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LSU Spring Practice Observations, Day 11: Big Cat and ball security

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU offensive lineman, Garrett Brumfield (78), left, participates in a drill Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

. Tuesday marked Day 11 of LSU spring practice, the Tigers’ second-to-last workout before spring break. The Tigers worked out in shoulder pads, helmets and short pants under warm, sunny skies at the Charles McClendon Football Practice Facility. After a brief warm up in position groups, the Tigers gathered for their regular Big Cat drill.… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Anthony Jennings performed 'better on more days,' offense looks sharp in third scrimmage

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU football coach Les Miles says, 'The offense definitely improved' in Saturday scrimmage.

One week after the defense held the upper hand, the offense got even Saturday in the LSU football team’s third scrimmage of the spring. In reaching the two-thirds mark of 15 spring practices allowed, LSU coach Les Miles put his team through a 100-play situational scrimmage — consisting mostly of third-down, red-zone, tight red-zone and two-minute work.… Continue reading →

Rabalais: His resilience on display, Anthony Jennings won’t give up LSU’s starting quarterback job without a fight

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Anthony Jennings

It’s long been the assumption at LSU regarding the quarterback candidacy of one Brandon Harris that it’s only a matter of time. He will eventually burst through the dreaded “potential” barrier and cast Anthony Jennings aside like a deflated New England football. What if it never happens, though? What if Harris turns out to be a paper cowboy,… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints ‘highly interested’ in LSU CB Jalen Collins

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins, left, is interviewed by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock on Friday during the school's pro day.

The Saints are taking a look at one of the draft’s fastest climbers. LSU cornerback Jalen Collins spent some time with New Orleans defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff during Friday’s pro day and left with the impression the team has a good amount of interest in him. “They said they’re highly interested,” said Collins, who many believed has… Continue reading →

LSU cornerback Jalen Collins says the Saints 'said they're highly interested' in him

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32) celebrates as he comes off the field after his game-clinching interception with less than two minutes to go, in the game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

The Saints are taking a look at one of the draft’s fastest climbers. LSU cornerback Jalen Collins spent some time with New Orleans’ defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff at Friday’s pro day and left with the impression that the team has a good amount of interest in him. “They said they’re highly interested,” Collins said. “Talked… Continue reading →

Kenny Hilliard's fast time in the 40-yard dash highlights LSU Pro Day

LSU running back Kenny Hilliard runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  Kenny Hilliard

With only one month remaining until the 2015 NFL Draft kicks off in Chicago, a handful of former LSU players had one final opportunity to showcase their abilities at Pro Day on Friday afternoon. The event proved to be critical for the two former Tigers’ running backs, as both Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee ran the 40-yard dash and participated in… Continue reading →

Change brewing: From “Money” to “Hippo,” LSU’s defense changing under new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU sophomore linebacker Duke Riley fields questions from the media during LSU Football's annual media day at the LSU's Anderson-Feazel Indoor Field, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Linebacker Duke Riley enjoys his new position on LSU’s defense. After all, who wouldn’t like to be called “Money.” “I like the name to be honest with you,” Riley said Thursday with a smile. The “Money” position is one example of the changes defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is implementing. They’re becoming more clear two-thirds of the way through… Continue reading →

Live updates: Track the Tigers at LSU Pro Day

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU linebacker D.J. Welter (31) buries Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Speedy Noil (2) during the second half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

. Get the latest news and analysis on LSU football players as they chase their dreams making it to the National Football League during the LSU Pro Day on Friday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. Among the players scheduled to participate in the pro day are La'el Collins, Kwon Alexander, D.J. Welter, Terrence Magee, Kenny… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles says he sees 'great athleticism and range' in freshman offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles' eyes get big as he runs up to an official to protest a pass interference call against the Tigers, during the first half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas.

. LSU coach Les Miles told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has high hopes for freshman offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke. Valetine-Okeke, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound freshman who played at Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Stockbridge, Ga., moved to the U.S. from Nigeria last year. He only played one season of organized football, but his raw… Continue reading →

LSU challenges jurisdiction of John Chavis’ lawsuit, takes swipe at Texas A&M's 'dire need for defensive help'

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Former LSU, and now current Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis.

LSU is challenging the jurisdiction of a lawsuit filed against the school in Texas by former defensive coordinator John Chavis and is asking the court to dismiss the suit entirely. The school filed an answer to Chavis’ lawsuit Monday in the 272nd District Court in Brazos County, Texas, claiming the squabble over the ex-coach’s… Continue reading →

Les Miles: Anthony Jennings ‘pretty crisp’ in latest scrimmage

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles and quarterback Anthony Jennings talk during a timeout during the first half Nov. 27 in College Station, Texas.

It may be a battle that will be fought until the season opener against McNeese State, but during Saturday’s 130-play scrimmage, LSU junior quarterback Anthony Jennings won the afternoon over sophomore Brandon Harris. “At quarterback, I think both guys are continuing to come, but I think today Jennings probably looked just a little bit more productive… Continue reading →

LSU's Cam Cameron, Kevin Steele share different stories, but both get roaring applause at annual Louisiana high school coaches clinic

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- New defensive coordinator Kevin Steele talks with linebacker Lamar Louis, left, Saturday at LSU's first football practice of the spring.

. LSU’s two coordinators entered Friday’s speeches at the annual coaches clinic with a two-pronged approach. New defensive coordinator Kevin Steele hit the Louisiana high school coaches in attendance with the fundamentals, while offensive coordinator Cam Cameron used a more emotional approach at the podium. Both combined to conclude the evening with roaring applause. Steele, who was hired by LSU… Continue reading →

LSU RB Leonard Fournette, now a dad, is thinner, ‘faster’ after quieting critics with late-season burst: ‘I was upset’

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU RB Leonard Fournette had a career-high 146 yards against Texas A&M.

Maybe it was Leonard Fournette’s leap from the 4-yard line over three 6-foot-tall defenders for a touchdown. Maybe it was his 360-degree spin move that left a defender tackling air. Or, maybe it was his shoulder-lowering boom before driving a big-league safety 5 yards and into the end… Continue reading →

Ed Orgeron revels in LSU experience at coaches clinic: I love the band, Golden Girls, fight songs; 'Are you kidding me? 'Hold that Tiger?'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- New defensive line coach Ed Orgeron lines up players for a drill Saturday at LSU's first football practice of the spring.

New LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron didn’t sugarcoat anything during his speech at Thursday’s LSU football coaches clinic. Instead, he poured a little Tabasco on it. With his heavy Cajun accent and fiery mannerisms, Orgeron took the stage in front of a collection of high school coaches from around Louisiana and offered several words of advice.… Continue reading →

Former LSU cornerback Jalen Collins rated as the No. 3 cornerback in 2015 NFL draft by Sports Illustrated's "The Monday Morning Quarterback"

LSU defensive back Jalen Collins runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

. Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated gives former LSU cornerback Jalen Collins high marks in his story on cornerbacks in the upcoming NFL draft. Klemko says of Collins, who is rated as the No. 3 player at his position: "Long and fast, Colllins could end up being the best corner in his class with proper coaching… Continue reading →

Former LSU football player Patrick Peterson has a special charity March Madness challenge

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson walks the sidelines against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of a NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

. Former LSU football player Patrick Peterson, currently playing for the Arizona Cardinals, is having a special March Madness NCAA men's basketball tournament challenge with the proceeds going to the Patrick Peterson Foundation For Success. Fans can fill out their NCAA brackets for free at FantasyHub and decide if they want to donate to his foundation,… Continue reading →

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris throws touchdown pass to receiver D.J. Chark in scrimmage

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6), wearing his own jersey, and wide receiver John Diarse (16) wearing the jersey swapped with defensive back Tre'Davious White, shake hands Sunday in Nashville at Vanderbilt Uni

Another video has emerged from LSU’s scrimmage on Saturday at Tiger Stadium. And this one’s even better than Kevin Toliver II’s interception. Video posted on 247Sports – but not filmed by the website – shows rising sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris completing a scrambling pass to receiver D.J. Chark for a touchdown. The Tigers had a 100-play scrimmage on Saturday, and coach… Continue reading →

LSU receiver Trey Quinn went from spectacular crowd surfing to riding the bench; "that's life," he says now

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU freshman wide receiver Trey Quinn thinks while fielding questions from the media during LSU Football's annual media day at the LSU's Anderson-Feazel Indoor Field, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Hands were pressed against Trey Quinn’s back. He stared at an October sky and listened to the roars around him as he floated atop a sea of people. Getting carried off of the field after a scintillating victory — this was the life. Two weeks later, he trudged off the same field after a disheartening loss… Continue reading →

Freshman Kevin Toliver II posts interception video from LSU scrimmage

Kevin Toliver II (Ross Dellenger, The Advocate)

. LSU coach Les Miles never told reporters Saturday who got LSU’s only interception of the Tigers’ first spring scrimmage. It was true freshman Kevin Toliver II. Toliver, a highly touted signee from Florida, posted a video of the interception on Twitter on Sunday. First interception in Death Valley The scrimmage was closed… Continue reading →

Rabalais:LSU's Jalen Mills excited to lead the secondary; Mom's influence helped make it happen

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety Jalen Mills (28) moves in to bring Arkansas wide receiver Jared Cornelius (1) down after the completion during the first half Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark.

LSU’s reputation as “DBU” is something Tigers senior safety Jalen Mills takes quite seriously. “For me, it’s about having high expectations for myself,” Mills said this week. “We put a target on ourselves calling ourselves ‘DBU.’ Whether you feel like it or not, we have to come in every day and give 110 percent.” Mills returned… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Les Miles gives Brandon Harris the edge in Tigers’ first spring scrimmage

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) and quarterback Anthony Jennings warm hip before the Kentucky game on Oct. 18 in Tiger Stadium.

Give Brandon Harris the nod in this one. The sophomore quarterback had the edge in LSU’s first scrimmage of spring practice, coach Les Miles said. Harris and junior Anthony Jennings waged their first on-field battle for the starting quarterback job in a 100-play scrimmage in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Splitting first-team reps evenly, Harris… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Brandon Harris had edge in 1st spring scrimmage; Leonard Fournette ran for touchdown

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterbacks Anthony Jennings (10) and Brandon Harris (6) Saturday at LSU's first football practice of the spring.

Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris “might” have had the edge in LSU’s first scrimmage of spring practice, and running back Leonard Fournette scored on a long run to open the scrimmage, coach Les Miles said. The Tigers, in their fourth practice of the spring and first in full pads, conducted a 100-play scrimmage at Tigers Stadium. Miles said quarterbacks Harris and… Continue reading →

Latest suit paints picture of John Chavis' final days at LSU and reason he left: the Les Miles clause

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis

The divorce between John Chavis and LSU is getting awfully messy. Chavis, LSU’s former defensive coordinator and the new defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, fired back at his former employer Friday in a stern amendment to the lawsuit he filed against LSU two weeks ago. In the amendment, filed in 272nd District Court in Brazos County,… Continue reading →

Wossman’s Cameron Lewis commits to LSU for 2016

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- New defensive line coach Ed Orgeron talks to players including, left to right, Christian LaCouture (910, Davon Godchaux and Deondre Clark (98) Saturday at LSU's first football practice of the spring.

Cameron Lewis knew last week he wanted to commit to LSU. But he decided to wait until Thursday, his birthday, to make it official, with an announcement gathering at his high school in Monroe. A four-star safety from Wossman High School, Lewis (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) becomes LSU’s eighth commitment for the Class… Continue reading →

Louisiana safety Cameron Lewis commits to LSU over Texas A&M, Georgia, Notre Dame, others

Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Tiger Stadium

LSU secured another top Louisiana player on Thursday. Safety Cameron Lewis (Wossman High, Monroe) committed to the Tigers, opting to attend LSU over schools such as Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Michigan and Georgia. Lewis is a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com and 247 Sports' composite rankings. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound… Continue reading →

Northside DT Tyler Shelvin commits to LSU’s 2017 class

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU cheerleaders lead the Tigers onto the field before the game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in Nashville at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin, a 2017 four star prospect from Lafayette, waited just seconds to commit to LSU. Offered during a telephone call with defensive line coach Ed Orgeron on Wednesday, Shelvin gave his non-binding verbal pledge. Shelvin, the No. 4-ranked defensive tackle in the 2017 class, became the Tigers second commit to the class, joining longtime University… Continue reading →