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8/19/14 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

First of all, I’d like to thank all of you who voted in our poll asking “What will LSU’s record will be at the end of the 2014 regular football season? I’ll keep the poll open for another day or two, so if you haven’t yet voted please click here and cast your vote.

Yesterday Tiger fans received some good news when defensive tackle signee Travonte Valentine tweeted that he has been cleared to play at LSU. Soon after he tweeted the news, media outlets started reporting that he has been cleared, and LSU quickly issued the following statement: “Travonte Valentine is going through the final phases of the admission process. He has not been cleared to join the football team. We will let you know once the process is complete.” I hope all this means is that there are some formalities that need to be taken care of before it’s official, and I suspect that’s the case. From what I hear, Valentine is hoping to arrive at LSU sometime today, and if he does he could begin practicing fully with the team as early as Saturday. The NCAA has an acclimation rule stating that players must go through four days of non-contact practice before they can suit up in full pads and start hitting.

Whether or not Valentine is able to contribute this year will probably depend largely on what kind of shape he’s in when he reports to the team. Considering Valentine was the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation in the 2014 class, there’s no doubt that he has the talent needed to compete for a spot in the rotation behind projected starters Christian LaCouture and Frank Herron, but he’ll have some stiff competition. Also in the mix for playing time are redshirt freshmen Maquedius Bain and Greg Gilmore, junior Mickey Johnson, and freshman Davon Godchaux, not to mention sophomore Quintin Thomas who was projected as a starter before his biceps injury. Thomas could return to action as early as today.

The LSU football team will hold a closed scrimmage today at 3:30, but unlike Saturday’s scrimmage this one will be held at the indoor practice facility. The fact that its being played indoors on the artificial turf is significant because the season-opener against Wisconsin in NRG Stadium will be on artificial turf as well. (NRG Stadium employs two playing surfaces - grass for their NFL games and artificial turf for many college and high school games. I've confirmed with two sources on the LSU side that the game will be on artificial turf.) Generally speaking, playing on artificial turf benefits the faster team (LSU in this case), but Wisconsin is very accustomed to playing on turf since that’s what they have in Camp Randall Stadium.

Speaking of the Badgers, Wisconsin coach Gary Anderson has said that he will not announce a starting quarterback before the opener against LSU. Vying for the role are junior Joel Stave who started all 13 games for the Badgers last year and then missed most of spring practice with a shoulder injury, and junior Tanner McEvoy who was a standout JUCO dual-threat quarterback before joining the Badgers last year. McEvoy competed at quarterback last preseason before moving to to wide receiver for the season opener against UMass. A wrist injury forced him to switch positions to safety where he played in 10 games last year. All indications are that Stave has the edge at this time, although Coach Anderson is not giving anything away. Likewise, LSU coach Les Miles is not giving any hints as to whether he is leaning towards starting sophomore Anthony Jennings or true freshman Brandon Harris, and I doubt we’ll know who gets the nod until game day. As of now, I still predict that it will be Jennings because of his experience, but you never know.

Those of you who’ve been having LSU football withdrawals will have a few opportunities to see the Tigers this week, assuming you have access to the SEC Network. Yesterday LSU sent out a listing of every time any LSU sport appears on the SEC Network this week, and they’ll send out an updated schedule each Monday morning throughout the fall which I will post. Click here to see this week’s listing of LSU appearances on the SEC Network.

In other news, LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri and former coach and athletics director Skip Bertman took the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” Monday at Alex Box Stadium in support of finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, the debilitating condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mainieri was drenched by Kelly Viator, executive director of the Louisiana-Mississippi chapter of the ALS Association, and Bertman was soaked by longtime LSU baseball fan Ivan Cabrera, who presented a monetary contribution to Viator before the ice-water dunking. You can check out a video of the dousing here.

Now, with only 11 days remaining until LSU’s season-opener against Wisconsin, let’s take a quick look at two former All-Americans who wore No. 11 for LSU – Bradie James and James Britt. Not only were both of these players All-Americans, they were also outstanding student-athletes in the classroom.

James Britt was a 4.0 student at Minden High who didn’t think much about playing football at the next level until he had an incredible senior season and garnered All-District MVP honors on offense and defense. This accomplishment caught the attention of then LSU coach Charlie McClendon who offered him a scholarship and secured his commitment. In his first year as a starting cornerback at LSU in 1978, Britt notched 49 tackles and picked off two passes. He suffered an injury in his sophomore year and missed four games, but still managed 36 tackles on the season and was awarded Academic All-SEC honors. As a junior in 1980, Britt snagged a pair of interceptions and made 66 tackles, and for the second-consecutive season, he was named to the Academic All-SEC team. In that season, Britt emerged as a leader on defense and was named co-captain prior to his senior season in 1981. Britt was also a 1981 preseason All-American selection, but in the second game of his senior season he suffered another injury, a broken arm, that sidelined him for the rest of the season. Britt was awarded a medical redshirt, and as a fifth year senior in 1982 he made 53 tackles and hauled in four interceptions en route to being named 1st team All-SEC and National Editorial Alliance first-team All-American. After graduating from LSU, Britt was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft and enjoyed a five-year career there before retiring in 1987.


Bradie James played his high school ball at Wossman High in Monroe from 1995-97 before transferring to West Monroe in 1998 for his senior season. As a senior, he led his team to a 1998 Class 5-A state title with 136 tackles and five sacks and earned Parade All-America honors. At LSU, James’ success continued as he became the second player in LSU history to register more than 400 career tackles. As a freshman in 1999, James had 41 tackles, three sacks, and one interception. As a sophomore, he recorded 110 tackles and five sacks, made second team All-SEC, and was named the Defensive MVP of the 2000 Peach Bowl. During his junior year, LSU’s defense was dubbed "the James Gang defense" because of his leadership. That year he had 113 tackles and three sacks and was named to the first team All-SEC team. In his final season at LSU, James was the team captain on defense and had 154 tackles, three sacks, and one interception, and became the first Tiger to surpass 150 tackles in a season. He also became the first All-American linebacker for LSU since Michael Brooks (1985). That same year, he was named a National Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Foundation. James was drafted in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys where he played for eight seasons. In April of 2012, James signed a one-year contract with the Houston Texans. James wasn’t resigned after his contract expired, but on May 6th of this year he signed a one-day contract to retire with the Dallas Cowboys.

While doing research on James for a previous countdown, I came across this 2010 video of Tigers making big hits, and James is featured in several of them. It’s called, “Here Comes the BOOM!” and it’s sure to get you fired up.

In closing, I’d like to point out that I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange with several new listings.

8/18/14 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

With the start of the 2014 season quickly approaching, it’s time for our annual poll asking you to predict what LSU’s football record will be at the end of the regular season. We’ve been conducting this poll at this time of the year for the last five seasons, and last night I went back and looked at past years’ voting results to get a feel for how accurate we usually are. What I found was that only once did the voters get it right, and that was in 2010 when 31% correctly voted 10-2. In 2011, the voters once again predicted 10-2, but the Tigers surprised us all and went 12-0 in what was probably the best regular season in LSU football history. (Let’s not even talk about the way that season ended in the postseason.) In 2012, expectations were unbelievably high with most voters predicting 12-0 and 85% predicting at least 11 regular season wins. The Tigers ended the regular season 10-2. Last year the top vote-getter was 10-2, but the Tigers fell short of that by ending 9-3 before picking up their 10th win on New Year’s Day against Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

So without further ado, please click here and cast your vote in our poll asking, “What will LSU's record will be at the end of the 2014 regular football season?

Speaking of polls, yesterday the Associated Press (AP) released its preseason Top-25 and pegged LSU at No. 13. Four SEC teams were ranked higher than LSU, including Alabama (2), Auburn (6), South Carolina (9) and Georgia (12). As has been the case in just about every preseason poll I’ve seen, LSU’s first opponent, Wisconsin, came in right behind LSU. Considering how many unknowns there are about this LSU team, I’m fine with the Tigers being ranked 13th, and I’m glad to see Wisconsin close behind at No. 14. The Tigers will have a chance to answer a lot of questions against a quality opponent in Week 1, and if they are successful against the Badgers I look for the Tigers to cruise through the September schedule and enter SEC play full of confidence for what should be one of the premier matches of the season at Auburn on October 4th.

After scrimmaging on Saturday, the LSU football team took yesterday off and will practice this morning before holding another closed scrimmage tomorrow. On Wednesday the team will assist with “Move-In Day” on campus, and then they'll return to one-a-day practices Thursday and Friday. Also, Coach Miles will hold his first Les Miles Radio Show Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

As for last Saturday's scrimmage, I received a lot of emails from folks who were concerned that LSU completed less than half the passes they attempted (Miles threw out a rough stat of about 20 completions in 40-45 attempts) and that Kenny Hilliard was the leading rusher with 60 yards. All I can tell you is not to read too much into what few stats were given. Three things to remember: 1) We don’t know what situation the players were in and what was asked of them; 2) We don’t know how accurate these seemingly very rough stats are; and 3) These scrimmages are closed for a reason, namely that it would not benefit LSU at all for their opponents to get an early take on what they’ll be up against.

Lately, I’ve also heard from a lot of you asking if we will once again be conducting our Louisiana High School Football Pickem Contest, and the answer is yes. My wife, Heather, is in the process of entering all the games on the 10-week schedule (a very time-consuming task), and as soon as they’re all in and the system is tested we’ll let you know so the competition can begin. If all goes well, we should be ready to open the contest by the end of the week.

Now, with only 12 days remaining until LSU’s season opener, let’s look back at a game that LSU was extremely fortunate to win (to say the least) after Tennessee was penalized for having 12 men on the field on what would have been the last play of the game. Of course, I’m referring to the 16-14 win in Tiger Stadium on October 2, 2010. Those of you who’ve followed this site know that I’m a big fan of Les Miles, but, like all of us, he’s made his share of mistakes. On that night in Death Valley, Miles made one of his biggest blunders as an LSU coach with poor time and player management. Behind by four and facing a third down from the one yard line with no time outs and about 22 seconds remaining, LSU should have spiked the ball to setup for one last play, but instead there was widespread panic and disorganization as the Tigers watched the clock tick down all the way to three seconds before T-Bob Hebert snapped the ball to Jordan Jefferson who wasn’t ready for it and watched it sail right past his hands. At that moment, everyone thought that former Tiger Assistant Coach Derek Dooley had pulled out a huge upset in his first season at Tennessee, but Dooley had also blundered and the Vols were flagged for having 12-men on the field. (Upon recount, they actually had 13!) The Tigers were allowed one un-timed play from the one-yard line and they made the most of it. Jefferson took the snap and pitched it to Steven Ridley, who cut inside and was hit at the goal line, but powered past the defender for the game-winning touchdown to make the Tigers 5-0 overall and 3-0 in SEC play. Take a moment to relive that emotional roller-coaster, if you dare, by watching this video.

8/17/14 6:05 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

On a hot and humid August morning in Baton Rouge, the LSU football team held a 125-play scrimmage that touched on all three phases of the game - offense, defense and special teams. After the closed scrimmage, Coach Miles wasn’t really forthcoming with stats, but he did sound very encouraged by what he saw and called it a productive outing. Below are a few tid-bits I gathered by watching this video of the press conference and reading this press release issued by LSU.

• Miles said both quarterbacks, Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, played well and continue to improve. Just like after last week’s smaller scrimmage, Miles didn’t give out individual stats about each quarterback, but said they threw the ball about 40-45 times and completed about 20 of the passes. When asked whether he was closer to naming a starting quarterback, Miles said yes. Why? Because it’s closer to game day. 


• Miles did say that there were three touchdown passed thrown, but again he did not say which quarterback threw them.


• In the receiving game, Miles praised Trey Quinn for having a very good outing. Quinn caught four or five passes and also ran the ball one time from an I-back set. 


• Malachi Dupre is still nicked up and didn’t participate in the scrimmage, but is expected to return to practice in full health tomorrow. 


• As for the running game, Miles said each of the four backs carried the ball 14 times and that Kenny Hilliard was the leading rusher with about 60 yards. He also said Leonard Fournette had a long run on a busted play against the scout team. 


• Miles complimented the play of the offensive line and said Ethan Pocic looked good at center. He also mentioned Garrett Brumfield and Will Clapp as freshmen who could step in play. 


• As for the defensive line, Miles continues to be impressed with starting defensive tackles Christian LaCouture and Frank Herron. Quintin Thomas did not play in the scrimmage, but Miles said he could be ready to participate in Tuesday’s scrimmage. 


• Defensive end Danielle Hunter led the team in tackles with nine, including four tackles-for-loss.


• Other defensive players singled out for their play were middle linebackers D.J. Welter and Kendall Beckwith, and cornerback Rashard Robinson.

• After the scrimmage, Miles answered the challenge issued to him by Governor Bobby Jindal and had a bucket of ice dumped on him in an effort to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In an interesting twist, Danielle Hunter dumped a bucket of grass on Miles when he was expecting ice-water, and just when Miles was thinking it wasn’t too bad, La’el Collins shocked him with the freezing water. You can check out a video of that here.

The Tigers will take today off to mark the end of preseason camp, and tomorrow they’ll return to the practice field to begin focusing on their upcoming opponent, the Wisconsin Badgers.

With only 13 days remaining until the season-opener, today we’ll continue our countdown to game day by remembering a special Tiger quarterback who wore No 13 - Tommy Hodson. When many Tiger fans, especially the younger ones, hear the name Tommy Hodson, they immediately think of the famous “Earthquake Game” and Hodson’s earth-shaking, game-winning fourth-down pass completion to Eddie Fuller. That was a spectacular moment, no doubt, but there’s much more to Tommy Hodson’s career than that memorable play. Born in the small town of Mathews, Louisiana in Lafourche Parish, Hodson led LSU to two SEC championships and was the first quarterback in SEC history to surpass 60 career passing touchdowns. During his time as a Tiger, Hodson passed for more than 2,000 yards in each of his four seasons and ended his college career with an incredible 9,115 passing yards, which still stands as the most by any LSU quarterback. In 1986, Hodson led the Tigers to their first AP Top-10 finish since 1970, and then he topped that in 1987 by leading the Tigers to their first top-5 finish since 1961. After his time as a Tiger, Hodson was selected 59th overall in the 1990 draft by the New England Patriots. He went on to play a total of six years in the NFL for the Patriots, the Dolphins, the Cowboys and the Saints, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

 

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