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LSU sophomore Anthony Jennings will start at QB in the season opener, according to beat writer Jim Kleinpeter.

Kleinpeter's source told him Jennings "edged out" freshman Brandon Harris for the starting gig thanks to a strong week of practice. Jennings started one game last season after Zach Mettenberger went down with an injury and certainly did not embarrass himself. The Tigers' offense will look totally different from a personnel perspective, however.
Source: NOLA.com
Aug 30 - 9:01 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes "NFL scouts will be focusing on" LSU senior DB Ronald Martin this weekend "to see if he's able to take accurate angles to the ball and finish at the ballcarrier."

The 6-foot-1, 218 pound Martin, started in only seven games before an injury sidelined him last season. This season, LSU coaches expect Martin to take on a leadership role in his senior season. The Tigers prospect has shed almost 20 pounds from last season, and plans to play and "faster and looser to better break down on the move to be more consistent as a tackler and recover after aggressive steps," according to Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 10:43 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes LSU senior RB Terrence Magee "seems to be under the radar entering the 2014 season."

"There has been so much hype around true freshman RB Leonard Fournette that Magee seems to be under the radar entering the 2014 season. But NFL scouts are well aware of the talented runner with several around the league ranking him among the top three senior prospects at the position," Brugler wrote. The LSU prospect starts his senior season with zero starts to his resume, but has appeared in 27 career games. Last season, Magee finished second on the team in rushing in 2013 with 644 yards on 86 carries, averaging a team-best 7.3 yards per carry.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 10:16 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks LSU senior LT La'El Collins as the No. 4 offensive line prospect.

"Collins projects as either a right tackle or guard in the pros, given his massive frame," McShay wrote. "As a run-blocker he fires off the ball with very good straight-line burst, and has the lower-body strength and strong hands to drive defenders off the line. He also shows good awareness and toughness. Collins is average in pass protection, showing a strong anchor, but he can get into trouble, occasionally lunging and falling off some blocks." Collins said last month that he patterns his game off Jason Peters'. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Collins showcases good athleticism and physical tools, just like Peters.
Aug 27 - 9:49 PM

LSU sophomore QB Anthony Jennings and freshman QB Brandon Harris will both see snaps against Wisconsin.

The news comes directly from head coach Les Miles. Jennings stepped in for an injured Zach Mettenberger last year and did an admirable job. However, we believe LSU's offense last year was a perfect situation thanks to a strong offensive line, excellent receivers and solid running game. It could be more difficult for Jennings and Harris to produce consistency this season. We wonder if the two-quarterback system continues as the season goes alone.
Aug 26 - 11:12 AM

LSU true freshman DT Travonte Valentine is in "the final phases of the admission process," reports the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Valentine‘s high school coach Mike Tunsil confirmed the news to the newspaper. Yesterday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Valentine had been green-lighted by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Assuming there are no hiccups to the process, Valentine was expected to arrive on campus Tuesday and begin practicing as soon as Wednesday. Valentine won’t be in full pads until his fifth practice day due to the NCAA’s mandated four-day acclimation period. The athletic 6-foot-3, 325-pounder was rated as the No. 34 overall player in his class by 247Sports.com.
Aug 19 - 5:46 PM

LSU RB coach Frank Wilson believes freshman S Jamal Adams is "every bit of what Eric Berry, Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson and Eric Reid were."

"He’s a freaking animal. He’s in the league with those guys at this time of his career. He may be the steal of the class," Wilson said. Plenty has been made about freshman running back Leonard Fournette, but LSU coaches are making sure to spread around their praise. Wilson added Adams has "first-round written all over him." If you believe the school's staff, this might be the best recruiting class in the last decade. Adams might start at strong safety, but he will at least be in for nickel or dime situations.
Aug 19 - 10:40 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes that LSU senior DB Ronald Martin "needs a big senior campaign to assure being drafted."

The 6-foot-1, 218-pounder (4.59 forty) broke his foot and missed the final four games of the 2013 season. All indications are that he'll slot back into the starting lineup at safety. "He's well-built and attacks downhill in a similar manner as former teammates Eric Reid and Craig Loston," Rang wrote. "Martin only has eight career starts (but 24 games) to this point and therefore needs a big senior campaign to assure being drafted but is a physical player with a knack for creating turnovers (three interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery)."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 12:11 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that LSU senior DE Jermauria Rasco is more polished than star teammate Danielle Hunter.

Rasco led the Tigers with four sacks last year and had 56 tackles, including 6.5 for loss. "Rasco doesn't possess the rare blend of length and fluidity that makes his teammate, Hunter, such an intriguing talent but he's a more polished player, at this time," Rang wrote. "He has good initial quickness and balance, incorporates a nice spin (and swim) move into his pass rush and has the powerful core to hold up in run support. Like Hunter, Rasco has 'greasy knees' which allow him to break down against quick ball-carriers in the open field and explode laterally in either direction to corral them."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 11:27 PM

LSU senior RB Kenny Hilliard "is at his best as a battering ram in short yardage situations," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Hilliard possesses surprising light feet which help him accelerate quickly when the hole is there but is at his best as a battering ram in short yardage situations -- a valued role given the committee-approach NFL teams are taking now," Rang wrote. Hilliard heads into his final season as LSU's most experienced running back on offense, with 37 games to his resume. The LSU prospect has rushed for 1,110 yards and 21 touchdowns during his career.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 11:15 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that LSU senior Terrence Magee "has a squatty, powerful frame and quick feet that makes him tough to tackle."

As a junior the 5-foot-9, 212 pound Magee emerged as LSU's No. 2 running back behind All-SEC performer and second round NFL Draft pick Jeremy Hill. The LSU prospect starts his senior season with zero starts to his resume, but has appeared in 27 career games. Last season, Magee rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns for the Tigers.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 10:05 PM

LSU true freshman DT Travonte Valentine has been green-lighted by the NCAA Clearinghouse and is eligible to play immediately, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette tweeted that Valentine hasn't yet joined the team because he needs to complete the admission process. Once that process is over, the Tigers will add a much-needed highly touted freshman to a DT rotation that needs more beef. The athletic 6-foot-3, 325-pounder -- ranked as the No. 34 overall player in his class by 247Sports.com -- should help ease the burden of replacing Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson, both of whom bounced early for the spring draft. Valentine's tenuous situation became even more pressing when junior DT Quentin Thomas sustained a biceps tear in practice earlier this month.
Aug 18 - 3:15 PM

LSU junior OG Vadal Alexander "simply overwhelms opponents with his size and shows impressive strength to lock out and drive defenders off the ball when he keeps his feet moving."

"He simply overwhelms opponents with his size and shows impressive strength to lock out and drive defenders off the ball when he keeps his feet moving," Rang wrote. The Tigers prospect is not only a powerful run blocker, but he also excels in pass protection. Rang notes that Alexander "is so broad (and possesses long arms) that he holds up well in pass protection." The 6-foot-6, 340 pound Alexander, goes into 2014 with a streak of 22 straight starts on the offensive line, making it the longest current streak of any LSU offensive lineman.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 1:36 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that LSU junior DE Danielle Hunter has drawn comparisons to Barkevious Mingo with his "lanky frame and explosive get-off."

"Possessing a lanky frame and explosive get-off that has drawn comparisons to Barkevious Mingo, the man he replaced at right defensive end in defensive coordinator John Chavis' scheme, Hunter emerged as LSU's most dangerous pass rusher last season, though his statistics don't necessarily reflect it," Rang wrote. In just ten starts last season for the Tigers, the 6-foot-6, 240 pound Hunter recorded 57 tackles, eight tackles for loss and three sacks. With such an explosive first step, Hunter "could be just scratching the surface of his production," according to Rang.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 1:23 PM

LSU junior S Jalen Mills' "versatility could warrant an early round selection, perhaps as early as the 2015 draft," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Capable of lining up virtually anywhere in the secondary, Mills' versatility could warrant an early round selection, perhaps as early as the 2015 draft," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-1, 194 pound Mills, will make the switch to free safety this year, after starting the first games of his college career at cornerback. The Tigers prospect goes into the 2014 season with the most career starts on the Tiger's defense, with 26 under his belt. Mills has started every game of his career for LSU, which includes 13 games as a true freshman in 2012.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 12:32 PM


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