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7/28/16 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Coach Les Miles held his annual meeting with the Baton Rouge Rotary Club yesterday and by all accounts it was an entertaining event even though football was rarely discussed. Miles spent much of his time expressing support for local law enforcement in light of the recent Baton Rouge shootings and entertained the crowd with stories of being raised as the son of a law enforcement officer, standing up to an elementary school bully, and with other anecdotes delivered as only he could. Here’s a very brief video montage of Miles entertaining the crowd, as tweeted by Brian Holland.

When Miles did speak about football from the podium or to local media who were covering the event, he reportedly gave an update on LSU’s two signees who have not yet enrolled, DT Edwin Alexander and DE Andre Anthony. Alexander is expected to enroll “shortly,” although Miles was less confident about Anthony. As stated last month, Anthony’s hold up has to do with waiting for clearance of his transcripts from the NCAA clearinghouse. Miles suggested that an appeal may be necessary, although they’re not at that point yet. Miles also indicated that kicker Colby Delahoussaye will miss a portion of preseason camp, as expected, while he recovers from the second-degree burns and emotional trauma he endured in last weekend’s tragic car crash. He also confirmed that alcohol was not involved in the accident, which occurred as the three players were en route to a wedding reception. 

Another LSU coach who spoke publicly recently is recruiting coordinator and D-line coach Ed Orgeron who joined 104.5 FM’s Culotta and the Prince show on Tuesday. Coach O mentioned two defensive linemen – Rashard Lawrence and Glen Logan – as newcomers who could see early playing time. Logan, he said, reported to camp a little heavy but is down to 310 pounds and is ready to go. While speaking of big bodies, Coach O said that last year’s defensive line was a little on the small side, averaging 275 pounds, while the teams that gave them trouble had offensive lines that averaged about 325 pounds. This year the Tigers’ D-line averages 300-320 and has quality “two-deep” depth across the board. Of course, part of the increased weight average has to do with moving to a 3-4 defense, but still, it was obvious in Coach O’s comments that he believed this line will be better equipped to handle big physical lines like those of Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas, which is good to know. If you’ve got about 12 minutes to spare, you can hear his full interview here. By the way, yesterday was Coach O’s 55th birthday.

Turning to basketball, I’m very happy to pass along the following news of former Tiger Keith Hornsby signing a free agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Here’s wishing him a long and prosperous NBA career.

DALLAS MAVERICKS SIGN LSU PLAYER KEITH HORNSBY

BATON ROUGE – The positive rehab from a second surgery that ended his senior season early took a big step forward Wednesday when LSU guard Keith Hornsby, who played the last two seasons and graduated in May, signed a contract with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.

Hornsby missed the first part of the season and then was reinjured and had to miss the end of the 2015-16 season.

Hornsby (6-4, 210) went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft after a 1,000-point collegiate career at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and LSU. After graduating from prep power Oak Hill Academy, Hornsby began his collegiate career at UNC-Asheville before transferring to LSU for his junior and senior seasons.

In two years at LSU, the Williamsburg, Va., native played in 53 games (52 starts) and finished with averages of 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 33.6 minutes per game. As a senior, Hornsby averaged 13.1 points, second on the team to 2016 NBA Draft first overall pick Ben Simmons.

Now for a few tidbits before continuing with our countdown to the start of LSU football:

• One-time LSU football commit and 5-star safety, Jacoby Stevens, is set to announce his school of choice on August 8th at 2:30 pm CT. His finalists are Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and LSU.

• LSU extended a scholarship offer to class of 2020 pro-style QB Harrison Bailey, a 6-4, 195-pound prospect from Marietta HS. That’s right, Class of 2020, meaning he hasn’t even started high school yet. The young man (kid really) already holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M. I never make to much out of these things because so much can happen in four years. Heck, a lot can happen in one year, as evidenced by the following tidbit with seems appropriate for #ThrowbackThursday…

• A year ago today I reported that 2017 quarterback target Nowell Narcisse committed to Auburn and said I wasn’t too worried about it since there was still a year and a half between then and 2017 Signing Day. As you know well, Narcisse is now back on board, joining Myles Brennan to give LSU two elite QB commits in this year’s class.

• NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranked his Top 15 sophomores in college football and two Tigers made the list: outside linebacker Arden Key at No. 4 and running back Derrius Guice at No. 8.

Now let’s continue our Countdown to Game Day, which has already reached the 37-day mark, by looking at one of the all-time greatest Tigers to ever play the game – No. 37, Tommy Casanova. During his time at LSU from 1969 to1971, Casanova (6'1", 186) was an extremely versatile athlete who played offense and defense, returned punts and kickoffs, and did just about everything except handle the water cart. Casanova was selected to the College Football All-America Team and the All-SEC Team during each of his three years as a Tiger, and in September of 1971, Sports Illustrated included Casanova on their cover along with the headline, “Tommy Casanova of LSU, Best Player in the Nation.” (Click here to see the cover image.) At that time, Casanova was a top contender for the Heisman Trophy, but a pulled hamstring in the second game of the 1971 season sidelined him for five weeks and pretty much took him out of the running. One of Casanova’s more notable individual performances came in a 1970 LSU win against Ole Miss that wrapped up an Orange Bowl bid for the Tigers. Casanova returned two punts for touchdowns that day, tying a national record, and LSU’s Craig Burns added a third. As the Tigers steadily increased their lead in the second half en route to a 61-17 win, LSU fans who hadn't seen their team beat the Rebels since 1964 began to throw oranges on the field. Casanova went on to a successful NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1972-1977 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in ’74, ’75, ’76, and ’77. While playing for the Bengals, Casanova began to pursue his M.D., and in 1977 he quit football to pursue his degree full-time. Casanova is now an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) in his hometown of Crowley, LA.

Oh, almost forgot: I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange with several new listings.


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7/28/16 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Coach Les Miles held his annual meeting with the Baton Rouge Rotary Club yesterday and by all accounts it was an entertaining event even though football was rarely discussed. Miles spent much of his time expressing support for local law enforcement in light of the recent Baton Rouge shootings and entertained the crowd with stories of being raised as the son of a law enforcement officer, standing up to an elementary school bully, and with other anecdotes delivered as only he could. Here’s a very brief video montage of Miles entertaining the crowd, as tweeted by Brian Holland.

When Miles did speak about football from the podium or to local media who were covering the event, he reportedly gave an update on LSU’s two signees who have not yet enrolled, DT Edwin Alexander and DE Andre Anthony. Alexander is expected to enroll “shortly,” although Miles was less confident about Anthony. As stated last month, Anthony’s hold up has to do with waiting for clearance of his transcripts from the NCAA clearinghouse. Miles suggested that an appeal may be necessary, although they’re not at that point yet. Miles also indicated that kicker Colby Delahoussaye will miss a portion of preseason camp, as expected, while he recovers from the second-degree burns and emotional trauma he endured in last weekend’s tragic car crash. He also confirmed that alcohol was not involved in the accident, which occurred as the three players were en route to a wedding reception. 

Another LSU coach who spoke publicly recently is recruiting coordinator and D-line coach Ed Orgeron who joined 104.5 FM’s Culotta and the Prince show on Tuesday. Coach O mentioned two defensive linemen – Rashard Lawrence and Glen Logan – as newcomers who could see early playing time. Logan, he said, reported to camp a little heavy but is down to 310 pounds and is ready to go. While speaking of big bodies, Coach O said that last year’s defensive line was a little on the small side, averaging 275 pounds, while the teams that gave them trouble had offensive lines that averaged about 325 pounds. This year the Tigers’ D-line averages 300-320 and has quality “two-deep” depth across the board. Of course, part of the increased weight average has to do with moving to a 3-4 defense, but still, it was obvious in Coach O’s comments that he believed this line will be better equipped to handle big physical lines like those of Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas, which is good to know. If you’ve got about 12 minutes to spare, you can hear his full interview here. By the way, yesterday was Coach O’s 55th birthday.

Turning to basketball, I’m very happy to pass along the following news of former Tiger Keith Hornsby signing a free agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Here’s wishing him a long and prosperous NBA career.

DALLAS MAVERICKS SIGN LSU PLAYER KEITH HORNSBY

BATON ROUGE – The positive rehab from a second surgery that ended his senior season early took a big step forward Wednesday when LSU guard Keith Hornsby, who played the last two seasons and graduated in May, signed a contract with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.

Hornsby missed the first part of the season and then was reinjured and had to miss the end of the 2015-16 season.

Hornsby (6-4, 210) went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft after a 1,000-point collegiate career at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and LSU. After graduating from prep power Oak Hill Academy, Hornsby began his collegiate career at UNC-Asheville before transferring to LSU for his junior and senior seasons.

In two years at LSU, the Williamsburg, Va., native played in 53 games (52 starts) and finished with averages of 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 33.6 minutes per game. As a senior, Hornsby averaged 13.1 points, second on the team to 2016 NBA Draft first overall pick Ben Simmons.

Now for a few tidbits before continuing with our countdown to the start of LSU football:

• One-time LSU football commit and 5-star safety, Jacoby Stevens, is set to announce his school of choice on August 8th at 2:30 pm CT. His finalists are Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and LSU.

• LSU extended a scholarship offer to class of 2020 pro-style QB Harrison Bailey, a 6-4, 195-pound prospect from Marietta HS. That’s right, Class of 2020, meaning he hasn’t even started high school yet. The young man (kid really) already holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M. I never make to much out of these things because so much can happen in four years. Heck, a lot can happen in one year, as evidenced by the following tidbit with seems appropriate for #ThrowbackThursday…

• A year ago today I reported that 2017 quarterback target Nowell Narcisse committed to Auburn and said I wasn’t too worried about it since there was still a year and a half between then and 2017 Signing Day. As you know well, Narcisse is now back on board, joining Myles Brennan to give LSU two elite QB commits in this year’s class.

• NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranked his Top 15 sophomores in college football and two Tigers made the list: outside linebacker Arden Key at No. 4 and running back Derrius Guice at No. 8.

Now let’s continue our Countdown to Game Day, which has already reached the 37-day mark, by looking at one of the all-time greatest Tigers to ever play the game – No. 37, Tommy Casanova. During his time at LSU from 1969 to1971, Casanova (6'1", 186) was an extremely versatile athlete who played offense and defense, returned punts and kickoffs, and did just about everything except handle the water cart. Casanova was selected to the College Football All-America Team and the All-SEC Team during each of his three years as a Tiger, and in September of 1971, Sports Illustrated included Casanova on their cover along with the headline, “Tommy Casanova of LSU, Best Player in the Nation.” (Click here to see the cover image.) At that time, Casanova was a top contender for the Heisman Trophy, but a pulled hamstring in the second game of the 1971 season sidelined him for five weeks and pretty much took him out of the running. One of Casanova’s more notable individual performances came in a 1970 LSU win against Ole Miss that wrapped up an Orange Bowl bid for the Tigers. Casanova returned two punts for touchdowns that day, tying a national record, and LSU’s Craig Burns added a third. As the Tigers steadily increased their lead in the second half en route to a 61-17 win, LSU fans who hadn't seen their team beat the Rebels since 1964 began to throw oranges on the field. Casanova went on to a successful NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1972-1977 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in ’74, ’75, ’76, and ’77. While playing for the Bengals, Casanova began to pursue his M.D., and in 1977 he quit football to pursue his degree full-time. Casanova is now an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) in his hometown of Crowley, LA.

Oh, almost forgot: I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange with several new listings.

7/27/16 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

We’ll start today’s extra-strength daily dose with a little news on the basketball front: Coach Johnny Jones has announced that former Tiger basketball great and New Orleans prep legend Randy Livingston will join the LSU staff as an assistant coach. Livingston was one of the best prep basketball players to ever play in Louisiana, leading Newman High to three consecutive state championships from 1991-1993 and earning USA Today All-American First Team honors. He also shared the National Prep Player of the year award with Jason Kidd in 1992 and Rasheed Wallace in 1993. From there, he went on to LSU where his collegiate career was marred by knee injuries. Still, the 6-foot-4 guard established himself as a special talent and was selected in the second round of the 1996 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. Livingston enjoyed 11 seasons in the NBA and then went on to play several years in the Turkish league and the NBA-D League. With that kind of playing experience, there’s no doubt that he knows the game extremely well. As for his coaching ability, all I know is that he served as a coach in the NBA D-League for two seasons. Most recently, Livingston’s been working in Australia where he put together a scouting service for men’s and women’s college prospects, something that should come in handy in keeping LSU’s Aussi connection alive and well. And since he’s a New Orleans native and legend, he should help in keeping the state’s top talent at home. Here’s hoping this hire is just what’s needed to give Coach Johnny Jones’ Tigers’ a much-needed boost.   

Now for some news on the football recruiting front: LSU picked up its fourth commitment in five days yesterday when 2017 defensive tackle Neil Farrell (6-4, 295) gave his verbal pledge. Farrell hails from Mobile, Alabama’s Murphy High School and is “only” a three-star, but when you see his offer list you know that you can safely ignore that ranking. Earlier this month, he went to Alabama’s camp and received an offer from Nick Saban, and then a couple of weeks later went to Florida State’s camp and received one from Jimbo Fisher. In fact, the young man holds offers from many additional top programs including Clemson, Florida and Michigan, and that should tell you that he’s a big-time prospect. If you need more proof, you can check out his impressive video highlights. With Farrell’s pledge, LSU’s 2017 class now contains 18 commitments and is ranked No. 4 in the nation according to 247Sports’ team rankings.

Sticking to the topic of football, recently we’ve written about returning Tigers who will likely play greater roles this season, and we’ll continue along those lines today. So far we’ve covered Josh Boutte, Toby Weathersby, Tyron Johnson and J.D. Moore on offense, and Greg Gilmore, Frank Herron, Duke Riley and Corey Thompson on defense. (You can find those write-ups here.) Today we’ll conclude the series with a look at a few veterans who will probably be counted on more heavily on special teams this year. Here we go… 

Returning Tigers Who Will Likely Play Greater Roles this Season
Part III: Special Teams

The obvious player to write about here is punter Josh Growden. With Jamie Keehn having graduated after handling all of the Tigers’ punting duties for the past three seasons, Growden is set to take over as LSU’s third consecutive Australian punter without having ever punted in a live game. His performance will obviously have a major impact. Another returning Tiger who could play a much greater role this season than last is kicker Colby Delahoussaye since Trent Domingue has transferred to Texas. In light of Delahoussaye’s recent tragic accident, it’s hard to say at this point how much he will be able to participate in preseason activities, which could open the door for true freshman kicker Connor Colt or sophomore Cameron Gamble to claim the starting placekicking job. Of course, I hope and pray for Delahoussaye’s quick recovery, not only because he’s a very valuable, experienced member of the team, but because he’s a fine young man who’s been through an unthinkable ordeal. One last player to mention here is Donté Jackson whose elite speed I hope to see more fully utilized in the return game. Last year as a freshman, the speedster returned eight kickoffs for 164 yards and four punts for six yards. Every time Jackson gets his hands on the ball he’s a threat to bust a big play, and I hope to see him get several more opportunities this year on special teams, and perhaps even on offense as well.

Mentioning Delahoussaye reminds me to share with you this message he sent out to Tiger Fans via Twitter yesterday:  “I want to thank you so very much for all the thoughts and prayers, it truly means so much to me and my family. I am back in Louisiana and have very minor injuries and will recover back to 100% in a very short amount of time. The main thing I want everyone to focus on is sending many prayers to Mike and Sam’s families. They need prayers now more than ever. They were amazing friends and I will miss them dearly. God Bless.” 

With 38 days remaining until LSU’s season opener vs Wisconsin at Lambeau Field on September 3rd, let’s continue our countdown by looking at an impressive number, LSU's 38 first-round NFL draft picks.  Starting with Steve Van Buren as the No. 5 pick of the 1944 draft to 70 years later with Odell Beckham, Jr. being selected No. 12 overall in 2014, the Tigers have had at least two first-round selections each decade for eight consecutive decades. Many younger Tiger fans may take for granted LSU's recent NFL draft success and think that's been the norm for the program, but the numbers by decade show that through 1999, the most first-round picks in a decade was the 90s when the Tigers produced five. LSU squashed that number in the 2000s with nine first-rounders and almost matched the 90s total of five when they had four first-round picks in the 2007 NFL draft. In fact, JaMarcus Russell was selected No. 1 in that draft, joining Billy Cannon (No. 1 in 1960) as the only two Tigers to be selected No. 1 overall. With six first-round picks so far this decade and three more drafts to go (2017-2019), LSU has a good chance to eclipse its record of nine. The Tigers have failed to have a first-rounder the past two NFL drafts, but I attribute that to the fact that La'el Collins was unjustly linked to a double homicide just weeks before the 2015 draft and LSU did not have many departures this previous draft, evidenced by 18 returning starters for this year's team. Get this: In Miles' 11 seasons as head coach, LSU has had 13 first-round picks, which is over a third of LSU's overall total of 38. For 2017, the Tigers could obliterate the 2007 record of four first-round picks with Leonard Fournette, Tre'Davious White, Jamal Adams, Ethan Pocic, Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural, Kendell Beckwith, Lewis Neal, Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux all having potential to be first-rounders. This is just further proof that it’s a great time to be a Tiger!

In other football news, Athlon Sports released its Top 10 SEC Heisman Candidates for 2016 and you might be surprised at who made their cut. Of course, running back Leonard Fournette is at the top of their list, as he should be. What took me back a bit was seeing who they have at No. 8 – quarterback Brandon Harris. Here’s what they had to say about the junior returning starter: “It may come as a surprise to those who always say ‘LSU could be really good if it had a quarterback.’ But the Tigers’ quarterback actually finished in the top five in the SEC last year in yards per attempt. Harris was mostly efficient, throwing 13 touchdowns to only six interceptions, and also has shown an ability to scramble. Obviously, he will need better numbers than he had last year to win the Heisman, and Les Miles loves to run the ball, but don’t rule Harris out if LSU has a stellar season.” 

Reader Comments: Scott, my son in law has rented a couple of busses to take Tigers from Milwaukee to Green Bay. Please post this to help some traveling Tigers: We have two charter buses to the Frozen Tundra from Milwaukee full of Tiger fans. The first bus is full and the second bus is filling-up quick. The buses will depart from Milwaukee at 7a.m. on Game Day. The pick-up and drop-off is located at the Hilton Double Tree which is at 611 W. Wisconsin Ave. The cost is $100.00 per person. As for the bus, it is a 56 passenger Charter that has a bathroom, wi-fi and electrical outlets. In addition, we will be providing some beer. The duration of the trip is typically about a two and a half hour drive to Green Bay. However, considering the amount of people expected to travel that day, it is more likely to be three hours. For the return trip, the bus will pick us up at a location TBD approximately 2 hours after the end of the game. This will allow the traffic to die down and let us take in some more Green Bay atmosphere. Please send me an email if you are interested at LSUbustogreenbay@gmail.com. It will be first come first serve. Once I receive your email, I will reply with payment instructions.

7/26/16 6:05 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

After three news-filled days with lots to report, things are a little quiet on the LSU news front, so what we’ll do today is resume our series on returning Tigers who will likely play greater roles this football season, as well as our Countdown to Game Day. Then we’ll close out with a word on recruiting and on Alex Bregman’s big league debut last night. Here we go… 

Returning Tigers Who Will Likely Play Greater Roles this Season
Part II: Defense

Great defense starts with a solid defensive line, and second-year defensive line coach Ed Orgeron’s scheme of constant pressure and aggressiveness requires quality depth. With Lewis Neal (6-2, 264), Davon Godchaux (6-4, 293) and Christian LaCouture (6-5, 307) projected as the three starters in Aranda’s 3-4 scheme, juniors Greg Gilmore (6-4, 313) and Frank Herron (6-4, 289) will be heavily relied on to spell the starters and keep the defensive front fresh enough to consistently apply the pressure it needs to effectively stop opposing offenses. Gilmore (13 tackles in 2015) and Herron (23 tackles in 2015) both have the size and athleticism to plug holes against opposing running games and help collapse pockets on opposing quarterbacks. That type of pressure will allow the four linebackers in Aranda’s 3-4 scheme to finish off plays with tackles near or behind the line of scrimmage. 

Speaking of linebackers, senior Duke Riley (6-0, 227), who has played in 38 games but started just one in his career, projects to be a full-time starter this season. Riley tallied 24 tackles last year while demonstrating the type of lateral speed needed to go side-to-side and track down ball carriers. In Aranda’s scheme as a middle linebacker, I suspect Riley will have a breakout year in his senior campaign. Another veteran who’ll play a big role at linebacker is Corey Thompson (6-2, 221), a converted safety who finished with 15 tackles in 2015 after redshirting due to an injury in 2014. The fifth-year senior is considered to be a physical player, and his safety speed is sure to be an advantage in pursuing ball carriers and effectively covering on pass plays as an outside linebacker. Barring injury, the four aforementioned players should have a huge impact on an LSU defense which I fully expect to be significantly improved.

If you missed Part I of this series which focused on returning offensive players who will play greater roles this season, you can find it here

Moving on with our countdown to Game Day… yesterday we talked about LSU’s 40-3 dominating 2005 Peach Bowl victory over Miami, and today, with 39 days remaining, let’s look at an amazing play from that same season that gave Les Miles his first career victory at LSU. I’m referring to a 39-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell to Early Doucet on fourth down to beat Arizona State 35-31. LSU had already had to postpone its originally scheduled season opener vs. North Texas on September 3rd, and the September 10th Arizona State game, which was originally scheduled in Baton Rouge, had to be played in Tempe, AZ instead, as LSU had offered hurricane victims the stadium as a place of refuge.

The game started slowly for the Tigers, trailing after three quarters 17-7. But like many other games during the Les Miles era, special teams would play a huge role. First, the Tigers blocked a field goal and Mario Stevenson returned it 55 yards for a score, and less than 90 seconds later, Craig Steltz returned a blocked punt 29 yards, giving LSU its first lead of the contest 21-17. Leads switched three times, with ASU grabbing a 31-28 lead with just over four minutes remaining. The Tigers received possession at their own 9-yard line, quickly moved 52 yards in six plays before facing 4th and 10 after three incompletions. That’s when Russell avoided pressure rolling to his left and firing a 39-yard pass to the far-left of the end zone that Doucet secured for the go-ahead TD. Even after the extra point gave the Tigers a 35-31 lead with just 1:13 remaining, the Sun Devils quickly marched down the field to the LSU 28. After being torched most of the game, the LSU defense stepped up big, forcing four incompletions and securing their first victory under Coach Miles, one that would serve as not only a great start to his career but also a timely dose of good news for a state recently ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Side note: We considered featuring two other 39-yard pass plays for today’s countdown, both of which came from Brandon Harris last year. One was to Travin Dural versus Alabama and the other was to Tyron Johnson vs. Ole Miss. Although the Tigers lost both of the contests, those plays brought LSU back within striking distance in both games after falling behind. While we hope to see many more plays like those this season, what we really hope to see is a greatly improved short to intermediate passing game which would go a long way toward LSU defeating those two rivals this year.

Turning to baseball, Alex Bregman made his big league debut with the Houston Astros last night and turned in a stellar defensive performance. If there was any doubt whether the former Tiger shortstop could make the transition to playing third base, he quickly put that question to rest last night with a great play to close out the first inning and a then proceeded to make several more plays at the hot corner without a glitch, including this gem that was No. 9 on SportsCenter's Top 10. At the plate, however, things didn’t go as well. Bregman went hitless in four at-bats but came oh so close to launching a grand slam in the sixth with the score tied 1-1 when he sent a shot to the right-field warning track. While I would have loved to have seen Bregman have a storybook offensive outing in his debut, I have no doubt that he’ll be just fine at the plate and that big things are in store for the former Tiger. 

One more Bregman/baseball tidbit: Bregman’s debut last night made him the 13th former LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the major leagues. The others are infielder Ryan Schimpf, pitcher Nick Goody, outfielder Mikie Mahtook, pitcher Nick Rumbelow, pitcher Aaron Nola, pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitcher Kevin Gausman, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and infielder Matt Clark. LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 24 of the past 26 seasons. The Tigers have produced a total of 71 Major Leaguers during their illustrious baseball history. There are 12 former LSU players currently in the big leagues, including Bregman, Schimpf (Padres), Coleman (Dodgers), Goody (Yankees), Nola (Phillies), Mahtook (Rays), Gausman (Orioles), Furbush (Mariners), LeMahieu (Rockies), Ranaudo (White Sox),  Aaron Hill (Brewers) and Will Harris (Astros).

In football recruiting news, LSU’s Bradley Dale Peveto is now ranked in Top 10 of 247Sports’ Recruiter Rankings, making him the highest ranked recruiter on LSU’s staff. The reason: He’s the primary or secondary recruiter for six of LSU’s 17 current commitments including five-star Austin Deculus (OT) and four-stars Kary Vincent (CB), Grant Delpit (S), Jhamon Ausbon (WR) and Mannie Netherly (WR). Coach Peveto’s ranking could skyrocket much higher if LSU lands three of its biggest remaining targets – 5-star DT Marvin Wilson, 4-star CB K'Lavon Chaisson, and 4-star DE Isaiah Buggs. Just so you know, LSU’s second highest ranked recruiter on staff is first-year wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig who checks in at No. 18.

A couple of ticket-related tidbits in closing:

• StubHub has signed a multi-year agreement with LSU Athletics as the official ticket marketplace of the Tigers. According to it its website, StubHub began activation of this agreement with the start of LSU’s basketball season in November of 2015 and will provide its LSU football marketplace for this first time in 2016. More info can be found here.

• Speaking of tickets, I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange with several new listings.

 

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