LSU safety Jamal Adams has been making crushing blocks, tackles for years

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety Jamal Adams celebrates with teammate John Battle after the the Tigers defeated Florida 30-27 on Oct. 11.

Tre’Davious White awoke Sunday morning with a text message from LSU safety Jamal Adams. The message included a photo of Adams crushing Kentucky safety A.J. Stamps on a peelback block last Saturday that sprung White for a 67-yard touchdown on a punt return. “You’re welcome,” the message read with a smiley face attached. Adams’ smashing shot… Continue reading →

LSU’s backfield is catching on recently as the team's most-used receivers

LSU fullback Melvin Jones (49) is run out of bounds on the 3-yard line by Florida linebacker Michael Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. LSU won the game 30-27. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LSU’s running backs and fullbacks are slowly becoming the team’s most-used receivers. No. 24 LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) enters Saturday night’s game against No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0) having completed as many passes to receivers (eight) as it has backs over the past two weeks. The Tigers’ passing problems — they’re in… Continue reading →

Lady Tigers picked to finish seventh in preseason poll

Louisiana State's Raigyne Moncrief answers a question during a news conference at the Southeastern Conference women's basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LSU women’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference by a select media panel from around the league and the nation. The results of the poll were announced Tuesday as SEC Tipoff ’15, the league’s media days, got underway. Women’s coaches and players took center stage on the first day Tuesday… Continue reading →

LSU report: Volleyball team taking on Ole Miss

Tigers Take on Rebels Wednesday on SEC Network The LSU volleyball team closes out its longest road trip of the season at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Ole Miss at the Gillom Sports Complex in Oxford, Mississippi. The Tigers will be looking to extend their winning streak to six matches, while Ole Miss will… Continue reading →

Ole Miss relies on tough defense for its rise toward top of SEC

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Ole Miss defensive end Marquis Haynes jars the ball loose from Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley during last week’s game in Oxford, Miss. The Rebels face LSU on Saturday.

Statistics might not tell the whole story about how good No. 3 Ole Miss’ defense has been this season. But it’s certainly a good place to start. The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) are giving up just 10.6 points per game this season, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. Their 15 interceptions are tied for the… Continue reading →

Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. a rising star

Associated Press photo by LM OTERONew York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham celebrates his touchdown reception in front of Dallas Cowboys' Barry Church (42), Justin Durant (52) and others during the second half Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Life in the NFL is changing quickly for New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The first-round draft pick from LSU has gone from a player who could not get on the field because of a hamstring injury, to an exciting young talent to Giants’ No. 1 playmaker in a span… Continue reading →

LSU’s backfield is catching on recently as the team's most-used receivers

LSU fullback Melvin Jones (49) is run out of bounds on the 3-yard line by Florida linebacker Michael Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. LSU won the game 30-27. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LSU’s running backs and fullbacks are slowly becoming the team’s most-used receivers. No. 24 LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) enters Saturday night’s game against No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0) having completed as many passes to receivers (eight) as it has backs over the past two weeks. The Tigers’ passing problems — they’re in… Continue reading →

LSU women’s basketball picked seventh in SEC

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU Women's Basketball coach Nikki Caldwell answers media questions during LSU Basketball Media Day Wednesday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LSU women’s basketball team has been picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference this season by a select media panel from around the league and nation. The results of the poll were announced Tuesday as the SEC Tipoff ’15 got underway. The women took center stage Tuesday with the men to follow… Continue reading →

Key matchups: Ole Miss at LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for a first down during the first half at Florida on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Gainesville.

LSU safety Jamal Adams vs. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace Ole Miss won’t come into Tiger Stadium on Saturday night with any secrets: The Rebels like to throw the ball. Ole Miss has the No. 3 passing offense in the Southeastern Conference, averaging 282 yards through the air. Wallace,… Continue reading →

LSU men, women head to SEC media days

The Southeastern Conference begins the countdown to the start of the college basketball season Tuesday and Wednesday with men’s and women’s coaches and players from all 14 schools taking part in SEC Tipoff ’15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two-day SEC basketball media days event was moved from Birmingham, Alabama, this year in part because of… Continue reading →

With Ole Miss’ stout run defense up next, Tigers’ passing game continues to struggle

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) leaves the field, checking the replay on the stadium scoreboard after an unsuccessful third down in the first half against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Several people came to Anthony Jennings’ side three weeks ago when the Tiger Stadium crowd rained boos down on LSU’s sophomore quarterback during his rough outing against New Mexico State. Former coaches, his parents, teammates and friends. One person stood out among the group: Matt Flynn. The ex-LSU quarterback called Jennings to offer… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: ‘College GameDay’ is Baton-Rouge bound for Ole Miss game

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a defensive stop agasint Kentucky, during the first half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming back to Baton Rouge. The network’s Saturday morning pregame show will broadcast live from LSU’s campus before the Tigers meet No. 3 Ole Miss at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN. The show will set up on the LSU Parade Grounds. GameDay is making its 10th trip to Baton Rouge in… Continue reading →

Less flash, but more wins for Ole Miss and QB Bo Wallace

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze knows quarterback Bo Wallace can throw for 300 or even close to 400 yards on just about any night. After all, Wallace has done it before. But the Rebels don’t need that right now. “Until something changes, we’re going to play to the strength of… Continue reading →

LSU report: Tigers volleyball team upsets No. 12 Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — With an 11-match and seven-match Southeastern Conference winning streak on the line, the No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats rolled through the first two sets of Sunday’s match, but the LSU volleyball team refused to quit, taking the final three to win 22-25, 15-25, 26-24, 25-9, 16-14 to end Kentucky’s and push LSU’s winning… Continue reading →

They're back: LSU returns to the rankings at No. 23 in the coaches poll, No. 24 in the AP Top 25 poll

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) busts up the middle for good yardage during the 4th quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 41-3.

LSU has returned to the top 25. The Tigers, absent from the polls for two weeks, are No. 23 in the latest coaches poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press top 25, both released Sunday. LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern) has rebounded from an 0-2 conference hole to win two straight… Continue reading →

Bradley Dale Peveto’s crew turns in something special as LSU manhandles Kentucky 41-3

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Tre'Davious White (16) is all alone in the last yards of his 67-yard  first-quarter punt return for a  touchdown, accompanied by wingmen John Diarse (9) and Donnie Alexander (48), on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Baton Rouge.

Bradley Dale Peveto, LSU’s normally jolly, talkative special teams coordinator, stood near the goal posts at the north end of Tiger Stadium and had trouble speaking. Oh, yes. This was something special. LSU’s special teams followed a bumbling performance at Florida last week with a stunning display Saturday night. The group ignited a big early… Continue reading →

LSU Postgame: Tigers 41, Kentucky 3

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Terrence Magee breaks up the middle through the Kentucky defense  Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

. Bradley Dale Peveto, LSU’s normally jolly, talkative special teams coordinator, stood near the goal posts at the north end of Tiger Stadium and had trouble speaking. Oh yes – this was something special. LSU’s special teams unit followed a bumbling performance at Florida last week with a stunning display Saturday night. The group… Continue reading →