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‘Thankful and blessed’: LSU FB J.D. Moore earns scholarship

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback John David Moore (46) leads running back Leonard Fournette (7) during a drill at fall camp Friday at LSU 's Charles McClendon Football Practice Facility.

All the hard work LSU tight end-turned-fullback John David Moore put in during his football career – especially the past two seasons with the Tigers – paid off in a big way recently. Moore, a walk-on from Ruston High School, was called into coach Les Miles’ office shortly before the team’s first scrimmage and received the… Continue reading →

LSU offensive line shuffle continues: Ethan Pocic now at center, Will Clapp at left guard

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Freshman center William Clapp  (64) lines up at fall camp Friday at LSU 's Charles McClendon Football Practice Facility.

Will Clapp is on the move. And so is Ethan Pocic. LSU’s starting offensive line is coming into focus a week before the season opener against McNeese State. Clapp, a redshirt freshman, has moved from center to left guard, and Pocic, who began camp at left guard, has replaced him at center. Highly… Continue reading →

Rabalais: A week before its season opener, LSU scores its first victory: A clean bill of health for Cam Cameron

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron

Cam Cameron already has the first win of 2015 behind him. At a hastily called news conference after Friday’s practice, LSU’s offensive coordinator talked openly and frankly about his recent diagnosis with prostate cancer and his determination to press ahead full speed with the season that starts only a week from now. Paul Dietzel once said… Continue reading →

‘I’m ready to roll’: LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron treated successfully for prostate cancer

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was diagnosed with prostate cancer and has been given a clean bill of health, he revealed Friday. Cameron plans to continue as offensive coordinator, and he will coach the 2015 season after receiving successful treatment. “I’m fine. My health is good,” Cameron said at a news conference Friday. “I’ve been given… 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 →

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 →

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 →

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on cancer diagnosis: 'I've been given a clean bill of health'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron fields questions from local and statewide media at LSU's Anderson-Feazel Indoor Field during LSU Football's annual media day, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

LSU coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron met with the media Friday afternoon to discuss Cameron’s recent diagnosis of prostate cancer. Cameron has received treatment and plans to continue coaching... Continue reading →

Over/Under Game: Predict LSU defenders' total interceptions for the season

This is the fifth part of a seven-part blog series leading up to Aug. 31, the start of the first official game week.
Topic: Team interception total

Over/Under: 14.5

Why You Should Pick Over: Even with Jalen Mills’ injury situation, the secondary is likely LSU’s deepest and most talented position group.

Safety Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White are preseason All-SEC guys,… 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 →

In Year 2, Baton Rouge's Garrett Brumfield fighting to get into LSU’s offensive line rotation

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU freshman offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield.

Garrett Brumfield visited LSU’s nutrionist over the offseason and spent hours in the weight room with the strength and conditioning staff. He lost about 20 pounds and added about 10 “good” pounds, he says. The former University High star didn’t know he had so many muscles at his disposal. “I’m being able to use muscles that I couldn’t… Continue reading →

Two-dimensional: LSU’s tight ends develop versatility, expect more receptions

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Tight end DeSean Smith (89) sprints to the end zone with a touchdown pass from quarterback Justin McMillan, with safety Tommy LeBeau (43) in pursuit,  during the LSU spring game.

DeSean Smith found it difficult to block. Colin Jeter couldn’t run a crisp passing route. Dillon Gordon, meanwhile, weighed as much as an offensive tackle — you don’t throw footballs to offensive tackles. These were the problems LSU tight ends coach Steven Ensminger faced last season. He had three tall, wide and athletic tight ends — Smith, Jeter… 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 →

Florida Gators to play QBs Treon Harris and Will Grier in season opener

Associated Press file photo by JOHN RAOUX -- Florida quarterback Treon Harris

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s quarterback competition will stretch into the season. New Gators coach Jim McElwain said Thursday that sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier will both play in the team’s Sept. 5 season opener against New Mexico State. “It will play itself out,” said McElwain, who has not named a starter. “Like I’ve said, and I… Continue reading →

Rabalais: What could've been? Four ex-LSU quarterbacks finding success elsewhere

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel looks to pass against South Florida during the first half of an NCAA college football gamein Cincinnati. Kiel has a year of experience and a deep corps of receivers returning. The Bearcats are picked to win the American Athletic Conference in large measure because of a balanced and experienced offense. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

. Though LSU may have found its quarterback of the present and future with Brandon Harris, the Tigers’ quarterback woes have dragged on for a long time. Makes you wonder if LSU could have ever made something work with one of its former quarterbacks scattered around the country. Two former Tigers quarterbacks and a former… Continue reading →

CATS offering Touchdown Express tickets to campus for LSU game days

The Capital Area Transit System is bringing back Touchdown Express for its sixth straight year, carrying riders from downtown to Tiger Stadium on game days.

The tickets are $10 round trips. They go on sale Aug. 31 and are available online at www.brcats.com and at the CATS terminal at 2222 Florida Boulevard.

You can buy tickets for all seven games… Continue reading →

In annual Herbie Awards, college football analyst says LSU could contend for national title

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team onto the field for the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU lost 34-29.

At least one college football expert thinks the LSU Tigers could find themselves among the elite four college football playoff teams at the end of the 2015 season. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, in his annual Herbie Awards, picks LSU to win the Southeastern Conference championship (over runner-up Tennessee) and contend for the national championship. Ultimately, Herbstreit picks Ohio… Continue reading →

Keeping on the down low: LSU freshman tight end Foster Moreau avoiding spotlight in a crowded position group

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman tight end Foster Moreau (43) makes a catch in a drill during afternoon practice on the first day of LSU football preseason camp.

LSU tight end Foster Moreau’s strategy for playing time in his freshman season is being the guy no one talks about. Moreau’s belief is if a player’s name is constantly brought up in film sessions or on the practice field, that typically means he isn’t doing his job. Moreau’s name is being brought up by LSU’s coaching… Continue reading →

What's a TFL? And why is LSU defensive tackle Greg Gilmore determined to get 10 of them this season?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive tackle Greg Gilmore spins through a pass-rushing drill during preseason camp Aug. 7. Gilmore, a third-year sophomore, had four tackles in six games last season.

Greg Gilmore has set a lofty goal for himself for his redshirt sophomore season. “I’m trying to get 10 TFLs,” he said with a confident smile earlier this week. A TFL is a tackle for loss, for those who don’t know. Danielle Hunter, LSU’s defensive end who turned pro after last season, had the most on the team… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Miles confirms what we thought: It’s Harris’ team ... for now

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris

Brandon Harris, it’s your team now. Late Tuesday night at a post-scrimmage news conference, LSU coach Les Miles, perhaps after gleaning the last bit of confirmation he needed from the Tigers’ final major preseason scrimmage, allowed what has seemed increasingly obvious: Harris has the lead in the quarterback derby with Anthony Jennings. Miles didn’t come out… Continue reading →

Odell Beckham Jr. intends to have fun — even if it makes him a target

Associated Press photo by PETER MORGAN -- New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. is well aware how annoying he can be on the field. Not only does the New York Giants’ receiver catch passes with ease, he has that infuriating habit of yapping to defensive backs and making celebratory gestures after big plays. It’s no wonder that some cornerbacks and safeties want to put a… 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 →

Wednesday's With Les: Miles says he 'won't be surprised' to see Brandon Harris take the first snap at quarterback

LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day. [Note: on this Wednesday before the first game week, Miles only spoke once – during his radio show] LSU coach Les Miles, for a second straight day, indicated that Brandon Harris will start in LSU’s season opener against McNeese State. Brandon… 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 →

Scott Rabalais: Whether Brandon Harris starts for LSU's season opener less important than who starts Sept. 12, when 'things get real'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris (6) fields questions from the media during LSU's 2015 football media day at their football operations center on campus, Sunday, August 16, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Brandon Harris, it’s your team now. Late Tuesday night at a post-scrimmage news conference, LSU coach Les Miles, perhaps after gleaning the last bit of confirmation he needed from the Tigers’ final major preseason scrimmage, allowed what has seemed increasingly obvious: Harris has the lead in the quarterback derby with Anthony Jennings. Miles didn’t come out… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Brandon Harris leader in quarterback competition

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles, right, acknowledged Tuesday that Brandon Harris, left, is the leader in the battle for the starating quarterback job.

Les Miles admitted what’s been obvious for days now: Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris has the lead in LSU’s quarterback competition with junior Anthony Jennings. “Right now, Brandon Harris certainly has the lead,” Miles said Tuesday, speaking to reporters after the final scrimmage of preseason practice. “We like both of our guys. Brandon… Continue reading →