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Southern has options at tight end

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Montrell Jones is part of Southern's deep pool of tight-end talent.

It’s easy to overlook Southern’s tight ends because the Jaguars have so many playmakers elsewhere on offense. And that’s just what Southern hopes opponents will do. Even with senior Bradley Coleman working more at wide receiver this preseason, the Jaguars still have viable threats in senior Montrell Jones and junior Dillon Beard. Jones is… Continue reading →

LSU volleyball team drops season opener to UC Irvine

AUSTIN, Texas — The LSU volleyball team dropped its season-opening match against the UC Irvine Anteaters in four sets, 25-22, 27-25, 22-25, 25-14, Friday afternoon in Gregory Gym to open the American Campus Classic. In a match that featured 34 ties and 14 lead changes, LSU (0-1) struggled offensively hitting just .181 in the match… Continue reading →

LSU soccer team tops Western Kentucky 4-1

Freshman Gabriela Maldonado’s first career goal in the 47th minute sparked a second-half turnaround for the Tigers as senior Fernanda Pina and sophomores Debbie Hahn and Jorian Baucom also found the scoresheet in LSU’s 4-1 win over Western Kentucky in Friday’s “Battle on the Bayou” nightcap at the LSU Soccer Stadium. Trailing 1-0 at the break after… Continue reading →

Former LSU running backs 'Thunder & Lightning' return to Louisiana as Texans for Sunday's Saints game

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Alfred Blue (4) runs the ball after taking the handoff from LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) in the second half Saturday in AT&T Stadium to open the season. LSU defeated TCU 37-27.

Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue remember the names. Following LSU’s season-opening victory against North Texas in 2012, LSU coach Les Miles dubbed the former Tiger running backs “Thunder and Lightning” and “Shake and Bake” — allusions to the 2006 movie “Talladega Nights” — thanks to their pair of 100-plus yard rushing performances. The duo,… Continue reading →

Southern linebacker Kentavious Preston waiting for his opportunity

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Kentavious Preston

Southern linebacker Kentavious Preston has to be ready to play at a moment’s notice. Preston, a backup, doesn’t have much experience, but his week practicing with the first-team defense after starter Demetrius Carter was sidelined with a mild case of turf toe has prepared the sophomore for the possibility of starting. “It allowed me a chance to see… Continue reading →

LSU freshman Ben Simmons named preseason All-American

LSU freshman Ben Simmons is featured on the cover of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook as one of five preseason All-America picks for the upcoming season. The yearbook, which is celebrating its 35th season, has two Southeastern Conference players on the All-America team for the first time as Simmons is joined by Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere. The other players named to… Continue reading →

Southern getting game ready

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Austin Howard: 'Right now I’m the starter, but I know the two guys that are behind me are working to get my spot. I’m just working to keep my spot but we don’t look at it like that.'

Southern is getting its game face on. The Jaguars simulated a game format in practice Thursday, its final workout before entering its first game-week routine. Coach Dawson Odums had the team walk through its pregame routine in addition to continuing preparing for Louisiana Tech, its season-opening opponent Sept. 5 in Ruston. Though the purpose of Thursday’s mock game… Continue reading →

LSU pitchers Jake Godfrey, Doug Norman thrived in ‘laid-back’ atmosphere of summer ball ahead of hotly competitive fall practice

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Jake Godfrey is one of "six or seven" pitchers vying for an open weekend starting spot.

Jake Godfrey and Doug Norman felt like kids again. The pair of LSU sophomore pitchers spent their summer playing ball in the Cape Cod League, which they both referred to as “less intense” than what they’re used to in Baton Rouge. As a result, players aren’t as tense and have more freedom to make adjustments to… Continue reading →

Southern’s Greg Pittman gets a kick out of extra duties

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Greg Pittman (18) celebrates with Jamal Jenkins (35) and Ki-Jana Curtis (8) after tackling Alcorn State's Jarvis Turner (8) on the opening drive of the SWAC Championship game.

Greg Pittman keeps telling Southern coach Dawson Odums he can do more than just place-kick. Adding punting duties might not be everything Pittman has in mind, but it’s a start, and Pittman is expected to handle place-kicks, kickoffs and punts for the Jaguars when they open the season Sept. 5 at Louisiana Tech. “Pittman’s a different guy,” Odums… Continue reading →

Former LSU hurdler Tate takes bronze at Worlds

Former LSU All-American hurdler Cassandra Tate capped her best season as a professional Wednesday when she raced to the bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Going against six of the 10 fastest intermediate hurdlers in the world this season, Tate recorded a time of 54.02 seconds — just off… Continue reading →

Johnny Jones says Ben Simmons delivered on potential on Australian tour

LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones learned a lot about his team on its recently completed 13-day, five-game exhibition tour of Australia, but some things were merely reaffirmed, especially when it came to 6-foot-10 freshman forward Ben Simmons. In his first opportunity to coach the nation’s top recruit this season, Jones saw the things Simmons,… Continue reading →

LSU-Oklahoma game in SEC/Big 12 Challenge to be televised by ESPN

The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 Conference jointly announced Wednesday tip times for seven of the 10 games to be played in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge set for Saturday, Jan. 30. The LSU-Oklahoma game, which will be played in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, is one of the three that don’t have an exact start time. The… Continue reading →

LSU, Northwestern State play to 1-1 draw

LSU freshman Alex Thomas opened the scoring for the home side with her first career goal on a solo effort in the 52nd minute of the second half, but Kaleigh Phillips drew Northwestern State level in the 84th minute as the in-state rivals played to a 1-1 draw in the Tigers’ home opener Tuesday night at the LSU… Continue reading →

LSU forward Ben Simmons named on SI.com's list of impact freshmen

It should come as no surprise, but LSU forward Ben Simmons is the headliner on the top 10 list of high-impact freshmen for the upcoming season by SI.com’s David Gardner. The 6-foot-10 Simmons, whom Gardner identified as the most college-ready player in this year’s crop of first-year players, claimed the top spot over Kentucky center Skal Labissiere. Gardner noted that Labissiere, a… Continue reading →

Southern settles depth chart

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Southern defensive back Nicholas McDonald has passed Blake Monroe for the starting strong safety slot.

Southern began the preseason with few doubts about who would be in its starting lineup. Now that the preseason is winding down, the few preseason competitions at the top of the Jaguars depth chart seemed to have been settled — at least for the time being. Performances in games and in practice can always produce promotions and demotions,… Continue reading →

LSU coach Johnny Jones says Josh Gray will sit out one game

Back from his team’s 13-day exhibition tour of Australia, LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones said Tuesday that guard Josh Gray will likely miss only one game for playing in an unsanctioned basketball game. Speaking on WSKR-FM 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge, Jones, who returned to campus with his team late Sunday night, said Gray will probably miss the regular-season… Continue reading →

Southern plans to give Justin Morgan more touches

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Justin Morgan  slips a tackle attempt by Jackson State's Antonio Sutton during Saturday's game.

When Tyre Bracken left the Southern football team during the offseason, the coaches starting looking around for the right guy to take his place. The Jaguars had lost their second-leading rusher from last season, someone whose 6.3 yards-per-carry average was the highest among players with more than 16 rushes. Bracken was an explosive back-up to 1,000-yard rusher Lenard… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Ben Simmons as an LSU receiver? Crazy. But then again ...

LSU signee Ben Simmons

Imagine this Jim Hawthorne call on a sultry Saturday night in Tiger Stadium … “First-and-goal at the 3 … Tigers come to the line … Brandon Harris lines up in the shotgun … He has Fournette offset to his right, with two wide outs to each side with Ben Simmons on the far left … Here’s the snap,… Continue reading →

Southern shows improvement in scrimmage

Southern coach Dawson Odums had several areas in which he wanted the Jaguars to show improvement from last week’s scrimmage to the one Saturday morning. He wanted to see more energy from the whole team, the defense getting faster to the football and creating turnovers, and improvement from the run game. The players seemed to fulfill each request… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Xavier Roberson ready to get rolling after injurt-shortened season

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Southeastern's Xavier Roberson runs 79 yards on a punt return before being pushed out of bounds by Tulane linebacker Brandon Schmidt in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game.

Southeastern Louisiana running back Xavier Roberson is prepared to cut off his own foot if that’s what it takes to get back on the field for the Lions this season. Hopefully it won’t come to that. Roberson recently rejoined the team after missing the final three games of the 2014 season with a torn ligament in his left foot… Continue reading →

Tanner Lee, Green Wave sharp in scrimmage that ends preseason camp

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tulane Green Wave quarterback Tanner Lee (12) hands off to Tulane Green Wave running back Lazedrick Thompson (33) during Spring practice at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, March 7, 2015.

After leading the first-team offense inside the 10-yard line during Tulane’s last preseason scrimmage, sophomore quarterback Tanner Lee found running back Sherman Badie over the middle for a 7-yard touchdown pass. The play epitomized the day for the Green Wave. Taking what the defense gave him and checking down repeatedly, Lee spread the ball around as Tulane ended… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles says sophomore Brandon Harris had 'significant' advantage in snaps at Saturday’s scrimmage

Sophomore Brandon Harris and junior Anthony Jennings split first-team reps at quarterback “pretty evenly” during LSU’s second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday, said coach Les Miles. The coach, however, later said Harris had a “significant” advantage in snaps. Here are more tidbits from the press conference:

  • Maea in the mix: Freshman offensive guard Maea Teuhema worked with the first team during… Continue reading →

  • LSU falls to Melbourne, ends Australian tour with 3-2 mark

    MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, Australia — The LSU basketball team certainly didn’t get the sendoff the Tigers wanted from their 13-day Australian exhibition tour on Saturday. After winning three of its first four games, LSU played the finale on its Tour Down Under and came away with an 82-64 loss against Melbourne United of the National Basketball League.… Continue reading →

    LSU opens soccer season with win over Oregon

    EUGENE, Ore. — LSU strikers Summer Clarke and Jorian Baucom scored in the first half to spark a 2-1 win over Oregon on Friday at Pape Field. The Tigers (1-0) opened their season with a win for the fourth year in a row while taking a 2-1 series lead in three meetings all-time with Oregon… Continue reading →

    Southern plans to scrimmage with better effort

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs, Jr., (3) is brought to the ground by Southern's Dionte McDuffy (23) in the fourth quarter of the SWAC Championship game, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx.

    The Southern football team finished preseason camp last Saturday with a scrimmage that didn’t feature the type of effort coach Dawson Odums was looking for. The Jaguars say they plan to show improvement in that area when they scrimmage again Saturday morning at the Louisiana Leadership Institute. “I think overall they’re going to be more excited,” Odums said. “I… Continue reading →

    Rabalais: LSU's Tommy Casanova glaring omission from anniversary All-American team

    The Football Writers Association of America on Thursday unveiled its 75th anniversary All-American team. A panel of sportswriters who cover college football picked 75 players on the first, second and third teams who played over the last three-quarters of a century, dating back to just before the start of World War II. From the start, a list like this has an impossible… Continue reading →

    Tigers prepare to wrap up tour of Australia

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --LSU's Keith Hornsby (4) scores on a layup in the first half of LSU's 69-71 loss to #1 Kentucky Tuesday night in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

    MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, Australia — The highlight of the LSU basketball team’s five-game, 13-day exhibition tour of Australia will come Saturday when the Tigers take on Melbourne United of the National Basketball League for the second time in three days. LSU improved to 3-1 on the Tour Down Under with a 97-89 win over Melbourne United on… Continue reading →

    Lady Tigers release basketball schedule

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In conjunction with the announcement of the conference schedule, coach Nikki Caldwell unveiled the 2015-16 schedule for the LSU women’s basketball team Thursday evening. It features more than a dozen games inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and key matchups against three-time national champion Connecticut and nine other teams that qualified for last year’s NCAA Tournament.… Continue reading →

    Southern APR data submission meets NCAA approval

    Southern has cleared its first hurdle in academically certifying its student-athletes to the NCAA’s satisfaction. The Jaguars received notice from the NCAA earlier this week that the Academic Progress Rates data they submitted last week were complete and met NCAA requirements. The submission of the forms is normally a routine matter, but Southern’s submission of… Continue reading →

    Mike Jones remains Southern’s deep threat

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Mike Jones (89) makes the catch on a 55-yard pass touchdown reception in the second quarter from quarterback Austin Howard as Grambling's Mike Roach (6) can't keep up in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

    When Southern wide receiver Mike Jones catches touchdown passes, they tend to come in groups. Jones showed off that habit, as well as his knack for big gainers once again in the Jaguars scrimmage Saturday. On the first play, he caught a 99-yard touchdown pass from Austin Howard. He later caught a 5-yard scoring… Continue reading →