2013 finale rallying cry for LSU volleyball team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU volleyball player Malorie Pardo talks with reporters during LSU volleyball and soccer's media day Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The LSU volleyball season doesn’t start on Aug. 29 against No. 14 San Diego, at least not according to LSU coach Fran Flory. It didn’t kick off on Tuesday’s media day, either. It all began in Seattle, at the Alaska Airlines Arena on Dec. 7, after the Tigers’ loss to No. 3-ranked Washington in the NCAA… Continue reading →

Season-ending 6-game skid motivator for LSU soccer

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU soccer player Alex Arlitt, speaks with the media Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU’s soccer team entered the final three weeks of the 2013 season riding atop the Southeastern Conference standings with an undefated mark through six games and seemingly destined for postseason play. That was until disaster struck. The Tigers (9-9-2) didn’t win another match, suffering five straight conference defeats to close the regular season and were eliminated… 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 →

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 →

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 →

LSU’s SEC basketball slate unveiled

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELDLSU coach Johnny Jones signals to his players against Arkansas last season at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The LSU men’s basketball team finally learned the dates and times for its 18-game Southeastern Conference schedule for this season Friday night when the entire 2014-15 league slate was revealed on the SEC Network. All of the Tigers’ 18 regular-season league matchups will be on television on the ESPN family of networks, SEC Network, CBS or Fox… Continue reading →

Zach Mettenberger has memorable night for Titans

Associated Press photo by Bill HaberNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, center, talks to quarterback Logan Kilgore and Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger in Friday's preseason in New Orleans.

There may be no reason to remember the Titans, but Tennessee rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger did provide a few keepsake moments Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. For one, his 64-yard pass to wide receiver Justin Hunter with 2:34 remaining in the second quarter marked his first touchdown toss in the NFL and gave the Titans a… 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 →

Dwayne Thomas is the central figure of LSU's Mustang package

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Dwayne Thomas (13), on ground, attempted to block LSU safety Jamal Adams (33), right, during a practice drill as LSU's veterans practiced with some freshmen.

Dwayne Thomas was frustrated. On three straight plays out of the Mustang package, LSU’s defense and its blitzing defensive back, Thomas, failed to get to the quarterback — the primary goal in defensive coordinator John Chavis’ famed defensive formation. Arkansas walked to the line of scrimmage for Play No. 4. This time, Thomas thought,… 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 →

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 →

Russell Gage living the dream at LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive back Russell Gage makes the stop on defensive back Tre'Davious White who carries the ball during drills at LSU's veterans practice last week.

Say this for former Redemptorist standout Russell Gage — now a freshman cornerback at LSU — he’s meshed very well with his new teammates in the secondary. During several interview sessions at LSU’s media day, Gage was often the subject of good-natured fun from fellow freshmen Jamal Adams, John Battle, Ed Paris and sophomore Rickey Jefferson.… Continue reading →

LSU Notes: Tigers mum on QBs after scrimmage; Thomas could return

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris throws to a receiver in a drill during the first preseason practice for incoming LSU freshmen at LSU's Charles McClendon Practice Fields, Monday, August 4, 2014.

Avery Peterson and Travin Dural caught touchdown passes during LSU’s first scrimmage of the fall camp Wednesday. Who threw them? That remains a secret. LSU had a 26-play scrimmage in Tiger Stadium following normal drills Wednesday, the first live game-like situation of fall camp. Reporters were not allowed to view the scrimmage, relying on the word… Continue reading →

SEC Network poised to make historic launch

Associated Press photo by CHUCK BURTON -- Tim Tebow answers a question during an interview on the set of ESPN's new SEC Network in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 6, 2014.

With all the focus on Thursday’s debut of the SEC Network, ESPN’s Dan Margulis said the joke around the network studios in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been “What will we do Aug. 15?” Of course, there is a plan. The SEC Network is no one-off media event, like a single game or a concert. Thursday merely marks… Continue reading →

LSU spends time, resources to get ready for SEC Network

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The SEC Network launches Thursday. Kevin Wagner, Asst. AD of Television Operations at LSU, is among the racks of computer servers and electronics that operate the system.

At LSU, Kevin Wagner has spent his summer ripping out old TV production equipment, fitting out two control rooms with state-of-the-art gear and installing a new TV studio that can be remote-controlled from hundreds or thousands of miles away. It’s all in preparation for the SEC Network, the highly anticipated channel that will broadcast Southeastern Conference sports, news… Continue reading →

LSU to play two games on ESPN's Super Tuesday package

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD --  LSU coach Johnny Jones

The 2014-15 schedule for the LSU men’s basketball team continues to come out in dribs and drabs. One day after finding out the start time for their Dec. 4 game at West Virginia in the Southeastern Conference-Big 12 Challenge, the Tigers learned that they will be part of ESPN’s nine-game Super Tuesday package twice this season,… Continue reading →

Ross Dellenger's Twitter mailbag

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings fields questions from the media during LSU Football's annual media day at the LSU's Anderson-Feazel Indoor Field, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Twitter Mailbag is a new blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.… Continue reading →

Kenny Hilliard says he still has job to do at LSU

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU freshman quarterback Brandon Harris fakes a hand off to senior running back Kenny Hilliard during practice at LSU's Charles McClendon practice fields, Thursday, August 7, 2014.

After watching former teammate Michael Ford make the Chicago Bears roster as an undrafted free agent last summer, it would have been rather easy for LSU running back Kenny Hilliard to think about making the leap to the NFL, too. Then again, it was just the opposite for Hilliard. It was real easy for him to come back… Continue reading →

Leonard Fournette's recognition leads to good-natured fun at LSU

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman running back Leonard Fournette makes a catch in a drill during the first preseason practice for incoming LSU freshmen Monday at LSU's Charles McClendon practice felds.

As the nation’s No. 1 recruit, freshman running back Leonard Fournette knew he would get some good-natured ribbing from his new teammates — and they haven’t disappointed. Fournette said he’s had people on campus ask to take a photo with him, which sparked playful reaction from some of the team’s veterans. “The older guys kind of mock… Continue reading →