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8/24/16 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Coach Miles put his football team through its final “tackle scrimmage” of the preseason yesterday and called it an eventful outing in which they came out healthy. The team ran more than 100 plays, threw for 220 yards and rushed for another 288. Afterward, Les Miles met with the media and dished out some information, including the following key points:

• Quarterback Brandon Harris “had a nice day” and completed 12-15 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. 

• Miles also wished former LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, who was just recently named the starter at UL-Lafayette, all the best in his future endeavors.

•  A couple of field golds were made by Colby Delahoussaye and Connor Culp. One for 30 yards and another for 37 yards.

• Jamal Adams had an interception and dropped a pick. Donté Jackson had a nice pick-six.  Miles described his secondary as physical ball hawks with great speed.

• Leonard Fournette (ankle) did not participate in the scrimmage but is expected to resume practicing Thursday.

• The Tigers not only “looked” at Wisconsin during the scrimmage, but "looked at some future opponents."

• Miles said wide receiver Travin Dural took part in the scrimmage, which was good to hear considering he missed the last scrimmage with a hand injury.

• Wide receiver DJ Chark once again drew praise. Miles said he doesn’t know if there’s a player on the team who has made as much of an advance as Chark has. 

•  Maea Teuhema, who has been recovering from an ankle injury, rotated with Toby Weathersby and KJ Malone at offensive tackle.

If you are eager to hear more of Coach Miles’s thoughts on his 2016 Tigers, you can tune in to tonight’s premiere of the Les Miles Show at 7 p.m. or simply return here tomorrow for my recap. I mentioned earlier that audio of all of LSU’s football games this year would be streamed for free on LSUSports.net’s Geaux Zone (in the past, listening to the stream required a Geaux Zone membership), but I forgot to tell you that the same applies to the Les Miles Show as it will be free to stream as well. 

Before going any further, I want to give you the results of our annual poll asking you to predict what LSU’s final regular season record will be. With over 10,000 votes cast, the winner was 10-2 with 41% of the vote. Coming in at second with 36% of the vote was 11-1, while a substantial 12% predicted LSU would go undefeated. These results, which indicate that nearly 90% of all participants predict LSU will lose no more than two games, show just how optimistic the LSU fanbase is about these Tigers. By comparison, in our polls conducted for each of the two previous seasons, the top vote getter was 9-3 and only 52% predicted the Tigers would lose no more than two contests.  

Clearly, there are several reasons to be extremely optimistic about this year’s team including a veteran, second-year starter at quarterback, 18 upperclassmen projected as returning starters, Dave Aranda as LSU’s defensive coordinator, a deeper defensive line, and arguably the most loaded defensive backfield in the country. But perhaps the biggest reason of all is the return of junior running back Leonard Fournette, who is not only considered by many to be the best player in college football and the Heisman front-runner, but is also a truly special representative of LSU both on and off the field. Yesterday Fournette was featured on ESPN’s Sports Center and gave a great interview in which he spoke about how football changed his life for the better, his relationship to Coach Miles, and the what went on the night before the Texas A&M game last year when the team decided they would go to war for their coach. You can see the full video here.   

Mentioning all the reasons to be optimistic about the upcoming season reminds me to inform you that I’ve updated our unofficial depth chart. Please note that this represents my opinion only and is based on everything I’ve heard and read as well as what little bit I saw of the team before practices were closed to the media. Once LSU releases its “official” depth chart, or when more information becomes available, I will update accordingly.

Before closing out with our countdown and a few tidbits, here’s a little news on the basketball front. Yesterday LSU announced the non-conference portion of its 2016-17 schedule. Here’s some info pulled from the press release sent out by LSU’s sports information department: LSU will play three home games prior to its previously announced trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Tigers will host Southern Miss on Nov. 15 and will face North Florida on Nov. 18 for the second straight year. Last year’s North Florida game proved to be one of the most entertaining games of the year as the Ospreys, known for their three-point shooting, made 19 treys and LSU rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to score 71 second-half points to win, 119-108. At the Battle, LSU will open with an ESPN2 contest with Wichita State on Nov. 23 and will then play either Louisville or Old Dominion in a contest scheduled for Thanksgiving (Nov. 24). LSU’s final contest on Nov. 25 will be against one of four teams – Baylor, VCU, Michigan State or St. John’s.

The Tigers will play one more game on Nov. 29 against Houston in the Maravich Center in the second half of a home-and-home series, before the mandated break for final exams. When the schedule resumes, LSU will play four games in 10 days prior to Christmas, hosting NC Central (Dec. 13), Texas Southern (Dec. 17) and Charleston (Dec. 19 - the final game of a three-game contract) before finishing a home-and-home at ACC foe Wake Forest on Dec. 22. LSU’s one other non-conference game already announced is LSU’s trip to Texas Tech on Jan. 28 for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The complete schedule, including the Southeastern Conference games, is expected to be announced in the coming days. 

Now, with only 10 days remaining until LSU football’s season-opener vs. Wisconsin in Lambeau Field, today we’ll continue our countdown by looking back at the school record for most career touchdowns by a tight end – 10 by both Richard Dickson and Brad Boyd. Many younger Tiger Fans probably don’t remember Brad Boyd, who starred at LSU from 1972 to 1974, but Boyd put up one of the most impressive career stats of any LSU tight end back in an era where LSU was more run-oriented than they are today. With an LSU offense that had a run-pass ratio of 71.1%-to-28.9% in 1972, Boyd was one of the main receiving weapons with 22 receptions, 298 receiving yards and five touchdowns for a team that finished 9-2-1. Boyd led all receivers in 1973 (16 receptions, 259 receiving yards and three touchdowns) and 1974 (18-275-2) as the Tigers finished 9-3 and 5-5-1, respectively. Besides the school-tying record of 10 career receiving touchdowns by a tight end, Boyd’s 832 receiving yards are among the highest of all tight ends in school history. Richard Dickson (2006-2009) also had one of the greatest receiving careers for all LSU tight ends, finishing his career with 90 receptions, 952 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. His 2007 performance (32-375-5) was a vital part of LSU’s offense, which averaged a school record 38.6 points per game. His two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 38-24 victory over Ohio State in the 2008 BCS National Championship are still being shown on many highlight videos today. 

Unfortunately, Tiger offenses have underutilized tight ends in recent years. Last season, Colin Jeter had 132 receiving yards and accounted for LSU’s only touchdown by a tight end. In 2014, LSU’s only receiving touchdown by a tight end came from Logan Stokes, although it was a huge one in LSU’s 10-7 victory over No. 3 Ole Miss. Travis Dickson, Richard’s younger brother, led all tight ends in 2014 with just 60 receiving yards on seven receptions. For the Tigers to challenge defenses who are talented enough to stuff the run, more variety in play selection will be needed. Check downs to running backs in the flat and short-to-intermediate throws to the tight ends will definitely go a long way toward LSU’s success against the upper-echelon teams of the SEC. 

In closing, I regret to inform you that we will not conduct our Louisiana High School Pickem contest this year. My wife, Heather, is the one who always administered the contest by entering the schedules and the scores each Friday and Saturday night, but she has her hands full with familial obligations which were only exacerbated by the recent flooding of her parents’ home. I hope you understand. I will create a page displaying the Tweets of the those who post final scores so that you can still use this site as a one-stop shop for your Tiger news and Louisiana high school football scores.


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8/24/16 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Coach Miles put his football team through its final “tackle scrimmage” of the preseason yesterday and called it an eventful outing in which they came out healthy. The team ran more than 100 plays, threw for 220 yards and rushed for another 288. Afterward, Les Miles met with the media and dished out some information, including the following key points:

• Quarterback Brandon Harris “had a nice day” and completed 12-15 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. 

• Miles also wished former LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, who was just recently named the starter at UL-Lafayette, all the best in his future endeavors.

•  A couple of field golds were made by Colby Delahoussaye and Connor Culp. One for 30 yards and another for 37 yards.

• Jamal Adams had an interception and dropped a pick. Donté Jackson had a nice pick-six.  Miles described his secondary as physical ball hawks with great speed.

• Leonard Fournette (ankle) did not participate in the scrimmage but is expected to resume practicing Thursday.

• The Tigers not only “looked” at Wisconsin during the scrimmage, but "looked at some future opponents."

• Miles said wide receiver Travin Dural took part in the scrimmage, which was good to hear considering he missed the last scrimmage with a hand injury.

• Wide receiver DJ Chark once again drew praise. Miles said he doesn’t know if there’s a player on the team who has made as much of an advance as Chark has. 

•  Maea Teuhema, who has been recovering from an ankle injury, rotated with Toby Weathersby and KJ Malone at offensive tackle.

If you are eager to hear more of Coach Miles’s thoughts on his 2016 Tigers, you can tune in to tonight’s premiere of the Les Miles Show at 7 p.m. or simply return here tomorrow for my recap. I mentioned earlier that audio of all of LSU’s football games this year would be streamed for free on LSUSports.net’s Geaux Zone (in the past, listening to the stream required a Geaux Zone membership), but I forgot to tell you that the same applies to the Les Miles Show as it will be free to stream as well. 

Before going any further, I want to give you the results of our annual poll asking you to predict what LSU’s final regular season record will be. With over 10,000 votes cast, the winner was 10-2 with 41% of the vote. Coming in at second with 36% of the vote was 11-1, while a substantial 12% predicted LSU would go undefeated. These results, which indicate that nearly 90% of all participants predict LSU will lose no more than two games, show just how optimistic the LSU fanbase is about these Tigers. By comparison, in our polls conducted for each of the two previous seasons, the top vote getter was 9-3 and only 52% predicted the Tigers would lose no more than two contests.  

Clearly, there are several reasons to be extremely optimistic about this year’s team including a veteran, second-year starter at quarterback, 18 upperclassmen projected as returning starters, Dave Aranda as LSU’s defensive coordinator, a deeper defensive line, and arguably the most loaded defensive backfield in the country. But perhaps the biggest reason of all is the return of junior running back Leonard Fournette, who is not only considered by many to be the best player in college football and the Heisman front-runner, but is also a truly special representative of LSU both on and off the field. Yesterday Fournette was featured on ESPN’s Sports Center and gave a great interview in which he spoke about how football changed his life for the better, his relationship to Coach Miles, and the what went on the night before the Texas A&M game last year when the team decided they would go to war for their coach. You can see the full video here.   

Mentioning all the reasons to be optimistic about the upcoming season reminds me to inform you that I’ve updated our unofficial depth chart. Please note that this represents my opinion only and is based on everything I’ve heard and read as well as what little bit I saw of the team before practices were closed to the media. Once LSU releases its “official” depth chart, or when more information becomes available, I will update accordingly.

Before closing out with our countdown and a few tidbits, here’s a little news on the basketball front. Yesterday LSU announced the non-conference portion of its 2016-17 schedule. Here’s some info pulled from the press release sent out by LSU’s sports information department: LSU will play three home games prior to its previously announced trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Tigers will host Southern Miss on Nov. 15 and will face North Florida on Nov. 18 for the second straight year. Last year’s North Florida game proved to be one of the most entertaining games of the year as the Ospreys, known for their three-point shooting, made 19 treys and LSU rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to score 71 second-half points to win, 119-108. At the Battle, LSU will open with an ESPN2 contest with Wichita State on Nov. 23 and will then play either Louisville or Old Dominion in a contest scheduled for Thanksgiving (Nov. 24). LSU’s final contest on Nov. 25 will be against one of four teams – Baylor, VCU, Michigan State or St. John’s.

The Tigers will play one more game on Nov. 29 against Houston in the Maravich Center in the second half of a home-and-home series, before the mandated break for final exams. When the schedule resumes, LSU will play four games in 10 days prior to Christmas, hosting NC Central (Dec. 13), Texas Southern (Dec. 17) and Charleston (Dec. 19 - the final game of a three-game contract) before finishing a home-and-home at ACC foe Wake Forest on Dec. 22. LSU’s one other non-conference game already announced is LSU’s trip to Texas Tech on Jan. 28 for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The complete schedule, including the Southeastern Conference games, is expected to be announced in the coming days. 

Now, with only 10 days remaining until LSU football’s season-opener vs. Wisconsin in Lambeau Field, today we’ll continue our countdown by looking back at the school record for most career touchdowns by a tight end – 10 by both Richard Dickson and Brad Boyd. Many younger Tiger Fans probably don’t remember Brad Boyd, who starred at LSU from 1972 to 1974, but Boyd put up one of the most impressive career stats of any LSU tight end back in an era where LSU was more run-oriented than they are today. With an LSU offense that had a run-pass ratio of 71.1%-to-28.9% in 1972, Boyd was one of the main receiving weapons with 22 receptions, 298 receiving yards and five touchdowns for a team that finished 9-2-1. Boyd led all receivers in 1973 (16 receptions, 259 receiving yards and three touchdowns) and 1974 (18-275-2) as the Tigers finished 9-3 and 5-5-1, respectively. Besides the school-tying record of 10 career receiving touchdowns by a tight end, Boyd’s 832 receiving yards are among the highest of all tight ends in school history. Richard Dickson (2006-2009) also had one of the greatest receiving careers for all LSU tight ends, finishing his career with 90 receptions, 952 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. His 2007 performance (32-375-5) was a vital part of LSU’s offense, which averaged a school record 38.6 points per game. His two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 38-24 victory over Ohio State in the 2008 BCS National Championship are still being shown on many highlight videos today. 

Unfortunately, Tiger offenses have underutilized tight ends in recent years. Last season, Colin Jeter had 132 receiving yards and accounted for LSU’s only touchdown by a tight end. In 2014, LSU’s only receiving touchdown by a tight end came from Logan Stokes, although it was a huge one in LSU’s 10-7 victory over No. 3 Ole Miss. Travis Dickson, Richard’s younger brother, led all tight ends in 2014 with just 60 receiving yards on seven receptions. For the Tigers to challenge defenses who are talented enough to stuff the run, more variety in play selection will be needed. Check downs to running backs in the flat and short-to-intermediate throws to the tight ends will definitely go a long way toward LSU’s success against the upper-echelon teams of the SEC. 

In closing, I regret to inform you that we will not conduct our Louisiana High School Pickem contest this year. My wife, Heather, is the one who always administered the contest by entering the schedules and the scores each Friday and Saturday night, but she has her hands full with familial obligations which were only exacerbated by the recent flooding of her parents’ home. I hope you understand. I will create a page displaying the Tweets of the those who post final scores so that you can still use this site as a one-stop shop for your Tiger news and Louisiana high school football scores.

8/23/16 5:55 am CST

Good morning Tiger Fans,

Let’s start today’s “daily dose” with some great news regarding defensive lineman Travonté Valentine. According to multiple reports, Valentine has passed his intersession course after taking his final exam on Sunday and will be eligible to play this season. As we’ve noted on this site a few times since he’s arrived on campus, Valentine has been practicing very well, drawing praise from coach Miles and others who have watched practice like Associate AD and Communications Director Michael Bonnette. Valentine continues taking some first-team reps at nose tackle, along with Greg Gilmore, and their performances thus far have allowed the staff to move Davon Godchaux from nose tackle to defensive end. As Mike Detillier said in our last Q&A, Valentine could be a difference-maker. While I agree with that statement, I think that might be putting it lightly. Valentine is a big-time player whose presence not only gives LSU an ideal “big-bodied“ nose tackle but also extends LSU’s depth at a position that took a hit this preseason when Christian LaCouture suffered a season-ending injury. Despite LaCouture’s injury, I think having Valentine and freshmen Rashard Lawrence, Ed Alexander and Glen Logan to go along with veterans Lewis Neal, Freank Herron and Godchaux could make the defensive line the most improved position on this year’s team. And that’s without even mentioning veterans Arden Key and Tashawn Bower who will play outside linebacker in LSU’s base defense but will often line up with their hands in the dirt.

There’s also some news to pass along on the other side of scrimmage as offensive lineman George Brown Jr. is transferring from LSU. The redshirt freshman’s father, George Brown Sr., reportedly told The Advocate that his son isn’t mad at LSU and that they love coach Miles and the staff. Brown Jr. just felt LSU wasn’t the place for him. With a fairly deep offensive line, Brown Jr. was listed as fourth on the depth chart at right tackle, which was likely what this is all about. I know I speak for Tiger Fans everywhere when I wish the young man all the best in the future. 

In other football news, ESPN’s All-SEC team was announced yesterday, and five Tigers made the list. These include running back Leonard Fournette, center Ethan Pocic, offensive guard Will Clapp, cornerback TréDavious White and safety Jamal Adams. Here’s the complete first team All-SEC list. ESPN also announced its preseason All-American team, and not surprisingly, Leonard Fournette made the list.

Before going any further, I’d like to thank all of you who have already voted in our poll asking you to predict LSU’s final regular season football record this season. So far, the voting is awfully close, so we will keep it open another day or two and see how it plays out. If you haven’t already done so, please click here to vote.

In mentioning LSU’s preseason ranking of No. 5 in both the AP and ESPN polls yesterday, I forgot to mention the SEC has the most ranked teams (6) entering the season for the 12th straight season. Honestly, I’m surprised there are not more ranked SEC teams in the polls as I think Arkansas, Texas A&M and Auburn all have great chances of finishing the season ranked in the Top 25. With Alabama (No. 1), LSU and Ole Miss (No. 11) among the top 11 teams, the SEC West is clearly once again the toughest division in the nation.

On a related note, Fox Sports College Football analyst Bruce Feldman gave his 2016 SEC predictions yesterday and picked LSU to win the West. Feldman also has the Tigers winning the SEC Championship over Tennessee and finishing with a record of 11-1 (7-1 SEC). In this article, Feldman mentions the upgrade at defensive coordinator with Dave Aranda at the helm, a more experienced Brandon Harris at quarterback and bigger defensive and offensive lines as the main reasons he believes the Tigers will beat Alabama and win the SEC Title in 2016.

While on the topic of SEC Championships and with only 11 days remaining until LSU’s season-opener vs. Wisconsin in Lambeau Field, today we’ll continue our countdown by looking back at  LSU’s 11 SEC Championship seasons. Head Coach Bernie Moore, who compiled an 83-39-6 (.672) record at LSU, led the Tigers to their first two SEC titles in 1935 (9-2, 5-0) and 1936 (9-1-1, 6-0). Twenty-one seasons would pass before the Tigers would enjoy their third SEC title. Under head coach Paul Dietzel, LSU not only won the SEC title but won their first National Championship in 1958. Dietzel added a second SEC title to his résumé in his final season at LSU in 1961. His successor, Charles McClendon, who is LSU’s all-time winningest coach at 137-59-7 (.692), won his only SEC title in a 1970 season that included impressive victories over at Auburn (17-9) and at Alabama (14-9). LSU would go 16 long years before Bill Arnsparger would bring another SEC Title in 1986. In 1988, Arnsparger’s successor, Mike Archer, would give the Tigers a second title in three years. LSU would suffer eight losing seasons in an 11-year period (1989-1999) before Nick Saban would resurrect the program. In just Saban’s second season, the Tigers, behind an explosive offense that averaged 32.2 points per game, won the title in a 31-20 upset over No. 2 Tennessee in the 2001 SEC Championship game. The Tigers’ ninth SEC title came in 2003 and culminated with the school’s second national championship. Current head coach Les Miles, who is 112-32 (.778) entering his 12th season, led LSU to its 10thSEC title and third national championship in 2007 with a thrilling 21-14 victory over Tennessee. Although the LSU’s 2011 SEC title team failed to win the national championship game, the Tigers put in arguably their most dominating SEC season in school history, winning seven of their nine SEC contests by 24 or more points. With 17 returning starters in 2016, there’s a great chance for LSU to win its 12th league title this year.

One more interesting fact: In LSU’s 11 SEC title seasons, the Tigers are 8-0 vs. Alabama. The Tigers didn’t play against the Crimson Tide in 1935, 1936 or 1961.

Today’s closing tidbits:

• Brian Broussard, Associate AD of Ticket Sales & Operations at LSU, has announced that over 10,000 season ticket packages were mailed out last night via USPS or FedEx. Broussard did ask for patience as these carriers are just getting back up to speed in the Baton Rouge area after the flooding a little over a week ago.

• Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Joe Alleva issued this letter to fans yesterday covering topics that included overcoming the recent adversity south Louisianans have faced from the historic flooding, congratulating the 15 current and former LSU student-athletes who participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and providing a new clear bag policy that is being implemented to strengthen security and provide a safe Game Day environment. I encourage all fans traveling to Baton Rouge this year to view the policy in advance of attending home games.

• Here are two heart-warming articles on great works – one about the LSU baseball team and another about former LSU baseball standout and current Cardinal’s minor-leaguer Mason Katz.

8/22/16 5:40 am CST

Good morning Tiger Fans,

After scrimmaging on Saturday, the LSU football team took yesterday off and will begin prepping for Wisconsin this week with a practice today and another scrimmage tomorrow. On Wednesday, Coach Miles will conduct his first Les Miles Radio Show of the season at 7 p.m., and that’s something I’m looking forward to hearing. There aren’t many things that signal the coming of LSU football like hearing Les Miles answer questions from regulars like Gary in Baton Rouge, Rickey in Alabama, Sadie in Texas, and the Evil Twin in the live audience. Of course, this year that familiar routine will be quite different as it will be Chris Blair’s first time co-hosting the show. I’ll surely miss Jim Hawthorne after listening to him on the airwaves all these years, but I’m confident that Blaire will do a fine job. 

With football season right around the corner, the AP released its preseason poll yesterday with LSU coming at No. 5, which is the Tigers’ highest preseason ranking since 2012. With 33 first-place votes, Alabama came in at No. 1 while Tennessee (9), Ole Miss (11), Georgia (18) and Florida (25) also made the Preseason Top 25. The Tigers are also No. 5 in ESPN’s Preseason Poll, which was released yesterday as well. For ESPN’s complete Top-25 as well as a very brief overview of each team, click here.

With preseason polls and predictions coming out fast and furiously, it’s time for you to have your say by voting in our annual poll asking what LSU’s final regular season record will be. Last year, over 6,500 votes were cast, and 9-3 was the leading vote-getter at 34%. That would have likely been correct if LSU’s season opener vs. McNeese State had not been canceled due to thunderstorms. The same 9-3 prediction was made by 37% of the voters in 2014, but that turned out to a bit too optimistic as the Tigers ended 8-4. What will LSU’s final regular season record be in 2016? Please click below and cast your vote: 

PLEASE VOTE: What will LSU's record will be at the end of the 2016 regular football season?

Turning to baseball news, infielder Trey Dawson is leaving the baseball team and transferring to Chipola Junior College. As a true freshman in 2016, Dawson opened the season as the Tigers’ starting shortstop, starting two games at that position as well as two at third base. Playing in 27 games, Dawson struggled at the plate, hitting just .111 (2-of-18) with his two hits coming against Grambling. With starters Chris Reid, Kramer Robertson and Cole Freeman all returning, plus new infielders Nick Coomes, Josh Smith, Zach Watson and Jake Slaughter coming in, I am not worried one bit about LSU’s 2017 infield. I know I speak for Tiger fans everywhere when I wish Dawson the best of luck.

Continuing with baseball news, Alex Bregman continues getting better in his first season with the Astros. After starting just .150 from the plate with two RBI in his first 14 games, the third baseman has caught fire in his last 10 contests, batting .356 with three homers and 11 RBI to increase his average to .238. Ryan Schimpf is also having a great rookie campaign, as the San Diego Padres’ left outfielder has 14 homers and 34 RBI in 54 games.

Before turning to our countdown, I want to congratulate LSU senior sprinter Fitzroy Dunkley for winning the silver medal as the third leg on Jamaica’s 4x400-meter relay team. Dunkley’s silver medal caps a highly successful senior campaign that included helping LSU win NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles in the 4x400-meter relay. The silver medal performance, marking the 17th medal by LSU athletes in Olympic history, made Dunkley the 13th LSU athlete to win an Olympic medal. 

With only 12 days remaining until the season-opener, today we’ll continue our countdown to game day by looking at the single-season receiving touchdown record – 12 touchdowns in 2006 by former LSU great Dwayne Bowe. This upcoming season, LSU fans are hoping to see a passing offense that even remotely resembles that one in 2006 when Bowe joined fellow senior Craig “Buster” Davis and junior Early Doucet as part of the wide receiver corps that produced 24 receiving touchdowns, half of which were by Bowe himself. Averaging 33.7 points per contest, the LSU offense frequently relied on its passing offense in tight contests, and Bowe usually came through with huge plays that made the difference. Playing at No. 8 Tennessee with his Tigers trailing 17-7 in the third quarter, Bowe caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell that was part of a 21-7 run that led to a 28-24 victory in Neyland Stadium, one of only three wins at Knoxville in LSU history. Two weeks later at home vs. Ole Miss, Bowe had two receiving touchdowns, including a game-tying touchdown with 14 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The Tigers prevailed 23-20 in overtime. Those two performances by Bowe were crucial in leading LSU to a 10-2 record and their third BCS bowl in school history. Playing his final game in the New Orleans Sugar Bowl vs. Notre Dame, Bowe scored his school-record 12th touchdown in a single season during the first quarter, helping set the tone in a 41-14 victory over the Irish. The Tigers finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation and Bowe finished with an LSU-record 26 receiving touchdowns in his collegiate career, passing Michael Clayton’s former school record of 21. Playing eight solid seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, which included 7,155 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns, Bowe signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2015 but was seldom used, catching just five passes for 53 yards. After being released by the Browns in March of this year, it appears unlikely Bowe will be playing in the NFL this season. Regardless of whether he continues his NFL career, here’s wishing this Tiger great all the best in his future endeavors.

Today’s closing tidbits:

• If you are wondering how you can do your part and help contribute to flood relief, you might want to check out these cool T-shirts Marucci Sports is selling. 100% of their profits will go directly to Louisiana Flood Relief.

• Please note that our Ticket Exchange has been updated with a few new listings. Also, if you represent an Alumni Association who will be hosting a watch party, please send me your information for posting to our view-ins page.

Don’t forget to vote in our poll asking “What will LSU's record will be at the end of the 2016 regular football season?”

A personal tidbit in closing: I am up in north Louisiana to attend funeral services for my dear Uncle Carroll Long, who many of you know was a former Northwestern State player and a huge fan of the Demons. In fact, he was the team’s Chaplain. I bring this up not only to mention how much he will be missed but to also give a big shout out to Northwestern State head coach Jay Thomas for bringing his players to my uncle’s services and having them shake the hands of everyone in attendance. It was a heartfelt class act that I know meant a lot to the family.

 

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