1/23/15 5:50 am CT
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Good morning, Tiger Fans,
A little later this morning I’ll be departing for Baton Rouge to attend LSU Baseball Media Day, and I look forward to giving you an account of what was said in tomorrow’s report. With this cold, wet winter weather that has blown through South Louisiana, it sure doesn’t feel much like baseball season, but the good news is that spring is right around the corner and LSU’s baseball season will begin in exactly three weeks. That reminds me that it’s time for me to plant potatoes and order my tomato seeds, but I digress. Back to our normal order of business.
LSU will be entertaining 11 prospects on official visits this weekend, including two quarterbacks. The two quarterbacks are current Ohio State commitment Torrance Gibson, and Manny Miles, the son of LSU head coach Les Miles. Manny Miles is a fine dual-threat quarterback who led University Lab to the Division II state title, but he’s more of a D1 baseball prospect and he has reportedly said before that he isn’t going to play football for LSU. As for Gibson, he’s a four-star dual-threat quarterback out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, who is currently committed to Ohio State but is having second thoughts due to the Buckeyes being loaded at quarterback. If Gibson flips away from Ohio State, he is likely to go to either Auburn or LSU. Last week he visited Auburn and had a great time.
The other prospects visiting LSU this weekend include two brothers of current Tigers (WR Lanard Fournette and LSU LS commit Blake Ferguson), two big targets (OT Toby Weathersby and CB Iman Marshall) and several players already committed to being Tigers. Perhaps the biggest recruit from the entire group, both figuratively and literally, is offensive tackle Weathersby (6'4", 300, Houston). LSU currently has commitments from three offensive linemen but would very much like to land another one or two. Of course, landing Marshall, a five-star cornerback, would be a huge get for the Tigers, but LSU is already absolutely loaded at the cornerback position especially after landing Donte Jackson Wednesday.
Besides Gibson, Miles, Weathersby and Marshall, another visitor of particular interest this weekend is LSU RB commit Nicholas Brossette (6'0", 210, University High). As I wrote yesterday, Brossette recently took a visit to Texas and the Longhorns gave him a lot to think about. This weekend will be LSU’s chance to firm up his commitment and assure him that LSU is where he belongs. I have a feeling that bringing in his teammate and good friend, Manny Miles, on the same weekend is not coincidental.
While on the topic of football, yesterday LSU released this new 2014 Defensive Highlights Video, and that reminded me that I never did finish posting our series on the top-5 plays of 2014. Last week we posted numbers 5 (Leonard Fournette’s Kickoff Return vs. Notre Dame) and No. 4 (Jamal Adams’ block/Tre’Davious White’s Punt Return vs. Kentucky) and today we’ll reveal our top-3. Here we go:
LSU Football Top Plays of 2014, continued…
3. Jalen Mills’ interception vs. Wisconsin
In one of the most exhilarating LSU contests of the year, the Tigers needed a big play to open the door for a 28-24 comeback. With LSU down 24-13, Wisconsin decided to take to the air, and safety Jalen Mills made the Badgers pay for it. Tanner McEvoy threw toward 6-foot-5 tight end Troy Fumagalli, and despite having leverage over a smaller Mills, Fumagalli failed to come up with the jump ball. The way Mills was able to stretch and snatch the ball away showed why Mills has been such a constant in the Tigers’ secondary for so many years now, and why it will be so advantageous to have him back next year for his senior season. It doesn’t hurt to show a little swagger after you make a big play like that, further igniting your team in its attempt to come back from a 21-point deficit, and that’s exactly what Mills did. The Tigers scored on its ensuing drive, and LSU won the ballgame. Here’s a video of that play.
2. Travin Dural’s one-handed touchdown catch vs. Florida
Down by four with less than three minutes remaining in the game against Florida, LSU faced a 2nd-and-8 from Florida’s 11-yard line. Lined up in the I-formation, Anthony Jennings took a three-step drop and fired toward Travin Dural in the end zone. The ball was perfectly placed in the corner where only Dural could make the catch, but because Florida defensive back Brian Poole had a hold of Dural’s left arm, Dural had to extend his right arm, high point the ball and reel it into his body before going out of bounds. The catch gave LSU a 27-24 lead over Florida that the Tigers would hold onto. It was one of the best catches of the year in all of college football.
1. Leonard Fournette’s Herschel Walker impersonation vs. Texas A&M
Most football fans agree – there will never be another Herschel Walker. From his size and speed combination, to the way he could leap over piles of linemen with ease, Walker is heavily regarded by many as the best college running back of all time. Only a man with freakish abilities could draw comparisons to Walker. Well, that’s exactly what Leonard Fournette did against Texas A&M, when he barreled over an Aggie defender en route to a touchdown. The play is remarkably similar to Walker’s touchdown run against Tennesee, where he trucked a Volunteer defender in the same fashion. Watch this video embedded in our media gallery, as it shows both runs side by side. Frame by frame, both freshman runs are almost exactly the same. Is this a premonition of what’s to come from Fournette?
In Women’s basketball news, LSU’s Lady Tigers saw their two-game winning streak come to an end last night with a 75-58 loss to No. 5 Tennessee. With the loss, LSU fell to 10-9 overall and 4-3 in SEC play. The Lady Tigers will return to action next Thursday (after one of its two SEC byes) against Ole Miss at the PMAC. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.
A few tidbits in closing:
• Good article on Former LSU Fullback Connor Neighbors trying to seize his Senior Bowl moment
• Thanks to the folks over at A Good Sports Hang for giving our site a plug with this article! WILD START TO 2015 FOR LSU FOOTBALL, AS TOLD BY DANDY DON
• Please note that I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange and will do so again this weekend, so if you have any LSU tickets to sell (football, baseball, basketball, whatever) please let me know.
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