7/2/15 5:55 am CT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
Yesterday LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt was interviewed on 104.5 ESPN Radio and had great things to say about the condition of the football team, especially the incoming freshmen. Recently the team was put through a conditioning test in which each player was required to run 26 110-yard sprints within a certain time, depending on their position group. Of the 110 total team members that took the brutal conditioning test, only 17 failed and the majority of those were walk-ons. When discussing how the freshmen performed, Moffitt stated that running back Derrius Guice ran each of the 26 sprints in 14 seconds, which is remarkable, and said wide receiver Jazz Ferguson was right there with him. He also bragged a lot on the conditioning of the freshmen offensive linemen, with George Brown being the first one mentioned. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare and would like to hear the whole interview, you can do so here.
Mentioning Jazz Ferguson above reminds me that I never gave you the results of the poll we conducted last week asking who will be LSU’s leading receiver this year. As expected, Malachi Dupre was the big winner with 47% of the vote. Following him was Travin Dural with 29%. Trey Quinn with 12%, DJ Chark with 6% and John Diarse with nearly 4%. Each of the three freshmen receivers - Tyron Johnson, Jazz Ferguson and Derrick Dillon – received less than 1% of the vote.
In basketball news, Coach Johnny Jones is back on the hunt for another assistant after Coach John Treloar announced that he will be taking a job with an NBA franchise. You might recall that Treloar was named assistant coach by Jones on April 15 after Eric Musselman’s departure, and was set to start work at LSU on July 1st (yesterday) after fulfilling obligations with his previous employer, the Phoenix Suns. Well, on Monday evening Coach Jones got a call saying that there may be some changes, and then on Tuesday morning Treloar confirmed that he would be taking another job with a team in the NBA. The timing of all this is very unfortunate for Coach Johnny Jones, to say the least, since a very important recruiting period begins tomorrow. Now Coach Jones has to turn some of his attention away from recruiting, summer workouts and the team’s upcoming trip to Australia to find Treloar’s replacement. In a meeting with the local media yesterday, Coach Jones stated that he’s in no rush to make a hire and that he’s going to explore all options.
For more from Coach Jones’ press conference, and for comments from LSU’s three heralded freshmen who met with the media earlier in the day, please see these two articles:
Jones Previews Summer Plans in Press Briefing
Blakeney, Simmons, Sampson Meet Local Media
Now with 65 days until LSU's first football game of the 2015 season, let's continue our countdown to game day by looking at two Tiger greats who were brothers, #65 Emile Fournet and his older brother, Sid. Sid, a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame and coached by Gaynell "Gus" Tinsley, starred at LSU as a tackle from 1951-1954 and played on both sides of the ball. Sid was an All-SEC honoree his final two seasons, an All-American in 1954 and was credited as playing in 83 percent of LSU's total plays that season. Selected in the second round of the 1955 NFL draft, Sid played seven seasons with the LA Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Texans and New York Titans/Jets. Sadly, he passed away in 2011 at the age of 78.
Little brother Emile was not as highly decorated as Sid; however, he was on more successful teams, including LSU's 1958 National Championship team. In The Advocate's Greatest Moments in LSU Football History, Emile recalled the birth of the Chinese Bandits in a 13-3 victory in 1958 over Alabama. "Bear Bryant had a heck of a team and Alabama recovered a fumble deep in our territory. Instead of leaving the Go Team on defense, Dietzel sent in the Bandits. Alabama had the ball with first-and-goal at the three and we stopped them. That convinced the coaches and everyone else that we could play." Billy Cannon credits Emile for his legendary 89-yard punt return in the Tigers 7-3 win over Ole Miss in 1959. "We were lucky to win the game," Cannon recalled. I was looking at the old yellow film the other night, and I had two guys on my back and Emile Fournet peeled back and blocked them off of me. That was the key to the whole thing." You can watch a recap of that famous win here. Fournet's block occurs around the 1:19 mark.
I’ll leave you today with this article which I’m sure will strike a cord with many of you. It’s by Christopher Smith of Saturday Down South and it’s called “Character, personality concerns a theme for LSU QBs through the years.”