LSU’s Quantavius Leslie looking for his shot

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDLSU wide receiver Quantavius Leslie runs drills Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in the McClendon Practice Facility.

In their team’s last major scrimmage before the spring game in late March, LSU coaches caught a glimpse of what they wanted to see out of wide receiver Quantavius Leslie. That day, Leslie had four receptions for 135 yards with a 65-yard touchdown catch from freshman Brandon Harris to highlight a performance he hoped would make a lasting… Continue reading →

Deion Jones leads LSU’s special teams into 2014

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU linebacker Deion Jones (45) sends Iowa's Jordan Cotton (23) somersaulting through the air, as Cotton returns a kickoff  in the first half of the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida Wednesday.  LSU linebacker Tahj Jones (58) is at right.

They call him “Debo.” He walks around the LSU football operations building with a smile, a bag of sunflower seeds and a spit cup. Deion Jones seems harmless. But that’s just a fa├žade. “I’d hate to have to block him,” linebacker D.J. Welter said. Jones, a junior linebacker from New Orleans, has developed a reputation during his first… Continue reading →

SEC wants to increase football fans’ experience

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A view of the south end zone expansion at LSU's Tiger Stadium.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — All 14 Southeastern Conference members have taken steps to improve the fan experience at league football stadiums, the league said. The changes resulted from recommendations made by a working group approved by SEC athletic directors in June 2012 to review attendance trends with some fans choosing to watch at home on flat-screen TVs.… Continue reading →

2013 finale rallying cry for LSU volleyball team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU volleyball player Malorie Pardo talks with reporters during LSU volleyball and soccer's media day Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The LSU volleyball season doesn’t start on Aug. 29 against No. 14 San Diego, at least not according to LSU coach Fran Flory. It didn’t kick off on Tuesday’s media day, either. It all began in Seattle, at the Alaska Airlines Arena on Dec. 7, after the Tigers’ loss to No. 3-ranked Washington in the NCAA… Continue reading →

Season-ending 6-game skid motivator for LSU soccer

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU soccer player Alex Arlitt, speaks with the media Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU’s soccer team entered the final three weeks of the 2013 season riding atop the Southeastern Conference standings with an undefated mark through six games and seemingly destined for postseason play. That was until disaster struck. The Tigers (9-9-2) didn’t win another match, suffering five straight conference defeats to close the regular season and were eliminated… Continue reading →

LSU’s Frank Herron looking to be disruptive force

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive ends Deondre Clark  and Frank Herron (97) watch drills during practice earlier this month.

The video shows a 240-pound teenager hustling down the basketball court, leaping into the air and dunking the ball with two hands — backward. Another clip shows the same kid, Frank Herron, on a football field. He bursts off the line of scrimmage, wheels around the offensive line and knocks the… Continue reading →

LSU four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine cleared by NCAA

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Les Miles fields questions from local and statewide media in the Shirley and Bill Lawton Room at the team's football operations facility during LSU Football's annual media day, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine has been cleared by the NCAA to play at LSU, his high school coach confirmed. Valentine tweeted the news Monday morning. Mike Tunsil, Valentine’s high school coach at Champagnat Catholic - Hialeah, confirmed the news with The Advocate. Valentine will arrive at LSU on Tuesday, Tunsil said. He’ll begin… Continue reading →

Tigers No. 13 in preseason AP top 25

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGLSU coach Les Miles clenches his fist as players, including defensive end Jermauria Rasco, receiver James Wright and quarterback Anthony Jennings celebrate after the Outback Bowl.

LSU is ranked No. 13 in the preseason Associated Press top 25 released Sunday. The Tigers are one of eight Southeastern Conference teams ranked: No.2 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 12 Georgia, No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 24 Missouri. Florida State tops the poll at No. 1, receiving 57 of… Continue reading →