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Things could be much different when Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris compete in practice to be LSU's starting quarterback

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings

LSU’s quarterback battle between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris was so close last year that even players didn’t know who should be the starter. Most of them just wanted the competition resolved. “Pick somebody,” said one former LSU player who was part of the 2014 team. The massive talent gap fans believe exists… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU’s passing game struggles aren’t all on Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris — there’s plenty of room for everyone to improve

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron talks with players during LSU's spring game April 18, 2015.

The numbers translate into criticism, multiplying in a loaves and fishes sort of way. Volumes and truckloads and barges full of words about LSU’s quarterbacks, Messrs. Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. Little of it positive, other than shouts of “Put in Harris!” directed at the Tigers bench. It’s nice to be wanted. And the ire is mostly justified.… Continue reading →

Former LSU DB Rashard Robinson arrested and admitted to being in apartment belonging to QB Anthony Jennings

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is stopped after the catch by LSU defensive back Rashard Robinson (21) during the second half in LSU's Tiger Stadium. LSU won 34-10.

Former LSU defensive back Rashard Robinson was arrested for unauthorized entry into the apartment of Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings on the same June day that Jennings and two other football players were booked in a separate incident. Records obtained by The Advocate show that Jennings filed a report with LSU Police on June 10 for items he… Continue reading →

Rabalais: They won’t face charges, but LSU football trio deserves more than ‘in-house discipline’ from coach Les Miles

LSU coach Les Miles (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

It turned out to be little more than a summertime squall. A little potboiler of an offseason drama that galvanized the attention of the LSU fan base and once again drew into question the discipline (or lack of it) of LSU football players, and whether justice is ever properly served when they are involved. East Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

LSU’s Anthony Jennings, Dwayne Thomas and Maquedius Bain have suspensions lifted after DA doesn’t charge trio

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) passes against Notre Dame in the first half of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Quarterback Anthony Jennings and two other LSU football players who were arrested last month were reinstated to the team Friday shortly after the district attorney decided against charging them with crimes. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore announced Friday afternoon that the trio would not be charged, putting an end to six weeks of drama surrounding LSU’s starting… Continue reading →

Rabalais: At No. 13 in preseason, is LSU football similar to 2003 title team? And why Alabama so high?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron talks with quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) after a series, during LSU's 2015 National L-Club Spring Football Game, Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

First impression of the USA Today coaches’ poll released Thursday, which starts LSU squarely at the tipping point at No. 13: The Tigers draw more respect nationally than they do at home. At home there are concerns aplenty in the wake of an 8-5 season, which ended with a frustrating loss to Notre Dame in the… Continue reading →

District attorney Hillar Moore suggests charges against LSU players may be dropped

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Anthony Jennings, left, may soon be able to resume his competitiong with Brandon Harris, right, for LSU's starting quarterback spot.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore suggested Wednesday that the charges against LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings and two other football players could be dropped and that the case would be decided “fairly soon.” Moore, speaking to reporters at the Baton Rouge Rotary Club meeting, said that if Jennings’ case didn’t involve athletes, it would likely have… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles gives the team's starting lineup in annual address to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club

LSU coach Les Miles

LSU has yet to release a fall camp starting lineup or depth chart. The school didn’t have one in its fall prospectus handed out at media days and didn’t provide one at the end of spring. In a sense, LSU coach Les Miles provided one Wednesday during his yearly address to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. Based on Miles’ comments, here’s… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles to district attorney: 'I'm on your schedule'; DA suggests charges against players could be dropped

LSU coach Les Miles (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore suggested the charges against LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings and two other football players could be dropped. And Les Miles added some fuel to the fire regarding the arrests during his yearly speech to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. Miles spoke directly to one of the guests, Moore, at the Rotary Club meeting held in the… Continue reading →

‘Mad Hatter’ Les Miles looks good in stripes as he livens up a recent staff meeting

Twitter photo --Les Miles sports a referee uniform in his office.

Leave it to Les Miles to broaden his reputation as “The Mad Hatter” by adding a hat to his collection during the dog days of summer. Friday, Dean Dingman, LSU’s assistant director of football operations, posted a photo on his Twitter account of Miles wearing a black referee’s hat and black and white striped referee’s shirt.… Continue reading →

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings goes on Periscope, predicts SEC championship, silent on legal issues

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) passes against Notre Dame in the first half of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Late Sunday night, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings made his first foray onto Periscope, a popular live video streaming app.

In his brief appearance, Jennings offered few insights, other than to say he though the Tigers would have a great season.

“I think we will be tremendous – SEC champions,” Jennings said. “I believe that.”

The Tigers junior took a few questions,… Continue reading →

LSU gets commitment from Da'Monte Coxie of East St. John

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Tara wide receiver Da'Monte Coxie is tackled by Northeast defenders Jonathan Chatman (40) and Quinshaw kelly (7) after catching a pass on Aug. 29 at Olympia Stadium. Coxie, who has since transferred to East St. John, committed to LSU on Saturday.

Da’Monte Coxie fell in love with LSU in fifth grade after watching a game. He then started watching highlights. “And when they played Alabama in the (BCS) championship game, my feelings just got stronger and stronger,” Coxie recalled. So when the chance came for the East St. John senior wide receiver to play for the Tigers,… Continue reading →

LSU fighting to keep, fill out No. 1-ranked recruiting class as major camp looms

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

Les Miles tried to get his son, Manny, to stay in Louisiana, to come to LSU. You don’t need to leave the state, Miles said to Manny, the former U-High quarterback and pitcher now at North Carolina. Yes I do, Manny said to his father. Manny didn’t want to play in… Continue reading →

District Attorney Hillar Moore reviewing case involving LSU QB Anthony Jennings; Les Miles anticipates 'positive outcome'

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ORG XMIT: ALBA123

LSU coach Les Miles is letting the nation know that the Tigers quarterback battle will restart soon — and that it could have included a third quarterback. Suspended quarterback Anthony Jennings will have a “positive” end to his arrest and is set to rejoin the LSU football team soon, Miles said Monday on national… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Suspended QB Anthony Jennings to return to Tigers after 'positive' end to arrest

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- LSU coach Les Miles speaks to reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days on Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala.

The LSU coach, during his trek around ESPN’s studios Monday, said the Tigers “would’ve loved” to have Miller. He also said that Jennings will return to the team… Continue reading →

Extra dough for grub: Football players gobble up cost of attendance boost

LSU running back Leonard Fournette speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. — Texas A&M senior Julien Obioha was asked to move from defensive end to defensive tackle this spring. The New Orleans native, a former Brother Martin standout, gained 20 pounds for the switch and is trying to add more. So he has a pretty good idea of how he’ll spend the new cost… Continue reading →

LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Vadal Alexander and Jalen Mills land on media’s All-SEC first team

LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

LSU running back Leonard Fournette, offensive tackle Vadal Alexander and safety Jalen Mills led eight Tigers on the preseason All-SEC teams released Friday. Fournette and Alexander landed on the first team offense while Mills was one of the first-team safeties. No other player from LSU is on any of the other two preseason offensive teams.… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Bill Arnsparger restored the roar at LSU

Advocate file photo -- Bill Arnsparger waves to the crowd after a victory over Alabama.

When Nick Saban was considering the LSU job in late 1999, he did so without ever having set foot on the campus. But there was someone’s opinion he wanted to hear. So he called LSU senior associate athletic director Verge Ausberry. He wanted Bill Arnsparger’s number. So they talked football, Saban and Arnsparger, two tough-minded, NFL-hardened, defense-oriented… Continue reading →

Bill Arnsparger, who helped lead the LSU football revival of the mid-1980s, dies at age 88

Bill Arnsparger, former football coach at LSU

Bill Arnsparger, who came to LSU at a relatively advanced age to reverse the Tigers’ football fortunes in the mid-1980s, died Friday in Athens, Alabama. He was 88. Arnsparger only coached at LSU for three years, but he immediately elevated the Tigers’ standing and was twice named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. He never finished worse… Continue reading →

USA Today columnist ranks Les Miles near bottom of SEC coaches in job security

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ORG XMIT: ALBA116

No SEC football coach enters this season on the hot seat, USA Today columnist Dan Wolken opines, but some definitely have more job security than others. LSU’s Les Miles falls on the lower end of that scale, Wolken says, for various reasons, including the fact that the Tigers have lost four in a row… Continue reading →

Georgia coach Mark Richt says he has ‘no idea’ on a starting quarterback

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Georgia coach Mark Richt speaks to reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days on Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala.

HOOVER, Ala. — The Georgia Bulldogs are in search of a starting quarterback and a drought-ending Southeastern Conference title. First things first: Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said he has “no idea” who will win the quarterback job. His only prediction at SEC Media Days Thursday was that it will be “a tremendous competition” among Virginia… Continue reading →

Behind the scenes at SEC Media Days with LSU's Leonard Fournette: Big smile, laughs, flashy red pants

LSU running back Leonard Fournette speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. — Leonard Fournette was supposed to wear a black suit. “Classic” is how one LSU media relations staff member described the outfit. Black pants, black jacket, light shirt, black loafers, tie. It was perfect for the star’s first appearance at Southeastern Conference Media Days — where the lights don’t get… Continue reading →

Rabalais: 8-5 finish frustrated Les Miles’ LSU Tigers, but continued lack of QB clarity leaves a lot up in the air

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. — Eight is not nearly enough. LSU fans know it after the Tigers went 8-5 last season, merely treading water at 4-4 in the SEC, then losing the Music City Bowl to Notre Dame. LSU coach Les Miles and his players know it as well, and they made it a… Continue reading →

LSU RB Derrius Guice ‘OK’ after severe dehydration

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- LSU coach Les Miles said Thursday that freshman running back Derrius Guice was released from a hospital Wednesday night, adding 'it would be impossible for me to suggest what happened.'

HOOVER, Ala. - Former Catholic High star and LSU freshman running back Derrius Guice is “OK” after being hospitalized on Wednesday night, coach Les Miles said Thursday. Guice, ranked as high as the No. 2 running back in the 2015 class, has been released from the hospital after doctors ran test on him, Miles said.… Continue reading →

Get ready, LSU fans: Anthony Jennings vs. Brandon Harris QB competition about to restart

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterbacks Brandon Harris, left, and Anthony Jennings look to throw to receivers during practice in August 2014.

HOOVER, Ala. — Brandon Harris has been taking advantage of his competitor’s time away from LSU’s starting quarterback battle, but Anthony Jennings may be back soon enough. LSU coach Les Miles said he is “optimistic” that the team’s four suspended players will return, and that includes his incumbent starter, Jennings, at the team’s… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: LSU coach Les Miles, players know 8-win season won't cut it in Baton Rouge

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ORG XMIT: ALBA118

HOOVER, Ala. – Eight is not enough. LSU fans know it after the Tigers went 8-5 last season, just treading water at 4-4 in the SEC then losing the Music City Bowl to Notre Dame. LSU coach Les Miles and his players know it as well, and made it a recurring theme of their appearance here… Continue reading →

See where media picked LSU football to finish in SEC West this season

HOOVER, Ala. – LSU was picked to finish third in a very competitive Southeastern Conference West Division as the media’s predicted order of finish was released at the conclusion of SEC Media Days on Thursday.

The Tigers, 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the league a year ago, received 10 first-place votes in the West and received the fourth-most votes… Continue reading →

LSU’s Les Miles says he’s 'confident,' 'optimistic' Anthony Jennings, other suspended players will return to team

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. - LSU coach Les Miles, arriving at SEC media days on Thursday morning, said he is “confident” and "optimistic" that suspended quarterback Anthony Jennings and others will return to the team. Miles said Jennings, who was arrested in June on a count of unauthorized entry and subsequently suspended from the team, has… Continue reading →

LSU running back Leonard Fournette named to Doak Walker Award watch list

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette takes in LSU softball's game against Texas A&M with a side of nachos, Monday, Apr. 20, 2015 at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

. LSU running back Leonard Fournette was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list, it was announced Thursday morning. The award is given to the nation's top running back at season's end. Fournette joines other 68 other players on the list, including big names like Georgia' Nick Chubb, Arkansas' Alex Collins, Ohio State's Ezekiel… Continue reading →