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11/27/14 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The first thing I’d like to do today is wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I’d also like to thank all of you who emailed me with your kind words concerning the Thanksgiving message I posted yesterday. It’s great to know that so many of you can relate to the recollections, observations and values expressed in my Dad’s stories of simpler times in the 30s and 40s, or to my stories of growing up in the 70s and 80s. For many of you, reading those stories brought back magnificent memories of family and all the things we have in our lives for which to be thankful, and to me that’s what today is all about. If you missed it in yesterday’s report, I hope you’ll take a moment to click here and read my annual Thanksgiving message.

At 6:30 p.m. CT, the LSU football team will be looking to bounce back from consecutive losses and end the regular season on a high note when they face the Aggies of Texas A&M in College Station. The game will be televised on ESPN and LSU is currently a 3-point favorite. Earlier this week, we looked at how the two teams stack up against one another, and today I’ll give you my keys to an LSU victory. Here we go…

Keys to an LSU Victory over Texas A&M

Re-establish the run game
I know a lot of folks would like to see LSU throw all caution to the wind and air the ball out in an attempt to further develop a quarterback and establish a much needed passing game, but that’s not likely to happen. LSU’s bread and butter has been its run game (at least until two weeks ago against Arkansas), and against this A&M team, which is 106th in the nation in run defense, it stands to reason that the Tigers should have success running the ball. Against Arkansas, Leonard Fournette only received five carries. Today LSU needs to feed him the ball early and often and let him soften the Aggie defense, which, in turn, will open up some opportunities for the play-action passing game.  

Pressure Kyle Allen
While LSU’s outstanding secondary can play a big part in limiting Kyle Allen’s success, so can the Tigers' pass rush. As Les Miles stated in his press conference this week, Allen is the first true pocket passer that LSU has faced this season, and that should provide an opportunity for LSU to blitz aggressively. 

Create turnovers 
Building on the previous key, if LSU can turn up the heat on A&M’s freshman quarterback, it’s likely that he’ll make a mistake or two. Despite playing exceptionally well, LSU’s secondary has only come away with nine interceptions this year, which puts them tied with Alabama for 10th in the SEC in that category. (The only two SEC teams with fewer interceptions are Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.) If an opportunity for a turnover presents itself today, the Tiger defense needs to capitalize on it to give LSU’s struggling offense all the help it can get. 

Minimize obvious passing situations
A&M freshman defensive end Myles Garrett is one of the best pass rushers in the country. If LSU finds itself in obvious passing situations, Garrett will be a load to handle as he’s sure to rush aggressively. LSU needs to mix up its play calling, throw some on first and second downs, and avoid falling into the predictable run-run-pass mode.

And now for my weekly predictions. Last week I struggled with my picks and went 7-6. On the season my record is 103-40 (.720). Here we go…

LSU 30 Texas A&M 23
Alabama 35 Auburn 24
Florida 20 Florida State 38
Arkansas 31 Missouri 27
Georgia 42 Georgia Tech 30
Clemson 31 South Carolina 30
Kentucky 17 Louisville 28
Tennessee 34 Vanderbilt 17
UL-Lafayette 34 Troy 28
UL-Monroe 24 Georgia Southern 33
Southeastern LA 35  at Sam Houston State 33
La Tech 38 Rice 31

In other news, according to CoachingSearch.com, LSU assistant coach Frank Wilson is in the mix for the head coaching job at Troy. Wilson has been at LSU for five years and has been absolutely outstanding as recruiting coordinator and running backs coach. During that time, four of LSU’s recruiting classes have finished in the top-10 nationally, including last year’s class which finished second and featured the consensus No 1 player in the nation, Leonard Fournette. Wilson’s contract at LSU expires this year, and losing him would obviously be a big blow to the Tigers. The other coach being reported as a candidate for the Troy job is Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach, Matt Luke.

In women’s basketball news, LSU’s game scheduled for yesterday was cancelled due to a facility conflict. LSU (2-4) was slated to face off against UTEP (2-2) on day two of the three-day Hardwood Tournament of Hope. An alternate site for today’s games is being looked at, but as of now I’ve heard of no further schedule details.

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11/26/14 5:35 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

I know that many of you will be traveling tomorrow, so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. Those of you who’ve followed this site for a while know that Thanksgiving is a special time of year for me, just as it was for my Dad, “Dandy Don” Long. Every year at this time, Dad would give thanks for his many blessings and remind us that as great as LSU sports are, there are more important things in life. I think that’s a great tradition worth continuing, and today I intend to do just that by sharing with you my third annual Thanksgiving Message. In it, you’ll find links to my Dad’s legendary Thanksgiving stories about the good ol’ days gone by, as well as few stories of my own including the ones I shared with you last year about how this website came to be, and about my life as a kid in the 70s and 80s. As lagniappe, I’ve included links to a few of our recipes that you might find useful this time of year, and to a poem written by one of our readers that was inspired by Dad’s stories. I hope you find it enjoyable and worth sharing with your families. 

Now back to our normal order of business…. The LSU football team will enjoy its Thanksgiving dinner today at the Faculty Club before flying out to Texas for tomorrow’s big game against the Aggies. The team will depart from the Baton Rouge airport at 2:30 this afternoon and arrive in Houston at 3:30. After spending tonight at La Torretta Resort in Montgomery, Texas, the Tigers will head out to College Station tomorrow at 3:25 to prepare for the 6:32 kickoff against the Aggies.  For a full list of Times of Interest, please click here. 

Last night Coach Les Miles held his weekly radio talk-show, and below you’ll find my rough summary of its key points.  

Rickey from Birmingham pointed out that the team could end up fourth or last in the SEC West and asked if there is enough there to motivate the team to lay it all on the line tomorrow night. Miles answered affirmatively, saying the team realizes they can win nine games and extend their streak of 8-win seasons to 15, but really it’s matter of  playing hard for who you are and who you represent.

Ron from Kenner talked about the “anemic” play at quarterback and asked if that was because of the players or the coaching. Miles said the problem is not with coaching and that Cam Cameron is a tremendous coach who is doing a great job of mentoring the quarterbacks. While acknowledging that everyone is unsatisfied with quarterback play, Miles said it may not all be the quarterbacks’ fault and then mentioned pass protection and drops by young receivers. Miles added that he would not be surprised at any point to see Brandon Harris taking some snaps.

When asked by Donald from Vicksburg why Harris has received 50% of the snaps in practice yet has not received more playing time, Miles answered by saying, “We’ve chosen not to make the decision on our future quarterback until down the road. That’s why he’s getting 50 percent of the reps.” Miles also said they are trying to put Harris in a position where he can make some explosive plays without encumbering him with the whole offense. In his closing statement to Donald, Miles emphasized that Anthony Jennings is currently the quarterback who makes the team better over a range of things.

Michael from Lafayette said that the offense is more one-dimensional than he’s seen it in a long time and asked how that can be corrected so that all the playmakers can contribute. Miles said the plan is to have balance and to execute better in the passing game, but that the plan “doesn’t currently fit the age of our passing group - both receivers and QB.”

The next caller, Neil, asked why they no longer name Plays of the Game during the weekly call in shows, as they’ve done in year’s past. Miles said that’s a great question and that he really enjoyed that part of the show, too. Gordy Rush, who was filling in for Jim Hawthorne, assured Neil that in the next edition of the show they’ll bring back that feature.

Sadie, the young girl from Denton, Texas, who usually calls-in each week, was in the live audience for the show and asked Coach Miles what he’s most thankful for. Miles answered first with, “My family and the good health the lord has provided.” He then added that he’s very thankful for his players who are motivated, hard working and very ambitious.

Genie from New Orleans asked Coach Miles how he balances keeping his players here versus leaving early for the pros. Miles’ answer was a little hard to understand, as he started with something like,  “We recruit a style of guy that can come in and play right way, and that makes it more likely that he’ll be gone after three years,” and ended with something about that being harder to do with quarterbacks, although Jordan Jefferson was very productive as a true freshmen. Sorry, but I wasn’t able to follow enough of his answer to give you a clear translation. 

The Big Ragoo emphasized that it is very important to win out and end with nine wins, as this will carry over into recruiting and the whole nine yards. He then asked Miles if Leonard Fournette would get more than 5 carries in this game. Miles’ answer was, “We have to have some carries to give him.”

Bart from Memphis reminded Coach Miles that in the second half against Wisconsin Jennings worked out of the pistol set with the offense spread out and that the team ran well and Jennings seemed comfortable. He also pointed out that in the Arkansas game the Razorbacks were able to pick up on a lot of tendencies and anticipate where the play was going. Miles said they have kept the formations we saw against Wisconsin and have used them at times. As for the predictability, Miles said that they are trying to off-set those tendencies. 

In other football news, LT La'el Collins has been invited to participate in the Senior Bowl on January 24 at Ladd Memorial Stadium in Mobile. Other Tigers invited to play in post-season all-star games include  DE Jermauria Rasco and RBs Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard, who have been invited to participate in the East-West Shrine game on January 17 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. At this time, it is uncertain whether Hilliard will be able to participate in the Tigers bowl game or in the East-West Shrine game due to the shoulder injury he suffered against Alabama. 

In football recruiting news, LSU has been turning up the heat on a couple of Florida commitments since Will Muschamp's resignation. On Monday LSU extended an offer to Derrick Dillon (ATH, 6-0, 174, Pine, No. 18 on our list of Top LA Prospects), and yesterday I learned that George Brown (OT/DE, 6-6, 253) is set to visit LSU on the weekend of December 5th. Brown is former Tiger running back Spencer Ware's cousin, and he is said to have a great relationship with LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. It’s looking like December 5th is shaping up to be a big recruiting weekend with several official visits, and in a subsequent report we’ll take a look at who LSU is expecting in. 

A couple of basketball tid-bits in closing: 

• LSU’s Lady Tigers, who began with a preseason ranking of 24th in the country, are now 2-4 after losing to Santa Clara in Mexico yesterday. Despite cutting an 11-point halftime deficit to three with less than two minutes to play, LSU was unable to complete the comeback and fell 69-67 in the opening game of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope. The Lady Tigers will return to action today at 2:30 p.m. CT against UTEP before completing the tournament on Thanksgiving Day at 5 p.m. CT against Kansas State.

• Congratulations are in order for LSU sophomore Jordan Mickey who was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team. Mickey averaged 16.7 points and 10 rebounds per game and had a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds in LSU’s win over Weber State.

That’s it for today folks. Now it’s time for me to walk out to the garden and pick a big mess of turnips and mustard greens to prepare for tomorrow’s feast. Have a great day, Tiger Fans, and make the most of this holiday time. 

Reader Comments: Hi Scott, I'm a longtime reader, LSU alum, and season ticket holder. I'm active duty in the Air Force. My wife and I are going to Texas A&M game and for the first time in a long time we don't have anyone to tailgate with. Just wanted to see if you may have heard of any tailgates that would take us 2 on. We definitely don't mind contributing $$, just would like to tailgate with fellow LSU fans. My personal email is drfalconlsu@yahoo.com

Reader Comments: Scott, here’s a good article on LSU’s basketball team needing to grow quickly: Youthful Tigers talented, but are a work in progress

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11/25/124 6:00 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The LSU football team is busy preparing to close out the season in College Station in what will be the Tigers’ first Thanksgiving Day contest in 31 years. The last time the Tigers played on Thanksgiving Day was November 23, 1983 when LSU defeated Tulane in the Louisiana Superdome. I have mixed feelings about the game being played on Thanksgiving Day, and I kind of liked the day-after tradition that we’ve enjoyed for so long, but it is what it is and hopefully the game will provide us with a fitting ending for a special day.

An LSU win Thursday would extend the nation’s longest streak of seasons with at least eight victories to 15 straight. LSU has won at least eight games every year since 2000. Now I know a lot of you are saying to yourself that eight wins is nothing to brag about and that we should be setting our standards higher, and I understand your point. But when you consider that LSU has reached that mark 14 years in a row, that really says a lot about the stability of the program. An LSU loss on Thursday would not only break that streak, it would also mark the first time in Les Miles’ tenure at LSU that the Tigers would have fallen in three consecutive games. As I’ve said before, I don’t think that’s going to happen, and evidently the oddsmakers agree. After opening as a 2.5 favorite, LSU is now favored by three. 

Yesterday Coach Miles met with the media for his weekly press conference, and, as usual, I’ve summarized his comments below. 

• Miles started the conference by wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and recognizing that he, his family, and his football team have a lot to be thankful for. 

• Next, Miles spoke of the attention Odell Beckham, Jr ’s spectacular catch on Sunday received, and said that he saw OBJ and Landry do things like that all the time on the practice field.

Sidenote: I heard from many of you yesterday who expressed the same sentiment, stating that we as Tiger Fans have seen many spectacular catches from OBJ and Landry and asking that I repost their LSU highlights. I’ve done so here: OBJ LSU Highlights | Landry LSU Highlights 

• Miles said the team practiced twice during the open week and that Sunday’s practice was full of energy. On Monday the team watched film, on Tuesday they took a day off, and then on Wednesday and Thursday they went back at it before taking two “fresh‑leg days” on Friday and Saturday.

• Miles confirmed that left guard Vadal Alexander is expected to play Thursday. He added that Ethan Pocic will be at center (meaning Porter will be out, as expected), Evan Washington will be at right guard, and Hoko Fanaika will be the first offensive lineman off the bench.

• While Miles admitted that the quarterback is going to have to play better, he said the key is for the QB to make the 10 players around him play their best and to provide the best opportunity to win the game.

• Later when Miles was asked whether he would be “surprised if [Brandon Harris] does not play Thursday,” Miles said that Harris continues to improve, but that he wants to assess this week fully before commenting on the question. Based on that response, and on Miles’ previous comments (above), it sounds unlikely to me that Harris will play unless the game is in hand.

• When asked whether he expects to hear from Michigan when there is a job opening, Miles said he has given little or no thought to other jobs and that he is comfortable with his team and what he is doing.

• When asked about the letter he received from the Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs about getting Luke Boyd some snaps in Thursday’s game, Miles said that although he is touched by the way so many people have championed Boyd’s cause, having him travel and take one of the spots on the limited travel-roster would be very difficult to do this late in the season. Miles affirmed that the whole team can travel to the bowl game and that Boyd will be a part of that.

There was a lot more said than what I summarized above, and I’ve posted the entire transcript for those of you who have a few minutes to spare.

In recruiting news, according to multiple reports including this one by Shea Dixon of 247Sports, Coach Miles confirmed yesterday that he is taking a look at JUCO quarterbacks. Among the JUCO QBs who have ben evaluated are Chad Kelly, the dual-threat QB I wrote about a couple of days ago who was dismissed from Clemson, and Daniel Fitzwater, a pro-style QB who played high school ball at Calvary Baptist in Shreveport before heading to Co-Lin Community College in Mississippi. 

Before moving on to basketball news, I want to remind you that because of this week’s game being played on Thursday, Coach Les Miles’ weekly radio show will be tonight instead of the normal Wednesday time.

In men’s basketball news, LSU fell to 3-2 on the season with a 61-64 loss against Clemson. The Tigers finished the game shooting only 37.7% from the field (23-61) and 7.7% from 3-point range (1-13). This is going to have to improve quickly if the Tigers are to obtain their goals for the season. Despite the team’s shooting woes, the game was a close one with 10 ties and 13 lead changes. Josh Gray converted a layup to give LSU a 56-52 lead with 3:46 remaining, but Clemson quickly responded with a layup and then converted a 3-pointer to take a 57-56 advantage with two minutes remaining. After Gray made one of two free throws, Clemson converted an offensive rebound into two points and made one of two free throws to increase their lead to 60-57 with 51 seconds remaining. Both teams traded two free throws before Jarell Martin tipped in a missed shot to trim the Clemson lead to 62-61 with 18 seconds remaining, but after two Clemson free throws, Jordan Mickey missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

For the second straight game, Mickey led LSU with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Quarterman scored a season high 16 points on 5-8 shooting (5-6 FT shooting), grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists. Keith Hornsby, Gray and Martin struggled from the field as the three combined for only 20 points on a combined 8-32 shooting. The Tigers committed 13 turnovers but forced 15 from Clemson and out-rebounded them 38-35. 

LSU’s men return to action this Saturday at 7pm in the PMAC against McNeese State. The game will be on SECN+ and the broadcast will be available on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.

Reader Comments: Hi Scott...Since the conversation has been about QB's at LSU, this article may give some insight as to what Hayden Rettig thought of his time at LSU.

 

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