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11/14/18 5:30 am CST

Good morning, Tiger fans, 

Last night was very kind to the Tigers, so we’ve got a ton of good news to cover: A huge commitment in football, no drop in the CFB poll, and another solid win in basketball. Pour yourself a cup of joe, and we’ll tackle these topics and more.

The biggest news of all comes on the recruiting front as elite in-state five-star running back John Emery, Jr. of Destrehan committed to LSU. There’s no overstating how huge this commitment is. Not only do the Tigers keep a truly elite talent at home, they also address a priority position of need with the nation’s No. 2 running back and No. 12 prospect overall. Emery runs a 4.42 forty, has a vertical jump of 37.9 inches, and chose LSU over Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, Oklahoma, and several other major offers. Check out his video highlights to see why everyone wants him. Emery joins Southern Lab’s Tyrion Davis, the No. 6 running back in the country, to give LSU one of the best running back classes in the country, and I love that its all homegrown. LSU’s 2019 class now has 20 commitments (including eight of the top 10 on our list of Top LA Prospects) and is ranked No. 5 in the country on the 247Sports Composite. The only two players in our top-10 not currently committed to LSU are No. 2 DT Ishmael Sopsher and No. 4 S/WR Davonta Lee, both of Amite. 

In other football news, the latest College Football Playoff Poll kept LSU as the No. 7 team in the country last night. Turns out the lack of style points in the seven-point win against Arkansas didn’t hurt LSU at all. 

Next up for the Tiger football team is a home matchup with Rice on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Rice is 1-10 on the season and lost to UTEP, who had the longest losing streak in the country with 20 consecutive losses. Now, Rice has the longest losing streak in the country at 10 after a loss to Louisiana Tech last Saturday. In what should be a blowout at home, one thing to keep an eye on Saturday is which LSU players will play and which ones won’t in light of the new rule that allows a player to participate in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt. Running back Chris Curry has already played in four, so we’re not likely to see him in any reserve action. Notable players who could play and not burn their redshirts include QB Myles Brennan, OTs Dare Rosenthal and Cameron Wire, DTs Davin Cotton, Dominic Livingston, and Nelson Jenkins, DE Travel Moore, RB Tae Provens, and C Cole Smith.

Turning to hoops, the LSU men’s basketball team entertained the home crowd with highlight reel plays in a 85-76 victory against Memphis. The Tigers provided plenty of spectacular plays in another solid win, with one of the few negatives being that LSU allowed too many 3-pointers in the first half. After giving up 19 3-pointers to UNC-Greensboro, the Tigers allowed seven in the first half alone to Memphis, which kept the half much closer than Vegas anticipated. With a 10.5 point spread entering the game, LSU and Memphis battled back-and-forth for the better part of the game, but ultimately, LSU created the separation it needed in the second half. Here’s how it all went down…    

LSU shot the lights out in the first half, and yet Memphis somehow kept pace. The Tigers were up and down the floor with Ja’vonte Smart and Kavell Bigby-Williams leading the way early on, but a couple of 3-pointers from Memphis’ Tyler Harris kept the contest extremely tight for a while. Also not helping was LSU settling for quick shots and turning the ball over three times within the first eight minutes. Smart remained aggressive, though, and fellow freshman Naz Reid continued to make his step-back jumper look easy. The difference in the first half for LSU, though, was Emmitt Williams and Darius Days’ presence in the paint along with Skylar Mays’ hot hand. Williams and Days corralled several offensive rebounds and provided the Tigers with the second-chance points needed to take a 48-39 lead into the locker room. But the first half turned into the Skylar Mays show, as he put a Memphis defender on a poster and followed up the dunk with an acrobatic circus shot at the rim. The back-to-back plays gave LSU a four-point lead with six minutes left in the half, and more importantly, gave the Tigers all the momentum. Mays scored 14 of LSU’s 48 points in the half. The Tigers shot 57 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes. 

Memphis closed the gap in the second half thanks to more hot shooting from Harris. His sixth 3-pointer of the game reduced LSU’s lead to one, and Memphis took a 52-50 lead after his seventh 3-pointer. LSU was sloppy with the basketball, turning the ball over four times in a span of four minutes in the second half, which aided Memphis in its 13-2 run to start the half. Tremont Waters scored his first basket at the 14-minute mark in the second half and finished with just eight points, but his eight assists made his impact as big as any Tigers’. Mays and Reid also had big nights. Their back-to-back 3’s gave the Tigers a six-point lead with about 11 minutes to go in the half. With great hustle plays and athletic drives from Waters to the basket, the Tigers controlled the rest of the second half and came away with another impressive and fun-to-watch win. 

The Tigers hit 54 percent of their shots in the win. Skylar Mays led the Tigers with 19 points, while Bigby-Williams hit all seven of his attempted field goals for 14 points. Here’s the complete box score and here are video highlights.

Up next for Will Wade’s Tigers is a home contest against the undefeated Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech. The game is set for Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. CT  and will streamed online by SECN+.

In closing, a quick word on yesterday football practice: Because the Tigers are thin at corner with various injuries, safety Terrence Alexander filled in at cornerback. Kelvin Joseph and Kary Vincent are expected to slide over and help provide depth there, though Joseph missed for a second straight practice and Vincent practiced with the safeties in the portion of practice open to the media. Ed Alexander returned to practice, but the Tigers still had many defensive players missing in action. Here’s a full report by NOLA.com.  

That’s it for now. Enjoy your day, Tigers!





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11/14/18 5:30 am CST

Good morning, Tiger fans, 

Last night was very kind to the Tigers, so we’ve got a ton of good news to cover: A huge commitment in football, no drop in the CFB poll, and another solid win in basketball. Pour yourself a cup of joe, and we’ll tackle these topics and more.

The biggest news of all comes on the recruiting front as elite in-state five-star running back John Emery, Jr. of Destrehan committed to LSU. There’s no overstating how huge this commitment is. Not only do the Tigers keep a truly elite talent at home, they also address a priority position of need with the nation’s No. 2 running back and No. 12 prospect overall. Emery runs a 4.42 forty, has a vertical jump of 37.9 inches, and chose LSU over Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, Oklahoma, and several other major offers. Check out his video highlights to see why everyone wants him. Emery joins Southern Lab’s Tyrion Davis, the No. 6 running back in the country, to give LSU one of the best running back classes in the country, and I love that its all homegrown. LSU’s 2019 class now has 20 commitments (including eight of the top 10 on our list of Top LA Prospects) and is ranked No. 5 in the country on the 247Sports Composite. The only two players in our top-10 not currently committed to LSU are No. 2 DT Ishmael Sopsher and No. 4 S/WR Davonta Lee, both of Amite. 

In other football news, the latest College Football Playoff Poll kept LSU as the No. 7 team in the country last night. Turns out the lack of style points in the seven-point win against Arkansas didn’t hurt LSU at all. 

Next up for the Tiger football team is a home matchup with Rice on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Rice is 1-10 on the season and lost to UTEP, who had the longest losing streak in the country with 20 consecutive losses. Now, Rice has the longest losing streak in the country at 10 after a loss to Louisiana Tech last Saturday. In what should be a blowout at home, one thing to keep an eye on Saturday is which LSU players will play and which ones won’t in light of the new rule that allows a player to participate in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt. Running back Chris Curry has already played in four, so we’re not likely to see him in any reserve action. Notable players who could play and not burn their redshirts include QB Myles Brennan, OTs Dare Rosenthal and Cameron Wire, DTs Davin Cotton, Dominic Livingston, and Nelson Jenkins, DE Travel Moore, RB Tae Provens, and C Cole Smith.

Turning to hoops, the LSU men’s basketball team entertained the home crowd with highlight reel plays in a 85-76 victory against Memphis. The Tigers provided plenty of spectacular plays in another solid win, with one of the few negatives being that LSU allowed too many 3-pointers in the first half. After giving up 19 3-pointers to UNC-Greensboro, the Tigers allowed seven in the first half alone to Memphis, which kept the half much closer than Vegas anticipated. With a 10.5 point spread entering the game, LSU and Memphis battled back-and-forth for the better part of the game, but ultimately, LSU created the separation it needed in the second half. Here’s how it all went down…    

LSU shot the lights out in the first half, and yet Memphis somehow kept pace. The Tigers were up and down the floor with Ja’vonte Smart and Kavell Bigby-Williams leading the way early on, but a couple of 3-pointers from Memphis’ Tyler Harris kept the contest extremely tight for a while. Also not helping was LSU settling for quick shots and turning the ball over three times within the first eight minutes. Smart remained aggressive, though, and fellow freshman Naz Reid continued to make his step-back jumper look easy. The difference in the first half for LSU, though, was Emmitt Williams and Darius Days’ presence in the paint along with Skylar Mays’ hot hand. Williams and Days corralled several offensive rebounds and provided the Tigers with the second-chance points needed to take a 48-39 lead into the locker room. But the first half turned into the Skylar Mays show, as he put a Memphis defender on a poster and followed up the dunk with an acrobatic circus shot at the rim. The back-to-back plays gave LSU a four-point lead with six minutes left in the half, and more importantly, gave the Tigers all the momentum. Mays scored 14 of LSU’s 48 points in the half. The Tigers shot 57 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes. 

Memphis closed the gap in the second half thanks to more hot shooting from Harris. His sixth 3-pointer of the game reduced LSU’s lead to one, and Memphis took a 52-50 lead after his seventh 3-pointer. LSU was sloppy with the basketball, turning the ball over four times in a span of four minutes in the second half, which aided Memphis in its 13-2 run to start the half. Tremont Waters scored his first basket at the 14-minute mark in the second half and finished with just eight points, but his eight assists made his impact as big as any Tigers’. Mays and Reid also had big nights. Their back-to-back 3’s gave the Tigers a six-point lead with about 11 minutes to go in the half. With great hustle plays and athletic drives from Waters to the basket, the Tigers controlled the rest of the second half and came away with another impressive and fun-to-watch win. 

The Tigers hit 54 percent of their shots in the win. Skylar Mays led the Tigers with 19 points, while Bigby-Williams hit all seven of his attempted field goals for 14 points. Here’s the complete box score and here are video highlights.

Up next for Will Wade’s Tigers is a home contest against the undefeated Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech. The game is set for Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. CT  and will streamed online by SECN+.

In closing, a quick word on yesterday football practice: Because the Tigers are thin at corner with various injuries, safety Terrence Alexander filled in at cornerback. Kelvin Joseph and Kary Vincent are expected to slide over and help provide depth there, though Joseph missed for a second straight practice and Vincent practiced with the safeties in the portion of practice open to the media. Ed Alexander returned to practice, but the Tigers still had many defensive players missing in action. Here’s a full report by NOLA.com.  

That’s it for now. Enjoy your day, Tigers!

11/13/18 5:40 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Tuesday Tidbits - Your Daily Dose of Tiger News Delivered in a Baker’s Dozen Quick Hitters

1. You know, in yesterday’s Mail Call I kind of wish I would have included a question one of my readers asked that went kind of like this: How can you glean anything positive from Saturday’s win? The truth is, there were several positives in the lackluster win. Some were mentioned in our game recap, like being plus-one in the turnover margin, holding Arkansas to 16 yards rushing and limiting them to just 2-of-3 third down conversions, and, of course, Justin Jefferson’s 117 receiving yards.  Coach Ed Orgeron offered up several additional positives, as noted in the next tidbit:

2. Orgeron said the team was “efficient” on offense and won the game. On special teams, punt coverage was lights out. “They had a very good returner, and Coach Mack did a great job of game planning them,” he said. “They had two returns for zero yards and we won the field position battle.” He also spoke of the entire defensive line having a good game, including younger guys like Glenn Logan, Neil Farrell, and Tyler Shelvin.

3. Speaking of Shelvin, Orgeron said he came in at 385 pounds and is now down to a “slim” 347. “I’m proud of Tyler and I thought he played really good,” Orgeron said. “Tyler's matured. He hit a little bump in the road about the middle of the season, we had a discussion, he’s changed his attitude, he’s working hard.”

4. Of course, Orgeron was asked about Nick Brossette intentionally sliding at the seven-yard line with 1:38 remaining in the game instead of trying to score. Orgeron explained it this way: “He did the right thing. We call it the winning edge, Nick did it, and then we had a huddle and I said, man, I think we can score. And Steve (Ensminger) said, it’s up to you, coach. So I’m the one, I’m the one who said, you know what, let’s put seven more points on the board, let’s see if we can score. We couldn’t and it worked out. But Nick did the right thing as the winning edge. We sit on the ball; we win the game. That’s what we taught him to do.”

5. Later, Orgeron gave Brossette more well-deserved praise. “Coming into the season, we had questions at running back. There’s no question anymore,” Orgeron said. “He’s has had a tremendous season. Very proud of Nick. He’s an outstanding young man. I hope he gets a thousand yards. I don't know how many shy he is, but whatever it is, I want him to get it, give him a chance to get it, he's very deserving.”

6. On the injury front, Orgeron was asked about the health of Kristian Fulton, John Battle, and Breiden Fehoko. Fulton “is out” and “will be out for a while.” Battle might be able to play this week, but Fehoko will not be ready. “Maybe we might have him for the Texas A&M game,” Orgeron said of Fehoko. For what it’s worth, those three guys, as well as Glen Logan, Kelvin Joseph, and Ed Alexander, were all absent during yesterday’s media viewing portion of practice. 

7. Orgeron was asked about the offense struggling the last few weeks and what it will take to find the offense the Tigers had against Georgia. His response: “I think somehow, someway, we lost our identity since the Georgia game. We're trying new things, maybe we're trying to put too much in. We need to simplify.” Later he answered a question about the screen game in particular not working in the last few games. “You’re exactly right, it’s not working,” Orgeron said. “We had a screen cut up and we looked at it as a staff yesterday and some things we have identified. So we have to do some things different to help us in the screen game. Obviously it’s important in our package.”

8.  With the new rule that allows players to play in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt, there’s widespread speculation that several freshmen will see action for the first time this week. Orgeron confirmed that they would like to give several guys a chance to play in the game if there’s an opportunity, but said he is not taking Rice lightly and will start his first string guys with the main objective of winning the game. “Listen, man, we learned our lesson last year (against Troy) and that’s not going to happen to us again,” he said. “We’re going full bore against these guys.”

9. Whether quarterback Myles Brennan will see playing time against Rice is still unclear. Orgeron confirmed that he experienced a “minor injury” that was hampering his throwing throughout the year. “There was one game he could have went in but I didn't think he was healthy or ready to go,” Orgeron said. “He didn't want to go in that situation and I don't blame him.” Orgeron is still very high on Brennan and called him a championship-caliber quarterback. “He has a tremendous arm, he’s gaining weight, he’s getting better, he’s healthier. So I think this year has been beneficial for him and the future of our program,” Orgeron said.

10. Of course, one reason a large number of future redshirt freshmen are expected to play this week is that Rice is by far the weakest game on LSU’s schedule. They’re 1-10 on the season and have opened as a 44-point underdog, according to the oddsmakers. We’ll have more on the Owls in a subsequent report. 

11. In football recruiting news, there’s a new name to keep in mind. According to Shea Dixon of 247Sports, LSU would like to add another edge rusher in this year’s class, and the No. 1 OLB in JUCO has locked in an official visit to Baton Rouge. That would be Kuony Deng (6-6, 235) of Independence Community College in Kansas. LSU has been at 19 commitments for several weeks now with room for six more if all 19 current commitments stick. Note, three weeks ago, Orgeron said during a radio show that they had 18 commitments, which means one of the 19 we show might not be counted on to sign. We’ll have more on recruiting and how this class might finish later in the week.

12. Turning to the hardcourt, the LSU men’s basketball team moved up one spot to No. 22 in the national rankings after jumping out to a 2-0 start. That makes LSU one of just six teams ranked this week in both football and basketball:

Clemson (2/19)
Michigan (4/18)
LSU (10/22)
Syracuse (12/15)
Kentucky (20/10)
Miss State (25/17) 

The basketball team returns to action tonight when it hosts the Memphis Tigers (1-0) at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and should be a fun one to watch. This will be the eighth time the teams have met with Memphis holding a  4-3 advantage in the series. Last year, Memphis went 21-13 overall and 10-8 in the American Athletic Conference.

13. Lagniappe: Later this morning I will be heading up to my camp/house in North Louisiana to take care of a few things before the freeze and was hoping to catch the main ingredient needed to cure my envie for Catfish Courtbouillon. Sadly, it looks like Mother Nature has other plans as my fishing hole is far too high. Probably should plan on a Rainy Day Fricassée instead.

That’s it for now. Have a great day, Tiger Fans.



 

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