen. Expect a faster and more attacking defense. LINEBACKER Returning starters: None Starters lost (3): ILB Kendell Beckwith, ILB Duke Riley, OLB Tashawn Bower Depth F-OLB Corey Thompson, RSr.* -OR- Ray Thornton, RFr. Michael Divinity, So. Devin Voorhies, Sr. M.J. Patterson, RFr. *Been limited with injury ILB (Mack) Donnie Alexander, Sr. Jacob Phillips, Fr. -OR- Tyler Taylor, Fr. ILB (Rover) Devin White, So. Patrick Queen, Fr. -OR- Jonathan Rucker, RSr.* *walk-on Newcomers to watch Jacob Phillips, Tyler Taylor and Patrick Queen arrived this summer to immediately help with depth and push the presumed starters, Donnie Alexander and Devin White. Phillips and Taylor were ranked in the top 10 among inside linebackers in the 2017 recruiting class, and Queen is a local product from Livonia. Number to know: 6 That’s the number of years Corey Thompson has spent at LSU. The injury-plagued sixth-year senior is expected to serve as the Tigers’ F-outside linebacker, especially in certain packages. The F-OLB is a rotating position among Thompson, Ray Thornton and Michael Divinity. One word: Depth The depth at inside linebacker is a serious issue. In fact, the Tigers practiced with just two scholarship inside linebackers during the spring. Behind Donnie Alexander and Devin White, there’s a drop-off to the three freshmen and walk-ons. SECONDARY +2 LSU defensive back John Battle is expected to start at safety. Returning starters (2): S John Battle, CB Donte Jackson Starters lost (3): S Jamal Adams, CB Tre’Davious White, NB Dwayne Thomas Depth chart CB Kevin Toliver, Jr. Greedy Williams, RFr. Kristian Fulton, So. CB Donte Jackson, Jr. Kary Vincent, Fr. Jontre Kirklin, Fr. NB Kary Vincent, Fr. Xavier Lewis, RSo. FS Grant Delpit, Fr. -OR- Ed Paris, Sr. Cam Lewis, RFr. SS John Battle, Sr. Eric Monroe, RFr. Todd Harris, Fr. Newcomers to watch Grant Delpit enrolled in January and participated in spring practice, making a big enough splash that he started with the first string in the spring game. He is challenging Ed Paris for the starting spot opposite John Battle. Plaquemine High product Todd Harris is in the mix there, too, and Kary Vincent is the leader at nickelback. Number to know: 2 The Tigers must replace two first-round NFL draft picks. Jamal Adams was selected sixth overall in April’s draft by the Jets, and Tre’Davious White was picked by the Bills at No. 27. They combined for 63 starts in seven years at LSU. One word: Superior LSU’s “DBU” mantra is not just braggadocio. The Tigers have sent 11 defensive backs to the NFL over the past six drafts. The lineage of talented DBs isn’t ending anytime soon, either. Corey Raymond’s newest class is one of his best. PLACE-KICKER Returning starters: None Starters lost (1): Colby Delahoussaye Depth chart Connor Culp, RFr. -OR- Jack Gonsoulin, So. Number to know: 74.4 LSU's last two starting field goal kickers have converted on nearly 75 percent of their kicks. Trent Domingue and Colby Delahoussaye made 35 of 47 attempts in 2014-16. One word: Inexperience Culp, a redshirt freshman, and Gonsoulin, a walk-on sophomore, combine for zero kick attempts in a college football game. The two were in a tight battle in camp. PUNTER Returning starters (1): Josh Growden Starters lost: None Depth chart Josh Growden, RFr. Zack Von Rosenberg, RFr. Number to know: 56 That's Growden's national last season in punting. He averaged 41.35 yards a boot. A whopping 22 of his 57 punts were downed inside the 20. One word: Australian For a seventh straight season, the Tigers starting punter will be from the Outback. Growden, in his second year as a starter, follows Jamie Keehn (2013-15) and Brad Wing (2011-12). KICK/PUNT RETURNER Returning starters (1): KR Derrius Guice Starters lost (1): PR Tre'Davious White Depth chart Drake Davis Clyde Edwards-Helaire Jontre Kirklin Donte Jackson Derrick Dillon Number to know: 23.4 Jackson's kickoff return average last season on seven returns would have ranked in the top 45 nationally, but coaches are hesitant to use such an important starter back there. One word: Fast There is no shortage of speed on this list. Jackson is a track standout, and Davis is a former soccer player with some serious wheels. Dillon and Edwards-Helaire have been the surprises of camp.
  4. Mahtook has been pleasant surprise in Detroit Stephen Hunt, Special to USA TODAY Network Published 4:57 p.m. CT Aug. 16, 2017 | Updated 4:57 p.m. CT Aug. 16, 2017 Play Video Traded from Tampa Bay, the new Tiger is ready to compete for centerfielder's job. Video by Perry A. Farrell. (Photo: The Associated Press) ARLINGTON, Texas — When Detroit acquired Mikie Mahtook from Tampa Bay in January, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn’t know what to expect. After all, Mahtook, 27, a Lafayette native and LSU alum, had 106 games of big-league experience between two seasons with the Rays. And Ausmus figured Mahtook most likely would provide outfield depth, something no big-league club can have too much of. In April and May, Mahtook struggled, hitting .194 and .179, respectively. However, as the calendar flipped to June, he started delivering at the plate. Since June 1, he is hitting .335 with 6 HR and 17 RBIs — numbers that have gotten his new manager’s attention. “We come out here every day and battle and try to win games and compete. I think that’s all you can ask for.” Mikie Mahtook, Detroit Tiger and LSU alumnus “He’s definitely been a surprise, no question,” Ausmus said. “Really, we were expecting him to be a platoon outfielder, and he’s worked himself into a starting role. He’s fun to have around. He gives us good energy in the dugout, on the bases and in the field.” Mahtook maintains that his recent uptick offensively isn’t a function of him drastically altering his approach. Instead, his better offensive numbers are more due to him staying the course, realizing that even though balls weren’t falling for hits earlier in the season like they are now, that lack of production was an aberration. “Yeah, mostly just staying the course. My approach since I got here in middle of April, early May, has been the same as it is now,” Mahtook said. Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) talks with Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) and base umpire Angel Hernandez, right, after stealing second during the fifth inning of the Tigers' 12-6 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. Tony Gutierrez, AP “I was swinging the bat well in early May. I wasn’t playing as much and some of the balls I was hitting hard were getting caught, so the results weren’t there, but I knew that I was feeling good and I knew that I was swinging the bat well. It was just a matter of time before the hits were going to come. I just stayed the course and allowed it to happen, and it’s going well.” It’s easy to forget that he’s only been in the Tiger organization for about seven months. Mahtook was drafted 31st overall by the Rays in 2011 and had spent his entire professional career in their organization, first reaching the big leagues in 2015. And anytime a player leaves the only organization he’s played for and spent six seasons with, there is going to be an acclimation period with his new employer, which is what he experienced in Detroit. “It was just a way for me to get a new start. In Tampa, they were pretty set in the outfield, and I came here and I had an opportunity,” Mahtook said. “I didn’t start off great, but I was able to work through some stuff, get some new eyes on me, get in a new clubhouse. I’m obviously playing well now and enjoying every bit of it.” But no matter whether he’s been a Ray or a Tiger, one thing that never gets old is seeing friends and family at the ballpark to cheer him on. That usually occurs most frequently in Houston, a three-hour drive from Lafayette, but this week Mahtook has enjoyed having two uncles in Arlington for a three-game series with the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (56) is congratulated by Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning at Nationals Park. The Angels won 3-2. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Whether he has friends and family or no one in the stands cheering him on other than regular fans, Mahtook takes immense pride in representing his hometown every time he steps between the lines. “Yeah, obviously anytime you can make it to the highest level of your profession, it’s exciting. To be from Lafayette, was born and raised there and my family’s there, it’s cool to be able to have them proud of me, looking at me and supporting me,” he said. Mahtook has made a nice progression in 2017, rebounding well from a slow start. However, the same can’t be said for the Tigers, who going into Wednesday night's finale with the Rangers were 53-66, well below where many baseball pundits thought they might be as a likely American League wild-card team. However, Mahtook is quick to point out that the season has about six weeks remaining, ample time to make a run to the postseason. “Yeah, obviously, we haven’t won as many games as we wanted to, but those types of things happen in baseball,” he said. “We have a great clubhouse. We have a bunch of veteran guys here. They’re awesome. Sometimes you don’t win as many games as you want for different reasons, but we come out here every day and battle and try to win games and compete. I think that’s all you can ask for.” Stephen Hunt is a freelancer based in Frisco, Texas.
  5. What LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said after practice Thursday LSU football coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media Thursday evening Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country Nick Suss Posted 5 hours ago BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU football coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media for the first time this week on Thursday night after his team completed their practice. SEC Country was on hand to track what Orgeron said, including thoughts on LSU’s quarterbacks, injury updates and the status of some of LSU’s absent or recovering players. Check out a transcript of what Orgeron said below. What LSU coach Ed Orgeron said: Tremendous day today. We took the day off yesterday. We surprised the guys with a little activity then we went and ate. Tuesday we ended up in a goal-line scrimmage. Seemed like the offense scored almost every down. The plays were well designed. Today we got to go out in the sun and eat and it was a defensive day. We ran 16 plays and I think the score was 12-4 in favor of the defense, which was good. Offensive line continues to do well. KJ Malone at left tackle. Garrett Brumfield, Donovaugh Campbell, Will Clapp have practiced all week. We’ve had the full offensive line all week. Danny Etling has taken snaps with the first team. Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse with the second team and also Justin McMillan. We got Clyde Edwards-Helaire back today which was good. Lanard Fournette is out with a little injury. The tight ends practiced all week and had a good week. I think the receivers are probably the most improved players on the team. Stephen Sullivan has stepped up, Drake Davis has stepped up. JaCoby Stevens has learned the plays, he has strong hands. Justin Jefferson continues to look good. Dee Anderson has been limited with an injury. Our installation is almost in. On defense, we struggled a little bit, especially on the edges and the goal line. We made some adjustments. Arden has not taken any contact, but he’s looking better. Andre Anthony has not practiced all week. We feel like we’re deep on the defensive line. Greg Gilmore and Ed Alexander have played well. Christian LaCouture and Frank Herron are considered starters sharing time at left end, backed up by Neil Farrell. Donnie Alexander and Devin White continue to have good camps. A guy who’s really had a solid camp for us all year and I haven’t talked about is Jonathan Rucker. He’s going to start on special teams. Jontre Kirklin is showing us a lot on special teams. Donte Jackson has made a lot of interceptions this week. At nickel has been Kary Vincent and Xavier Lewis. The guys have done a tremendous job all week. I think we’ve had a great camp. We’re going to have an in-season Friday practice tomorrow. We’re going to scrimmage Saturday a preseason game at 11 a.m. It’ll be a full game, the last big-time scrimmage we have of the preseason. Next Saturday will be strictly a mock game. School starts on Monday, I know guys are excited. Rashard Lawrence loves Pete Jenkins. Pete is a master of technique. Rashard is a really smart guy. He studies, learns the techniques. He’s actually improved on his defensive skills and been our most consistent defensive player this spring. He was a two-time state champion and the No. 1 player in Louisiana for a reason. Pete is 76 years old, but if his guys aren’t doing it right, he’s going to let him know. He’s an expert at what he’s doing, especially at teaching the 4-technique. I think he’s the best in the world at that. On Neil Farrell: Tough, tough, tough, tough, tough. Won’t back down from anything. He was coached very well in high school. Loves contact. The physicality of camp has not been too much of an adjustment. I think he’ll be an excellent player for us. We’re going to work short yards, goal line, red zone, two minute, overtime all in a scrimmage type situation. We feel like we can run the ball very well and our passing game is catching up. But we need to protect up front and our guys know that. I think [the installation] is close [to being complete]. Canada’s goal was to have everything put in by Saturday. But for the most part our offense should be complete for tomorrow. The B linebacker. Ray Thornton, K’Lavon Chaisson and Andre Anthony, those guys are fighting. There are some battles between Tyler Taylor, Jacob Phillips and Patrick Queen. Who’s going to be in the rotation right there? The free safety position between Grant Delpit and Ed Paris is big too. This scrimmage is going to say a lot. We’re going to start practicing a lot like next week is a game week. This is a good class. If Austin Deculus, Ed Ingram and Saahdiq Charles are starting, I’ll have no problem. If one of those guys have to start, I have no problem. K’Lavon’s gotta start? I have no problem. Kary Vincent, Grant Delpit, Tyler Taylor, Jacob Phillips. They’re going to play. Tyler Shelvin is still in progress right now. It’s being reviewed. I still think he’ll be here before the season starts. Narcisse ran a bootleg on the goal line the other day. Nobody touched him. He’s big and strong. Lowell never took a snap under center [in high school]. That’s a whole different world. Now he’s getting it down. He’s right there. No hesitation. I think it’s being familiar with the offense. This is a complicated offense. There’s a lot of stuff going on before the snap. I’m not sure, but I’m not expecting Arden Key for the opener. Nothing that dude does surprises. We should know later next week after he goes to his doctor. Actually running the routes. Drake is working hard with Mickey. You’ve got to go out there and make plays and they’re going against a pretty good defense unit. He stepped it up this camp as far as making plays. Last spring he looked like a first-team, big time SEC player. Arden is practicing but not hitting. He’s going through walk-through stuff. He’s stepping through stuff and using his hands with pass rush moves. But he’s not taking any contact. Myles and Lowell got more second team reps without Lindsey Scott there. Ed Ingram started at right guard, but Lloyd Cushenberry took snaps there too. I’m going to have to talk to Jeff, but I think Lloyd has an edge up right now because he was with us in spring.
  6. Better Know a Freshman: Austin Deculus Incoming Texas OL is a nasty mauler with a future on the inside. by Paul Crewe@ATVS_PaulCrewe Aug 17, 2017, 1:00pm CDT Unquestionably, the most battered unit on the 2017 roster is the offensive line. After first enduring an on onslaught of transfers, mostly unfortunately of talented swing lineman Maea Teuhema, early Fall Camp returns showed injuries and more injuries and even more injuries, leaving LSU with just 7 capable bodies, many of whom have zero playing time. Impressions of LSU’s offensive line play in recent years vary wildly depending on the source. Pro Football Focus notably ranked LSU’s 2016 OL as the best in the nation. They stand up well in Bill Connelly’s rankings as well, ranking 5th in Adjusted LY. Yet, many fans would wax about the inability to get a push vs. both teams in Alabama. To that end, many would tell you the OL the last two seasons has “sucked.” The truth is probably somewhere in between. At this point, it’s fair to question Jeff Grimes. What waves he’s made in inking talented players are undone when they transfer from the program before seeing the field. The maddening performances don’t help his cause. Yet, it must also be considered the restraint placed on his unit by coaching within a fractured offensive system that saw few players prosper in his four years in Baton Rouge. Ultimately, when Orgeron was hired, he had the opportunity to turn over as much or as little of the staff he preferred. Gone are Dameyune Craig and Jabbar Juluke, yet he retained Grimes. Clearly O sees value in Grimes and believes any issues were more related to the previous regime’s system than Grimes’ coaching abilities. Only time will tell if that is correct. In 2017, Grimes must cobble together an offensive line that is one injury away from life support. It’s not a unit that lacks talent, but one that lacks adequate depth to support any mishaps that may unfold along the way. And mishaps always happen along the way. But Austin Deculus may be just the mishap corrector that Jeff Grimes needs. 247 Composite Ranking: **** 247 Composite Rating: .9772 Deculus finished in the 247 composite top 50, coming in as the 48th ranked player nationally. In an exceptionally strong recruiting season for offensive tackles, he ranked 10th overall at his position. Six of the players ranked ahead of him were 5-star players. Deculus earned an invite to the Under Armour All-American Game. 247 named him a member of the “All Lobby Team” noting his enormous size and being the definition of barrel chested. He played LT throughout the week and made a good showing, illustrating impressive quickness for a 6’6”, 331 player. Still general consensus is that his future is on the right side of the line. Most importantly he looked like a player ready to step into the fold immediately in 2017, a major boon to LSU’s depth issues. Further improving his chances for early playing time, Deculus enrolled early and was able to take in spring practice and begin learning the offense. On the Field. Already There: Size, Power, Block Finisher Working On It: Technique, Pass Protection Doesn’t Have It: LT Skills Already There Size: Listed at 6’6”, 324, Deculus is the size of a college senior. Size prohibits many incoming freshmen linemen from being contributors regardless of their technical skills or knowledge of the playbook. Deculus isn’t the long, lean, tackle body type. He’s built more like an interior lineman, but with length. This is a guy that’s thick throughout. His future is probably at right tackle. Power: One thing I hate seeing is big-bodied players that don’t use their size. Deculus is not that. He’s not a finesse player, but does like to over relay on his ability to overpower opponents. The clip at :40 gives a good idea of the type of damage he can, even when playing without great leverage. 1:22 is the type of thing you want to see from a future drive blocker. It suggests he’s built to play on the interior. Not only does he have excellent pad level, he gets his hands inside and completely blasts the DE off the ball. At 4:15 he again flashes that type of powerful drive that makes you believe he’s the guy you want to run the ball behind on fourth and 1. At 4:34 you can see his power takes over even when he doesn’t have the leverage advantage. 5:55 isn’t totally fair, but still a joy to watch him wasteland a defender. Block Finisher: Elite OL love punishing their opponents. Deculus has a nasty streak that coaches love to see. At 2:07 you can virtually see the moment when Deculus decides that guy is getting his ass put in the dirt. I can appreciate his bitch please throw off at the end of 3:32 as well. Athletic Ability: Perhaps most impressively, Deculus moves more like someone that is 294 pounds than 324 pounds. He’s not nimble and bouncy like a pure LT, but he’s not a hapless clunker either. 2:35 really puts his move skills on display. He gets a punch on the DE but is able to peel off to get to the second level and take that defender completely out of the play, which leads to six. 3:51 is another solid example of his ability to get to the second level and pluck off defenders that should be able to run around him. 5:03 is kinda the total package of his skills. That poor, poor DE. Plays like the one at 6:15 aren’t flashy, but really show the type of athletic ability that could make him a strong interior pass defender. Hands: Deculus really does an excellent job getting his hands on defenders and not relenting. He has big, strong hands and consistently keeps them inside the shoulders to limit holding calls. At 4:57 is but one example. This should help in pass protection at the next level. I love the aggression and hand use in 5:13, even if he overextends himself a bit. Working on It Technique: He’s not a technician. In some ways, that’s just not part of his game. Deculus is a brutal, nasty mauler and you take the good with the bad on that. Yes, he’ll need to improve his technical blocking skills to truly be an elite player, but he’s never going to be Marshal Yanda. With his length and strength he may not need to be a technical master to excel. Pass Protection: This ties to the above, but there’s not a ton of him in pass pro on the reel. His feet are solid and his length should be an attribute, but he doesn’t look like he’s a natural fit at LT. On some plays, he gets overextended and his top half is hanging out over his lower half. In HS, he’s strong enough to still controls DL in this position. In college, that will be a face plant. LT Skills: I could live to eat these words, but I don’t think he’s a left tackle of the future. He doesn’t look natural as that drop-back pass defender. He doesn’t have that type of bend and spring you like to see from a dominant left side guy. He could be one in a run-heavy spread attack, but not any type of pro system. Austin Deculus appears to be a player without an ounce of subtlety, which makes him perfect for 80s action movies. There is no subtext here, just text. And that text is “I’m going to destroy you.” Previous iterations of our offensive linemen recruits have had technique and subtlety, but that’s all been stripped away for the kick ass remake. Deculus is: Furthermore, the offensive line needs a hit, just like Tri-Star did in 1985. The fledgling studio had released a string of critical and commercial failures like Supergirl, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, The Last Dragon (which, to be fair, is f’n awesome), and Silent Night, Deadly Night. Along came Rambo. They took all of the angsty questioning of morality and our role in Vietnam, and left that on the cutting room floor, turning Rambo into nothing but a kick ass killing machine, out for revenge on... well, everybody. That is Austin Deculus. None of this namby-pamby feelings stuff. Or subtle technique. He is a straight out and out mauler. Give him a rocket launcher, point him in the right direction, and watch him single-handedly defeat communism. Grab the popcorn. Deculus is a guy that I gave a couple drive-by viewings to his highlights during the process but never really spent much time on them, since he remained pretty steadfastly committed to LSU. His high ranking and that quick viewing was enough for me to feel confident in his abilities. Having really sat with his tape, he’s probably a different player than I had hoped, entirely. The size component is obvious, but in my mind I thought he had future left tackle potential. At this point, I feel pretty confident he will never play that position for LSU, barring emergency. In fact, I’m not sure Deculus is a tackle at all. The skills I see him exhibit best on tape are characteristics of excellent guards. He’s superb in tight quarters, a mauling drive blocker and absolutely lethal once he gets his hands on you. His athleticism should allow him to be more than just a power-blocking inside guard, as he looks more than capable to be able to pull and trap. Physically, I think the tools are there for him to possibly be an elite offensive guard. It will be interesting to see where Grimes slots him. Right now, tackle depth is a major missing piece. LSU has assorted depth throughout the interior of the line, but on the edges they are exceptionally thin, which could well push Deculus into tackle duty, at least early on in his career. Playing inside was almost fait accompli for guys like Will Clapp and Garrett Brumfield. I think Deculus has a smidgen more opportunity to play right tackle, but his best spot will eventually be offensive guard. Deculus is a true brute on the field. He’s going to be the big, nasty guy in the bar fight that throws his weight around... and he does it well. What he lacks in technical ability, he makes up for in brutishness. Strangely, one thing I’d like to see more consistently from him is a violent punch. Trai Turner, to me, is the master sensei of the punch. If go back and watch Trai’s HS highlights, just look at how he obliterates defenders right from his punch. It’s translated up two levels, to where he’s now a Pro Bowl lineman. I see Deculus bring that punch on some plays and others he’s more of a wrapper or grabber. Now, once he gets his hands on a defender, it’s pretty much game over. He displays hulk-like strength when engaged. I don’t foresee him losing many of those battles. Yet, if he’s not quick and aggressive enough with his hands, he’ll lose battles to quicker, athletic defensive linemen. So I find myself wrestling with Deculus as a prospect. I entered hoping to see this dominant, overwhelming talent... and I came away feeling like I saw a pretty good mauler. So perhaps it’s just a matter of perspective. If Deculus were a three-star this review would probably be raving about what a gem we found. But then again, he’s not. He’s a top-50 talent... those are the guys you expect greatness from. No matter my perception, he’s going to play and he’s going to play right away. I think in 2017 you’ll see him oft-used as an injury sub playing along the right side of the line. If he shows out, he could surpass someone like Garrett Brumfield who has yet to really leave his mark. But that’s not something I expect. In the end, I still believe Deculus has all the makings of a future stud at guard; he’s just not the star left tackle I wanted him to be. And that’s okay. High End: All-Conference Player, Draft Pick Low End: Solid swing reserve lineman that never becomes a full-time starter Realistic: Solid, dependable starter that excels at run blocking but struggles in the passing game https://www.andthevalleyshook.com/2017/8/17/16159742/better-know-a-freshman-austin-deculus-lsu-football-recruiting
  7. And Florida. When was the last time we lost to A&M?
  8. My Brother-in-Laws construction company is one of the companies working on the stadium.
  9. My best friend wanted to date this girl, her parents wouldn't let him date her. But they allowed me to date her, I'd pick her up, then go get my date, then we had a double date. The things I did.
  10. Matt Canada, a few more notes. A couple days ago, I found out Matt's GA at Pitt, Wesley Beschorner is now the QB's coach at Rice University. A little more on Matt: Canada had two stints at Northern Illinois, also serving on the Huskies staff from 1998-2003. He oversaw NIU's running backs (1998-2000) and quarterbacks (2001-02) before elevating to offensive coordinator in 2003. NIU's 2003 team upset Alabama, Maryland and Iowa State in earning a No. 12 Associated Press ranking. Canada's offense featured All-America running back Michael Turner, who averaged 137.3 rushing yards per game to rank second in the country. In 22 years, the University of Indiana has had one season above .500, Matt was the OC. That would be since 1994. Canada was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin during the 2012 season. Led by All-America running back Montee Ball, the Badgers averaged 236.4 rushing yards per game to rank 13th nationally. Ball, who rushed for 1,830 yards and 22 touchdowns, was named the recipient of the prestigious Doak Walker Award, annually presented to the nation's top running back. Canada's offense exploded in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game, a 70-31 rout of Nebraska, to earn the Badgers a trip to the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin had two 200-yard rushers for the first time in school history as it piled up 539 yards on the ground and 640 total against the Cornhuskers. In addition to Ball, the Wisconsin backfield also included James White and future Doak Walker winner Melvin Gordon. Canada spent three years at NC State where as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, he helped develop Jacoby Brissett into a third round NFL Draft pick. With Canada calling the plays, NC State played in back-to-back bowl games in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, the Wolfpack averaged 412.8 yards per game -- the fifth-highest average in school history --despite losing leading rusher Matt Dayes (108.1 yards per game) to injury for the final five games. NC State led the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranked 11th nationally in time of possession (33:03). In 2014, NC State racked up its highest rushing total since 1977 with 2,659 yards. The Wolfpack averaged 6.0 yards per offensive play, the second highest mark in school annals. Brissett thrived as a dual threat under Canada's watch in 2014 and 2015 as he combined to throw for 5,268 yards to go with 43 touchdowns. He also added nine rushing touchdowns during that span. Brissett was one of just three Power 5 conference quarterbacks in 2014 with at least 2,000 passing yards, 300 rushing yards, 20 passing TDs and five (or fewer) interceptions. The others were Oregon Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley. In his one season with the Panthers, working with senior quarterback Nate Peterman , Pitt finished 10th nationally, scoring a school-record 532 points and Peterman led the ACC in passing efficiency (163.4), throwing for 2,855 yards and 27 TDs while completing 60.5 percent and throwing only seven interceptions. His Bio is worth a read... http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=211358092
  11. Better Know a Freshman: Clyde Edwards-Helaire 11 comments The next great LSU running back may already be on campus. by Paul Crewe@ATVS_PaulCrewe Aug 15, 2017, 11:00am CDT LSU Sports Net Perceptions of the running back position changed. One of the sports true glory spots, and one of the most highlighted roles on the field is now treated by many teams as a specialists paradise. The New England Patriots have made a field day out of this, featuring five different 1,000 yard rushers in the 16-year, 5-Super Bowl Bill Belichick era. It’s not a position of emphasis for Belichick and they’ve found assorted production by sweeping in on players either past their primes or with troubled histories. More commonly, players with highly defined roles in the offense, like LSU legend Kevin Faulk. Faulk lasted 13 seasons in New England despite never rushing for even 700 yards. Running backs still win awards but teams are shifting further and further away from dedicating heavy resources to them in the NFL or being overly reliant on a single one in college. A special talent like Dalvin Cook fell to the second round in the 2017 NFL draft, despite no major looming legal issues. Sure, the ever present “character concerns” cropped up, but his file reads much more like dumb college kid than hardened felon. LSU is on a near uninterrupted run of greatness at the RB position beginning in 2012, as Jeremy Hill assumed starting duties midway through the season. Just take a look: LSURBs.csv Year Player Yards TDs 2012 Hill 755 12 2013 Hill 1,401 14 2014 Fournette 1,034 10 2015 Fournette 1,953 22 2016 Guice 1,387 15 6,530 yards and 73 TDs and that’s just from the players that finished the season as starters. Hill, by the way, is the last LSU running back to rush for 100 yards against Alabama, and he did it in 2012. Being a great RB at LSU is not an exception... it’s an expectation. Clyde Edwards-Helaire may be the next in succession. The Back of the Card Clyde Edwards-Helaire 110 - 101 = Franchise Player. One of the best players to come along in years, if not decades. Odds of having a player in this category every year is slim. This prospect has "can’t miss" talent. 100 - 98 = Five-star prospect. One of the top 30 players in the nation. This player has excellent pro-potential and should emerge as one of the best in the country before the end of his career. There will be 32 prospects ranked in this range in every football class to mirror the first round of the NFL Draft. 97 - 90 = Four-star prospect. One of the top 300 players in the nation. This prospect will be an impact-player for his college team. He is an All-American candidate who is projected to play professionally. 89 - 80 = Three-star prospect. One of the top 10% players in the nation. This player will develop into a reliable starter for his college team and is among the best players in his region of the country. Many three-stars have significant pro potential. 79 - below = Two-star prospect. This player makes up the bulk of Division I rosters. He may have little pro-potential, but is likely to become a role player for his respective school. 247 Composite Ranking: *** 247 Composite Rating: .8846 Though CEH ranked just 382nd in the 247 Composite, he was ranked as the number five all-purpose back. Regardless, he’s not a guy that was really valued by the recruiting services. 247 themselves did give him a 4-star ranking.His light ranking may have to do with his stature (listed at 5’7”), though he’s built like a truck, and already aptly named “stump” by Derrius Guice. His lack of height and the tendency of Louisiana HS prospects to be overlooked by recruiting services and injury history are the three primary explanations I can find for his low ranking. The first two are somewhat inexplicable, though the third does pose potentially difficult questions about his future. Foot work: Quick feet is an attribute I always seek out for backs. I’ve seen guys who run 4.4s not be particularly nimble on their feet. I’ve seen slower guys that can tap dance around toothpicks. Quick feet can cover a myriad of flaws in a player at the running back position and CEH may have some of the most nimble in this class. The play at :14 in the HUDL tape is all sorts of HS goofy, but thanks in large part to CEH’s quick feet and ability to make defenders look silly in missing. Flip forward to about :25 to see some magician [poop]: It’s illegal in 32 states and 19 countries to change directions that easily. Number 81 should have had to remove his jockstrap on the sideline and publicly announce his retirement from the game of football. The three stooges that collide after that should get their own sitcom. The guy he shakes at 1:07 could be featured on an AND1 mixtape. Decisiveness: One of the things that makes Derrius Guice a special back is that he’s aggressive and decisive when cutting. His physical tools allow him to do things others cannot even dream, but mentally Guice doesn’t try and dazzle with a million cuts, though his abilities allow. He’s gonna hit his cut and get downfield. I see the same from CEH. Watch :35. Two jump cuts, squares shoulders downhill and goes.Explosiveness: Tying to the above two attributes, CEH pairs his footwork and his decisiveness with elite explosive potential that makes him a legitimate big play threat. When I think of explosiveness, I think of guys that get to top speed in a hurry. They don’t build to that mark, they hit in a couple steps. You can see many times in the reel that once he gets his shoulders square, he’s already at top speed and quickly eating up yardage.Patience: At 2:49 is a prime example of a back not looking to try and create on his own. He follows his blockers, waits for the play to develop and explodes into the opening. This will prepare him well for the next two levels. 3:25 again, you see how he waits for the play to unfold, rather than trying to force his hand, and his patience is richly rewarded.Power: There’s several examples, but at 1:59 you can see how his low center of gravity allows him to run through arm tackles, keep his balance and finish off plays. Then again at 2:27 you got that whole human pinball thing going on.Returns: Not surprising that a player with his special physical traits would excel in the return game, but it’s nice to see him doing it at 1:36. Pass Catching: There’s a couple examples of screens in there, but the play at 3:09 best flexes his catching skills as he’s running down the sideline and having to make an over the shoulder grab. He’s not a hands catcher, but he looks to be perfectly suitable as a pass catching back. The play at 4:05 he does display nice hands while running a WR route. Should make him a multi-dimensional threat. Working On It Pass Pro: Only one highlight of him blocking on tape, and this is usually the biggest hurdle that keeps young backs off the field. Frankly, most of playing running back is easy, but if you can’t protect the QB, your ass will rarely see the field. CEH will have to display an understanding and willingness here if he’s to contribute as a true freshman. Aggression: Don’t mistake his decisiveness for aggression. When I say aggression, I look for backs who love to initiate contact. Running back is a collision position. You expect receivers to avoid contact as frequently as possible. But backs are often running headlong into a massive car crash 30-40 times a game. I wouldn’t say CEH runs tepidly, but I also don’t see a player who thrives on contact quite like Hill, Fournette and Guice have in the recent past. This is something I would love to see more from him. Doesn’t Have It Health: He managed only 58 carries his senior season, which could be cause for concern. Poseur’s 80s Movie Comparison Clyde Edwards-Helaire is already the cult hero of this class. He’s the little guy who we now expect big things from. He’s not nearly the super-hyped prospect Fournette or Guice were, but he has the potential to be a great, beloved player. He has the air of an underdog, primarily due to his small package. CEH is the cult classic Time Bandits. Yes, this is a cheap joke about a movie which stars a bunch of little people, but the analogy still holds. This is a brilliant film from a brilliant director (Terry Gilliam) who has spent his career forging his own path, to hell what anyone wlse says. It’s not the best movie in his filmography (that would be Brazil), but CEH likely won’t quite match the heights of Fournette and Guice. Instead, he is on the path of simply being a great player, and a beloved cult figure. Besides, it’s hard to say a movie made by a Monty Python alum with John Cleese and Sean Connery getting top billing is really that much of an underdog. It feels like an underdog, but really, it was great all along. What the Future Holds Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s recruitment took a late winding path. He originally pledged to Frank Wilson, held firm through the Jabbar Juluke era and had what felt like 5-minute Twitter de-commitment before eventually signing with LSU to play for new position coach Tommie Robinson. He unintentionally became a majorly important player in this signing class when five-star Cam Akers opted to sign with FSU and LSU struck out on any remaining targets. I wrote this far without peeking back at my Better Know a Freshman on Guice, and sure enough the strengths are similar. I saw the makings of a star in Guice, pegging him as an All-American with potential to be one of the best backs in the nation. I noted Guice would quickly ascend to be the number two back on the roster and assume the starting role once Fournette departed, which is precisely what happened, though the timeline was expedited due to Fournette’s injuries. It’s quite possible Edwards-Helaire is on a same trajectory. He’s already drawing rave reviews from the coaching staff and his teammates are calling him unstoppable. The major difference here is the way the depth chart shakes. When Guice arrived at LSU, Fournette’s backup was one-dimensional Darrell Williams and his competition was fellow four-star Nick Brossette. Both of those guys are still on the roster and yet CEH is the one drawing the preseason praise. I’d say a solid shot he emerges as the guy with the second most carries by seasons’ end. I think the distribution of backup carries will be pretty equal, but I see CEH emerging as “the” guy to the extent we will know he’s the intended starter in 2018. Edwards-Helaire has dynamic playmaking ability, which means he doesn’t even need to be deployed in a traditional RB role to wreak havoc. Expect new OC Matt Canada to move CEH all over the field in various formations and positions to try and find a way to get the ball into the diminutive back’s hands. I can see him being the type of player that touches the ball five times a game, but winds up with 100+ yards of offense because he’s liable to rip one off for a huge play. He can be a threat as your jet sweeper, take carries out of the backfield, line up in the screen game, et al. And that’s without mentioning what a factor he will be in the return games, where he should provide an immediate boost. There’s no slow playing this freshman. CEH will see the field and see it a lot in 2017. It’s possible LSU found the next great RB in the line of succession. High End: All-American, top-three round draft pick Low End: Injury plagued and never a consistent contributor Realistic: All-SEC back and explosive playmaking threat. https://www.andthevalleyshook.com/2017/8/15/16130104/better-know-a-freshman-clyde-edwards-helaire-lsu-football-recruiting
  12. What the latest LSU QB transfer means for the position Updated on August 14, 2017 at 11:12 AMPosted on August 14, 2017 at 11:11 AM LSU Tigers quarterbacks Lowell Narcisse (2), Danny Etling (16) and Caleb Lewis (8) during LSU spring football practice in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Christopher Dabe cdabe@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune There have been some changes in the LSU quarterback room over the last year. Gone is Brandon Harris, who lost his starting job early in the 2016 season and decided after the season ended to leave the program and play as a fourth-year graduate transfer at North Carolina. Scott was a redshirt freshman entering this season. Now gone, too, is Lindsey Scott Jr., who came to LSU out of Zachary High School and redshirted as a freshman during the 2016 season. He announced Monday on Twitter his decision to continue his college career elsewhere, which the school confirmed soon after. The first departure came after Danny Etling started the final 10 games of the 2016 season and guided LSU to an 8-2 record over that span. His ability to take care of the football -- his five interceptions in 269 attempts are the mark of a passer who at the very least doesn't make poor decisions -- gives the Tigers a trusted option at that position. So, if Harris wanted to be assured of a chance to start somewhere in his final season of college, he needed to pick another school. The second departure came after the arrival of Myles Brennan. And one thing has become clear after two weeks of preseason practices: the coaches like what they see from the freshman. They like it a lot. Ed Orgeron says to be patient. "Does he have the ability to be a first-string quarterback as a freshman?" Orgeron said Wednesday after eight preseason practices and one scrimmage. "Yes, he does. No question about it." But is he ready to be a starting quarterback? "Not quite," Orgeron said. LSU will allow more time for Brennan to learn the new offense being installed by first-year coordinator Matt Canada. All quarterbacks but Brennan operated the offense at the beginning stages of installation during the spring. The 6-foot-4 Brennan did not arrive at LSU until the summer, and the four-star-rated passer spent those months studying the offense. Brennan has shown enough potential in the early going to earn a handful of snaps with the first-team offense. Orgeron said Brennan took "very few" first-team snaps during practice Wednesday last week and took a handful more with the top unit again during the Saturday scrimmage. Seeing that ought to have been enough for Scott to consider other options if he wanted to be a college quarterback. Not only had Brennan appeared to move up the depth chart, but so had Lowell Narcisse, a freshman who enrolled early in the spring. Orgeron spoke last week about putting in plays for the dual-threat Narcisse "that are conducive to his style." "We did a good job of doing that," the coach added. Narcisse also took second-team reps during the Saturday scrimmage, with Scott playing "a couple plays" and third-year sophomore Justin McMillan throwing "two or three" passes, Orgeron said.
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