LSU DT Quentin Thomas played with two torn biceps; LT La’el Collins has message for underclassmen

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive tackle Quentin Thomas (95) walks off the field, after LSU's loss Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU made a late comeback after Mississippi State rolled to a big lead, but fell short 34-29.

Quentin Thomas is asked the question: How do you play with two torn biceps? He smiles. “Usually you don’t,” he said with a hearty laugh. That’s right: Thomas, LSU’s junior defensive tackle, played with not one, but two torn biceps for most of this season. He tore his right biceps during the first week… Continue reading →

Video: LSU left tackle La'el Collins says he wants to take everything in when he plays his last game for the Tigers in the Music City Bowl

. LSU left tackle La'el Collins talks about his collegiate career and playing in his last game with the Tigers in the Music City Bowl. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

LSU men's basketball opening tip: College of Charleston at LSU

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU's Keith Hornsby moves toward the ball toward the goal Nov. 29 during the Tigers' game against McNeese State in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Tigers host Sam Houston State after a nine-day layoff from their most recent game, a comeback win at West Virginia.

. The news and notes and other pregame information for the College of Charleston at LSU men's basketball game on Monday at 6 p.m. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

LSU debuts in top five of Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll; four other SEC teams ranked too

. LSU is No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll released Monday. The Tigers are the second-highest ranked Southeastern Conference team, trailing top-ranked Vanderbilt. Here’s the top 25, while the full 40-team poll can be seen here: Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team onto the field before the game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark.

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LSU to wear bowl patch during Music City Bowl

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Brad Kragthorpe (16) pats LSU place kicker Colby Delahoussaye (42) on the head, after his long field goal in the fourth quarter, after Delahoussaye had some troubles earlier int he game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

. LSU players will wear a patch on their breast during the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 against Notre Dame, according to a tweet from an account belonging to the LSU football equipment staff. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Projections: LSU's Jalen Collins, Kwon Alexander most likely to enter NFL Draft, but what about Jalen Mills, Danielle Hunter, others?

Based on conversations with sources around the Tigers' program, The Advocate projects the probability of departures for LSU's underclassmen. No definitive decisions have been made, sources said, so these are only projections. Players at the top of the list are most likely to enter the draft; players near the bottom… Continue reading →

Sources: Texas A&M has contacted LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis who hasn't signed Tigers' new deal

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis watches pregame warmups before the Tigers' win over Sam Houston State on Sept. 6.

Texas A&M has reached out to LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis about its open coordinator position, multiple sources told The Advocate on Sunday. Chavis’ intentions are not clear. LSU has offered Chavis a new contract with an extension, but it has not been signed, sources said as of Monday morning. Chavis just completed… Continue reading →

Playing the what-if game: Tigers would’ve looked mighty different had last year’s early exits stuck around

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

LSU safety Ronald Martin asks himself the question a lot: What if the underclassmen from last season who left early for pro ball would have stayed another year? Imagine it. What if the reliable hands of Jarvis Landry were on the other end of those dropped third-down passes against Alabama? What if… Continue reading →

As Christmas break nears, LSU men host College of Charleston

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU coach Johnny Jones

No one has to tell LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones that playing a game just three days before Christmas can be tricky. Final exams are over, and players are looking forward to going home for a few days to relax and spend some time with their families. But there’s still one piece of… Continue reading →

From the ice rinks of north Alabama to Death Valley, LSU fullback Connor Neighbors is all about playing aggressively

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback Connor Neighbors celebrates on his way to the locker room, after the second  half of the UL-Monroe game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. LSU won 31-0. LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander is in the background.

Somewhere in his apartment, Logan Stokes can find a pile of hockey gear: a puck, stick, helmet with a facemask, shoulder pads, shin guards and gloves. They belong to his roommate, LSU fullback Connor Neighbors, one of the biggest Southern-born hockey fans — and former players — you’ll find. “He loves hockey,” Stokes said. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.… Continue reading →

Tigers’ shooters on the mark in second half

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRELSU forward Jarell Martin drives to the basket while being defended by UMass's Maxie Esho on Dec. 2 at the Pete Maravich Center.

At times, it has seemed like the LSU basketball team just can’t miss from the field in the second half of its first 10 games. It may only seem that way, but it was especially so Thursday night in a 79-70 road win against UAB. “I don’t know if that’s how it seems, but I guess… Continue reading →

LSU women's basketball team defeats UC Santa Barbara 78-45

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS ---LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell gives instruction to Ragyne Moncrief (11) in the second half of LSU's  75-42 win over Southeastern Louisiana Sunday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The LSU women’s basketball team implemented a new platoon system with Purple and Gold units and the Lady Tigers responded with a season’s high in points to claim a convincing 78-45 victory over UC Santa Barbara Friday at the Thunderdome. LSU (5-5) broke its 10 players into two units and split up the action between the media… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s 2014-15 bowl season preview

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Who said the College Football Playoff would be the death of the bowl system? There are 38 bowl games over the next three weeks, plus the new CFP National Championship Game on Jan. 12. Some will be meaningful, others magical, and a few will be blowouts. But, seriously, would you prefer less college football? The… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Wrapping up Christmas gifts for the LSU football team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU head coach Les Miles celebrate as they head to the locker room after the Tiger's 30-27 win over Florida, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville.

Before I dash out to finish my Christmas shopping (don’t judge me), here are a few presents I’d like to bestow on the LSU football family: -- For coach Les Miles, a fresh white LSU hat to wear during the Music City Bowl. Actually, Miles breaks out a fresh new hat for every game, but… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Several underclassmen considering return; two of five assistants have signed extensions

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Vadal Alexander welcomes coach Les Miles to his usual spot in line singing the alma mater after LSU's 17-6 win over Florida in 2013. Miles said 'several' players have told the staff they are considering returning to school, though he didn't indentify players by name. Alexander is draft-eligible.

LSU coach Les Miles won’t announce if any of his underclassmen have already made the decision to go pro early, but he said “several” players have told the staff they are considering returning to school. “I would say that several underclassmen have said unofficially that they’re considering returning,” he said Friday night after practice. “I can tell you… Continue reading →

Johnny Jones’ technical — and some energized play on defense — helped LSU surge past UAB

Associated Press photo by MARK ALMOND -- LSU coach Johnny Jones watches his team during the first half Thursday's game at UAB.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After his team struggled at times during the first half of Thursday night’s game with UAB, LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones saw just what he wanted to see early in the second half. One look was all it took. When Jones was whistled for his first technical foul in two-plus seasons as… Continue reading →

LSU shortstop Alex Bregman, left-hander Jared Poche' named preseason All Americans

. Shortstop Alex Bregman and left-handed pitcher Jared Poche were named to Collegiate Baseball’s All-American second team. Here’s the full list of preseason All-Americans. Bregman, a junior who the coaching staff expects to lose to the MLB Draft after this season, will start as LSU’s shortstop for a… Continue reading →

Tiger Tracks blog: LSU coach Les Miles tells radio show 'I wish (Michigan) the very best'

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, and LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley, right, shout instructions to the defense during the first half Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Remember when LSU coach Les Miles told reporters Monday that he wasn’t considering the Michigan job? Well, he talked more about that on Sirius/XM Radio on Thursday. Continue reading →

Top linebacker recruit in country Malik Jefferson commits to Texas over LSU, Texas A&M, others

Mesquite (Texas) high school linebacker Malik Jefferson -- one of the nation's top recruits for the class of 2015 -- announced his commitment Friday morning, option for Texas over schools like LSU, Texas A&M and others. Rivals.com ranks Jefferson, who plays at Poteet High School, as the No. 1 player in the country at his position and the No. 22 recruit… Continue reading →

On a roll: LSU surges past UAB with strong second half

LSUs Jalyn Patterson pressures UABs Nick Norton  during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Once again Thursday night, the LSU basketball team found itself on the short end of the score at halftime of a game — this time against UAB. But for the fourth time in five opportunities, the Tigers found a way to extricate themselves and pull out a victory. This time, LSU combined a hot-shooting second half with a bothersome… Continue reading →

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture has some history with Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (91) pressures New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Rogers (18) during a game Sept. 27. LaCouture played against Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire in an all-star game when the players were sought-after recruits. They will meet again in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.

Christian LaCouture has the edge on any other LSU defender when it comes to playing against Notre Dame’s No. 2 quarterback. The Fighting Irish (7-5) plan to use starter Everett Golson and sophomore Malik Zaire against LSU (8-4) in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, coach Brian Kelly told reporters earlier this week. Zaire has thrown just… Continue reading →

LSU women try to rebound against UC Santa Barbara

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell reacts to Rutgers' stealing the ball from one of her players during the Sue Gunter Classic, Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The LSU women’s basketball team looks to return to the win column before the holiday break and wraps up its two-game California road trip Friday at UC Santa Barbara. Tip time is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CST from the Thunderdome, and the game will not be televised. The game will… Continue reading →

Video: LSU guard Keith Hornsby says the Tigers were a different team in the second half against Alabama-Birmingham

LSUs Keith Hornsby follows UABs Tyler Madison during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond)

. LSU guard Keith Hornsby scored 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting from the field in the Tigers' 79-70 victory at Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: LSU forward Jordan Mickey says the Tigers' adjustments paid off against Alabama-Birmingham

Associated Press photo by Mark AlmondLSUs Jordan Mickey looks to shoot in front of UABs Tosin Mehinti during the second half of Thursday's game. LSU won 79-70.

. LSU forward Jordan Mickey scored 13 points and had eight rebounds in the Tigers' 79-70 victory at Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Sean Weatherspoon’s comments get Saints’ attention

Sean Weatherspoon is going to miss Sunday’s Falcons-Saints game with a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury. Judging from his Twitter account, the Atlanta linebacker seems excited about this NFC South matchup at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis certainly had a lot to say about it earlier this week, offering your Falcons a funeral. Weatherspoon responded on Twitter:… Continue reading →

Rookie of the Year in back of Odell Beckham Jr.’s mind

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a catch against Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. said being named the league’s top rookie doesn’t dominate his thoughts. But it’s not far away, either. “It’s always in the back of your mind,” Beckham, the former Newman High School and LSU star said. “But right now, we’ve got two more games and whatever happens, happens.… Continue reading →

LSU’s Josh Gray to miss UAB game

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRELSU guard Josh Gray drives on UMass guard Trey Davis on Dec. 2t at the Pete Maravich Center.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — LSU point guard Josh Gray, who has been nursing a sprained right ankle for the past five days, won’t play in Thursday night’s game against UAB in Bartow Arena. LSU hit the floor for early warmups with Gray dressed in a purple T-shirt and black sweatpants. He was wearing a splint on… Continue reading →

Opening Tip: LSU at Alabama-Birmingham in men's basketball at 8 p.m.

LSU guard Keith Homsby, left, is blocked by West Virginia forward Elijah Macon (45) during an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

. Get the latest news and notes before the LSU at Alabama-Birmingham men's basketball game on Thursday at 8 p.m. in this blog from Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles. Click here to see the report. Continue reading →

Report: LSU cornerback Jalen Collins likely to enter the NFL draft; defensive end Danielle Hunter leaning toward staying

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32) celebrates as he comes off the field after his game-clinching interception with less than two minutes to go, in the game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

. LSU junior cornerback Jalen Collins is likely to enter the NFL Draft, and defensive end Danielle Hunter is leaning toward remaining in school, according to Yahoo Sports. Rand Getlin cited anonymous sources in his story on Collins and his tweet about Hunter. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →