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LSU bowl projections: Week 4

On the eve of a game with Mississippi State that could have a great deal to say about LSU’s bowl prospects, we’ve collected a cross section of national bowl projections regarding the Tigers for you to sample.

A few of points of interest:

The Capital One Bowl was the most popular destination for LSU last week, but the Orlando, Florida, bowl has been joined by its neighbor to the north. We’ve got four bowl projections for the Cap One and four for the TaxSlayer Bowl, Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida. The TaxSlayer used to be known as the Gator Bowl, but “Gator” got dumped in favor of the title sponsor’s name, like the Cap One or the Outback.

Interesting note: LSU athletic director Joe Alleva and TaxSlayer Bowl President/CEO Rick Catlett are old friends. During last year’s bowl courtships, Catlett expressed a keen interest in bringing LSU to Jacksonville for the first time since the Tigers’ 30-13 win over South Carolina in 1987. That didn’t work out, of course, as LSU went on to beat Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

Two bowl projections have LSU in College Football Playoff (CFP) bowls. These are bowls that will later host CFP semifinals (this year it’s the Sugar and Rose bowls) but not this year.

ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy has LSU in the Orange Bowl against Clemson, a rematch of the Chick-fil-A Bowl from two years ago. CollegeFootballMadness.com has LSU in the Peach Bowl against Cincinnati.

The opposite of the Gator turned TaxSlayer Bowl, CFP rules required that the Chick-fil-A Bowl restore the Peach Bowl name to be part of its rotation. That game is now officially the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Remember, after any SEC teams are picked for the CFP semifinals and any of the other four CFP bowls, the Capital One Bowl gets to pick teams for its SEC-Big Ten matchup. Then the SEC will decide the bowl destinations for its remaining bowl eligible teams.

Bowl bids go out Sunday, Dec. 7.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

Edward Aschoff and Adam Rittenberg, ESPN.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Iowa

Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Outback Bowl vs. PennState

CollegeFootballMadness.com: Peach Bowl vs. Cincinnati

CollegeFootballNews.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Notre Dame

Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Louisville

Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Capital One Bowl vs. PennState

Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Capital One Bowl vs. OhioState

Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Capital One Bowl vs. OhioState

Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Capital One Bowl vs. Nebraska

Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Michigan

BOWL GUIDE

Peach Bowl: Dec. 31, Atlanta

Fiesta Bowl: Dec. 31, Glendale, Arizona

Capital One Bowl: Jan. 1, Orlando, Florida

Outback Bowl: Jan. 1, Tampa, Florida

TaxSlayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville, Florida

Times of interest: LSU vs. Mississippi State

Les Miles and Dan Mullen meet as head coaches for the sixth time Saturday.

Les Miles and Dan Mullen meet as head coaches for the sixth time Saturday.

Noon                                     Ticket office opens
1:30 p.m.                              Tiger One Village opens (front of PMAC)
2 p.m.                                    Bag of Donuts performs Zatarain’s Tiger One Village
2p.m.                                     L-Club Tailgate (Legends Club at PMAC)
2:30p.m.                               TAF Tailgate Party (PMAC)
3 p.m.                                   Club level and Suites open at Tiger Stadium
3:15 p.m.                              LSU Student gates open at Tiger Stadium
3:30 p.m.                              All remaining gates open at Tiger Stadium
3:50 p.m.                              LSU walks down “Victory Hill”
4:05 p.m.                              Mike VI comes down Victory Hill
4:10 p.m.                              Band comes down Victory Hill
5:31 p.m.                              Mike the Tiger and LSU Cheerleaders field parade
5:49:30 p.m.                         Golden Band from Tigerland takes the field for pregame
5:54 p.m.                              Alma Mater and National Anthem
6:00:30 p.m.                         LSU intro video
6:02 p.m.                              LSU takes the field
6:03 p.m.                              Mississippi State takes the field
6:03 p.m.                              Coin toss at midfield
6:06 p.m.                              Kickoff: LSU vs. Mississippi State on ESPN  

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Mississsippi State

LSU has played Mississippi State 107 times since 1896, more than any other opponent. So even though the Tigers have dominated the series of late, winning 14 straight and 21 of their last 22 meetings, it doesn’t mean there haven’t been some very memorable games in this series. Here are five of the best:

Nov. 15, 1958 – LSU 7, Mississippi State 6: On a muddy field in Jackson, Miss., No. 1 LSU trails 6-0 in the third quarter when Warren Rabb throws a 5-yard touchdown pass to Red Hendrix on fourth-and-goal. Tommy Davis’ extra point kick is the difference in what would be the closest call for the national champions.

Nov. 15, 1986 – LSU 47, MississippiState 0: In 1984, LSU went to Starkville with a shot to win the SEC title and lost 16-14. Two years later in Jackson the Tigers leave no doubt. Tommy Hodson throws for 231 yards and two touchdowns while LSU outgains the Bulldogs 580-214 en route to clinching their first SEC championship since 1970.

Oct. 23, 1999 – Mississippi State 17, LSU 16: In a controversial ending in Starkville, State fullback Rod Gibson appears to fumble a pass at the 1 but is called down, then scores on fourth-and-goal with 1:39 left. The win allows the Bulldogs to improve to 7-0 for the first time, while helping send Gerry DiNardo packing as LSU’s coach. Mississippi State hasn’t beaten the Tigers since.

Oct. 21, 2000 – LSU 45, Mississippi State 38 (OT): Down 31-17 entering the fourth quarter to the No. 13 Bulldogs, the Tigers rally to force overtime. In the extra period, LaBrandon Toefield scores on a 13-yard run. On fourth-and-2 at the 17, Trev Faulk and Jeremy Lawrence force State quarterback Wayne Madkin out of bounds to end it.

Sept. 26, 2009 – LSU 30, Mississippi State 26: Call this one the Chad Jones Show. The Tigers’ talented safety runs sideline-to-sideline on a 93-yard third-quarter punt return that ranks as one of the best ever for the Tigers. Jones then helps preserve the win by batting down a Tyson Lee pass in the end zone on third-and-goal at the 1 with 1:14 left.

Pick 6: Q and A with an opposing beat reporter

Michael Bonner works for our old employer, The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., so of course we turned to him for our beat writer Q&A this week.

He covers Mississippi State, an integral part to him answering questions about said team.

You don't wanna go dropping the ball before the completion of your Pick 6. Michael Bonner holds onto the ball.

You don’t wanna go dropping the ball before the completion of your Pick 6. Michael Bonner holds onto the ball.

Following Michael on Twitter @MikeBBonner and read his work here.

1. What are the strengths and weaknesses of Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott?

Dak Prescott’s biggest strength to Mississippi State is his leadership. He makes his teammates better. Take him out of the game and the wide receivers suddenly drop passes. Put him under center and they turn into All-Americans.

At this point his biggest weakness is still his passing ability. He’s improved from last year and had nine passing TDs in three games. However, he’s still below 60 percent as a passer.

2. Mississippi State’s secondary gave up a lot to UAB. Is this an area LSU could exploit and why?

The deep ball is one area that Mississippi State looks vulnerable. UAB completed five passes for 334 yards. It appeared to be an outlier at the time, but South Alabama converted on a 42-yard pass play. It dropped a 52-yard attempt too.

Wide receivers have consistently passed MSU’s last level of defense. Mississippi State’s saving grace may be that once SEC play begins it will feature more complex defenses.

3. LSU’s defensive line has helped lead the unit to nearly 10 quarters of shutout football. Tell us about the unit they’ll be battling – the State offensive line.

Mississippi State lost Gabe Jackson, it best offensive lineman and overall best player from a year ago. Through three weeks the Bulldogs haven’t missed him. Ben Beckwith and Justin Malone filled the guard positions. Both started last year.

The weak link of the line may be sophomore Justin Senior. The right tackle took over after Damien Robinson tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the summer. The strongest points are center Dillon Day at center and left tackle Blaine Clausell.

4. How much has been made about the streak of 14-straight wins for LSU over Mississippi State in Starkville this week and what are coaches and players saying about it?

The fans have talked a lot about it. They are cautiously optimistic about Saturday’s matchup. Fans realize Mississippi State will be sending one of its best teams to Baton Rouge. They also are well aware of the history and know games usually end with LSU on top.

The players and coaches have ignored it. They are aware of the streak and what it would mean for the program, but have used the company line that the past doesn’t affect the present.

5. LSU left tackle La’el Collins will be battling State defensive end Preston Smith. What makes Smith so good?

Preston Smith has been a different player since last year’s Liberty Bowl. He’s won an award for his play in all four games – Liberty Bowl defensive MVP and three SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week awards. He’s able to combine both size and speed.

MSU’s offensive lineman say most defensive ends use speed. Smith uses speed and force. At 270 pounds, he’s not the biggest, but the lineman say his size and strength is surprising.

6. If Mississippi State must do one thing well to win Saturday, what is it?

Dak Prescott must play well. Mississippi State can’t win without the quarterback playing well. He can’t only be a passer or a rusher. MSU needs him to do both. Its defense can hold its own, but the offense will collapse without Prescott leading it.

CFP trophy makes stop in Baton Rouge

The new College Football Playoff national title trophy is making a stop in Baton Rouge this weekend during a national tour across the college football landscape.National Championship Fans Football

The trophy will be on display at two Walmart locations on Friday and at Tiger One Village on Saturday, before No. 8 LSU meets Mississippi State at Tiger Stadium.

Fans will be able to view and have their photo taken with the brand new 24-carat gold trophy at these sites and times:

Friday

  • Walmart 3132 College Drive, 1-3 pm
  • Walmart, Burbank Drive 4-6 p.m.

Saturday

  • Tiger One Village, 3-5 p.m.

Trophy facts

  • The National Championship Trophy presented by Dr Pepper will be awarded on the field to the winner of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
  • The trophy is on a season long tour, visiting marquee games and public events nationwide.
  • Handmade from 24k gold, bronze and stainless steel, the trophy is 26.5 inches tall.
  • The trophy is handcrafted by the master fine art foundry Polich Tallix in Rock Tavern, New York. Expert craftsmen worked three months to craft the trophy.
  • Every year, a new trophy will be made. Each winning school keeps The National Championship Trophy for permanent display on campus.

Wednesdays With Les: O-line shuffling, spread offenses, jersey talk

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LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day.

Radio show

Les Miles continued to suggest that sophomore Ethan Pocic will see time on LSU’s offensive line Saturday – and it won’t be at center.

Miles, asked about issues on the line, said: “We expect once Elliott Porter gets comfortable at center and we can get Ethan Pocic in at one of those guards and tackles, we might be better.”

  • Wednesday night’s radio show was lively. One radio caller asked just two questions: If the game is on TV and what channel. Another had to be cut off by radio show producers. She asked, “I want to know how many criminals you have on your football te…” Miles said that caller’s glasses are tented a different color, “like red,” he said.
  • Two callers asked about freshman receiver Malachi Dupre. Miles said Dupre is “improving every day, practicing hard.” Another caller asked, “Am I missing something – Malachi Dupre only comes in in the fourth quarter? ” Miles responded: “Nope. You got it.”
  • Miles says linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lamar Louis will play on Saturday, and they’re “healthy and practicing.”
  • Miles was asked why his team hasn’t used the spread offense more: “We’ve worked in the spread really every practice. We’re getting there. I don’t know if we’re there just yet. I think our personnel can operate in a variety of formations and variety of attacks.”
  • Miles was asked about the team wearing something other than the traditional white jersey Saturday. Miles said he’s not ruling that out, but that he’s a “purist” and enjoys the Tigers’ traditional uniforms. “Could you imagine putting some kind of metallic on our helmet. I’d have to fight somebody,” he said.

Post practice

LSU’s offensive line isn’t done shuffling and shifting, coach Les Miles said Wednesday.

LSU might employ a different group of starters in the game against Mississippi State than it did in the win over Louisiana-Monroe, the coach said.

The O-line has somewhat struggled in the first three games. Miles mentioned Ethan Pocic and Evan Washington as guys who might find time in the lineup.

It appears that there is no set starting group.

“We’re still looking at the right group of five, with Pocic back. We’d like to get him some snaps,” Miles said.

Miles said Pocic could play everywhere, specifically at center and the two guard positions. ”You never can tell what that starting group could look like,” Miles said.

Pocic started the first two games at center for Elliott Porter, who completed a two-game suspension to start the year. Pocic sprained his ankle in the win over Sam Houston State, but is expected to return this week.

  • Right tackle Jerald Hawkins has practiced the entire week, Miles said. Hawkins injured his knee in the win over Louisiana-Monroe but returned.
  • Safety Corey Thompson has not played yet this season. He’s been “slowed by injury,” the coach said. Thompson tore his ACL late last season and had surgery during the off-season. He missed spring practice. Asked about redshirting Thompson, Miles said he’s “not certain.”
  • Freshman receiver Malachi Dupre didn’t play much significant time in the win over ULM last week, but the coach said “I’d guess you’d see more of him” this week.
  • Miles said he isn’t certain DT Davon Godchaux will start but he’ll play a lot, the coach said. The freshman started last week, his first career start.

SEC teleconference

Les Miles says this Mississippi State team might be the “most complete” he’s ever seen and that the Bulldogs are the best team LSU has faced thus far this year.

“Mississippi State is as talented as any and as capable as any, maybe, as complete – offense, defense, special teams – we’ve seen,” the coach said. “This is a very important game. We’re going to have to play well.”

More nuggets from Miles on the SEC teleconference:

  • Miles said he wants to encourage Tiger Stadium to be “loud and electric” for LSU’s first Southeastern Conference game. Tiger Stadium has been less than full during the first two home games, including a paltry attendance last week against Louisiana-Monroe.
  • Miles likes the leadership on LSU’s team this season and mentions no names on offense. He said linebacker D.J. Welter and DE Danielle Hunter are leaders. He also singled out punter Jamie Keehn as a leader.
  • Miles on Prescott: “A quality competitor. He’s embodied the things Mississippi State and that offense needs. Manages the game well. Makes quality decisions. Throws it very well. Does what may be done.”
  • Miles seems to be pleased with how his team has practiced so far. “Seems to have the right attitude, seems to be doing the right things on the practice field. Showing a pretty solid level of improvement – offense, defense, special teams – through the beginning weeks.”
  • Miles was asked about redshirt freshman offensive lineman K.J. Malone. The coach said “we would not hesitate to play him in games” and said Malone has been working at tackle.
  • Miles said “we’re healthy.”

Twitter Mailbag: Ethan Pocic, Jordan Jefferson and Anthony Jennings, and food (food!)

Ethan Pocic, where will he play? That's the question. (Travis Spradling)

Ethan Pocic, where will he play? That’s the question. (Travis Spradling)

Twitter Mailbag is a new 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.

This would not be surprising at all. In fact, Les Miles has suggested that Ethan Pocic will be healthy and will play Saturday. Yet, he says that Elliott Porter will start at center.

That tells me that Pocic will be starting – or at least playing a lot – at another position on the line. We specifically asked Miles this on Monday but got no real answer.

The offensive line hasn’t been as solid through the first three games as some might have hoped. A weak link could be replaced by Pocic.

We know this: Pocic has been playing at both guard spots and center.

No, he’s not on the depth chart. And neither is Colin Jeter. Both players – especially Jeter – have seen a good deal of playing time. Jeter has basically assumed the role of Travis Dickson.

But back to your question: John David Moore is not a tight end. He’s a fullback, and he’s developed, it appears, into LSU’s No. 2 fullback behind Connor Neighbors. Moore played 10 snaps at fullback Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. Melvin Jones, listed as the backup fullback, played eight snaps and nearly all of them came on two drives late in the fourth quarter.

Moore had two “booms” and one “blip” after studying film of the game. That’s all in our Film Room blog.

On Tuesday, safety Rickey Jefferson suggested Miles told the team that this is the best Mississippi State team LSU has played in his tenure at the school.

The Bulldogs are just outside of the top 25, and they’ve got a dual-threat quarterback in Dak Prescott who could cause problems for the Tigers. So, yes, LSU should worry about Mississippi State.

We haven’t asked specifically about that, but there’s some teaching going on. In fact, after Tuesday’s practice, reporters spotted O-line coach Jeff Grimes working one-on-one with left tackle La’el Collins.

The line, as previously mentioned, hasn’t performed to the preseason expectation level so far. Some linemen swapping, as mentioned above, could be in the unit’s future.

Both places have great food. Starkville has that country, down-home flavor, and Baton Rouge brings strong Cajun and seafood cuisine.

For Baton Rouge, Bistro Byronz is one of my favorite places. Fantastic south Louisiana fare. It’s in mid-city on Government Street. For something closer to Tiger Stadium, try Leroy’s. Some of the best country cooking and fried chicken you’ll ever eat (and beer).

For Starkville, I really miss the Veranda. Great atmosphere, great drinks and great food. Petty’s BBQ was one of my favorites. I remember ordering the country fried steak before the place was renovated. It was a tiny, run-down shed with a picnic table out front. City Bagel, too. I could go on and on.

For those reading who don’t get those abbreviations, AJ10 is Anthony Jennings and JJ9 is Jordan Jefferson.

Short answer: Yes. I can say that defiantly after three games. Why?

LSU was down 24-7 in the third quarter against Wisconsin and Miles stuck with, at the time, was a struggling Jennings at quarterback. Also, over the last two games, we didn’t seen true freshman Brandon Harris until LSU was up by more than four touchdowns.

And one other thing: Harris, when in the game, has displayed his quick feet and strong arm, but he’s also seemed confused on a handful of plays.

Miles was asked a similar question Monday, and he basically said that LSU would continue to use the quarterbacks as it’s done in the first three games. Don’t expect Harris to play in a close game Saturday.

1. Mississippi State must slow LSU’s rushing attack, forcing the Tigers’ into passing situations. LSU hasn’t proven that it can engineer a consistent passing attack with Jennings. The Tigers rely heavily on rushing the ball to set up the deep pass, but they’ve failed at consistency in the passing game. Jennings has spotlighted one receiver (Travin Dural) and doesn’t seem to have a connection or the touch with others on short and intermediate routes.

2. State must get a push on LSU’s offensive line. The Tigers O-line entered the season as a hyped up group returning four starters. Some national pundits have called the unit the best in college football. The crew hasn’t lived up to the billing, and Mississippi State can take advantage of what appears to be a possible weak spot. Get pressure on Jennings and he’ll get flustered and scramble from the pocket.

3. Dak Prescott must have a great day. Look, LSU is probably more talented than Mississippi State, and the Tigers are playing at home in front of a crowd that should reach the six digits. State QB Dak Prescott is the difference. The guy needs to have one of the best games of his career against a defensive unit that’s pitched a shutout in the last 31 consecutive opponent drives. It’ll be a tall order. If Prescott wants to prove that he really is a Heisman candidate, he’ll do it.

This is a great point. And it, again, speaks on the offensive line. LSU has started slow against Wisconsin and Louisiana-Monroe, mostly because the O-line has started slow.

The Tigers offense scored 17 points in the first half in those two games combined. They’ need more on the scoreboard against better teams, and that begins this week against Mississippi State.

LSU players in the NFL: Week 2

A total off 44 former LSU players competed, were inactive or on practice squads during Week 2 of the NFL season completed Monday night.

Among the newsworthy performances this week:

  • Stevan Ridley had 25 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown in the New England Patriots’ 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the Saints’ opponent Sunday.
  • Jeremy Hill had 15 carries for 75 yards and a score in the Cincinnati Bengals’ 24-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Alfred Blue had 11 carries for 40 yards for the Houston Texans in a 30-14 win over the Oakland Raiders.
  • Donnie Jones punted four times for a 53.8-yard average in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Jarvis Landry had five catches for 49 yards and two punt returns in the Miami Dolphins’ 29-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Among the notable absences this week:

  • Barkevious Mingo was inactive for the Cleveland Browns’ 26-24 win over the Saints with a shoulder injury.
  • Odell Beckham Jr., who has yet to play a down for the New York Giants, remained inactive because of his lingering hamstring injury.

Here’s the complete list:

Name, Yrs. at LSU, NFL team, Position, Week 2 stats, Season stats

Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, St. Louis Rams, OT, Week 2: Started, Season: Started 2 games

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W2: No Stats, Season: 1 tackle

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W2: Inactive, Season: Inactive

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W2: 11 rush, 40 yds., Season: 11 rush, 40 yds., blocked punt (TD)

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W2: 3 rec., 41 yds., Season: 3 rec., 41 yds.

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W2: 1 QBH Season: 2 tackles, 1 QBH

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W2: 1 tackle, Season: 2 tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB, W2: 1 tackle, 1 PBU

Ryan Clark, 1997-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W2: 2 tackles, 0.5 sacks, Season: 7 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 PBU

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

Lavar Edwards, 2008-12, Dallas Cowboys, DE, W2: inactive, Season: No stats

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W2: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, Season: has not played

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W2: 15 rush, 74 yds., 1 TD; 2 rec., 2 yds., Season: 19 rush, 93 yds., 1 TD; 2 rec., 2 yds.

Trindon Holliday, 2006-09, New York Giants, WR/RS, Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W2: no stats, Season: 1 tackle

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W2: 3 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, Season: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W2: no stats, Season: 1 fumble recovery

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W2: 4 punts, 53.8 avg., Season: 10 punts, 44.5 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W2: no stats, Season: no stats

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W2: 5 rec., 49 yds., 2 PR, 3.5 avg.; 1 fumble, 1 tackle, Season: 5 rec., 49 yds.; 1 fumble, 1 tackle, 2 KR, 56 yds., 5 PR, 31 yds.

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W2: 7 tackles, Season: 15 tackles

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W2: 7 tackles, 1 TFL, Season: 9 tackles, 1 TFL

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, Season: no stats

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W2: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W2: 2 tackles, 1 FR, Season: 4 tackles, 1 FR

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, Season: inactive

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W2: inactive, Season: 4 tackles

Kevin Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W2: 5 tackles, Season: 8 tackles

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

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W2: 4 tackles, Season: 5 tackles

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W2: 4 rec., 39 yds., 1 TD, Season: 6 rec., 40 yds., 1 TD

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W2: 2 tackles, Season: 6 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 INT

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, W2: 25 rush, 101 yds., 1 TD, Season: 33 rush, 122 yds., 1 TD, 2 rec., 7 yds.

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington Redskins, LB, W2: 6 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL, Season: 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W2: 1 tackle, Season: 2 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W2: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, Season: inactive

Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, Season: started both games

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

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W2: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, Season: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W2: 4 punts, 45.8 avg., Season: 10 punts, 44.5 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W2: 1 tackle, Season: 2 tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W2: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

On NFL roster earlier in 2014-15, not currently

Kendrick Adams, 2010-11, LB, P3: Waived by Tennessee Titans

Kadron Boone, 2010-13, WR, P4: Waived by Philadelphia Eagles

J.C. Copeland, 2010-13, FB, P4: Released by Dallas Cowboys

Chris Faulk, 2010-12, OL, Waived by Cleveland Browns on July 29

Michael Ford, 2009-12, RB P4: Waived by Chicago Bears

Drake Nevis, 2007-10, DT, Waived by Carolina Panthers on Aug. 30

Craig Steltz, 2004-07, S, P3: Released by Chicago Bears

Curtis Taylor, 2004-08, S, Waived by Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 30

Spencer Ware, 2010-12, RB, Waived by Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 30

Keiland Williams, 2006-09, RB, free agent

Live updates during the Monday lunch press conference of LSU football coach Les Miles

Live Blog Live updates during Les Miles’ Monday lunch press conference