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4/20/15 6:10 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Yesterday was a great day for LSU sports as the football team turned in an impressive outing in the Spring Game, Coach Miles picked up his 9th commitment for the season, the baseball team secured a series win with a double-header sweep of Georgia and the softball team defeated Texas A&M.

Starting with football… Approximately 15,000 Tiger Fans turned out to watch LSU’s annual Spring Game yesterday in which the White team, made up of first-string players, soundly defeated the Purple team by a score of 45-6. Like most of you, I was anxiously watching the quarterbacks to see if there would be notable improvement and whether Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris would separate himself from the other. Well, I think it’s pretty safe to say that both quarterbacks appeared considerably better than the last time we saw them in action, but I’d be lying if I said either one did enough to secure the starting job. Both quarterbacks put up outstanding stats when working with the White team, but neither was able to accomplish much working behind a Purple offensive line that was constantly manhandled by the first team defensive line of the White team. 

When working with the White team, Harris was a perfect 7-of-7 for 141 yards and two touchdowns, while Jennings was a commendable 8-of-14 for 215 yards and two touchdowns. When working with the Purple team, Harris was 4-of-10 for 37 yards, no TDs and one interception, while Jennings was 5-of-6 for 27 yards and no TDs. Overall, I’d say Harris was the more impressive of the two, just as he was in last year’s spring game, but Jennings was clearly improved, and that’s encouraging. 

I was also encouraged by the fact that LSU’s wide receivers looked outstanding, and it was great to see LSU’s tight ends targeted for four pass completions. Malachi Dupré was the most impressive of the receivers as he hauled in four passes for 112 yards, including a 35-yard diving catch in the end zone on a well thrown pass by Harris, and a 37-yard touchdown reception in which he had to make a difficult adjustment on a pass by Jennings. Statistically speaking, Travin Dural had an even better game as he caught four passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by a 70-yard reception from Jennings. Two other players whom I predicted would have breakout seasons this year also had impressive outings – tight end DeSean Smith and wide receiver D.J. Chark. Smith caught two passes for 62 yards, including a 50-yard reception from true freshman quarterback Justin McMillan on his first passing attempt. Chark had two receptions for 53 yards, including a remarkable catch in double coverage on a 45-yard pass thrown very well by Harris.  

As for LSU’s rushing game, it looked as good as advertised. Leonard Fournette gets most of the hype (understandably so) but I was equally impressed with Darrell Williams in yesterday’s game. For a man his size, he shows remarkable agility. Together, I predict the two will make as good a tandem as there is in college football, if not this year than next. Also, David Ducre made it clear that he is more than “just” a fullback , especially when he plowed over Ricky Jefferson in a show of force on a five-yard gain. 

On the flip side of the ball, the defensive standouts were… well, the entire White team’s defensive line. The starting unit of Tashawn Bower, Davon Godchaux, Christian LaCouture and Maquedius Bain were constantly in the Purple team’s backfield, wreaking havoc. Bain, whom Coach Miles admitted would probably not have started at defensive end if Lewis Neal (ankle) were healthy, logged three sacks, while Godchaux logged one. Linebackers Deion Jones (White team) and Ronnie Feist (Purple team) led the Tigers in tackles with seven each. I was also impressed with cornerback Kevin Toliver who looked as good as advertised in coverage. 

Those of you who missed the Spring Game will be happy to know that it will be replayed several times on TV starting tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on the SEC Network. 

In subsequent reports, we’ll have much more on players who stood out and other takeaways from the spring game, but for now it’s time to move on to other news, starting with a huge commitment Coach Miles secured yesterday…

Shortly after the conclusion of the Spring Game, LSU received some great news on the recruiting front when Edwin Alexander re-committed to LSU. I say “re-committed” because Alexander had committed to LSU early last year but then backed off of his commitment to explore other options. Alexander (6-2, 310, St. Thomas Aquinas) is a big-time 5-star defensive tackle who we have rated No. 2 on our list of Top LA Prospects for 2016. With his pledge, LSU has nine commitments in its 2016 class which is now ranked No. 5 in the nation, according to 247Sports. 

One more recruiting tidbit before moving on… The second-rated quarterback on our list of Top LA Prospects, Cole Kelly of Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette), committed to Arkansas yesterday. Kelly had not been offered by LSU.

In baseball news, LSU secured the series win at Georgia with a double header sweep yesterday.  

In the first game, LSU won 4-1 behind the solid pitching of Alex Lange and the exceptional relief pitching of Hunter Newman. Lange went six innings (he wasn’t expected to go any longer after suffering an injury last week) and allowed only one run on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Newman entered in the seventh and completely shutdown the Bulldogs without allowing a hit in the final three innings while facing the minimum number of batters. (Here’s a stat to chew on: Newman hasn’t allowed an earned run in 21.2 innings this season. Pretty remarkable.) Offensively, the Tigers collected 10 hits in the game and were led at the plate by none other than the Maurepas Masher, Kade Scivicque, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Game 1 Boxscore

In Game 2, LSU again produced excellent pitching and hammered the ball at the plate to win 9-1. Jared Poché got the start and pitched seven strong innings, allowing only one run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Parker Bugg pitched the final two innings, didn’t allow a hit or a run, and faced the minimum (6 batters). Offensively, the Tigers collected 14 hits in the game, and again they were led by Scivicque who went 3-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a solo home run in the second. Game 2 Boxscore

Here’s what Coach Mainieri had to say about the Tigers’ day: “Our pitching was outstanding in both games. Poche’ was really sharp throughout his outing, and after the first couple of innings, Lange worked into a groove and was dominating. Our bullpen was excellent – Hunter Newman has been remarkable all season, and Parker Bugg gave us a tremendous outing in Game 2. I wasn’t real pleased with the way we swung the bats in the first game, because we didn’t take advantage of some scoring opportunities. But, we were more productive in the second game with 14 hits and generated the run support we needed for our pitchers.”

The Tigers will go for the series sweep today at noon, weather permitting. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+, available at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. It can also be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live stats and audio are available in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net. The fact that LSU only had to use two relief pitchers in the two games yesterday puts the Tigrs in excellent shape to secure the series sweep today. 

A couple more baseball tidbits: 

• Alex Bregman had a rough day, committing two errors at shortstop and hitting a combined 2-for-8. I look for him to bounce back in a big way today.

• Chris Chinea took an awful blow to the chin by a fastball in Game 2 which dropped him to the ground and caused blood to spew from his mouth. Fortunately, he was able to walk off under his own power. Chinea received four stitches and will have the chin X-rayed today. Here’s hoping and praying for a full and speedy recovery. 

Last but not least, the LSU softball team defeated Texas A&M 6-1 to improve to 40-5, 12-4. More on the game can be found here. Game 2 of the series will be played tonight at 6 p.m. and Game 3 will be tomorrow at 6 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the SEC Network (regular TV, not streaming). 

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4/18/15 6:00 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Today is the day many of us have been anxiously awaiting as the LSU Football Spring Game is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. The contest will feature the White squad against the Purple team and will consist of four 15-minute quarters. The first half of the game will be played under normal rules, with the exception of no live contact on punts and kickoffs. The second half will be played with a running clock.

If you’re heading out to campus to take in the action, please note these Times of Interest. Also, here are the full rosters for today’s game, which LSU released yesterday afternoon. For those of you not able to make it out to Tiger Stadium, the game will be streamed online at WatchESPN.com and broadcast on the LSU Sports radio network (107.3 in Baton Rouge) as well as in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.

A few Observations Related to the Spring Game Rosters:

• Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris, John Diarse, and Darrel Williams will play on both teams (White & Purple).

• DT Travonte Valentine was included in a small group of players listed as “Injured/Out.” I was surprisd to see his name on the roster, as nothing has really been said about him since Coach Miles announced at the beginning of spring that Valentine was not someone LSU is counting on at this time, presumably because of issues related to academics.  The other players listed in that group include Corey Thompson (knee), Jacory Washington (knee), and Quentin Thomas (biceps).

• Around the same time that the rosters were released yesterday, Valentine tweeted, “Great meeting with coach miles starting to earn his trust back.”

With the game just hours away, let’s conclude our 7-part series on things I’ll be looking for in today’s Spring Game with the most obvious of all – improvement at quarterback. If you missed the first six parts of this series, you can find links to each one below. Here we go…

Improvement at Quarterback? 

Obviously, quarterback will be the most watched position in today’s game, and with good reason. With the stockpiles of talent LSU has on both sides of the ball, solid quarterback play could be the difference between an 8-5 season and a championship run. 

Offensive Coordinator Coach Cam Cameron came to LSU with the reputation of being an outstanding quarterback coach. In his first year as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator, he seemed to work wonders with Zach Mettenberger and produced a high-powered offense that led the nation in 3rd down conversions with two 1,000-yard receivers. In Cameron’s second year, LSU’s passing game took a huge step backward, but that wasn’t completely unexpected considering the Tigers lost their starting quarterback and their two top receivers. What was expected, however, is that we would see some improvement in LSU’s young quarterbacks, Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, throughout the course of the season under Cam Cameron’s tutelage. Unfortunately, we did not see a lot of that.

Fast forward to today and we don’t really know what to expect from the quarterbacks this year. Will Anthony Jennings be much better in his junior year, or has he pretty much reached his ceiling? Will Harris, the strong-armed former High School All-American, do what it takes to overtake Jennings, and, if so, will Coach Miles be willing to take a risk with him? It is very unlikely that the spring game will answer any of those questions, but it should give us a glimpse at how the two QBs have progressed and how they compare to one another. 

For what it’s worth, in a press release issued yesterday, Les Miles was quoted as saying, “both guys in different times in spring look like they were closing in on the job, and then the other guy makes a move. Most recently, Brandon Harris has looked pretty good, and I think Anthony Jennings has had a great spring. (Thursday) was a good day for both of them.”

On a related note, here’s an article by Jim Kleinpeter of nola.com titled, “All eyes on LSU quarterbacks at spring football game Saturday,” which includes video interviews of Jennings and Harris. 

From earlier in this series: 
Part 1: What does the team look like without its MVP?
Part 2: Steele Dominant on Defense?
Part 3: New Faces at Fullback 
Part 4: Who is most likely to fill the cornerback spot opposite of White?
Part 5: No Hunter, no Rasco. Who's to wreak havoc? 
Part 6: Can the next Alexander the Great please step forward? 

Now, if you’re curious about last night’s LSU vs. Georgia baseball game, well, there wasn’t one. Because of rain in Athens, the game was postponed and the two teams will play a double header today starting at noon CT. The second game will start approximately 45 minutes after the end of the first game, and both will be nine-inning games. As for the viewing options, they have not changed. Both games today can be viewed on SEC Network+, available at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Game 3 of the series is scheduled to be played Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (12 p.m. CT) and will also be streamed on SEC Network+. Coach Mainieri said yesterday that Alex Lange will start the first game today and Jared Poché will start in the second. 

The No. 3 LSU softball team returns home after more than a week away to host the No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies for a three-game series beginning on this evening at Tiger Park. All three games will start at 6 p.m. Tonight’s game will be streamed on SECN+, while tomorrow’s and Monday’s games will be televised on the SEC Network (regular TV broadcast). This weekend is a special one as today’s contest is the fourth-annual “Strikeout Ovarian Cancer” game, and it follows the third-annual Geaux Teal walk that will take place this morning. Nearly 700 people have signed up and donated to walk in the event that raises money for local women battling ovarian and other GYN cancers. Fans are encouraged to wear teal to the game tonight and pay just $2 for general admission, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a “Strikeout Ovarian Cancer” roller banner. Tomorrow, the team will have its annual “Bark in the Park” day, and Monday will be the annual “Gold Game.” For more information on these the special events and promotions associated with this weekend’s games, see this article on LSUSports.net. 

In gymnastics news, I’m saddened to report that LSU finished fifth in its NCAA Semifinals last night, meaning this is the first time since 2012 that LSU didn’t make it to the Super Six. I admit that I don’t know much about gymnastics, but my heart goes out to these young ladies and I hate to hear of their season ending. The Tigers needed to finish in the top-three to advance, but ended in fifth place behind Oklahoma, Alabama and Auburn and Nebraska. 

Last but not least… I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange and Crawfish Boils pages with new listings. 

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4/17/15 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The LSU baseball team (32-6, 10-5) returns to action tonight with freshman right-hander Alex Lange making his first Friday night start as a Tiger. Lange will be facing a 20-18, 6-9  Georgia team that is better than their record indicates, and first pitch is slated for 6 p.m. CT at Foley Field in Athens. All three games of this weekend’s series will be streamed online on SECN+, which is accessible at WatchESPN.com and via the WatchESPN app.

Lange sat out last weekend’s series versus Auburn with tightness in his arm, but is said to be 100% ready to go tonight. The freshman from Lee's Summit, Missouri, is 6-0 on the year with a league-best 1.39 ERA, and I’m eager to see how he performs on the road in his first Friday night start. The Georgia Bulldogs (20-18, 6-9) are hitting .273 as a team, which is 10th in the SEC, and have lost their last two series (they were swept at home by Vanderbilt and lost 2-of-3 at home to Alabama), but don’t let that fool you into thinking this should be an easy series win for the Tigers. An SEC road series can never be taken for granted. 

Here’s a look at this weekend’s pitching match-ups and start times. 

Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m. CT, SECN+
LSU – Fr. RHP Alex Lange (6-0, 1.39 ERA, 51.2 IP, 20 BB, 61 SO)
UGA – Jr. RHP Sean McLaughlin (3-2, 5.13 ERA, 47.1 IP, 24 BB, 45 SO) 

Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m. CT, SECN+
LSU – So. LHP Jared Poche’ (6-1, 3.11 ERA, 55.0 IP, 16 BB, 37 SO)
UGA – Jr. LHP Ryan Lawlor (4-4, 2.96 ERA, 48.2 IP, 20 BB, 62 SO) 

Game 3 - Sunday, 12 p.m. CT, SECN+
LSU – Fr. RHP Austin Bain (0-1, 3.29 ERA, 27.1 IP, 11 BB, 32 SO)
UGA – TBA 

Since LSU’s Spring Football game and Game 2 of the baseball series are both taking place at 1 p.m. Saturday, I’ll be pushing the limits of my internet connection trying to stream both games at the same time while tweeting out a few comments and stats to those of you who follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter. 

Many of you have asked me to clarify the viewing options for the spring game, so here’s my understanding: First of all, the game at Tiger Stadium is free and open to all fans. For those of you who would like to watch it at home, the game will be streamed live on SECN+ (available online only via WatchESPN.com and  the WatchESPN app), and then replays of it will be shown on the SEC Network and ESPNU (regular TV) several times next week. (I’ll post a replay schedule in a subsequent report.) A live broadcast of the game can also be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network (107.3 in Baton Rouge) as well as in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.

With the big game quickly approaching, let’s continue our series on What to Look For in this Saturday’s LSU Football Spring Game. We’ll go with Part 6 today, and then we’ll conclude the series tomorrow with the final installment. If you missed the first five segments, you can catch up by following the links below. Here we go…

Part 6: Can the next Alexander the Great please step forward? 

Kwon Alexander was a linebacker heavily utilized in John Chavis’ system, and his absence will be felt in 2015. His rare combination of speed, strength and tackle ability made him a versatile linebacker in many sets. Luckily for LSU, his absence won’t spell doom for the Tigers. On the contrary, LSU will be deep at linebacker this year (2016 could be a different story), with returners Kendell Beckwith, Lamar Louis, Deion Jones, Ronnie Feist, Duke Riley and Donnie Alexander joining efforts with Clifton Garrett, who looks to become a factor at the position. Also, new to the mix is former defensive back Devin Voorhies, who transitioned to linebacker this spring and has the potential to be an outstanding linebacker. Judging by the talk of Steele wanting to implement four-linebacker sets, all of these linebackers will probably get their opportunities to shine. 

The combination of Jones and Beckwith seems to be an effective one for the Tigers, as Steele has raved about their chemistry. Garrett is slimmer than he was last season (in better shape than a year ago), while Louis is continuing to come into his own. Athletically, Jones seems to be the most viable replacement for Alexander with his speed and explosiveness. With more 3-4 sets, look for Jones and Louis to occupy the outside slots, while Beckwith and Garrett work the middle. Garrett came onto campus with a lot of hype, and I’m hoping to see him use the spring game as a launching pad for bigger and brighter things in 2015. 

From earlier in this series: 
Part 1: What does the team look like without its MVP?
Part 2: Steele Dominant on Defense?
Part 3: New Faces at Fullback 
Part 4: Who is most likely to fill the cornerback spot opposite of White?
Part 5: No Hunter, no Rasco. Who's to wreak havoc?  

Turning to basketball, I heard from many of you yesterday about new LSU assistant coach, John Treloar, including a couple of you who know him personally, and  the response to his hiring has been overwhelmingly positive. Coach Jones has a knack for bringing in top talent, whether it be players or assistants, and I am convinced that he has the LSU basketball program moving on the right track. Granted, there were some disappointments this year and the season ended on a sour note with a last second loss to North Carolina State, but let’s not forget that the Tigers won 22 games and made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years. To remind you of some of the highlights of the season, I’ll leave you with this new LSU basketball hype video that LSU released yesterday.

 

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