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1/18/17 5:35 am CST

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Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As promised, today I have for you Part 1 of a new two-part Q&A with Football Analyst Mike Detillier on the topic of LSU football. In it, I get Mike’s thoughts on the hiring of Matt Canada, what this could mean for the quarterback situation, and on several other topics related to the offense. Mike really shares a lot of great insight and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Give it a quick read using the link below and then let us know what you think. Then be sure to tune in tomorrow for Part 2.

DandyDon’s Q&A with Mike Detillier Part 1 of 2: Matt Canada Hiring, QB Situation and Offense in General  

In recruiting news, two players of interest to Tiger fans ended as 5-stars in 247Sports’ final 2017 rankings released yesterday. One is linebacker target K’Lavon Chaisson of Northshore High in Houston who is now ranked as the 11th best player in the country. You might recall from yesterday’s daily dose that Chaisson called his recent visit to Baton Rouge “One of the livest weekends of (his) life” and is believed to be down to Texas and LSU. The other is safety commit Jacoby Stevens who is now ranked as the 23rd best player in the nation. Stevens and fellow LSU commit Grant Delpit would give LSU arguably the best safety haul in school history, and it could get even better if LSU lands in-state sensation Todd Harris who visited LSU last weekend and reportedly had a great time. Harris is believed to be an LSU-Alabama battle with TCU in the mix, though signs point to him signing with his home-state Tigers. 

Writing about Harris reminds me to follow up on something I wrote yesterday about Southern Lab’s Chris Allen. I mentioned that in a recent radio interview Allen said players like him consider leaving the state for Alabama because the Crimson Tide almost always beats LSU and plays for the National Championship. I heard from several readers about that statement, and here’s a good point that one of my longtime readers expressed: “It’s like a two-edged sword. The other side is that these really good players from Louisiana need to show some loyalty, stay home and HELP us beat Alabama. The more of them that fall for the ‘grass is greener’ story, the harder it is for us to turn the Tide.” Well said, Kinny!

Turning to baseball, D1 Baseball has released its Preseason Top 25 Rankings and pegged LSU at No. 5. Topping the list were the TCU Horned Frogs, followed by Florida at No. 2, Florida State at No. 3 and South Carolina at No. 4. Other SEC teams making the top 25 include Vanderbilt at No. 7, and Texas A&M at No. 20. By the way, UL-Lafayette checked in at No. 13. On the D1 Baseball site, college baseball expert Kendall Rogers gives LSU’s projected starting lineup, and there are a couple of interesting things to note in it. One thing that jumps out is that although LSU returns eight of nine position starters, two freshmen are listed as projected starters – Jake Slaughter at first base and Josh Smith at the hot corner. That is interesting, but not surprising in light of recent comments by Coach Mainieri. What I did find a bit surprising though is that Rogers lists freshman right-hander Eric Walker as LSU’s third pitcher behind Alex Lange and Jared Poché. I look forward to learning more about Walker when I speak to Coach Mainieri next week for the program’s annual Media Day, especially after reading these comments from his bio posted on LSUSports.net: “‘Simply 'a winner’ is the best way to describe this young man! Eric comes in as prepared as anyone in the class to be a starting pitcher. His elite pitchability, command of three pitches, and his ability to fill up the zone with strike after strike will remind a lot of LSU fans of a young Aaron Nola or a veteran Jared Bradford. He struck out 295 hitters over three years on the varsity squad. On top of his great high school baseball career, Eric was a three-year starting quarterback for an outstanding football team at the 6A level in Texas, and he is a tremendous leader. He oozes self-confidence and poise. I have a feeling Eric will compete for a lot of innings at LSU right away." 

In other baseball news, it was reported yesterday by multiple sources that senior right-handed pitcher Alden Cartwright will miss the 2017 season. Cartwright had Tommy John surgery performed on his elbow last spring and needed additional surgery this fall. Here’s wishing Cartwright a full and speedy recovery.  Also, NOLA.com reports that sophomore outfielder Brody Wofford has decided to transfer out of the LSU baseball program. Wofford will play in 2017 at Chipola College, a two-year school in Florida. This is certainly understandable considering where Wofford found himself on the depth chart. Sophomore Antoine Duplantis and junior Greg Deichmann will hold down center field and right field, respectively, and then there are junior Beau Jordan, sophomore Brennan Breaux, senior Bryce Adams and freshman Zach Watson who also figure to be in the mix.

The LSU basketball team (9-7, 1-4 SEC) returns to action today with a road contest at Auburn (11-6, 1-4). Although it’s always tough to win on the road, this is a game Coach Johnny Jones really needs to win, as things will only get tougher in the following weeks. (LSU’s next league contests are on the road against Arkansas and at home against Florida and South Carolina.) The good news is that LSU beat Auburn the last two times the two teams met at Auburn Arena, and Auburn has struggled in SEC play this year. Like LSU, the Auburn Tigers’ only league win was against the struggling Missouri Tigers. The bad news is that Auburn is a fairly good offensive team that averages 78.8 points per game and could present quite a challenge for LSU’s struggling defense. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by the SEC Network. 

Today’s closing tidbits:

Four LSU football players – Josh Boutte, Tashawn Bower, Colin Jeter, and Lewis Neal - will play their final collegiate game on Saturday when the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game are held. Boutte, Bower and Neal are participating in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, while Jeter is taking part in the East-West Shrine Game. The East-West Shrine Game is played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and will be televised by the NFL Network at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday. The NFLPA game will be held at StubHub Center in Carson, California and will be televised on FS1 at 3:15 CT.

• The Advocate writes that LSU officials reported another break-in at Tiger Stadium late Saturday. An initial LSU police report doesn't indicate whether anything was damaged or how the alleged break-in was discovered.

• Don’t forget to read Part 1 of my Q&A with Mike Detillier, and be sure to tune in tomorrow for Part 2. 

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1/18/17 5:35 am CST

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Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As promised, today I have for you Part 1 of a new two-part Q&A with Football Analyst Mike Detillier on the topic of LSU football. In it, I get Mike’s thoughts on the hiring of Matt Canada, what this could mean for the quarterback situation, and on several other topics related to the offense. Mike really shares a lot of great insight and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Give it a quick read using the link below and then let us know what you think. Then be sure to tune in tomorrow for Part 2.

DandyDon’s Q&A with Mike Detillier Part 1 of 2: Matt Canada Hiring, QB Situation and Offense in General  

In recruiting news, two players of interest to Tiger fans ended as 5-stars in 247Sports’ final 2017 rankings released yesterday. One is linebacker target K’Lavon Chaisson of Northshore High in Houston who is now ranked as the 11th best player in the country. You might recall from yesterday’s daily dose that Chaisson called his recent visit to Baton Rouge “One of the livest weekends of (his) life” and is believed to be down to Texas and LSU. The other is safety commit Jacoby Stevens who is now ranked as the 23rd best player in the nation. Stevens and fellow LSU commit Grant Delpit would give LSU arguably the best safety haul in school history, and it could get even better if LSU lands in-state sensation Todd Harris who visited LSU last weekend and reportedly had a great time. Harris is believed to be an LSU-Alabama battle with TCU in the mix, though signs point to him signing with his home-state Tigers. 

Writing about Harris reminds me to follow up on something I wrote yesterday about Southern Lab’s Chris Allen. I mentioned that in a recent radio interview Allen said players like him consider leaving the state for Alabama because the Crimson Tide almost always beats LSU and plays for the National Championship. I heard from several readers about that statement, and here’s a good point that one of my longtime readers expressed: “It’s like a two-edged sword. The other side is that these really good players from Louisiana need to show some loyalty, stay home and HELP us beat Alabama. The more of them that fall for the ‘grass is greener’ story, the harder it is for us to turn the Tide.” Well said, Kinny!

Turning to baseball, D1 Baseball has released its Preseason Top 25 Rankings and pegged LSU at No. 5. Topping the list were the TCU Horned Frogs, followed by Florida at No. 2, Florida State at No. 3 and South Carolina at No. 4. Other SEC teams making the top 25 include Vanderbilt at No. 7, and Texas A&M at No. 20. By the way, UL-Lafayette checked in at No. 13. On the D1 Baseball site, college baseball expert Kendall Rogers gives LSU’s projected starting lineup, and there are a couple of interesting things to note in it. One thing that jumps out is that although LSU returns eight of nine position starters, two freshmen are listed as projected starters – Jake Slaughter at first base and Josh Smith at the hot corner. That is interesting, but not surprising in light of recent comments by Coach Mainieri. What I did find a bit surprising though is that Rogers lists freshman right-hander Eric Walker as LSU’s third pitcher behind Alex Lange and Jared Poché. I look forward to learning more about Walker when I speak to Coach Mainieri next week for the program’s annual Media Day, especially after reading these comments from his bio posted on LSUSports.net: “‘Simply 'a winner’ is the best way to describe this young man! Eric comes in as prepared as anyone in the class to be a starting pitcher. His elite pitchability, command of three pitches, and his ability to fill up the zone with strike after strike will remind a lot of LSU fans of a young Aaron Nola or a veteran Jared Bradford. He struck out 295 hitters over three years on the varsity squad. On top of his great high school baseball career, Eric was a three-year starting quarterback for an outstanding football team at the 6A level in Texas, and he is a tremendous leader. He oozes self-confidence and poise. I have a feeling Eric will compete for a lot of innings at LSU right away." 

In other baseball news, it was reported yesterday by multiple sources that senior right-handed pitcher Alden Cartwright will miss the 2017 season. Cartwright had Tommy John surgery performed on his elbow last spring and needed additional surgery this fall. Here’s wishing Cartwright a full and speedy recovery.  Also, NOLA.com reports that sophomore outfielder Brody Wofford has decided to transfer out of the LSU baseball program. Wofford will play in 2017 at Chipola College, a two-year school in Florida. This is certainly understandable considering where Wofford found himself on the depth chart. Sophomore Antoine Duplantis and junior Greg Deichmann will hold down center field and right field, respectively, and then there are junior Beau Jordan, sophomore Brennan Breaux, senior Bryce Adams and freshman Zach Watson who also figure to be in the mix.

The LSU basketball team (9-7, 1-4 SEC) returns to action today with a road contest at Auburn (11-6, 1-4). Although it’s always tough to win on the road, this is a game Coach Johnny Jones really needs to win, as things will only get tougher in the following weeks. (LSU’s next league contests are on the road against Arkansas and at home against Florida and South Carolina.) The good news is that LSU beat Auburn the last two times the two teams met at Auburn Arena, and Auburn has struggled in SEC play this year. Like LSU, the Auburn Tigers’ only league win was against the struggling Missouri Tigers. The bad news is that Auburn is a fairly good offensive team that averages 78.8 points per game and could present quite a challenge for LSU’s struggling defense. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by the SEC Network. 

Today’s closing tidbits:

Four LSU football players – Josh Boutte, Tashawn Bower, Colin Jeter, and Lewis Neal - will play their final collegiate game on Saturday when the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game are held. Boutte, Bower and Neal are participating in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, while Jeter is taking part in the East-West Shrine Game. The East-West Shrine Game is played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and will be televised by the NFL Network at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday. The NFLPA game will be held at StubHub Center in Carson, California and will be televised on FS1 at 3:15 CT.

• The Advocate writes that LSU officials reported another break-in at Tiger Stadium late Saturday. An initial LSU police report doesn't indicate whether anything was damaged or how the alleged break-in was discovered.

• Don’t forget to read Part 1 of my Q&A with Mike Detillier, and be sure to tune in tomorrow for Part 2. 

Enjoy these daily doses? There’s no better way to show it than by contributing to our annual fundraiser which is now in its final two-week stretch. Thanks in advance for your support!

1/17/17 6:45 am CST

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Good morning, Tiger Fans,

In exactly one month from today, the south Lafourche community will passer du bon temps in honor of  its native son, Ed “Bébé” Orgeron, by celebrating “Coach O Day.” The event, which is sure to be a hoot, will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Larose Civic Center. Raceland-based NFL analyst and frequent DandyDon contributor Mike Detillier will serve as master of ceremonies. The banquet will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of South Lafourche High School's 1977 Class 4A state championship football team which featured Orgeron and former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert. 

Speaking of Mike Detillier,  I want to let you know that I’ll be working on a new Q&A with him today on the topic of LSU football. If you have a question you’d like me to consider asking him, get it to me quickly as I’ll be contacting Mike shortly.

With just 15 days until National Signing Day, there are a few recruiting tidbits to pass long, starting with a word on several of LSU’s linebacker recruits. If you’ve noticed that we’ve been focussing a lot of the linebacker position in recent write-ups, there’s a good reason. LSU currently only has one linebacker committed in this class and the fact that no linebackers were signed in 2015 and only two were signed the previous year (including the departed Clifton Garrett) make this a big position of priority for the Tigers, not to mention the fact that seniors Duke Riley and Kendell Beckwith are moving on.

• Baton Rouge native and Alabama linebacker commit Chris Allen joined ESPN104.5’s Morning Drive with Jordy Culotta and Hunt Palmer yesterday to discuss his recent LSU visits and where things stand with his recruitment. Allen said the visit “went great” and noted that while he remains committed to the Crimson Tide, the Tigers “have a chance.” Asked why Louisiana kids who grow up dreaming of playing for LSU would cross over and sign with Alabama, Allen gave a simple answer that gets to the simple truth. “Mainly because probably every year, they're beating LSU and they are winning national championships,” Allen said. Even though this year they didn't win it, they made it to the game. That's a huge attraction.” As I’ve written many times, the best way for LSU to turn the Tide and prevent as many recruiting losses to the enemy is to beat Alabama. Simple, but true. 

• Another linebacker recruit who had a great LSU visit this past weekend was K’Lavon Chaissson. In fact, Chaisson tweeted that it was the “One of the livest weekends of my life.” So where does that put LSU’s chances of signing this four-star pass-rusher extraordinaire? Well, according to Sam Spiegleman of SECCountry, sources indicate that the visit might have been enough to give LSU a slight lead over Texas in his recruitment. Of course, this see-saw recruiting battle could tilt the other way after Chaisson visits the Longhorns this coming weekend. 

• Speaking of this coming weekend, all eyes will be on LSU inside linebacker target Jacob Phillips of Tennessee to see if he and his family make it in to LSU for an unofficial visit. As mentioned previously, if they do, that will bode extremely well for LSU signing this primary target. Make no mistake about it, landing Phillips would be huge. Just yesterday he was elevated to five-star status by Rivals.

• Earlier, I mentioned that LSU currently only has one linebacker committed in this class, Patrick Queen of Livonia. Yesterday, Queen was one of at least three recruits who Coach Ed Orgeron visited in-home. The other two were receiver Stephen Guidry and offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles. The good news is that all three of those commitments appear to be very solid. All three will be taking their official visits to LSU this coming weekend, where they’ll be joined by several other LSU commits as well as key LB targets Willie Gay and Markeviest Bryant, DE Justin Harris and wide receiver Marlon Williams.

Turning to basketball, Coach Johnny Jones met with the media yesterday in advance of tomorrow’s game at Auburn. Jones gave an update on injured sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney. As you might recall, Blakeney suffered an injury in the final minutes of Saturday’s game against Alabama. Jones said Blakeney rolled his ankle and would not practice yesterday, and that his availability for tomorrow’s game will remain unknown until he’s reevaluated later today. That tells me that the injury isn’t too serious, which is great to hear. If Blakeney is a no-go, freshman guard Kieran Hayward and sophomore guard Brandon Sampson will have to step up their play big-time to help make up the deficiency. 

In gymnastics news, LSU checked in at No. 2 in the latest RoadToNationals.com rankings. With two of the four highest team scores in the country after two weeks, the Tigers are second only to Oklahoma who regained the top spot after totaling a score of 198.025 on Sunday afternoon. LSU returns to the Maravich Center for the annual Pink and Blue meet this Friday where they’ll take on Texas Woman’s at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will be streamed live on WatchESPN.com through SECNetwork+.

A few tidbits in closing:

ProFootballFocus revealed its 10 Early 2017 Heisman Trophy Candidates and in what should come as no surprise, LSU’s Derrius Guice made the cut. Here’s what PFF had to say about him: “As Heisman candidate Leonard Fournette battled injuries all season, Guice took advantage of his opportunities and flourished, finishing with an 83.3 rushing grade that ranked seventh among running backs. He was a big-play threat waiting to happen as 58.6 percent of his yards came on breakaway (15-plus yard) runs, third-highest in the country. With Guice’s big-play ability and LSU’s new misdirection-heavy offense, we may see monster numbers in 2017 with a full workload.”

• Although one time Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette’s injury riddled season didn’t turn out as many had hoped, NOLA.com gives these seven reasons why the Browns should pick Fournette No. 1.

• Congratulations to LSU women’s basketball signee Raven Farley for being selected to play in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game. The annual event, in its 16th season for girls basketball, will be played at the United Center in Chicago on March 29. Farley is LSU head coach Nikki Fargas’ second Lady Tiger signee to be selected to participate in the prestigious game.

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