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2/8/16 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

It was great hearing from many of you yesterday about our ongoing series profiling the top-five LSU football newcomers likely to make an impact this year, and on Part 1 of my 2-part Q&A with Mike Detillier. As promised, I’ve got Part 2 to share with you today, and in it I get Mikes’s thoughts on the offensive signees, on Brandon Harris, Lindsey Scott and the quarterback position, and whether LSU has enough talent to make a run for the title in 2016. Give it a quick read and I’m sure you’ll appreciate Mike’s insight as I do.  

Part 2 of 2: DandyDon.com Q&A with Mike Detillier – 2016 Recruiting Class with Focus on Offense

Part 1 of 2: DandyDon.com Q&A with Mike Detillier – 2016 Recruiting Class with Focus on Defense

Speaking of Lindsey Scott, he may not have been as highly rated as many of LSU’s signees, but you might be surprised to know that he’s the only LSU signee to have made the Parade Magazine All-America list. Scott, a three-star dual-threat signal-caller from Zachary who completed 163-of-255 passes for 3,039 yards and 33 touchdowns and ran for 1,963 yards and 28 touchdowns, received honorable mention as an “athlete” on the prestigious list.  

While on the topic of special players in LSU’s signing class, it’s time to continue our series on the top vote-getters from our poll asking which incoming freshman will make the most impact in 2016. So far we’ve profiled No. 5 Saivion Smith and No. 4 Kristian Fulton. Today’ll we’ll take a look at the player who came in third with 8.11% of the vote – RB/LB Devin White. Here we go…

Devin White
RB/LB, 6-0, 258, North Webster
(3rd in our poll with 8.11%) 

If Devin White’s prep career is any indicator, wherever you put the North Webster product, he will have a tremendous impact on the game. White played both running back and linebacker in high school, earning his 4-star status and garnering offers from numerous SEC schools. As his height and weight suggest, White plays with great power, meaning he’s trampled over quite a number of defenders in his prep career. Take a look at his highlights here if you want to see the bruiser in action.

As you’ll surely notice in the video, what White has going for him is a rare combination of speed, agility and size. Whether he’s running sideline to sideline as a linebacker or hurdling a defender going low as a running back, White’s overall athleticism is off the charts. Get this: White has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at a blazing 4.46, which is unheard of for a man his size (258 pounds!). As a senior at North Webster, White racked up 1,650 yards on 208 carries, rushing for 31 touchdowns. During his prep career, he rushed for 5,031 yards and 81 touchdowns, while accumulating 192 tackles on defense. 

As for making an instant impact as a Tiger, White’s best chances would be as a linebacker given LSU’s lack of depth there and the fact that the Tigers return running backs Leonard Fournette, Derrius Guice, Darrell Williams and Nick Brossette. As Mike Detillier states in our Q&A, White is a special type of talent who needs the see the playing field one way or the other, and it will be quite interesting to see which position group he works out with this spring.

Stay tuned, in tomorrow’s report we’ll continue this series by taking a look at another player who could see early playing time at linebacker.

In basketball news, LSU’s Lady Tigers fell to 8-16 overall and 2-9 in the SEC with a 70-58 loss to No. 18 Kentucky in Lexington. I don’t even know what to say about the season the Lady Tigers are having other than it’s just downright sad. Yes, the team is dealing with injuries that have left their roster depleted, but the larger question is, “Why is LSU so poorly equipped to deal with the injuries?” The answer, of course, is recruiting. So often we hear about coaches who are great recruiters but not so hot with Xs and Os. Well, Coach Nikki Fargus is exactly the opposite, and her lack of prowess on the recruiting trail has caught up to her big-time. For more on yesterday’s loss, here’s LSUSports.net’s recap.

http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=210695895

Lastly, congrats to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos for winning last night’s Super Bowl. I’ve got to admit, I don’t follow pro ball nearly as passionately as I do college ball and spent more time tending to my grill and get-together than I did the actual game. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, that second cup of coffee is calling me, as are some newly sprouted tomato seedlings in my greenhouse. Have a great day, everyone, and don’t forget to check out my Detillier Q&A. Also, I’ll probably be posting another Mail Call sometime this week while things are a bit slow, so if you have any questions you’d like me to consider including, send ’em my way.



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2/7/16 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

How ’bout them Tigers! The LSU basketball team moved into sole possession of first place in the SEC with an impressive 88-77 victory over Mississippi State. After starting sluggishly and falling behind 22-9, the Tigers responded with two big runs (15-3 and 19-4) to lead 43-35 at the half and continued their offensive onslaught in the second half to increase their lead to 20-points, 67-47. From that point on, the Bulldogs got no closer than 11. After losing last Saturday in a heartbreaker to No. 1 Oklahoma, LSU has responded very well with two big victories 

Considering LSU began with a dreadful 7-5 non-conference start, it’s pretty amazing to think the Tigers are 8-2 in SEC play and in sole possession of first place. There are still eight tough games remaining, but things are really looking up for this Tiger team that has won three tough SEC road contests and remains undefeated in its five SEC home games. 

In yesterday’s win, LSU used hot shooting on the perimeter and good inside penetration to get numerous high percentage shots. That resulted in yet another game withgreat field goal shooting (32-61 – 52.5%). The Tigers were also 10-22 (45.5%) from 3-point range and only committed eight turnovers. After Mississippi State started 11-21 from the field and 6-9 from the 3-point line, LSU’s defense clamped down, holding the Bulldogs to just 18-45 (40.0%) from the field and 1-14 (7.1%) from behind the arc. The increased defensive intensity, combined with hot shooting from LSU’s backcourt,was what won the game for the Tigers. 

Freshman Antonio Blakeney had the best game of his career and finished with 31 points and seven rebounds. Keith Hornsby poured in 25 points and dished out five assists while Ben Simmons added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. One indication that LSU’s offense was clicking is that the Tigers had an impressive 25 assists on their 31 made field goals.

Moving on to football, I want to direct your attention to this new Q&A I conducted with NFL and College Football Analysts Mike Detillier on the topic of LSU’s 2016 signing class and season. In this first installment, I get Mike’s thoughts on the remarkable job Coach Miles and his staff did in assembling this class and then get his thoughts on the defensive signees. In tomorrow’sinstallment I ask Mike about the offense signees and whether LSU has the talent needed to make a run for the title in 2016. 

DandyDon.com Q&A with Mike Detillier, Part 1 of 2: General Thoughts on 2016 Recruiting Class with Focus on Defense

Now let’s move on with our series profiling the top-five incoming freshman who are likely to make an impact in 2016, as voted on by you, the readers. Yesterday we profiled  Saivion Smith, and I’m glad many of you enjoyed learning more about him and seeing his highlights. Today we’ll do the same for Kristian Fulton. Here we go…

Kristian Fulton
CB, 6-0, 177, Archbishop Rummel
(4th in our poll with 6.26 percent) 

To list Kristian Fulton’s accolades and accomplishments would likely take up most of today’s report. To sum it up briefly, Fulton was recognized throughout the state for his corner skills at Archbishop Rummel, earning player of the year from various publications in 2014 and being named to the All-USA Louisiana team as a first teamer. Fulton’s best attribute is his ball-hawking presence. He has great hips and does an impressive job of adjusting to the ball in the air, often putting himself inpositionto either make an interception or break up a pass attempt. Another thing this 5-star cornerback does well is “high point” the ball as if he’s a receiver, which gives him a chance to make a play on the ballany timeit’s thrown in his vicinity. 

Fulton is also a solid tackler in the open field with a large enough frame needed to drag down big bodies at the next level, but interceptions were Fulton’s forte at the high school level. As a junior, when he was named the New Orleans Advocate Player of the Year, Fulton recorded 11 picks. Even more impressive than that, Fulton recorded five interceptions in a two-week span. Fulton andSaivionSmith break the list of early impact signees for pure athleticism at the defensive back position, and there’s a good chance Tiger fans could see the two of them on the field together as freshmen in 2016.

You can checkout a few of Fulton’s highlights in our Media Gallery

Before wrapping up, I want to wish you all a happy Super Bowl Sunday. I was thinking of making a Chicken and Sausage Gumbo for the occasion, but I’ve got such a bad case of Spring fever that I might just light up the grill instead.  Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the game. 

A few Superbowl-related tidbits: For the 15th consecutive year, there will a former Tiger in the big game as Trai Turner is scheduled to start for the Carolina Panthers. That 15-year streak, by the way, is the longest for any SEC school. Former LSU wide receiver and graduate assistant coach Tyke Tolbert is also part of the Super Bowl, serving as the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos. LSU has had 31 former players win 40 Super Bowl rings with Kevin Faulk leading the way with three Super Bowl titles, all coming with the New England Patriots. Seven former Tigers have won two Super Bowl rings – Rohan Davey (Patriots), Randall Gay (Patriots and Saints),  Jarvis Green (Patriots), Tory James (Broncos), Booger McFarland (Buccaneers, Colts), and Corey Webster (Giants). LSU has had at least one player take the field in 37 of the 49 Super Bowls with Jimmy Taylor (Packers) and Johnny Robinson (Chiefs) being the first two Tigers to play in the game when Super Bowl I was played in January of 1967.

As usual, I’ll leave you with a couple of good reads to go along with your Sunday morning coffee, and don’t forget to check out my Q&A with Mike Detillier.

GUILBEAU: What if LSU had replaced Miles? Would he be this good?

Q&A with LSU head coach Les Miles by Jim Varney, Special for USA TODAY Sports



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2/6/16 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

First, I want to thank all of you who voted in our poll asking, “Which incoming LSU football signee(s) will make the biggest impact in the 2016 season? With about 8,400 votes cast, the top vote getters were DT Rashard Lawrence (28%), LB Michael Divinity (20%), RB/LB Devin White (8%), and DBs Kristian Fulton (6.24%) and Savion Smith (6.14%). In today’s report, we’ll begin a series in which we briefly profile these five Tigers, starting with Smith. Here we go...

Saivion Smith
DB, 6-1, 175, IMG Academy (Florida)
(5th in our poll with 6.4% of the vote)

Instinctive and explosive are two fitting adjectives to describe 5-star shutdown cornerback Saivion Smith. The early enrollee from IMG Academy possesses a ton of other qualities needed to be the next great defensive back at LSU, but what strikes me most is his natural playmaking ability. At IMG Academy, where the competition was stiff, Smith scored in a variety of ways including returning his own forced fumble, taking interceptions the distance and returning multiple blocked punts/kicks for touchdowns. I won’t go as far as to call Smith the next Tyrann Mathieu because the Honey Badger is a once in a lifetime playmaker, but after watching Smith score in a variety of ways at the high school level, that comparison definitely comes to mind.  Coach Miles played the Honey Badger as a freshman, and with Smith’s natural-born instincts I think there’s a good chance this early enrollee will see early playing time as well. 

For those interested in checking out his awesome playmaking skills, see Smith’s video highlights in our  Media Gallery.

In tomorrow’s report, we’ll take a look at fellow five-star cornerback Kristian Fulton who came in at No. 4 in our poll. 

Before leaving the topic of football, I want to let you know that I am in the process of getting Mike Detillier’s thoughts on LSU’s signing class and hope to post Part 1 of our two-part Q&A in tomorrow’s report, just in time to go along with your Sunday morning coffee. Part 1 will focus on the defensive signees, and part two will look at the offense and address the question of whether LSU has the talent needed to make a run for the title in 2016. 

In men’s basketball, the Tigers (14-8, 7-2) look to continue their winning ways in conference play as LSU hosts Mississippi State (9-12, 2-7) this evening at 5 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN2. Like Auburn, Mississippi State has not had a good season so far, but the Bulldogs are a better team than their 2-7 league record would have you believe. Their most recent loss was a nail-biter at home to Alabama (82-80), and five of Mississippi State’s seven conference losses have been by six points or less. Offensively, the Bulldogs are averaging 76.6 points per contest. They’re led by senior forward Gavin Ware (6’9” 260) and freshman guard Malik Newman (6’3” 190), who are averaging 16.3 and 13.2 points per game, respectively. It would be great to see LSU get a huge lead in this game, which would allow frontcourt backups Aaron Epps, Elbert Robinson and Darcy Malone to get extended minutes. More conference experience would go a long way for those three. 

Just like the Auburn game, this is another contest LSU cannot afford to lose, as the Tigers really need to finish strong at home. LSU is currently tied for first in the SEC after Texas A&M’s loss to Vanderbilt, but there are still nine regular season games remaining, and many will be very tough to win. The four road games in particular – (South Carolina (19-3), Tennessee (11-11 but beat UK last Tuesday), Arkansas (11-11 but 10-3 at home) and UK (16-6) – will be extremely challenging. The Tigers will need to step up their game and find a way to win at least one of these away games if they want to finish with a 20-11 regular season record, which would likely get them an at-large berth. Of course, they also need to take care of business at home, starting this evening. 

In softball news, one week from today we’ll be discussing the outcome of the Tigers’ first game. Yesterday Coach Beth Torina, along with seniors Bianka Bell, Kellsi Kloss and Sandra Simmons, juniors Bailey Landry and Sahvanna Jaquish and sophomores Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper, met with the media ahead of the start of the 2016 campaign that has LSU ranked No. 3 in preseason polls. Last year, the Tigers jumped out to an unprecedented 25-0 start and the program’s first No. 1 ranking before advancing all the way to the Women's College World Series. As special as that season was, this year’s team appears to have enough talent to match or surpass it. LSU returns every position starter except center fielder A.J. Andrews from the highest-scoring team in school history and is loaded in the circle as well. In fact, Coach Torina has said that this year’s pitching staff – featuring all-SEC right-hander Carley Hoover, fellow sophomore Allie Walljasper, junior Baylee Corbello and highly heralded freshmen Sydney Smith – is the best she’s ever had. LSU’s season gets underway next Friday at 5 p.m. when the Tigers host Ohio State in the 2016 Tiger Classic. 

Today’s closing tidbits:

• Yesterday I mentioned that one of my longtime readers is putting together a travel package for LSU football’s season opener against Wisconsin in Lambeau Field and that generated a lot of response. I want to point out that the flyer I linked to yesterday was for the trip originating from Baton Rouge or New Orleans, but he is also offering a one that originates from Shreveport.  Information on these packages can be found here.

• With LSU’s baseball season set to get underway in less than two weeks, I want to let you know that I’ve updated our LSU Baseball Roster and to go along with this previously posted preseason depth chart

• The sixth-ranked LSU gymnastics team roared to a season-high score and defeated No. 8 Arkansas last night, 197.425-196.150, in front of 7,779 fans. With the win, LSU improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in league competition.

• Lastly, I’ll be updating our Ticket Exchange page this weekend, so if you have any LSU tickets for sale please let me know. 



 

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