Welcome back to our 10-part series previewing the 2014 LSU Tigers football team. We'll give previews of every position all throughout spring practice up until the spring game on April 5th. This is part three.
Some links recounting the past few days of action at the Box, on the hardwood, and elsewhere around LSU sports.
Stevenson keeps swinging Advocate Andrew Stevenson is just 4 hits away from his total hits from last season...hitting .493 this season after hitting .193 a year ago.
Jared Poche to start Sunday Advocate Paul Mainieri announced Sunday that Jared Poché will start Sunday vs. Vanderbilt, LSU's first SEC opponent.
LSU clips Purdue Times-Picayune LSU completed the sweep of Purdue on Sunday, knocking out the Boilermakers 7-3.
Friday Roundup Baseball America Quick blurb on Nola's continued success, as he held Purdue to just two hits Friday night. He still hasn't allowed an earned run.
Desperation is the flavor of the SEC tournament Advocate The
Florida SEC basketball tournament starts this week. It might get ugly.
Full bracket and times AL.com TV schedule & times for the whole of the SEC hoops tournament.
LSU back in action on the ponderosa Tiger Rag LSU has begun spring practice in earnest. Report from the initial look.
LSU opening spring camp ESPN.com Quick rundown from ESPN on what to watch for this spring at LSU football training.no comments
LSU continued it's up and down season of late with a big win at Vanderbilt, 57-51. It was their first road win since January 11 when they beat South Carolina, the second worst team in the SEC. As a result, they held onto their slim hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament, while just about locking down an invite to the NIT if they fail to make the big dance.
Johnny O'Bryant was his usual disruptive self down low. The big man finished with 25 points and 10 boards, while staying out of foul trouble and playing very focused all night long. LSU won with defense, and the script of their win is a huge step in the right direction. For the first time I can remember all season, LSU was trailing for most of the game until they took the lead in the final minutes when Shavon Coleman hit two free throws to give the Tigers a 2 point lead with 3:02 to play. LSU controlled the rest of the game, holding on for the win and a huge shot in the arm as they approach post-season play.
LSU will host Georgia (17-12, 11-6 SEC), the surprise team of the league, at 4pm in the PMAC on Saturday. While Georgia currently sits at third in the SEC, LSU matches up well with them and should be able to close out the regular season with a win.
From there the Tigers will head to the SEC Tournament in Atlanta, where they have earned a first round bye and currently stand as the sixth seed. Their first game will be Thursday, March 13. If they want to go dancing, they will need a deep run while knocking off some quality opponents in the process. Ultimately, I think they will fall just short of an NCAA Tournament bid, but this team will be playing in the post-season, and they are a threat to anyone they face.no comments
Welcome to our 10-part series previewing the 2014 LSU Tigers football team. We'll give previews of every position all through spring training up until the spring game, April 5th. This is part two.
Welcome to our 10-part series previewing the 2014 LSU Tigers football team. We'll give previews of every position all through spring training up until the spring game, April 5th. Special teams is part one.
We begin our trek through LSU football spring position battles with special teams, now under the tutelage of Bradley Dale Peveto. LSU special teams under Les Miles has been largely fantastic. The Tigers have carried a strong return game over each season & LSU has had a great run of accurate kickers. 2014 should be much of the same, even if some of the names are new.
LSU has officially announced Bradley Dale Peveto as special teams coach & defensive assistant for the football staff. We've gone over Peveto's credentials & what he brings to the table in an earlier piece. The new twist is the added defensive assistant title. Peveto has been a linebackers coach throughout his coaching career. Given that defensive coordinator John Chavis is the unofficial linebackers coach--that's his area of expertise--it likely means that Peveto will be spending most of his time helping the linebacker corps.
Les Miles made mention of his recruiting acumen & that is certainly a reason why he brought him back. After a few high profile Louisiana guys left the state, its good to see Miles taking a proactive stance on shoring up recruiting. Even though LSU brought in a stellar class, it could have been better had guys like Cameron Robinson elected to stay and play for the home team. Peveto has ties throughout Louisiana & east Texas that will certainly add to the staff.
Peveto made $300,000 a year on Kentucky's staff last season, while LSU's outcoaching ST coach made about the same. I'd expect his package to be only nominally higher than that.no comments
The 2014 NFL Combine ends today, and LSU had another impressive turnout. While most players did little to improve their draft status, a couple stood out and just about everyone else stayed even. Here are the results:
|Name||Pos||40 Yard Dash||Bench Press||Vertical Jump||Broad Jump||3 Cone Drill||20 Yard Shuttle||60 Yard Shuttle|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||WR||4.43||7||38.5"||122"||6.69||3.94||10.93|
Update: 9:50am 2/20/14
In a move that we probably saw coming, quarterback Stephen Rivers will be transferring from LSU, per comments from his father.
With freshman Anthony Jennings getting all of the backup duty to Zach Mettenberger last year, it was apparent that Rivers had been passed up on the depth chart.
Rivers attempted only two passes in four appearances during his two years at LSU. Another mobile QB, Brandon Harris, is on campus this spring and is thought to already be the direct competition to Jennings. Rivers said he sensed the LSU offense changing & the way the Tigers have recruited has made that obvious. Miles wants to use a mobile quarterback & move away from the statuesque, drop-back passer like a Mettenberger or Rivers.
Rivers graduates in May so he'll be immediately eligible at any FBS school. Given his pedigree & makeup, he'll land on his feet. This is the best move for him, because he most likely wasn't going to get any meaningful playing time again this season.
Continue reading for quotes from Rivers...no comments