LSU basketball gets more TV assignments, game times

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD --  LSU coach Johnny Jones signals to players during the game between LSU and Arkansaslast season at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

Television networks and start times for 10 more LSU men’s basketball games for the upcoming season were announced Wednesday by the Southeastern Conference office. While most of the nonconference games and league schedule were announced in August, broadcast arrangements and tipoff times for several games still had to be worked out. In addition to games announced… Continue reading →

Tigers’ depth at linebacker pays off

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU linebacker Duke Riley, right, and defensive back Rashard Robinson take down UL-Monroe tight end Harley Scioneaux during the Tigers' 31-0 win Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Riley had eight tackles in the game.

LSU linebacker Duke Riley learned he would make his first college start on Thursday, just two days before the Tigers’ game with Louisiana-Monroe. Deion Jones received the same notification Saturday morning — less than 12 hours before kickoff. Like many of LSU’s backups eagerly awaiting their opportunity, you would never have known if they were… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Chemistry’s to blame for offensive line’s inconsistency, Vadal Alexander says

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU center Elliott Porter (55) and tackle Vadal Alexander prepare to block UL-Monroe linebacker Ray Stovall during the first quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

Chemistry is needed, left guard Vadal Alexander said. Through three games, LSU’s offensive line hasn’t quite lived up to its preseason hype. The veteran, experienced unit has struggled at times to create holes and block pass-rushers, especially in the first half of games. What’s the deal? “Just better chemistry as a whole, among other things.… Continue reading →

Matchups to watch in Mississippi State’s visit to LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws downfield as UL-M linebacker Ray Stovall (90) applies pressure during the second quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 31-0.

QB Dak Prescott vs. LSU’s linebackers The Mississippi State junior has everything a coach wants in a dual-threat QB: At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, he provides matchup issues galore. Prescott has rushed for 273 yards and two touchdowns on 40 attempts. He thrives on first down, rushing for two touchdowns… Continue reading →

Film Room: Advocate’s Ross Dellenger breaks down the key plays in LSU’s victory over Louisiana-Monroe

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention. Enter the Film Room here.… Continue reading →

LSU’s reliance on the running game reaches a new high under Les Miles

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Terrence Magee (18) battles for yardage as ULM's Mitch Lane (7), Hunter Kissinger (48) and Joey Gautney (99) apply pressure during the second half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Baton Rouge. LSU won 31-0.

A quarter of the way through the season, LSU’s offensive identity is becoming clear: 4 yards and a cloud of you-know-what. Averaging 4.3 yards per carry, the Tigers have run the ball more times (157) than all but six other teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. They’re running almost three times more often than they’re passing… Continue reading →

LSU’s Anthony Jennings strengthens grip on top quarterback job

Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is pursued by a host of UL-Monroe defenders after a good gain in the first quarter Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

Some observers entered the season believing LSU would employ a two-quarterback system. Others predicted true freshman Brandon Harris would eventually overtake opening-day starter Anthony Jennings. Judging by Saturday night’s developments, it appears Jennings may be strengthening his grip on the QB job. Jennings got his third straight start to begin his sophomore season, and unlike in… Continue reading →

Tigers backs struggle at start, break loose in second half

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Darrel Williams celebrates his touchdown run during the second quarter Saturday at Tiger Stadium. Williams had seven carries for 37 yards and two touchdowns.

Everyone remembers the Heisman celebration. When LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette rumbled 4 yards into the end zone for his first career touchdown and struck the infamous pose, he immediately became the talk of both local and national media. Fournette was the star. It’s a tag that comes with being the No. 1 recruit in the… Continue reading →

LSU 31, UL-Monroe 0: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter, left, and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux celebrate during the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

That this year’s LSU defense isn’t the inconsistent, sometimes messy one of last season. Even with starters missing — LBs Kwon Alexander and Lamar Louis didn’t play — the unit put up a goose egg for a second straight game, the first time that’s happened since 1985. But enough about the D. The offense… Continue reading →

UP NEXT FOR LSU: Mississippi State

Mississippi State at LSU WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Tiger Stadium TV: ESPN RADIO: WDGL-FM 98.1 (Baton Rouge); WWL-AM 870 and WWWL-FM 105.3 (New Orleans); KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Lafayette) Scouting report The Bulldogs haven’t won in Tiger… Continue reading →

How they scored

First quarter LSU: Colby Delahoussaye 21 field goal at 3:20. DRIVE: 12 plays, 45 yards, 5:41. KEY PLAYS: Drive set up on 26-yard punt return by Tre’Davious White to midfield. Kenny Hilliard 3-yard run on third-and-2 to Louisiana-Monroe 39. Anthony Jennings 14-yard pass to Travin Dural to ULM 23. Jennings 23-yard pass to… Continue reading →

Dak Prescott’s triple threat lifts Bulldogs

MOBILE, Ala. — Dak Prescott rushed, threw and caught a touchdown pass for the second time in his career as Mississippi State downed South Alabama 35-3 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Prescott was 13-of-21 passing for 201 yards and a touchdown. He carried the ball 14 times for 139 yards and another score. The… Continue reading →

LSU approves 3-year deal for Athletic Director Joe Alleva

In this December 2009 file photo,  LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva listens on speaker phone as officials of the Capital One Bowl extends an invitation to LSU to play in the 2010 Capital One Bowl.

The LSU Board of Supervisors approved a three-year extension for Athletic Director Joe Alleva on Friday. The Advocate reported last Saturday that the school had proposed a contract extension. Alleva’s new contract runs through June 2019. The committee approved the extension with no discussion. “There’s a lot of success to be proud of,” board… Continue reading →

UL-Monroe at LSU: Four Downs

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's mascot, Mike the Tiger, cheers as the cheerleaders spell 'Tigers

Travin Dural received about 15 stitches to his forehead after a car accident over the weekend. He returned to practice Wednesday, coach Les Miles said, and the coach said he’ll play. Still, his status is in doubt. Dural had trouble wearing his helmet early in the week. Sure, LSU is playing UL-Monroe, but Dural is… Continue reading →

UL-Monroe at LSU: Predictions

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- John Larkin Turner, 8, of Mer Rouge, watches from the lawn of the Journalism Building, as the LSU players come down the hill Sept. 6  before the Tigers' game against Sam Houston State at Tiger Stadium.

The big play has been LSU’s staple for success. Against Wisconsin, we saw touchdowns of 80, 36 and 28 yards. Last week, the Tigers had scores of 94, 28 and 46 yards. They’ve rarely marched down the field for a clock-eating drive. They might have to do that against good defenses. That problem won’t be had… Continue reading →

UL-Monroe quarterback Pete Thomas finds his happy place

Associated Press photo by DACIA IDOM -- Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Pete Thomas  fakes a handoff to Tyler Cain against Wake Forest on Aug. 28 in Monroe.

“Championship” — that best sums up senior quarterback Pete Thomas’ goal in his final collegiate season at the Louisiana-Monroe. The fifth-year senior established that as his goal early on in his time as a Warhawk. So far, that goal is looking good, having helped to lead his team to an undefeated overall record. “We haven’t played a… Continue reading →

Get ready for Week 3 in the SEC:

Associated Press photo by DAVID GOLDMAN -- Georgia's Todd Gurley, right, runs the ball in the first half against Clemson on Aug. 30 in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday WHERE: Vanderbilt Stadium (39,790), Nashville, Tenn. TV: Fox SERIES: Vanderbilt leads 2-0. BETTING LINE: Vanderbilt -17 STAT THAT MATTERS: Through two games, Vanderbilt’s offense has totaled only 445 yards, or 222.5 total offensive yards per game. The Commodores average 3.9 yards per play. NOTES: The term “ugly” doesn’t truly… Continue reading →

LSU wide receiver John Diarse steps into Jarvis Landry’s pivotal role

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver John Diarse (9) sidesteps Wisconsin cornerback Devin Gaulden (4) and Wisconsin outside linebacker Joe Schobert (58) to score during the second half at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU won 28-24.

John Diarse would hear the knock on his bedroom door late on a Sunday evening or in the middle of the night. He’d open it to always find the same person: Jarvis Landry, his roommate and fellow LSU receiver. “Hey, let’s go catch,” Landry would say. If it wasn’t a midnight trip to LSU’s… Continue reading →