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8/15/18 5:30 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Just a few hours after Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse’s absences created a massive buzz across the internet, the buzz reached a fever pitch when Lowell Narcisse tweeted that he is transferring. In his message announcing the news, he stated, “I’ve decided the best thing for my future is transfer and get a fresh start and be able to have an opportunity to showcase my abilities.” I can’t say that I’m shocked by the news, knowing how it’s nearly impossible to keep four highly-recruited scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, but I sure hate to hear it. In my opinion, Narcisse’s athleticism could have provided a valuable element to LSU’s offense even if used in only select sets. Still, I understand that he must be chomping at the bit to showcase his skills as a team’s premier quarterback and I wish him all the best. He’ll likely get that chance at a FCS school unless he’s willing to sit out a year at an FBS school, which seems unlikely given he hasn’t played in nearly three years due to injury.   

The question now becomes, what about McMillan? All along, I’ve thought that he would be the most likely to transfer since he graduated this year and would be able to play right away with two seasons of eligibility. His absence yesterday, combined with the timing of all this (LSU classes are set to begin Monday) make it almost certain that he’s mulling over that very option and that Orgeron has probably already indicated that Joe Burrow will be the starter. Today should be very telling as the team is set to return to the practice field this afternoon and Coach Orgeron is scheduled to address the media afterward.

As Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated pointed out last night on social media, quarterback transferring has become quite common throughout collegiate football, but LSU’s numbers are mind-boggling. According to Dellenger, LSU has signed 20 quarterbacks in the last 13 classes (2005-17) and only four completed their collegiate careers at LSU. Fourteen either were dismissed, transferred, or switched positions. Nine never played a single down.    

Moving on… below are a few more notes from yesterday’s practice, as well as a 4:30 HD video provided by Jim who was on-site for the action.

DandyDon.com’s LSU Football Practice Video – August 14, 2018

• McMillan and Narcisse were not the only significant absences yesterday. Missing for the second straight day were DE Rashard Lawrence, S Eric Monroe, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire and TE Thaddeus Moss. DE Glen Logan was a new absence and LB Micah Baskerville did not participate as he continues to recover from foot surgery. 

• CB Greedy Williams, CB Mannie Netherly and LB Patrick Queen, were out of the gold no-contact jerseys they wore on Monday and back to full speed in purple. All three did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage. FB Tory Carter remained in a gold jersey Tuesday.

• Orgeron spent the day working closely with the defensive line. Quarterbacks and receivers worked on a variety of routes with stutter steps, spin moves and double moves. It appears Steve Ensminger’s offense is going to employ a lot of short routes from sideline to sideline. Wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan was grinding hard on his troops, trying to get them to nail down the little things, like squaring off their routes. “You making this too hard,” he told freshman Terrace Marshall as he struggled to get the steps on a one-step crossing pattern.

• Breiden Fehoko, in his short time at LSU, has taken the reins as the leader of the defensive front. With Lawrence out, Fehoko was the vocal guy Tuesday when he wasn't drowned out by Orgeron. Fehoko transferred from Texas Tech in the spring of 2017 and practiced all season while waiting his turn. Now he appears set for a monster year.

In news from the opposing camp, former LSU offensive tackle George Brown won’t be available to play for the Miami Sept. 2 in Arlington, the school announced. Brown, a redshirt junior who transferred two years ago just before the season started, will have surgery on his MCL this week. He was considered a backup at right tackle for the Hurricanes and may return to action in 2018.

Switching gears here… A lot of you have asked for information on how LSU players fared in summer ball. With that in mind, I’ve posted this press release issued by LSU’s Sports Information Department: TIGERS RETURNING FROM SUMMER LEAGUES, BEGIN CLASSES ON AUGUST 20. In it, you’ll find summer stats on junior pitcher Zack Hess, junior outfielder Zach Watson, sophomore outfielder Daniel Cabrera, senior infielder Brandt Broussard, Junior pitcher Matthew Beck, Sophomore shortstop Hal Hughes, sophomore JUCO transfer catcher Saul Garza, freshmen infielder Gavin Dugas and freshman first-baseman Cade Beloso. 

Now let’s move on with our Countdown to Game Day, which, believe it or not, is only 18 days away. The topic for today’s write-up was an easy choice since the awarding of the prestigious No. 18 jersey has become such a popular Tiger tradition. Tight end Foster Moreau won the honor for the 2018 season and becomes the second tight end to receive it. The tradition started when QB Matt Mauck wanted to pass his number down to someone who exemplified what it meant to be a Tiger. After the 2003 BCS title season, he handed it off to RB Jacob Hester, who wore it for four seasons (2004-07). Next it went to TE Richard Dickson and then RB Richard Murphy, S Brandon Taylor, DT Bennie Logan, LB Lamin Barrow, RB Terrance Magee, CB TréDavious White (2 seasons), and last year to two players, DT Christian LaCouture and FB John David Moore.

LSU fans have taken to the tradition and love speculating each August as to which player will be given the number based on a vote by the team. Foster Moreau was an outstanding choice. He’s a guy who it’s easy to see gives his all and besides being a strong blocker and dependable receiver, is also adept in the classroom. Here's a guy who barely got a scholarship offer, it didn’t come until signing day, but wanted badly to be a Tiger. He’s only missed one game in three seasons and that was because of an illness. Last year, he was the team’s second leading receiver with 24 catches for 278 yards and three TDs. LSU couldn’t have picked a better Tiger to carry on the tradition.

That’s it for now, but please note that I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange with several new listings including some for the Miami game. 

Have a great day, Tiger Fans, and tune in for Orgeron’s comments on the quarterback situation and more in tomorrow’s report.





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8/15/18 5:30 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Just a few hours after Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse’s absences created a massive buzz across the internet, the buzz reached a fever pitch when Lowell Narcisse tweeted that he is transferring. In his message announcing the news, he stated, “I’ve decided the best thing for my future is transfer and get a fresh start and be able to have an opportunity to showcase my abilities.” I can’t say that I’m shocked by the news, knowing how it’s nearly impossible to keep four highly-recruited scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, but I sure hate to hear it. In my opinion, Narcisse’s athleticism could have provided a valuable element to LSU’s offense even if used in only select sets. Still, I understand that he must be chomping at the bit to showcase his skills as a team’s premier quarterback and I wish him all the best. He’ll likely get that chance at a FCS school unless he’s willing to sit out a year at an FBS school, which seems unlikely given he hasn’t played in nearly three years due to injury.   

The question now becomes, what about McMillan? All along, I’ve thought that he would be the most likely to transfer since he graduated this year and would be able to play right away with two seasons of eligibility. His absence yesterday, combined with the timing of all this (LSU classes are set to begin Monday) make it almost certain that he’s mulling over that very option and that Orgeron has probably already indicated that Joe Burrow will be the starter. Today should be very telling as the team is set to return to the practice field this afternoon and Coach Orgeron is scheduled to address the media afterward.

As Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated pointed out last night on social media, quarterback transferring has become quite common throughout collegiate football, but LSU’s numbers are mind-boggling. According to Dellenger, LSU has signed 20 quarterbacks in the last 13 classes (2005-17) and only four completed their collegiate careers at LSU. Fourteen either were dismissed, transferred, or switched positions. Nine never played a single down.    

Moving on… below are a few more notes from yesterday’s practice, as well as a 4:30 HD video provided by Jim who was on-site for the action.

DandyDon.com’s LSU Football Practice Video – August 14, 2018

• McMillan and Narcisse were not the only significant absences yesterday. Missing for the second straight day were DE Rashard Lawrence, S Eric Monroe, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire and TE Thaddeus Moss. DE Glen Logan was a new absence and LB Micah Baskerville did not participate as he continues to recover from foot surgery. 

• CB Greedy Williams, CB Mannie Netherly and LB Patrick Queen, were out of the gold no-contact jerseys they wore on Monday and back to full speed in purple. All three did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage. FB Tory Carter remained in a gold jersey Tuesday.

• Orgeron spent the day working closely with the defensive line. Quarterbacks and receivers worked on a variety of routes with stutter steps, spin moves and double moves. It appears Steve Ensminger’s offense is going to employ a lot of short routes from sideline to sideline. Wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan was grinding hard on his troops, trying to get them to nail down the little things, like squaring off their routes. “You making this too hard,” he told freshman Terrace Marshall as he struggled to get the steps on a one-step crossing pattern.

• Breiden Fehoko, in his short time at LSU, has taken the reins as the leader of the defensive front. With Lawrence out, Fehoko was the vocal guy Tuesday when he wasn't drowned out by Orgeron. Fehoko transferred from Texas Tech in the spring of 2017 and practiced all season while waiting his turn. Now he appears set for a monster year.

In news from the opposing camp, former LSU offensive tackle George Brown won’t be available to play for the Miami Sept. 2 in Arlington, the school announced. Brown, a redshirt junior who transferred two years ago just before the season started, will have surgery on his MCL this week. He was considered a backup at right tackle for the Hurricanes and may return to action in 2018.

Switching gears here… A lot of you have asked for information on how LSU players fared in summer ball. With that in mind, I’ve posted this press release issued by LSU’s Sports Information Department: TIGERS RETURNING FROM SUMMER LEAGUES, BEGIN CLASSES ON AUGUST 20. In it, you’ll find summer stats on junior pitcher Zack Hess, junior outfielder Zach Watson, sophomore outfielder Daniel Cabrera, senior infielder Brandt Broussard, Junior pitcher Matthew Beck, Sophomore shortstop Hal Hughes, sophomore JUCO transfer catcher Saul Garza, freshmen infielder Gavin Dugas and freshman first-baseman Cade Beloso. 

Now let’s move on with our Countdown to Game Day, which, believe it or not, is only 18 days away. The topic for today’s write-up was an easy choice since the awarding of the prestigious No. 18 jersey has become such a popular Tiger tradition. Tight end Foster Moreau won the honor for the 2018 season and becomes the second tight end to receive it. The tradition started when QB Matt Mauck wanted to pass his number down to someone who exemplified what it meant to be a Tiger. After the 2003 BCS title season, he handed it off to RB Jacob Hester, who wore it for four seasons (2004-07). Next it went to TE Richard Dickson and then RB Richard Murphy, S Brandon Taylor, DT Bennie Logan, LB Lamin Barrow, RB Terrance Magee, CB TréDavious White (2 seasons), and last year to two players, DT Christian LaCouture and FB John David Moore.

LSU fans have taken to the tradition and love speculating each August as to which player will be given the number based on a vote by the team. Foster Moreau was an outstanding choice. He’s a guy who it’s easy to see gives his all and besides being a strong blocker and dependable receiver, is also adept in the classroom. Here's a guy who barely got a scholarship offer, it didn’t come until signing day, but wanted badly to be a Tiger. He’s only missed one game in three seasons and that was because of an illness. Last year, he was the team’s second leading receiver with 24 catches for 278 yards and three TDs. LSU couldn’t have picked a better Tiger to carry on the tradition.

That’s it for now, but please note that I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange with several new listings including some for the Miami game. 

Have a great day, Tiger Fans, and tune in for Orgeron’s comments on the quarterback situation and more in tomorrow’s report.

8/14/18 5:20 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Tuesday Tidbits - Your Daily Dose of Tiger News Delivered in a Baker’s Dozen Quick Hitters

The LSU football team returned to the practice field yesterday and Jim Kleinpeter headed out there to check it out and help with this update. The first eight tidbits below come from his report.

1. Check out the quarterbacks and receivers in our 2:40 Monday practice video. There was a good bit of focus on red zone passing and especially short routes and quick throws. For the most part, they looked sharp. 

2. It’s always interesting to see which players miss practice the first workout after a scrimmage. The Tigers were back on the practice field Monday afternoon after Saturday's preseason game, as Coach O likes to call them. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, TE Thaddeus Moss, and DE Rashard Lawrence were missing from the portion of practice open to the media.

3. Conversely, it's fun to note which players returned and the news there is good. CB Greedy Williams was back in a gold (no contact) jersey after missing two practices last week and sitting out the scrimmage. NTs Tyler Shelvin and Ed Alexander also returned which is great news. Alexander was moved out of the starting lineup with lingering knee issues. He didn't look hobbled at all as he dodged tackle dummies and worked on hand placement. He was wearing the full purple practice uniform, too. Shelvin definitely look slimmer. He missed a practice last week.

4. Also returning in gold jerseys were CB Mannie Netherly and LB Patrick Queen. FB Tory Carter wore gold.

5. The quarterbacks did quite a bit of throwing during individual drills on a variety of different throws and coaches split the four of them up. Justin McMillan and Joe Burrow were on one end of the field and Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse the other. The staff seemed intent on working on goal line passing plays with out-patterns to the corners and slants over the middle. J'Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall were particularly impressive as were Jonathan Giles and Derrick Dillon, all of whom got attaboys from the staff. It's easy to see why Orgeron is so high on the two freshmen. Chase and Marshall both showed off good technique to the delight of wide receiver coach Jerry Sullivan.

6. It appears the move to tight end is becoming more permanent for Stephen Sullivan. He spent the whole practice with that group.

7. Players were available for interviews early on Monday and John Battle provided a lowdown on pass defense in the scrimmage. He said there were five dropped interceptions and safeties coach Bill Busch let them hear about it. Battle also said he was impressed with freshman Kevin Joseph, and that he could be the next freshman All America CB.

8. Michael Divinity said the key to his improved performance is losing 20 pounds. At the Citrus Bowl, he was 255. Now he's a crisp 235.

9. In football recruiting news, LSU has officially offered JUCO defensive end Rodney Sopsher. If that family name rings a bell, there’s a good reason. Rodney is the brother of five-star Ishmael Sopsher, the No. 2 player on our list of Top LA Prospects and the nation’s top-ranked defensive tackle. Yes, this is very reminiscent of the Leonard/Lanard thing, with the only obvious difference being that these two brothers are both in the same signing class (2019) whereas the Leonard and Lanard Fournette were in 2014 and 2015, respectively. 

10. Before leaving the topic of football, here’s an interesting article by SB Nation: 2018 LSU might be underrated, but with this ferocious schedule, it might not matter.

11. Congratulations to LSU track and field signee Armand “Mondo” Duplantis, the brother of LSU baseball’s Antoine Duplantis, for breaking his own junior world record with a clearance of 19 feet 10.25 inches on Sunday at the European Championships in Berlin. This is the incredible vault that earned him the gold medal while representing Sweden (his mother is Swedish and he holds dual citizenship). At 18 3/4 years old, Duplantis is the youngest male to win a field event title in European Championships history. He’s also only the sixth man in the history of the world to pull off a vault of that height, and only three have gone higher, according to this report by The Daily Advertsier.

12. With just 19 days remaining until LSU’s season opener against Miami, let’s continue our Countdown to Game Day with a brief look at No. 19 on this year’s team. That would be Derrick Dillon, LSU’s top returning receiver from last year’s team. Dillon recorded a team-high 14 catches for 125 yards as a sophomore and also ran 15 times for 86 yards with a long 30. At 5-11 and 178 pounds, he’s not like the bigger wide outs but more like a waterbug who makes tacklers miss. Based on Saturday’s scrimmage, LSU has plans for him as he caught three passes for 41 yards, matching the high total with a couple of other receivers. There's a logjam at the wide receiver position but Dillon’s experience could make him a secret weapon in Steve Ensminger's offense.

13. Lagniappe: Gumbo weather is right around the corner. If you can’t wait and want to make a preseason run, you can find my recipe for Chicken and Sausage Gumbo and many other Louisiana eats in our Recipes section.

Oh, almost forgot… Here’s a reminder to mark your calendar for the 2018 LSU SPORTS KICKOFF PARTY, hosted by The Greater Baton Rouge LSU Alumni, which takes place in Baton Rouge on Thursday, August 23. For more info or to purchase tickets, start by clicking here.



 

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