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LSU reveals renovated game day locker room to players

Photo provided by -- Images of the renovated LSU Tiger Stadium locker room.

The nine-month renovation of LSU’s game day locker room in Tiger Stadium was revealed to football team on Friday — the first time the squad has seen the area since last year’s season finale against Arkansas. Since that game, LSU’s game day locker room was completely gutted with the renovation totaling over 8,000-square… Continue reading →

Les Miles: LSU to kickoff with Trent Domingue or Cameron Gamble

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Coach Les Miles addressed reporters after Friday’s practice, touching on a number of topics, including a new kickoff man, center and defensive tackle signee Travonte Valentine. - LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye will not kick off, Miles said. Delahoussaye is listed as the kickoff man in LSU’s preseason depth chart. Walk-on sophomore Trent Domingue or true freshman Cameron… Continue reading →

LSU’s Quantavius Leslie looking for his shot

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDLSU wide receiver Quantavius Leslie runs drills Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in the McClendon Practice Facility.

In their team’s last major scrimmage before the spring game in late March, LSU coaches caught a glimpse of what they wanted to see out of wide receiver Quantavius Leslie. That day, Leslie had four receptions for 135 yards with a 65-yard touchdown catch from freshman Brandon Harris to highlight a performance he hoped would make a lasting… Continue reading →

SEC wants to increase football fans’ experience

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A view of the south end zone expansion at LSU's Tiger Stadium.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — All 14 Southeastern Conference members have taken steps to improve the fan experience at league football stadiums, the league said. The changes resulted from recommendations made by a working group approved by SEC athletic directors in June 2012 to review attendance trends with some fans choosing to watch at home on flat-screen TVs.… Continue reading →

Deion Jones leads LSU’s special teams into 2014

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU linebacker Deion Jones (45) sends Iowa's Jordan Cotton (23) somersaulting through the air, as Cotton returns a kickoff  in the first half of the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida Wednesday.  LSU linebacker Tahj Jones (58) is at right.

They call him “Debo.” He walks around the LSU football operations building with a smile, a bag of sunflower seeds and a spit cup. Deion Jones seems harmless. But that’s just a façade. “I’d hate to have to block him,” linebacker D.J. Welter said. Jones, a junior linebacker from New Orleans, has developed a reputation during his first… Continue reading →

LSU’s Frank Herron looking to be disruptive force

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive ends Deondre Clark  and Frank Herron (97) watch drills during practice earlier this month.

The video shows a 240-pound teenager hustling down the basketball court, leaping into the air and dunking the ball with two hands — backward. Another clip shows the same kid, Frank Herron, on a football field. He bursts off the line of scrimmage, wheels around the offensive line and knocks the… Continue reading →

LSU four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine cleared by NCAA

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Les Miles fields questions from local and statewide media in the Shirley and Bill Lawton Room at the team's football operations facility during LSU Football's annual media day, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine has been cleared by the NCAA to play at LSU, his high school coach confirmed. Valentine tweeted the news Monday morning. Mike Tunsil, Valentine’s high school coach at Champagnat Catholic - Hialeah, confirmed the news with The Advocate. Valentine will arrive at LSU on Tuesday, Tunsil said. He’ll begin… Continue reading →

Deondre Clark doesn’t regret his decision to come to LSU

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU defensive linemen Deondre Clark and Maquedius Bain take pictures of teammates Jermauria Rasco (59) and Danielle Hunter (94) during the team's media day Aug. 10.

Dorshell Clark realized at an early age just how stubborn her son Deondre could be. Beginning from the time he was born, 19 years ago, Deondre barged into the world nine weeks ahead of schedule, weighing 3 pounds, 7 ounces and with a bleak long-term prognosis. “He’s a fighter,” Dorshell Clark said of the youngest of her five… Continue reading →

Tigers No. 13 in preseason AP top 25

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGLSU coach Les Miles clenches his fist as players, including defensive end Jermauria Rasco, receiver James Wright and quarterback Anthony Jennings celebrate after the Outback Bowl.

LSU is ranked No. 13 in the preseason Associated Press top 25 released Sunday. The Tigers are one of eight Southeastern Conference teams ranked: No.2 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 12 Georgia, No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 24 Missouri. Florida State tops the poll at No. 1, receiving 57 of… Continue reading →

CAMP REPORT: Fournette has ‘long’ run, but how long? Details hazy

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette runs after a catch during preseason drills earlier this month.

The dark shroud over LSU’s quarterback battle has now also been draped over its star freshman running back.

Leonard Fournette, the No. 1-ranked recruit in the nation, had a “long” run during the first full scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday, but it’s unclear the distance. Even the situation is shaky.

“Leonard went a long way,” coach Les Miles said, “and certainly looked… Continue reading →

Miles: Players shine in LSU's first full fall scrimmage

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman wide receiver Trey Quinn runs the ball back in a drill during the first preseason practice for incoming LSU freshmen at LSU's Charles McClendon Practice Fields, Monday, August 4, 2014.

LSU conducted its first full fall scrimmage Saturday in Tiger Stadium. The scrimmage was closed to reporters and the public.Coach Les Miles met with reporters following the event to discuss the 120-play scrimmage: - LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette had a “long” run on a broken play. The coach would not reveal how many total yards… Continue reading →

LSU’s Clifton Garrett looking forward to Tiger Stadium experience

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU linebacker Clifton Garrett (3) participates in a drill during practice at LSU's Charles McClendon practice fields, Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Les Miles roamed the indoor practice facility Wednesday during LSU football media day as reporters fired questions at his players. Then Miles stopped in his tracks. “Hey linebackers, what’s the matter?” Miles asked. “No one wants to talk to you guys today? Don’t worry, just remember, y’all want the postgame interviews.” Freshman linebacker Clifton Garrett… Continue reading →

Spotlight on LSU Linebackers

Top of the chart: Of all the positions on defense for LSU, the linebacker corps is by far the most experienced. Both starters D.J. Welter and Kwon Alexander return after combining for 145 tackles (10.5 for a loss) and two sacks in 2013, and they are expected to be the top two on the depth chart again when LSU… Continue reading →

Former Tiger Dwayne Bowe suspended for Chiefs' season opener

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2013 file photo, Kansas City Chiefs Dwayne Bowe (82) prepares for a play in an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bowe was arrested outside Kansas City over the weekend on charges of speeding and possessing marijuana, authorities said Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was suspended for the season opener against Tennessee on Friday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Bowe was pulled over for speeding in a Kansas City suburb on Nov. 10, and was arrested after police found a black bag containing his wallet, driver's license and… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles set for ‘ice bucket challenge’ Saturday

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Les Miles fields questions from local and statewide media in the Shirley and Bill Lawton Room at the team's football operations facility during LSU Football's annual media day, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

When the governor calls, you listen. LSU coach Les Miles on Saturday will join a list of public figures to take part in the “ice bucket challenge” — a social media-driven awareness campaign for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Governor Bobby Jindal on Wednesday challenged Miles to join the thousands… Continue reading →

Tough transition over, Quantavius Leslie ready for spotlight

Last season, Quantavius Leslie arrived in Baton Rouge from Mississippi’s Hinds Community College looking to step up and be the No. 3 receiving option behind wideouts Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. When the year concluded, though, Leslie’s junior campaign ended with one reception — an 11-yard catch against UAB. The transition from junior… Continue reading →

A look at LSU’s wide receivers

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Defensive back Ed Paris (24) breaks top this first quarter pass to wide receiver Travin Dural (83) at LSU's Spring Game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

Top of the chart: The wide receiver position is currently clustered with underclassmen, meaning LSU coach Les Miles likely has a duo of names in his mind near the top of the depth chart for the Aug. 30 opener against Wisconsin. Only two wideouts on the squad even have a reception with the Tigers — sophomore Travin Dural and… Continue reading →

LSU defensive tackles pushing each other

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Safety Austin Suits (10), right, blocks defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (91), left, during drills as LSU's veterans practiced with some freshmen.

The four players currently competing for the two starting defensive tackle spots in the LSU football team’s preseason camp may be short on experience, but certainly not talent. While the defensive line has been an area of strength for the Tigers for years, especially under defensive coordinator John Chavis, there are some questions inside after the early… Continue reading →