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Running back Leonard Fournette lands spot on watch list for Maxwell Award

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette is tackled by Alabama defensive back Nick Perry last season.

The honors continued flowing Tuesday for LSU running back Leonard Fournette. This time, he had company from a pair of highly regarded defensive teammates. Fournette was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, a Heisman Trophy-like award given annually to the nation’s best player. This came a day after Fournette was named to the Paul Hornung… Continue reading →

Scouting LSU football opponents: Western Kentucky expecting a breakout season

Summer Scouting is a daily weekday post analyzing LSU football’s 12 opponents for the 2015 season. From McNeese State (June 29) to Texas A&M (July 11), we’ll give you an early scouting report on the one dozen teams on LSU’s schedule.

Game reset

When: TBA, Oct. 24
Where: Tiger Stadium
Early spread: N/A
Who’s before and after: Florida and Bye (at Alabama)
Western Kentucky… Continue reading →

Report: Alabama bar portrays Les Miles by way of Michael Jackson in ‘Thriller’ chalkboard mural

Druid City Brewing Company in Tuscaloosa has become well-known for their clever, mostly satirical chalkboard murals, according to a report by campussports.net. Well they’ve struck again, and this time LSU football coach Les Miles is targeted in a mural titled “Bayou Thriller.” The piece, which pays homage to the artwork on the album cover of… Continue reading →

LSU football: Avery Peterson says he’s leaving the team; Leonard Fournette on Hornung Award watch list

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  LSU WR Avery Peterson

Avery Peterson’s star-crossed career at LSU has apparently come to an end. The Tigers wide receiver and younger brother of former LSU All-America cornerback Patrick Peterson announced on his Facebook page that he plans to leave the program. He played in only one game over two years with the Tigers. “After so much thought and prayers… Continue reading →

Receiver Avery Peterson, brother of former LSU All-American Patrick Peterson, on leaving football team: 'It really breaks my heart'

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU Freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson (2) runs drills Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in the McClendon Practice Facility.

Avery Peterson’s star-crossed career at LSU has apparently come to an end.
The Tigers wide receiver, the younger brother of former LSU All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson, announced on his Facebook page he plans to leave the program. He played in only one game in two years with the Tigers.
“After so much thought and prayers and after talking to the… Continue reading →

Rivals.com doesn't think U-High and LSU prospect Dylan Moses is the top football prospect for 2017; but he's very close

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- All-Metro MVP Dylan Moses

They called him their “1A,” but Rivals.com declined to list University High star and LSU commitment Dylan Moses as its No. 1 prospect in its initial 2017 Rivals 100 released Monday.

That distinction instead went to defensive tackle Marvin Wilson of Houston Episcopal. Moses (6-2, 225) came in at No. 2, though with Rivals’ Mike Farrell saying it was… Continue reading →

How LSU's national signing day class compares to Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, other SEC rivals

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  Warren Easton football player Tyron Johnson celebrates with his father Tyrone Johnson at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 during a signing ceremony where Tyron announced he would be going to LSU.

With LSU coach Les Miles there are a couple of things you can always count on. Quirky sayings. A perched hat atop his head. And him landing top-10 recruiting classes. Miles and his staff did the latter again on national signing day on Wednesday, continuing his streak since 2006 of landing a class ranked in the top 10 of either… Continue reading →

'To hell' with Louisiana players who don't want to go to LSU, coach Les Miles says

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU football coach Les Miles speaks to the LSU fans during the signing day festivities.

LSU coach Les Miles has a message for Louisiana high school football players who opt not to play college football at LSU. "If he finds a way to wiggle out of the finest state in America, if he finds a way not to enjoy Louisiana ... to hell with him," Miles said to a group of fans Wednesday night. Continue reading →

National experts: LSU a big signing day winner; Tigers ramp up class late in game

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU's Mike the Tiger mascot  high fives a fan during signing day festivities.

LSU and coach Les Miles did "it" again. "It" is finishing the recruiting period strong and inking a top-notch class on national signing day. After most schools finalized their classes Wednesday, national recruiting experts heaped praise on LSU's class, which ranked anywhere from No. 5 to No. 13 in the country. "The LSU… Continue reading →

LSU's loss to Notre Dame draws record TV ratings

Notre Dame place kicker Kyle Brindza (27) and holder Malik Zaire (8) watch Brindza's game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game against LSU, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Notre Dame won 31-28. Trying to block the kick was LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32). (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) ORG XMIT: TNMH122

Most LSU fans would probably like to forget what millions saw on television Dec. 30. The Tigers' 31-28 loss to Notre Dame in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl drew a 3.4 rating and had an average of 5.3 million viewers, the bowl announced Thursday. That's the second-highest rating ever for the game. The Music… Continue reading →

Scouting LSU football opponents: Syracuse at a glance, biggest threat, weak spot

Summer Scouting is a daily weekday post analyzing LSU football’s 12 opponents for the 2015 season. From McNeese State (June 29) to Texas A&M (July 11), we’ll give you an early scouting report on the one dozen teams on LSU’s schedule.

Game reset

When: TBA, Sept. 26
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Early spread: LSU -20
Who’s before and after: Auburn and… Continue reading →

‘We’re going to be nasty’: LSU’s 2016 football recruiting class could be program’s first consensus No. 1 haul — with a twist

Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig-- The LSU football team get fired up before taking the field against Sam Houston State Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

LSU football’s 2016 recruiting class is mesmerizing even to those who are a part of it. Texas linebacker Rahssan Thornton, for instance, spent a few minutes recently researching each of the other 16 commitments who make up the group. He found similarities with most of them: They’re ranked in the upper echelon at their position nationally. There’s the… Continue reading →

Scouting LSU football opponents: Auburn at a glance, biggest threat, weak spot

Summer Scouting is a daily weekday post analyzing LSU football’s 12 opponents for the 2015 season. From McNeese State (June 29) to Texas A&M (July 11), we’ll give you an early scouting report on the one dozen teams on LSU’s schedule.

Game reset

When: 2:30 p.m., Sept. 19
Where: Tiger Stadium
Early spread: LSU -4
Who’s before and after: at Mississippi State and… Continue reading →

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett was on LSU's campus on Tuesday and talked to football players

Maurice Clarett ponders a question during a press conference at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

. Troubled footballer turned educational speaker Maurice Clarett is on LSU’s campus Tuesday and spoke to members of the football team, a school spokesman confirmed. Clarett, a former Ohio State running back who was dismissed from OSU and then had a host of off-the-field issues, has been traveling the nation speaking to college and high school football teams. It’s unclear… Continue reading →

Scouting LSU football opponents: Mississippi State at a glance, biggest threat, weak spot  

Summer Scouting is a daily weekday post analyzing LSU football’s 12 opponents for the 2015 season. From McNeese State (June 29) to Texas A&M (July 11), we’ll give you an early scouting report on the one dozen teams on LSU’s schedule.

Game reset

When: 8:15 p.m., Sept. 12
Where: Scott Field, Starkville, Mississippi
Early spread: LSU -3
Who’s before and after: vs. McNeese… Continue reading →

LSU kicks DT Trey Lealaimatafao off the team after third off-the-field incident

Trey Lealaimatafao

LSU has dismissed defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao from the football team, the school announced Monday. Lealaimatafao was arrested for simple battery and simple robbery, a felony, on June 19 stemming from a June 16 fight in the parking lot of Reggie’s Bar. The arrest was Lealaimatafao’s third such off-the-field incident and second arrest in one… Continue reading →

Scouting LSU football opponents: McNeese State's storyline, biggest threat, weak spot

Summer Scouting is a daily post analyzing LSU football’s 12 opponents for the 2015 season. From McNeese State (June 29) to Texas A&M (July 11), we’ll give you an early scouting report on the one dozen teams on LSU’s schedule each day (excluding Sunday) until SEC media days begins.

Game reset

When: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 5
Where: Tiger Stadium
Early spread: N/A
Who’s… Continue reading →

A win for LSU: Judge denies John Chavis’ request to stay school’s suit against him in Louisiana

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis

LSU won the first battle fought in a Louisiana courtroom between the university and former defensive coordinator John Chavis. A judge Monday denied Chavis’ request to stay LSU’s suit against him in Louisiana, continuing the parties’ legal battle in two states: Texas and Louisiana. Chavis attorney Jill Craft plans to appeal the ruling from State District Judge Timothy… Continue reading →

LSU defensive end signee Arden Key cleared, will report in August, school says

Four-star defensive end signee Arden Key has been cleared by the NCAA and is scheduled to arrive at LSU in August, school spokesman Michael Bonnette said Wednesday. Key, a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Georgia, is one of the most highly regarded recruits in a 2015 Tigers signing class ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation. Key was not… Continue reading →

Ex-LSU star Kevin Mawae: Shame on Brandon Harris if he doesn't seize opportunity after Anthony Jennings' suspension

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Former LSU center Kevin Mawae, shown attending an LSU game with wife Tracy and others, said Wednesday that he thinks the recent suspension of quarterback Anthony Jennings and three other players  opens the door for other players

Former LSU and NFL star center Kevin Mawae said Wednesday that he thinks the recent suspension of quarterback Anthony Jennings — and three other players — opens the door for other players, particularly backup quarterback Brandon Harris. “Deep down inside as a competitor you’re like, ‘This is my chance to go out and light it up.’ If… Continue reading →

Rabalais: For three of LSU's suspended foursome, conduct was foolish but not fatal to future with the team

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive tackles Evan Washington (75) and Vadal Alexander (74) block as quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws during the second half of the Music City Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

As baseball was winding down in the College World Series last week, the police blotter was filling up with the names of four LSU football players arrested for a variety of transgressions. The biggest name, of course, belongs to starting quarterback Anthony Jennings. He, cornerback Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain were arrested for unauthorized entry into… Continue reading →

LSU football operations facility to get expanded, renovated; Nutrition center to break ground this fall

Existing view of LSU's indoor football facility (Courtesy of LSU)

Tiger Stadium isn’t the only building getting expanded. LSU’s football operations facility — including the weight room and locker room — is getting a facelift. The school is expanding and renovating the 10-year-old facility on Skip Bertman Drive. The Tiger Athletics Nutrition Center, meanwhile, is back on schedule and could break ground as early… Continue reading →

Former Purdue quarterback Danny Etling transferring to LSU

Purdue quarterback Danny Etling  throws against Iowa during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Purdue defeated Iowa 24-10. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

For years, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has mentored Danny Etling. Now, he’ll be coaching him. Etling, a former Purdue quarterback who visited campus last weekend, is transferring to LSU and will be eligible in 2016. The school announced Monday that they had received Etling’s signed papers. In keeping with NCAA transfer rules, Etling… Continue reading →

There's something special about LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, his stepson Tyler

Courtesy photo -- LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron poses in Tiger Stadium with, from left, sons Parker, Tyler and Cody.

Across America on Sunday, dads received doubtless heartfelt but ultimately forgettable gifts. Two years ago, Tyler Spotts gave his stepfather a gift that will last a lifetime, which has a value can’t be calculated. He added the name of that man to his own. And now, thanks to one of those twists of fate that are… Continue reading →

New Voice of the Tigers Chris Blair: 'There’s something different when you hear the roar at an LSU game'

Chris Blair

Chris Blair remembers the unmistakable cheers that used to come screaming through his car radio. He always knew what game it was: LSU football. “We’d listen to Death Valley on the radio. There’s something different when you hear the roar at an LSU game,” he said. “It’s a literal roar.”… Continue reading →

Four-star LSU defensive end Arden Key not enrolled in summer classes; neither is defensive back Jeremy Cutrer

Four star defensive end signee Arden Key has not enrolled in summer classes and neither has defensive back signee Jeremy Cutrer. LSU strength coach Tommy Moffitt said on a radio interview with Ben Love earlier this week that Key was not yet on campus. The school said two weeks ago that all but two signees had enrolled in summer classes… Continue reading →

Report: Purdue transfer quarterback Danny Etling to visit LSU

Purdue transfer quarterback Danny Etling is visiting LSU this weekend, according to a 104.5/104.9 FM ESPN Baton Rouge report. Etling wouldn't be an immediate fix for LSU's quarterback issues as NCAA rules would require him to sit out a year. Purdue coach Darrell Hazell announced Etling's intent to transfer June 11. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound sophomore started the final seven games… Continue reading →

LSU football player arrests elicit strong reaction from national writers, former players: ''What are we doing,' 'Are you kidding me?'

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)

. The arrests and indefinite suspensions of LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, cornerback Dwayne Thomas, defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain on Thursday resulted in a wide range of emotions on social media from shock, to anger to indignation.… Continue reading →

Police report reveals details of alleged break in by arrested, now suspended LSU QB Anthony Jennings, 3 other football players

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Three LSU players from left Maquedius Bain, Dwayne Thomas, and Anthony Jennings exit the East Baton Rouge Parish jail after being released Thursday, June 18, 2015.

Four LSU football players have been placed on indefinite suspension after their arrests Thursday. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, cornerback Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain were arrested and booked on unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, police records show. Thomas was also booked on simple burglary. Defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, earlier Thursday, was arrested and… Continue reading →

LSU football player Trey Lealaimatafao arrested after bar fight

LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested for simple battery and simple robbery, a felony, on Thursday following a fight in the parking lot of a Baton Rouge bar, according to police booking records. LSU team spokesman Michael Bonnette said Lealaimatafao has been indefinitely suspended from the team. This is Lealaimatafao’s third such off-the-field incident and second arrest… Continue reading →

LSU nabs another Texas linebacker

LSU is on quite the roll. Houston safety Eric Monroe, ranked No. 1 at his position nationally, and linebacker Rahssan Thornton, a three-star prospect also from Texas, both committed to the Tigers on Wednesday. They became the seventh and eighth commitments for the Tigers in the last 18 days. Thornton is the second straight Texas linebacker to offer a non-binding, verbal pledge… Continue reading →

Highly touted LSU linebacker Clifton Garrett to transfer to junior college

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Linebacker Clifton Garrett hits a dummy during a drill in preseason camp at LSU last year. Garrett, a five-star prospect in high school, has left LSU, a team spokesman confirmed Friday.

LSU sophomore linebacker Clifton Garrett, a former five-star recruit out of Illinois, has left the football program, team spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed Friday. He will transfer to a junior college, according to a 247 Sports report. Garrett’s departure leaves LSU with just eight scholarship linebackers heading into the 2015 season — two of which are… Continue reading →

Dueling lawsuits to continue: John Chavis suit against LSU returned to state court, not dismissed

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, right, looks on with a smile after introducing defensive coordinator John Chavis, left, on Jan. 16, 2009. Chavis left after six seasons to work at Texas A&M.

LSU and former defensive coordinator John Chavis will continue their legal battle in two states. A federal judge this week did not rule on the school’s request to dismiss Chavis’ Texas-based suit against the school and sent the case back to the local district court in Brazos County, Texas — home to Chavis’ current employer, Texas A&M.… Continue reading →

LSU gets commitment from Andre Anthony, defensive end from Karr

Andre Anthony will get to wear the Edna Karr purple and gold for the first time this fall. He’ll get to sport those colors again in the fall of 2016. The 6-foot-3, 225 pound defensive end committed to LSU on Thursday. “It was a thought out decision,” said Anthony. “It’s a great school… Continue reading →

Three-star tackle Jakori Savage from Alabama commits to LSU

For the second straight day, LSU’s football camp, which concluded Tuesday, produced some more good news for its current nationally ranked recruiting class. A day after receiving a commitment from defensive end Caleb Roddy of Denham Springs, the Tigers added another pledge, this time stepping outside of their state’s border to land 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle Jakori Savage… Continue reading →

The Associated Press predicts LSU will play Wisconsin in the Citrus Bowl three months before the Tigers' season starts

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural (83) pulls in a long pass for a first down and scampers down the sideline as Wisconsin cornerback Darius Hillary (5) gives chase and eventually knocks him out of bounds during the second

. The Football Bowl Association released the schedule for the 2015-16 postseason, making it a perfect time to do the impossible and pick which teams will be playing in the record 40 bowl games set to take place between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2. Plenty of wishful thinking involved — Texas vs. Texas A&M! — and… Continue reading →

LSU football recruit Brandon Martin headed to junior college; sources say Chidi Valentine-Okeke and Jeremy Cutrer won’t enroll this weekend

The status of two of LSU’s 2015 football signees is in doubt as the start of summer classes inches closer, and a third will not be joining the Tigers this season. Receiver Brandon Martin, a three-star prospect from Missouri, has enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and will not play at LSU in the fall, team spokesman… Continue reading →

NFL.com: LSU, Miami top contenders for title of ‘Wide Receiver U’

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kat

Is any college program better at producing NFL-caliber wide receivers than LSU? Maybe, according to NFL.com. But only one program. The website’s “U-Who?” series tracks which college programs send to most and best players to the NFL at each position. On Wednesday, it released top contenders for the title of “Wide Receiver U.” Topping the list is… Continue reading →

Nick Saban, Les Miles coaching styles show ‘there’s more than one way to skin a cat,’ says Kyle Williams, who played for both at LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, and LSU head coach Les Miles chat at midfield prior to the first half of an SEC football game between LSU and Alabama on Saturday Nov. 3, 2012, in Baton Rouge.

Defensive lineman Kyle Williams, now with the Buffalo Bills, got an up-close and personal view of both current LSU head coach Les Miles and former head coach Nick Saban when he played for LSU from 2002 to 2005. In an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network, he was asked about the… Continue reading →