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Game Day: LSU vs. Texas A-M

Leonard Fournette ran for just nine yards at Arkansas. (Bill Feig)

Leonard Fournette ran for just nine yards at Arkansas. (Bill Feig)

UPDATES

  • 6: LSU left guard Vadal Alexander had his hands heavily wrapped during pregame warmups. He suffered a hand injury against Alabama and missed the game at Arkansas. Evan Washington will start, as expected, at right guard. He replaces Ethan Pocic, who moved to center to replace Elliott Porter, who’s hurt.
  • 5:45: From Sheldon Mickles, a note on Kyle Field’s future:

At 6 p.m. Friday, the west side of Kyle Field, which includes the press box, will become a construction zone as the second phase of a $450 million renovation project begins.

The first phase, which included the removal of the lowest of three decks on the east side and installation of suites and a new south end zone, was finished just before the 2014 season opener.

A new visitors’ locker room, and home and visitors interview areas were also part of the initial phase. A&M sports information director Alan Cannon said the west side of the stadium will be imploded on Dec. 21 at 6 a.m. and construction crews will have only 8½ months to complete the project by the 2015 home opener on Sept. 12 against Ball State.

The press box will be relocated to the top of the east side stands and more suites and club seats will shrink the stadium’s capacity from 106,000 this year to 102,512. That will still make it the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference – just ahead of Tennessee (102,455) and LSU (102,321).

Alabama (101,821) is the only other SEC stadium with a capacity of more than 100,000.

“Capacity will go down, but revenue will go up,” a smiling Cannon said

  • 4:40: Left guard Vadal Alexander, who missed the trip to Arkansas with a hand injury, made the trip – as expected – to Texas. He was seen about two hours before the game walking across Kyle Field with nothing visible on his hands.
  • 3:47 p.m.: Live from Kyle Field…

The Info

  • Match: LSU (7-4, 3-4) vs. Texas A&M (7-4, 3-4)
  • TDP: 6:32 p.m., Thursday, Kyle Field
  • TV: SEC Network (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder)
  • Series Record: LSU leads 29-20-3

Players To Watch (LSU)

  • Leonard Fournette: Fournette had just five carries at Arkansas, a season low. He ran for a season low in yards, too. The Tigers need the No. 1-ranked recruit to get more than 9 yards in this one.

    Ethan Pocic, right, will start at center for LSU. (Bill Feig)

    Ethan Pocic, right, will start at center for LSU. (Bill Feig)

  • C Ethan Pocic: He’ll get his third start this season at center with Elliott Porter left behind with an ankle injury suffered at Arkansas. The line’s cohesion relies upon its sophomore center.
  • DE Danielle Hunter: Les Miles suggested this week that LSU will have its best chance at getting a pass rush against A&M than any other opponent this season. That starts with Hunter.

Players To Watch (Texas A&M)

  • QB Kyle Allen: Allen is a former five star recruit ranked the No. 1 QB in the nation last year. But he’s only a true freshman, and he’s had a bumpy few games since replacing Kenny Hill. 
  • WR Speedy Noil: Another true freshman, Noil – a New Orleans native – is an explosive player who averages 13 yards a punt return. He’s fourth in catches (40) and yards (513) on A&M.
  • WR Ricky Seals-Jones: The 6-foot-5, 235-pound freshman leads A&M in receptions with 47 and has 443 yards. He’s a big target Allen.

Key Matchup

Tre White and LSU's secondary will be tested at Kyle Field. (Travis Spradling)

Tre White and LSU’s secondary will be tested at Kyle Field. (Travis Spradling)

  • LSU secondary vs. A&M WRs: Normally, our key matchup involves at least one team’s front seven, but not in this one. The Aggies pass the ball more than they run, and the Tigers’ defend the pass better than all but five teams in the FBS.

The Opponent

  • Sagarin rating: No. 18
  • Best win: 41-38 at No. 6 Auburn
  • Worst loss: 34-27 vs. No. 19 Missouri
  • Sagarin strength of schedule: No. 7
  • Record vs. Sagarin Top 30: 2-4

The Series

Last 10

  • 2013: LSU 34-10 at Baton Rouge
  • 2012: LSU 24-19 at College Station
  • 2010: LSU 41-24 at Arlington (Cotton Bowl)
  • 1995: A&M 33-17 at College Station
  • 1994: A&M 18-13 at Baton Rouge
  • 1993: A&M 24-0 at College Station
  • 1992: A&M 31-22 at Baton Rouge
  • 1991: A&M 45-7 at College Station
  • 1990: LSU 17-8 at Baton Rouge
  • 1989: A&M 28-16 at College Station

Biggest series wins

  • LSU: 37-0 (37 points) in 1971
  • A&M: 63-9 (54 points) in 1914

The Spread

LSU -3

Twitter Mailbag: You asked about Thanksgiving food, Aggies-Tigers rivalry and more

Leonard Fournette had just five carries at Arkansas. (Travis Spradling)

Leonard Fournette had just five carries at Arkansas. (Travis Spradling)

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.

  • Turkey: LT La’el Collins. Why: Because he’s the most valuable entity on LSU’s team, just like turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • Stuffing: FB Connor Neighbors. Why? Because, like stuffing, he plays second fiddle to turkey but is an integral part.
  • Green Been Casserole: LB Kendell Beckwith. Thick, flavorful, crispy. Just like fast, strong and athletic.
  • Cranberry Sauce: CB Tre’Davious White. Tough to mess up cranberry sauce. White rarely messes up on coverage.
  • Sweet Potatoes: RB Leonard Fournette. Why? Because your eyes light up when you see his moves, just like the first bite of these.

The risky pick is Fournette. The safe route is Jennings (right?).

Either way, we’ll go with Jennings based on a few facts. First, Texas A&M plays without a deep safety, meaning the Tigers might be going deep with more success than usual. Second, Fournette received just five carries at Arkansas, and the Aggies will be bent on stopping LSU’s run.

Third, just playing the percentages here. Jennings averages 123 yards passing a game. Fournetted averages 67.

If coaches are confident enough to play Teuhema on key downs in significant parts of games, he’s probably a future playmaker.

He was just a three-star rated prospect out of Texas, but coaches clearly like Teuhema’s pass-rushing ability. He’s been the nose tackle in the Tigers’ Mustang package, a pass-rushing scheme that includes three defensive linemen, two linebackers and six DBs.

He’s had success in that role, and he may be an heir apparent to one guys like Jermauria Rasco or Danielle Hunter.

I think it’ll take some time for A&M to move up the chain of LSU’s rivals, but there’s a good chance it eventually happens. After all, the two are now ending the regular season by playing, they’re border states, they recruit hard against each other and they have an old rivalry dating back decades.

Here’s my best guess of what could be termed LSU’s list of rivals right now:

  • 1. Alabama
  • 2. Ole Miss
  • 3. Auburn
  • 4. Florida
  • 5. Texas A&M

Sure seems like it. Les Miles said on his radio show a few weeks ago that Garrett would “probably” redshirt this season.

Garrett played in two games this season – against New Mexico State and Louisiana-Monroe. LSU could file for a waiver to get Garrett a medical redshirt for this season. Players who have played in less than 30 percent of a team’s games and were injured in the first half of the season are eligible for medical redshirts.

Garrett’s injury is unclear.

Garrett was a five-star rated product from Illinois ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation. Garrett is behind Kendell Beckwith and D.J. Welter at the middle linebacker spot.

If I had to choose right now, I say yes. But who really knows?

The Tigers are rumored to be after former Clemson quarterback and current East Mississippi CC QB Chad Kelly. Rivals.com reported that LSU had offered Kelly. Other sites have disputed that report.

Kelly is a former highly rated dual-threat prospect out of New York who was dismissed from the team at Clemson this spring. 

Here’s our story about that earlier this week.

Here are a few candidates:

  • DE Danielle Hunter: Projected as high as a second-round pick.
  • S/CB Jalen Mills: Thought to be top 5 at his position.
  • LG Vadal Alexander: Kipers says he’s the 4th-best guard.
  • Others: LB Kwon Alexander, CB Jalen Collins, LT Jerald Hawkins.

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Texas A&M

Now positioned at the end of the regular season, the LSU-Texas A&M game is poised to take off as THE rivalry in the SEC for the Tigers and Aggies. Of course, these two have been big rivals long before A&M joined the SEC in 2012. Here’s a look back at five memorable games from this colorful rivalry (LSU leads the series 29-20-3, 2-0 since A&M joined the SEC but A&M leads 7-2-1 in College Station):

Jan. 1, 1944 – LSU 19, Texas A&M 14: The Tigers travel to Miami for this Orange Bowl meeting with the Aggies by train and in cars with wartime fuel stamps saved up by LSU fans. They return home in 18 used cars purchased by a booster. In between, Steve Van Buren runs for two scores and throws for another in the Tigers’ first bowl win in four tries.

Sept. 19, 1970 – Texas A&M 20, LSU 18: In its season opener, LSU leads 18-13 with less than a minute left and A&M pinned at its 21. On third down, Aggie quarterback Lex James launches an 89-yard touchdown pass to Hugh McElroy, who scores with :13 left. The Tigers recover to go 9-3 and win their only SEC title under Charles McClendon.

Sept. 2, 1989 – Texas A&M 28, LSU 16: A No. 7-ranked LSU team expected to be a national title contender sees its hopes evaporate in the time it takes A&M’s Larry Horton to return the season’s first kickoff 92 yards for a score. The play is a portent of a dark age to come as LSU would finish 4-7, the first of six straight losing seasons.

Jan. 7, 2011 – LSU 41, Texas A&M 24: A crowd of 83,514 packs Cowboys (now AT&T) Stadium for this Cotton Bowl showdown, the first game between the Tigers and Aggies since 1995. LSU claws out of an early 10-0 hole with 288 yards rushing and three Jordan Jefferson to Terrence Toliver touchdown passes to finish 11-2 and No. 7 in the polls.

Oct. 20, 2012 – LSU 24, Texas A&M 19: Johnny Manziel runs wild against LSU – for a half – but the Tigers eventually corral the eventual Heisman Trophy winner, forcing him into three interceptions as the Tigers rally from a 12-0 deficit for the win. Jeremy Hill rushes for 127 yards, including the game-winning 47-yard touchdown run with 3:12 left.

 

 

Pick 6: Q and A with a Texas A and M beat reporter

Brent Zwerneman, of the Houston Chronicle, is used to covering thanksgiving-football-turkeyfootball games on Thanksgiving. It’s been a Texas A&M tradition for years.

Working on Thanksgiving Night ain’t no thing for him. And neither is joining us for this week’s Pick 6, a Q&A about the Aggies.

You can follow Brent on Twitter at @BrentZwerneman and read his work here.

1. Give us the Cliffs Notes summary on Texas A&M’s quarterback situation since spring practice.

Kenny Hill looked all-world in the Aggies’ season opener at South Carolina, but his play dropped off along the way and it didn’t help that he received his second suspension in less than a year for the ever-dreaded violation of team rules – in midseason to boot.

That paved the way for true freshman Kyle Allen the past three games, and Allen has taken advantage of the opportunity, and really showed his saltiness in a strong effort in the rain and cold against Missouri (despite the Aggies’ 34-27 loss).

Allen was a five-star recruit, and his strong arm has shown why – although he’s still got loads to learn about the college game.

Speedy Noil chose the Aggies over his in-state Tigers. (Bill Feig)

Speedy Noil chose the Aggies over his in-state Tigers. (Bill Feig)

2. WR Speedy Noil is a New Orleans native who spurned the Tigers for the Aggies. How’s his first year going in College Station?

Texas A&M fans love Speedy, not only because of his cool nickname but because of his tough play. Noil has shown himself to be one of the team’s fiercest competitors – the Aggies’ version of Dez Bryant in his demonstrative manner of letting his teammates and the fans know he’s not going to stand for losses.

He also wasn’t afraid to wear No. 2 – which another guy with a cool nickname wore before him (Johnny Manziel).

3. Have you noticed an improvement in A&M’s defense from last season and, if so, where?

The improvement has come in the talent level, as Kevin Sumlin has gradually recruited better than his predecessor, Mike Sherman, on that side of the ball. Take five-star defensive end Myles Garrett, already the Aggies’ best player as a true freshman.

Still, the defense has often looked like one of the nation’s worst (and the statistics bear that out), especially in consecutive shellackings at the hands of Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama. I suspect a change at defensive coordinator will be made as soon as Friday, with the likeable Mark Snyder on the way out (and some A&M fans begging for Will Muschamp to replace him).

4. LSU is the only SEC Western Division team that A&M hasn’t beaten since the Aggies entered the league in 2012. Are players and coaches aware of this and what’s the feeling on it?

They’re brutally aware of it – multiple players mentioned as much at the weekly press conference leading to the game. Sumlin often looks for nuggets worth repeating to his players, and you can bet he’s repeated the above, to quote Tim McGraw, “over and over again” in the past week.

5. LSU isn’t used to playing on Thanksgiving, but the Aggies are. Is the A&M community happy with playing LSU on a holiday? What’s the reaction there about replacing the opponent (Texas) in an old tradition?

There’s a big-time adjustment period still ongoing in Aggieland about the replacement of a longtime rival, and it’s going to take time, of course, for this to be a true rivalry. I’ve visited with Aggies on both sides of the fence – ones who believe it’s a birthright to play on Thanksgiving night, and others who’d just as soon spend that time with family (like Thanksgiving was meant to be).

By the way, in a bid for lore I’ve pushed for the teams playing for the “Sabine Canteen” – but for some reason it hasn’t caught on. Any help on that front would be appreciated.

6. What’s the one thing A&M must do to win this game and why?

Run the ball effectively. When they have, their offense has been difficult to adjust to and harder to slow. The Aggies own three solid backs in Tra Carson, Trey Williams and Brandon Williams (lot of confusion in that mix of names), but none has really established himself as “the guy” this year. That’s probably because Sumlin’s system doesn’t allow as much, in consistently rotating the backs, with inconsistent results.

Oh – and score more points. That’s probably the main thing.

LSU bowl projections: Week 13

The end of the regular season is drawing near, and still no clear consensus out there as to where the LSU Tigers will go bowling this season.

Among 15 national bowl projections, the Tigers are picked to go to seven different bowls, with the most popular choices the Texas and Belk bowls with four predictions each.

This week brings the prediction of a new bowl: Jason Kirk of SBNation.com now has LSU sliding outside the pool of six bowls (Outback, Taxslayer, Texas, Music City, Liberty and Belk) the SEC will pick to the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3

Bowl bids will be announced Sunday, Dec. 7, the day after the conference championship games are played.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • Sam Kahn Jr. (SEC blogger) and Jake Trotter (Big 12 blogger), ESPN.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • CollegeSportsMadness.com: Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Belk Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Zac Ellis, SI.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Maryland
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Birmingham Bowl vs. Memphis
  • Steve Lassan, Athlon Sports: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: Music City vs. Louisville
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Dave Miller, NationalFootballPost.com: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Belk Bowl vs. Louisville
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Minnesota
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: Belk Bowl vs. Duke

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

No matter if LSU finishes 8-4 with a win over Texas A&M or 7-5 with a loss to the Aggies, a few things appear likely.

One, LSU won’t return to the Outback Bowl. Despite the SEC’s insistence that the pool of six bowls are equal, the Outback looks like the first among equals and thus will likely get a team with a better record than LSU could offer.

Two, the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, makes little sense for the Tigers when it could have six-win South Carolina, Florida or Tennessee or Kentucky (if the latter two win this weekend) much closer at hand. It’s hard to see thousands of LSU fans flocking to Charlotte to watch a 7-5 Tigers team play two days before New Year’s, though it’s possible that opponent could be Notre Dame.

Three, a wild card in the mix is whether the Texas Bowl will get its dream paring of Texas and Texas A&M. There are conflicting reports as to whether one school or the other (or the SEC) would veto it, but if a veto doesn’t happen it appears highly unlikely the Tigers land there. For what it’s worth, ESPN’s three bowl projections (Brett McMurphy, Mark Schlabach and bloggers Sam Kahn Jr. and Jake Trotter combined) project an Aggies-Longhorns Texas Bowl.

So let’s assume A&M and Texas will fill Houston’s NRG Stadium with deep-seated animosity on Dec. 29. That probably leaves LSU to the Taxslayer, Liberty or Music City bowls. The Tigers slipping to the Birmingham Bowl, even at 7-5, seems far fetched. That’s a 6-6 team bowl for sure.

We continue to feel an 8-4 LSU team would be headed to Jacksonville, Florida, for the Taxslayer (formerly Gator) bowl. There was interest by the Taxslayer in LSU last year and there are whispers that there’s interest again. If not, especially if the Tigers are 7-5, it makes most geographic sense for LSU to go to the Liberty over the Music City Bowl, though either could happen.

But we have to make a pick. So we’ll say LSU wins Thursday and goes to the Taxslayer Bowl, and heads to the Liberty Bowl with a loss.

BOWL GUIDE

  • Texas Bowl: Dec. 29, Houston
  • Liberty Bowl: Dec. 29, Memphis
  • Music City Bowl: Dec. 30, Nashville
  • Belk Bowl: Dec. 30, Charlotte
  • Outback Bowl: Jan. 1, Tampa
  • Taxslayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville
  • Birmingham Bowl: Jan. 3, Birmingham

Report: LSU assistant Frank Wilson ‘in mix’ at Troy

LSU recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson is “in the mix” for the head coaching position at Troy, coachingsearch.com reported Tuesday. FootballScoop.com reported days ago that Wilson is “a real candidate” at Troy.

Coachingsearch.com lists Wilson and Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Luke as candidates for the gig at Troy, a Sun Belt Conference program that transitioned from Football Championship Subdivision in 2001.

FootballScoop.com reports that Kentucky OC Neal Brown and Texas running backs coach Tommie Robinson are also in the mix.

LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson is "in the mix" for the Troy head coaching job, coachingsearch.com says. (Kyle Encar)

LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson is “in the mix” for the Troy head coaching job, coachingsearch.com says. (Kyle Encar)

Troy coach Larry Blakeney announced his retirement in October. His 24-year stint atop the program will end Saturday with a home game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Blakeney led the Trojans, 3-8 this season, to 178 wins since 1991. They won five straight Sun Belt titles in 2006-2010.

Troy is expected to name a head coach as early as next week, according to The Montgomery Advertiser.  A realistic deadline is more like mid-December, according to past reports.

Wilson is in his fifth season with the Tigers. He’s helped bring in some of the nation’s best recruiting classes, including the Tigers’ No. 2-ranked signing group last year. A New Orleans native, Wilson has never been a college head coach or a college offensive or defensive coordinator. He’s had stops as an assistant at Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tennessee before arriving at LSU.

Wilson is the highest-paid position assistant at LSU, making $650,00 a year. He has a contract that expires on March 31, 2015, but it extends for another year if the school doesn’t terminate the deal. Blakeney makes $505,000 per year.

Wilson and Troy athletic director John Hartwell worked at Ole Miss together. Hartwell was the No. 2 administrator in athletics at Ole Miss for nine years before joining Troy in 2012. Wilson served as running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Ole Miss in 2005-07.

LSU in the NFL: Week 12

Odell Beckham Jr.’s spectacular catch Sunday for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys remains the talk of the NFL and the highlight of the year so far for former LSU players in the NFL.

 

Here’s the complete list of LSU players in the NFL through the first 12 weeks of the regular season:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 12 Status/stats; Season

Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, St. Louis Rams, OT, Season: Started all games

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W12: Started, no stats; Season: 5 tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011­-13, New York Giants, WR, W12: 10 receptions, 146 yards, two touchdowns, 1 carry for -2 yards rushing; Season: 41-609 5 TDs receiving, 3-22 rushing, 8 punt returns for 55 yards

Alfred Blue, 2010­-13, Houston Texans, RB, W12: 16-46 rushing, 3-20 receiving; Season: 120-436 rushing, 9-76 1 TD rushing, 1 blocked punt (TD), 2 fumble recoveries, 2 tackles

Punt (TD), 2 FR, 2 ST Tackle

Dwayne Bowe, 2003­-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W12: 3-42 receiving; Season: 44-551 receiving

Michael Brockers, 2009-­11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W12: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QBH; Season: 16 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 TFL, 1 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FR

Ron Brooks, 2007­-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W12: Inactive; Season: 10 tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB, Placed on Injured Reserve; Season: 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Ryan Clark, 1997­-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W12: 4 tackles, 1 FR; Season: 60 Tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 FR

Glenn Dorsey, 2004-07, San Francisco 49ers, DT, Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list

Lavar Edwards, 2008-12, Dallas Cowboys, DE, W12: practice squad; Season: 1 tackle

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W12: 1 tackle; Season: 18 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W12: Did not play.; Season: 7-15, 60 yds., 1 INT; 1-(-1) rushing

Jeremy Hill, 2012­-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W12: 18-87 1 TD rushing, 1-9 receiving; Season: 131-643 6 TDs rushing, 17-138 receiving

Tyson Jackson, 2004-­08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W12: 1 tackle, 2 QBH; Season: 18 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 PBU, 2 QBH

Ricky Jean­ Francois, 2005-­08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W12: 1 QBH, 1 PBU; Season: 19 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 QBH, 5 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011­-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W12: Inactive; Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000­-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W 12: 3 punts, 45.0 avg.; Season: 53 punts, 43.6 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-­09, New England Patriots, WR, W12: 9-98 receiving; Season: 48-674 5 TDs receiving

Jarvis Landry, 2011­-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W12: 7-50 2 TDs receiving, 1 KR for 20 yards, 1 PR for 17 yards; Season 49-450 5 TDs receiving, 2-(-4) rushing, 3 tackles, 23 KR for 641 yards, 19 PR for 160 yards

LaRon Landry, 2003­-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W12: 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL, 2 QBH; Season: 29 tackles, 2 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 3 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009­-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W12: 1 tackle, 1 PBU, 1 FF; Season: 37 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 FF

Craig Loston, 2009­-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W12: no stats; Season: 2 tackles

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-­11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W12: 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH; Season: 27 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 QBH, 4 PBU, 1 INT, 1 FR

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W12: no stats; Season: 20 tackles, 1 FR

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-­13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W12: 20­39, 345 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT passing, 2-(-2) rushing; Season: 80­136, 1,103 yards, 7 TDs, 5 INT passing, 3-(-3) rushing

Barkevious Mingo, 2010­-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W12: 1 PBU; Season: 29 tackles, 2 QBH, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 FR, 2 PBU

Kevin Minter, 2009­-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W12: 5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QBH; Season: 28 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QBH

Sam Montgomery, 2009-­12, Cincinnati Bengals, LB, Season: practice squad

Patrick Peterson, 2008­-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W12: 3 tackles., 1 PBU; Season: 29 tackles, 5 PBU, 2 INT, 1 TD

Rueben Randle, 2009­-11, New York Giants, WR, W12: 3-36 receiving; Season: 53-557 2 TDs receiving

Eric Reid, 2010­-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W12: 4 tackles, 1 PBU; Season: 32 tackles, 1 QBH, 3 PBU, 2 INT

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, Placed on Injured Reserve; Season: 94-340 2 TD rushing, 4-20 receiving

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-­09, Washington Redskins, LB, W12: 6 tackles; Season: 52 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2 TFL, 1 PBU

Russell Shepard, 2009-­12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W12: 1 tackle; Season: 2-30 receiving, 9 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006­-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W12: no stats; Season: 12 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010­-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W12: no stats; Season: 7 tackles, 1 PBU

Trai Turner, 2011­-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, W12: Bye; Season: started 8 games

Andrew Whitworth, 2002-­05, Cincinnati Bengals, OG; Season: started all games

Kyle Williams, 2002­-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W12: 5 tackles, 1 TFL; Season: 29 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 4 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010­-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W12: bye; Season: 45 punts, 43.8 avg.

Al Woods, 2006­-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W12: 3 tackles; Season: 20 tackles

James Wright, 2010-­13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W12: no stats; Season: 2-32 receiving, 2-21 rushing, 3 tackles, 1 FF

On NFL roster in 2014­15, but not currently on a roster

Kendrick Adams, 2010-11, n/a, LB, Preseason week 3: Waived by Titans

Kadron Boone, 2010-13, n/a, WR, Waived from Rams practice squad, W8

J.C. Copeland, 2010-13, n/a, FB, P4: Released by Cowboys

Chris Faulk, 2010-12, n/a, OL, Waived by Browns on July 29

Michael Ford, 2009-12, n/a, RB, P4: Waived by Bears

Trindon Holliday, 2006-09, n/a, WR/RS, Waived by Buccaneers on Oct. 31; Season: 2 PR, 17 yards, 2 KR, 45 yards

Drake Nevis, 2007-10, n/a, DT, Waived by Panthers on Aug. 30

Craig Steltz, 2004-07, n/a, S, P3: Released by Bears

Curtis Taylor, 2004-08, n/a, S, P4: Waived by Cardinals on Aug. 30

Spencer Ware, 2010-12, n/a, RB, P4: Waived by Seahawks on Aug. 30

Keiland Williams, 2006-09, n/a, RB, free agent

Les Miles: Decision QB future “down the road”

(Travis Spradling)

(Travis Spradling)

LSU hasn’t made a decision on its quarterback beyond this season, and the Tigers are trying to get freshman QB Brandon Harris on the field, coach Les Miles said Tuesday during his radio show.

Miles, asked on his radio show why Harris receives 50 percent of the first-string snaps in practice along with starter Anthony Jennings, turned to the program’s future at the position.

“We’ve chosen not to make the decision on our future quarterback until down the road,” Miles said. “That’s why he’s getting 50 percent of the reps.”

Brandon Harris hasn't seen significant playing time since Oct. 4 at Auburn. (Travis Spradling)

Brandon Harris hasn’t seen significant playing time since Oct. 4 at Auburn. (Travis Spradling)

Miles said he would not be surprised if Harris took some snaps over the final games of the season, something he’s said repeatedly over the last month. The coach had stopped divulging information on Harris over the last week and a half, though, saying most recently on Monday that he’ll “assess this week fully before I commented on” Harris.

Miles said Tuesday on his radio show that LSU is trying to get Harris on the field for some explosive plays, but not “encumbering” him with the full offense.

“We like Brandon Harris, and he’s coming. We’re not going to put parameters on that,” the coach said. “What we’re trying to get accomplished is put him in a position where he can go on the field and give us some explosive plays and not necessarily encumber him with the full offense, the whole thing. If we can do that, we might be able to get him on the field.”

  • Ethan Pocic will replace Elliott Porter at center against Texas A&M. Said Miles: “We really think we’ll not lose much production. (Pocic is) not quite the Elliott Porter style but do some things better at times.”
  • A caller asked Miles if the quarterback issues are coaching or player related: “I don’t think there’s a problem with the coaching certainly. Cam Cameron is a tremendous coach. We’re mentoring the QB position.” The coach suggested, as he has in the past, that LSU’s offensive woes aren’t solely on the QB.
  • Miles said he “likes” the matchup between LSU’s defensive backs and Texas A&M’s receivers and said the Tigers will have a chance for a pass rush against QB Kyle Allen: “We’ll have an opportunity to rush the passer – maybe for the first time this year.”
  • Miles on Texas A&M fans: “Real interesting group. They have cheer practice before the games.”
  • Miles’ favorite form of turkey: Smoked, he said.