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8/3/14 6:10 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Well, it’s finally here, folks - the day when Coach Miles welcomes his team and addresses the media to mark the official start of LSU’s “Fall Camp.”

With preseason practices getting underway tomorrow, there are a lot of questions about this year’s team that I’m looking forward to seeing answered in the coming days. One such question that I've been asked a lot lately is who will wear the coveted No. 18. As most of you know, the number 18 has special meaning at LSU as it is traditionally passed down to someone who the players, coaches and support staff feel represents what it means to be a Tiger by their dedication to excellence and strong work ethic. In my opinion, two great candidates to wear the number this year are seniors Terrance Magee and DJ Welter. Usually the selectee is announced on the first day of camp or the first day of practice, so I suspect we’ll know something soon. Once the news is out, I’ll be sure to tweet it to all of you who follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter.

Another question I’ve been asked quite a bit since posting the preseason practice schedule is whether I expect freshman Leonard Fournette to practice with the “varsity” or with the “freshmen and select veterans.” Even though several freshmen worked out with the veterans last year during the split practices, my expectation is that Fournette will practice with the freshmen, but that’s just my guess. I say that simply because the team’s top four running backs include two seniors and two freshmen, and it might make sense to split them that way for the sake of balancing the first four practice sessions. Looking back at my report from last year, I found it interesting that the eight freshmen I noticed practicing with the veteran group were Rickey Jefferson, Kendell Beckwith, Jeryl Brazil, Desean Smith, Lewis Neal, Greg Gilmore, Tashawn Bower and Maquedius Bain - none of which ended up being starters (with the exception of Jefferson who started one game).

Another thing I’ll be looking forward to seeing is an updated roster with the players’ current heights and weights. As soon as the new measurements are made available, I'll update our 2014 LSU Football Roster. And in a couple of weeks, or once I've had a chance to see the full squad practice together, I'll update our unofficial depth chart.

Of course, there are several bigger questions surrounding this LSU football team that probably won’t be answered until later in the preseason. These include: Will the charges against Jalen Mills be dropped and will he rejoin the team? Will Travonte Valentine receive clearance from the NCAA clearinghouse, and will it come in time for him to participate in Fall practice and make a case for early playing time? And then there’s the biggest question of all: Will it be sophomore Anthony Jennings or freshman Brandon Harris who emerges as the starting quarterback for the Fighting Tigers? Evidently, JC Shurburt of 247Sports thinks it will be Harris, as he points out in this article that he’s eyeing him as a potential True Freshman All-American.

With only 27 days until LSU’s season-opener against Wisconsin, let’s continue our Countdown to Gameday by looking at a player on the current team who wears No. 27 and is LSU’s most experienced skill player on offense, but is also the most often overlooked - Kenny Hilliard. Heading into his senior season, Hilliard has played in 37 games, which is considerably more than any running back, quarterback, or wide receiver on the team, although he has only started in one game throughout his career. This year, freshmen Leonard Fournette and Darrell Williams, along with fellow senior Terrance Magee, have overshadowed Hilliard, but don’t underestimate this bruising runner’s importance to a Tiger backfield that is likely to employ a “committee” approach to its running game. Last season, Hillard rushed for 310 yards and seven touchdowns on 68 carries for a respectable average of 4.55 yards per rush, and he seemed to find his niche as a downhill power back in short yardage situations. Look for more of that this year from the nephew of former LSU and New Orleans Saints standout running back Dalton Hilliard. (In doing research for this report, I came across these video highlights of Hilliard’s freshman and sophomore campaign that are really impressive. Makes me realize just how deep this year’s Tiger backfield will be.)

I’ll leave you today with a few good reads to go along with your Sunday morning coffee:

• Busy summer should pay big dividends for LSU’s promising front-court tandem


Terrence Magee knows a thing or two about LSU tailbacks


• After a strong showing at Single-A, LSU star Aaron Nola will be promoted to Double-A


Reader Comments: Scott, here’s something to share with your readers: Sean Ochinko, who played on the 2009 National Championship team, is moving up the minor league system.  At the end of last season, Sean was in the AAA Blue Jay affiliate in Buffalo when he received a suspension that lasted into this season.  Just 72 hours before the end of his suspension while training in Florida he was badly injured when hit in the head with a ball thrown by a teammate while practicing a relay drill.  Fifty-eight games later, Sean was released to play and was sent to the AA team in New Hampshire.  His last game in AA he had a homer and a single and was moved back to AAA in Buffalo.  In his first game back, Sean went 2 for 4 with a game tying home run in the 7th inning.  This kid has really responded to his suspension and life-threatening injury and deserves all LSU fan support as he moves toward the bigs.

8/2/14 6:15 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

LSU picked up its 15th commitment for the Class of 2015 yesterday from Bry’Keithon Mouton (TE/H-Back, 6-2, 230, Acadiana High School). Mouton is an athletic tight end who turned a lot of heads in Acadiana’s 77-41 win over Parkway in last year’s Class 5-A state championship game, and was impressive once again in LSU’s recent elite camp. Because of his versatility, LSU is looking at Mouton as someone who could contribute as either a traditional tight end or an H-back. The Lafayette-native chose LSU over offers from Alabama, Ole Miss and Miami, and with his commitment LSU’s 2015 recruiting class climbed to No. 11 in 247Sports’ composite rankings. Here are Mouton’s video highlights.

In other recruiting news, two LSU commits for the class of 2015 - OL Matt Womack and TE/OL Hanner Shipley - reportedly signed Financial Aid Agreements (FFAs) with the Tigers yesterday. An FFA is a contract that binds a school to a prospect who is slated for early enrollment, but the contract does not bind a prospect to the school. The advantage to the school is that once the agreement is signed, the coaching staff can have unlimited communication with the signee. Quarterback Brandon Harris and defensive back Ed Paris signed FFAs with LSU last year.

With the LSU football team reporting to fall camp tomorrow and beginning practice Monday, excitement is really starting to build among Tiger Fans. Lately I’ve been receiving lots of reports about the team’s summer workouts, all of which have been very positive. The team is said to be in great physical shape and several players have been getting rave reviews from their teammates for their performance in 7-on-7 work. Two such players are freshman receiver Trey Quinn who is said to be a very polished route runner with deceptive speed, and sophomore cornerback Rashard Robinson who is said to be considerably bigger and stronger than he was last year. You might recall that Robinson missed last summer’s workouts and fall camp due to Clearinghouse issues, yet still worked himself into a starting role midway through the season. I look for him to really make a name for himself this year as one of the premier defensive backs in the league.

While speaking of defensive backs, and with 28 days remaining in our Countdown to Game Day, I thought it would be appropriate to mention No. 28 on the current team - Jalen Mills. When the players report to camp tomorrow, it appears that Mills will not be joining them as he is currently awaiting the decision of East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore on whether he will be charged in the incident involving a young lady who claims Mills punched her outside of his apartment on May 4th. This, of course, will be a big storyline this month as Mills was expected to play a big role this season. With Mills at free safety, and Tre’Davious White and Robinson at the corners, LSU’s defensive backfield was supposed to be one of the Tigers’ biggest strengths in 2014. It will be very strong regardless, but undoubtedly weaker if Mills is out. As a junior who has had a starting role ever since arriving at LSU, Mills has more career starts than any player on LSU’s defense with 26. Without him, LSU still has plenty of options and would likely rotate Ronald Martin and Dwayne Thomas in his place. Stay tuned as we follow this story line throughout Fall camp.

Back in February I mentioned a football player named Reid Travis who had agreed to be a preferred walk-on at LSU, and yesterday I received an update on his status. Travis, who was an All-State O-lineman in high school, will be reporting with the team tomorrow, and I’ve heard that he will be used on the D-Line. With freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao likely out for the season (after the window incident), and with fellow freshman DT Travonte Valentine still awaiting clearance from the NCAA, it makes sense that Travis would be considered more valuable on the D-line than on the O-line. From what I understand, Travis has been working hard with Coach Tommy Moffit’s regiment as well and the Cross Fit program and currently measures 6-1, 340 pounds. Walk-ons like Travis are a great asset to the program, and LSU is fortunate to have him on board.

In baseball news, former LSU All-American Anthony Ranaudo was the winning pitcher last night in his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox. Ranaudo pitched six strong innings, allowed two earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts. And get this, his first strike out as a big-leaguer was against Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, his child-hood hero. Way to go, Ranaudo!

I’ll leave you with this info sent out by LSU yesterday about football ticket sales:

LSU SETS SEASON TICKET MARK; SELLS OUT OF SEASON TICKETS FOR 11TH STRAIGHT YEAR

BATON ROUGE – LSU has sold out of season tickets for the 11th straight year as a school-record 74,350 season tickets have been purchased for the 2014 home slate, associate athletic director for ticket operations Brian Broussard announced.

“We have sold every season ticket that we have to offer,” Broussard said. “Our season ticket demand continues to be very strong and with the additional seats in the south endzone expansion, we were able to offer more season tickets this year and our fans bought them all.”

With the south endzone expansion increasing the Tiger Stadium capacity to 102,321, LSU was able to offer nearly 6,000 more season tickets this year, Broussard said. 

LSU has sold out of season tickets every year dating back to the 2004 season when 66,232 season tickets were sold the year after the Tigers won the BCS National Championship.

LSU sold 68,772 season tickets for the past three years, which stood as the school-record until the mark was broken this year. 

LSU is still offering single-game tickets for home games against Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Kentucky, and Ole Miss. The Alabama game is sold out. Single-game tickets can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net.

8/1/14 5:45 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

I want to start this update with a special thanks to Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com for penning this great article entitled “Labor of love keeps LSU-based website DandyDon.com rolling along.” While publishing this site is indeed a labor of love, I consider it a blessing and an honor to be able to carry on the work my Dad started over 17 years ago, and to keep his legacy alive. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read the article, please give it a quick read and then share your comments with the author.

In just two days, the LSU football team will report to preseason camp and in three days they’ll begin practicing. The team will hold 26 practices in all prior to the season-opener against Wisconsin on August 30. Initially, the team will be split into two groups with the “varsity” practicing in the morning and the “freshmen and select veterans” practicing in the afternoon. After four days of split practices, the team will practice as a full squad beginning next Friday. 

Here is the complete practice schedule:

Sunday, Aug. 3
8 a.m. to Noon: Team Reports to West Campus Apartments

Monday, Aug. 4
9:35 a.m. - Varsity Practice
3:50 p.m. - Freshman/Selected Veterans practice

Tuesday, Aug. 5
9:30 a.m. - Varsity Practice
3:45 p.m. - Freshman/Selected Veterans practice

Wednesday, Aug. 6
9:20 a.m. - Varsity Practice
3:45 p.m. - Freshman/Selected Veterans practice

Thursday, Aug. 7
9:15 a.m. - Varsity Practice
3:45 p.m. - Freshman/Selected Veterans practice

Friday, Aug. 8
9:25 a.m. - Practice – First Full Squad Practice (Full Pads)

Saturday, Aug. 9
8:50 a.m. - Practice
4:15 p.m. - Practice

Sunday, Aug. 10
3:30 – 5 p.m. - LSU Football Media Day – Football Operations Building
5 – 6:30 p.m. - LSU Football Fan Day – Maravich Center/Maddox Field House

Monday, Aug. 11
9:15 a.m. - Practice

Tuesday, Aug. 12
8:45 a.m. - Practice
4:15 p.m. - Practice

Wednesday, Aug. 13
9:15 a.m. - Practice

Thursday, Aug. 14
4 p.m. - Walk-Thru – Closed

Friday, Aug. 15
8:45 a.m. - Practice
4:15 p.m. - Practice

Saturday, Aug. 16
10:45 a.m. - Scrimmage - Tiger Stadium (Closed)

Sunday, Aug. 17 - Break Camp - No practice

Monday, Aug. 18
8:45 a.m. - Practice
4:15 p.m. - Walk-Thru - Closed

Tuesday, Aug. 19
3:30 p.m. - Scrimmage – (Closed)

Wednesday, Aug. 20
4 p.m. - Walk-Thru - Closed

Thursday, Aug. 21
4:35 p.m. - Practice

Friday, Aug. 22
4:30 p.m. - Practice

Saturday, Aug. 23
10:35 a.m. - Practice

Sunday, Aug. 24 - No Practice

Monday, Aug. 25- First Day of School
11:30 a.m. - Les Miles Press Conference

The AMWAY Coaches Poll was released yesterday and LSU came in at No. 13, while the Tigers’ first opponent, the Wisconsin Badgers, came in at No. 14. Four SEC schools were ranked ahead of LSU, including Alabama at No. 2, Auburn at No. 6, South Carolina at No. 9 and Georgia at No. 12. LSU finished No. 14 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll after ending the 2013 campaign with a 10-3 record. You can check out the complete AMWAY Coaches Poll here.

Yesterday I mentioned Coach Miles’ statement about Leonard Fournette being one of the two fastest players on the team, along with DJ Chark, and that solicited a lot of comments. Many of you were surprised to learn that Chark has that kind of speed and asked how he would be utilized. Chark is listed as a wide receiver, but I suspect he’ll also be a valuable special teams player, especially in the return department. As a senior at Alexandria Senior High last year, Chark returned a punt and three kickoffs for touchdowns. As stated yesterday, if I had to name the biggest “sleeper” in this class, Chark just might get my vote.

With 29 days remaining until the season-opener against Wisconsin, today’s Countdown to Game Day feature is a little different from the norm. Since it’s especially impressive to see a running back with over 25 carries in today’s age of “running back by committee,” I thought it might be interesting to follow a reader’s suggestion and take a look back to see whether there’s ever been an LSU running back in the Les Miles era who has carried the ball 29 times or more in a single game. What I found is that there have only been two. Joseph Addai had 32 carries for 156 yards against Florida in 2005, and Jeremy Hill had 29 carries for 107 yards against Alabama last year. Jacob Hester and Charles Scott came close to making this list with 28 and 27 carries in single games, respectively. 

On this year’s team, Leonard Fournette has the talent and the size to be a workhorse back, but with seniors Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard both already proven backs, we’ll probably continue to see a lot of the committee approach in 2014, which will serve Fournette well in terms of limiting the wear and tear running backs suffer throughout the season. But when a running back has the hot hand, I hope to see the LSU coaches continue to roll with him. If they do, Fournette will likely become Les Miles’ next back to reach the elusive 29 carries mark.

One thing is certain, Fournette and all the Tiger running backs will benefit from having one of the best offensive lines in the country opening holes for them. The highlight of LSU’s deep and experienced O-line is the tandem of senior left tackle La’el Collins (6-5, 315) and junior left guard Vadal Alexander (6-6, 342), and yesterday NFL.com rated the two as the best offensive line tandem in the SEC. I couldn’t agree more.

Before leaving the topic of football, here’s a new hype video by LesMiles.net that’s sure to get you pumped!

In baseball news, former LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo is scheduled to make his MLB debut in Boston Friday night as the Red Sox starting pitcher against the New York Yankees. First pitch for Friday’s game in Fenway Park is set for 7:10 p.m. ET (6:10 p.m. CT), and it will be televised by the MLB Network. Ranaudo will become the sixth former LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the big leagues. The others are pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, infielder DJ LeMahieu and pitcher Kevin Gausman. I know I speak for the Tiger Nation when I wish Renaudo the best of luck tonight.

Reader Comments: Scott, here’s an article to share with your readers. It’s a look at the 15 CFB teams with 100 wins since current recruits started paying attention.

 

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