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3/12/14 5:40 am CT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
Yesterday the LSU football team practiced for the third time this spring and cranked up the intensity big-time with the popular Big Cat drill. For those of you who don’t know, the Big Cat is a hard-hitting, physical drill in which an offensive player is matched up against a defensive player in a battle to see who can drive the other backwards. And man was it intense! So much so that a brief scuffle broke out between Lewis Neal and Josh Boutte, which you’ll see at about the one-minute mark in my video. This prompted Les Miles to get the team’s attention with a few choice words and remind them that “team comes first.” He added that if something like that happened again, they’d all run sprints. The threat seemed to work as things went smoothly from there on out.
Check out the match-ups listed below in my six-minute high-definition Big Cat video:
Quintin Thomas (95) vs. Jonak Austin (71)â€¨
Greg Gilmore (99) vs. Fehoko Fanaika (69)
Maquedius Bain (47) vs. K.J. Malone (63)
Lewis Neal (92) vs. Josh Boutte (76)
M.J. Patterson (93) vs. Travis Dickson (41)
Kendell Beckwith (52) vs. Dillon Gordon (85)
Justin Maclin (54) vs. Logan Stokes (84)
â€¨Ronnie Feist (22) vs. John David Moore (47)
Kwon Alexander (4) vs. Melvin Jones (49)
Duke Riley (40) vs. Devante Meullion (35)
Tre’Davious White (16) vs. Travin Dural (83)
â€¨John Diarse (No. 9) vs. Ed Paris (24)
Kavahra Holmes (36) vs. Quantavius Leslie (15)
After the Big Cat drill, the team dispersed to various areas of the practice fields for individual drills, and I made my rounds to a couple of the stations, as you’ll see in this second video. The first thing I witnessed was Coach Cameron conducting a catch-and-roll drill to teach the tight-ends and receivers how to layout for a catch and then roll to protect the ball. From there, it was on to the quarterbacks and wide receivers for passing drills. Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris both showed great arm strength, but were inconsistent. Hayden Rettig made a couple of nice throws and may have been the most consistent of the bunch while I was watching. On the deep route, which you’ll see at the end of my video, Brad Kragthorpe made a nice throw and was praised by Cameron, and then walk-on Jake Clise put one on the money that Coach Cameron declared the best throw of the day. As for the receivers, I thought Quantavious Leslie was the most consistent during the time I watched.
Moving on to baseball, the Tigers defeated Nicholls State last night, 5-3. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t able to follow the game or write a recap as I usually do because I was busy editing/uploading the football videos until pretty late, so rather than trying to give you a recap I’ll just share with you this press release by LSU’s Sports Information department.
TIGERS EARN SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN WITH 5-3 VICTORY OVER NICHOLLS STATE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Third-ranked LSU extended its winning streak to six games Tuesday night with a 5-3 win over Nicholls State at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers (15-2) return to action at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday against Southern University. The contest will be televised by CST, and fans can listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network. Live video, audio and stats will be available in the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live.
“Definitely not an artistic success, but it was important for us to earn this win,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “To be honest, I kind of expected this type of game. We had played five games in five days, we took the day off Monday, and the players are taking mid-term exams this week. They’re kids, and the sharp focus isn’t going to be there every single night.
“Nicholls threw some very good arms at us, and they have good hitters – I’m just glad we got the win and can look ahead to our next game with Southern tomorrow.”
Nicholls State (8-9) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Tyler Duplantis against LSU starter Brady Domangue.
LSU tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Conner Hale hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Mark Laird.
Jared Foster gave LSU the lead in the bottom of the second with an RBI double down the right field line. An RBI groundout by Danny Zardon extended the Tigers’ lead to 3-1.
The Tigers stretched the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on first and second, Sean McMullen drove in Andrew Stevenson on an RBI single to left-center field. Alex Bregman then hit a two-out RBI single to plate Foster.
The Colonels added a run in the top of the eighth when Leo Vargas delivered an RBI single to left field to score Philip Lyons.
Domangue (2-0) earned the win for the Tigers, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Joe Broussard earned his third save of the year by retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Starter Mike Hanchar (0-1) was charged the loss for Nicholls State, as he surrendered three runs on two hits in five innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
Stevenson, Bregman and McMullen extended their hitting streaks to 15, nine and five games, respectively.
In basketball news, congratulations are in order for Johnny O’Bryant, Jordan Mickey and Jarrel Martin for all being named to All-SEC teams. O’Bryant made the All-SEC first team, while Mickey and Martin were named to the All-SEC freshman team. Mickey also made the second team overall and the first All-Defensive team. One thing I noticed when looking at the full list of All-SEC teams is that LSU and Kentucky are the only two teams with two representatives on the All-Freshman team. That fact, along with the impressive 2014 recruiting class that Coach Jones has assembled, bodes well for LSU’s basketball future.
A few tid-bits in closing: 1) With spring quickly approaching, LSU Alumni Associations across the country are planning their annual crawfish boils. If you are associated with an alumni association that is having a boil and would like for me to post your information, just send it my way and I will create a page for the announcements later this week. 2) I'll also be updating our Ticket Exchange page again soon, so if you have LSU tickets for sale, be sure to let me know. 3) If you enjoy these daily updates on LSU sports, spread the word by telling a fellow Tiger fan to check out DandyDon.com!
3/11/14 5:50 am CT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
After winning five games last week by a combined score of 37-7, LSU has moved up in the polls. The Tigers (14-2) climbed one spot, according to Collegiate Baseball (No. 3), the Coaches (No. 6), and Baseball America (No. 8). In Perfect Game’s poll, they climbed two spots to No. 9. LSU’s next weekend opponent, Vanderbilt (15-2), climbed to 4, 3, 7, and 4 in those same polls, respectively.
The SEC office announced yesterday that LSU junior right-hander Aaron Nola was named SEC Pitcher of the Week. Nola, a Baton Rouge native, had an outstanding outing against Purdue, striking out a career high 12 batters in eight innings of work. As remarkable as that is, what might be even more impressive is that Nola hasn’t allowed an earned run since last year’s SEC tournament (May 23, 2013) against Arkansas. So far this season, he is 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 27 innings, and he’s recorded only two walks with 36 strikeouts.
When Nola and Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede go head to head this Friday, that should be an epic pitchers’ duel, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. LSU (14-2) has two back-to-back home games before that very important road series, starting tonight at 6:30 against Nicholls State (8-8). Coach Paul Mainieri will start junior right-hander Brady Domangue (1-0, 6.35 ERA, 4.2 IP), a former All-American at LSU-E, while Nicholls State will counter with junior left hander Mike Hanchar (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 IP). Tonight’s game will not be televised but can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 in Baton Rouge). Live audio, video and stats are also available in the Geaux Zone at LSUSports.net.
One more baseball tidbit: Coach Mainieri announced yesterday that Kyle Bouman and Jared Poché have earned starting toles in the weekend pitching rotation. Bouman will start Saturday night against Vandy, and Poché will start Sunday. Cody Glenn will be used as a mid-week starter.
As for LSU football, the team practiced yesterday and will do so again today. I plan on being out there this afternoon so that I can give you a report tomorrow. From what I’ve heard of practice so far, John Diarse has been impressive at wide receiver, as has Evan Washington at right guard. I’m anxious to check out the competition at those two positions today, but what I’m most looking forward to is checking out the quarterback competition and the Big Cat drill. Stay tuned, Tiger football fans.
In other news related to football, LSU announced yesterday that the football ticket and parking request list for the 2014 season is now open. Below is the full press release by LSU. And on a related note, I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange page.
LSU FOOTBALL TICKET AND PARKING REQUEST LIST FOR 2014 SEASON NOW OPEN
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s annual football season ticket and parking request lists are now open for those fans interested in either new or additional tickets and/or parking for the 2014 season.
Fans can submit their requests at www.LSUtix.net. The deadline to join either list is March 31, 2014. Adding your name to either list does not guarantee new or additional tickets or parking passes. This is simply a request to be added for consideration for new or additional tickets and/or parking passes for the 2014 season.
LSU is expected to have an additional 1,000 new season tickets become available, primarily in the south endzone of Tiger Stadium in 2014 due to the moving of some visiting team seats.
There is also a limited number of seating options available in the new south stadium club as well as one south Tiger Den Suite available for 2014. Any available club and suite season tickets will be assigned to members of the 2014 Annual Football CLUB AND SUITE Season Ticket Request List.
LSU is also expecting some additional reserved parking lots on the east side of campus as well as a new parking project along Nicholson Drive at the site of the existing student housing complex.
All season tickets and parking passes will be distributed using the LSU Philanthropic Point System rankings as of April 30, 2014.
To sign up for either request list, please visit www.LSUtix.net click on “Purchase Tickets”, and then click on “Football.”
In basketball news, LSU men’s coach Johnny Jones met with the media yesterday and said that his team is looking forward to the challenge of the SEC tournament. He also said he he considers the regular season to have been successful and that the team's growth has been good. When speaking of this Thursday’s contest against Alabama, Coach Jones pointed out that the Crimson Tide “dismantled” Arkansas last Saturday. Actually, that might be putting it mildly. Alabama dominated Arkansas to the tune of 83-58. When LSU and Alabama faced off in late January at Coleman Coliseum, the Crimson Tide won by two, 82-80. The winner of Thursday’s game will meet second-seed Kentucky on Friday at 7 p.m. EDT. For a full transcript of Coach Johnny Jones’s comments from yesterday’s presser, please see this article at LSUSports.net.
Reader comments: Scott, here’s a good article for you to share with your readers: Les Miles spoke out against the NCAA’s shelved 10-second proposal in very Les Miles-like fashion
3/10/14 5:50 am CT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
Before getting started, I want to thank you for the many positive messages I received yesterday about our football spring practice report and the photo I posted of my family at the Box. Glad you enjoyed the post.
The LSU football team will return to the field today for its second of 15 spring practices, and they’ll do it again tomorrow, Thursday, and Saturday of this week. I hope to make it out there tomorrow so that I can give you another report and shoot some video. If last year is any indication, there’s a good chance the team will put on shoulder pads by then and hold the first of many fan-favorite Big Cat drills of the season. Those always make for great video and do a great job of energizing the players and fanbase.
On a related note, here’s the latest LesMiles.net hype video that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. It takes a look at some of the greatest plays of last season and is sure to get you pumped.
I heard from a lot of you yesterday about the first day of practice and it’s obvious that Tiger fans are really curious about the makeup of this year’s Tiger team. Of course, it would be foolish to draw any conclusions from just one day of spring practice, but there were just enough take-aways to warrant an edit to my way too early projected depth chart. Basically, all I did was make few position changes by moving Rob Bolden from quarterback to wide receiver, Jalen Mills from cornerback to safety, Lamar Louis from middle linebacker to outside linebacker, and Kwon Alexander from sam linebacker to will linebacker. I also moved Evan Washington to the top spot at right tackle, followed by Ethan Pocic and Fehoko Fanaika. And, of course, I removed kickoff specialist James Hairston since he won’t be returning to the team. Please note that my depth chart is far from official and is certainly a work-in-progress. As always, your feedback and comments on it are welcome.
In baseball news, LSU completed the three-game sweep over Purdue yesterday with a 7-2 win. Cody Glenn got the start for the Tigers and gave up two runs on four hits in four innings of work. After back-to-back serviceable, though not spectacular, outings by Glenn and Kyle Bouman, Coach Mainieri has a tough decisions to make concerning who will be his Saturday starter. Yesterday, Mainieri confirmed that Jared Poché will be the Sunday starter in this weekend’s SEC-opener series against Vanderbilt, and that he will make a decision today between Glenn and Bouman for the Saturday role.
In yesterday’s game, the Tigers collected 12 hits and were led in the plate by Conner Hale and Andrew Stevenson who each drove in two runs. Speaking of Stevenson, I can’t say enough about his outstanding play this year. At the end of the 2013 season, Stevenson had the lowest batting average on the team at .193. This year he’s riding a 14-game hitting streak with an average of .432, which is second only to Kade Scivicque who is hitting .455. Stevenson has also been spectacular in centerfield.
Here’s a quick scoring summary of yesterday’s game: LSU took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Hale hit a bases-loaded RBI single, and Stevenson followed with an RBI sacrifice fly. Purdue tied the game in the top of the third with a two-run homer on a pitch that Glenn left too high in the zone. In the bottom of the fourth, Chris Chinea lined an RBI double to put the Tigers up, 3-2. LSU extended the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI groundout by Hale, an RBI single by Scivicque and an RBI triple by Stevenson, which incidentally was Stevenson’s third triple of the season. LSU added the final run in the eighth after singles by Scivique and Chinea and a throwing error by the Purdue second baseman.
LSU will return to action at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow against Nicholls State with junior right-hander Brady Domangue (1-0) on the mound for the Tigers. After that, the Tigers will turn around and play Southern on Wednesday before facing one of their stiffest challenges of the season this weekend when they travel to Vanderbilt to take on the consensus top-10 Commodores for the start of SEC play.
In softball news, LSU lost two-out-of-three games to Auburn in their first conference series of the year. With the loss, LSU fell to 17-8 overall. After winning Game 1 of the series Friday, 4-1, the Lady Tigers lost 6-4 Saturday and were shutout 7-0 yesterday. Next up is a home series against the top-ranked Florida Gators beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
In basketball news, Coach Johnny Jones will hold his final Tipoff Luncheon of the season today at at L’Auberge Resort in Baton Rouge. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at 12:10 p.m. The buffet cost is $14.95. Coach Jones will be on hand to discuss the week ahead for the Tiger basketball team, which includes Thursday’s SEC tournament contest against Alabama.
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