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ESPN's David Ching said LSU senior WR Russell Gage was one of the team's most improved players this spring.

The former cornerback had never caught a pass prior to posting a 5-62-1 line while starting in Travon Dural’s place in last year’s regular-season finale against Texas A&M. In year's past, Gage may have been headed for a forgettable senior campaign as part of LSU's underused receiving corps. But now that LSU OC Matt Canada has installed his new system, the Tigers will use more receivers... and make more use of them.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 10:19 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked LSU senior FB J.D. Moore as the No. 5 senior draft prospect at his position.

Moore began his career with the Tigers as a tight end before shifting to fullback prior to the 2015 season. The 6-foot-4, 241-pounder has been limited by injury at times during his career, but if healthy, he will have plenty of scouting eyes on him this season as he looks to pave the way for stud RB prospect Derrius Guice to crush the SEC.
Jun 22 - 6:28 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff does not believe LSU possesses one of the top five backfield trios in the SEC entering the 2017 season.

Backfield trios include quarterbacks, and LSU's lack of one (for many years) is likely the reason why they fall short despite deploying one of the top ball carriers in the nation in Derrius Guice. Alabama claims the top spot with Jalen Hurts, Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris. Georgia, Auburn and Arkansas, along with surprise Missouri, make up the top five.
Source: ESPN
Jun 19 - 11:08 AM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that LSU redshirt senior QB Danny Etling "keeps the offense on schedule."

"Etling can deliver. He gets the ball out quickly, where it needs to be, on time. He’s not always accurate, and his arm is lacking," Connolly writes. "But he executes the play design as asked. A talented coordinator can rack up a fair amount of points with that kind of quarterback." We saw what then-Pitt OC Matt Canada did with a similarly-limited athlete in Nathan Peterman last season. The hope for LSU is that Canada can pull off an identical magic trick with Etling, who threw for 2,123 yards with an 11/5 TD/INT ratio in 11 games last season. Talented youngsters Lindsey Scott, Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan will be trying their best to supplant him as starter in August camp. Brennan is probably the name to watch on that front -- earlier this offseason, ESPN's Tom VanHaaren forwarded the belief that the four-star true freshman will have a legitimate chance to push Etling for starting rights.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 16 - 6:55 PM

NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah believes that LSU junior edge rusher Arden Key has "some similarities to Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Taylor."

"They have a similar frame/length and they both have great instincts as pass rushers," Jeremiah wrote. The analyst disagrees with the assertion that Key is better than 2017 No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett, but he likes Key nonetheless. "He uses his length to keep opponents off of his chest and has an array of moves to create pressures/sacks. Key flashes an explosive get off and can bend the loop at the top of his rush," Jeremiah wrote. "As a run defender, he uses his length to stack and hold the point of attack." Jeremiah wants the 6-foot-6, 255-pounder to improve his on-field awareness and become more active as a front-side run defender.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 3:59 PM

Former NFL defensive end Chuck Smith believes LSU junior edge rusher Arden Key is a better pass rusher than Myles Garrett.

"Myles Garrett is not on this guy's level when it comes to pass rush," Smith said. "This guy is the best pass rusher in the SEC over the last 15 years. No one is even close. ... If he's not the No. 1 pick next year? Teams are going to miss out." To be fair, Smith is a bit biased. Smith operates Chuck Smith Training Systems, and Key is one of his students. On the other hand, Smith has coached guys like Von Miller as well. Smith projects Key as a 3-4 outside linebacker. "He's got bend like Von Miller and a spin like Dwight Freeney," Smith said. "He knows how to do all the pass rush moves, why to use the moves, how to use the moves and he has edge speed. He can head fake you like Osi Umenyiora. That's what makes him special. I guess the last thing that makes him special is he has that dog in him. That real dog, and he is hungry to be the best."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 3:04 PM

Belhaven head football coach Hal Mumme said he has turned LSU coach Ed Orgeron into the NCAA for keeping programs from participating in camps at other Louisiana schools.

Ah, coaching beef. Mumme believes Orgeron is pressuring those other programs from participating in camps at Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana. "Camp blocking" in its simplest terms. "I think the NCAA needs to go in there and look at that. I don’t see how a public figure at an SEC school can basically extort people into not using their facilities for the public good," Mumme said.
Jun 15 - 11:15 AM

LSU TE coach Steve Ensminger said that sophomore TE Jamal Pettigrew (ankle) should be healthy for August camp.

According to Ensminger, Pettigrew suffered a "stress-fracture type injury" during spring practice. The 6-foot-6, 229-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle and ranked as ESPN's No. 219 overall prospect in the class. Come the start of August camp, he will be trying to work his way into the mix with Foster Moreau and Caleb Roddy.
Jun 10 - 1:39 PM

LSU junior edge rusher Arden Key returned to the football program after taking a leave of absence, citing personal reasons and a shoulder operation.

Key missed spring practice but was expected to return all along. LSU summer school begins on Monday, so Key will be available for summer activities with the program. The reasoning for the short absence is still unknown. He set a school record with 12 sacks last season and should enter the season as one of the nation's top defenders. Some are suggesting Key will be a top five selection, but we know it is too early for that kind of projection. For anyone.
Jun 5 - 9:24 AM

LSU WR coach Mickey Joseph said that sophomore WR Drake Davis is "really explosive and very athletic and he’s really, really fast."

Offseason hype is nothing new when it comes to Davis, as last August, then-LSU QB Brandon Harris referred to him as "obviously a freak." Despite the early chatter, Davis ultimately only caught one pass for 19 yards in 2016. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder's current likely starting quarterback picked up the beat once more this offseason, with Danny Etling calling him "one of the most improved of the spring." Per the Baton Rouge Advocate's Ross Dellenger, Davis has emerged as a pretty clear No. 2 wide receiver to D.J. Chark's No. 1.
Jun 1 - 9:35 PM

LSU redshirt senior QB Danny Etling (back) said he's feeling the "best" he has in a year.

Etling has three more weeks of rehab remaining following a minor back procedure in April. He's the favorite to win the Tiger's starting quarterback job, but will have to fend off Lindsey Scott, Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan to keep the gig. Etling threw for 2,123 yards and an 11/5 TD/INT ratio in 11 games last season.
May 31 - 4:27 PM

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


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