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11/23/17 5:20 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The first thing I’d like to do today is to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I’d also like to thank all of you who emailed me get well wishes (I’m much better now, by the way) and kind words concerning the Thanksgiving message I posted yesterday. It’s great to know that so many of you can relate to the recollections, observations, and values expressed in my Dad’s stories of simpler times in the 30s and 40s, or to my stories of growing up in the 70s and 80s. For many of you, reading those stories brought back magnificent memories of family and all the things we have in our lives for which to be thankful, and to me, that’s what today is all about. If you missed it in yesterday’s report, I hope you’ll take a moment to click here and read my annual Thanksgiving message.

In basketball news, a 39-point effort from Tremont Waters wasn’t enough to give LSU third place in the Maui Invitational Wednesday night, as the Tigers fell to Marquette 94-84. After being held to only eight points against Notre Dame, Waters had a bounce-back performance last night, and that’s actually an understatement. Waters scored 20 of LSU’s first 24 points against Marquette and his 39 points, four assists and four steals on the night kept the Tigers competitive, but a combination of 17 LSU turnovers and Marquette’s efficient shooting from behind the arc (46%) paved the way for a double-digit Golden Eagle victory.

Marquette literally couldn’t miss in the first four minutes of the contest. The Golden Eagles began the game shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the field, while LSU drained six of its first eight field goals That set a chaotic pace in a high-scoring first half. Waters started the game 4-for-4 with 9 points and two assists, but despite his early heat check, Marquette took a 23-13 lead six minutes into the game. LSU’s defense mirrored its effort against Notre Dame Tuesday night, which meant plenty of Marquette shooters had too much space to get their shots off. Waters drained four 3-pointers in the first half and had 18 of LSU’s 22 points in the early going, but  Marquette guard Sam Hauser matched Waters’ production with four 3-pointers of his own and scored 15 points during that same stretch. At one point, Marquette converted 12 of 13 field goals, but LSU scratched and clawed its way back into the game. The Tigers trailed by 13 points twice in the half, but as Marquette’s hot shooting cooled and LSU forced eight Marquette turnovers, the Tigers were able to reduce the gap to 46-44 at the break.

The start of the second half couldn’t have been more opposite than the first. LSU and Marquette didn’t record a field goal until three minutes into the half. Back-to-back field goals by Wayde Sims got the Tigers within a point, but Marquette went on a 9-2 run to expand its lead. A Waters 3-pointer got the Tigers within four down the stretch but the Tigers started settling for outside shots and could not convert from the perimeter. That opened the door for a 12-0 Marquette run. LSU went nearly five minutes without making a field goal after Waters’ 3-pointer and LSU couldn’t make up the gap after. 

The Tigers will return to action next Wednesday when LSU hosts UT-Martin at 7 p.m. That game will broadcast on SEC Network+. 

Continuing with our normal order of business on football Thursdays, here’s an abbreviated recap of last night’s Coach O Show:

• Filling in for host Chris Blair who was in Maui for the basketball game, stand-in host Gordy Rush asked Coach O about this being the last home game for several seniors. Coach O responded by encouraging fans to honor the 20 seniors by sending them out in style with a big crowd. “It happens so fast, we take things one day at a time and then all of  sudden you look up and it's their last day (to play at Tiger Stadium).”

• Rickey in Birmingham asked if the advent of the end-over-end kick has changed his philosophy of fielding kicks. Orgeron said he instructs returners to stand on the 8-yard-line and not field anything behind that.

• Rickey also asked if LSU will restrict senior day to honoring only seniors and not juniors who are expected to leave early. Orgeron answered, “Only seniors. Those (underclassmen who leave early) will be honored at the spring game.” 

• Lance in Lafayette asked about the field goal kicking game going forward. Orgeron said they will give Jack Gonsoulin another chance. “Gonsoulin had a chance at the beginning of the season but didn’t perform well enough to hold on to the job. When Culp took over he had five good games and then went downhill. Oregon added, ”If there's a great kicker out there, we're going to recruit him.” 

• Jeff in Ponchatoula asked Coach O if he knows Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel from Orgeron’s hometown of Mandeville. Orgeron said he knows him quite well since he played ball with his two sons and that he’s even been over to their house several times. 

• Asked about the strong possibility of having to replace Arden Key next year, Orgeron praised the play of K’Lavon Chaisson and Ray Thornton, both of whom he said will be phenomenal players.

• A caller by the name of Mark asked about the outlook of the defensive prospects for the next two years. Orgeron was quick to praise Texas Tech transfer Breiden Fehoko. “He benched 505 pounds and in practice is unblockable,” he said. Orgeron also mentioned that Tyler Shelvin, who was ineligible to play this year as a true freshman, is down to a “slim” 355 pounds, and that the team will return Rashard Lawrence, Ed Alexander, Neil Farrell, and Justin Thomas. “And we’re happy about a couple guys committed to us,” he added. Sounds like LSU’s D-line will be awfully strong next year.

• Between calls, Orgeron said how proud he was to have Governor John Bel Edwards attend the LSU game. “[He’s] very supportive of our football program. He’s a big fan. I think it’s the first time the governor of Louisiana came on the (team) plane to a trip.”

• The next caller asked about quarterback Myles Brennan and what he brings to the table. Coach O responded by saying, “I can’t tell you how excited I am about Myles.” Orgeron also called fellow freshman Lowell Narcisse a tremendous talent and said sophomore Justin McMillan will return next year. “We should be fine there for years to come,” he said. 

• Larry in Natchitoches asked what we have coming in at running back that will give LSU the type of running back tandem we have now with Guice and Williams, who the caller described as the best duo since the “Dalton-Hames Gang.“ Coach O admitted that it’s something he worries about at night but that Nick  Brossette has had some excellent practices, Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be a tremendous back, and Lanard Fournette has made improvement. He added that they have commitments from two other RBs and are looking for more. 

• Bobby in Lafayette asked how critical for recruiting purposes is a victory over Texas A&M. Orgeron said you always want to go out a winner. All of the coaches will be in homes next week and it would be great to be able to talk about having 9 wins, and a chance for a 10 win season with a quality bowl win.

• The last caller, Alex from Walker, asked why Danny Etling is so underrated in the SEC. “Has good numbers,” he said. Orgeron responded: “Danny is a blue-collar QB. Does the tough things. He’s a winner. Not as flashy as some other quarterbacks and doesn’t move around as well, but we trust him, we love him and he’s done a tremendous job.”

In football recruiting news, SECCountry.com reports that there’s another big-time player to add to this weekend’s star-studded group of visitors, Class of 2019 running back Noah Cain. Not only is this Baton Rouge native ranked as a five-star, he’s the top-ranked running back in his class. Cain moved away from Baton Rouge at an early age and started his high school playing days at Denton Guyer High in Texas before transferred to IMG Academy prior to his junior year. His top schools at this time appear to be Texas and Ohio State, but LSU is very much in the picture.

Closing Tidbits:

• Tiger football greats Billy Cannon and Jerry Stovall will be the featured guests at the LSU Alumni Association’s Sports Legends series Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Andonie Museum on the University campus. It is free and open to the public. LSU Alumni Association members will be given an opportunity for autographs and photographs at the event. Non-members can join the Association to participate. For more from LSUSports.net, click here.

• With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, LSU published this great article on LSU long-snapper Blake Ferguson who has Type I diabetes but doesn’t let it stop him from excelling on the field. I’m proud to call this young man a Tiger, just as I was for his brother Reid who excelled as a long-snapper at LSU and is now playing for the Bills.

• Looking for tickets to Saturday’s game? Check out our Ticket Exchange which was updated last night.

That’s it for today. Time for me to head to the kitchen and begin preparing for the big feast. Once again, Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for reading DandyDon.com.




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11/23/17 5:20 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The first thing I’d like to do today is to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I’d also like to thank all of you who emailed me get well wishes (I’m much better now, by the way) and kind words concerning the Thanksgiving message I posted yesterday. It’s great to know that so many of you can relate to the recollections, observations, and values expressed in my Dad’s stories of simpler times in the 30s and 40s, or to my stories of growing up in the 70s and 80s. For many of you, reading those stories brought back magnificent memories of family and all the things we have in our lives for which to be thankful, and to me, that’s what today is all about. If you missed it in yesterday’s report, I hope you’ll take a moment to click here and read my annual Thanksgiving message.

In basketball news, a 39-point effort from Tremont Waters wasn’t enough to give LSU third place in the Maui Invitational Wednesday night, as the Tigers fell to Marquette 94-84. After being held to only eight points against Notre Dame, Waters had a bounce-back performance last night, and that’s actually an understatement. Waters scored 20 of LSU’s first 24 points against Marquette and his 39 points, four assists and four steals on the night kept the Tigers competitive, but a combination of 17 LSU turnovers and Marquette’s efficient shooting from behind the arc (46%) paved the way for a double-digit Golden Eagle victory.

Marquette literally couldn’t miss in the first four minutes of the contest. The Golden Eagles began the game shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the field, while LSU drained six of its first eight field goals That set a chaotic pace in a high-scoring first half. Waters started the game 4-for-4 with 9 points and two assists, but despite his early heat check, Marquette took a 23-13 lead six minutes into the game. LSU’s defense mirrored its effort against Notre Dame Tuesday night, which meant plenty of Marquette shooters had too much space to get their shots off. Waters drained four 3-pointers in the first half and had 18 of LSU’s 22 points in the early going, but  Marquette guard Sam Hauser matched Waters’ production with four 3-pointers of his own and scored 15 points during that same stretch. At one point, Marquette converted 12 of 13 field goals, but LSU scratched and clawed its way back into the game. The Tigers trailed by 13 points twice in the half, but as Marquette’s hot shooting cooled and LSU forced eight Marquette turnovers, the Tigers were able to reduce the gap to 46-44 at the break.

The start of the second half couldn’t have been more opposite than the first. LSU and Marquette didn’t record a field goal until three minutes into the half. Back-to-back field goals by Wayde Sims got the Tigers within a point, but Marquette went on a 9-2 run to expand its lead. A Waters 3-pointer got the Tigers within four down the stretch but the Tigers started settling for outside shots and could not convert from the perimeter. That opened the door for a 12-0 Marquette run. LSU went nearly five minutes without making a field goal after Waters’ 3-pointer and LSU couldn’t make up the gap after. 

The Tigers will return to action next Wednesday when LSU hosts UT-Martin at 7 p.m. That game will broadcast on SEC Network+. 

Continuing with our normal order of business on football Thursdays, here’s an abbreviated recap of last night’s Coach O Show:

• Filling in for host Chris Blair who was in Maui for the basketball game, stand-in host Gordy Rush asked Coach O about this being the last home game for several seniors. Coach O responded by encouraging fans to honor the 20 seniors by sending them out in style with a big crowd. “It happens so fast, we take things one day at a time and then all of  sudden you look up and it's their last day (to play at Tiger Stadium).”

• Rickey in Birmingham asked if the advent of the end-over-end kick has changed his philosophy of fielding kicks. Orgeron said he instructs returners to stand on the 8-yard-line and not field anything behind that.

• Rickey also asked if LSU will restrict senior day to honoring only seniors and not juniors who are expected to leave early. Orgeron answered, “Only seniors. Those (underclassmen who leave early) will be honored at the spring game.” 

• Lance in Lafayette asked about the field goal kicking game going forward. Orgeron said they will give Jack Gonsoulin another chance. “Gonsoulin had a chance at the beginning of the season but didn’t perform well enough to hold on to the job. When Culp took over he had five good games and then went downhill. Oregon added, ”If there's a great kicker out there, we're going to recruit him.” 

• Jeff in Ponchatoula asked Coach O if he knows Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel from Orgeron’s hometown of Mandeville. Orgeron said he knows him quite well since he played ball with his two sons and that he’s even been over to their house several times. 

• Asked about the strong possibility of having to replace Arden Key next year, Orgeron praised the play of K’Lavon Chaisson and Ray Thornton, both of whom he said will be phenomenal players.

• A caller by the name of Mark asked about the outlook of the defensive prospects for the next two years. Orgeron was quick to praise Texas Tech transfer Breiden Fehoko. “He benched 505 pounds and in practice is unblockable,” he said. Orgeron also mentioned that Tyler Shelvin, who was ineligible to play this year as a true freshman, is down to a “slim” 355 pounds, and that the team will return Rashard Lawrence, Ed Alexander, Neil Farrell, and Justin Thomas. “And we’re happy about a couple guys committed to us,” he added. Sounds like LSU’s D-line will be awfully strong next year.

• Between calls, Orgeron said how proud he was to have Governor John Bel Edwards attend the LSU game. “[He’s] very supportive of our football program. He’s a big fan. I think it’s the first time the governor of Louisiana came on the (team) plane to a trip.”

• The next caller asked about quarterback Myles Brennan and what he brings to the table. Coach O responded by saying, “I can’t tell you how excited I am about Myles.” Orgeron also called fellow freshman Lowell Narcisse a tremendous talent and said sophomore Justin McMillan will return next year. “We should be fine there for years to come,” he said. 

• Larry in Natchitoches asked what we have coming in at running back that will give LSU the type of running back tandem we have now with Guice and Williams, who the caller described as the best duo since the “Dalton-Hames Gang.“ Coach O admitted that it’s something he worries about at night but that Nick  Brossette has had some excellent practices, Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be a tremendous back, and Lanard Fournette has made improvement. He added that they have commitments from two other RBs and are looking for more. 

• Bobby in Lafayette asked how critical for recruiting purposes is a victory over Texas A&M. Orgeron said you always want to go out a winner. All of the coaches will be in homes next week and it would be great to be able to talk about having 9 wins, and a chance for a 10 win season with a quality bowl win.

• The last caller, Alex from Walker, asked why Danny Etling is so underrated in the SEC. “Has good numbers,” he said. Orgeron responded: “Danny is a blue-collar QB. Does the tough things. He’s a winner. Not as flashy as some other quarterbacks and doesn’t move around as well, but we trust him, we love him and he’s done a tremendous job.”

In football recruiting news, SECCountry.com reports that there’s another big-time player to add to this weekend’s star-studded group of visitors, Class of 2019 running back Noah Cain. Not only is this Baton Rouge native ranked as a five-star, he’s the top-ranked running back in his class. Cain moved away from Baton Rouge at an early age and started his high school playing days at Denton Guyer High in Texas before transferred to IMG Academy prior to his junior year. His top schools at this time appear to be Texas and Ohio State, but LSU is very much in the picture.

Closing Tidbits:

• Tiger football greats Billy Cannon and Jerry Stovall will be the featured guests at the LSU Alumni Association’s Sports Legends series Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Andonie Museum on the University campus. It is free and open to the public. LSU Alumni Association members will be given an opportunity for autographs and photographs at the event. Non-members can join the Association to participate. For more from LSUSports.net, click here.

• With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, LSU published this great article on LSU long-snapper Blake Ferguson who has Type I diabetes but doesn’t let it stop him from excelling on the field. I’m proud to call this young man a Tiger, just as I was for his brother Reid who excelled as a long-snapper at LSU and is now playing for the Bills.

• Looking for tickets to Saturday’s game? Check out our Ticket Exchange which was updated last night.

That’s it for today. Time for me to head to the kitchen and begin preparing for the big feast. Once again, Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for reading DandyDon.com.

11/22/17 5:17 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

I know many of you will be traveling tomorrow, so I’d like to take this time to thank you for reading DandyDon.com and wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. If you’ve been following this site for a year or more, you probably know that I really dig Thanksgiving, just as my Dad, “Dandy Don” did. Every year at this time, Dad would give thanks for his many blessings and remind us that as great as LSU sports are, there are more important things in life. I think that’s a great tradition worth continuing, and today I intend to do that by sharing with you my sixth annual Thanksgiving Message. In it, I introduce you to a few DandyDon team members who help me keep this site going on a daily basis. Their help is invaluable, especially on days like yesterday when I woke with a 103-degree fever. Sure hope the medicine prescribed does its thing quickly because I’m supposed to host 29 people tomorrow, but I digress. Of course, my write-up also includes links to Dad’s legendary Thanksgiving stories about the good ole days gone by, as well my own stories about how this website came to be, and about how different things were when I was growing up in the the 70s and 80s. As lagniappe, I’ve included links to a few of our recipes that you might find useful this time of year and a new tale of my own. Enjoy, and thanks again for your readership.

The LSU men’s basketball team followed its thrilling win against Michigan with a 92-53 loss against Notre Dame in the winner’s bracket of the Maui Invitational. Unfortunately for LSU, the Tigers lost Brandon Sampson 30 seconds into the game after he landed awkwardly on the foot of a Notre Dame player. Sampson’s injury didn’t aid the Tigers against a No. 13 Notre Dame team that has two of the best players in college basketball in Matt Farrell and Bonzie Colson. Farrell and Colson combined for 29 points, eight assists and 12 rebounds in Notre Dame’s win against the Tigers. But their contribution was just one piece of a frustrating puzzle the Tigers couldn’t solve.

Notre Dame led the entire game, and the Irish built their lead on efficient shooting early on. Notre Dame drained four of its first five attempted 3-pointers to take a quick 10-point lead. Going against a veteran squad that won 26 games a year ago, the Tigers started the game on the opposite end of the spectrum. LSU hit just two of its first attempted eight shots. That set the pace for a poor shooting night for the Tigers. LSU’s bad shot selection combined with Notre Dame’s 70 percent field goal percentage in the opening eight minutes gave way to a 20-9 Irish advantage. The Tigers could not match Farrell’s pace, as the veteran guard scored eight points and had five assists in the opening half. He helped orchestrate a 16-point lead for the Irish. However, when Farrell went to the bench, LSU went on a run with Duop Reath putting the Tigers on his back. Reath had 12 of LSU’s 17 points 14 minutes into the contest. The Tigers couldn’t reduce the gap more than 10, though. Reath was five for seven from the field, while the rest of the Tigers were four of 22 in the first half. Together, LSU shot just 31 percent in the first 20 minutes. Tremont Waters was rendered scoreless in the first half. LSU only had three assists and turned the ball over seven times in the half. Notre Dame shot 43.8 percent from behind the arc to take a 40-24 lead into halftime.

Back-to-back 3-pointers to start the second half gave the Irish a quick 20-point advantage in the second half. Much like the first half, Reath had success in the low block, but the Tigers struggled to convert outside of the paint. Colson abused LSU on the other end with his 12 points, 11 rebounds, and five steals. Notre Dame scored 23 points in the opening seven minutes of the half to cruise to a 30-point lead. Temple Gibbs helped pad that Irish lead with his six made 3-pointers in the game. The Tigers had numerous defensive breakdowns in the second half, but you have to also give credit to Notre Dame, which should be one of the best teams LSU sees all season long. Reath led the Tigers with 17 points in the loss.

Following the disappointing result, the Tigers can correct course against Marquette in the third-place game of the invitational tonight at 7 p.m. The broadcast will air on ESPN2. 

In football news, LSU climbed two spots to No. 18 in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings. The all-important top-four are Alabama, Miami, Clemson, and Oklahoma. Other SEC teams in the the rankings include Auburn at No. 6, Georgia at No. 7, and Mississippi State at No. 14. LSU will have a chance to inch up further in the polls next week after this Saturday’s regular-season finale against Texas A&M. That game kicks off in Tiger Stadium at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC network. As we do each week throughout the season, let’s take a statistical look at how the two teams compare.

LSU-Texas A&M Stats 2017

• Despite averaging almost the same number of total yards per game, A&M is running a lot more plays per game and scoring considerably more points than LSU. The flip side is, the Aggies are allowing far more points per contest than LSU. Texas A&M’s pass defense is ninth in the SEC and it’s rush defense is eighth.

• The Aggies do most their damage offensively with the passing game (they generate almost 60% of their yards through the air) but this season’s average of 230 passing yards per game is the least the Aggies have had since joining the SEC six years ago. LSU’s offense is much more balanced with 52% of its yards coming on the ground and 48% coming through the air.

• For as much criticism Danny Etling receives, LSU’s passing efficiency under the veteran quarterback has been solid. He’s thrown only two interceptions this season, attributing to LSU’s sixth-best passer ratings in the SEC. Texas A&M, on the other hand, has the conference’s 11th best (fourth worse) passer rating, but that statistic is a little misleading. Aggie quarterback Nick Starkel has been impressive since returning to the starting role two weeks ago after breaking his ankle in A&M’s season-opening loss at UCLA. Against New Mexico and Ole Miss, Starkle compiled an impressive stat-line of 40 of 62 for 688 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. 

• Both teams are among the bottom five in the conference in third down efficiency.

• Despite Zach Van Rosenberg’s huge game last Saturday (he averaged 49.2 yards on five punts), LSU still trails A&M in yards per punt. In fact, as you’ll notice by all the red at the bottom of the chart, A&M holds a statistical advantage in every special teams category charted.

• LSU’s recent placekicking woes have also contributed to the team having the second-to-last red zone scoring percentage in the conference. The Tigers are actually 99th in the country in overall red zone scoring because of all the missed field goals.

Here’s a stat that certainly bodes well for LSU that isn’t shown on the charts: LSU has beaten A&M every year since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012. And you’d better believe that streak of six consecutive wins over the Aggies (counting the Cotton Bowl win that capped the 2010 season) has benefited LSU big-time on the recruiting trail. As Ross Dellenger of The Advocate points out in this article, “in the past four recruiting classes, no other school has signed more of Texas’ top-10 prospects than LSU (six). The Tigers are tied with Texas and Texas A&M, and they out-pace the next non-Texas team by three, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.”

One more note about this Saturday’s game: According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M plans to fire Kevin Sumlin after the LSU game. And get this: A&M’s lead candidate to replace him is Jimbo Fisher. Sound familiar?

Turning to recruiting, this is shaping up to be a star-studded weekend for LSU. In addition to the prospects I listed yesterday – five-star WR Terrace Marshall, 4-star WR Devonta Jason, JUCO OG Damien Lewis, and OLB Merlin Robinson – I’m hearing that the nation’s No. 1 JUCO OT, Badara Traore, will be visiting, as well as the state’s top quarterback, Justin Rogers.

According to multiple reports, Arden Key missed yesterday’s practice. Key did participate in the team’s walk-though practice the day before, but was obviously not at full strength. Key suffered a knee injury late in the first quarter of last week’s win over Arkansas and Coach Orgeron has called him “questionable” for this week’s game. Personally, I would be surprised to see him play this weekend.

Lastly, LSU’s Lady Tigers basketball team defeated Nicholls last night, 65-50. With the win, LSU improved to 2-2 on the season and 12-0 all-time against Nicholls. Here’s the complete recap on LSUSports.net.

That’s it for today, folks. Now it’s time for me to dose up on meds and see if I feel up to dry-brining my turkeys for tomorrow’s big feast. Have a great day, Tiger Fans, and don’t forget to read my annual Thanksgiving message. I suspect this year’s tale, “The Honey Hole” will leave some of you thinking this fever of mine has gone to my head, but I can assure you I wrote it a while back before this flu-like illness took me for a ride.



 

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