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ESPN's Edward Aschoff believes that LSU freshman QB Myles Brennan has a legitimate shot to push Danny Etling for the starting job in August camp.

Brennan is just arriving on campus now, so he will need to make a quick acclimation if he realistically wants to challenge Etling, but Aschoff sees the 6-foot-4, 172-pounder as potentially the best fit in OC Matt Canada's offense. "Brennan was one of the top pro-style passers in the 2017 class, and he will get every chance to win the starting spot," the analyst writes. Brennan offers elite fundamentals and a strong pocket presence, though he will need to add bulk to his frame, particularly given the rough-and-tumble conference he is about to enter.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 3:50 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman tagged LSU four-star 2019 verbal G commit Kardell Thomas as the No. 1 offensive line performer at a Rivals 3 Stripe Camp.

Thomas showed up -- and showed out -- at the New Orleans camp. Wrote Friedman of the 6-foot-4, 328-pounder, "The phenomenal performance Thomas turned in at the New Orleans Rivals Camp produced many highlight reel blocks. He dominated the competition in a way none of the Rivals Camp participants did throughout the series." The Baton Rouge native initially committed to LSU last summer.
Source: Rivals
May 27 - 1:47 PM

LSU DC Dave Aranda said that the coaching staff will try to clarify the playing future of junior edge rusher Arden Key when they meet next week.

"Arden's looking good. We get back together next week with a full staff. ... I anticipate at that time that we'll hear about Arden's direction and where he's going and whether he'll be with us or not," Aranda said. He added, "I'm very hopeful he will be." The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder -- a potential top-10 pick next spring -- left the team for personal reasons in mid-February. He tweeted in late April that he had no plans of sitting out the 2017 season and his father indicated that his absence is not due to injury. "I think we have a defense with Arden and a defense without Arden. There's two very separate entities there," Aranda said. "I'm pulling for the one with."
Source: AL.com
May 26 - 6:37 PM

NFL.com named LSU junior CB Donte Jackson the fastest player in college football.

We're not going to argue. Jackson has clocked a 4.24s 40-yard dash. But that's just the start. He posted a 10.22s 100-meter dash last month at the SEC Relays, and a 6.63s 60-meter dash at the 2016 SEC Indoor Championships. His track coach at LSU, Dennis Shaver, has compared Jackson to former Tigers speedster Trindon Holliday, while former teammate and Jets first-round pick Jamal Adams has described Jackson's speed as "God-given." The 5-foot-11, 173-pound Jackson will assume Tre'Davious White's role as LSU's top cornerback this fall.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 2:20 PM

LSU coach Ed Orgeron announced earlier this month that senior ILB Donnie Alexander (shoulder) will likely miss most of summer workouts.

Alexander is still recovering from the surgery he underwent to repair a torn shoulder labrum last month. Coach O thinks he'll be back for fall camp.
May 25 - 1:04 PM

When LSU HC Ed Orgeron was asked what LSU redshirt senior QB Danny Etling needs to be this season, he said: "game manager."

Coach O has praised Etling this spring, but he's well aware of what Etling's ceiling is. Etling heads into the summer hoping to hold off talented youngsters Lindsey Scott, Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan to keep the job. LSU is built to win now, with a superb defense and stud running back Derrius Guice, so Etling's limited-but-reliable style and veteran status makes him the man to beat in OC Matt Canada's first LSU offense. "Danny has practiced with the first team. Nobody has beaten him out yet. Guys are very close," Orgeron said. "We still haven't seen Myles Brennan. Danny's a guy who can go into the game, manage the game, make the short throws, make the checks, be a leader out there, have great pocket awareness. Those are the things we want him to do. He's also very good at throwing the deep ball."
May 24 - 5:24 PM

LSU coach Ed Orgeron is "optimistic" that sophomore edge rusher Sci Martin (knee) will be ready for Week 1.

Martin suffered a serious knee injury during the first week of spring practices. As a true freshman last year, he played in five games as Arden Key's backup (in the "buck" role as an OLB/DE hybrid in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s 3-4 scheme). Since Martin hasn't used his redshirt, LSU may elect to sit him in 2017 and save a season of eligibility if he's not healed in time.
May 24 - 4:57 PM

ESPN's Sam Khan believes LSU freshman ILB Jacob Phillips could make an immediate impact for the Tigers.

The Tigers have only two scholarship inside linebackers at the moment. That'll change this summer when Phillips and two other freshman linebackers enroll. "Phillips has the kind of size (6-3, 226 pounds) and ability (No. 141 overall in the 2017 ESPN 300; No. 3 nationally among inside linebackers) to contribute immediately at a need position," wrote Khan.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 2:10 PM

LSU redshirt sophomore RB Lanard Fournette was arrested for using a fake I.D. to gamble at a casino.

Lanard is Leonard's younger brother and has carried the ball five times for 13 yards. Among offenses, this one is very minor. Do not expect Fournette to miss time over this.
Source: WWLTV
May 23 - 10:22 AM

LSU HC Ed Orgeron said that sophomore DT Rashard Lawrence "is a starter now."

"He solidified that position. Along with being a starter, he has a 4.0 grade point average, one of the top players in the state. I'm excited about him," Orgeron said of the 6-foot-3, 309-pounder. He was a five-star recruit for the 2016 cycle and ranked as ESPN's No. 12 overall prospect in the class. SEC Country's Oliver Connolly sees Lawrence as a potential breakout candidate for the coming season, writing that he "looks the part of a future first-round pick." During limited action as a true freshman, Lawrence registered six tackles and a sack.
Source: SEC Country
May 18 - 5:15 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff reports that LSU junior CB Kevin Toliver II appears to be the Tigers' No. 1 corner.

The Tigers' plan is to move Donte Jackson inside to the slot when they're in the nickel defense. Throughout the spring, coach Ed Orgeron praised Toliver. A former five-star recruit, Toliver has struggled with injuries throughout his career.
May 17 - 2:28 PM

Former Texas Tech junior WR Jonathan Giles will transfer to LSU.

The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Giles was a Biletnikoff Award finalist last year after leading the Red Raiders in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,158), receiving touchdowns (13) and yards per catch (16.8). Almost inexplicably, he fell out of favor with the coaching staff late in the year and somehow left spring practices as a backup on the depth chart. That affront led to his transfer announcement, and Giles was unsurprisingly courted by a who's-who of college blue bloods. He made a strong choice in LSU, as the Tigers need firepower at WR in new OC Matt Canada's diverse, shift-heavy scheme. Giles must sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations, but he has two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.
May 15 - 7:15 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff believes LSU is still searching for their replacements for Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley.

Duke Riley stepped in for Deion Jones last season and became a star, exceeding everyone's expectations. It sounds like LSU is hoping for that to happen again. Donnie Alexander is the most veteran member of the group, but is coming off labrum surgery. Sophomore Devin White, Michael Divinity and a few others names have been brought up in the last few weeks.
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 10:43 AM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff advises to "keep an eye on" LSU redshirt freshman LB Rahssan Thornton.

"He has impressed coaches. With (Arden) Key out, Thornton spent some time in the edge-rushing position," Aschoff writes, "but he can also be a natural outside linebacker for the Tigers. That versatility will go a long way to help mask his inexperience. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle. He figures to be competing for playing time with fellow linebackers Corey Thompson and Devin Voorhies come the start of August camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 2:44 PM

Transferring Texas Tech junior WR Jonathan Giles named Oregon, LSU and Florida State as his three finalists.

Giles, who announced his intention to transfer at the end of April, has seen plenty of suitors. He released an initial top-10 list several days ago before whittling that down to the Ducks, Tigers and Seminoles. The New Orleans Times-Picayune believes that this competition may come down to LSU and FSU. This past season, Giles led the Red Raiders with 69 catches for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns. He will need to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations, but will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.
May 14 - 1:16 PM


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