LSU to play Syracuse in Carrier Dome in 2015

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Joe Aleva, Les Miles and LSU have finalized their deal with Syracuse.

LSU and Syracuse on Wednesday announced the dates for a home-and-home series with Syracuse: LSU will visit the Carrier Dome on Sept. 26, 2015, and the Orange will travel to Tiger Stadium on Sept. 9, 2017. The series, first reported by The Advocate in March, will be the first meeting between the programs since 1989, … Continue reading →

Mettenberger, Boone, Copeland workout for Lions on Saturday

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger

The Detroit Lions were working out LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, fullback J.C. Copeland and receiver Kadron Boone on Saturday, according to a report from The National Football Post's Aaron Wilson. Mettenberger, a senior, told The Advocate at LSU's Pro Day on Wednesday he was working out and meeting with the Lions and other teams in the … Continue reading →

Former LSU standout Montgomery gets another NFL shot

Defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) works out during LSU's NFL football pro day in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Sean Gardner)

After working out at LSU’s Pro Day, former Tigers standout Sam Montgomery has landed another job in the NFL. Montgomery — released by the Texans last year — has signed with the Bengals, the Cincinnati team announced Friday. The news came two days after he was among the participants at LSU’s Pro Day on Wednesday. Montgomery, … Continue reading →

Mickles: Jarvis Landry makes up for lost time

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Wide receiver Jarvis Landry runs past NFL coaches and scouts as he runs a 40-yard dash during LSU's annual pro day Wednesday at the LSU Indoor Practice Facility.

No one had to tell Jarvis Landry he probably shouldn’t have run the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine workouts in late February. Despite being bothered by a tight hamstring, the former LSU wide receiver’s competitiveness took over and he struggled to finish in 4.77 seconds — the slowest among 48 wideouts there. … Continue reading →

Jeremy Hill, NFL teams move on from past troubles

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Running back Jeremy Hill runs a 40-yard dash for NFL coaches and scouts during LSU's annual Pro Day on Wednesday at the LSU Indoor Practice Facility.

Jeremy Hill has moved on, and so have NFL teams, he said. The former LSU running back and Redemptorist star has dealt with his off-the-field issues and said pro teams haven’t “drilled” him about it. “They let me tell my side, and that was it,” Hill said. “They understand, and they moved on from it to … Continue reading →

LSU’s Pro Day set for Wednesday

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIGQuarterback Zach Mettenberger is expected to take part in LSU's Pro Day on Wednesday at the Charles McClendon Indoor Practice Facility.

Seventeen players from LSU’s 2013 football team will be on display for the NFL on Wednesday at LSU’s Pro Day starting at noon at the Charles McClendon Indoor Practice Facility. All 32 NFL teams, including seven head coaches, are expected to be on hand. The list of coaches expected to attend include Sean … Continue reading →

Three and out: LSU’s spring game

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Defensive coordinator John Chavis yells during LSU's spring game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

1. Woes at wideout: Through the first three quarters, Travin Dural was the only receiver to catch a pass. For LSU fans, it’s bittersweet. Dural made some nice catches and good moves, a sign that the top returning wideout can be the guy. But LSU’s other receivers failed to make many plays and didn’t get many … Continue reading →

Rabalais: Just a scrimmage, but it wasn’t Anthony Jennings’ day

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Anthony Jennings sits on the bench threw a pair of interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in Saturday's spring game.

A football game is dominated by ruthlessly hard realities. A football scrimmage? Deciding how much is illusion and how much is reality is like separating fool’s gold from valuable ore. This is the impression every pair of eyes left LSU’s spring game with Saturday: Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris had a great day; sophomore rival Anthony Jennings, … Continue reading →

New tiger head logo pops up on helmets at spring game

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's new Tiger head logo appeared on the players' helmets during the team's spring game April 5, 2014.

Did you notice the slight tweak Saturday to LSU’s iconic uniforms? You had to be up close to see the Tigers helmets and spot the switch, but it was definitely there. The new tiger head logo, which has been slowly introduced on LSU apparel, made an appearance on the LSU headgear during the spring game in … Continue reading →

What to watch for: LSU spring game

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

Positions and players to keep an eye on during LSU’s spring game Saturday: Quarterback Elliott Porter is LSU’s starting center. Who lines up behind him to take the first snap Aug. 30 against Wisconsin will almost certainly be sophomore Anthony Jennings or true freshman Brandon Harris. Their competition carries over to the … Continue reading →

Still under construction as LSU’s spring game arrives

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- LSU quarterback Hayden Rettig passes the ball during spring practice drills.

The sight of construction cranes towering over the south end zone expansion project in Tiger Stadium is a fitting backdrop for LSU’s annual spring game Saturday. Zach Mettenberger is long gone, leaving the Tigers with their least experience at the quarterback spot since 2008. Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are gone, too, taking with … Continue reading →

Magee could return in time for LSU spring game, Miles says

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Running back Terrence Magee asks a question about a pass pattern during spring practice last month. Limited by a sprained ankle, Magee could return and play in Saturday's spring game, coach Les Miles said.

LSU running back Terrence Magee was hampered by a sprained ankle midway through spring practice but may be well enough to participate in Saturday’s spring game, coach Les Miles said Thursday. “He practiced (Thursday) and practiced Tuesday,” Miles said. “He might get a chance. If he’s feeling fresh, we’d love to give him a chance.” … Continue reading →

LSU’s young cornerbacks learning quickly

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING Defensive back Ed Paris draws a bead on his matchup, during drills  at LSU practice last week.

As a part of a fledgling LSU secondary, Rashard Robinson was often bewildered last season. There were times when the Pompano Beach, Fla., cornerback was unsure of his assignment and completely disoriented on the defensive call before a snap. In a pinch, he’d turn to his freshman cornerback counterpart Tre’Davious White moments before the snap in … Continue reading →

LSU defensive ends strive for more productivity

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU defensive end Tashawn Bower works in drills during spring practice last month.

The chiseled figure dressed in all black stood off to the side and watched the LSU defensive ends work through drills last week. All around the Tigers’ operations center, there are nods to history in glass display cases, but Sam Montgomery’s presence on the Charlie McClendon Practice Facility is a nod to the not-so-distant, quarterback-wrecking past. … Continue reading →

How Verge Ausberry, LSU approach modern-day football schedules

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Tiger Stadium's south end zone construction is seen in this aerial photo last month. LSU's iconic stadium will host several major nonconference games in the coming years.

There is art to scheduling college football games. Just ask Verge Ausberry, LSU’s associate athletic director who has handled football scheduling since 2007. “Our ultimate goal is to hold the crystal ball over our head,” Ausberry said. “There’s ways of doing that.” There’s strategy involved — more now than ever. The College Football … Continue reading →

Report: LSU DE Jordan Allen to transfer

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Jordan Allen is seeking a transfer, is reporting. The school has no comment.

Defensive end Jordan Allen plans to transfer from LSU, is reporting. Allen told the website that he’s seeking his transfer and that LSU has given him a release to leave for any school outside of the Southeastern Conference. Allen would be a fifth-year senior next season. He can transfer to a Football Bowl Subdivision school … Continue reading →

LSU’s Melvin Jones is catching on at fullback

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback Melvin Jones (49) gets congratulated by LSU head coach Les Miles after Jones' short touchdown reception in the second half against Furman last season.

Four cycles in a passing drill altered Melvin Jones’ future. His snaring passes flicked at him during a drill on the first day of fall camp tipped off the LSU coaching staff. So did the smooth and quick cut upfield after passes settled into his soft hands. Wooed to Baton Rouge as a linebacker, … Continue reading →

LSU cornerback Kavahra Holmes to transfer

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Kavahra Holmes (36) and teammates celebrate with Mike the Tiger mascot after the second half of the Outback Bowl. LSU won 21-14.

LSU sophomore cornerback Kavahra Holmes is transferring, a team spokesman confirmed Monday. Holmes tweeted the news from an account belonging to him earlier in the day. “Its been great LSU, but its a new start of my life. Thanks to all the coaches and fam here! DBU i will hold it down! Yall remember that,” … Continue reading →

LSU to play home-and-home series with UCLA

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING  -- LSU head coach Les Miles, right, will be 70 by the time the Tigers host UCLA in 2024.

California, here comes the Tigers. LSU will open the 2021 football season against UCLA in the Rose Bowl, the school announced Monday afternoon. The Bruins will return the trip and play in Tiger Stadium to open the 2024 season. The two will meet at UCLA on Sept. 4, 2021. LSU is making a push to … Continue reading →

LSU tests young quarterbacks

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Quarterbacks Brandon Harris (6) and Anthony Jennings (10) look for receivers downfield during practice drills.

Les Miles can’t go back in time. Over the month of practices leading up to the Outback Bowl, freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings’ exposure to a full-bore pass rush was checked by donning a green jersey. That has not been the case in the Tigers’ first two scrimmages of the spring, the second of which unfolded Saturday in 120-plus … Continue reading →