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12/13/17 5:40 am CST

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The Tigers returned to practice yesterday and, aside from a few exceptions, seem to be in pretty good health as they begin preparing for the New Year’s Citrus Bowl. As reported by The Advocate, junior edge rusher Arden Key and senior linebacker Donnie Alexander were not seen at practice, but that’s not a complete surprise. Key missed the last two games with a knee surgery and had surgery to repair a broken pinky a couple of weeks ago. Alexander has been dealing with various injuries all season. The good news is that LSU’s offensive line appears to be returning to full health. Tackle KJ Malone (sans knee brace) and guard Garrett Brumfield were full participants in the drills, which is noteworthy since Malone missed the last half of the season with a knee injury and Brumfield exited the game against Texas A&M with a stinger. 

After the practice, Coach Ed Orgeron met with reporters and dished out a lot of information. Here’s a video of the complete press conference, and below are a few key quotes.

On this week’s schedule…

Tomorrow (Wednesday) we’ll have a spring practice type of day, we’ll work on ourselves with just a sprinkling of Notre Dame, more or less a fundamental practice in pads. And we’ll do the same thing on [Thursday], then the guys are gonna have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. The coaches, at night, are going recruiting… so we’re balancing both… We have a very big weekend of official visitors – I think the number is up to 12, maybe a little more, and then obviously Sunday is a dead period… Next week we’ll focus totally on Notre Dame.

On how he likes recruiting and the early signing period…

You know, I like it myself, especially when I go to one home and there’s some gumbo with potato salad. And I went into the next home and it was the best red beans and rice and fried chicken and cornbread I’d ate in a long time. So, get some bigger pants but besides that, it’s gonna be fun. But I like it. I enjoy it. I think that it’s a very exciting period, it’s gonna be an advantage for us. We may sign 15-20 guys and then we can zero in on the last five….

I think that if you sign the number I expect to sign it gives you time to target in on the big-time guys….. and it gives you the advantage of junior recruiting. We’ve always said 2019 is a great year in Louisiana as you can see by the reports that are coming out.

On Arden Key’s status….

Arden is questionable. He hasn’t come around like I thought he was gonna come around. He’s questionable right now. He’s not practicing. He’s questionable and that’ll all I know.

On recruiting for the trenches…

It was the goal of this recruiting season was to rebuild the lines. Obviously, I can’t talk about the guys that are committed but we’re very excited to have five defensive tackles committed and four offensives lineman committed…. that doesn’t mean we’re gonna stop now.

On draft-eligible juniors…

Most of the guys are gonna talk to me after the bowl. Nobody that I know has made a clear decision.

On Derrius Guice…

Derrius loves football… I’ve never seen him down. And he wants to finish strong. I’m sure he’s motivated. A 10-win season for him would mean a lot for us. I’m not sure he’s made a total decision about leaving or not after talking to him, so we’ll see.

On Notre Dame…

It’s gonna be a challenge… Their [offensive] line is the best line we’ve seen… it’s very physical and big and well-coached.

In other football news, a third Tiger received All-America recognition yesterday when Donté Jackson was named second-team All-America by Sporting News. Jackson, a draft-eligible junior, started 11 games for the Tigers this year and had some exceptional moments this season, particularly against Auburn and Arkansas. In LSU’s thrilling 27-23 win over Auburn, Jackson broke up four passes, including three on Auburn’s final drive, to help LSU pull off what will go down in Tiger lore as one of the program’s greatest comebacks. Against Arkansas, Jackson recorded a career-best seven tackles, including a sack, two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup in the 33-10 win. Jackson, a native of Marrero, Louisiana, is the third Tiger to earn an All-America honor, joining redshirt freshman cornerback Greedy Williams, who picked up a third team honor from the Associated Press on Monday, and sophomore linebacker Devin White, who was named second-team All-America by the FWAA and USA Today.

The LSU men’s basketball team returns to action tonight to face its biggest test since returning from Maui in a red-hot Houston basketball team. The game tips off from the PMAC at 8 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network. The Cougars come into tonight’s contest with a seven-game win streak, and get this, Houston has beaten each of its last three opponents (Arkansas included) by no less than 19 points. I couldn’t think of a better measuring stick following LSU’s 97-84 win against UNC-Wilmington than tonight’s game. Last season, LSU was horrendous at defending the 3-point shot, and we’ve seen some of that carry over this season, especially in Maui. Well, Houston comes to town with a 42 percent field goal percentage from behind the arc, which ranks 17th in the nation. Can the Tigers build off of Sunday’s win against the Seahawks where LSU held UNC-Wilmington to just 36% shooting from behind the 3-point line? And can Duop Reath continue to be an enforcer underneath, while the versatile Tremont Waters continues to grow into the most well-rounded point guard LSU has had in quite some time? If so, a win against Houston could be a difference-maker on the Tigers’ resume this season.

Lastly,  I love seeing former Tiger greats do great things off the field, and yesterday an outstanding one did just that. Former LSU offensive tackle extraordinaire and current Los Angeles Ram Andrew Whitworth donated 550 bikes to Grape Street Elementary (Los Angeles), one for every student. The is just the latest of many generous acts by Whitworth and his BigWhit 77 Foundation, which promotes the development of young leaders and supports many causes through its charitable events. Here’s a video of him presenting the bikes to the students.

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12/13/17 5:40 am CST

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The Tigers returned to practice yesterday and, aside from a few exceptions, seem to be in pretty good health as they begin preparing for the New Year’s Citrus Bowl. As reported by The Advocate, junior edge rusher Arden Key and senior linebacker Donnie Alexander were not seen at practice, but that’s not a complete surprise. Key missed the last two games with a knee surgery and had surgery to repair a broken pinky a couple of weeks ago. Alexander has been dealing with various injuries all season. The good news is that LSU’s offensive line appears to be returning to full health. Tackle KJ Malone (sans knee brace) and guard Garrett Brumfield were full participants in the drills, which is noteworthy since Malone missed the last half of the season with a knee injury and Brumfield exited the game against Texas A&M with a stinger. 

After the practice, Coach Ed Orgeron met with reporters and dished out a lot of information. Here’s a video of the complete press conference, and below are a few key quotes.

On this week’s schedule…

Tomorrow (Wednesday) we’ll have a spring practice type of day, we’ll work on ourselves with just a sprinkling of Notre Dame, more or less a fundamental practice in pads. And we’ll do the same thing on [Thursday], then the guys are gonna have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. The coaches, at night, are going recruiting… so we’re balancing both… We have a very big weekend of official visitors – I think the number is up to 12, maybe a little more, and then obviously Sunday is a dead period… Next week we’ll focus totally on Notre Dame.

On how he likes recruiting and the early signing period…

You know, I like it myself, especially when I go to one home and there’s some gumbo with potato salad. And I went into the next home and it was the best red beans and rice and fried chicken and cornbread I’d ate in a long time. So, get some bigger pants but besides that, it’s gonna be fun. But I like it. I enjoy it. I think that it’s a very exciting period, it’s gonna be an advantage for us. We may sign 15-20 guys and then we can zero in on the last five….

I think that if you sign the number I expect to sign it gives you time to target in on the big-time guys….. and it gives you the advantage of junior recruiting. We’ve always said 2019 is a great year in Louisiana as you can see by the reports that are coming out.

On Arden Key’s status….

Arden is questionable. He hasn’t come around like I thought he was gonna come around. He’s questionable right now. He’s not practicing. He’s questionable and that’ll all I know.

On recruiting for the trenches…

It was the goal of this recruiting season was to rebuild the lines. Obviously, I can’t talk about the guys that are committed but we’re very excited to have five defensive tackles committed and four offensives lineman committed…. that doesn’t mean we’re gonna stop now.

On draft-eligible juniors…

Most of the guys are gonna talk to me after the bowl. Nobody that I know has made a clear decision.

On Derrius Guice…

Derrius loves football… I’ve never seen him down. And he wants to finish strong. I’m sure he’s motivated. A 10-win season for him would mean a lot for us. I’m not sure he’s made a total decision about leaving or not after talking to him, so we’ll see.

On Notre Dame…

It’s gonna be a challenge… Their [offensive] line is the best line we’ve seen… it’s very physical and big and well-coached.

In other football news, a third Tiger received All-America recognition yesterday when Donté Jackson was named second-team All-America by Sporting News. Jackson, a draft-eligible junior, started 11 games for the Tigers this year and had some exceptional moments this season, particularly against Auburn and Arkansas. In LSU’s thrilling 27-23 win over Auburn, Jackson broke up four passes, including three on Auburn’s final drive, to help LSU pull off what will go down in Tiger lore as one of the program’s greatest comebacks. Against Arkansas, Jackson recorded a career-best seven tackles, including a sack, two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup in the 33-10 win. Jackson, a native of Marrero, Louisiana, is the third Tiger to earn an All-America honor, joining redshirt freshman cornerback Greedy Williams, who picked up a third team honor from the Associated Press on Monday, and sophomore linebacker Devin White, who was named second-team All-America by the FWAA and USA Today.

The LSU men’s basketball team returns to action tonight to face its biggest test since returning from Maui in a red-hot Houston basketball team. The game tips off from the PMAC at 8 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network. The Cougars come into tonight’s contest with a seven-game win streak, and get this, Houston has beaten each of its last three opponents (Arkansas included) by no less than 19 points. I couldn’t think of a better measuring stick following LSU’s 97-84 win against UNC-Wilmington than tonight’s game. Last season, LSU was horrendous at defending the 3-point shot, and we’ve seen some of that carry over this season, especially in Maui. Well, Houston comes to town with a 42 percent field goal percentage from behind the arc, which ranks 17th in the nation. Can the Tigers build off of Sunday’s win against the Seahawks where LSU held UNC-Wilmington to just 36% shooting from behind the 3-point line? And can Duop Reath continue to be an enforcer underneath, while the versatile Tremont Waters continues to grow into the most well-rounded point guard LSU has had in quite some time? If so, a win against Houston could be a difference-maker on the Tigers’ resume this season.

Lastly,  I love seeing former Tiger greats do great things off the field, and yesterday an outstanding one did just that. Former LSU offensive tackle extraordinaire and current Los Angeles Ram Andrew Whitworth donated 550 bikes to Grape Street Elementary (Los Angeles), one for every student. The is just the latest of many generous acts by Whitworth and his BigWhit 77 Foundation, which promotes the development of young leaders and supports many causes through its charitable events. Here’s a video of him presenting the bikes to the students.

Folks I’m gonna keep putting this out there because it’s important. If you value these daily reports, please help keep them coming by donating to our annual fundraiser today. We can’t do it without you. Thanks in advance for your support.

12/12/17 5:35 am CST

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

1. The LSU football team returns to the practice field today in preparation for the New Year’s Day Citrus Bowl in Orlando against Notre Dame. The team will practice today through Thursday of this week and coach Orgeron is expected to meet with reporters after today’s practice. NCAA rules allow bowl teams to practice up to four hours per day or 20 hours per week between the end of the regular season and a bowl game, which usually translates to about 15 practices.

2. Congratulations to LSU linebacker Devin White for being named second team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and by USA Today. I think it’s a shame that he was not recognized as an All-American by the AP, but perhaps that will only fuel his fire in 2018. A first team All-SEC selection, White led the SEC in tackles with 127 in 12 games. The 127 tackles rank as the sixth-highest single-season total in LSU history.

3. Also, hats off to a couple of LSU freshmen for earning Freshman All-America honors. Cornerback Andraez “Greedy” Williams made the AP All-American third team, and safety Grant Delpit landed on ESPN's All-Freshman team

4. It wasn’t just LSU football players receiving recognition yesterday. With 30 points in the Tigers’ basketball win over UNCW, LSU forward Duop Reath was named SEC player of the week. The Tigers will need another big game from Reath tomorrow when they take on a solid 8-1 Houston team that dominated Arkansas last week. 

5. And while on the topic of awards, West Monroe’s Slade Bolden was named Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year. Bolden passed for 1,622 yards and 20 TDs and added another 1,460 yards and 20 scores on the ground while leading his team to the Class 5A semifinals. Unfortunately for Tiger fans, Bolden is committed to the Crimson Tide as an all-purpose back.

6. Speaking of LSU targets with Louisiana connections who are committed elsewhere, former Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson has committed to Michigan, as expected. It is unclear whether Patterson will be eligible to play in 2018. From what I understand, he will have to sit out one year unless he’s able to obtain an exception or waiver.

7. Here’s a follow up on what I wrote yesterday about the NCAA’s new rule stipulating that a team cannot sign more than 25 players to scholarship per year. I contacted the NCAA to ask if this applied to transfers, specifically JUCO transfers, and here’s the response I received: “The 25 limit is on anyone signing a first-time financial aid agreement that year, with very limited exceptions. A little more explanation is in the fourth bullet here.” Upon pressing for clarification as to whether this meant JUCO transfers were included in the limit of 25, I received this response: “Transfers count – anyone who is signing for the first time with the school they are signing with counts – unless they have been a walk-on for at least two years or suffer an incapacitating injury.” 

8. Those of you who missed the LHSAA Prep Classic in the Super Dome may be interested in knowing that Cox Sports Television is replaying many of the games. Here’s their complete replay schedule.

9. College Football News has published its final regular-season ranking of all 130 CFB teams based on eye-test and résumé and has LSU at No. 11, one spot below the Tigers’ first opponent of the 2018 season, No. 10 Miami. They also published their 10 Best Games Of The 2017 College Football Regular Season and pegged “The Comeback Game” between LSU and Auburn at No. 9. That was clearly the most memorable and thrilling game of the Tigers’ 2017 season and one of the highlights of the year in sports for LSU.

10. The previous tidbit reminds me to tell you that we are working on a piece we call 2017’s Seventeen Defining Moments in LSU Sports which we’ll begin running later this week. And although we think we’ve got our selections pretty much figured out, we welcome your suggestions in case we overlooked anything. Here’s what we did last year (2016’s Defining Moments) if you want an example of what’s to come on just want to reminisce.

11. I also want to remind you that we’re working on our list of Top LA Prospects for 2017 and welcome your nominations as we compile a list a 125+ in-state prospects. One thing is for sure, the state’s 2019 class is absolutely loaded. In fact, Rivals released its initial list of the nation’s top-100 prospects for 2019 and four Louisiana players made the top 62 with two in the top 11. Amite defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher is No. 3, Dunham DB Derek Stingley, Jr. is No. 11, LSU OL commit Kardell Thomas is No. 23, Amite WR Devonta Lee is No. 35, and Kentwood ATH Trey Palmer is No. 62.

12. In front of a record-breaking crowd of more than 3,000 fans, the third-ranked LSU gymnastics team put on a strong showing last night in the fifth annual Gymnastics 101 Showcase. For more on the meet and a few videos, see this article by LSUSports.net. The team’s season gets underway in less than four weeks against Arkansas on Friday, Jan. 5 inside the PMAC. Season tickets are on sale through the LSU Ticket Office and at LSUtix.net.

13. As the lagniappe portion of this Baker’s Dozen quick hitters, I’ve added a new dish to our page of Recipes. It’s nothing fancy… just an easy, inexpensive, one-pot meal that I prepared this week to help nurse our three kids who all have been dealing with various cold-weather ailments. Tis’ the season, right? Anyway, it’s for Chicken and Noodles (like chicken noodle soup but thicker) and it’s a great one to enjoy, especially when you're feeling under the weather. If you’re looking for another one-pot meal with a little more Cajun flare, might I suggest this Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya?

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Reader Comments: LSU Alumni of Central Florida is holding the official LSU Citrus Bowl Tailgate at the Black Cauldron Taproom located 3/10 of a mile from the Citrus Bowl from 9a-1p. Secure parking is being offered with 90 spaces to begin with for a great price of $20(More parking may be available if needed). There will be craft beer specials and Abita Beer on tap. Also there is a pedi-cab service available for those who don't want to walk. Shuttles from downtown pass directly by the event. This is a kid/family friendly venue. Food is by the Treehouse Food truck and hopefully Voodoo Kitchen food truck featuring authentic Louisiana foods prepared by Lafayette native Kevin Brune. You can find out more about the weekend and purchase your parking pass at this link lsuorlandeaux.com/events.html Come pass a good time and visit with fellow Tiger fans!!!



 

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