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Rabalais: A week before its season opener, LSU scores its first victory: A clean bill of health for Cam Cameron

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron

Cam Cameron already has the first win of 2015 behind him. At a hastily called news conference after Friday’s practice, LSU’s offensive coordinator talked openly and frankly about his recent diagnosis with prostate cancer and his determination to press ahead full speed with the season that starts only a week from now. Paul Dietzel once said… Continue reading →

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on cancer diagnosis: 'I've been given a clean bill of health'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron fields questions from local and statewide media at LSU's Anderson-Feazel Indoor Field during LSU Football's annual media day, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

LSU coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron met with the media Friday afternoon to discuss Cameron’s recent diagnosis of prostate cancer. Cameron has received treatment and plans to continue coaching... Continue reading →

‘I’m ready to roll’: LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron treated successfully for prostate cancer

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was diagnosed with prostate cancer and has been given a clean bill of health, he revealed Friday. Cameron plans to continue as offensive coordinator, and he will coach the 2015 season after receiving successful treatment. “I’m fine. My health is good,” Cameron said at a news conference Friday. “I’ve been given… Continue reading →

LSU offensive line shuffle continues: Ethan Pocic now at center, Will Clapp at left guard

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Freshman center William Clapp  (64) lines up at fall camp Friday at LSU 's Charles McClendon Football Practice Facility.

Will Clapp is on the move. And so is Ethan Pocic. LSU’s starting offensive line is coming into focus a week before the season opener against McNeese State. Clapp, a redshirt freshman, has moved from center to left guard, and Pocic, who began camp at left guard, has replaced him at center. Highly… Continue reading →

Over/Under Game: Predict LSU defenders' total interceptions for the season

This is the fifth part of a seven-part blog series leading up to Aug. 31, the start of the first official game week.
Topic: Team interception total

Over/Under: 14.5

Why You Should Pick Over: Even with Jalen Mills’ injury situation, the secondary is likely LSU’s deepest and most talented position group.

Safety Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White are preseason All-SEC guys,… Continue reading →

Florida Gators to play QBs Treon Harris and Will Grier in season opener

Associated Press file photo by JOHN RAOUX -- Florida quarterback Treon Harris

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s quarterback competition will stretch into the season. New Gators coach Jim McElwain said Thursday that sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier will both play in the team’s Sept. 5 season opener against New Mexico State. “It will play itself out,” said McElwain, who has not named a starter. “Like I’ve said, and I… Continue reading →

Rabalais: What could've been? Four ex-LSU quarterbacks finding success elsewhere

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel looks to pass against South Florida during the first half of an NCAA college football gamein Cincinnati. Kiel has a year of experience and a deep corps of receivers returning. The Bearcats are picked to win the American Athletic Conference in large measure because of a balanced and experienced offense. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

. Though LSU may have found its quarterback of the present and future with Brandon Harris, the Tigers’ quarterback woes have dragged on for a long time. Makes you wonder if LSU could have ever made something work with one of its former quarterbacks scattered around the country. Two former Tigers quarterbacks and a former… Continue reading →

In Year 2, Baton Rouge's Garrett Brumfield fighting to get into LSU’s offensive line rotation

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU freshman offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield.

Garrett Brumfield visited LSU’s nutrionist over the offseason and spent hours in the weight room with the strength and conditioning staff. He lost about 20 pounds and added about 10 “good” pounds, he says. The former University High star didn’t know he had so many muscles at his disposal. “I’m being able to use muscles that I couldn’t… Continue reading →

CATS offering Touchdown Express tickets to campus for LSU game days

The Capital Area Transit System is bringing back Touchdown Express for its sixth straight year, carrying riders from downtown to Tiger Stadium on game days.

The tickets are $10 round trips. They go on sale Aug. 31 and are available online at www.brcats.com and at the CATS terminal at 2222 Florida Boulevard.

You can buy tickets for all seven games… Continue reading →

Two-dimensional: LSU’s tight ends develop versatility, expect more receptions

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Tight end DeSean Smith (89) sprints to the end zone with a touchdown pass from quarterback Justin McMillan, with safety Tommy LeBeau (43) in pursuit,  during the LSU spring game.

DeSean Smith found it difficult to block. Colin Jeter couldn’t run a crisp passing route. Dillon Gordon, meanwhile, weighed as much as an offensive tackle — you don’t throw footballs to offensive tackles. These were the problems LSU tight ends coach Steven Ensminger faced last season. He had three tall, wide and athletic tight ends — Smith, Jeter… Continue reading →

In annual Herbie Awards, college football analyst says LSU could contend for national title

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team onto the field for the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU lost 34-29.

At least one college football expert thinks the LSU Tigers could find themselves among the elite four college football playoff teams at the end of the 2015 season. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, in his annual Herbie Awards, picks LSU to win the Southeastern Conference championship (over runner-up Tennessee) and contend for the national championship. Ultimately, Herbstreit picks Ohio… Continue reading →

Odell Beckham Jr. intends to have fun — even if it makes him a target

Associated Press photo by PETER MORGAN -- New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. is well aware how annoying he can be on the field. Not only does the New York Giants’ receiver catch passes with ease, he has that infuriating habit of yapping to defensive backs and making celebratory gestures after big plays. It’s no wonder that some cornerbacks and safeties want to put a… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Miles confirms what we thought: It’s Harris’ team ... for now

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris

Brandon Harris, it’s your team now. Late Tuesday night at a post-scrimmage news conference, LSU coach Les Miles, perhaps after gleaning the last bit of confirmation he needed from the Tigers’ final major preseason scrimmage, allowed what has seemed increasingly obvious: Harris has the lead in the quarterback derby with Anthony Jennings. Miles didn’t come out… Continue reading →

Wednesday's With Les: Miles says he 'won't be surprised' to see Brandon Harris take the first snap at quarterback

LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day. [Note: on this Wednesday before the first game week, Miles only spoke once – during his radio show] LSU coach Les Miles, for a second straight day, indicated that Brandon Harris will start in LSU’s season opener against McNeese State. Brandon… Continue reading →

Keeping on the down low: LSU freshman tight end Foster Moreau avoiding spotlight in a crowded position group

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman tight end Foster Moreau (43) makes a catch in a drill during afternoon practice on the first day of LSU football preseason camp.

LSU tight end Foster Moreau’s strategy for playing time in his freshman season is being the guy no one talks about. Moreau’s belief is if a player’s name is constantly brought up in film sessions or on the practice field, that typically means he isn’t doing his job. Moreau’s name is being brought up by LSU’s coaching… Continue reading →

What's a TFL? And why is LSU defensive tackle Greg Gilmore determined to get 10 of them this season?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive tackle Greg Gilmore spins through a pass-rushing drill during preseason camp Aug. 7. Gilmore, a third-year sophomore, had four tackles in six games last season.

Greg Gilmore has set a lofty goal for himself for his redshirt sophomore season. “I’m trying to get 10 TFLs,” he said with a confident smile earlier this week. A TFL is a tackle for loss, for those who don’t know. Danielle Hunter, LSU’s defensive end who turned pro after last season, had the most on the team… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: Whether Brandon Harris starts for LSU's season opener less important than who starts Sept. 12, when 'things get real'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris (6) fields questions from the media during LSU's 2015 football media day at their football operations center on campus, Sunday, August 16, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Brandon Harris, it’s your team now. Late Tuesday night at a post-scrimmage news conference, LSU coach Les Miles, perhaps after gleaning the last bit of confirmation he needed from the Tigers’ final major preseason scrimmage, allowed what has seemed increasingly obvious: Harris has the lead in the quarterback derby with Anthony Jennings. Miles didn’t come out… Continue reading →

LSU DB Jalen Mills has surgery on leg; Source says it pushes his return to ‘at least six weeks’

Jalen Mills’ injury is more severe than first thought. Mills, a senior starting safety, had surgery on his injured lower leg, coach Les Miles said on Tuesday. A source said the surgery pushes back the timeline for his return to “at least” six weeks, likely putting Mills available, at the earliest, for the Oct. 10 against South… Continue reading →

Q&A with LSU punter Jamie Keehn

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As LSU special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto, left, walks off the field, LSU punter Jamie Keehn (38) and LSU place kicker Colby Delahoussaye (42) celebrate LSU's victory after the game Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville. LSU won 30-27.

Australian punter Jamie Keehn was a second-team All-SEC pick last season as a junior after averaging 44.9 yards per kick to push his career average to 43.4 yards — third in LSU history. He talks about building on that and the Aussie invasion on American football. As a senior and third year starting punter, you’ve really picked up American… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles names a QB leader: It’s Brandon Harris

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris (6) fields questions from the media during LSU's 2015 football media day at their football operations center on campus, Sunday, August 16, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Les Miles admitted what’s been obvious for days now: Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris has the lead in LSU’s quarterback competition with junior Anthony Jennings. “Right now, Brandon Harris certainly has the lead,” Miles said Tuesday speaking to reporters following the final scrimmage of preseason practice. “We like both of our guys. Brandon Harris is certainly the leader… Continue reading →

LSU’s offensive line sees freshman infusion

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman offensive guard Maea Teuhema (75) fields questions from the media during LSU's 2015 football media day at their football operations center on campus, Sunday, August 16, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Freshman LSU football players contributing immediately is nothing out of the ordinary under Les Miles. Since taking over the football program in 2005, 104 first-year players have taken the field for Miles. Senior defensive back Jalen Mills was a freshman All-American in 2012. Just last season, Leonard Fournette set a new LSU freshman rushing… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Brandon Harris leader in quarterback competition

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles, right, acknowledged Tuesday that Brandon Harris, left, is the leader in the battle for the starating quarterback job.

Les Miles admitted what’s been obvious for days now: Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris has the lead in LSU’s quarterback competition with junior Anthony Jennings. “Right now, Brandon Harris certainly has the lead,” Miles said Tuesday, speaking to reporters after the final scrimmage of preseason practice. “We like both of our guys. Brandon… Continue reading →

LSU lands eight players on the three coaches preseason All-SEC football teams

LSU placed eight players on the coaches preseason All-SEC teams released Tuesday – including injured defensive back Jalen Mills.
Mills, out at least through the first two games with an ankle injury, right tackle Vadal Alexander and running back Leonard Fournette all made the first team. Cornerback Tre’Davious White, linebacker Kendell Beckwith and punter Jamie Keehn made second team.… Continue reading →

LSU commitment Glen Logan, of Destrehan, ranked top prospect in Louisiana

Advocate photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Destrehan defensive lineman Glen Logan brings down Hahnville quarterback Austin Perrin.

Destrehan defensive tackle Glen Logan is the top ranked Louisiana player in the new Rivals 100 football rankings for the Class of 2016. The 6-foot-4, 290 pound Logan is ranked the nation’s No. 67 prospect according to the rankings. He is one of six Louisiana players in the rankings, and one of three from the New Orleans area.… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Why middle-of-pack outlook might not be so bad for LSU football

LSU quarterbacks Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings (Advocate file photo)

It’s hard to say LSU is flying under the radar heading into this football season. Last year’s 8-5 record wasn’t quite as dire as the downturn we’ve seen in the stock markets the past few days. LSU — as evidenced by the quotes on their recent visit from ESPN’s Rece Davis, Danny Kannell (who… Continue reading →

Add LSU O-lineman Maea Teuhema, athlete Donte Jackson to the list of rookies creating buzz

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins (65) gets ahold of the jersey of New Mexico State defensive end Jay Eakins (52) to slow him down on the turnover during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

The freshman buzz during LSU’s preseason camp has mostly centered on highly touted local running back Derrius Guice and the talented four-star Georgia defensive end Arden Key. Some new rookies are starting to make their marks – and one of them has made the leap to the other side of the ball. Offensive lineman Maea Teuhema… Continue reading →

A FEW MINUTES WITH: Tashawn Bower

LSU's Tashawn Bower

After playing behind Danielle Hunter at right defensive end the last two years, Bower is being counted on to be one of the leaders of LSU’s youthful line. He talks about getting a shot at starting and helping the younger guys who are trying to take the job he won in the spring. Watching the… Continue reading →

Over/Under Game: Predicting LSU's quarterback completion percentage

This is the first part of a seven-part blog series leading up to Aug. 31, the start of the first official game week.
Topic: The final cumulative completion percentage for LSU quarterbacks Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris.

Over/Under: 56 percent

Why You Should Pick Over: Haven’t you heard? Brandon Harris has matured mentally and is on pace to win the… Continue reading →

‘It’s a whole different mentality:’ LSU freshman David Ducre transitioning from runner to blocker

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Offensive tackle Jevonte Domond, (67), left,  shouts as he congratulates running back David Ducre (41), after Ducre and offensive linemen all bulled into the end zone for a late touchdown during the spring game.

LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson explained the dichotomy facing true freshman David Ducre. “As a tailback you’re avoiding people to try to score,” Wilson said. “Now (as a fullback) you’re being told to find them (defenders) and run into them. It’s a whole different mentality with a different psyche, and he’s learning. He’ll… Continue reading →

LSU freshman tight end Hanner Shipley transfers to Abilene Christian

Hanner Shipley during preseason camp. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Tight end Hanner Shipley, a 280-pound 2015 signee from Texas, has left the LSU football program and transferred to Abilene Christian University, a source confirmed to The Advocate. An LSU spokesman did not immediately return a message for comment. Shipley was ranked as the No. 46 tight end in the 2015 class and was expected to provide a big blocking body for… Continue reading →

LSU ranked 14th in AP preseason poll

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team onto the field for the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU lost 34-29.

LSU will start the 2015 season inside the top 15 of the Associated Press Top 25. The Tigers are ranked 14th in the preseason AP poll released on Sunday, joining seven other Southeastern Conference squads in the rankings. Ohio State is the nation’s No. 1 team in the poll and TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State… Continue reading →

From Nigeria to Florida to Atlanta and now to Baton Rouge, LSU OL Chidi Valentine-Okeke is learning about this thing called football

Growing up playing basketball in Nigeria, Chidi Valentine-Okeke’s experience with American football wasn’t exactly extensive. “ESPN,” a smiling Valentine-Okeke said recently. Unlike almost every one of his new teammates on LSU’s roster, Valentine-Okeke never dreamed of playing football for the school — or any other school — until coming to the United States two years ago. Yet it… Continue reading →

LSU sneaks into top 15 in AP's first college football poll of season

LSU will start the 2015 season inside the top 15 of the Associated Press Top 25. The Tigers are ranked 14th in the preseason AP poll released on Sunday, joining seven other Southeastern Conference squads in the rankings. Ohio State is the nation’s No. 1 team in the poll and TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State round out the top five. Auburn… Continue reading →

A FEW MINUTES WITH: Deion Jones

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU linebacker Deion Jones could see plenty of playing time in a LSU's deep linebacker corps.

After playing mostly on special teams in his first three seasons, Deion Jones is getting an opportunity to earn a starting spot as the weakside (or Will) linebacker in LSU’s 4-3 base defense. Jones talks about his long journey to possible starter in his senior season. You kind of paid your dues making big hits on special teams… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Brandon Harris got “significantly” more first-string snaps. Or did he?

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris (6) fields questions from the media during LSU's 2015 football media day at their football operations center on campus, Sunday, August 16, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

LSU coach Les Miles provided conflicting comments on his starting quarterback competition following the team’s second scrimmage of preseason camp, but, either way, sophomore Brandon Harris appears to continue to hold the lead in the battle. Miles on Saturday said Harris received “significantly” more snaps with the first string at the scrimmage than Anthony Jennings, but the coach also… Continue reading →

Two of a kind: LSU RBs Derrius Guice, Nick Brossette continue on identical trajectories

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman running back Nick Brossette (4) fields questions from the media during LSU's 2015 football media day at their football operations center on campus last week.

A half-step might be all that separates Nick Brossette and Derrius Guice. The freshman running backs have long been compared to each other, and with good reason. Their illustrious prep careers placed them on an identical trajectory, each a highly touted local prospect destined to stay at home and become LSU’s next back. A glance at… Continue reading →

More than thick Cajun accent, LSU's Ed Orgeron brings sack-focused system full of schematic changes

LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is focused on getting his guys to reach the quarterback. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Travis Spradling)

The defensive line meeting room inside LSU’s football operations building is an upscale college classroom. There are rows of connected desks with purple chairs aligned in front of a marker board. A projector screen can be pulled down to cover the board, and, to the rear of the room, is a desk for the… Continue reading →

A few minutes with LSU freshman defensive end Isaiah Washington

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Isaiah Washington bats his way through dummies in a pass-rushing drill at preseason camp Aug. 7.

Isaiah Washington and fellow defensive end Arden Key are two freshmen who have earned repeated praise from LSU coaches after the first two-plus weeks of preseason camp. Washington discusses what it’s been like to get first-team reps and making the transition from high school. It seems like you and Arden have fit in easily with your new… Continue reading →

LSU QB Brandon Harris says the buzz is real, he's matured; Saturday's scrimmage key for him

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Brandon Harris throws on the run during LSU's spring game in Tiger Stadium.

The off-season buzz regarding the progression and maturity of sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris is real, the QB says. He’s all grown up. “That’s been my whole message this off-season,” Harris said, “control what I can control, spending more time up here, spending more time with the guys rather than try to rush… Continue reading →

LSU claims significant victory after Texas judge dismisses John Chavis’ case against school

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Former dfensive coordinator John Chavis, left, and head coach Les Miles.

LSU scored a major victory against Texas A&M — on a Friday afternoon in the middle of August — but John Chavis’ attorneys are vowing to fight back and plan to do it during football season. Texas judge Travis Bryan III dismissed Chavis’ suit against LSU on Friday, tossing out the case on grounds of jurisdiction and sending… Continue reading →

Being Leonard Fournette’s little brother? ‘It’s not as bad as everybody makes it seem,’ says Lanard

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman running back Lanard Fournette, the younger brother of Leonard Fournette, makes a catch during the first day of LSU's preseason camp Aug. 6.

There were no cheering fans, no cups being hurled from the student section, no Golden Band from Tigerland roaring out “Tiger Rag” or “Fight for LSU.” The moment lacked the fanfare that usually accompanies those like it, but it was still a special one for Lanard Fournette. The freshman running back — perhaps best known for being… Continue reading →