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7/23/16 5:40 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

LSU held Day 2 of its Elite Camp yesterday and I had the pleasure of watching a couple hours of it. With so many kids working out at various stations, it’s not always easy to tell who is who or find the prospects you’re looking for, but there are always a few prospects who stand out from the crowd. In today’s report, I’ll list a few Tiger targets and commitments who caught my eye during the brief time that I was there, as well as a few other tidbits from the camp. But first, there’s this news to report:

Last night, LSU picked up a commitment for the Class of 2019 and he’s a mighty big boy – offensive lineman Kardell Thomas of Southern Lab. Get this: He’s 6-foot-4 and weighs 320-pounds and hasn’t even begun his sophomore year in high school. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see him in the brief time I was at camp yesterday, but I sure wish I would have. Based on these video highlights, he’s quite a force to be reckoned with. Thomas joins cornerbacks Maurice Hampton of Memphis and Derek Stingley of Baton Rouge to give LSU three early commits for the 2019 class.

Now for those Elite Camp notes and observations:

• 2017 defensive end prospect Alec Jackson (6-5, 270) of Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama caught my eye early on with his impressive size (see photo) and a long jump of 88.5 inches, which is outstanding for someone who weighs 270 pounds. I was told by a source close to Jackson that he’s had an LSU offer since April and he likes LSU, but he also likes a lot of other schools and is just exploring his options at this time. Whoever ends up getting this young man will have a heck of a prospect. 

• Running back Travis Etienne (5-11, 199) of Jennings  has a reputation for excelling in camp settings where he consistently scores high in all the testing. He lived up to that reputation yesterday by registering a 36-inch vertical jump (see photo), and a 99-inch long jump. Currently committed to Texas A&M,  Etienne doesn’t yet hold an LSU offer and it appears that his only drawback may be his size. He looks a bit smaller than his indicted height and weight and doesn’t have the type of frame that suggests he could bulk up quickly. Still, he’s a baller, and I get the feeling that he could be in LSU’s backup plan at running back should things not work out with Cam Akers of Clinton, MS.

• With linebacker being a big position of need for LSU, I was hoping to check out Will Ingot, the LB from New Market, Alabama, who I mentioned recently, and Ladarius Fagan, the LB from Miami, Florida, who is rumored to be on the verge of committing. I did see Fagan very briefly, but I did not see Ingot while there. From what I understand, he arrived after I left. One 2017 linebacker who did catch my eye with an impressive performance was Hammond’s Davion May (6-2, 215). I was told that he also stood out at LSU’s 7-on-7 camp last week and is one to watch. Another to keep on your radar is a kid by the name of Monty Rice (6-1, 227) of Madison, Alabama who I hear was very impressive in Day 1 of the camp.

• An in-state cornerback who caught my eye was Amik Robertson (5-9, 175) of Thibodaux. He’s a little undersized but won almost every one of his repetitions when going up against the camp’s top receiver talent. He also ran a blazing hot 4.43 forty. Robertson holds double-digit offers but doesn’t yet have one from LSU, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see one come his way soon.

• As for Class of 2018 targets, wide receiver Kenan Jones (6-3, 205, see photo) of Berwick High, who received an LSU offer in Day 1 of the camp, was quite impressive and looks like a great get for the Tigers. He had Coach Dameyune Craig’s attention almost the entire time I was there and is obviously someone LSU wants badly. Tight end Glenn Beal of John Curtis (6-4, 255) is also someone who had the staff’s attention and looks like the prototypical blocking tight end Les Miles “enjoys” having on his teams. One of the most impressive of all the 2018 targets was quarterback Jack Tuttle (6-4, 190, see photo) of San Marcos, CA. He’s got a rocket for an arm and exudes confidence. 

• As for players currently committed to LSU for 2017, I was quite impressed with wide receiver Mannie Netherly (6-2, 183) of Crosby, Texas (check out his moves in this video to see why), and offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles (6-5, 314) of Madison, Mississippi. In this pic, you can see just how big Charles is as he’s standing next to offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. And, though I didn’t see it, I heard that athlete Patrick Queen (6-1, 218) of Livonia put on a show and ran the forty in 4.49. 

• One more note from the camp that has nothing to do with recruits: I saw LSU freshman tight end Foster Moreau talking on the sidelines to LSU quarterback Danny Etling. (See pic.) Both are great looking players, but I was really surprised by how big and well built Moreau is. I get the feeling he could see the field early and will be a heck of a player before his time as a Tiger is up. 

While LSU did not pick up any commitments for 2017 yesterday, one or more will likely be coming very soon. I’m still on the lookout for LB Ladarius Fagan to commit in the near future (possibly before leaving camp today) and two big LSU targets are announcing their schools of choice Sunday. One is cornerback Kary Vincent (5-11, 170) of Port Arthur, Texas, who will be making his decision at about 7 pm CT tomorrow. I’ve been told that LSU is very confident in him being a Tiger. The other is Isaiah Buggs (6-5 280, MGCCC), the No. 1 JUCO defensive end in the country. The word is that his decision is expected on Sunday as well. Buggs was once believed to be leaning to LSU, but the timing of his announcement, combined with the fact that he was at Auburn yesterday, makes me a little suspicious. 

Moving on… It’s hard to believe that in just six weeks (42 days) it will be LSU Game Day, and with that in mind let’s close out today’s report with our countdown and look at an All-American Tiger who wore No. 42 - Jimmy Taylor. Taylor came to LSU from Baton Rouge High where he excelled in both football and basketball and was the first player selected to play in All-America games in both sports. At LSU, Taylor played fullback and was named an All-American in 1957. His final game as a Tiger, a 25-6 victory over Tulane, marked the start of a 22-game winning streak for the Tigers. That game came after Paul Dietzel’s team had suffered four consecutive losses, scoring a total of only five touchdowns in the four contests. The Tigers needed a victory over their in-state rival to salvage a .500 record after two consecutive losing seasons. It was a critical juncture for Dietzel, and Taylor came to his rescue by rushing for 171 yards, the second highest total in the school’s history at that time, including touchdown runs of 48 and 32 yards in a 25-6 victory that set the stage for a national championship season a year later. The big performance also set the stage for a brilliant pro career for Taylor who was selected by the Packers in the second round of the 1958 NFL Draft as the 15th overall pick. Taylor went on to eight very successful seasons with the Packers and was a six-time All-Pro selection and a member of the winning team in Super Bowl I on January 15, 1967, when the Packers defeated the Chiefs 35-10. In 1967, Taylor played a season with the expansion New Orleans Saints and then retired from pro football. In 1974, Taylor was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and two years later he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

That’s it for today. If any news breaks from the football camp, I’ll try to tweet it as soon as I can, although that might not be until later tonight after my lines are all baited. Wish me luck.


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7/23/16 5:40 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

LSU held Day 2 of its Elite Camp yesterday and I had the pleasure of watching a couple hours of it. With so many kids working out at various stations, it’s not always easy to tell who is who or find the prospects you’re looking for, but there are always a few prospects who stand out from the crowd. In today’s report, I’ll list a few Tiger targets and commitments who caught my eye during the brief time that I was there, as well as a few other tidbits from the camp. But first, there’s this news to report:

Last night, LSU picked up a commitment for the Class of 2019 and he’s a mighty big boy – offensive lineman Kardell Thomas of Southern Lab. Get this: He’s 6-foot-4 and weighs 320-pounds and hasn’t even begun his sophomore year in high school. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see him in the brief time I was at camp yesterday, but I sure wish I would have. Based on these video highlights, he’s quite a force to be reckoned with. Thomas joins cornerbacks Maurice Hampton of Memphis and Derek Stingley of Baton Rouge to give LSU three early commits for the 2019 class.

Now for those Elite Camp notes and observations:

• 2017 defensive end prospect Alec Jackson (6-5, 270) of Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama caught my eye early on with his impressive size (see photo) and a long jump of 88.5 inches, which is outstanding for someone who weighs 270 pounds. I was told by a source close to Jackson that he’s had an LSU offer since April and he likes LSU, but he also likes a lot of other schools and is just exploring his options at this time. Whoever ends up getting this young man will have a heck of a prospect. 

• Running back Travis Etienne (5-11, 199) of Jennings  has a reputation for excelling in camp settings where he consistently scores high in all the testing. He lived up to that reputation yesterday by registering a 36-inch vertical jump (see photo), and a 99-inch long jump. Currently committed to Texas A&M,  Etienne doesn’t yet hold an LSU offer and it appears that his only drawback may be his size. He looks a bit smaller than his indicted height and weight and doesn’t have the type of frame that suggests he could bulk up quickly. Still, he’s a baller, and I get the feeling that he could be in LSU’s backup plan at running back should things not work out with Cam Akers of Clinton, MS.

• With linebacker being a big position of need for LSU, I was hoping to check out Will Ingot, the LB from New Market, Alabama, who I mentioned recently, and Ladarius Fagan, the LB from Miami, Florida, who is rumored to be on the verge of committing. I did see Fagan very briefly, but I did not see Ingot while there. From what I understand, he arrived after I left. One 2017 linebacker who did catch my eye with an impressive performance was Hammond’s Davion May (6-2, 215). I was told that he also stood out at LSU’s 7-on-7 camp last week and is one to watch. Another to keep on your radar is a kid by the name of Monty Rice (6-1, 227) of Madison, Alabama who I hear was very impressive in Day 1 of the camp.

• An in-state cornerback who caught my eye was Amik Robertson (5-9, 175) of Thibodaux. He’s a little undersized but won almost every one of his repetitions when going up against the camp’s top receiver talent. He also ran a blazing hot 4.43 forty. Robertson holds double-digit offers but doesn’t yet have one from LSU, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see one come his way soon.

• As for Class of 2018 targets, wide receiver Kenan Jones (6-3, 205, see photo) of Berwick High, who received an LSU offer in Day 1 of the camp, was quite impressive and looks like a great get for the Tigers. He had Coach Dameyune Craig’s attention almost the entire time I was there and is obviously someone LSU wants badly. Tight end Glenn Beal of John Curtis (6-4, 255) is also someone who had the staff’s attention and looks like the prototypical blocking tight end Les Miles “enjoys” having on his teams. One of the most impressive of all the 2018 targets was quarterback Jack Tuttle (6-4, 190, see photo) of San Marcos, CA. He’s got a rocket for an arm and exudes confidence. 

• As for players currently committed to LSU for 2017, I was quite impressed with wide receiver Mannie Netherly (6-2, 183) of Crosby, Texas (check out his moves in this video to see why), and offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles (6-5, 314) of Madison, Mississippi. In this pic, you can see just how big Charles is as he’s standing next to offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. And, though I didn’t see it, I heard that athlete Patrick Queen (6-1, 218) of Livonia put on a show and ran the forty in 4.49. 

• One more note from the camp that has nothing to do with recruits: I saw LSU freshman tight end Foster Moreau talking on the sidelines to LSU quarterback Danny Etling. (See pic.) Both are great looking players, but I was really surprised by how big and well built Moreau is. I get the feeling he could see the field early and will be a heck of a player before his time as a Tiger is up. 

While LSU did not pick up any commitments for 2017 yesterday, one or more will likely be coming very soon. I’m still on the lookout for LB Ladarius Fagan to commit in the near future (possibly before leaving camp today) and two big LSU targets are announcing their schools of choice Sunday. One is cornerback Kary Vincent (5-11, 170) of Port Arthur, Texas, who will be making his decision at about 7 pm CT tomorrow. I’ve been told that LSU is very confident in him being a Tiger. The other is Isaiah Buggs (6-5 280, MGCCC), the No. 1 JUCO defensive end in the country. The word is that his decision is expected on Sunday as well. Buggs was once believed to be leaning to LSU, but the timing of his announcement, combined with the fact that he was at Auburn yesterday, makes me a little suspicious. 

Moving on… It’s hard to believe that in just six weeks (42 days) it will be LSU Game Day, and with that in mind let’s close out today’s report with our countdown and look at an All-American Tiger who wore No. 42 - Jimmy Taylor. Taylor came to LSU from Baton Rouge High where he excelled in both football and basketball and was the first player selected to play in All-America games in both sports. At LSU, Taylor played fullback and was named an All-American in 1957. His final game as a Tiger, a 25-6 victory over Tulane, marked the start of a 22-game winning streak for the Tigers. That game came after Paul Dietzel’s team had suffered four consecutive losses, scoring a total of only five touchdowns in the four contests. The Tigers needed a victory over their in-state rival to salvage a .500 record after two consecutive losing seasons. It was a critical juncture for Dietzel, and Taylor came to his rescue by rushing for 171 yards, the second highest total in the school’s history at that time, including touchdown runs of 48 and 32 yards in a 25-6 victory that set the stage for a national championship season a year later. The big performance also set the stage for a brilliant pro career for Taylor who was selected by the Packers in the second round of the 1958 NFL Draft as the 15th overall pick. Taylor went on to eight very successful seasons with the Packers and was a six-time All-Pro selection and a member of the winning team in Super Bowl I on January 15, 1967, when the Packers defeated the Chiefs 35-10. In 1967, Taylor played a season with the expansion New Orleans Saints and then retired from pro football. In 1974, Taylor was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and two years later he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

That’s it for today. If any news breaks from the football camp, I’ll try to tweet it as soon as I can, although that might not be until later tonight after my lines are all baited. Wish me luck.

7/22/16 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

By the time many of you are reading this, I’ll be heading to Baton Rouge to check out LSU’s “Elite” recruiting camp which got underway yesterday. Hopefully, I’ll have some pics and/or video to share with you tomorrow. And, if all goes well, I’ll have more pics to share with you Sunday morning, but they’d be of a different sort. Remember that catfish in a winding, cypress-lined bayou I mentioned recently? Well, I’ll be looking to lure him out of his comfort zone and onto my stringer this weekend. But I digress.

In yesterday’s opening day of the camp, LSU reportedly extended three new scholarship offers – one for the class of 2017 and two for 2018. Jimmy Smith of nola.com reports that safety Brad Stewart (6-0, 195, No. 9 on our list of Top LA Prospects for 2017) received an offer after turning in a very impressive afternoon session which included logging a 4.5 forty-yard dash. As for the 2018 prospects, Shea Dixon of 247Sports reports that wide receiver Kenan Jones (6-3, 205) of Berwick High received an offer, as did quarterback Justin Rogers (6-4, 195) of Bossier City’s Parkway High School, the same school Brandon Harris attended. Another class of 2018 prospect who turned heads was athlete Anthony Williams (5-8, 165) of Hahnville when he ran a blazing fast 4.3 forty. He goes by the nickname “Pooka,” and that’s a name to remember. Another Class of 2018 name to remember is Jake Tuttle. He’s a big-time pro-style quarterback from San Marcos, California who is camping at LSU this weekend. He has held an LSU offer since May, and from what I understand Coach Cam Cameron is really high on him. Judging by the fact that Tuttle flew in from California for the camp, I’d say the admiration is mutual. LSU currently has two big-time, four-star QB commits for 2017 – Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse – and one four-star QB commit for 2018 in Zadock Dinkleman of Somerset, TX. 

Now for three quick-hitting tidbits before moving on with our countdown to Game Day

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports has ranked the 10 best offensive lines in college football and pegged LSU at No. 2 behind Clemson. Feldman praised the projected starters and advised fans to remember the name Donavaughn Campbell, “a 6-5, 350-pound freshman road-grader at guard that the staff is excited about.” I couldn’t agree more.

USAToday’s Jason Lisk published his rankings of The Most Overrated College Football Programs of the Last Decade and three SEC teams made his top ten. Two of them are Florida at No. 9 and Georgia topping the list at No. 1. The other was LSU at No. 7. His rationale is that only once in the last 10 years has LSU been ranked outside the top 14 in preseason polls, but since the 2007 national championship, LSU has as many seasons where they finished unranked as in the top 12.

• Former LSU quarterback Rohan Davey joined Matt Moscona on ESPN Radio yesterday to give his thoughts on LSU’s 2016 season: “No excuses. It's prime time. Everything's set. The team is set. They're working their behinds off. All we got to do is play (quarterback). We play the position, we're going to put ourselves in position to do great things at the end of the year. There's no excuses this year. None at all.” With all the talent LSU has returning this year, I’m sure that’s a sentiment many Tiger fans can get behind.

Now, with 43 days remaining until LSU’s highly-anticipated season opener vs Wisconsin at Lambeau Field, let’s continue our countdown by looking at a longstanding rushing record: 43 attempts by Charles Alexander in LSU’s 66-7 over Wyoming in 1977. For the first two years of his LSU career, Alexander played primarily as a backup to Terry Robiskie, and that was probably a good thing considering the 1977 team relied heavily on the junior running back to help carry the offense. The Tiger passing offense struggled in completing just 42.9% of its passes and totaling just 1,190 yards in 11 regular season contests, an average of only 108.2 yards per game. Consequently, LSU heavily depended on the running game and its main halfback, Alexander. Charles came into the regular season finale vs. Wyoming already having 268 carries, an average of 26.8 carries per contest. In fact, Alexander had just set the single-game rushing attempts record the previous week with 41 carries and 199 yards in a 20-17 victory at Tulane. Although LSU held a commanding 37-7 lead at halftime vs. Wyoming with Alexander already having 24 carries, 103 yards and two touchdowns, the Tigers continued to feed him the ball in the second half as he toted the rock 19 times for an additional 128 yards and one score. For the 11 regular season games (bowl statistics didn’t count back then), Alexander finished with school records of 311 carries for 1,686 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and 17 rushing touchdowns. For his excellent performance on the field, Alexander earned First-Team All-American awards, a feat he’d repeat in his senior season of 1978. 

Interestingly, the 2015 team was very similar in the fact that its passing game struggled and the offense relied heavily on the running game and its star running back Leonard Fournette. In 12 contests, the sophomore running back tallied 300 carries for 1,953 yards (6.5 yards per carry) and 22 rushing touchdowns in earning First-Team All-American awards. With 2016 likely being Fournette’s final season, will LSU once again put the bulk of the workload on him, or will the passing game increase its production? Will Derrius Guice, who rushed for 445 yards on just 51 attempts (8.5 yards per carry) share more of the workload? Whatever the case may be, the Tiger offense will need to be less predictable in 2016 in order to keep tough defenses like Alabama, Arkansas and Florida from stacking the box against Fournette.

Speaking of Fournette, I’ll leave you with this awesome new hype video featuring the Heisman hopeful that you have to check out. It’s by Tiger fan “Bonstonker,” and it’s sure to put a little spring in your step this Friday morning. Have a great day, Tiger Fans, and be sure to return tomorrow for your daily fix.

Reader Comments: Hey Scott, Just wanted to tell you to be on the lookout for Alex Bregman to get called up today. Fresno is playing in Round Rock, TX and the Astros are coming home to play the Angels. It has been announced that AJ Reed will be reassigned to Fresno (possible switch off) and an article in the Houston Chronicle and at Astros.com speculates a possible call up as soon as tonight’s game.

7/21/16 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

LSU is gearing up to host its biggest recruiting camp of the year – its annual “elite camp” – which gets underway today and runs through Saturday with a picnic to follow. The list of visitors expected in is nothing short of remarkable, and I’d say that’s a credit to the diligent work of Recruiting Coordinator Ed Oregon and Director of Player Personnel Austin Thomas. I hope to make it out to the camp for a couple of hours tomorrow morning to shoot some video and give you a first-hand report of what I see. With defensive linemen and linebackers being two of LSU’s greatest needs in this year’s recruiting class, there are several big-time prospects at these positions who I hope to observe while there. These include five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson of Bellaire, TX, whom I believe will be a Tiger when this class is all said and done, and defensive end Isaiah Buggs, originally from Ruston, who is the top-rated JUCO DE in the country and a strong lean to LSU. I’m also eager to see linebackers Will Ignont of New Market, AL – a four-star prospect with Louisiana ties who would be nice to steal away from Nick Saban’s backyard – and Ladarius Fagan of Miami, FL, whom Jimmy Smith of nola.com says will be visiting along with his father and could quite possibly commit this weekend. Before anyone even asks… no, LSU’s biggest linebacker target, Dylan Moses, will not be attending the camp, but there’s a good reason for that. He and LSU commits Jhamon Ausbon and Grant Delpit all play for IMG Academy and will be participating in their team’s boot camp this weekend. 

Speaking of Grant Delpit, he is among several LSU commits who received a big bump in 247Sports’ updated rankings released yesterday. The 6-foot-3-and-a-half safety climbed from No. 61 to No. 26 overall, just within striking distance of a five-star ranking. Offensive lineman Austin Deculus made an equally impressive jump after turning in a great performance in Oregon a couple of weeks ago, moving all the way from No.112 to No. 62 overall. The recruiting bump that will make Tiger fans most excited of all was earned by LSU quarterback commit Myles Brennan who went from being a three-star outside of the Top 300 to a four-star ranked at No. 180 overall and No. 6 among pro-style quarterbacks. Fellow LSU quarterback commit Lowell Narcisse is No. 250 overall and the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback, meaning LSU now has two four-star quarterbacks in its 2017 class.

In other news, Coach Miles gave his annual talk at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) convention yesterday and used the opportunity to address last weekend’s tragedy in Baton Rouge and praise local law enforcement and government officials. Those of you who have followed this site for a while know that I have a lot of respect for Coach Miles as a man of character. His actions in moments like these are a big reason why. Rather than recapping what Miles told his audience, I’ve decided to post the entire brief press release issued by LSU.

Turning to baseball, congratulations are in order for six Tigers who have been named to their respective summer collegiate league All-Star teams. These include senior infielder Cole Freeman and junior infielder Bryce Jordan (Cape Cod League); senior pitcher Collin Strall (Northwoods League); sophomore infielder Trey Dawson (Alaska League); and incoming freshmen infielders Josh Smith (Prospect League) and Jake Slaughter (Cal Ripken League). Here’s a bit on each of these players’ summer performances, as provided by LSU’s sports information department:

• Freeman is batting .387 (29-for-75) in 19 games this summer for the Wareham (Mass.) Gatemen with five doubles, 14 runs, four RBI and 10 stolen bases. 

• Jordan is batting .400 (22-for-55) in 21 games for the Brewster (Mass.) Whitecaps with six doubles, nine runs, nine RBI and five hit-by-pitches.

• Freeman and Jordan will play in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET in Chatham, Mass.

• Strall, a right-hander, has a 0.95 ERA in 15 relief appearances for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox. He has worked 37.2 innings, allowing just four earned runs on 27 hits with seven saves, 12 walks and 31 strikeouts.

• Dawson is hitting .281 (18-for-64) in 20 games for the Peninsula (Alaska) Oilers with four doubles, two homers and seven RBI.

• Smith, a product of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, is batting .348 (39-for-112) in 35 games for the Danville (Ill.) Dans with seven doubles, one triple, two homers, 16 RBI. 23 runs and 19 stolen bases.

• Slaughter, a product of Ouachita Christian High in Monroe, La., is hitting .274 (29-for-106) in 31 games for the Gaithersburg (Md.) Giants with eight doubles, two homers, 17 runs and 18 RBI.

Now, with 44 days remaining until LSU football’s season opener vs Wisconsin at Lambeau Field, let’s continue our countdown by recognizing Brad Wing’s career punt average of 44.6 yards, which is a school record. Brad Wing, LSU’s first of three consecutive Aussi punters, was extremely instrumental in shaping the outcomes of many close games that could have gone quite differently had he not delivered. Of course, many Tiger fans remember his field-flipping 73-yard punt that kept LSU in a tight defensive game in Tuscaloosa in 2011. The play, which you can see here, prevented Alabama from having a short field and potential game-winning field goal. Ultimately, LSU won 9-6 in overtime. In 2012, Wing’s longest punt, a 69-yarder at Arkansas, helped the Tigers maintain great field position in another defensive battle, which LSU won 20-13. Not only did Wing have excellent distance on his punts, his hang time was key in aiding the Tigers’ punt coverage team. In fact, Wing’s great hang time was a huge factor in LSU only allowing 73 punt return yards in 2011 and 59 punt return yards in 2012. Wing also displayed excellent placement on his punts, pinning 27 punts inside the 20-yard line and 13 inside the 10 in 2011 and 21 punts inside the 20-yard line in 2012. And who could forget this excellent fake punt in 2011 vs Florida where Wing waltzed into the end zone only to have the play called back for “taunting” by Wing. After numerous awards in college, including First-Team All-American and First-Team All-SEC honors in 2011 and Second-Team All-SEC honors in 2012, Wing went un-drafted in the 2013 NFL draft but still managed to make the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. Wing then became a full-time starter in 2014 for the Pittsburgh Steelers before being traded last year to the New York Giants where he remains today.

Today’s closing tidbits:

• Yesterday I mentioned Lewis Neal setting an LSU weight room record with a 391-pound power clean and that drew a big response from you, the readers. Yesterday Matt Mascona reported that Neal will soon be attempting to break Joseph Barksdale’s squat max record of 704 pounds.

• Tiger Rag’s Cody Worsham reports that Shaquille O’Neil is politicking for fellow former Tiger basketball great Chris Jackson’s LSU jersey to be retired. Here’s more on that topic, including a poll on whether this should happen.

 

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