LSU receivers on high alert for Ole Miss’ stout secondary

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural gets behind the Wisconsin secondary on his 80-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Anthony Jennings during the Tigers' season-opening win over Wisconsin at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Every LSU player seems to know the number: 15. That’s how many passes Ole Miss has intercepted through seven games, a stat that leads the nation. “I see a bunch of ball hawks, guys who fly around to the ball,” receiver Travin Dural said of the Rebels defensive backs. No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern) travels to Baton… Continue reading →

LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones set to receive raise, extension

 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.

LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones is set to receive a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season and a raise of $400,000. A request for the raise and extension will be made at the LSU Board of Supervisors’ meeting Friday, according to a copy of the board’s agenda. The board’s approval is generally viewed… Continue reading →

SEC gives Jordan Mickey first-team nod

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU's Jordan Mickey scores against Texas A&M last season in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mickey was named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference first-team and received votes for player of the year.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LSU forward Jordan Mickey was named a first-team preseason All-Southeastern Conference pick, and the Tigers were tabbed to finish fourth in the league race during SEC basketball media days Wednesday. Mickey, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, was a second-team All-SEC pick and member of the All-Freshman team last year after… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott

Each week, Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, breaks down the top candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. 1. DAK PRESCOTT, QB, Mississippi State Open dates are never a plus for a player’s Heisman candidacy, which is very much a what-have-you-done-lately award. But Prescott’s hopes are definitely bolstered by the fact… Continue reading →

LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory gets school-record 309th win

OXFORD, Miss. — The LSU volleyball team swept Ole Miss 28-26, 25-18, 25-20 to extend its winning streak to six matches, giving coach Fran Flory her 309th victory to become the all-time wins leader in LSU volleyball history Wednesday night. It was the Rebels’ first home loss of the season With a balanced… Continue reading →

AP college picks: Michigan, Tennessee out to reverse ugly trends against rivals

Associated Press photo by TONY DING -- Michigan wide receiver Da'Mario Jones and teammates celebrate with fans in the student section of Michigan Stadium after the Wolverines' 18-13 win over Penn State last week.

The history and geography say rivalry games. Recent results suggest lopsided matchups. Tennessee hosts No. 4 Alabama on Saturday in a classic Southeastern Conference rivalry that the Crimson Tide has owned recently, winning seven straight. Michigan goes to No. 8 Michigan State in a rivalry that has flipped toward the Spartans, who have won five of six against the… Continue reading →

LSU forward Jordan Mickey named first-team preseason All-SEC; Tigers tabbed to finish fourth

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Jordan Mickey, joined by LSU basketball head coach Jonny Jones, announces to the media on Wednesday that he will stay at LSU rather than enter the NBA draft.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LSU forward Jordan Mickey was named a first-team preseason All-Southeastern Conference pick and the Tigers were chosen to finish fourth in the league race when media days came to a close Wednesday. Mickey, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, was a second-team All-SEC pick as a freshman after he averaged 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and led the… Continue reading →

LSU safety Jamal Adams has been making crushing blocks, tackles for years

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety Jamal Adams celebrates with teammate John Battle after the the Tigers defeated Florida 30-27 on Oct. 11.

Tre’Davious White awoke Sunday morning with a text message from LSU safety Jamal Adams. The message included a photo of Adams crushing Kentucky safety A.J. Stamps on a peelback block last Saturday that sprung White for a 67-yard touchdown on a punt return. “You’re welcome,” the message read with a smiley face attached. Adams’ smashing shot… Continue reading →

LSU’s backfield is catching on recently as the team's most-used receivers

LSU fullback Melvin Jones (49) is run out of bounds on the 3-yard line by Florida linebacker Michael Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. LSU won the game 30-27. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LSU’s running backs and fullbacks are slowly becoming the team’s most-used receivers. No. 24 LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) enters Saturday night’s game against No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0) having completed as many passes to receivers (eight) as it has backs over the past two weeks. The Tigers’ passing problems — they’re in… Continue reading →

Ole Miss relies on tough defense for its rise toward top of SEC

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Ole Miss defensive end Marquis Haynes jars the ball loose from Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley during last week’s game in Oxford, Miss. The Rebels face LSU on Saturday.

Statistics might not tell the whole story about how good No. 3 Ole Miss’ defense has been this season. But it’s certainly a good place to start. The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) are giving up just 10.6 points per game this season, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. Their 15 interceptions are tied for the… Continue reading →

Lady Tigers picked to finish seventh in preseason poll

Louisiana State's Raigyne Moncrief answers a question during a news conference at the Southeastern Conference women's basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LSU women’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference by a select media panel from around the league and the nation. The results of the poll were announced Tuesday as SEC Tipoff ’15, the league’s media days, got underway. Women’s coaches and players took center stage on the first day Tuesday… Continue reading →

LSU report: Volleyball team taking on Ole Miss

Tigers Take on Rebels Wednesday on SEC Network The LSU volleyball team closes out its longest road trip of the season at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Ole Miss at the Gillom Sports Complex in Oxford, Mississippi. The Tigers will be looking to extend their winning streak to six matches, while Ole Miss will… Continue reading →

LSU women’s basketball picked seventh in SEC

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU Women's Basketball coach Nikki Caldwell answers media questions during LSU Basketball Media Day Wednesday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LSU women’s basketball team has been picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference this season by a select media panel from around the league and nation. The results of the poll were announced Tuesday as the SEC Tipoff ’15 got underway. The women took center stage Tuesday with the men to follow… Continue reading →

Key matchups: Ole Miss at LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for a first down during the first half at Florida on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Gainesville.

LSU safety Jamal Adams vs. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace Ole Miss won’t come into Tiger Stadium on Saturday night with any secrets: The Rebels like to throw the ball. Ole Miss has the No. 3 passing offense in the Southeastern Conference, averaging 282 yards through the air. Wallace,… Continue reading →

LSU men, women head to SEC media days

The Southeastern Conference begins the countdown to the start of the college basketball season Tuesday and Wednesday with men’s and women’s coaches and players from all 14 schools taking part in SEC Tipoff ’15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two-day SEC basketball media days event was moved from Birmingham, Alabama, this year in part because of… Continue reading →

With Ole Miss’ stout run defense up next, Tigers’ passing game continues to struggle

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) leaves the field, checking the replay on the stadium scoreboard after an unsuccessful third down in the first half against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Several people came to Anthony Jennings’ side three weeks ago when the Tiger Stadium crowd rained boos down on LSU’s sophomore quarterback during his rough outing against New Mexico State. Former coaches, his parents, teammates and friends. One person stood out among the group: Matt Flynn. The ex-LSU quarterback called Jennings to offer… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: ‘College GameDay’ is Baton-Rouge bound for Ole Miss game

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a defensive stop agasint Kentucky, during the first half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming back to Baton Rouge. The network’s Saturday morning pregame show will broadcast live from LSU’s campus before the Tigers meet No. 3 Ole Miss at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN. The show will set up on the LSU Parade Grounds. GameDay is making its 10th trip to Baton Rouge in… Continue reading →

Less flash, but more wins for Ole Miss and QB Bo Wallace

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze knows quarterback Bo Wallace can throw for 300 or even close to 400 yards on just about any night. After all, Wallace has done it before. But the Rebels don’t need that right now. “Until something changes, we’re going to play to the strength of… Continue reading →

LSU report: Tigers volleyball team upsets No. 12 Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — With an 11-match and seven-match Southeastern Conference winning streak on the line, the No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats rolled through the first two sets of Sunday’s match, but the LSU volleyball team refused to quit, taking the final three to win 22-25, 15-25, 26-24, 25-9, 16-14 to end Kentucky’s and push LSU’s winning… Continue reading →

They're back: LSU returns to the rankings at No. 23 in the coaches poll, No. 24 in the AP Top 25 poll

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) busts up the middle for good yardage during the 4th quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 41-3.

LSU has returned to the top 25. The Tigers, absent from the polls for two weeks, are No. 23 in the latest coaches poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press top 25, both released Sunday. LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern) has rebounded from an 0-2 conference hole to win two straight… Continue reading →

Bradley Dale Peveto’s crew turns in something special as LSU manhandles Kentucky 41-3

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Tre'Davious White (16) is all alone in the last yards of his 67-yard  first-quarter punt return for a  touchdown, accompanied by wingmen John Diarse (9) and Donnie Alexander (48), on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Baton Rouge.

Bradley Dale Peveto, LSU’s normally jolly, talkative special teams coordinator, stood near the goal posts at the north end of Tiger Stadium and had trouble speaking. Oh, yes. This was something special. LSU’s special teams followed a bumbling performance at Florida last week with a stunning display Saturday night. The group ignited a big early… Continue reading →

LSU Postgame: Tigers 41, Kentucky 3

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Terrence Magee breaks up the middle through the Kentucky defense  Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

. Bradley Dale Peveto, LSU’s normally jolly, talkative special teams coordinator, stood near the goal posts at the north end of Tiger Stadium and had trouble speaking. Oh yes – this was something special. LSU’s special teams unit followed a bumbling performance at Florida last week with a stunning display Saturday night. The group… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Colby Delahoussaye kicks his way into the LSU record book

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye (42) kicks a PAT against Kentucky during the second half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

LSU sophomore kicker Colby Delahoussaye, a former walk-on, added his name — at least temporarily — to the school’s record book Saturday night in the 41-3 win over Kentucky when he connected on a 21-yard field goal with 7:30 left in the first quarter. Delahoussaye went into the game 18-of-19 in field goals for his career. He needed one… Continue reading →

LSU’s Terrence Magee plays starring role, leads Tigers by Kentucky

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Blake McClain grabs the facemask of LSU’s Terrence Magee on the opening kickoff. Magee returned that kick 49 yards to set up a quick touchdown.

After allowing an average of 259.5 rushing yards earlier this season against Florida and South Carolina, the Kentucky defense was determined not to let LSU freshman tailback Leonard Fournette beat them Saturday night. OK, Fournette didn’t, but senior Terrence Magee did. The Wildcats did a decent job of bottling up Fournette and dropping him in his tracks almost… Continue reading →