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4/20/15 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans, I hope you all had a great weekend.

The LSU baseball team’s series finale against Georgia was cancelled yesterday due to rain in Athens, and will not be made up.  After watching LSU’s spring football game and the double header sweep in baseball on Saturday, I’ve got to admit that I didn’t mind all that much not having an LSU baseball game to watch and report on yesterday, especially considering the beautiful weather we were blessed with here in Lafayette which allowed me to do some much overdue work in my yard and garden. (Hope you don’t think any less of me for that ;)  Anyway, the baseball team will return to action tomorrow with a home contest against a Tulane team that dominated No. 24 UCF yesterday in a 10-0 win that was stopped early because of the run-rule, and I’m looking forward to getting my baseball fix then. 

Although it’s never good to look too far ahead, I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s baseball series against Texas A&M, which will be the first Top-5 series at Alex Box Stadium since LSU hosted Florida in 2011. It was shaping up to look like a unanimous No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown, but surprisingly the Aggies lost two games to Arkansas yesterday. This means two things for Tiger Fans: 1) LSU is now tied with A&M for first place in the overall SEC standings, adding even more allure to this weekend’s series; 2) LSU will probably be a unanimous No. 1 when all the national polls are released today.

Before leaving the topic of baseball, I have some good news to pass along on Chris Chinea. As most of you know, Chinea took a 92-mph fastball to the chin in Saturday’s game. The good news is that his X-ray showed that there was no fracture, and he would have been good to go yesterday had the game been played. 

The LSU softball team secured a series win against Texas A&M yesterday with a 6-3 victory at Tiger Park. The Tigers will go for the series sweep tonight at 6 p.m. in a game televised by the SEC Network. More on yesterday’s game can be found here.

In football news, after LSU’s spring game, Coach Miles announced the following Spring Awards:

Alvin Roy Fourth Quarter Award
(Outstanding performance in LSU Off-Season Program)

Lewis Neal, Christian LaCouture, Ethan Pocic, K.J. Malone, Josh Boutte, Jordan Harper, Tommy LeBeau, Lamar Louis, Tre'Davious White, Jamal Adams, Reid Ferguson, Colin Jeter, John Diarse, Dwayne Thomas, John David Moore, Jake Clise, Andy Dodd, Kevin Toliver II, Jevonte Domond, Brad Kragthorpe

Eric Andolsek Leadership Award
(Outstanding Leadership in Spring Drills - Offense)

Ethan Pocic, Leonard Fournette, John David Moore

Mike Miley Leadership Award
(Outstanding Leadership in Spring Drills - Defense)

Kendell Beckwith, Tre'Davious White, Christian LaCouture, Jalen Mills 

Toby Caston Performance Award
(Outstanding Performance in Spring Drills - Defense)

Davon Godchaux, Deion Jones, Jamal Adams 

Ralph Norwood Performance Award
(Outstanding Performance in Spring Drills - Offense)

Jerald Hawkins, John Diarse, Dillon Gordon 

Most Improved Award
(Players who have made the most improvement during Spring Drills)

Darrel Williams, Rickey Jefferson, Colin Jeter, Andy Dodd, Lamar Louis, Sione Teuhema, Jevonte Domond 

Jimmy Taylor Award
(The comprehensive Spring Award for Outstanding Leadership, Effort and Performance)

Ethan Pocic, Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams, Davon Godchaux

Jerry Stovall Special Teams Award
Reid Ferguson, Colby Delahoussaye, Trent Domingue

Newcomer Award
William Clapp, D.J. Chark, Kevin Toliver II, Lewis Neal

Overcoming Adversity Award
Tashawn Bower, Dwayne Thomas

Coaches Award
Vadal Alexander, Duke Riley, Brad Kragthorpe, Lewis Neal

Stay tuned – in tomorrow’s report I’ll likely post a Mail Call in which I respond to a few select questions/comments I received about Saturday’s spring game. 

A few of tidbits in closing:

• Congratulations are in order for the LSU men’s golf team which won its first SEC title in 28 seasons. The last time LSU had won the title was in the sophomore season of the great David Toms in 1986-87.

• I’ll be updating our Ticket Exchange and Crawfish Boils pages soon, so if you have any info for me to post please let me know.

• Please say a prayer for the family of LSU running back signee Nick Brossette. Nick’s older brother, Mendell Esnault, passed away in his sleep Saturday night, likely from a seizure. I can only imagine what Nick and his family must be going through, and I know I speak for Tiger fans everywhere when I offer the family my most sincere condolences.

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4/19/15 6:10 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Yesterday was a great day for LSU sports as the football team turned in an impressive outing in the Spring Game, Coach Miles picked up his 9th commitment for the season, the baseball team secured a series win with a double-header sweep of Georgia and the softball team defeated Texas A&M.

Starting with football… Approximately 15,000 Tiger Fans turned out to watch LSU’s annual Spring Game yesterday in which the White team, made up of first-string players, soundly defeated the Purple team by a score of 45-6. Like most of you, I was anxiously watching the quarterbacks to see if there would be notable improvement and whether Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris would separate himself from the other. Well, I think it’s pretty safe to say that both quarterbacks appeared considerably better than the last time we saw them in action, but I’d be lying if I said either one did enough to secure the starting job. Both quarterbacks put up outstanding stats when working with the White team, but neither was able to accomplish much working behind a Purple offensive line that was constantly manhandled by the first team defensive line of the White team. 

When working with the White team, Harris was a perfect 7-of-7 for 141 yards and two touchdowns, while Jennings was a commendable 8-of-14 for 215 yards and two touchdowns. When working with the Purple team, Harris was 4-of-10 for 37 yards, no TDs and one interception, while Jennings was 5-of-6 for 27 yards and no TDs. Overall, I’d say Harris was the more impressive of the two, just as he was in last year’s spring game, but Jennings was clearly improved, and that’s encouraging. 

I was also encouraged by the fact that LSU’s wide receivers looked outstanding, and it was great to see LSU’s tight ends targeted for four pass completions. Malachi Dupré was the most impressive of the receivers as he hauled in four passes for 112 yards, including a 35-yard diving catch in the end zone on a well thrown pass by Harris, and a 37-yard touchdown reception in which he had to make a difficult adjustment on a pass by Jennings. Statistically speaking, Travin Dural had an even better game as he caught four passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by a 70-yard reception from Jennings. Two other players whom I predicted would have breakout seasons this year also had impressive outings – tight end DeSean Smith and wide receiver D.J. Chark. Smith caught two passes for 62 yards, including a 50-yard reception from true freshman quarterback Justin McMillan on his first passing attempt. Chark had two receptions for 53 yards, including a remarkable catch in double coverage on a 45-yard pass thrown very well by Harris.  

As for LSU’s rushing game, it looked as good as advertised. Leonard Fournette gets most of the hype (understandably so) but I was equally impressed with Darrell Williams in yesterday’s game. For a man his size, he shows remarkable agility. Together, I predict the two will make as good a tandem as there is in college football, if not this year than next. Also, David Ducre made it clear that he is more than “just” a fullback , especially when he plowed over Ricky Jefferson in a show of force on a five-yard gain. 

On the flip side of the ball, the defensive standouts were… well, the entire White team’s defensive line. The starting unit of Tashawn Bower, Davon Godchaux, Christian LaCouture and Maquedius Bain were constantly in the Purple team’s backfield, wreaking havoc. Bain, whom Coach Miles admitted would probably not have started at defensive end if Lewis Neal (ankle) were healthy, logged three sacks, while Godchaux logged one. Linebackers Deion Jones (White team) and Ronnie Feist (Purple team) led the Tigers in tackles with seven each. I was also impressed with cornerback Kevin Toliver who looked as good as advertised in coverage. 

Those of you who missed the Spring Game will be happy to know that it will be replayed several times on TV starting tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on the SEC Network. 

In subsequent reports, we’ll have much more on players who stood out and other takeaways from the spring game, but for now it’s time to move on to other news, starting with a huge commitment Coach Miles secured yesterday…

Shortly after the conclusion of the Spring Game, LSU received some great news on the recruiting front when Edwin Alexander re-committed to LSU. I say “re-committed” because Alexander had committed to LSU early last year but then backed off of his commitment to explore other options. Alexander (6-2, 310, St. Thomas Aquinas) is a big-time 5-star defensive tackle who we have rated No. 2 on our list of Top LA Prospects for 2016. With his pledge, LSU has nine commitments in its 2016 class which is now ranked No. 5 in the nation, according to 247Sports. 

One more recruiting tidbit before moving on… The second-rated quarterback on our list of Top LA Prospects, Cole Kelly of Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette), committed to Arkansas yesterday. Kelly had not been offered by LSU.

In baseball news, LSU secured the series win at Georgia with a double header sweep yesterday.  

In the first game, LSU won 4-1 behind the solid pitching of Alex Lange and the exceptional relief pitching of Hunter Newman. Lange went six innings (he wasn’t expected to go any longer after suffering an injury last week) and allowed only one run on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Newman entered in the seventh and completely shutdown the Bulldogs without allowing a hit in the final three innings while facing the minimum number of batters. (Here’s a stat to chew on: Newman hasn’t allowed an earned run in 21.2 innings this season. Pretty remarkable.) Offensively, the Tigers collected 10 hits in the game and were led at the plate by none other than the Maurepas Masher, Kade Scivicque, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Game 1 Boxscore

In Game 2, LSU again produced excellent pitching and hammered the ball at the plate to win 9-1. Jared Poché got the start and pitched seven strong innings, allowing only one run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Parker Bugg pitched the final two innings, didn’t allow a hit or a run, and faced the minimum (6 batters). Offensively, the Tigers collected 14 hits in the game, and again they were led by Scivicque who went 3-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a solo home run in the second. Game 2 Boxscore

Here’s what Coach Mainieri had to say about the Tigers’ day: “Our pitching was outstanding in both games. Poche’ was really sharp throughout his outing, and after the first couple of innings, Lange worked into a groove and was dominating. Our bullpen was excellent – Hunter Newman has been remarkable all season, and Parker Bugg gave us a tremendous outing in Game 2. I wasn’t real pleased with the way we swung the bats in the first game, because we didn’t take advantage of some scoring opportunities. But, we were more productive in the second game with 14 hits and generated the run support we needed for our pitchers.”

The Tigers will go for the series sweep today at noon, weather permitting. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+, available at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. It can also be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live stats and audio are available in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net. The fact that LSU only had to use two relief pitchers in the two games yesterday puts the Tigrs in excellent shape to secure the series sweep today. 

A couple more baseball tidbits: 

• Alex Bregman had a rough day, committing two errors at shortstop and hitting a combined 2-for-8. I look for him to bounce back in a big way today.

• Chris Chinea took an awful blow to the chin by a fastball in Game 2 which dropped him to the ground and caused blood to spew from his mouth. Fortunately, he was able to walk off under his own power. Chinea received four stitches and will have the chin X-rayed today. Here’s hoping and praying for a full and speedy recovery. 

Last but not least, the LSU softball team defeated Texas A&M 6-1 to improve to 40-5, 12-4. More on the game can be found here. Game 2 of the series will be played tonight at 6 p.m. and Game 3 will be tomorrow at 6 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the SEC Network (regular TV, not streaming). 

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4/18/15 6:00 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Today is the day many of us have been anxiously awaiting as the LSU Football Spring Game is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. The contest will feature the White squad against the Purple team and will consist of four 15-minute quarters. The first half of the game will be played under normal rules, with the exception of no live contact on punts and kickoffs. The second half will be played with a running clock.

If you’re heading out to campus to take in the action, please note these Times of Interest. Also, here are the full rosters for today’s game, which LSU released yesterday afternoon. For those of you not able to make it out to Tiger Stadium, the game will be streamed online at WatchESPN.com and broadcast on the LSU Sports radio network (107.3 in Baton Rouge) as well as in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.

A few Observations Related to the Spring Game Rosters:

• Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris, John Diarse, and Darrel Williams will play on both teams (White & Purple).

• DT Travonte Valentine was included in a small group of players listed as “Injured/Out.” I was surprisd to see his name on the roster, as nothing has really been said about him since Coach Miles announced at the beginning of spring that Valentine was not someone LSU is counting on at this time, presumably because of issues related to academics.  The other players listed in that group include Corey Thompson (knee), Jacory Washington (knee), and Quentin Thomas (biceps).

• Around the same time that the rosters were released yesterday, Valentine tweeted, “Great meeting with coach miles starting to earn his trust back.”

With the game just hours away, let’s conclude our 7-part series on things I’ll be looking for in today’s Spring Game with the most obvious of all – improvement at quarterback. If you missed the first six parts of this series, you can find links to each one below. Here we go…

Improvement at Quarterback? 

Obviously, quarterback will be the most watched position in today’s game, and with good reason. With the stockpiles of talent LSU has on both sides of the ball, solid quarterback play could be the difference between an 8-5 season and a championship run. 

Offensive Coordinator Coach Cam Cameron came to LSU with the reputation of being an outstanding quarterback coach. In his first year as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator, he seemed to work wonders with Zach Mettenberger and produced a high-powered offense that led the nation in 3rd down conversions with two 1,000-yard receivers. In Cameron’s second year, LSU’s passing game took a huge step backward, but that wasn’t completely unexpected considering the Tigers lost their starting quarterback and their two top receivers. What was expected, however, is that we would see some improvement in LSU’s young quarterbacks, Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, throughout the course of the season under Cam Cameron’s tutelage. Unfortunately, we did not see a lot of that.

Fast forward to today and we don’t really know what to expect from the quarterbacks this year. Will Anthony Jennings be much better in his junior year, or has he pretty much reached his ceiling? Will Harris, the strong-armed former High School All-American, do what it takes to overtake Jennings, and, if so, will Coach Miles be willing to take a risk with him? It is very unlikely that the spring game will answer any of those questions, but it should give us a glimpse at how the two QBs have progressed and how they compare to one another. 

For what it’s worth, in a press release issued yesterday, Les Miles was quoted as saying, “both guys in different times in spring look like they were closing in on the job, and then the other guy makes a move. Most recently, Brandon Harris has looked pretty good, and I think Anthony Jennings has had a great spring. (Thursday) was a good day for both of them.”

On a related note, here’s an article by Jim Kleinpeter of nola.com titled, “All eyes on LSU quarterbacks at spring football game Saturday,” which includes video interviews of Jennings and Harris. 

From earlier in this series: 
Part 1: What does the team look like without its MVP?
Part 2: Steele Dominant on Defense?
Part 3: New Faces at Fullback 
Part 4: Who is most likely to fill the cornerback spot opposite of White?
Part 5: No Hunter, no Rasco. Who's to wreak havoc? 
Part 6: Can the next Alexander the Great please step forward? 

Now, if you’re curious about last night’s LSU vs. Georgia baseball game, well, there wasn’t one. Because of rain in Athens, the game was postponed and the two teams will play a double header today starting at noon CT. The second game will start approximately 45 minutes after the end of the first game, and both will be nine-inning games. As for the viewing options, they have not changed. Both games today can be viewed on SEC Network+, available at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Game 3 of the series is scheduled to be played Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (12 p.m. CT) and will also be streamed on SEC Network+. Coach Mainieri said yesterday that Alex Lange will start the first game today and Jared Poché will start in the second. 

The No. 3 LSU softball team returns home after more than a week away to host the No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies for a three-game series beginning on this evening at Tiger Park. All three games will start at 6 p.m. Tonight’s game will be streamed on SECN+, while tomorrow’s and Monday’s games will be televised on the SEC Network (regular TV broadcast). This weekend is a special one as today’s contest is the fourth-annual “Strikeout Ovarian Cancer” game, and it follows the third-annual Geaux Teal walk that will take place this morning. Nearly 700 people have signed up and donated to walk in the event that raises money for local women battling ovarian and other GYN cancers. Fans are encouraged to wear teal to the game tonight and pay just $2 for general admission, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a “Strikeout Ovarian Cancer” roller banner. Tomorrow, the team will have its annual “Bark in the Park” day, and Monday will be the annual “Gold Game.” For more information on these the special events and promotions associated with this weekend’s games, see this article on LSUSports.net. 

In gymnastics news, I’m saddened to report that LSU finished fifth in its NCAA Semifinals last night, meaning this is the first time since 2012 that LSU didn’t make it to the Super Six. I admit that I don’t know much about gymnastics, but my heart goes out to these young ladies and I hate to hear of their season ending. The Tigers needed to finish in the top-three to advance, but ended in fifth place behind Oklahoma, Alabama and Auburn and Nebraska. 

Last but not least… I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange and Crawfish Boils pages with new listings. 

 

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