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LSU senior LT La'El Collins "rarely looks pretty, [but] consistently gets the job done," observed CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Brugler calls Collins "a tough evaluation for scouts." The hardest aspect of that judgement might be deciding on a position for the dominant run blocker who might not be athletic enough for NFL speed rushers. Many see him as a Pro Bowl-caliber guard. "Too often his upper body his far extended past his toes, falling off blocks and struggling to maintain his technique through contact," Brugler wrote. "Collins ends up on the ground more than 50-percent of snaps because he relies on his upper body power once engaged and his lower body struggles to keep up. But while it hardly looks highlight reel worthy, Collins sells out on each snap and gives 100-percent effort, getting the job done more often than not. He isn't elite in any one area, but is good-enough across the board and scouts appreciate the mind-set and heart he brings to the field. There's a strong chance Collins will be drafted in the first round, but how early?"
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 28 - 5:52 PM

LSU senior LT La'El Collins is an "absolute beast in the run game," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"I don't know if Collins can hold down the left tackle position in the NFL because I'm concerned about his ability to move and block speed-rushers, but he's an absolute beast in the run game -- he's arguably one of the best run-blockers in the country," Kiper wrote. "He has a strong lower body, is great on combo blocks, can get to the next level and if he gets his hands on you, you're in trouble." LSU had trouble throwing the ball against Ole Miss on Saturday, but they collected 264 rushing yards against an elite defense, with no small amount of being credit owed to Collins. "Collins has started at guard before, and like Joel Bitonio (Browns) or Zack Martin (Cowboys), he could be a very good college tackle who starts out at guard when he's in the NFL next season," Kiper wrote. "He's a potential first-round pick, regardless of where he plays."
Oct 27 - 11:40 PM

LSU freshman RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries in the school's 10-7 win over Ole Miss.

Fournette added another 41 yards in the air, the majority of which occurred on one play. Fournette's most memorable snap saw him barrel through multiple defenders and losing his facemask thanks to the strong grip of one Ole Miss defender.
Oct 26 - 9:59 AM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette had a career-high 140 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 27 carries in Saturday's 30-27 victory over Florida.

He added 85 yards across four kickoff returns. Les Miles has gradually ramped up Fournette's usage rate, to the point that he's now the focal point of the offense. Over the team's first four games, the stud freshman finished with a disappointing 18, 92, 52 and 38 yards respectively. He's now topped 120 rushing yards in two of his last three games. Expect more of the same going forward.
Oct 13 - 5:43 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman calls LSU freshman Brandon Harris a "precocious kid with a fantastic arm."

"Very curious how LSU FR Brandon Harris does at AUB. Precocious kid with a fantastic arm. Also cool to see a John Wooden quote in Twitter bio," Feldman tweeted. The true freshman had an excellent outing against New Mexico State, as he completed 11-of-14 passes for 178 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, rushing five times for 36 yards and two touchdowns.
Sep 29 - 2:03 PM

LSU freshman Brandon Harris will start at QB for the Tigers against Auburn.

In his first extended playing time, Harris completed 11 of 14 attempts for 178 yards and three touchdowns against New Mexico State. Anthony Jennings had been seeing starters snaps for LSU. Auburn is obviously a difficult debut game from Harris, but he has flashed plenty of ability.
Sep 29 - 1:39 PM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette had 122 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries in Saturday's 63-7 victory over New Mexico State.

He also had a 33-yard reception. It's hard to put too much stock into a strong performance against NMSU, but we're encouraged nonetheless. The nation's No. 1 recruit had never exceeded 100 yards nor reached paydirt multiple times in a collegiate game before this weekend. The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette will be leaned upon in SEC play.
Sep 28 - 10:49 PM

Al.com reports that LSU HC Les Miles "hinted Wednesday that the Tigers' plan at the position may not change much this week," leaving LSU sophomore Anthony Jennings as the Tiger's starter.

The 6-foot-2, 211-pound Jennings, has started all four games for LSU this season, throwing for 723 yards and five touchdowns, while completing 51 percent of his passes and throwing one interception. Miles had mentioned that freshman Brandon Harris could get more playing time moving forward. Harris has thrown for 216 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, and has completed 68 percent of his passes this season. While Miles is leaning more towards Jennings, he believes Jennings "is a guy that's recognizing that he needs to improve."
Source: AL.com
Sep 24 - 2:29 PM

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


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