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A pair of NFL scouting evaluators told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that they see LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette as a better pro prospect than Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley.

Gurley was selected 10th in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Rams, who have subsequently locked him in a dungeon of sad three-yard gains. Fournette could well follow in the footsteps of Gurley and Zeke Elliott, both of whom landed as top-10 picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts, respectively. Fournette failed to top 1,000 yards rushing this season, though that is only due to a nagging ankle injury which forced him to miss multiple contests. Expect plenty of comps to all-universe backs such as Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson over the coming months.
Dec 5 - 6:05 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette will enter the 2017 NFL draft.

Even so, he intends to play in the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette checks in as Todd McShay's No. 1 overall prospect and Mel Kiper's No. 2. Fournette is a classic north-south runner, a big, thundering back with rare acceleration and explosion. He's been compared to Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson. If there's a minor squabble, it might be with durability. Fournette has received 657 touches over three years on campus and missed four games this year with an ankle injury. To be fair, Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns on 300 attempts without missing a contest as a sophomore last year.
Source: ESPN
Dec 5 - 2:18 PM

LSU senior ILB Kendell Beckwith will miss the school's bowl game against Louisville due to a knee injury suffered in the November loss to Florida.

Beckwith hurt his LCL in spring practice, but no details have been released for the latest injury. Beat writer Ross Dellenger did call it "serious." Beckwith somewhat surprisingly returned for the 2016 season and played at a high level. He joins an impressive group of linebackers int he 2017 NFL Draft and has been invited to the Senior Bowl, if healthy enough to play.
Dec 5 - 9:56 AM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette wants to play in the school's bowl game despite dealing with the nagging ankle injury that has sidelined him for four games.

Head coach Ed Orgeron said Fournette has been in every team meeting, wanting to get on the field. Orgeron considers the star running back day-to-day for the bowl game against Louisville. This will be Fournette's last collegiate contest.
Dec 5 - 9:40 AM

Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark says LSU junior S Jamal Adams invokes legendary Steelers star Troy Polamalu.

Clark recently told Pittsburgh Steelers scout Mark Gorscak his opinion. "I told him not to compare this kid to Troy Polamalu, because Troy is my favorite player I ever played with," Clark told MMQB. "But Jamal has that same explosion and instincts. He feels the game the same way Troy did." Adams (6-foot-1, 213 pounds) is expected to declare for the Draft after the season.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 2 - 4:13 PM

An NFC executive says LSU junior S Jamal Adams "is my favorite player in the country."

"He is all over the field and everyone at LSU raves about his character," the exec said. The 6-foot-1, 213-pounder is a top-10 possibility this spring. "I'm a huge fan of Adams' skill set, versatility and toughness," Daniel Jeremiah wrote. "He's always around the ball and there's no 'pause' in his play. He sees it and cuts it loose without hesitation. Great football player."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 1 - 6:01 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports former LSU head coach Les Miles and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin have emerged as candidates for the Houston coaching vacancy.

McMuprhy's source notes Miles always recruited the Texas area while at LSU, so pipelines might still be fertile in the area. Perhaps most importantly, McMurphy says Purdue is "no longer a possibility" for Miles, a school that was heavily linked to the former LSU coach. Kiffin's name has also been brought up as Ed Orgeron's offensive coordinator, a lateral but likely higher paying job.
Source: ESPN
Dec 1 - 10:21 AM

LSU WR Travin Dural was invited to the Senior Bowl.

Dural injured his hand prior to the season, missing a large portion of team activities. He also was honest in his admission to gaining 30 pounds earlier in the offseason due to a torn right hamstring that ended his 2015 season early. Dural, however, has plenty of talent when on the field. LSU's passing game leaves plenty to be desired, but it would not be surprising to see Dural improve once in the NFL with more opportunities.
Nov 30 - 11:42 AM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that LSU DC Dave Aranda's three-year extension will make him the highest-paid coordinator in college football.

While some things will no doubt change with LSU under Ed Orgeron -- the team is reportedly interested in bringing Bama's Lane Kiffin on as offensive coordinator -- Aranda won't be shuffled out the door any time soon. On Monday, the defensive wizard was awarded a fresh three-year contract (apparently a hefty one, at that) to remain on staff. The exact monetary figures of that contract have yet to come to light.
Source: FOX Sports
Nov 29 - 6:45 PM

LSU received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 S Caden Sterns.

Sterns becomes the first recruit to fall in line for Ed Orgeron since the interim head coaching tag was lifted over the weekend. He indicated that he only made his commitment because LSU will be keeping Oregron at the helm of the ship. Said Sterns, "I was in for Coach O because he deserves that job. There’s no better coach; you can just tell the passion he has for the game. As soon as he got the job, I was pulling the trigger." The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 41 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Nov 28 - 4:36 PM

LSU DC Dave Aranda has accepted a new three-year contract from the school.

The only surprising aspect of this news is that Aranda, one of the sport's truly elite coordinators, isn't gunning for a head coaching gig this cycle. Credit HC Ed Orgeron and LSU athletic director Joe Alleva for moving quickly to secure Aranda's commitment following his recent Broyles Award nomination. "We have some great coaches on our staff right now, led by Dave Aranda," Orgeron said. "He is the best coordinator in football." The 8-4 Tigers are No. 7 in scoring defense (16.4 PPG) and No. 12 in total defense (323 YPG).
Source: ESPN
Nov 28 - 3:11 PM

LSU hired Ed Orgeron as head coach.

The Tigers removed Coach O's interim tag following the Thanksgiving win over Texas A&M. Orgeron went 5-2 as the interim coach after replacing longtime coach Les Miles. His ascension to the permanent post is a surprising turn after LSU had appeared to narrow its sites on Houston's Tom Herman and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher. Orgeron, however, rallied due to the strong start that galvanized support from both the team and also its rabid fan base. We'll see if Orgeron has learned new tricks since going 10-25 between 2005-2007 at Ole Miss. He went 6-2 at USC as a post-Lane Kiffin interim coach during the 2013 season. According to FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman, Orgeron's presentation to LSU AD Joe Alleva included a plan to poach Alabama OC Lane Kiffin, one of his good friends, for LSU's offensive coordinating gig. Stay tuned.
Nov 26 - 12:59 PM

Football Scoop reports LSU will hire Ed Orgeron as the school's permanent head coach, removing the interim label.

The report was confirmed by beat writer Ross Dellenger. A press conference is scheduled for 1:00 ET. It has been a long road for Ed Orgeron since the 2013 season, when he took over as USC's interim head coach. Many advocated for the passionate defensive line coach to be hired full-time, but that did not work out. He joined Les Miles' staff at LSU in 2015 and took over as interim head coach after Miles' firing. LSU played their final game of the regular season on Thursday in a win over Texas A&M, bringing their record to 7-4. Orgeron has full-time head coaching experience in the SEC with Ole Miss in 2005-2007, but the Tigers will obviously look different next year with so many players moving on to the NFL. Tom Herman's name was frequently mentioned with the LSU opening.
Nov 26 - 8:45 AM

LSU sophomore RB Derrius Guice rushed for 285 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries in the school's 54-33 stomping of Texas A&M.

Each time Guice has filled in for Leonard Fournette, who sat out this game, we have said Guice is one of the most talented running backs in the country. He will be able to show that in a full-time role next season. Guice went over 1,000 rushing yards on the season thanks to this contest.
Nov 24 - 11:17 PM

LSU sophomore DE Arden Key will miss Thursday's game against Texas A&M due to a shoulder injury.

Key is two sacks shy of setting LSU's single season record, so unless bowl games count he will not get it. Key currently sits at 10 sacks, the record is 12. He set a goal of 20 prior to the season. He is only a second year player, so Key will have another crack at it next year.
Nov 24 - 7:43 PM


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