Offensive tackle Evan Washington eyes good finish after bad start to LSU career

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU offensive tackle Evan Washington will get his second straight SEC start Thursday against Texas A&M.

Evan Washington’s career hasn’t gone exactly as planned. There was that severe foot injury that ruined his second season at LSU and kept him from walking regularly for six months. Then “bad decisions,” he said, resulted in academic ineligibility in Year 3 in 2012. The offensive lineman plummeted down the depth chart… Continue reading →

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings: ‘We’re going to take shots,’ throw deep, against Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings looks for a receiver during the second half of the Ole Miss game Oct. 25. Jennings has completed 44 percent of his passes over the past three games but said he hopes to throw downfield against Texas A&M's pass defense, which ranks 85th in the nation.

LSU plans to go long. “We’re going to take shots on them,” quarterback Anthony Jennings said. On Thanksgiving night, the Tigers (7-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) meet a Texas A&M defense that mostly plays without a traditional deep safety. That could mean more long-distance bombs for an LSU passing game that’s one of the nation’s worst.… Continue reading →

Podcast: LSU is rethinking its recruiting at quarterback for the 2015 class

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) sits on the ground looking up at the referee after being sacked during the 4th quarter Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas won 17-0.

In this week's "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting Podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with Rene Nadeau of SportsNola.com, who says that LSU has become more open to expanding its recruiting at quarterback for its 2015 class. Click here to here the podcast. Continue reading →

Ex-LSU quarterback Hayden Rettig says the Tigers system wasn't a good fit for him

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU QBs Hayden Rettig (11) and Brad Kragthorpe throw in passing drills during LSU spring football practice in March

Former LSU and current Rutgers quarterback Hayden Rettig left the football program because offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s system didn’t fit with the pro-style type QB, he told nj.com in a story posted this week. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Video: LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings says the Tigers need to be better, starting with him

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) sits on the ground looking up at the referee after being sacked during the 4th quarter Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas won 17-0.

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings talks about the Texas A&M defense going into the Thanksgiving game and how the Tigers have to improve. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Youthful Tigers talented, but are a work in progress

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU Men's coach Johnny Jones is set to get a contract extension and raise.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — When the LSU basketball team began practice in October, coach Johnny Jones said it would be a little while before he knew what he had in his third team. The reason: it would take time for a half-dozen new faces to get used to playing together with only a couple… Continue reading →

Santa Clara holds off LSU women

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Despite cutting an 11-point halftime deficit to three with less than two minutes to play, the LSU women’s basketball team was unable to complete the comeback and fell to Santa Clara, 69-67, in the opening game of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope. Guards DaShawn Harden and Anne Pedersen combined for five… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles says a decision on the quarterback future is "down the road"

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, left, watches as coach Les Miles questions a call to officials during the first half of the Tigers' 10-7 win over Ole Miss last week.

. LSU hasn’t made a decision on its quarterback beyond this season, and the Tigers are trying to get freshman QB Brandon Harris on the field, coach Les Miles said Tuesday during his radio show. Miles, asked on his radio show why Harris receives 50 percent of the first-string snaps in practice along… Continue reading →

LSU times of interest for its Thanksgiving Day game at Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) hands the ball off to LSU running back Terrence Magee (18) on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, during their game against Alabama in Tiger Stadium.

Here are the details for LSU's travel itinerary for its Thanksgiving Day game at Texas A&M. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Odell Beckham Jr.: Been there, caught that

Associated Press photo by JULIO CORTEZ -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a former Newman and LSU standout, makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr in the second quarter Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

It’s being dubbed “the greatest catch of all time.” Despite the fact that the Giants came up short 31-28 to their rival Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, the sports world — or just the Internet in general — can’t stop talking about New York rookie and former Newman and LSU standout wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s College Football Playoff projections for November 25

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Western Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Ted Lewis CFP semifinals Sugar Bowl: Florida State vs. Mississippi State Briefly: Style does matter, so Bama moves to No. 1 as much for Florida State ekeing by as for what the Tide has done. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Bama have to be the team that must win the… Continue reading →

Sorting through LSU’s candidates to leave early for the NFL draft

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter (94) pressures Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, during their game against the Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium.

The LSU football team likely will have fewer players leave early for the NFL draft after this season than have exited early the past two years. But, then again … “So many times it’s a very personal decision, and it’s not something that’s really based many times on draft status,” coach Les Miles said… Continue reading →

Miles confirms Porter out for Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU center Elliott Porter (55) grimaces in pain after an injury during the first half, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) and LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) watch with concern. Porter came out of the game, and left the field on a cart.

Center Elliott Porter will not play in LSU’s game at Texas A&M, coach Les Miles said Monday. Porter injured his ankle during the loss at Arkansas and will be replaced in the starting lineup by right guard Ethan Pocic. Evan Washington will start in place of Pocic at right guard for the Tigers (7-4, 3-4 Southeastern), Miles said. Porter,… Continue reading →

Video: LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says Tigers feel good about the gameplan for Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) is sacked by LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (91) as LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith (52) comes in to help during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 in Auburn.

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture talks about the Tigers having a two-game losing streak going into their game at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Video: LSU linebacker Deion Jones says he's seen Odell Beckham Jr. make plenty of special catches before

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray (4) is taken down after the pass play by LSU linebacker Deion Jones (45) and LSU linebacker Lamar Louis (23) during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 in Auburn. Auburn won 41-7.

LSU linebacker Deion Jones talks about the incredible one-handed touchdown catch former LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

LSU men fall to Clemson 64-61 in fourth-place game at Paradise Jam

Photo courtesy Paradise Jam -- LSU's Jordan Mickey dunks over Clemson's Josh Smith on Monday in the fourt-place game of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Mickey scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and three assists in the Tigers' 64-61 loss.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — After making the first 3-point basket of his college career in a victory over Weber State on Saturday night, LSU forward Jordan Mickey could have used another one Monday. But when Mickey needed it most, his 3-pointer from the top of the key bounced off the right side… Continue reading →

Tigers get more physical with lineup shake-up

 Associated Press photo by Chuck Burton -- LSU coach Johnny Jones answers a question during the Southeastern Conference men's basketball media day Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — The need for a more physical presence in the low post dictated a change in LSU coach Johnny Jones’ starting lineup for the first time this season in the final game of the Paradise Jam on Monday. In order to better deal with Landry Nnoko, Clemson’s 6-foot-10,… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Center Elliott Porter out for the game at Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles shouts toward players on the field after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against LSU with 1:07 in the game put LSU at a big disadvantage after getting close to scoring a touchdown, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge. They settled for a tying field goal linstead after the 15-yard penalty. LSU lost 20-13 in overtime.

Center Elliott Porter will not play in LSU’s game at Texas A&M, coach Les Miles said Monday. Porter injured his ankle during the loss at Arkansas and will be replaced in the starting lineup by right guard Ethan Pocic. Evan Washington will start in place of Pocic at right guard for the Tigers (7-4, 3-4… Continue reading →

Recap: LSU coach Les Miles previews Thanksgiving Day game vs. Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles gestures to an official during a review of a punt apparently downed by LSU near the Alabama goal line, but the the punt was eventually  ruled a touchback. during the second half, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge. The  LSU lost 20-13 in overtime.

It's four days before LSU finishes its regular season with a game at Texas A&M. What's going on with the Tigers? Continue reading →

Best catch ever? Ex-LSU player Odell Beckham Jr. snags one-handed touchdown catch for New York Giants against Dallas Cowboys

Associated Press photo by JULIO CORTEZ -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a former Newman and LSU standout, makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr in the second quarter Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

During the New York Giants game Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, former LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made a one-handed touchdown catch that had social media asking this: Was it the best catch ever? Click here and see. Here… Continue reading →

Rabalais: It's only half a ‘tradition’ for LSU and Texas A&M

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles meets Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin after last season's game in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers and Aggies begin a Thanksgiving tradition when they meet Thursday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.

It’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving Day without football. Personally, I have a theory that the Pilgrims and Indians used Plymouth Rock as a crude football on some unsuspecting meadow after the first turkey and stuffing was consumed. The Indians would have had home continent advantage, ’tis true. But the Pilgrims, being English, would have had the… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Ex-LSU greats Dale Brown, Shaquille O’Neal hold court at Hall of Fame induction like no on else

Associated Press photo by Colin E. Braley -- Former LSU coach Dale Brown, left, greets former LSU great Shaquille O'Neal as he takes the stage Sunday night during a National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction in Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the 2014 inductees into the College Basketball Hall of Fame one by one took the stage and then departed Sunday, college basketball analyst Seth Davis turned to co-host Clark Kellogg of CBS to talk about the evening’s closing act. “We’re coming to the LSU portion of the show,” Davis said. As… Continue reading →

As his role grows, LSU’s Tim Quarterman shows off his versatility

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU's Tim Quarterman is fouled by Gardner Webb's Jerome Hill as he puts up a shot on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — In four games this season, Tim Quarterman has given the LSU men’s basketball team what he couldn’t provide the Tigers a year ago: quality minutes off the bench. Now firmly entrenched as the Tigers’ sixth man, the 6-foot-6 sophomore has made huge strides in expanding his game over the offseason and… Continue reading →

Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger's AP Top 25 vote

Alabama wide receiver Cam Sims (7) celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Western Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 48-14. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt)

How I Voted will be a weekly blog in which Ross Dellenger reveals his AP Top 25 voting with a blurb on each explaining that team’s ranking. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Together, Shaquille O’Neal and Dale Brown formed legendary pair; and together, they will enter College Basketball Hall of Fame

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU center Shaquille O’Neal, left, and coach Dale Brown chat during a game in January 1991.

Basketball took Dale Brown around the world, filling a need in a fatherless lad with boundless energy that couldn’t be satisfied by staying home in frosty Minot, North Dakota. Without knowing it, maybe what the globetrotting Brown was looking for was Shaquille O’Neal. They met in a U.S. Army base in Wildflecken, West Germany in 1985.… Continue reading →

Digging into the roots of LSU’s quarterback quandary

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) attempts to elude the sack from Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) but can't during the 4th quarter Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas won 17-0.

Gary Crowton had it all figured out. Matt Flynn was “the guy.” Ryan Perrilloux was “the next guy.” Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee were the “developing third guys” and Jordan Jefferson was the guy scheduled for a redshirt. Flynn graduated. Perrilloux was dismissed. Hatch got hurt. Lee threw a half-dozen interceptions for touchdowns, and Jefferson finished… Continue reading →

LSU men bounce back, beat Weber State 72-58

Photo courtesy Paradise Jam --  LSU's Jordan Mickey defends Weber State's Joel Bolomboy on Saturday during the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Mickey scored 27 points and had 14 rebounds in the Tigers' 72-58 win. LSU will play Clemson at 3 p.m. Monday in its final game of the tournament.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — Near the end of one of their best halves of the still-young season Saturday night, LSU forward Jordan Mickey added the perfect exclamation point to the Tigers’ victory over Weber State. Actually, it was two exclamation points. Frustrated a night earlier when he scored just… Continue reading →

Rutgers rides late run to beat Lady Tigers 64-57

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Raigyne Moncrief runs past a statue of legendary LSU coach Sue Gunter on her way to the Lady Tigers' second half battle against Rutgers' during the Sue Gunter Classic, Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

Despite the Lady Tigers’ second-best offensive output of the season, LSU (2-3) was unable overcome a late scoring barrage by Rutgers (3-0) in a 64-57 loss in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday. The Lady Tigers showed flashes of their potential throughout the first half of the Sue Gunter Classic. Junior… Continue reading →

LSU’s La’el Collins has seemingly made all the right decisions — and now the NFL is set to choose him

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) congratulates LSU running back Terrence Magee (18) after Magee's third quarter touchdown run against Kentucky,  Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won big, 41-3

On the night Jeremy Hill found trouble in the parking lot of a Baton Rouge bar, La’el Collins just went home. Todd Black remembers it well. The three had eaten at a restaurant a few hours before Hill sucker-punched a man outside of Reggie’s Bar. Collins, LSU’s star offensive tackle, warned Hill, then the Tigers’ running… Continue reading →

LSU men fall 70-61 to Old Dominion for their first loss

Photo courtesy Paradise Jam -- LSU's Jarell Martin attempts a free throw against Old Dominion at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — The LSU basketball team trailed at halftime for the third time in as many games this season in the Tigers’ opening game of the Paradise Jam on Friday. But unlike their first two games, against Gardner-Webb and Texas Tech, there would be no comeback victory this time. Even though… Continue reading →

No. 22 Rutgers is Lady Tigers’ next test

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Raigyne Moncrief looks for room around Tulane's defense Tulane Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

It has been a long time since the LSU women’s basketball program has had to value to moral victories, but so far this season the Lady Tigers will take wins any way they can get them. After an alarmingly poor effort Monday in a 52-44 win over Jackson State, LSU lost but played better Wednesday while dropping… Continue reading →

SEC football capsules

Eastern Kentucky (9-2) at Florida (5-4, 4-4 SEC) WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday. WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548). TV: SEC Network. SERIES: First meeting. BETTING LINE: N/A. STAT THAT MATTERS: Against nonconference competition in 2014, Florida’s defense is allowing only 2.3 yards per play. NOTES: A new era for Florida football will unfold soon enough. Following last weekend’s 23-20… Continue reading →

LSU to use trip for bonding and teaching

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU coach Johnny Jones watches the action against Gardner Webb on Saturday.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — Considering his freshman- and sophomore-laden team hasn’t been together for all that long, an extended road trip early in the season isn’t such a bad thing for LSU coach Johnny Jones. The way Jones sees it, it can be an invaluable tool for a team that, in the early stages… Continue reading →

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings says he ignores fan criticism

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is sacked by Arkansas linebacker Keegan Heller during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 17-0 loss to Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

Anthony Jennings is taking the blame for LSU’s passing woes, but he’s not paying attention to the criticism. The Tigers’ starting quarterback is ignoring the season-long wave of criticism from fans. It crashed down on him the hardest following LSU’s 17-0 loss at Arkansas. “You can’t listen to fan criticism — either… Continue reading →

LSU at Texas A&M: Key matchups

Assocaited Press photo -- Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen

LSU SECONDARY vs. TEXAS A&M QB KYLE ALLEN Kyle Allen has completed 61 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. In his previous two contests against Auburn and Missouri, Allen threw for 514 yards with eight touchdowns and only three interceptions. He’ll face an LSU secondary that continues to be the best… Continue reading →

Cox Sports Television to air some, if not all, of LSU baseball’s nonconference road games

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  LSU's Alex Bregman fields a grounder before the Tigers' game against Houston on Monday, June 2, 2014 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium during the championship game of the first round of NCAA regionals.

More LSU baseball games will be televised than originally expected. Cox Sports Television has requested to air all seven of the Tigers’ nonconference road games, said Jeff Brenner, the outlet’s executive producer. The network received permission to air LSU’s games at Southern on March 17 and at Zephyr Field in Metairie against Louisiana-Lafayette on March 31, the… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU may dive deep into bowl pool

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGKentucky linebacker Tyler Brause (10) can't hold on as LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White (16) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Among many things, LSU’s hollow 17-0 shutout loss at Arkansas on Saturday was like a cannonball leap into the pool. Dropping LSU to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in Southeastern Conference play, the defeat certainly took the Tigers out of College Football Playoff bowl contention, if even they had a shot going in. Certainly there are too many… Continue reading →

LSU center Elliott Porter could miss rest of season after suffering ankle injury

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU center Elliott Porter (55) grimaces in pain after an injury during the first half, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) and LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) watch with concern. Porter came out of the game, and left the field on a cart.

LSU might be without center Elliott Porter for the remainder of the season. Porter, a senior from Waggaman, injured his right ankle in last week’s 17-0 loss at Arkansas and is doubtful for the Tigers’ season finale at Texas A&M and a bowl game, Les Miles said Wednesday. “Elliott … not so certain about this game.… Continue reading →

Podcast: Despite its recent offensive struggles, LSU is not in a quarterback recruiting frenzy for 2015

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) gets pulled down in the by Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) late in the fourth quarter, on one of LSU's failed comeback drives, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. LSU lost to the Razorbacks 17-0.

In this week's "Advocate's LSU Recruiting Podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with Sonny Shipp of 247.com about LSU recruiting quarterbacks, its current 2015 commitments and its future. Click here to listen to the podcast.Continue reading →

LSU football chat with Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger, Thursday at 11 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety John Battle. left, and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain  walk back to the locker room through the fans storming the field after Arkansas' 17-0 win Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. The loss was the second straight for the Tigers, who have a 25-2 record after defeats under coach Les Miles.

LSU is one week away from playing its final game of the 2014 regular season. What is going on with the Tigers' preparations for Texas A&M? Ask Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger in this chat on Thursday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Report: LSU coach Les Miles 7th-highest paid coach in college football; 2 SEC coaches ahead of him

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, and LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley, right, shout instructions to the defense during the first half Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark.

LSU football coach Les Miles has the seventh-highest salary among NCAA college football coaches with a total of $4,369,582 in pay, according to a USA Today database released Wednesday Continue reading →

Tulane women hold off LSU in 51-45 victory

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Anne Pedersen fouls Tulane's Jamie Kaplan Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU controlled the boards Wednesday night against Tulane, and if time of possession was a thing in basketball the Lady Tigers would have won that, too. But the Green Wave was quicker to the basket at just the right times, producing enough clutch offense to slip out of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with a… Continue reading →