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  1. LSUDad added a post in a topic Player of the Game---Auburn Edition   

    Auburn WR D’haquille “Duke” Williams dismissed from program
    Posted : 6 mins
    Gus Malzahn
    Jordan James 
    SECcountry staff
    Auburn has dismissed star wide receiver D’haquille “Duke” Williams from the team Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announced in a press release Monday night.
    “When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences,” Malzahn said. “I gave D’haquille the chance to prove himself. I am disappointed that it did not work out.”
    Williams was dismissed after an incident at a local bar this past weekend, according to Jay G. Tate of AuburnSports.com.
  2. LSUDad added a post in a topic Florida LSU Game 6:00 PM (CST) ESPN   

    Week 7 SEC kickoff times (Oct. 17; all times EST)
    Auburn at Kentucky, 7 p.m., ESPN (THURSDAY, Oct. 15)La. Tech at Mississippi St., Noon, SEC NetworkOle Miss at Memphis, Noon, ABCAlabama at Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m., CBSVanderbilt at South Carolina, 4 p.m., SEC NetworkFlorida at LSU, 7 p.m., ESPNMizzou at Georgia, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network
  3. LSUDad added a post in a topic Fournette By The Numbers   

    Fournette takes another step towards Heisman
    Shea Dixon - 21 hours ago 4
    Leonard Fournette had another huge showing this weekend (Photo: Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)
    LSU running back Leonard Fournette’s Heisman Trophy campaign took another big step in the right direction on Saturday night, with the sophomore rushing for 233 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-22 win over Eastern Michigan.
    With his performance, Fournette became the first running back in SEC history to rush for 200-plus yards in three straight games. Fournette ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns against Auburn and 244 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse leading up to his showing in Death Valley this weekend.
    And despite LSU playing one less game than the rest of the country, Fournette now leads the entire FBS in rushing - both total yards and average. Fournette’s 864 yards is now good for the most in college football, with San Jose State’s Tyler Ervin sitting at 801 yards and Georgia’s Nick Chubb at 745 yards. Of course, both Ervin and Chubb have played one more game than Fournette this season.

    Fournette’s average of 216 yards per game is 56 yards more than the next name on the list (Ervin).
    The LSU sophomore now leads the nation in rushing touchdowns, too. Fournette has 11 touchdowns in four games this season, with four running backs tied at 10 rushing touchdowns through five games.
    Shea Dixon  @Sheadixon
  4. LSUDad added a topic in Graton   

    Update On Football Recruiting
    Notebook: Heating up in New Orleans
    Jason Howell
     243  0  0  253It was an unseasonably cool weekend in New Orleans, but the football action and recruiting news was as hot as ever. From McDonogh 35 to Rummel and St. Augustine, to long time rivals Holy Cross and Jesuit, there were big-time players on the field and big recruiting news off of it.Sticking togetherStephon TaylorNew Orleans McDonogh 35 defenders Sci Martin (three-star defensive end) and Stephon Taylor (three-star defensive tackle) both have top 10s.

    Martin's top 10, in no order, was Louisiana Tech, Miami, N.C. State, Oregon, Texas, Utah, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU and Mississippi State.

    Taylor's list, also in no order, included Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ole Miss, Miami, Nebraska, TCU, Auburn and Texas.

    Taylor did admit TCU, LSU, and Florida State did standout among his top group, while Martin has Missouri making a strong push from outside of his top 10.

    Neither knows when they want to make their final decision right now. Both know they are not ready to commit right now and are waiting until they are 100-percent sure of their choice.

    There are a few things they do know for sure right now. First, they will take the majority of their official visits after the season. Second, they will take an official visit to TCU together. Third, there is a good chance the two end up playing college football together. In fact, Taylor put the chances of them sticking together on the college at about 85 to 90-percent.

    There is no doubt the two are close off the field and form a powerful combination on it.

    "We dominate," Taylor said. "He's a great pass rusher. I'm a run stopper. We do it all."
    Change in plansKristian FultonMetairie (La.) Rummel Rivals100 cornerback Kristian Fulton planned to make a preseason decision, but after taking a few unofficial visits towards the end of the summer, he decided he was not ready.

    He admits he came close to making a decision, but now he is focused on the season.

    "Right now, to be honest, I really haven't been thinking about the recruiting process with the season starting," Fulton said. "My plan was to commit before the season and get it out of the way. I really want to focus on the season and winning everything. It's my last year so I wanted to go out with a bang so I put the whole recruiting process on hold right now."

    He does not have any official visits scheduled and he will likely have to wait to take them after the season since Rummel plays four of its last five games of the regular season on Saturday.

    Florida, Miami, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arkansas are a few schools he mentioned as visit possibilities. He plans to take all of his official visits to out-of-state programs, so he does not currently plan to take an official visit to LSU, who he has unofficially visited several times already.
    Committed but lookingKyle MeyersNew Orleans Holy Cross four-star cornerback Kyle Meyers committed to Florida State after seeing a huge recruiting surge in the summer.

    "Florida State is a traditional college," Meyers said. "It's one of the best colleges in the country. Great coaching staff, nice area, nice people around the campus. I felt at home there going up and visiting there and talking to the coaches and my family and friends who have been up there. It just felt like home and it felt like the right place for me."

    Shortly after his commitment to Florida State the LSU Tigers extended an offer. LSU continues to pursue along with the Ole Miss Rebels. He plans to take an official visit to Ole Miss the weekend of Nov. 20, and will take his official visit to Florida State in December. He will take an unofficial visit to Florida State during the season and he does not know if he will visit LSU.

    As for his commitment, he feels strong about his choice.

    "I'm a solid commit, but I don't doubt the other schools," Meyers said. "I go through the process, talk to them, and enjoy it.. But yes, I'm 100-percent committed. "

    New Orleans McDonogh 35 three-star athlete Clifford Chattman also feels pretty strong about his decision. When he received his scholarship offer from LSU in February he knew he wanted to call and commit. So he did, and he has been committed to LSU ever since. However, he is also keeping a look at his options.

    "I'm feeling great about LSU, but my recruitment is still open to a lot of people and people are still showing me love," Chattman said.

    Oklahoma and TCU are the main schools currently showing interest.

    He may take visits to other schools, but he does not know when and where at this time.
    Underclassmen grabbing offersNew Orleans (La.) McDonogh 35 2017 three-star safety Brad Stewart already has several scholarship offers with Colorado recently adding its name to his growing list.

    He is not ready to declare any leaders at this early point in the recruiting process, and he has already learned some valuable lessons from his teammates who have gone and are currently going through the recruiting process.

    "Really they just tell me to soak it all up," Stewart said. "Let them recruit, let them come hard, show love, and go to games."

    He has already visited LSU this fall, and he would like to take unofficial visits to Mississippi State and Florida during the season. He mentioned Tennessee, Colorado, Mississippi State and Florida as schools he would like to visit during the summer months.
    More NotablesPatrick Queen Livonia (La.) 2017 Rivals250 athlete Patrick Queen holds scholarship offers from Tulane, Louisiana Tech, South Florida and McNeese State, and he has already taken unofficial visits to LSU and Louisiana Tech. He says he will probably return to LSU this season.

    Marrero (La.) Archbishop Shaw three-star running back Trey Ragas has narrowed his list to Utah, Kansas, Colorado State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Miss. He plans to make his decision to make his decision in October.

    New Orleans Holy Cross 2016 inside linebacker Jacques Boudreaux is currently committed to Louisiana-Lafayette, but interest has come from Kansas State, Minnesota and Oklahoma have recently stepped up their interest. He was all over the field for Holy Cross and helped lead a goal line stand to secure the Tigers 28-21 double overtime win over Jesuit on Friday night.

    Livonia (La.) athlete Ceejay Powell is small in stature but he has a big game. He spends his time at quarterback for Livonia, but he is also a standout receiver and cornerback at 5-foot-8, 165-pounds. He currently holds offers from Grambling, McNeese and Nicholls, while Louisiana Tech is showing interest.

    The 2019 class is already making some noise in Louisiana, and two members of that class stood out over the weekend. New Orleans Holy Cross starting quarterback Chandler Fields has some growing to do at 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, but he showed some great poise and polish. He also throws with zip and accuracy on the run and from the pocket. Amite (La.) defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher is more of an imposing figure at 6-foot-3 and 305-pounds. Both had their freshmen moments and have some work to do as they develop, but both are also already earning attention from college coaches.- See more at: https://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1810232#sthash.Rz1Qg1Gs.dpuf
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  5. LSUDad added a post in a topic ULM QB dies   

    RIP, Prayers for all.....
    Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Daniel Fitzwater dead at 20
    Jon Cooper
    October 4, 2015 @ 12:08pm   As awesome as this college football Saturday was, it was also so tragic.
    Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Daniel Fitzwater died, according to the university. In a press release, ULM announced that Fitzwater passed away abruptly early Saturday morning.
    No cause of death for the 20 year-old is known at this time.
    “The coaching staff and team are deeply saddened by the loss of a great person in Daniel,” said ULM head coach Todd Berry in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Daniel’s family.”
    “The ULM family is saddened to learn of Daniel’s death,” Dr. Nick J. Bruno, ULM president, said. “Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”
    Fitzwater was a kinesiology major and a walk-on quarterback for the Warhawks. Fitzwater’s survived by his mother and father, Kelli and Mike Fitzwater, two brothers and one sister.
    Our condolences are with his family during this tragic time.
  6. LSUDad added a post in a topic LSU vs Eastern Michigan 6pm Sat 10/3 ESPNU/98.1   

    Good one Fish, this was along the lines of what I posted at the top of this thread.
  7. LSUDad added a post in a topic Fournette By The Numbers   

    #LSU vs. #EMU: Fuurnette has passed Billy Cannon on LSU’s all-time rushing yardage list. he has 1,878 to 1867 for Cannon.
    Retweeted by Dandy Don LSU Sports
  8. LSUDad added a post in a topic Players In For The Eastern Michigan Game, A Couple Visits   

    LSU vs. Eastern Michigan: Visit List
    Sonny Shipp - Oct 2, 9:11 AM 29LSU Newsletter
    LSU is not expecting a big visitor list for Saturday’s non-conference matchup against Eastern Michigan. However, the staff will take quality over quantity and there are some big names expected to be on campus, particularly along the defensive line.Here is a look at some of the recruits tentatively scheduled to be on campus with more names to be added between now and kickoff.
    2017 DT - Marvin Wilson
    2016 LB - Marvin Terry
    2016 DT - Edwin Alexander
    2016 DE - Caleb Roddy
    2016 CB - Cameron Dantzler
    2016 S - Eric Monroe
    2016 CB - Andraez Williams
    2017 DE - Chris Allen
    2017 RB - Clyde Edwards-Helaire
    2016 OG - Collin Fountain
    2016 DE - Andre Anthony
    2016 WR – Da’Monte Coxie
    2016 OG - Donavaughn Campbell
    2017 DT - Tyler Shelvin
    2017 DE - K'Lavon Chaisson
  9. LSUDad added a post in a topic LSU vs Eastern Michigan 6pm Sat 10/3 ESPNU/98.1   

    The best team in the SEC is Auburn, wait, it's Bama, no wait, it's UGA, no, it's Ole Miss, wait, it's Fla and a&m....long season, enjoy.
    Ole Miss was thought to be the best team, Fla slipped by Tenn and Ky.
    Ohio St struggles the last couple games. Mich St had a bad game with Purdue, Nebraska got beat by Illinois, Zona St beat #7 UCLA. #6 ND lost today. Long season.....
    Remember, auburn can plug anyone  at QB, in that offense and move the ball. Same with Oregon.
  10. LSUDad added a post in a topic Mike Detillier, Talking LSU, Part 1   

    I'll drink to that.
  11. LSUDad added a post in a topic Guest Captains For The Eastern Michigan Game, Plus Notes   

    Nope, The this one.........
    LM George Atiyeh, Allentown, Pa.
    B David Bode, Covington, La.
    LM Kyle Bruhl, Covington, La.
    B Robert DeLee, Clinton, La.
    LM Marty Dufrene, Larose, La.
    LM Bill Farrell, Pompano Beach, Fla.
    LM Jerome Francis, Sulphur, La.
    B Hokie Gajan, Baton Rouge, La.
    B Jude Hernandez, Baton Rouge, La.
    LM Trip Holloway, Covington, La.
    LM Jim Holsombake, Sunnyside, Fla.
    LM Mark Ippolito, New Orleans, La.
    B Bob Lane, Monroe, La.
    B Robbie Mahfouz, Lafayette, La.
    LM Rusty McClendon, Magnolia, Miss.
    B Tracy Porter, Baton Rouge, La.
    B Marcus Quinn, New Orleans, La.
    B Brett Smith, Edmond, Okla.
    B Danny Soileau, Elton, La.
    LM Benjy Thibodeaux, Rayne, La.
    LM Tom Tully, Baton Rouge, La.
    B Willie Turner, New Orleans, La.
    LM Miles Valentine, Ft.Walton Beach, Fla.
    B Lionel Wallis, Houma, La.
    LM John Watson, Bossier City, La.
    LM Lyman White, Franklin, La.
    B Chris Williams, Tioga, La.
    LM Demetri Williams, Plaquemine, La.
  12. LSUDad added a topic in The Tigalaya Pot   

    Guest Captains For The Eastern Michigan Game, Plus Notes
    Guest Captains Presentation - Zach Mettenberger, David Browndyke, Al Jackson, Tracy Porter.
    LSU Takes Undefeated Mark Into October For 7th Time Under Miles
    LSU goes into the month of October undefeated for the seventh time in 11 years under Les Miles. The Tigers are 3-0 overall following last week's 34-24 win over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. LSU has won the first game during the month of October in four of the six years that the Tigers took and undefeated mark into that month. LSU is 26-10 in October games under Miles, which includes a 17-2 record in Tiger Stadium. LSU has won 11 straight October games in Tiger Stadium, a streak that dates back to 2009 when the Tigers beat Auburn, 31-10. LSU's last October home loss came to No. 1 Florida, 13-3, in 2009.
    LSU Owns FBS Record for Consecutive Non-Conference Regular Season Wins With 50
    LSU will look to run its streak of consecutive non-conference regular season wins to 51 straight when the Tigers host Eastern Michigan on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. LSU won its 50th consecutive non-conference regular season contest last week with a 34-24 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The Tigers broke the FBS record for consecutive non-conference regular season wins in 2012, surpassing the mark of Kansas State who claimed 39 straight from 1993-2003. The Tigers haven't lost a non-conference regular season game since falling at Virginia Tech, 26-8, in the 2002 season opener in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 1. Les Miles has accounted for 40 of the 50 wins during the streak, and he is 40-0 all-time in non-conference regular season games in his 10 previous seasons at LSU. Former coach Nick Saban accounted for the 10 other victories from 2002-04. Under Miles, the Tigers have outscored non-conference regular season opponents a combined 2,022-580. Here is a look at the top four in FBS all-time consecutive non-conference regular season wins:
    Team Years Win Streak
    1. LSU 2002-present 50
    2. Kansas State 1993-2003 39
    3. Miami 1985-88 36
    4. Wisconsin 2003-2013 35
    LSU is 46-3 Overall in Non-Conference Games Under Les Miles
    LSU brings a 46-3 record in non-conference games into the game against Eastern Michigan. LSU's only three non-conference losses under Les Miles came against Penn State in the Capital One Bowl to end the 2009 season, Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31, 2012 and Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, 2014. Of the 46 wins under Miles against non-conference opponents, 13 have come against Top 25 teams, 38 have come by double-digits and LSU has scored 40 or more points in 27 of the 49 games.
    LSU-Eastern Michigan Ties
    Former LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper served as head coach at Eastern Michigan for two years (1993-94), going 9-13 overall … Cooper coached under Les Miles at LSU from 2009-11 … Former LSU backup QB Rob Bolden played his final season of college football at EMU last year … Bolden graduated from LSU in the summer of 2014 and transferred to EMU that August … He played in six games with three starts for the Eagles last season, throwing for 399 yards and 4 TDs and rushing for another 84 yards.
    LSU Leads League, Ranks 7th Nationally in Rushing
    LSU continues to lead the SEC in rushing yards, averaging 315.0 a contest. LSU is the only team in the SEC averaging over 300 yards rushing a game as the Tigers are averaging some 65 yards more than Georgia. The Tigers are also No. 7 nationally in rushing. Baylor leads the nation in rushing with 379.7 yards per game.
    Leonard Fournette On A Sophomore Campaign Surge
    Sophomore running back Leonard Fournette wasted no time building upon a successful freshman season by turning in dominant performances so far in second year. Already named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week three times, Fournette earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week status after his performance against Auburn. Through three games this season, Fournette has rushed for 631 yards and eight touchdowns. The following is a list of the some of the records and notes Fournette has already accomplished this season:
    Fournette ranks No. 1 in the nation in rushing yards per game (210.3)
    Fournette ranks No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 nationally in scoring (16.0).
    Fournette ranks No. 1 in the SEC and No. 3 nationally in rushing yards (631) and rushing yards per carry (8.64).
    Fournette ranks No. 1 in the SEC and No. 4 nationally in all-purpose yards at 215.7 per game.
    With 228 rushing yards vs. Auburn and 244 at Syracuse, Fournette became the first LSU player in history to have consecutive 200-plus yard rushing games.
    Fournette's career-high 244 rushing yards at Syracuse are the most by an LSU player in a road game in school history and third-most in a single game overall.
    Fournette became the fastest LSU player to reach 500 and 600 rushing yards in school history, getting to both marks in only three games.
    His 631 rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns are the most through the first three games of a season in LSU history.
    Fournette joined Charles Alexander (1977, 1978) and Charles Scott (2008) as the only Tigers to rush for 100-plus yards in the first three games of a season, and Fournette is the only with back-to-back 200-yard games.
    Fournette joined Charles Alexander (2) and Kevin Faulk (4) as the only LSU players with multiple 200-yard rushing games.
    Heading into the Eastern Michigan game, Fournette is tied with Kevin Faulk for second in LSU history with five-straight 100-yard (or more) rushing games.
    Fournette's 387 rushing yards were the most through the first two games of the season by any player in LSU history.
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  13. LSUDad added a post in a topic Tigers in the NFL   

    Alexander in Good Company After 3 Games
    Posted Sep 29, 2015
    Joe Kania Buccaneers.com @JoeKaniaBucs
    The rookie linebacker is on pace for a monster season.
     There’s still plenty of football to play this season. But through the first three games, middle linebacker Kwon Alexander has put up some impressive numbers.

    Alexander, the Buccaneers’ fourth-round draft pick out of LSU, currently leads all rookies with 23 tackles. He’s tied for No. 23 in the league in total tackles and has also defended three passes, the most of any inside linebacker in the NFL. Should he continue to produce the way he has been, he'll finish the season with 123 tackles.
     How exactly does the start to Alexander's career compare to some of the best to ever wear a Buccaneers uniform?

    In his first three games, Lavonte David picked up 19 tackles, four shy of what Alexander has now. Hall-of-Famer Derrick Brooks had 18 during his first three professional games.

    Alexander's numbers compare favorably to some of the NFL's top linebackers, as well. Last season, the league's top three tacklers were Luke Kuechly, DeAndre Levy and Lavonte David. As rookies, their numbers were right on par with what Alexander's accomplished thus far.

    Through the first three games of his career, Kuechly recorded 22 tackles, just one less than Alexander's total. Levy had three tackles during his first three games while David picked up 19, as mentioned above. A mark to keep an eye on moving forward is one set by Baltimore's C.J. Mosley last season. Mosley led all rookies in tackles last season with 99. At this point in 2014, he had 26.
  14. LSUDad added a post in a topic Tigers in the NFL   

    Alexander Named Week 3 Rookie of the Week
    Posted 6 hours ago
    Joe Kania Buccaneers.com @JoeKaniaBucs
      Linebacker Kwon Alexander has been voted as the NFL's Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Texans in Week 3.
    For the second time in as many weeks, a Buccaneer has been voted as the NFL’s Rookie of the Week. After a standout performance against the Texans in Week 3, linebacker Kwon Alexander has been selected by the fans as the league’s top-performing rookie. Last week, quarterback Jameis Winston was named Rookie of the Week. Alexander is the first defensive player to win the award this season.

    “Kwon has done a great job for us in the middle of our defense this year and we are excited to see him getting recognized for his level of play,” said Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith. “Defensively, we focus on making big plays and forcing takeaways, and that is exactly what Kwon did for us last week in Houston. He is getting more comfortable in his role each week and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop.”

    Against Houston, Alexander recorded 10 tackles, intercepted a pass and deflected two more passes. Earlier in the week, the rookie said that the interception was the first he’s ever recorded at any level. According to Pro Football Focus, Alexander was the league’s third-best inside linebacker in pass coverage in Week 3. He’s currently the Bucs’ second-leading tackler, behind Lavonte David, with 23 tackles.

    Alexander outlasted Bills running back Karlos Williams, Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks, Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper and Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett to win the award. Cooper had been nominated for the award for two weeks in a row.
  15. LSUDad added a post in a topic Mike Detillier, Talking LSU, Part 1   

    Part 2...
    Continued from yesterday’s Part 1 of 2...
    Scott: Now let's switch gears and talk about the defense, which has looked dominant early in games but much less so late in games. As one of my readers pointed out earlier in the week, LSU has outscored the opponent 45 to 6 in the first half, but has been outscored 55 to 58 in the second. What do you make of this?
    Mike: Scott, it is the new SEC and college football. The pitch and catch game is tough to stop without a dominant pass rusher, but in most major categories LSU is playing better defense than a year ago. They are giving up points late, but just take a look. They have been terrific against the run. In 2014, opponents averaged 4.3 yards per rush. This year opponents are averaging 3.5 yards per rush. On pass completions in 2014, opponents averaged 10.7 yards per catch. In 2015, opponents are averaging 9.7 yards per catch. Last season they totaled 19 quarterback sacks and 76 tackles for losses. This season after three games the LSU defense has nine quarterback sacks and 16 tackles for losses. They had 10 pass interceptions in 2014. They have two after three games. This was the top rated D in the SEC last season without a whole lot of help at times offensively. Lets all agree right now they don't have a dominant pass rusher off the edge, but they are really stuffing the run well and getting a nice push from the inside. Teams are going to hit in the pitch and catch game game today, and a lot of those TDs were very late in games. You need to get that opposing quarterback off his mark.
    Scott: Let's talk a little about depth. I've been pleased with the development of backup DTs Greg Gilmore and Frank Herron, and Arden Key has proven to be very valuable at defensive end. But overall, do you think LSU has enough depth along the defensive line? And what about depth at linebacker?
    Mike: For 2015, yes. What LSU doesn’t have yet is a dominant edge player. I like what I see from Arden Key, but he is still a football puppy. Coach O thinks he is a special talent. I am also interested in seeing another freshman, Isaiah Washington. In talking to Orgeron, he has raved about him also. I like what I have seen progress-wise with Gilmore and Herron inside to compliment Davon Godchaux, who has really played well and is an All-SEC type talent, and Christian LaCouture. Coach O likes to rotate eight D-linemen, so they have depth, but right now they don't have that signature edge rusher. I like what I’ve seen from Lewis Neal. That guy gives great effort and hustles on each snap. He has a quick step off the line also. Neal is the most improved player on defense for LSU. Tashawn Bower is solid on the other side as a pass rusher, but he has battled some injuries too. They have been real stout in run defense.
    Linebacker is an area to address next year especially, but the depth is OK there for now. On any team you have spots that are not overflowing with talent, but overall this unit has played pretty well. Deion Jones, Kendell Beckwith, Duke Riley and Lamar Louis. That is a good group at LB. Next year that will be a reload spot for LSU.
    Scott: Overall, what’s your early impression of new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and new D-line coach Ed Orgeron?
    Mike: I like the overall aggressive nature they bring to the table. It’s worth repeating... you have to be a team that can get after the quarterback. Because the world of the SEC has changed, like every other conference in the country, you want to stop the run first, but it is also built on disrupting the passer. You have to blow up the launch-pad of a QB and put him on the move. I like what I have seen from their approach to get after the QB more. Pressure breaks the football pipes on defense.
    Scott: LSU likes to call itself DBU, but opponents have had success throwing the ball late in games, especially State’s Dak Prescott and even Syracuse’s walk-on QB. What do you make of this, and do you find it concerning?
    Mike: I am not concerned about the Auburn game – that was layup time. As for the State game, Scott, we are living in a different football world today. These bigger receivers and the rapport with the quarterback kicks in sometimes when you don't get heat on the QB. They just get good positioning downfield with those big targets. Prescott was hot late – give him full credit. He wanted the ball in “Bear” Wilson’s hands and they connected going up against Tré White. That 6-5 end running that inside route makes it tough for a cornerback to defend, really tough. Like in the NFL, you have to get some pressure and get that QB on the move or disrupt his throw. They didn't do that late against Mississippi State or Syracuse. That is not a DB issue, but a pressure issue.
    Scott: Biggest pleasant surprise on defense so far?
    Mike: I shouldn't say Rickey Jefferson because I saw him so much in high school at Destrehan and he has been a good player for LSU as a reserve, but man he has really played well in run defense and against the pass as a starter. I really like what he has done this season in both categories. I also like the development of Herron and Gilmore as reserves, but I really like what I have seen from Rickey Jefferson as a starter. This deep secondary hasn't missed a beat with Jalen Mills out of the lineup and Mills is one of the best free safeties in college football. When all are healthy, there is not a better threesome of safeties than what is at LSU with Jefferson, Mills and Jamal Adams. Let me also say tha tcornerback Kevin Toliver has made great strides as a true freshman. He plays like a seasoned pro. He is really a player and his transition to college football has been so smooth.
    Quietly Deion Jones is leading this team in tackles with 25, he has a pass interception, one-and-a-half tackles for losses, and a pass break-up. That is pretty strong.
    Davon Godchaux is special too. Michael Brockers and Bennie Logan were tremendous players for the Tigers, but I think Davon is the most gifted interior player at LSU since Glenn Dorsey.
    Scott: Special teams has been a mixed bag so far. TréDavious White broke the long TD punt return, but other than that, special teams haven't been all that special. Keehn's punting has been inconsistent and return coverage has had some breakdowns. Your thoughts on this unit?
    Mike: This is an area that can’t be inconsistent when they play late in the year against an Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas A&M and Arkansas. I agree this is a work-in-progress and it has to get better throughout the season. Jamie Keehn’s punting has been inconsistent, but we have seen that before. The surprise has been the breakdowns on the coverage units. That has to get better. White’s return was outstanding, and getting a good runback like that really gives the whole team a boost. You saw that kind of thing from Tyrann Mathieu a few years back. This unit just can’t be average, but it has to excel for LSU to get back to the Big Show and it is the biggest area of concern for me right now for LSU, other than what happens in the short to medium passing game. In every top team at LSU, the special teams have been special. You can't say that right now about this unit.
    Scott: Now that we’re into October and we’ve had a chance to see four weeks of football, what do you make of the SEC West and LSU’s chances of taking the title?
    Mike: Pretty damn good. The surprise has been how good Chad Kelly has played at quarterback for the Rebels. Auburn is the biggest disappointment, no question. With all that talent on defense, how does Will Muschamp get a free pass from the national media? They have QB problems, but other than the MSU game they have not played well and they seem to constantly be out of position on defense.
    Alabama is still a real tough rushing team, they don't have a signature QB, but they are still effective. They won last year in a similar manner, but they had Amari Cooper to bail them out. No one is nearly as good as Cooper on that team now. And they have secondary issues. The Bama front-7 is strong, as usual, and they are good up front O-line-wise, too. They will be there at the end, like normal, but this is the year LSU beats them.
    Health is important down the stretch, and it will come down to the continual development of Chad Kelly at Ole Miss and Brandon Harris at LSU.
    Scott: The month of November will be grueling for LSU with road games at Alabama and Ole Miss and home contests against A&M and Arkansas. Based on what you've seen so far, and assuming LSU avoids serious injury, how do you see the backend of the season playing out?
    Mike: I have said this before that LSU beats Alabama and A&M. Arkansas is a “trap game” because it comes right after Alabama, but they have their own issues. Right now, the game is Ole Miss. It’s like the late 1950s and 1960s again with LSU and Ole Miss. Ole Miss has matched up well against LSU over the past few seasons. That game may well decide the SEC West. What a matchup! Your dad would love this! What will be interesting is the October 24 matchup with Ole Miss vs Texas A&M. The Rebels could roll if they win that game, until they play LSU.
    Scott: That's it for now, Mike. Thanks again for your time. Much appreciated.
    Mike: You bet! Always a pleasure. 
    Mike Detillier, based in southern Louisiana, is editor and publisher of Mike Detillier's NFL Draft Report. He's also the college and pro football analyst for WWL 870 AM Radio in New Orleans, a sports columnist for several newspapers and Web sites, and a frequent guest on radio and television programs across the country. Visit Mike’s website at mikedetillier.com and follow @MikeDetillier on Twitter.