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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes LSU junior S Jalen Mills "playing at safety has raised some questions and hurt his draft stock."

"Mills is still supremely talented and was stamped with early round grades by some scouts, but playing at safety has raised some questions and hurt his draft stock," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 194 pound Mills, made the switch to free safety this year, after starting the first games of his college career at cornerback. Although Mills record seven tackles in the game, Brugler notes that it's "clear he's still adjusting to the switch," but his "missed tackles stood out more as he struggled with his downhill angles."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 3:48 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that back-up LSU junior LB Deion Jones is an "explosive striker" who flashes on tape and should see more playing time.

"LSU LB Deion Jones has flashed as well. Easy mover/closes in hurry. Explosive striker. A back-up but expect him to see more PT down the line," Weidl tweeted. Against Louisiana-Monroe, the 6-foot-1, 220 pound linebacker made his first career start in place of Kwon Alexander. Over the past two seasons, Jones has made a name for himself making devastating tackles on kickoff coverage for the Tigers.
Sep 18 - 3:43 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes it's tough to "find a better CB tandem than LSU's junior Jalen Collins and sophomore Tre'Davious White.

"You'll be hard pressed to find a better CB tandem than LSUs Jalen Collins and T. White. Quickly falling in love with Collins," Weidl tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 205 pound Collins can run for a CB his size and is one of the best athletes on the LSU roster. Coming out of Olive Branch high school in Mississippi, Collins was rated as one of the top 30 cornerbacks. Weidl also added, that the LSU prospect "has a chance to be big time" and calls Collins an "explosive athlete with size" that is "physical and a hard edge setter vs run."
Sep 17 - 5:14 PM

Sports Illustrated reports LSU true freshman DT Travonte Valentine might not play this season even if his eligibility is green-lighted by the SEC.

Valentine has been awaiting his eligibility status after stepping foot on campus in poor high school academic standing. "Valentine, who at one time was purportedly 6-3 and 325 pounds, showed up in Baton Rouge extremely overweight, according to a source," Sports Illustrated reported. "The combination of needing to lose weight and the SEC’s ongoing review of his academic credentials makes him a likely candidate to redshirt this season." Valentine was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse late last month, a decision that shocked many. "If Travonte Valentine qualifies there’s something wrong," a source said, saying Valentine had very few high school credits entering his junior year. "It’s not humanly possible." The athletic 6-foot-3, 325-pounder was rated as the No. 34 overall player in his class by 247Sports.com.
Sep 15 - 9:56 PM

LSU redshirt sophomore WR Travin Dural will play against Louisiana-Monroe despite suffering injuries in a car accident last weekend.

"He will be fine," head coach Les Miles said Wednesday. "He practiced today with a helmet. He will play in this game." Dural suffered a "soft tissue injury" to his forehead which required stitches. He has recorded six catches for 291 yards and two touchdowns thus far this season.
Source: Fox Sports
Sep 11 - 9:19 AM

The Advocate reports that an arraignment date has been scheduled on October 14th for LSU S Jalen Mills on simple battery charge, according to court documents.

Back in May, the 6-foot-1, 194 pound Mills, was charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, for allegedly striking a woman at his apartment complex. The LSU prospect plans to plead not guilty. The warrant states, the woman Mills punched needed four stitches to her lip after she knocked on Mills’ door looking for a friend. LSU suspended Mills indefinitely after the incident, but allowed the junior to return to practice after his second degree battery charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. Mills has started the last two games at safety and had a big interception in the season-opening win over Wisconsin.
Sep 10 - 3:02 PM

The Baton Rouge Advertiser reports that LSU sophomore WR Travin Dural was injured in a car accident late Saturday night.

The 6-foot-2, 192 pound wideout, only suffered minor injuries, as he bumped his head when the car he was in was hit from behind. Dural received stitches to his forehead and was held out of practice on Monday and Tuesday. LSU's deep threat receiver is off to a monster start to his season, with 291 receiving yards on six catches. Dural currently leads the nation with 48.5 yards per catch and is second in the nation with four touchdowns.
Sep 10 - 2:18 PM

One college football assistant that faces LSU this season told Sports Illustrated freshman RB Leonard Fournette is "no Heisman."

"You want to build your reputation up as a player," the assistant said. "If you’re going to get crowned, let someone else do it." Fournette received ridiculous buzz heading into his true freshman season, and some of it seemingly went to his head during a touchdown celebration when he struck the infamous Heisman pose. Fournette rushed for 92 yards on 13 carries in the game.
Sep 9 - 9:49 AM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette had 92 rushing yards on 13 carries in Saturday's 56-0 victory over Sam Houston State.

Tigers' HC Les Miles used this opportunity against a lackluster opponent to give Fournette some work. The nation's No. 1 recruit will have to continue sharing carries with Darrel Williams (14 in this game) and Kenny Hilliard (11). The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette was held to 18 yards on eight carries in last week's game against Wisconsin.
Sep 8 - 12:52 AM

The Advocate reports that LSU backup junior QB Jared Foster will reportedly have surgery on Monday to repair a broken left foot.

The 6-foot-0, 197 pound Foster, originally earned a spot on the LSU football team as a walk on as a freshman and then left the team to join the LSU baseball team. With three quarterbacks transferring from LSU in the offseason, Les Miles asked Foster to rejoin the football team. Now that Foster is injured and possible done for the year, it leaves LSU with sophomore starter Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris as the only remaining scholarship quarterbacks on the LSU football team.
Sep 6 - 12:42 PM

LSU freshman WR Malachi Dupre, a former No. 1 WR recruit, returned to practice this week after recovering from an ankle injury.

Dupre did not make the trip for last week's game against Wisconsin. LSU's passing offense had its fair share of struggles against the Badgers, but Travin Dural finished with 151 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. After it being a focal point of the offense, the school's aerial offense will almost certainly take a step back this year.
Sep 5 - 2:18 PM

LSU's starting senior C Elliott Porter missed the school's season opener, and a report from The Advocate says it is due to a suspension.

The two game suspension is a result of abnormalities in Porter's pay from a summer job, according to Ross Dellenger. Porter's suspension will be up after the Tigers' home debut against Sam Houston State, however. Ethan Pocic started the season opener and it is unclear who will start once porter returns. The latter started 12 games last year.
Sep 5 - 1:53 PM

LSU redshirt junior DT Quentin Thomas is playing with a torn right bicep, but will still need surgery eventually.

"Within three days, I was doing things I wasn't supposed to be able to do. I had full motion, I could lock it out, I was carrying stuff," Thomas said. So the trainers did another strength test and it was no different than before I hurt it." The muscle is still torn, however, Thomas has a high pain threshold and is playing through it. He told reporters he will continue to play since LSU is in a good "position" this season.
Sep 4 - 1:27 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes LSU redshirt sophomore OT Jerald Hawkins "has terrific next level ability."

"Hawkins shows some inconsistency in his game but he too has terrific next level ability," Pauline wrote. "Hawkins is bigger and stronger compared to Collins and though he lacks smooth footwork in pass protection, he does enough to knock pass rushers from the action. Graded as a third rounder, I could see Hawkins moving into the initial 45 picks if he continues to improve." As Pauline notes, LSU's right tackle at times looked confused and slow last season. Of course, he was only a redshirt freshman. Scouts will be looking for improvement this fall.
Sep 3 - 5:47 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says that many have called LSU senior LT La'El Collins a first-round pick, and some have called him the best senior OT, but he disagrees.

"I gave Collins high grades off his 2012 campaign when he lined up at guard but saw little improvement last year after he moved to left tackle," Pauline wrote. "In fact at times his play seemed to regress. He’s athletic, quick and easily moves his 320lb-plus frame around the field. That being the case Collins is also a narrow based blocker who lacks balance and constantly flails around the field. I like his upside but feel Collins needs to refine his technique. I’m also not sold he’s a tackle for the next level and feel he’s better suited at guard." Even as a guard, Pauline rates Collins as a Round 2 prospect. We like the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Collins' athleticism and physical tools.
Sep 2 - 8:51 PM


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