Meet the Jeffersons: LSU DB Rickey Jefferson learned from his older brother Jordan

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety Rickey Jefferson (29), left, and LSU wide receiver Miquel James (86) celebrate with the fans who rushed the field after the game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 10-7.

Rickey Jefferson never feared a quarterback throwing in his direction. In an empty backyard on a vacant lot next to his home in Destrehan, a 12-year-old Jefferson would trot to an imaginary line of scrimmage. Name a route, and odds are he ran it. He would make circus catches behind his back, or so he said,… Continue reading →

Fans took 'big chunks' from Tiger Stadium field after LSU beat Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark and others race onto the field at the end of the Tigers' 10-7 victory over Ole Miss. Chunks of the grass soon went missing as fans stormed the field and brought home souvenirs.

The thousands of fans who rushed out of their seats after LSU’s win over Ole Miss last Saturday didn’t just stomp on the field at Tiger Stadium. They took some of it with them. Grounds crew members had to replace at least nine patches of sod that had been dug up by fans following the… Continue reading →

Video: LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith says upset win against Ole Miss was beyond his expectations

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety Jalen Mills (28) gathers up the fumble as teammates LSU safety Ronald Martin (26) and LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith (52) attempt to help as New Mexico State offensive linesman Matt Ramando (56) can't make the stop during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

LSU middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith talks about the final seconds in the Tigers' upset win against Ole Miss last Saturday. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Which bowl game might LSU play in? Check out the Week 9 projections

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace (14) is buried under LSU defenders, stopped on a fourth and one late in the game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge.  LSU won, 10-7. Ole Miss got one more possession, but could not score.

Just four weeks ago, there was serious doubt whether the LSU Tigers could win enough games to make it to any bowl. Now you can hear the crunching of numbers as people try to figure out if LSU – currently No. 19 in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings – can make it into a CFP semifinal. Continue reading →

Former LSU player Jarvis Landry is named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October

Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry (14) goes through warmups before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ORG XMIT: CXB1  Jarvis Landry

Former LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry was named Thursday as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October. Landry, a second-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins this spring, earned the honor after returning five kickoffs for 178 yards and averaged 35.6 yards per return with a long of 54 yards for the month. Continue reading →

LSU is using its open week to fix mistakes before the Alabama game

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles gets fired up as LSU wide receiver Travin Dural (83) makes the catch in front of Mississippi defensive back Mike Hilton (28) during the first half Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

The Tigers had four turnovers and three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, and punt returner Tre’Davious White struggled. Continue reading →

This week in the Southeastern Conference

Associated Press/Athlens Banner-Herald file photo by AJ REYNOLDS -- Georgia coach Mark Richt gives a thumbs-up to the fans after their 23-20 win over Florida last season in Jacksonville, Fla. On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, the Bulldogs will be going for their fourth straight victory in the series for the first time since the 1980s.

Ranking the 14 SEC teams going into Week 10: Isn’t State being atop first CFP rankings part of plot of some “The Walking Dead” episode? With Buckingham Palace off the market, Bama boosters pay off Saban’s $3.1… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Associated Press photo -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott

Each week, Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, breaks down the top candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. Prescott led the Bulldogs to yet another win Saturday, 45-31 over Kentucky, with another strong performance: 216 yards passing, 88 yards rushing, three total touchdowns. But the… Continue reading →

LSU report: Tigers host Auburn in soccer season finale

The LSU soccer team will host Auburn at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at the LSU Soccer Stadium. The match will be featured online on the SEC Network+. Fans can “Geaux Free!” to LSU’s season-finale, compliments of The Advocate. LSU (5-12-2, 1-8-1 Southeastern Conference) will try to snap a six-game conference losing skid. Auburn (10-5-3, 4-3-3)… Continue reading →

AP college picks: CFP spreads hopes of championship ... and big games

Associated Press photo by CHRIS JACKSON -- West Virginia's Kevin White, left, celebrates a touchdown with Dustin Garrison during a 41-27 win over Baylor on Oct. 18. The No. 20 Mountaineers host No. 10 TCU on Saturday.

Back when the Bowl Championship Series decided major college football’s champion, its defenders would talk about how it enhanced the regular season and how a larger playoff would take away from it. That wasn’t true. And now there’s proof. By expanding the postseason ever so slightly to add two games, the College Football Playoff has widened the field, given… Continue reading →

LSU football chat with Ross Dellenger, Thursday at 11 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Fans fill the playing field at Tiger Stadium after an upset win over Ole Miss, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge.  LSU won, 10-7.

Get the latest news and notes and share your views on the LSU football team in this chat with Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger on Thursday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Podcast: How Zach Mettenberger starting for the Tennessee Titans helps LSU recruiting

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Having players on NFL teams is a huge selling point for LSU recruiting. So, imagine how having Zach Mettenberger start at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans could help the Tigers when it comes to recruiting quarterbacks. Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Derek Ponamsky of BayouBengalsInsider.com explore that issue in this "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting" podcast.… Continue reading →

Wednesday's with LSU coach Les Miles

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As fans storm the field in celebration, LSU special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto, left, celebrates the win after the game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 10-7.

LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day. (It’s a bye week so Miles only speaks twice today.) Click here to see the reports.Continue reading →

Ross Dellenger's Twitter Mailbag

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, left, watches as coach Les Miles questions a call to officials during the first half of the Tigers' 10-7 win over Ole Miss last week.

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.Continue reading →

Rabalais: Get this — LSU still has a shot at a top bowl

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles acknowledges fans while walking to Tiger Stadium before Saturday's game against Ole Miss.

Considering this week marks LSU’s first open date after a long nine-week slog to start the season, and that the Tigers’ postseason prospects have changed markedly with their three-game winning streak to get to 7-2, this seemed like a great time to try to pick off some common questions regarding LSU’s bowl, Southeastern Conference and, yes, CFP… Continue reading →

Johnny Jones has eye on tough SEC race

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISLSU basketball coach Johnny Jones gives instructionsto his team during practice last season in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

With 2½ weeks to go before his team’s regular-season opener against Gardner Webb, LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones was thinking more Tuesday about what will come much later during the 2014-15 season. Jones gave a quick update on his team, which completed its third week of preseason practice later Tuesday afternoon, during his first monthly Tipoff Luncheon at… Continue reading →

LSU women’s golfers combine for record

Associated Press photo by Michel EulerNovak Djokovic serves  Philipp Kohlschreiber during their first-round match at the ATP World Tour Master on Tuesday at Bercy Stadium in Paris. Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4.

SAN ANTONIO — The LSU women’s golf team held off the charge of three Southeastern Conference schools in the final round, setting a school record in the process, to capture The Alamo Invitational on Tuesday at the Briggs Ranch Course. LSU won its first tournament since the 2012 NCAA Regional by seven shots over Arkansas… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles says running back Terrence Magee is fine after getting 'gouged' in the eye

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU's Terrence Magee (18) runs down the field Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, during LSU's game against Ole Miss at Tiger Stadium.

Running back Terrence Magee is “fine,” and freshman defensive tackle Travonte Valentine is likely to redshirt this season, coach Les Miles said after practice Tuesday. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

LSU debuts at No. 19 in the College Football Playoff rankings

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU tight end Logan Stokes (84) scores the winning touchdown during the second half Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 10-7.

LSU is No. 19 in the first-ever College Football Playoff committee’s top 25. The Tigers (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern) are the second highest-ranked two-loss team in the poll. Oklahoma (5-2) is No. 18. The poll was released Tuesday evening on ESPN and will be revealed each week leading up to the four-team playoff,… Continue reading →

LSU-Ole Miss was ESPN’s most-watched game of the season

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Fans fill the playing field at Tiger Stadium after an upset win over Ole Miss on Saturday.

LSU’s win over Ole Miss was ESPN’s most-viewed game of the college football season so far, the network announced Tuesday. The game drew an average of 4.95 million viewers. The Rebels entered undefeated and ranked No. 3. The Tigers scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning touchdown with less than six minutes left, a… Continue reading →

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva to fans: Do not storm the field

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto, center, celebrates the win after Saturday's win over Ole Miss.

Joe Alleva doesn’t want a replay of last Saturday’s field storming after all. LSU’s athletic director released a statement through the school on Tuesday asking fans to celebrate victories in the stands. The Tigers beat then-No. 3 Ole Miss 10-7 last Saturday inciting thousands of fans, mostly students, to flood onto the field… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Mutual love of LSU coach Les Miles, players shows after loss of mom

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles makes his way through the crowd that rushed the field after the game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 10-7.

The LSU football team was sequestered at The Cook Hotel on campus Friday night as usual before a home game when Les Miles arrived to speak to his team. Unfortunately, there was nothing usual about this night for LSU’s coach. Earlier that evening, while Miles and his wife, Kathy, were watching their son Manny… Continue reading →

LSU-Alabama set for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Nov. 8 on CBS

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles and Alabama coach Nick Saban meet at midfield after the Crimson Tide won 38-17 last season.

The game is the late spot in the network’s doubleheader. It will televise Texas A&M at Auburn at 2:30 p.m. Continue reading →

LSU fined $5,000 for fans storming onto the field after victory over Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Fans fill the field after LSU's win over Ole Miss, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge.  LSU won, 10-7.

LSU was fined $5,000 on Monday by the Southeastern Conference for fans rushing the field after Saturday’s upset win over then-No. 3 Ole Miss. This was LSU’s first violation of the policy, which bans fans from entering the competition area, since it went into effect in 2004. A second violation… Continue reading →

Projecting the College Football Playoff matchups, October 28

Florida State players celebrate with the fans after their victory over Notre Dame in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State beat Notre Dame 31-27. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

The College Football Playoff’s selection committee unveils its first rankings Tuesday, updated each week until bids are handed out Dec. 7. Here’s how The Advocate’s Ted Lewis and Scott Rabalais see it shaking out so far: Ted Lewis National semifinals Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Mississippi State vs. No. 4 Notre Dame… Continue reading →

Report: Alabama coach Nick Saban sold his home to the Crimson Tide Foundation for $3.1 million in 2013

Alabama football coach Nick Saban talks with reporters Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

AL.com is reporting that the Crimson Tide Foundation, the foundation created to help fund athletics at the University of Alabama, brought the Tuscaloosa home of coach Nick Saban for nearly $3.1 million in 2013. Here is the report. Continue reading →

LSU assistant coach Frank Wilson says he will pucker up if offensive tackle La'el Collins isn't a top-five pick in the NFL

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Recruiting coordinator/running backs coach, Frank Wilson(right), greets LSU fan and Baton Rouge native, Theodore Williams, during the 2014 LSU Tiger Tour held at the Riverside Hilton on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

LSU recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson says he’ll pucker up if LT La’el Collins doesn’t get drafted this spring in the top five, according to comments he made in a Fox Sports story posted Monday. Wilson called Collins’ game in the 10-7 win over Ole Miss“monstrous”… Continue reading →

Going deep with tight end Logan Stokes and his unforgettable first catch at LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU tight end Logan Stokes (84) scores the winning touchdown during the second half Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 10-7.

Logan Stokes heard the play call and didn’t immediately react. That happened a few seconds later, when the LSU tight end spotted the formation that Ole Miss had lined up in. “ ‘This ball’s fixing to come to me,’ ” Stokes said he thought to himself. It did, of course. Quarterback Anthony Jennings faked a handoff to running… Continue reading →

Scouting report: Alabama at LSU

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) escapes from Tennessee defensive lineman Owen Williams (58) during the third quarter Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn. Alabama won 34-20. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

The basics Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 8 at Tiger Stadium; time TBA TV: TBA Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1, in Baton Rouge; WWL-AM, 870, and WWL-FM, 105.3, in New Orleans; KLWB-FM, 103.7, in Acadiana Series: Alabama leads 48-25-5 Last meeting: Alabama 38, LSU 17 (2013) The opponent: AlabamaContinue reading →

Crimson Tide still seeking consistency away from home

Alabama's T.J. Yeldon (4) runs past Tennessee's Jalen Reeves-Maybin (34) to score a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Daryl Sullivan)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alabama is a team with two personalities. At home, the third-ranked Crimson Tide is as dominant as ever. On the road, Alabama’s a bit more vulnerable. That pattern nearly ended Saturday when Alabama grabbed a 27-0 lead at Tennessee. Then Alabama (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern) became too comfortable and allowed Tennessee (3-5,… Continue reading →