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10/6/15 5:55 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Yesterday it was announced that LSU’s October 17th home contest against Florida will kickoff at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. The contest will be the first night game in Tiger Stadium between the two teams since 2009, and only the third such contest since that incredible game in 1997, which was one of the most exciting contests I’ve ever witnessed. When LSU and Florida meet 10 days from now, it could be an epic Tiger Stadium battle of undefeated top-10 teams, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. LSU has a very important, and very dangerous, game against Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks this Saturday at 11 a.m. (ESPN), and it’s deserving of LSU’s full attention. In tomorrow’s report, we’ll start taking a closer look at the Gamecocks with our weekly statistical comparisons.

As he does each Monday, Coach Miles met with the media yesterday, and here’s a full transcript of what was said. And, of course, I’ve provided a quick summary of the key points below:

• Miles started by acknowledging that the people of South Carolina are having a difficult time with all the flooding and said his thoughts and prayers are with them.

Sidenote: As of now, this week’s game in South Carolina is still set to be played as scheduled, according to reports like this one. After seeing all the devastation in Columbia on television reports, quite frankly I’m surprised that it’s still on. I second Miles’ comments and pray for all the victims of that terrible tragedy.

• Obviously peeved about wide receiver play in last week’s game, Miles pointed out that if it there had not been a couple of drops the team would have likely had another 150 yards of offense and two more touchdowns. Later he confirmed that he is looking at shuffling the lineup, although he said there will not be “wholesale changes.” He also indirectly suggested that Trey Quinn might get more looks there when he named him as one of several players who has the capability to step forward and make plays. 

• Asked whether he was concerned that the intermediate passing game seems to be dissolving, Miles said, “I think there is a need to throw where they're not, and I think there are many times that we're throwing routes that have the ability to hit several different areas. I think there are choices on where we throw the ball… If you kind of look through the routes and watch 'em, you'll see that sometimes there is a crosser and sometimes there is a square-in and a deep post. So really three routes that are in major consideration almost in every route we call.”

• LSU has been penalized in each of the last two games for a player continuing to play once his helmet comes off. Miles said the helmets must be too loose and he’s going to insist that the team’s equipment man fit the team again.

• After several short kickoffs, Miles brought in Cameron Gamble to kick off and he promptly gave the team a five-yard delay of game penalty. Miles joked that Gamble is the kind of guy who stands over a putt for about three minutes before putting it. 

• Miles praised Sione Teuhema, Lewis Neal, Kevin Toliver and Jamal Adams for their play on Saturday. Teuhema had seven tackles including one tackle for loss, Neal had two sacks, and Toliver and Adams both had takeaways.

• When asked if it was tempting to just forget the passing game since Leonard Fournette is running so well, Miles chuckled and said no, adding that he wants very much for the passing game to work. He then suggested that the team only passed two times in the second half last week because the game was in hand, but that in closer contests they will be more balanced in the second halves. 

• In Saturday’s game, LSU’s defense gave up a lot of yards when reserve linebackers Duke Riley and Donnie Alexander were in the game. When asked about this, Miles said there’s no substitute for experience. 

• Miles also gave an injury status update: Starting defensive end Tashawn Bower, who didn’t play Saturday, will be available this week. In fact, Miles said he was just nicked and could have probably played Saturday. Linebacker Lamar Louis, who suffered a minor concussion and missed the second half against Eastern Michigan, will be good to go this week as well. Tight end Dillon Gordon is still day-to-day and there was no timeline given on when safety Jalen Mills might return. 

In basketball news, LSU started practice yesterday without its superstar Ben Simmons, who was out with a sore ankle. Simmons’ status is listed as day-to-day. According to reports like this one, Junior Brian Bridgewater also missed the opening day of practice with a lingering leg injury.   Yesterday’s practice was the first of 30 allowed prior to the opening game of the 2015-16 season on November 13 against McNeese State at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Included in the 30 practice days will be an exhibition contest at the Maravich Center against Southwest Baptist on November 6. LSU’s exhibition tour of Australia, and the 10 days of practice they held in preparation for it, do not count toward the 30-practice limit and will surely be advantageous for the Tigers. Simmons starred on that trip to his native country and led the team in points (20 pg), rebounds (9 pg), assists (5.4 pg), steals (3.6 pg) and blocked shots (2.2 pg).  

In football recruiting, here’s a brief tidbit to pass along: One of LSU’s top linebacker targets, Keion Joyner of Havelock, North Carolina, is no longer a member of the Havelock High football team. According to multiple reports, Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant confirmed the news late last night but did not provide any details as to why. Joyner has family in south Louisiana (Abbeville) and had recently narrowed his college choices to LSU, North Carolina and Florida State.

In closing, please note that I’ll be updating our ticket exchange later today. If you have LSU tickets to sell, please send me the info for posting. Also I’ll be updating our page of LSU Football View-in Parties, so if you represent an LSU alumni group and have information about your view-in parties that you would like me to post, let me know.


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10/5/15 5:20 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

After a wild weekend in college football in which LSU beat Eastern Michigan 42-22 and four top-10 teams faltered, LSU climbed two spots in the AP Poll to No. 7 and three spots in the Coaches poll to No. 5. A total of six SEC schools made the top-25s, and LSU is the highest ranked of them all. The other four are: Alabama (8/10), Texas A&M (9/11), Florida (11/12), Ole Miss (14/13), and Georgia (19/16).  For a complete look at the rankings, click here.

Next up for LSU is an 11 a.m. contest in South Carolina, and LSU has opened as an 11.5-point favorite, per Vegas Insider.  In case you haven’t heard, the state of South Carolina is dealing with a massive rain event in much of the state, and at least four people have died in the flooding. Please keep all effected by the storm in your thoughts and prayers. Columbia, the home of the Gamecocks, has already received more than a foot of rain since Friday, but, according to reports, this week’s game between LSU and South Carolina should not be affected. 

In yesterday’s report I expressed my disappointment in Saturday’s game, but I want to make it clear that I am not down on these Tigers. Sure, I was hoping to see LSU use the contest to develop more of a passing game, and I kind of felt like they weren’t able to take advantage of a good opportunity to do so. But, after revisiting the game, I now feel a bit better overall about the win. LSU came out strong, scored on their first two possessions, and then substituted heavily on defense, which is something I had hoped they would do. The Tigers ended up scoring on all but four of their possessions – one of which was a fluke interception that we’ll discuss in a moment, and another was the 94-yard drive at the end of the game that ate up eight-and-a-half minutes off the clock before LSU took a knee at the EMU four-yard line rather than punching it in. Sure, it wasn’t the clean blowout that many of us hoped for, and there are a lot of things to improve, but is was a dominating win that gave a lot of reserves some much needed action, and that will be valuable for the Tigers down the road.

As we’ve done every Monday this season, today we’ll “Rewind” and take a look at the game after having enough time to let the initial emotional response wear off. As always, we welcome your comments and feedback. (And thanks to my man Jake Martin for his weekly help with this MMR feature.)

Monday Morning Rewind - Post Eastern Michigan

About that Passing Attack…

Against Eastern Michigan, the LSU Tigers produced 80 passing yards, four completions, no touchdown passes and an interception. Do these numbers signal the end of the world as we know it? Certainly not, but they do create reason for concern, which is why in today’s MMR, we’re going to dive deep into what happened to LSU’s passing game Saturday.

Now, before going any further, I want to say that Harris has shown himself to be a very sound decision-maker this season and I have a lot of confidence in him. However, in Saturday’s game he made a few questionable decisions.

In the first quarter, Eastern Washington loaded the box with eight defenders, daring LSU to throw the football. The Tigers obliged. On a play-action pass, Travin Dural ran a deep post and Malachi Dupré ran a comeback in the middle of the field. Dural took defenders with him down the field and Dupré was wide open, but Harris, who we all know loves to throw the long ball, decided to test the waters with Dural and threw an incomplete pass. The Tigers were bailed out with a pass interference call. Later in the second half, Harris tried Tyron Johnson down the sideline, but he was blanketed by an Eastern Washington defender. The 20-yard pass fell incomplete, while Dupré ran a short five-and-in route and was wide open underneath with plenty of room to run. Harris has a strong arm and is usually quite accurate in his deep passes, often giving Tiger wide receivers the ability to go up and get the ball. However, he can’t fall in love with going deep. In future games, I’d like to see Harris check down to routes underneath and give LSU receivers an opportunity to make plays in the open field. I was especially pleased to see Harris convert a third-and-11 in the second quarter with a big-time completion to tight end Collin Jeter, and I hope to see more of that moving forward.

While Harris did make a few questionable decisions, the wide receivers have to take a big share of the blame for Saturday’s passing woes. Dural struggled more in this game than any other game of his career, as he had multiple uncharacteristic drops. After the pass interference call on the first drive of the first quarter, Dural dropped a pass and then Tyron Johnson dropped another one on the very next play. Dural’s most notable blunder came when he dropped a wide open pass on third down, forcing the Tigers to take a field goal right before the half. Along with Dural and Johnson, Dupré had a drop in the end zone that would have been a touchdown, though in his defense the pass was a bit behind him. The Tigers also had to settle for a field goal on a 3rd-and-7 in the first half after a pass from Harris to Dupré was knocked away by a defender in the end zone. Instead of planting his feet and high-pointing the ball, Dupré tried to catch it in stride. He would’ve had an opportunity to go up and get the ball had he been more aggressive. The reason I wanted to point out these plays is because LSU’s wide receivers are so talented that Tiger fans continually call for them to get the ball more. So when LSU develops a game plan to use them in the passing game, these receivers need to showcase that talent to force the coaching staff’s hand in using them. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham did that in 2013, and with the season still young, I have not lost confidence that this receiving corps will make big plays down the road. 

Last but not least, the pass protection upfront suffered because of miscommunication on the line of scrimmage. It seemed to happen more on the left side of the line with Maea Teuhema and Jerald Hawkins. For instance, on Harris’ interception, Hawkins was looking to block an outside linebacker, who ran a delay stunt to the inside. Meanwhile, Teuhema was trying to block an end. To help on the inside, Teuhema passed the end off to an off-balance Hawkins who fell and allowed the interception to take place, as the defender knocked the ball out of Harris’ hand. This was one of a few plays that suggested the Tigers weren’t as mentally sharp as they typically are.

Numbers Game on Defense

We’ve already touched on the offensive side of the ball, so let’s take a look at the defensive side. Some coverage confusion, poor tackling by defensive linemen (and a few linebackers) and, quite frankly, some nice play calls by Eastern Michigan, allowed the Eagles to gain 255 total yards against the Tigers. The coverage confusion came on a long pass that setup a touchdown score. Linebacker Duke Riley was covering a receiver before releasing him and no LSU player in the secondary picked up the receiver. The play set Eastern Michigan with a first-and-goal from the LSU 6. Eastern Michigan running back Darius Jackson broke several tackles throughout the night, and broke tackles of Davon Godchaux and Arden Key on one play, which was an eye-opener. One of those great EMU play-calls I mentioned was a wide receiver screen that was dialed up exactly when LSU blitzed Tre’Davious White from the outside. The play went for roughly 40 yards and set up a score. 

As mentioned earlier, another factor contributing to the defense’s lackluster performance was the number of young players seeing action, and that just comes with the territory. We said heading into the game that we wanted LSU to play a lot of reserves in an attempt to develop depth, and they did just that. When you’re playing a lot of reserves, you’re going to have some mishaps. That’s okay, that’s how teams grow, and this was the ideal game to foster that kind of growth. After LSU forced two three-and-outs to start the game, Sione Teuhema, Greg Gilmore, Frank Herron, Duke Riley, and Lamar Louis (who suffered a concussion in the contest), all came out to start the next drive. When the Tigers needed to force key stops, Kendell Beckwith and the other key starters were on the field making plays and taking care of business.

A couple of defensive players who deserve props for their play were Lewis Neal and Arden Key, both of whom proved they can get to the passer. Neal recorded two sacks, while Key generated quarterback hurries, one of which forced the pick six by Deion Jones. 

Annnndddd... Just because we can’t get enough of Leonard Fournette

A statistic I saw on Twitter by LSU’s Todd Politz said Fournette has 31 carries this season on second down situations of less than 10 yards to go. During those 31 carries, Fournette picked up 25 first downs and rushed for 302 yards and six touchdowns. I revisited the tape to record every Fournette second down run in Saturday’s game, including two second downs of 10 or greater. Fournette rushed it 10 times and recorded a first down eight of those times. The only two times he didn’t get it was when the yardage was 10 and 12 to go. A lot of credit goes to the amazing abilities of Fournette, but you have to also tip your hat to John David Moore and the LSU offensive line. 

Today’s bottom line: LSU is 4-0, ranked very highly in the polls, and is favored by more than a touchdown in next week’s contest against Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks. It’s clearly a great time to be a Tiger!

In closing, it’s time to share with you the results of our Week 5 Louisiana High School Pickem Contest. Last night we analyzed the picks, crunched the numbers, and found that the there are three winners this week as there was a three-way tie between the users “Billy Myers,” “Gashouse80,” and “Scott Murry.” Each of these users correctly picked 43 out of 50 games (86%!). Congratulations, men! If you are one of these winners, please send me a little blurb about yourself and your connection to LA prep football so I can add you to our page of weekly winners. Also, please send me your address so I can send you a couple of DandyDon.com koozies and bumper stickers. (Those will be going out to all previous winners this week.) Voting for this week’s games is now open and we hope many of you will decide to join in the action. Please note that it’s never too late to join our Pickem Contest as we’ll be announcing each week’s winner.


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10/4/15 6:00 am CDT

Good morning. Tiger Fans,

In a game that left me feeling much like I did after last week’s game, the Tigers defeated Eastern Michigan 44-22 and improved to 4-0 on the season. For the second week in a row, LSU turned in a lackluster performance against a heavy underdog, but still managed to win a game that was never really in question, thanks to the strong running of Leonard Fournette. It’s always great to get a win, but what’s disappointing is that the game was supposed to be one in which LSU would clean up a lot of mistakes made last week while improving the passing game. Unfortunately, none of that happened. Just like last week, LSU struggled with miscues on special teams, penalties, dropped passes and less than stellar defense. It is worth noting, however, that LSU substituted heavily throughout the game, starting on EMU’s second drive. 

Early on, LSU appeared intent on getting the passing game going as they came out throwing the ball, but a combination of dropped passes, inaccurate throws and weak pass protection kept the Tigers’ offense firmly on the ground. The game was Brandon Harris’ weakest of the season, but he sure didn’t get any help from his receivers. Harris ended the night with a very pedestrian stat-line of 4-of-15 for 80 yards and one interception. No receiver had more than one reception, and the Tigers’ top-two receivers, Travin Dural and Malachi Dupré, each had drops. I think it’s high time for LSU to work on its short to intermediate passing game rather than limiting its passing attack to mostly deep routes, and it’s time to give guys like Trey Quinn and DJ Chark a chance to show what they can do… but that’s a topic for another report.

While LSU’s overall performance left me doubting whether this Tiger team is as good as I thought it was, Leonard Fournette’s performance only reinforced my belief that he’s the best player in college football.  Fournette rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns, making him the first player in SEC history to rush for more than 200 yards in three-straight games. Just like last week, Fournette would have likely broken LSU’s all-time single game rushing record if he had been given carries on LSU’s last drive, but breaking records was not the intention of last night’s game. The intention was to improve as a team, and for that reason I was glad to see Coach Miles play Darrell Williams, Derrius Guice and Nick Brosette late in the game. 

The bottom line: LSU has the talent to be very special, but they haven’t played like a championship team lately. There’s a part of me that believes this team has played down to its competition the last two weeks but will play much better when the stakes are higher. I sure hope that’s the case, as LSU only has one more chance to improve before taking on an undefeated Florida team that really put it on Ole Miss last night. What’s interesting is that four top-10 teams lost yesterday, so LSU could actually see itself climb in the polls when they’re released later today. One more thing: Hats off to the feisty Eastern Michigan Eagles for their fearless play.

Here’s what Coach Les Miles had to say in his post-game press conference:

Opening Statement…

“I just want to say congratulations to Eastern Michigan. I watched the Michigan State and Eastern Michigan game a year ago. If you watched that game, Michigan State was certainly a highly ranked team. So we knew we were playing a team that was capable, could move the football and had players. I’m glad that we responded the way we did. We are certainly not perfect. We had our first turnover of the year, but the offense took the first two possessions right down the field to score. There are ways to manage the second possession better. We got three. We were in position to drive it out and get it back in our own territory. We turned it over. Then we come right back to get three and score again in the opening drive. There were some things that were very positive. I wish that we wouldn’t have dropped so many balls. We will work on that again and reaffirm that desire to throw and catch. We rushed just under 400 yards, 399. We threw for 80 yards. We would have thrown for 200 or maybe 150 if we had caught balls. It’s nice to have a running back that sets an all-time SEC record. He’s the first back to rush for 200 yards in three consecutive games. That’s Leonard Fournette. It’s nice to put the other backs in and see that they are talented guys too. We are really looking forward to sinking our teeth into an SEC opponent. They are an opponent that we will have to play well against on the road at South Carolina.”

On Leonard Fournette’s 75 yard touchdown to open the second half…

“Leonard is liable to do something like that at any time. There is not a time when you hand him the ball that he doesn’t have an opportunity to hit a homerun. I anticipate those kind of things will happen.”

On LSU’s penalties tonight against Eastern Michigan…

“I think the things that bother me are very fixable. The good news is that we came out of this game very healthy. I still don’t like the penalties. They are more threatening than they have been. It will be interesting to see what these look like. This is the second week in a row that we have had a helmet come off and our guy continued to play. The problem is the helmet is ripped off our guy’s head. He is in a block with a guy who took his helmet off, and that guy is going full ride. He can’t disengage. We will have to get him acquired to that. We were offsides defensively a couple times. Arden Key and Kendell Beckwith were two of those, which we can’t have those.”

Here are video highlights of last night’s game, and below is the boxscore.

LSU EMU boxscore

Tune in tomorrow for much more on the game.

Closing tidbits:

• Here’s a good read to go along with your Sunday morning coffee: Leonard Fournette again throws flailing Tigers a victory preserver: Ron Higgins

• All the scores from this weekend’s Louisiana high school football games have been added to our scoreboard. Later today we’ll process the results of this week’s pickem contest so that we can announce this week’s winner tomorrow.


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