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9/25/14 5:40 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Thanks to all of you who contacted me about the Q&A with Mike Detillier that we published yesterday, as well as the fishing pic I posted. Between fans wanting to vent about last week’s loss, wanting to comment on Detillier’s comments, and wanting to compliment me on my stringer of fish, my email server has been working harder than it has in quite some time, and that’s great. I always enjoy hearing from you.

In the poll I conducted about the quarterbacks earlier this week, 47% of you said Brandon Harris should start this weekend against New Mexico State, but based on Coach Miles’ comments yesterday it appears that won’t happen. During his weekly SEC Coaches Teleconference, Coach Les Miles said, "We will play in a like fashion that we have in the past, with Brandon Harris getting a little more playing time.” Then later when he spoke during a post-practice media session he said, “Yeah, I think Anthony Jennings will take the first snap. Right now it looks pretty forthcoming. It could change.” Earlier in the day another possible sign that Miles would start Jennings came in the form of a tweet by Harris, which said, “some things never change, that’s all I’m saying.”

Miles also dished out a few tidbits of information on the defensive tackles during his meeting with the media. He said Davon Godchaux will likely start along with Christian LaCouture, and that Lewis Neal will see a lot of playing time. Quentin Thomas, who was injured again last week, will miss at least one week. Miles also said that there was an incident (injury?) with one of the three redshirt freshmen defensive tackles (Maquedius Bain, Frank Herron or Greg Gilmore) but didn’t name which one and didn’t expand on that.

Yesterday evening Les Miles conducted his weekly radio show, and as you can imagine the callers were pretty spicy after last week’s loss. Below is my rough recap of a some of the key comments made and questions, as well as Miles’ responses.

• The first caller of the night was Sadie, an 11 year-old from Denton, Texas, who asked Miles why it seems like the team “comes back” the most in the 3rd and 4th quarters and not earlier in the game. Miles said it’s because there’s a greater sense of urgency to win the game in those quarters, but that he realizes that they need to start fast.

• John from Monroe called to say that he would like to see the fans stay to the end of the game, and then asked about the struggling offensive and defensive lines before adding that he would like to see more of the spread offense. Miles agreed that both lines did not play well in last week’s game, but that they are committed to improving and will. As for the spread offense, Miles said there will be more of it in the future.

• The next caller was a woman from Baton Rouge who asked, “Will you put Harris in instead of Jennings?” Miles answered by saying that Harris is certainly deserving and that they are looking forward to him giving him a little more playing time.

• Gary called to ask Coach Miles why the Tigers constantly line up in the I-formation with dual threat quarterbacks. Miles’ answer was that they look forward to expanding the use of the spread offense but that the personnel group is ideal for two-tight-end-sets.

• One of the next callers asked Coach Miles what he means when he says that he and his staff need to improve, and how do they go about doing that. Miles said the staff reviews the game as a whole and spends practice time working on the things they need to improve, such as signaling in plays better, having the correct personnel on the field and that sort of thing.

• A little later an irritated fan told Miles to open up the offense and use his offensive weapons instead of plunging his running backs into eight-man fronts. Host Jim Hawthorne thanked the gentleman for his call and they moved on.

• Byron from Thibodaux called to let Coach Miles know how he feels about several matters, not the least of which is that he doesn’t think Miles is making the best use of his personnel. Byron said No. 52 (Beckwith) should start and that Miles should be utilizing all of his 4 and 5-star receivers and backs instead of lining up in two-TE-sets. He added that the team could still run power football from the pistol set. Miles answered by saying that their offensive scheme is one that offers diversity and makes use of a number of styles of players, and that they are working to get No. 52 on the field for a lot of snaps.

• Next up was Mike from New Orleans who agreed with the previous caller’s comment that the personnel is wrong and asked how No. 31 (Welter) can play middle linebacker in the SEC? Miles didn’t comment and they went on with the show.

• Rickey from the live audience asked about the team’s morale after such a tough loss. Miles said they’re not in the highest of spirits, but that everybody’s working hard.

• The Big Ragoo asked whether Miles foresees utilizing the spread offense more now that Malachi Dupre is healthy, and whether we would see the same personnel in the offensive line this week. Miles said that using Dupre creates an issue for any opponent and that if Dupre and Travin Dural are both on field it takes four players to defend them, which opens up the running game. As for the offensive line, Miles said it will be the same, adding that the center is playing better and that Pocic will continue to play right guard.

• Also from the live audience, the “Evil Twin” said how proud he was of the team for fighting back like they did, and said that really shows character. He then asked how freshman offensive lineman William Clapp is progressing. Miles said Clapp is playing very well and is taking snaps at center and both guard positions.

• Mike from Metarie called to politely complain that the PA music in Tiger Stadium was so loud that it was uncomfortable and that several people around him had to put tissue in their ears while many simply left. He added that he would prefer to hear more of the Golden Band from Tiger Land. Miles took the comment to heart and said he will talk to some people about it.

• The next caller advised Coach Miles to blitz more, use more screens and utilize the tight ends in the passing game. He also asked about the defensive tackles and said he recognizes that having Trey Valentine and Trey Lealaimatafao would have been a boost this season. Miles said “the two Treys” will play a lot of ball in the future and that Lewis Neal will play a lot this week. Miles pointed out that Neal had four tackles last week in only five reps.

• One of the last callers was Deuce from Baton Rouge who asked Coach Miles if he would ever consider passing first to setup the run rather than rushing the ball to setup the run. Miles said they’re “bringing the passing game along” and that we’ll see more balls in the air moving forward.

In closing, I’d like to remind all of you participating in our Louisiana High School Football Pickem that the deadline for picking this week’s games is today at 5 p.m. If you haven’t yet signed up to play, please know that it’s not too late as we’ll be naming a winner each week. It fun and free and I encourage you to participate. But even if you don’t participate, you can still refer to our weekly schedule of every LHSAA high school football game played.

Reader Comments: Scott, BestTickets.org has released it’s Unofficial NFL Player Census for 2014 and it’s pretty interesting. Louisiana leads in NFL players per capita.

9/24/14 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

First of all, I’m happy to call your attention to a new Q&A I conducted with College and NFL football analyst Mike Detillier in which I get his thoughts on last week’s loss to Mississippi State, LSU’s offensive and defensive lines, the quarterback situation and much more. Like Mike, I feel that this LSU team will bounce back from Saturday’s difficult loss and will be get stronger as the season progresses. I also agree with Mike’s comments on the importance of the team finding leadership and establishing an identity. Take a moment to check out what Mike had to say, and then let us know your thoughts.

DandyDon.com’s Q&A with Mike Detillier About LSU Football and the MSU Game

In recruiting news, LSU dropped one safety from its list of commitments yesterday and added another. The one who LSU “lost” is Kevin Henry who de-committed from LSU and committed to Oklahoma State. When that news first broke, a lot of folks assumed that it was because of LSU’s loss to Mississippi State last Saturday, but there’s a lot more to the story than that. Back in July, Henry stated that he was re-opening his commitment, and from what I gather that had a lot to with LSU cooling on him. LSU already has commitments from Kevin Tolliver (one of the top defensive backs in the nation), and Xavier Lewis, and is in hot pursuit of in-state talents Donte Jackson, Dehawn Raymond and Justin Reid. Then there’s also the big-time safety out of Mississippi, Jamal Peters, who LSU would very much like to sign, and safety Jeremy Cutrer who at one time was committed to LSU for the class of 2013 but then had to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to become academically eligible. Yesterday it was announced that Cutrer has once again committed to LSU and will have three years to play two. At MGCCC, Cutrer played his freshman season at wide receiver, and this year he moved back to safety and is listed as the No. 1 JUCO safety in the nation. After the “safety swap” yesterday, LSU’s 2015 recruiting class remains at 15 commitments but jumped from No. 16 to No. 13 in 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.

In other news, yesterday I mentioned the disturbing unsportsmanlike conduct of MSU’s Dillon Day, and I was glad to learn that the SEC took quick action and suspended him for one game. The SEC suspended Day under Article 4.4.2 (d) which states that a student-athlete may be suspended if it is determined that he has committed a flagrant or unsportsmanlike act, and his actions were clearly flagrant. Day was suspended for half a game last season for a similar incident when he stomped on an Auburn player.

On a personal note, in my previous report I mentioned that I would be taking a much-needed fishing trip, and many of you asked me how it went. Well, I’d call it a success. Actually, anytime I can escape to the woods for a bit of creek fishing it’s a good thing, but it always helps when you catch a few fish. I spent about four hours walking the banks under crisp blue skies and caught 13 bass - one Largemouth and a dozen Kentucky Spotted Bass. They weren’t the biggest, but they’ll fry up good. Here’s a pic of my stringer for those of you who are interested.

In closing, I’d like to point out that I’ll be updating our Ticket Exchange page later this morning. If you have tickets to sell, please simply email me the information (description and means of contact) before 10 a.m.

9/23/14 6:00 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

First of all, I’d like to thank all of you who voted in our online poll asking how you feel about the quarterback situation. I’ll keep the poll open today for those of you who haven’t had a chance to chime in. I’d also like to thank all of you who emailed me with your thoughts on the team. Due to the overwhelming volume of email I received, I probably won’t be able to answer all of them individually, but hopefully many of your questions will be answered in my reports throughout the week. Although we were pretty harsh in our analysis of last week’s game, I want to stress that I haven’t given up on this team and that most all of the problems that plagued the Tigers on Saturday are indeed fixable.

The team will get one last chance to right the ship and work out some kinks in the friendly confines of Tiger Stadium this Saturday against New Mexico State before embarking on a very difficult SEC schedule beginning with two challenging road games. The first of those two conference road games will be against Auburn on October 4th, and yesterday it was announced that that game will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.

Coach Les Miles met with the media yesterday for his weekly press luncheon and gave his thoughts on the team’s performance, which I found quite interesting. I’ve posted a full transcript of the conference (as provided by LSU), and I encourage you to read it all. But for those of you who want the quick version, below is my summary of some of its key points.

• Coach Miles said he likes the way his team fought, and that if they would have had about 30 more seconds they could have won. He added that several young guys grew up in the game, and praised Malachi Dupre and Brandon Harris for the way they came in off the bench and played hard.

• Miles said that every coach and player is accountable and that the problems weren’t specific to any particular player or group, but that improvement is needed across the board.

• As for the offensive line which has received a lot of criticism from media outlets, including this one, Miles said he saw dominant play by both tackles, and good play at guard and center. He added, “I cannot still say it's the offensive line.  It's the offensive line, it's the running backs, it's the quarterback, it's the wide receivers, it's we need to make a collective adjustment.  I believe that will certainly be done.”

• As for Brandon Harris, Miles said he entered the game in a very difficult position and provided a tremendous lift. Miles said Harris earned more playing time, without question, and made a case for “Brandon Harris at quarterback.” 

• Speaking about the defense, Miles said there were some times when a call didn't get on the field that should have, and that sometimes it was a matter of personnel while other times it was not. He added that the players and coaching staff are in this together and will make the needed adjustments.

• When asked about the defense giving up 10 plays of 20 yards or more and whether that was due to personnel or scheme, Miles said it was a little of both, and that “technique” was a big key. He added that there was a defensive call that did not get on the field for one of the key participants.

• When asked about the play Brandon Harris late in the game and the fact that MSU wasn’t rushing a lot of guys, Miles said that he is not going to temper Harris’ very positive contribution and that he did a great job and gave the team every opportunity to win. Later Miles said that Harris would have entered the game at that time even if Anthony Jennings had not ben injured. As for Jennings’ status, Miles said he is at full strength now.

• The worst news to come from the press conference was that defensive tackle Quintin Thomas will probably be out for a week or two after suffering an arm injury in Saturday’s game. That’s a major blow to a defensive line that is especially thin on experience. On a related note, Miles praised the play of Lewis Neal and said that he will see more playing time.

• At the middle linebacker position, Miles said Kendell Beckwith will see more playing time this week and that he’s on the cusp of playing a very significant role in the defense.

• When asked whether the I-formation was a good fit for the two quarterbacks who always worked out of the shotgun formation in high school, Miles said that both quarterbacks can operate under center equally efficiently, but that working out of the shotgun is part of the plan.

• When asked about MSU’s Dillon Day stomping on the players (see video) and whether the SEC would be petitioned about it, Miles answered affirmatively, saying that they sent the film to the SEC office and they will do the right thing. 

Before leaving the topic of football, I want to let you know that I’m working on a new Q&A with College and NFL Analyst Mike Detillier about last week’s game and I hope to have it ready to post tomorrow. As they say, stay tuned.

Moving on to baseball news, it was announced yesterday that LSU’s 2014 recruiting class was named the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. This marks the Tigers’ fourth national recruiting title in the 32-year history of the rankings by Collegiate Baseball and the Tigers’ third title in the past eight seasons. LSU also captured the No. 1 class in 2010, 2007 and 2004. The 2014 class included 12 players, seven of which are excellent pitchers, including three draft picks, two All-Americans and a member of the 2014 NJCAA National Team.

A personal tidbit in closing: By the time most of you are reading this, I’ll be wetting a line in my favorite North Louisiana fishing hole. Growing up, my Dad and I would almost always make a fishing trip during the first cool spell of the fall, and although I’ll be fishing alone this time, I can’t wait to get out there on this gorgeous autumn day. With a little luck, I’ll have some pics to share with you tomorrow.

Reader Comments: Scott, there's a good article on nola.com about the quarterback situation and it includes a reference to your poll. LSU quarterback competition heats up with freshman Brandon Harris to take more snaps


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