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7/26/16 6:05 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

After three news-filled days with lots to report, things are a little quiet on the LSU news front, so what we’ll do today is resume our series on returning Tigers who will likely play greater roles this football season, as well as our Countdown to Game Day. Then we’ll close out with a word on recruiting and on Alex Bregman’s big league debut last night. Here we go… 

Returning Tigers Who Will Likely Play Greater Roles this Season
Part II: Defense

Great defense starts with a solid defensive line, and second-year defensive line coach Ed Orgeron’s scheme of constant pressure and aggressiveness requires quality depth. With Lewis Neal (6-2, 264), Davon Godchaux (6-4, 293) and Christian LaCouture (6-5, 307) projected as the three starters in Aranda’s 3-4 scheme, juniors Greg Gilmore (6-4, 313) and Frank Herron (6-4, 289) will be heavily relied on to spell the starters and keep the defensive front fresh enough to consistently apply the pressure it needs to effectively stop opposing offenses. Gilmore (13 tackles in 2015) and Herron (23 tackles in 2015) both have the size and athleticism to plug holes against opposing running games and help collapse pockets on opposing quarterbacks. That type of pressure will allow the four linebackers in Aranda’s 3-4 scheme to finish off plays with tackles near or behind the line of scrimmage. 

Speaking of linebackers, senior Duke Riley (6-0, 227), who has played in 38 games but started just one in his career, projects to be a full-time starter this season. Riley tallied 24 tackles last year while demonstrating the type of lateral speed needed to go side-to-side and track down ball carriers. In Aranda’s scheme as a middle linebacker, I suspect Riley will have a breakout year in his senior campaign. Another veteran who’ll play a big role at linebacker is Corey Thompson (6-2, 221), a converted safety who finished with 15 tackles in 2015 after redshirting due to an injury in 2014. The fifth-year senior is considered to be a physical player, and his safety speed is sure to be an advantage in pursuing ball carriers and effectively covering on pass plays as an outside linebacker. Barring injury, the four aforementioned players should have a huge impact on an LSU defense which I fully expect to be significantly improved.

If you missed Part I of this series which focused on returning offensive players who will play greater roles this season, you can find it here

Moving on with our countdown to Game Day… yesterday we talked about LSU’s 40-3 dominating 2005 Peach Bowl victory over Miami, and today, with 39 days remaining, let’s look at an amazing play from that same season that gave Les Miles his first career victory at LSU. I’m referring to a 39-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell to Early Doucet on fourth down to beat Arizona State 35-31. LSU had already had to postpone its originally scheduled season opener vs. North Texas on September 3rd, and the September 10th Arizona State game, which was originally scheduled in Baton Rouge, had to be played in Tempe, AZ instead, as LSU had offered hurricane victims the stadium as a place of refuge.

The game started slowly for the Tigers, trailing after three quarters 17-7. But like many other games during the Les Miles era, special teams would play a huge role. First, the Tigers blocked a field goal and Mario Stevenson returned it 55 yards for a score, and less than 90 seconds later, Craig Steltz returned a blocked punt 29 yards, giving LSU its first lead of the contest 21-17. Leads switched three times, with ASU grabbing a 31-28 lead with just over four minutes remaining. The Tigers received possession at their own 9-yard line, quickly moved 52 yards in six plays before facing 4th and 10 after three incompletions. That’s when Russell avoided pressure rolling to his left and firing a 39-yard pass to the far-left of the end zone that Doucet secured for the go-ahead TD. Even after the extra point gave the Tigers a 35-31 lead with just 1:13 remaining, the Sun Devils quickly marched down the field to the LSU 28. After being torched most of the game, the LSU defense stepped up big, forcing four incompletions and securing their first victory under Coach Miles, one that would serve as not only a great start to his career but also a timely dose of good news for a state recently ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Side note: We considered featuring two other 39-yard pass plays for today’s countdown, both of which came from Brandon Harris last year. One was to Travin Dural versus Alabama and the other was to Tyron Johnson vs. Ole Miss. Although the Tigers lost both of the contests, those plays brought LSU back within striking distance in both games after falling behind. While we hope to see many more plays like those this season, what we really hope to see is a greatly improved short to intermediate passing game which would go a long way toward LSU defeating those two rivals this year.

Turning to baseball, Alex Bregman made his big league debut with the Houston Astros last night and turned in a stellar defensive performance. If there was any doubt whether the former Tiger shortstop could make the transition to playing third base, he quickly put that question to rest last night with a great play to close out the first inning and a then proceeded to make several more plays at the hot corner without a glitch, including this gem that was No. 9 on SportsCenter's Top 10. At the plate, however, things didn’t go as well. Bregman went hitless in four at-bats but came oh so close to launching a grand slam in the sixth with the score tied 1-1 when he sent a shot to the right-field warning track. While I would have loved to have seen Bregman have a storybook offensive outing in his debut, I have no doubt that he’ll be just fine at the plate and that big things are in store for the former Tiger. 

One more Bregman/baseball tidbit: Bregman’s debut last night made him the 13th former LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the major leagues. The others are infielder Ryan Schimpf, pitcher Nick Goody, outfielder Mikie Mahtook, pitcher Nick Rumbelow, pitcher Aaron Nola, pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitcher Kevin Gausman, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and infielder Matt Clark. LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 24 of the past 26 seasons. The Tigers have produced a total of 71 Major Leaguers during their illustrious baseball history. There are 12 former LSU players currently in the big leagues, including Bregman, Schimpf (Padres), Coleman (Dodgers), Goody (Yankees), Nola (Phillies), Mahtook (Rays), Gausman (Orioles), Furbush (Mariners), LeMahieu (Rockies), Ranaudo (White Sox),  Aaron Hill (Brewers) and Will Harris (Astros).

In football recruiting news, LSU’s Bradley Dale Peveto is now ranked in Top 10 of 247Sports’ Recruiter Rankings, making him the highest ranked recruiter on LSU’s staff. The reason: He’s the primary or secondary recruiter for six of LSU’s 17 current commitments including five-star Austin Deculus (OT) and four-stars Kary Vincent (CB), Grant Delpit (S), Jhamon Ausbon (WR) and Mannie Netherly (WR). Coach Peveto’s ranking could skyrocket much higher if LSU lands three of its biggest remaining targets – 5-star DT Marvin Wilson, 4-star CB K'Lavon Chaisson, and 4-star DE Isaiah Buggs. Just so you know, LSU’s second highest ranked recruiter on staff is first-year wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig who checks in at No. 18.

A couple of ticket-related tidbits in closing:

• StubHub has signed a multi-year agreement with LSU Athletics as the official ticket marketplace of the Tigers. According to it its website, StubHub began activation of this agreement with the start of LSU’s basketball season in November of 2015 and will provide its LSU football marketplace for this first time in 2016. More info can be found here.

• Speaking of tickets, I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange with several new listings.


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7/26/16 6:05 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

After three news-filled days with lots to report, things are a little quiet on the LSU news front, so what we’ll do today is resume our series on returning Tigers who will likely play greater roles this football season, as well as our Countdown to Game Day. Then we’ll close out with a word on recruiting and on Alex Bregman’s big league debut last night. Here we go… 

Returning Tigers Who Will Likely Play Greater Roles this Season
Part II: Defense

Great defense starts with a solid defensive line, and second-year defensive line coach Ed Orgeron’s scheme of constant pressure and aggressiveness requires quality depth. With Lewis Neal (6-2, 264), Davon Godchaux (6-4, 293) and Christian LaCouture (6-5, 307) projected as the three starters in Aranda’s 3-4 scheme, juniors Greg Gilmore (6-4, 313) and Frank Herron (6-4, 289) will be heavily relied on to spell the starters and keep the defensive front fresh enough to consistently apply the pressure it needs to effectively stop opposing offenses. Gilmore (13 tackles in 2015) and Herron (23 tackles in 2015) both have the size and athleticism to plug holes against opposing running games and help collapse pockets on opposing quarterbacks. That type of pressure will allow the four linebackers in Aranda’s 3-4 scheme to finish off plays with tackles near or behind the line of scrimmage. 

Speaking of linebackers, senior Duke Riley (6-0, 227), who has played in 38 games but started just one in his career, projects to be a full-time starter this season. Riley tallied 24 tackles last year while demonstrating the type of lateral speed needed to go side-to-side and track down ball carriers. In Aranda’s scheme as a middle linebacker, I suspect Riley will have a breakout year in his senior campaign. Another veteran who’ll play a big role at linebacker is Corey Thompson (6-2, 221), a converted safety who finished with 15 tackles in 2015 after redshirting due to an injury in 2014. The fifth-year senior is considered to be a physical player, and his safety speed is sure to be an advantage in pursuing ball carriers and effectively covering on pass plays as an outside linebacker. Barring injury, the four aforementioned players should have a huge impact on an LSU defense which I fully expect to be significantly improved.

If you missed Part I of this series which focused on returning offensive players who will play greater roles this season, you can find it here

Moving on with our countdown to Game Day… yesterday we talked about LSU’s 40-3 dominating 2005 Peach Bowl victory over Miami, and today, with 39 days remaining, let’s look at an amazing play from that same season that gave Les Miles his first career victory at LSU. I’m referring to a 39-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell to Early Doucet on fourth down to beat Arizona State 35-31. LSU had already had to postpone its originally scheduled season opener vs. North Texas on September 3rd, and the September 10th Arizona State game, which was originally scheduled in Baton Rouge, had to be played in Tempe, AZ instead, as LSU had offered hurricane victims the stadium as a place of refuge.

The game started slowly for the Tigers, trailing after three quarters 17-7. But like many other games during the Les Miles era, special teams would play a huge role. First, the Tigers blocked a field goal and Mario Stevenson returned it 55 yards for a score, and less than 90 seconds later, Craig Steltz returned a blocked punt 29 yards, giving LSU its first lead of the contest 21-17. Leads switched three times, with ASU grabbing a 31-28 lead with just over four minutes remaining. The Tigers received possession at their own 9-yard line, quickly moved 52 yards in six plays before facing 4th and 10 after three incompletions. That’s when Russell avoided pressure rolling to his left and firing a 39-yard pass to the far-left of the end zone that Doucet secured for the go-ahead TD. Even after the extra point gave the Tigers a 35-31 lead with just 1:13 remaining, the Sun Devils quickly marched down the field to the LSU 28. After being torched most of the game, the LSU defense stepped up big, forcing four incompletions and securing their first victory under Coach Miles, one that would serve as not only a great start to his career but also a timely dose of good news for a state recently ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Side note: We considered featuring two other 39-yard pass plays for today’s countdown, both of which came from Brandon Harris last year. One was to Travin Dural versus Alabama and the other was to Tyron Johnson vs. Ole Miss. Although the Tigers lost both of the contests, those plays brought LSU back within striking distance in both games after falling behind. While we hope to see many more plays like those this season, what we really hope to see is a greatly improved short to intermediate passing game which would go a long way toward LSU defeating those two rivals this year.

Turning to baseball, Alex Bregman made his big league debut with the Houston Astros last night and turned in a stellar defensive performance. If there was any doubt whether the former Tiger shortstop could make the transition to playing third base, he quickly put that question to rest last night with a great play to close out the first inning and a then proceeded to make several more plays at the hot corner without a glitch, including this gem that was No. 9 on SportsCenter's Top 10. At the plate, however, things didn’t go as well. Bregman went hitless in four at-bats but came oh so close to launching a grand slam in the sixth with the score tied 1-1 when he sent a shot to the right-field warning track. While I would have loved to have seen Bregman have a storybook offensive outing in his debut, I have no doubt that he’ll be just fine at the plate and that big things are in store for the former Tiger. 

One more Bregman/baseball tidbit: Bregman’s debut last night made him the 13th former LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the major leagues. The others are infielder Ryan Schimpf, pitcher Nick Goody, outfielder Mikie Mahtook, pitcher Nick Rumbelow, pitcher Aaron Nola, pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitcher Kevin Gausman, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and infielder Matt Clark. LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 24 of the past 26 seasons. The Tigers have produced a total of 71 Major Leaguers during their illustrious baseball history. There are 12 former LSU players currently in the big leagues, including Bregman, Schimpf (Padres), Coleman (Dodgers), Goody (Yankees), Nola (Phillies), Mahtook (Rays), Gausman (Orioles), Furbush (Mariners), LeMahieu (Rockies), Ranaudo (White Sox),  Aaron Hill (Brewers) and Will Harris (Astros).

In football recruiting news, LSU’s Bradley Dale Peveto is now ranked in Top 10 of 247Sports’ Recruiter Rankings, making him the highest ranked recruiter on LSU’s staff. The reason: He’s the primary or secondary recruiter for six of LSU’s 17 current commitments including five-star Austin Deculus (OT) and four-stars Kary Vincent (CB), Grant Delpit (S), Jhamon Ausbon (WR) and Mannie Netherly (WR). Coach Peveto’s ranking could skyrocket much higher if LSU lands three of its biggest remaining targets – 5-star DT Marvin Wilson, 4-star CB K'Lavon Chaisson, and 4-star DE Isaiah Buggs. Just so you know, LSU’s second highest ranked recruiter on staff is first-year wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig who checks in at No. 18.

A couple of ticket-related tidbits in closing:

• StubHub has signed a multi-year agreement with LSU Athletics as the official ticket marketplace of the Tigers. According to it its website, StubHub began activation of this agreement with the start of LSU’s basketball season in November of 2015 and will provide its LSU football marketplace for this first time in 2016. More info can be found here.

• Speaking of tickets, I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange with several new listings.

7/25/16 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

We’ve got a lot of good news to get to in this report, but unfortunately, there’s some extremely sad news to get to first. As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was involved in a terrible car crash Saturday night that took the lives of two kickers – Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. The three kickers were attending a weekend camp in Wales, Wisconsin. According to The Advocate, Delahoussaye was in the backseat of a sedan driven by Sadler, while Foltz was in the passenger seat. The car lost control on wet pavement, left the roadway, struck a tree and caught fire. Sadler and Foltz were pronounced dead at the scene. Delahoussaye was fortunate to escape with second-degree burns on his left thigh and a cut to his head that required stitches. Please keep the families of all involved in your thoughts and prayers.

Delahoussaye, a senior from New Iberia, was in prime position to retake the starting placekicker job after the recent departure of Trent Domingue but the injuries he sustained, not to mention the emotional trauma, will likely set him back. Second-degree wounds typically take 10-21 days to heal and LSU begins preseason practice on August 4th, which is 10 days away.

In recruiting news, LSU picked up its third commitment in as many days when four-star cornerback Kary Vincent (6-0, 170), of Port Arthur Texas announced his decision to be a Tiger. Vincent, a big-time player who held offers from just about every major program out there, chose LSU over Auburn, Florida, Florida State, TCU and Texas A&M, despite the fact that his father, Kary Vincent, Sr., was an Aggie wide receiver. With Vincent’s pledge, the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class now contains 17 commitments, including six from Texas. Here are Vincent’s video highlights for your enjoyment.

While on the topic of recruiting, I want to correct a mistake I made in Saturday’s report with regard to JUCO defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs. I said he visited Auburn on Friday, but he actually didn’t show up there until Saturday. I also said I had heard that he would be making his announcement last night, but that did not turn out to be the case. In this article by al.com published yesterday, Buggs speaks highly of his visit to Auburn but said he is still undecided and that will probably make his announcement on August 24th, which is his birthday.

In baseball news, hats off to Alex Bregman who is slated to get called up to the Houston Astros today. The former Tiger All-American shortstop is expected to make his debut tonight against the New York Yankees in Houston’s Minute Maid Park, where, according to Chandler Rome of The Advocate, he will likely play third base. Bregman is a truly special player, and I doubt that many of us who watched his Tiger career can say we’re surprised at how quickly he ascended and exited the minor league ranks. Here’s hoping today marks the beginning of a long and prosperous big league career for one of the greatest former LSU baseball players of all time.

In women’s basketball news, Former LSU women’s basketball standouts Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles will be in action Monday evening as the USA Women’s National Team begins its exhibition slate in preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio. Here’s more on the topic provided by LSU’s Sports Information Department: 

The USA National Team will face the USA Select Team at 9 p.m. CT in a game to be televised by NBA TV. Monday’s exhibition contest will be played at the Galen Center on Southern Cal’s campus. The National Team will have additional exhibition contests versus France (July 27), Canada (July 29) and Australia (July 31) before opening Olympic play on Aug. 7 against Senegal. All of the exhibition games will be carried by NBA TV, and also will be streamed live on the USA Basketball and NBA Facebook pages. USA Basketball’s TV schedule can be accessed here

The first Olympic gold medalists in the history of LSU women’s basketball, Augustus and Fowles are making their third Olympic appearances. Both hold gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 Olympic Games hosted in London. From coach Sue Gunter’s silver medal at the 1976 Games to coach Van Chancellor’s gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, LSU women’s basketball has been associated with six Olympic medals.

Now, with LSU football’s season opener against Wisconsin just 40 days away, let’s move on with our countdown to game day by remembering LSU’s big 40-3 win over the Miami Hurricanes in the 2005 Peach Bowl, in which the Tigers scored 40 unanswered points. This was LSU’s first year under Coach Les Miles, and the Tigers entered the game 10-2 following their most devastating defeat of the season, a disappointing 34-14 loss to Georgia in the SEC championship game. This was also the first start for quarterback Matt Flynn who was called to step in for JaMarcus Russell after he suffered an injury in the third quarter of the SEC championship game a few weeks earlier, and man did Flynn respond! The sophomore quarterback from Tyler, Texas, led the Tigers to eight consecutive scoring possessions and ended the night with 196 yards passing and MVP honors. All told, the Tigers piled up 468 yards, the most allowed by Miami all season, and were just as impressive on defense, holding the Hurricanes to only 153 yards and six first downs. I can think of no ending more appropriate for the 2005 Tiger team than this remarkable rebound against the Hurricanes. After all, the tenacious Tigers and the resilient people of Louisiana had already had to overcome hurricanes Katrina and Rita earlier in the season. 

Closing tidbits:

• Since there were a lot of “newsy” items to get to today, I decided to wait until tomorrow to continue the series we started yesterday on returning Tigers who will likely play greater roles this season. 

• For those of you who asked about my fishing trip, here’s an update. My set poles intended for catfish yielded nothing but a perch-robbing Alligator Garfish. Fortunately, I’ll still have plenty of fish to fry this week as I caught my limit on Bass. Here’s a pretty cool pic of my stringer submerged in the shallow flowing creek where the feisty Kentucky Bass and Largemouths were caught.

7/24/16 5:50 am CST

Good morning Tiger Fans,

In recruiting news, LSU picked up its 16th commitment of the 2017 recruiting class yesterday when West Virginia native Seth Stewart announced his pledge. Stewart (6’8”, 320, Point Pleasant, WV), the No. 6 prospect in West Virginia, received an offer on the final day of LSU’s three-day high school camp and wasted no time in committing. The massive O-lineman was previously committed to Marshall and holds a handful of other offers including Arkansas, Louisville, West Virginia and Pittsburg. With his commitment, the Tigers now have four offensive linemen in this class and they all have great size. The other three are Edward Ingram (6-4, 325), Saahdiq Charles (6-5, 314) and Austin Deculus (6-6, 323). 

After Stewart’s announcement yesterday, 247Sports released its updated team rankings for the 2017 recruiting class and LSU was No. 5 with one 5-star, seven 4-star and eight 3-star prospects. Alabama (No. 2) and Georgia (No. 3) were also in the top 5 with Ohio State ranked at No. 1.

The Tigers also got a surprise visit yesterday from 2017 wide receiver prospect Devonta Smith. You might recall that Smith, an Amite High School product, recently revealed his top-four schools and didn’t include LSU, saying that LSU’s offense just wasn’t the right fit for him. Well, after visiting with the Tigers yesterday, he tweeted that he has a new top three of Miami LSU, and Alabama. That’s obviously great news, as Smith is a four-star receiver and the No. 2 overall player on our list of Top LA Prospects

Also on the recruiting front, Class of 2017 Rivals 250 linebacker and four-star prospect Jacob Phillips announced his final five schools yesterday, and LSU was included on that list along with Alabama, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Oregon. Phillips is quoted as saying LSU is high on his list because of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, noting that Aranda is changing LSU’s defense and that he feels he fits well in his 3-4 scheme. Those comments indicate the Tigers have a very strong chance of luring the Nashville, Tennessee native, and that’s great news considering what a priority linebackers are in this recruiting class. The Tigers currently only have one 2017 LB on board, instate sensation Patrick Queen (6-1, 215) of Livonia.

Before continuing our countdown to LSU’s season opener, we are going to begin a new series today on returning Tigers who will likely play greater roles this season, starting with the offense. Although the Tigers return nine starters on offense, there are some key backups and new starters who will play critical roles in 2016. One is senior offensive lineman Josh Boutte, who played just 75 offensive snaps as a junior in 2015. At SEC media days, head coach Les Miles noted that Boutte, who is currently projected to start at right guard, may be one of the more dominant players they have. Another is sophomore wide receiver Tyron Johnson. Although the Tigers have two great receivers returning in senior Travin Dural and junior Malachi Dupré, Johnson (6’1”, 189 lbs), could be a significant contributor, especially in three-wide receiver sets. Johnson only had 150 receiving yards on nine receptions in 2015, but his two touchdowns came in the back half of the season, including a very nice 39-yard TD at Ole Miss that helped bring LSU back in that contest. Sophomore Toby Weathersby (6’5”, 292 lbs), who made his only start last season at Ole Miss, is likely the starter at right tackle, and junior KJ Malone (6’4”, 298), who is competing for starting positions at left tackle, left guard and center, could be LSU’s utility man across the offensive line who adds quality depth needed to impose the Tigers’ physical running game against the SEC’s premier defensive lines. One last offensive weapon LSU will rely heavily on in 2016 is redshirt junior fullback J.D. Moore, who was injured in LSU’s fifth game last year and made just one other brief appearance in 2015. In Moore’s five starts at fullback, Leonard Fournette totaled 1,022 yards on 119 carries, an average of 8.6 yards per carry. With Moore out for all but one of the final seven regular season games, Fournette totaled just 719 yards on 152 carries, an average of just 4.7 yards per carry. While the level of competition certainly was a factor in that decreased productivity, it’s clear that Moore was a huge factor in Fournette’s early season success, so it will be critical for him to remain healthy in 2016. 

With 41 days remaining until LSU’s season opener vs Wisconsin at Lambeau Field on September 3rd, let’s look at one of LSU’s best wide receivers of all-time who wore No. 41, Eric Martin. A Van Vieck, Texas native, Martin was recruited as a running back by then head coach Jerry Stovall. As a freshman in 1981, he finished third on the team in rushing with 290 yards but also had an LSU record 100-yard kickoff return vs. Kentucky in a 24-10 victory in Baton Rouge. With a thin receiving corps coming back in 1982 and a star-studded running back tandem of Dalton Hilliard and Garry James arriving on campus, Stovall and then offensive coordinator Mack Brown decided to move Martin to wide receiver. Despite the change, Martin immediately flourished as a split end, catching 45 passes for 817 yards and seven touchdowns in helping lead LSU to an 8-3-1 season that included a dominating 55-21 victory over Florida State that locked up an invite to the 1983 Orange Bowl. Although LSU struggled to a 4-7 season in 1983, Martin excelled by catching 52 passes for a then school-record 1,064 receiving yards and five touchdowns while earning First-Team All American honors. The 1,064 receiving yards were the third-most in SEC history at that time. After a successful senior season in 1984 (47 receptions, 668 yards), Martin, a First-Team All-SEC selection for the second consecutive season, was selected in the seventh round of the 1985 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. Despite naysayers noting Martin lacked speed to be a wide receiver (he was clocked at 4.65 in the 40-yard dash at a 1985 pre-draft workout), Eric’s determination overcame his supposed limitations and allowed him to enjoy a highly successful 10-year career (nine with the Saints and one with Kansas City) that resulted in 8,161 receiving yards, 49 touchdowns and a 1988 Pro Bowl. Martin also helped lead the Saints to their first playoff berth in 1987. Bobby Hebert, who starred as the New Orleans Saints quarterback from 1985-1992, may have said it best when he noted that Martin “knew his abilities and he had a lot of confidence in his abilities. If I put the ball anywhere around him, he was confident that that he would go and catch it.”

Today’s closing tidbits:

LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones appeared on ESPN Radio recently to discuss the recent events in Baton Rouge on the podcast “Capital Games”, which is hosted by ESPN’s Andy Katz and Rick Klein of ABC News. You can listen to the full podcast here.

Here’s a cool video of two current LSU wide receivers, DJ Chark and Drake Davis, racing during LSU’s camp. Chark edges Davis by half a step, and considering Chark is said to be the team’s fastest player, this proves that Davis has elite speed as well.

I’ll leave you today with a couple of good articles to go along with your Sunday Morning coffee, and an update on my family fishing trip as lagniappe.

• Dale Brown to have basketball courts named after him in his North Dakota hometown.

• Back at home: About to embark on his third NFL season, Jarvis Landry returns to Lutcher to give back

Lagniappe: I took my three daughters, my wife and my in-laws out to my favorite creek yesterday afternoon to do a little fishing. We had a great time while catching several small perch to use as bait for that elusive catfish I’ve mentioned lately. I was able to bait up five set poles (bank lines) which I’ll run in a few minutes even though I’m not feeling very confident based on the water level. I am, however, confident in being able to land several more bass after catching six (see pic) in less than an hour of fishing late yesterday evening after the poles were set. With any luck, I’ll have another pic or two to post tomorrow. Wish me luck, and enjoy your Sunday, Tiger Fans.

 

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