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Silent night: Deion Jones is LSU’s lone NFL draft pick through 3 rounds

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Tashawn Bower (46) celebrates LSU safety Jalen Mills (28) sacking Alabama quarterback Jake Coker (14) during the first half Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 30-16.

In recent years, the LSU football team has produced a slew of NFL draft picks, especially in the early rounds. That trend has not continued this year. Linebacker Deion Jones was the only former Tigers player selected in the first three rounds, going to the Atlanta Falcons with the 52nd overall pick in the second round… Continue reading →

'We’re Debo Birds': LSU's Deion Jones goes to Falcons in 2nd round

Advocate staff photo by Ross Dellenger -- From left, Tahonas Jones, her son, LSU linebacker Deion Jones, Deion's agent Jason Rosenhaus, and his grandfather Caster Tucker during an NFL watch party, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Harvey, La.

A year ago, Deion Jones had started one college football game, had never finished a game with more than five tackles and had never sacked a quarterback. On Friday night, surrounded by friends and family at his aunt’s home in Harvey, the kid they call “Debo” became an instant millionaire — and a dirty bird, too.… Continue reading →

'We’re Debo Birds': Atlanta Falcons select LSU’s Deion Jones in second round

Advocate staff photo by Ross Dellenger -- From left, Tahonas Jones, her son, LSU linebacker Deion Jones, Deion's agent Jason Rosenhaus, and his grandfather Caster Tucker during an NFL watch party, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Harvey, La.

A year ago, Deion Jones had started one college football, never finished a single game with more than five tackles and never sacked a quarterback. On Friday night, surrounded by friends and family at his aunt’s home in Harvey, the kid they call “Debo” became an instant millionaire. Continue reading →

NCAA reverses course, allows satellite camps; LSU, SEC opposed what Joe Alleva called ‘recruiting camps’

Associated Press/Bradenton Herald file photo by TIFFANY TOMPKINS -- Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, center right, watches defensive coordinator Don Brown, left, work with Cheyenn Robertson during spring practice in Bradenton, Fla. The NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded a ban on satellite camps Thursday.

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded a proposed ban on satellite camps Thursday, rebuffing a request from powerhouse conferences in the South and clearing the way for coaches to hold clinics far from their campuses this summer. The board’s decision came almost three weeks after the Division I Council approved a proposal prohibiting Bowl Subdivision coaches… Continue reading →

‘Hawk Eye’ predicted it: Son Jerald Hawkins will hear name in NFL draft, along with other LSU prospects

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles and LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins (65) celebrate the win after the game Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won 23-17.

Jerald Hawkins watched the NFL draft as a youngster like many other football-playing children – with his father leaning over his shoulder whispering in his ear. “You’re going to get there one day,” Warren Hawkins would tell his youngest son. Jerald’s almost there. Warren can’t make it. Many believe LSU’s former 6-foot-6 offensive… Continue reading →

'He just started screaming': Myles Brennan's commitment brought LSU's Les Miles to tears

CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan has committed to LSU.

'LSU coach Les Miles just started screaming and tears started coming out of his eyes. He gave me a big ol' hug...' Continue reading →

The right fit: Mississippi quarterback Myles Brennan commits to LSU

CHRIS TODD THE (Biloxi Mississippi) SUN HERALD St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan committed to LSU on Saturday.

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — Myles Brennan wasn’t kidding. After returning home from visiting Oklahoma State earlier in the month, the quarterback from St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, said he was going to commit when the match felt right. Apparently LSU was the right fit. Brennan announced on… Continue reading →

LSU TE Dillon Gordon’s college career over after NCAA decision

LSU Tigers tight end Dillon Gordon (85) is welcomed to  the Rodeo Bowl on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at  George Ranch in Richmond, TX. (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/For the Advocate)

. LSU tight end Dillon Gordon’s request for a fifth year of eligibility was denied, and he’ll enter the NFL draft, he announced on his Twitter account on Friday.

Dillon Gordon's message on Twitter.
Dillon Gordon’s message on Twitter.

Gordon, a 310-pound run-blocking senior from Edgard, was appealing to the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility. Gordon played in… Continue reading →

LSU spring game: Did you see what The Advocate's Ross Dellenger saw? Find out in special film room

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, center background, watches as the play gets ready to start during LSU football's spring game.

Welcome to Film Room, normally a weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. This time, it’s an analysis of the first half of LSU’s spring game. Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: Brandon Harris knows he has right stuff to lead LSU, but spring game results 'mixed'

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As LSU head coach Les Miles, left, watches, LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) throws during LSU football's spring game.

If you polled the 21,000 or so folks in Tiger Stadium watching Brandon Harris and LSU play Saturday’s spring game as to their confidence in their team’s incumbent quarterback, the results might be mixed. But Harris has a fighter jock’s mentality. When the storm clouds are boiling and the instrument panel is lighting up red and… Continue reading →

Get to know the new faces, key storylines before annual LSU Spring Game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU junior wide receiver D.J. Chark (82) during practice, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at LSU's Charles McClendon Practice Facility in Baton Rouge, La.

Here's your breakdown of the new faces, and 'Four Downs' storylines before quarterback Brandon Harris, new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and many more take the field. Continue reading →

LSU Football Q&A: With spring game Saturday, let's talk depth chart, Brandon Harris' hold on quarterback spot, more

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --Quarterback Danny Etling sprints out before throwing, as offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, right,  watches at LSU's second practice of spring football drills, Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday or Wednesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Continue reading →

LSU’s Donte Jackson doubles up playing football, running track; but how does he pull it off?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive back Donte Jackson (1) celebrates with excitement after recovering a fumble by Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk (3), after the ball was jarred loose by LSU linebacker Devin Voorhies (35) in the first half in Baton Rouge, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. LSU linebacker Donnie Alexander is at left, and safety Rickey Jefferson is at right.

Donte Jackson lay on the ground stretching one leg and then the other. Teammates are doing the same around him. They’re preparing for a grueling two-hour practice in the blistering sun. A few minutes later, practice begins. Jackson and others are running. They’re jumping. They’re pulling 45-pound plates behind them. All the while, coaches watch their every move. Track… Continue reading →

After LSU spring practice resumes, Les Miles on his Cuba trip, Kendell Beckwith's status, more

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Les Miles coaches during the Big Call Drill at practice, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at LSU's Charles McClendon Practice Facility in Baton Rouge, La.

Les Miles does not know how to speak Spanish, but that didn’t stop him from ordering food at the sidewalk cafes in Havana, Cuba. “There was very little ability for me to communicate – other than hunger,” the LSU coach said Tuesday. “I can very comfortably order from a menu.” Miles spent… Continue reading →

Where is Dylan Moses? Hanging with LSU running back Leonard Fournette, lunching with Dave Aranda

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

Dylan Moses is spring breaking at LSU. Moses, the former U-High star who transferred to Florida’s IMG Academy in January, is visiting LSU, unofficially, on Tuesday during his spring break... Continue reading →

LSU offensive lineman and native Nigerian Chidi Okeke flourishing despite little experience with football

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK LSU's Chidi Okeke, left, and Turner Simmers work in an offensive line drill March 17 at LSU's practice facility,

Mike Tunsil presented Chidi Okeke with a choice during his introduction to football in 2013. “It was either get beat up by Travonte Valentine,” Tunsil said, “or fight back.” If that name sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Valentine spent the first year of his college career at LSU in 2014, never… Continue reading →