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11/15/18 5:30 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Throughout football season, we usually post a weekly statistical comparison of LSU and its opponent. But this week, rather than comparing LSU to Rice, which would be a bit of an “apples to oranges” comparison,  we’ve decided to look back at last year’s LSU football team compared to this year’s team. Of course, it should be noted that this is not an apples to apples comparison either. For starters, last year’s numbers take into account the entire season, whereas this year’s numbers should improve greatly after this week’s game against Rice. Also, this year’s schedule is much harder with the Tigers having already played six ranked teams. Last year’s Tigers faced only four ranked teams, including Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl. And if you’re looking to draw any conclusions about offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger versus his predecessor, Matt Canada, keep in mind that this year’s team didn’t feature an elite back, didn’t return any starting skill players, and has been greatly hindered by a key suspension and multiple injuries. Ok, now onto the numbers…

LSU 2017-2018• In Ensminger’s first full season as the offensive coordinator, the Tigers are scoring an average of half a point less per game than Canada’s offense scored in 2017. The Tigers are also producing about 50 yards less per contest. Both of those figures should look considerably better after this week’s game. We predict that when it’s all said and done, LSU’s scoring numbers will surpass last year’s.

• LSU is throwing the football a bit more this season, passing five-percent more than in 2017. That statistic might be higher if the coaching staff had more confidence in pass protection, which has severely hindered the offense for most of the season. 

• LSU is 12th in passing this season, as compared to last year’s eighth-ranked passing offense. So despite throwing it more in 2018, the Tigers are producing 10 or so yards less per game through the air.

• With Derrius Guice as the featured back, LSU finished last season as the fifth best rushing attack in the SEC. This year’s rushing attack is currently ninth in the conference.

• LSU’s steepest decline is in terms of passing efficiency. LSU had the sixth best efficiency in the conference last season with a 150 rating, while this season’s 117 puts LSU dead last in the conference. 

• LSU has not been great on third downs this year. In fact, the Tigers are 11th in the conference. The Tigers were seventh in the SEC last year with a 41-percent conversion rate.

• If you look at the defense, the unit is pretty much on par with what it did a season ago and is giving up nearly two points less per contest despite allowing an average of 27 yards more per game, and going from three sacks per game to 2.2.

• One of LSU’s biggest improvements this season is in red zone scoring, although red zone touchdowns are down. However, you can put an asterisk by LSU’s current number since Nick Brossette intentionally slid rather than scoring a late touchdown last Saturday.

• A big reason LSU has gotten so much better in red zone scoring is Cole Tracy’s reliable boot. LSU has made 88 percent of its attempted field goals this season compared to last year’s dreadful 59%. LSU has also improved in just about every special teams category, which suggests that special teams coordinator Greg McMahon has done a commendable job this season. 

• Another key stat is turnover margin. LSU was strong last year with a +10 margin, and is even stronger this year with a league’s best +13. That and the massive improvement on special teams are probably the two biggest factors in the Tigers being positioned to possibly record their best season in years, go to a NY6 Bowl, and improve on the one statistic that matters most – wins.  

Now let’s move on with our usual order of business by recapping a few key points from last night’s Coach O Show.

COACH O RADIO SHOW RECAP

Rickey from Birmingham started things of with a good question that went something like this: With the O-line working out kinks, why is it that we sometimes run in short-yardage situations from shotgun sets, and then sometimes on long-yardage situations we’re under center? Orgeron explained that there are times when they’re in a hurry up situation when they quickly go with a pre-called play in an attempt to catch the opponent off guard. Also, sometimes in long yardage situations they’re under center for play-action or max protection.

Mike in Memphis asked about the D-line having a little extra energy last this week, especially reserve nose tackle, Tyler Shelvin. He also asked about injuries. Orgeron said the D-line did play with more fire and were very motivated. As for Shelvin, Orgeron said he’s really coming and is going to be a great player. On the injury front, Orgeron repeated that Kristien Fulton will be out for a while and that Kelvin Joseph is questionable. Later he added that John Battle will probably not play.

Ken in Naples, Florida had an interesting equation:  If we get a big lead this week against Rice, might we see Avery Atkins attempting field goal kicking in preparation  for next year when we won’t have Cole Tracy? Orgeron said that Atkins is a pure kickoff guy and field goal kicking is not his forte. (Side note: For those wondering, LSU has a commitment from a big-time place kicker, Cade York, who is likely to take over field goal duties next year.)

From the live audience, Don asked about several players like Myles Brennan and Chris Curry playing this week since there’s the new rule allowing players to participate in four games and remain eligible for a redshirt. Orgeron said he hopes we’ll see a lot of guys who are destined for red shirts play this week. He specifically named Myles Brennan, Davin Cotton, Jarell Cherry, and Dare Rosenthal as players he hopes to get in the game. That said, the first-string is going to start and they’ll play all game if they have to. As for running back Chris Curry who was specifically asked about, he won’t play unless there’s an emergency because he’s already played in four games and the staff would like to redshirt him.

The Evil Twin asked about former five-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall who we haven’t seen play much lately. Orgeron said they would like to get the ball to Marshall more. He then explained that they’re having trouble spreading the ball around because they can’t put as many receivers on the field at the same time as they’d like because of protection issues.  

From the Twitterverse, Orgeron was asked how backup quarterback Myles Brennan is progressing. Orgeron said Brennan has been dealing with a minor injury all season and is better now, but not totally healed. “Hopefully Saturday night he can go in there and show what kind of championship QB he can be for us,” Orgeron said.

Closing Tidbits:

• Congratulations to LSU safety Grant Delpit for being named one of five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy – presented annually to the nation's top defensive player. Delpit is joined on the list by Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen, Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, and Alabama nose guard Quinnen Williams.

• The Tiger Nation is still buzzing over the huge news of landing in-state five-star running back sensation John Emery of Destrehan. Emery joins cornerback Derek Stingley and guard Kardell Thomas to give LSU three five-star commits, and they’re all from right here in Louisiana. The only other team with as many five-star commitments at this time is Georgia, who also has three, per 247Sports. Hats off to the staff for putting together what’s shaping up to be an outstanding 2019 recruiting class. Later this week, we’ll take a look at ten potential candidates for filling LSU’s five remaining spots.

• Lastly, please note that our Ticket Exchange was updated with a few new listings.

Have a great day, Tiger Fans.





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11/15/18 5:30 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Throughout football season, we usually post a weekly statistical comparison of LSU and its opponent. But this week, rather than comparing LSU to Rice, which would be a bit of an “apples to oranges” comparison,  we’ve decided to look back at last year’s LSU football team compared to this year’s team. Of course, it should be noted that this is not an apples to apples comparison either. For starters, last year’s numbers take into account the entire season, whereas this year’s numbers should improve greatly after this week’s game against Rice. Also, this year’s schedule is much harder with the Tigers having already played six ranked teams. Last year’s Tigers faced only four ranked teams, including Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl. And if you’re looking to draw any conclusions about offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger versus his predecessor, Matt Canada, keep in mind that this year’s team didn’t feature an elite back, didn’t return any starting skill players, and has been greatly hindered by a key suspension and multiple injuries. Ok, now onto the numbers…

LSU 2017-2018• In Ensminger’s first full season as the offensive coordinator, the Tigers are scoring an average of half a point less per game than Canada’s offense scored in 2017. The Tigers are also producing about 50 yards less per contest. Both of those figures should look considerably better after this week’s game. We predict that when it’s all said and done, LSU’s scoring numbers will surpass last year’s.

• LSU is throwing the football a bit more this season, passing five-percent more than in 2017. That statistic might be higher if the coaching staff had more confidence in pass protection, which has severely hindered the offense for most of the season. 

• LSU is 12th in passing this season, as compared to last year’s eighth-ranked passing offense. So despite throwing it more in 2018, the Tigers are producing 10 or so yards less per game through the air.

• With Derrius Guice as the featured back, LSU finished last season as the fifth best rushing attack in the SEC. This year’s rushing attack is currently ninth in the conference.

• LSU’s steepest decline is in terms of passing efficiency. LSU had the sixth best efficiency in the conference last season with a 150 rating, while this season’s 117 puts LSU dead last in the conference. 

• LSU has not been great on third downs this year. In fact, the Tigers are 11th in the conference. The Tigers were seventh in the SEC last year with a 41-percent conversion rate.

• If you look at the defense, the unit is pretty much on par with what it did a season ago and is giving up nearly two points less per contest despite allowing an average of 27 yards more per game, and going from three sacks per game to 2.2.

• One of LSU’s biggest improvements this season is in red zone scoring, although red zone touchdowns are down. However, you can put an asterisk by LSU’s current number since Nick Brossette intentionally slid rather than scoring a late touchdown last Saturday.

• A big reason LSU has gotten so much better in red zone scoring is Cole Tracy’s reliable boot. LSU has made 88 percent of its attempted field goals this season compared to last year’s dreadful 59%. LSU has also improved in just about every special teams category, which suggests that special teams coordinator Greg McMahon has done a commendable job this season. 

• Another key stat is turnover margin. LSU was strong last year with a +10 margin, and is even stronger this year with a league’s best +13. That and the massive improvement on special teams are probably the two biggest factors in the Tigers being positioned to possibly record their best season in years, go to a NY6 Bowl, and improve on the one statistic that matters most – wins.  

Now let’s move on with our usual order of business by recapping a few key points from last night’s Coach O Show.

COACH O RADIO SHOW RECAP

Rickey from Birmingham started things of with a good question that went something like this: With the O-line working out kinks, why is it that we sometimes run in short-yardage situations from shotgun sets, and then sometimes on long-yardage situations we’re under center? Orgeron explained that there are times when they’re in a hurry up situation when they quickly go with a pre-called play in an attempt to catch the opponent off guard. Also, sometimes in long yardage situations they’re under center for play-action or max protection.

Mike in Memphis asked about the D-line having a little extra energy last this week, especially reserve nose tackle, Tyler Shelvin. He also asked about injuries. Orgeron said the D-line did play with more fire and were very motivated. As for Shelvin, Orgeron said he’s really coming and is going to be a great player. On the injury front, Orgeron repeated that Kristien Fulton will be out for a while and that Kelvin Joseph is questionable. Later he added that John Battle will probably not play.

Ken in Naples, Florida had an interesting equation:  If we get a big lead this week against Rice, might we see Avery Atkins attempting field goal kicking in preparation  for next year when we won’t have Cole Tracy? Orgeron said that Atkins is a pure kickoff guy and field goal kicking is not his forte. (Side note: For those wondering, LSU has a commitment from a big-time place kicker, Cade York, who is likely to take over field goal duties next year.)

From the live audience, Don asked about several players like Myles Brennan and Chris Curry playing this week since there’s the new rule allowing players to participate in four games and remain eligible for a redshirt. Orgeron said he hopes we’ll see a lot of guys who are destined for red shirts play this week. He specifically named Myles Brennan, Davin Cotton, Jarell Cherry, and Dare Rosenthal as players he hopes to get in the game. That said, the first-string is going to start and they’ll play all game if they have to. As for running back Chris Curry who was specifically asked about, he won’t play unless there’s an emergency because he’s already played in four games and the staff would like to redshirt him.

The Evil Twin asked about former five-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall who we haven’t seen play much lately. Orgeron said they would like to get the ball to Marshall more. He then explained that they’re having trouble spreading the ball around because they can’t put as many receivers on the field at the same time as they’d like because of protection issues.  

From the Twitterverse, Orgeron was asked how backup quarterback Myles Brennan is progressing. Orgeron said Brennan has been dealing with a minor injury all season and is better now, but not totally healed. “Hopefully Saturday night he can go in there and show what kind of championship QB he can be for us,” Orgeron said.

Closing Tidbits:

• Congratulations to LSU safety Grant Delpit for being named one of five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy – presented annually to the nation's top defensive player. Delpit is joined on the list by Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen, Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, and Alabama nose guard Quinnen Williams.

• The Tiger Nation is still buzzing over the huge news of landing in-state five-star running back sensation John Emery of Destrehan. Emery joins cornerback Derek Stingley and guard Kardell Thomas to give LSU three five-star commits, and they’re all from right here in Louisiana. The only other team with as many five-star commitments at this time is Georgia, who also has three, per 247Sports. Hats off to the staff for putting together what’s shaping up to be an outstanding 2019 recruiting class. Later this week, we’ll take a look at ten potential candidates for filling LSU’s five remaining spots.

• Lastly, please note that our Ticket Exchange was updated with a few new listings.

Have a great day, Tiger Fans.

11/14/18 5:30 am CST

Good morning, Tiger fans, 

Last night was very kind to the Tigers, so we’ve got a ton of good news to cover: A huge commitment in football, no drop in the CFB poll, and another solid win in basketball. Pour yourself a cup of joe, and we’ll tackle these topics and more.

The biggest news of all comes on the recruiting front as elite in-state five-star running back John Emery, Jr. of Destrehan committed to LSU. There’s no overstating how huge this commitment is. Not only do the Tigers keep a truly elite talent at home, they also address a priority position of need with the nation’s No. 2 running back and No. 12 prospect overall. Emery runs a 4.42 forty, has a vertical jump of 37.9 inches, and chose LSU over Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, Oklahoma, and several other major offers. Check out his video highlights to see why everyone wants him. Emery joins Southern Lab’s Tyrion Davis, the No. 6 running back in the country, to give LSU one of the best running back classes in the country, and I love that its all homegrown. LSU’s 2019 class now has 20 commitments (including eight of the top 10 on our list of Top LA Prospects) and is ranked No. 5 in the country on the 247Sports Composite. The only two players in our top-10 not currently committed to LSU are No. 2 DT Ishmael Sopsher and No. 4 S/WR Davonta Lee, both of Amite. 

In other football news, the latest College Football Playoff Poll kept LSU as the No. 7 team in the country last night. Turns out the lack of style points in the seven-point win against Arkansas didn’t hurt LSU at all. 

Next up for the Tiger football team is a home matchup with Rice on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Rice is 1-10 on the season and lost to UTEP, who had the longest losing streak in the country with 20 consecutive losses. Now, Rice has the longest losing streak in the country at 10 after a loss to Louisiana Tech last Saturday. In what should be a blowout at home, one thing to keep an eye on Saturday is which LSU players will play and which ones won’t in light of the new rule that allows a player to participate in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt. Running back Chris Curry has already played in four, so we’re not likely to see him in any reserve action. Notable players who could play and not burn their redshirts include QB Myles Brennan, OTs Dare Rosenthal and Cameron Wire, DTs Davin Cotton, Dominic Livingston, and Nelson Jenkins, DE Travel Moore, RB Tae Provens, and C Cole Smith.

Turning to hoops, the LSU men’s basketball team entertained the home crowd with highlight reel plays in a 85-76 victory against Memphis. The Tigers provided plenty of spectacular plays in another solid win, with one of the few negatives being that LSU allowed too many 3-pointers in the first half. After giving up 19 3-pointers to UNC-Greensboro, the Tigers allowed seven in the first half alone to Memphis, which kept the half much closer than Vegas anticipated. With a 10.5 point spread entering the game, LSU and Memphis battled back-and-forth for the better part of the game, but ultimately, LSU created the separation it needed in the second half. Here’s how it all went down…    

LSU shot the lights out in the first half, and yet Memphis somehow kept pace. The Tigers were up and down the floor with Ja’vonte Smart and Kavell Bigby-Williams leading the way early on, but a couple of 3-pointers from Memphis’ Tyler Harris kept the contest extremely tight for a while. Also not helping was LSU settling for quick shots and turning the ball over three times within the first eight minutes. Smart remained aggressive, though, and fellow freshman Naz Reid continued to make his step-back jumper look easy. The difference in the first half for LSU, though, was Emmitt Williams and Darius Days’ presence in the paint along with Skylar Mays’ hot hand. Williams and Days corralled several offensive rebounds and provided the Tigers with the second-chance points needed to take a 48-39 lead into the locker room. But the first half turned into the Skylar Mays show, as he put a Memphis defender on a poster and followed up the dunk with an acrobatic circus shot at the rim. The back-to-back plays gave LSU a four-point lead with six minutes left in the half, and more importantly, gave the Tigers all the momentum. Mays scored 14 of LSU’s 48 points in the half. The Tigers shot 57 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes. 

Memphis closed the gap in the second half thanks to more hot shooting from Harris. His sixth 3-pointer of the game reduced LSU’s lead to one, and Memphis took a 52-50 lead after his seventh 3-pointer. LSU was sloppy with the basketball, turning the ball over four times in a span of four minutes in the second half, which aided Memphis in its 13-2 run to start the half. Tremont Waters scored his first basket at the 14-minute mark in the second half and finished with just eight points, but his eight assists made his impact as big as any Tigers’. Mays and Reid also had big nights. Their back-to-back 3’s gave the Tigers a six-point lead with about 11 minutes to go in the half. With great hustle plays and athletic drives from Waters to the basket, the Tigers controlled the rest of the second half and came away with another impressive and fun-to-watch win. 

The Tigers hit 54 percent of their shots in the win. Skylar Mays led the Tigers with 19 points, while Bigby-Williams hit all seven of his attempted field goals for 14 points. Here’s the complete box score and here are video highlights.

Up next for Will Wade’s Tigers is a home contest against the undefeated Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech. The game is set for Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. CT  and will streamed online by SECN+.

In closing, a quick word on yesterday football practice: Because the Tigers are thin at corner with various injuries, safety Terrence Alexander filled in at cornerback. Kelvin Joseph and Kary Vincent are expected to slide over and help provide depth there, though Joseph missed for a second straight practice and Vincent practiced with the safeties in the portion of practice open to the media. Ed Alexander returned to practice, but the Tigers still had many defensive players missing in action. Here’s a full report by NOLA.com.  

That’s it for now. Enjoy your day, Tigers!



 

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