12/16/14 5:50 am CST
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Yesterday was an extremely busy day in terms of the amount of email I received, and most of the messages were concerning Les Miles’ potential candidacy for the Michigan job. The latest news is that Miles met with the media last night after practice and reportedly said that he is not a candidate for the Michigan job. According to this article by Jim Kleinpeter of nola.com, “Miles declined to be quoted directly but made it clear he has is not seeking the job and has not been contacted personally, or through his agent, Dallas-based George Bass, formally or informally.” Of course, it’s hard to draw anything concrete from that statement considering that Miles hasn’t yet been offered the job. At this time, it appears that San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is Michigan’s No. 1 target, and if Harbaugh is considering accepting the job he will likely wait until after Dec. 28, when the San Francisco 49ers end their season, to negotiate a deal. Likewise, if Les Miles is offered the job, the offer probably won’t come until Harbaugh has turned it down. On the surface, it seems that if Les Miles has made up his mind to stay at LSU then he would just come out and say so, on the record, in no uncertain terms and put all this all to rest. However, I suspect there is more at play, like maybe a concern that shooting down the possibility would be disrespectful to his alma mater or hinder their ability to negotiate a new hire. Based on last night’s comments, I feel more confident than ever that Miles is not going anywhere, but it appears that we won’t get an official statement on the matter for a while.
During Miles meeting with the media, he dished out a few updates on his team. On the injury front, Miles said that Kenny Hilliard might be able to play in the bowl game, but that Elliot Porter isn’t as likely. He also confirmed that Rashard Robinson is still suspended and will not play in the bowl game. When asked whether Robinson would be back next year, Miles said that is not something he is ready to comment on at this time but that his hope is that he will. For more on what was said (minus the part on Michigan, which wasn’t included), you can check out this video of Miles’ press conference.
In recruiting news, one of LSU’s big targets, defensive end Dylan Jackson of Maryville, TN, decommitted from Tennessee yesterday. LSU hosted Jackson and his parents for an official visit on October 17 and then made an in-home visit with him last week. The Tigers are now believed to be his front runner, and this is great news considering that defensive end is a big position of need in this year’s recruiting class and LSU currently has only one DE commitment for 2015 in Isaiah Washington (6'5", 250, Edna Karr, No. 14 on our list of Top LA Prospects).
Moving on… in yesterday’s report I mentioned that La’el Collins was named as LSU’s MVP during the team’s banquet Sunday night, and since then I’ve learned of the other awards that were dished out. Below is the complete list, as posted on LSUSports.net:
2014 LSU Football Awards
Wild Tiger Club (for special teams performance):
LB Duke Riley, DB Jamal Adams, LB Deion Jones, SNP Reid Ferguson, PK Colby Delahoussaye, CB Tre'Davious White, TE Dillon Gordon, P Jamie Keehn, LB Kendell Beckwith, TE Travis Dickson, RB Terrence Magee, CB Ed Paris, DB Rickey Jefferson, TE Logan Stokes, CB Jalen Collins, PK Trent Domingue
Special Teams Coaches Award:
DB Jamal Adams, LB Deion Jones, CB Tre'Davious White, SNP Reid Ferguson, P Jamie Keehn, LB D.J. Welter
Wild Tiger Championship Trophy:
LB Duke Riley
Jeff Boss Unsung Hero Award:
TE Logan Stokes, TE Travis Dickson, TE Dillon Gordon, OG Evan Washington, CB Jalen Collins, WR Travin Dural, LB Lamar Louis
Dr. Charles E. Coates, Academic Award:
DB Chris LaBorde
Alvin Roy Strength and Conditioning Award:
RB Terrence Magee, LB D.J. Welter, OT La'el Collins
Butch Duhe Award:
RB Kenny Hilliard, OL Ethan Pocic, CB Jalen Mills, DT Quentin Thomas, C Elliott Porter, LB Kendell Beckwith, OT Jerald Hawkins
George M. Wallace Memorial Award:
S Ronald Martin, DE Danielle Hunter
DT Davon Godchaux, DB Jamal Adams, RB Leonard Fournette
National L-Club Permanent Team Captains:
Offense: OT La'el Collins, RB Terrence Magee
Defense: DE Jermauria Rasco, LB Kwon Alexander
Special Teams: P Jamie Keehn
Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Offensive Player Award:
OT La'el Collins, FB Connor Neighbors
Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Defensive Player Award:
DE Jermauria Rasco, LB Kwon Alexander
Charles McClendon Most Valuable Player Award:
OT La'el Collins
On a related note, yesterday Jamal Adams pulled in his biggest honor yet as he earned a spot on ESPN’s True Freshman All-America Team. As I’ve said several times before, Adams is going to be a lot of fun to watch over the next two or three years and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him to earn All-American honors next time around.
Last but not least, yesterday I mentioned that the winner of our 3rd annual Louisiana High School Pickem contest was Bob Register, and today I'd like to tell you more about him. When I notified Mr. Register that he had won, I asked him to share a little about himself and his connection to LA prep football. The following is what he had to say. Again, congratulations to Mr. Register for a job well done!
About Bob Register, winner of our 2014 LA Football Pickem Contest:
Scott, I have read and enjoyed your column for a long time and was very glad that you continued DANDY DON'S after your dad passed away. I have been a lifelong fan of LSU athletics, although I never attended the school. (I did however graduate from LSU in Shreveport, so I guess that is close.) As for high school football, I am not an expert at all. I played your PICKEM contest a few times last year and really enjoyed it so I really got into it this year and had a blast (My wife, Teresa even got interested). I think that the biggest benefit I received is learning about all the different schools and towns in the state, many of which I was not familiar with until now. It was a lot of fun. I think that yours is a great column and an asset to anyone who loves LSU and Louisiana sports.
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