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12/10/16 5:55 am CST

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As many of you have heard already, Houston concluded its head coaching search by choosing Major Applewhite over Lane Kiffin and Les Miles. And while Kiffin remains a strong candidate for the University of South Florida head job, it’s likely that USF will go with Charlie Strong. There’s still a possibility that Kiffin could land another head coaching job (the latest word is that Florida Atlantic is now pursuing him), but for now, Kiffin remains in play as a candidate for LSU’s vacant offensive coordinator position. 

It’s no secret that Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron are good friends and that Kiffin is Coach’s O’s preferred candidate for LSU’s offensive coordinator job. But is he yours? To gauge your thoughts, I’ve decided to conduct a poll today asking you to vote for the candidate you would most like to see as LSU’s next offensive coordinator, and I’ve given you nine options to chose from. The nine include the eight candidates I mentioned yesterday – Lane Kifin (Alabama OC), Mark Helfrich (ex-Oregon HC), Steve Sarkisian (Alabama OA), Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma OC), Tee Martin (USC OC), Sonny Cumbie (TCU Co-OC), Matt Canada (Pittsburg OC) and Ed Warriner (Ohio State OC), plus one name I’ve since heard – Matt Lubick (ex-Oregon OC) – plus one for “other.” I hope you’ll take a moment to click the link below and cast your vote. 

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There’s also another reason the Houston hire is of interest to Tiger Fans – it could lead to former LSU coach Les Miles laying a job as an ESPN analyst. That’s right, FootballScoop is reporting that ESPN is actively pursuing Miles for a potential role with the network should he decide to take a year off from coaching. Miles was in the running for head coaching vacancies at Purdue, Baylor, and Houston, but with all three positions filled now, his coaching options are becoming slim. I, for one, would love to see Miles take a year to work with ESPN while waiting for a good coaching job to open up and I have no doubt he would be good for ESPN’s ratings.

One more tidbit while speaking of former LSU coaches: Brick Haley was named yesterday as Missouri’s defensive line coach.  

Now for some good news on the recruiting front, Baton Rouge-native and current Alabama commitment Dylan Moses (LB, 6-3, 240) is taking his final visit to LSU this weekend. Moses will be an early enrollee, and with this being his last official visit and the last weekend before the start of a dead period in recruiting, the timing couldn’t be better for LSU. Will it be enough to flip him back to LSU (he originally committed to LSU as an freshman at University High in 2013), that’s hard to say. But nonetheless, this tells me that LSU is still very much in the picture. For what it’s worth, the LSU staff remains confident in its chances of landing the elite five-star and Moses tweeted last night, “Enjoying myself back home man... always love back in the boot.”  

Another elite five-star the staff feels confident in landing is running back Cam Akers, and yesterday he became 247Sports’ highest rated running back in the country. After monitoring this week’s practices for today’s Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star game, which will feature Akers and quarterback Myles Brennan, 247Sports made several adjustments to its rankings, one of which was moving Akers to the No. 1 spot among running backs. Akers is one of three five-stars that LSU appears to have a legitimate chance of adding to this year’s recruiting class, along with Dylan Moses and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. Stay tuned, Tiger Fans, the next two months in recruiting could be very interesting.

Turning to Louisiana prep football, I’d like to give a shout out to Logansport and Sterlington for winning the 1A and 2A LA state titles yesterday, and give you a preview of today’s other championship games. Logansport beat Haynesville, 34-28,  to earn the 1A title, while Sterlington defeated Madison Prep, 28-27, to win it all in 2A. Here’s  a quick rundown of today’s 3A, 4A and 5A games written by occasional DandyDon contributor Blaine Viator.

Today’s closing tidbits:

• LSU defensive lineman Christian LaCouture might return for another season after all. Yesterday in a radio interview with Matt Moscona on ESPN 104.5 FM's “After Further Review,” LaCouture revealed that he wasn't planning to seek a medical redshirt, but Ed Orgeron’s hire changed things and now he’s considering a return. LaCouture plans to make a final decision by next Sunday. Here’s an article by The Advocate with more on the topic.

• Here’s a friendly reminder to vote in our poll asking, “Who would you like to see as LSU’s next offensive coordinator?

• Lastly, I encourage you to please read this important message about our site’s annual fundraiser and consider pledging your support. To those of you who have already done so, your support is greatly appreciated.


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12/10/16 5:55 am CST

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Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As many of you have heard already, Houston concluded its head coaching search by choosing Major Applewhite over Lane Kiffin and Les Miles. And while Kiffin remains a strong candidate for the University of South Florida head job, it’s likely that USF will go with Charlie Strong. There’s still a possibility that Kiffin could land another head coaching job (the latest word is that Florida Atlantic is now pursuing him), but for now, Kiffin remains in play as a candidate for LSU’s vacant offensive coordinator position. 

It’s no secret that Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron are good friends and that Kiffin is Coach’s O’s preferred candidate for LSU’s offensive coordinator job. But is he yours? To gauge your thoughts, I’ve decided to conduct a poll today asking you to vote for the candidate you would most like to see as LSU’s next offensive coordinator, and I’ve given you nine options to chose from. The nine include the eight candidates I mentioned yesterday – Lane Kifin (Alabama OC), Mark Helfrich (ex-Oregon HC), Steve Sarkisian (Alabama OA), Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma OC), Tee Martin (USC OC), Sonny Cumbie (TCU Co-OC), Matt Canada (Pittsburg OC) and Ed Warriner (Ohio State OC), plus one name I’ve since heard – Matt Lubick (ex-Oregon OC) – plus one for “other.” I hope you’ll take a moment to click the link below and cast your vote. 

PLEASE VOTE IN OUR POLL:
DandyDon.com Asks, “Who Would You Like to See as LSU’s Next Offensive Coordinator?”

There’s also another reason the Houston hire is of interest to Tiger Fans – it could lead to former LSU coach Les Miles laying a job as an ESPN analyst. That’s right, FootballScoop is reporting that ESPN is actively pursuing Miles for a potential role with the network should he decide to take a year off from coaching. Miles was in the running for head coaching vacancies at Purdue, Baylor, and Houston, but with all three positions filled now, his coaching options are becoming slim. I, for one, would love to see Miles take a year to work with ESPN while waiting for a good coaching job to open up and I have no doubt he would be good for ESPN’s ratings.

One more tidbit while speaking of former LSU coaches: Brick Haley was named yesterday as Missouri’s defensive line coach.  

Now for some good news on the recruiting front, Baton Rouge-native and current Alabama commitment Dylan Moses (LB, 6-3, 240) is taking his final visit to LSU this weekend. Moses will be an early enrollee, and with this being his last official visit and the last weekend before the start of a dead period in recruiting, the timing couldn’t be better for LSU. Will it be enough to flip him back to LSU (he originally committed to LSU as an freshman at University High in 2013), that’s hard to say. But nonetheless, this tells me that LSU is still very much in the picture. For what it’s worth, the LSU staff remains confident in its chances of landing the elite five-star and Moses tweeted last night, “Enjoying myself back home man... always love back in the boot.”  

Another elite five-star the staff feels confident in landing is running back Cam Akers, and yesterday he became 247Sports’ highest rated running back in the country. After monitoring this week’s practices for today’s Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star game, which will feature Akers and quarterback Myles Brennan, 247Sports made several adjustments to its rankings, one of which was moving Akers to the No. 1 spot among running backs. Akers is one of three five-stars that LSU appears to have a legitimate chance of adding to this year’s recruiting class, along with Dylan Moses and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. Stay tuned, Tiger Fans, the next two months in recruiting could be very interesting.

Turning to Louisiana prep football, I’d like to give a shout out to Logansport and Sterlington for winning the 1A and 2A LA state titles yesterday, and give you a preview of today’s other championship games. Logansport beat Haynesville, 34-28,  to earn the 1A title, while Sterlington defeated Madison Prep, 28-27, to win it all in 2A. Here’s  a quick rundown of today’s 3A, 4A and 5A games written by occasional DandyDon contributor Blaine Viator.

Today’s closing tidbits:

• LSU defensive lineman Christian LaCouture might return for another season after all. Yesterday in a radio interview with Matt Moscona on ESPN 104.5 FM's “After Further Review,” LaCouture revealed that he wasn't planning to seek a medical redshirt, but Ed Orgeron’s hire changed things and now he’s considering a return. LaCouture plans to make a final decision by next Sunday. Here’s an article by The Advocate with more on the topic.

• Here’s a friendly reminder to vote in our poll asking, “Who would you like to see as LSU’s next offensive coordinator?

• Lastly, I encourage you to please read this important message about our site’s annual fundraiser and consider pledging your support. To those of you who have already done so, your support is greatly appreciated.

12/9/16 5:50 am CST

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Tis the season for coaching rumors, player awards, and recruiting. We’ll touch on each of those topics in today’s report, as well as this weekend’s Louisiana high school football championship games. Let’s jump to it.

Late last night, Houston announced that it had narrowed its head coaching search to four candidates: Lane Kiffin, former LSU coach Les Miles and current Houston coordinators Todd Orlando and Major Applewhite. This hire has obvious implications for Tiger Fans since Lane Kiffin is believed to be Coach Ed Orgeron’s top-target for LSU’s offensive coordinator position. I suspect we will learn today whether Kiffin gets the job. If he does not land at Houston, there has been speculation that Kiffin could end up at South Florida, but the latest reports I’ve seen indicate that former Texas coach Charlie Strong is USF’s leading candidate at this time. 

So, if it’s not Kiffin for LSU, who would it be? Well, the three names I’m hearing more than any are ex-Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, Alabama offensive analyst Steve Sarkisian, and current Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. Other candidates mentioned include USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, TCU Co-OC Sonny Cumbie, Houston OC Major Applewhite, Pittsburgh Panthers OC Matt Canada, and Ohio State OC Ed Warriner. Stay tuned, as we’ll likely get some clarity on the situation very soon.

As mentioned above, this is also the season for awards, and they continue to roll in for LSU football players. Yesterday, three Tigers were named to the All-SEC Freshman Team, two Tigers were named Walter Camp All-Americans, two Tigers received Sports Illustrated second team All-America honors, and eight Tigers were named to the AP All-SEC teams. Here’s a quick rundown:

All-SEC Freshman Team

• Starting with the All-SEC Freshman team, nose tackle Ed Alexander was one of five selections along the defensive line, Devin White was one of three linebackers selected, and Josh Growden was the sole punter chosen. Below is a brief blurb on each of them as provided by LSU’s Sports Information department.

Alexander played in all 10 games in his debut season on defense, recording 12 tackles with a half sack. He had a tackle in eight of the 10 games he featured in, having at least two in games against Auburn, Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Florida.

Another in a long line of Australian punters, Growden averaged 41.9 yards per punt on 51 punts this season, with nine punts of 50 or more yards and 20 being inside the 20-yard line. In the thrilling win over Mississippi State, Growden had two punts of 60 yards at 65 and 61 in being named the SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week in the process, as his longest of the season was a 68-yard punt against the Golden Eagles.

Devin White saw action in all 11 games for LSU, recording 25 tackles, with 12 on the solo end and 13 assisted. He had two tackles for loss, forcing and recovering a fumble as well, recording a season-best six tackles against Southern Miss. White really made his mark on special teams where he recorded 10 tackles, the second most for any LSU player and only one of two to have double-figure tackles in the category, getting four against Arkansas.

Walter Camp All-Americans

• LSU senior defensive back TréDavious White was honored as a first-Team Walter Camp All-American, while senior center Ethan Pocic and senior linebacker Kendell Beckwith were selected as Second-Team All-Americans. 

TréDavious White, a native of Shreveport, is now the 69th player in LSU history to earn First-Team All-America honors while becoming just the seventh cornerback to do so. The last LSU cornerback to earn first-team honors was Tyrann Mathieu in 2011. In program history, 13 LSU defensive backs have been honored with First-Team All-America awards.

As one of the top offensive linemen in LSU’s history, Pocic started all 11 games for the Tigers in 2016, with 10 starts coming at center and one at right tackle. He led all LSU offensive linemen in total snaps played (680), knockdowns (92), and “great effort” plays (33). He had double-digit knockdown blocks in four games, including having a season-high 14 knockdowns in a win over Texas A&M, allowing just one sack all season.

Coming back for his senior season, Beckwith picked up right where he left off in his junior year by starting 10 games in the linebacker core, leading the team with 91 total tackles, including six tackles for loss and a sack. Beckwith finished second in the league averaging 9.1 tackles per game, registering double figure stops three times and includes having a career-high 16 against Alabama.

Sports Illustrated All-Americans

• The two Tigers who were named Sports Illustrated second team All-Americans were linebacker Kendell Beckwith and safety Jamal Adams.

AP All-SEC Teams

• The eight Tigers who made the AP’s All-SEC team include first-team selections Derrius Guice (RB), Ethan Pocic (C), Arden Key (LB), TréDavious White (CB) and Jamal Adams (S). Making the second team were Leonard Fournette (RB), Josh Boutte (G), and Kendall Beckwith (LB).

Hats off to all these Tigers for their well-deserved honors.

While on the topic of awards and recognition, let me sneak this baseball tidbit in here: Junior left-hander Alex Lange has been named by D1Baseball as the No. 7 college prospect for the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.

In football recruiting news, LSU will be entertaining three prospects this weekend, all of whom are already committed to LSU. The three are offensive tackle Austin Deculus, safety Grant Delpit, and quarterback Lowell Narcisse.  Another thing that these three have in common, in addition to being committed to LSU, is that they all will be early enrollees. With the dead period in recruiting beginning next week, it makes sense that Coach Orgeron and his staff are focusing their attention on the early enrollees whose final decision time is drawing near. Other LSU commitments expected to enroll early are wide receiver Mannie Netherly, defensive end Justin Thomas, and safety Jacoby Stevens. (I don’t remember LSU ever having more than five early enrollees in one call, but it looks like that will be the case this year, and that’s a good thing.) Netherly and Thomas have both shut down their recruitment and appear rock solid to LSU. As for Stevens, the Tiger’s highest rated prospect in this class of 18 commits, Coach O dropped in on him on Tuesday and from what I understand there’s no reason for concern with him. Steven recognizes that with Jamal Adams and Rickey Jefferson gone next year he will have an excellent chance for immediate playing time. Another early enrollee target LSU is heavily pursuing is linebacker and Baton Rouge native Dylan Moses who was once committed to LSU but is now committed to Alabama. Coach Ed Orgeron dropped in on him earlier this week and will work relentlessly for his signature, though the window of opportunity for getting him to flip is shrinking fast with early enrollees planning to enroll in early January. 

Before moving on, let me answer something that many of you have asked me – that is, where does LSU’s recruiting class stand now and how many more commitments can the Tigers take? LSU’s 2017 recruiting class currently contains 18 commitments and is ranked No. 5 in 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings. Of the 18, one is a five-star (Stevens), ten are four-stars and seven are three-stars. From what I understand, there’s room to sign a total of 26 players to scholarship since LSU signed 23 last Signing Day and then added Sci Martin in March to bring their total to 24, leaving room for one of this year’s early enrollees to count towards the 2016 maximum of 25. In a subsequent report, we’ll take a look at who we think are the most likely candidates to fill the eight remaining spots in this year’s class.  

Lastly, the Class 1A and 2A state championships will be played tonight in the Louisiana Superdome and here’s a bit of info on those two matches. By the way, both of tonight’s games, as well as tomorrow’s night’s 3A, 4A, and 5A championships, will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

1A State Championship:

No. 1 Haynesville (13-0) vs No. 2 (13-0) Logansport
Friday, December 9, 4:30 PM @Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Haynesville made it to the Championship game last year before getting beat by a really good Kentwood team. This year’s Haynesville team returns a lot from that squad and has gained valuable experience. Kentwood was a team many thought could repeat in 1A, but Logansport was able to knock them out last week in a defensive battle, 18-7. Look for this one to be a tight contest with both teams lead by stout defense. We give Haynesville a slight advantage, but this one could go either way. 

Of particular interest to Tiger fans are Haynesville juniors Jamarceon Jackson (S, 6-0, 190) and Jalan Harris (DE, 6-2, 248). Both will be highly recruited for class of 2018.

2A State Championship:

No. 2 Madison Prep (14-0) vs No. 4 (12-2) Sterlington
Friday, December 9, 8:00 PM @Mercedes-Benz Superdome

This Madison Prep team is absolutely loaded on both sides of the ball.  On offense, they are led by senior QB Edwin Kleinpeter who is a threat with his feet and his arm. The Madison Prep defense has been a force throughout the year, but Sterlington is a team that lights up the scoreboard, as evidenced by scoring at least 40 points in all four of their playoff games. We predict this one will be close early on, but in the end, Madison Prep has too much firepower for Sterlington to keep up.  

Of particular interest to Tiger fans are Madison Prep’s senior defensive ends Bryan Jones (DE, 6-5, 240) and Tory James (6-4, 275). Jones will likely end up at Texas A&M and James is an Arkansas commit. 

In closing, how bout this winter weather? If this latest cold front has given you the envie to make a gumbo, as it has for me, my recipe for the Chicken and Sausage gumbo can be found on our recipes page. Have a great day, Tiger Fans.   

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