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Scott Rabalais is a sports columnist and sports writer for The Advocate. A Baton Rouge native, he began working at the paper in 1991 and has covered LSU athletics since 1992.

LSU in the NFL: Week 7

Here’s the complete list of LSU players on NFL rosters through Week 7:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 4, Status/stats, Season

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

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W7: no stats, Season: 4 tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W7: 4 rec., 34 yds., 2 TDs, 1 rush, 13 yds., Season: 10-106 receiving, 3 TDs, 1-13 rushing

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W7: 5-14 rushing, 1-11 receiving, Season: 47-179 rushing, 4-37 receiving, blocked punt (TD), 1 FR, 1 tackle

Kadron Boone, 2010-13, St. Louis Rams, WR, W7: Signed to practice squad

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W7: 5-84 receiving, Season: 19-279

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W7: 2 tackles, 1 PBU, Season: 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 1 PBU

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 5 tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB, Injured reserve, Season: 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Ryan Clark, 1997-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 39 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, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 9 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W7: 0-2 passing, Season: 3-7, 22 yds., 1 INT; 1-(-1) rushing

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W7: 4-15 rushing, Season: 40-170 rushing, 3 TDs, 9-83 receiving

Trindon Holliday, 2006-09, TampaBay Buccaneers, WR/RS, W7: Signed by TampaBay Buccaneers

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 14 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W7: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QBH; Season: 15 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 QBH, 3 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W7: Inactive, Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W7: Bye, Season: 24 punts, 44.0 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W7: 4-55 receiving, Season: 19-337 receiving, 3 TDs

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W7: 4-46 receiving, 2 KR, 55 yds., 1 PR, 22 yds., Season: 22-232 receiving, 1 TD, 2 tackles, 16 KR, 433 yds., 11 PR, 73 yds.

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W5-8: suspended, Season: 23 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W7: Bye, Season: 24 tackles, 2 TFL

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W7: no stats, Season: 1 tackle

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 12 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 PBU, 1 FR

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 17 tackles, 1 FR, 1 tackle

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W7: did not play, Season: 2-5, 17 passing, 1 INT

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W7: 3 tackles, Season: 15 tackles

Kevin,Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W7: 3 tackles, Season: 16 tackles, 1 TFL

Sam, Montgomery, 2009-12, Cincinnati Bengals, LB, W7: pactice squad, Season: practice squad

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 16 tackles, 1, PBU

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W7: 6-74 receiving, Season: 34-321 receiving, 3 TDs

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W7: no stats, Season: 13 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU

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

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington, Redskins, LB, W7: Inactive, Season: 30 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFl

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W7: Bye, Season: 2-30 receiving, 6 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W7: no stats, Season: 5 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

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

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

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo, Bills, DT, W7: 5 tackles, 1 QBH, Season: 16 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 4 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W7: 4 punts, 44.0 average, Season: 33 punts, 44.1 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 12 tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W7: No stats, Season: 1-24 receiving, 1 tackle

On NFL roster in 2014, but not currently 

Kendrick Adams, 2010-11, n/a, LB, P3: Waived by Titans

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

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

 

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Kentucky

  • Oct. 17, 1981 – LSU 24, Kentucky 10: Wide receiver Eric Martin returns a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to spark the Tigers to victory in what would otherwise turn out to be a dismal 3-7-1 season under second-year coach Jerry Stovall. To date, it is the last kickoff return for a touchdown by an LSU player in Tiger Stadium.
  • Oct. 18, 1986 – LSU 25, Kentucky 16: Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Hodson gets hit so hard he bites through his tongue and suffers a mild concussion, but after five stitches comes back to direct a typically gritty LSU victory in Lexington. The win keeps the Tigers on track for their first Southeastern Conference championship since 1970.
  • Oct. 13, 2001 – LSU 29, Kentucky 25: Rohan Davey finds freshman receiver Michael Clayton on a third-and-goal touchdown pass from the 6 with 13 seconds left as the Tigers escape Lexington with another hard-fought win. The victory paves the way for LSU’s first appearance in the SEC Championship Game and another conference title.
  • Nov. 9, 2002 – LSU 33, Kentucky 30: The play was called Dash Right 93 Berlin. Today, everyone knows it as The Bluegrass Miracle. Taking its place in LSU lore alongside Billy Cannon’s punt return and Warren Morris’ home run, Marcus Randall lets it fly on a play that starts at the Tigers’ 25-yard line and finds Devery Henderson in a crowd of players near the UK 19. The ball bounces off two defenders and onto Henderson’s right hand as he heads to glory. “All I remember was bobbling the ball and pulling it in,” Henderson said, “then running like hell.”
  • Oct. 13, 2007 – Kentucky 43, LSU 37 (3 OTs): LSU takes its No. 1 ranking to Lexington and comes up short in triple overtime against the No. 17-ranked Wildcats. LSU leads 27-14 late in the third quarter, but UK rallies to force overtime tied 27-27. After a 7-yard TD pass from Andre Woodson to Steve Johnson in the third extra period, On the ensuing drive, LSU running back Charles Scott is stopped a yard short on fourth-and-2 at the UK 15.

LSU bowl projections: Week 7

LSU’s dramatic 30-27 victory last Saturday at Florida brought the 5-2 Tigers within a game of bowl eligibility for the 15th straight season and had at least a moderate impact on LSU’s bowl projections.

Four of 11 national predictions have LSU in the Taxslayer Bowl (formerly the Gator), Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida. Three more have the Tigers headed to the Belk Bowl on Dec. 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina, with two picks for LSU in the Music City Bowl (Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tennessee) and one each for the Texas and Liberty bowls (Dec. 29 in Houston and Memphis, Tennessee, respectively).

Bowl bids will be extended Sunday, Dec. 7, following the slotting of teams in the CFP semifinals (Sugar and Rose) and the remaining four CFP bowls (Orange, Cotton, Peach and Fiesta).

Remember this year the SEC will decide where its teams will go bowling after any SEC teams are picked for the six CFP bowls and after the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl makes its choice. That includes all the bowls for which LSU is currently predicted to participate in.

The first CFP rankings will be released Oct. 28.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Jeff Barlis (Florida and SEC blogger) and David Hale (ACC blogger): Music City Bowl vs. Louisville
  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: MusicCity Bowl vs. Minnesota
  • CollegeFootballMadness.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Rutgers
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Belk Bowl vs. N.C.State
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Texas Bowl vs. OklahomaState
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Belk Bowl vs. Duke
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Minnesota
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Michigan

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

If LSU gets to 8-4 or 7-5, the Tigers still look like a likely choice for the Taxslayer Bowl, where LSU hasn’t played since the 1987 season.

BOWL GUIDE

  • Liberty Bowl: Dec. 29, Memphis
  • Texas Bowl: Dec. 29, Houston
  • Belk Bowl, Dec. 30, Charlotte
  • MusicCity Bowl, Dec. 30, Nashville
  • TaxSlayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville

 

LSU in the NFL: Week 6

Here’s the complete list of LSU players on active NFL rosters for Week 6:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 6 status/stats, Season

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

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W6: no stats, Season: 4 tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W6: 2 rec., 28 yds., Season: 6 rec., 72 yds., 1 TD

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W6: 3 carries, 22 yds., Season: 41-155 rushing, 3-26 receiving, blocked punt (TD), 1 FR, 1 tackle

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W6: bye, Season: 14-195

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W6: 2 tackles, Season: 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W6: No stats, Season: 6 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, W6: 7 tackles, Season: 37 tackles, 0.5 Sack, 1 PBU

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

Lavar Edwards, 2008-12, Dallas Cowboys, DE, W6: inactive, Season: no stats

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W6: no stats, Season: 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W6: did not play, Season: 3-5, 22 yds. passing, 1 INT, 1-(-1) rushing

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W6: 8-22 1 TD rushing, 4-13 receiving, Season: 36-155 3 TDs rushing, 9-83 receiving

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W6: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, Season: 12 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W6: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 PBU, Season: 12 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 QBH, 3 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W6: no stats, Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W6: 6 punts, 45.5 avg., Season: 24-44.0 average

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W6: 4-97 2 TDs receiving, Season: 15-282, 3 TDs

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W6: 6-75 1 TD receiving, 2 KR, 91 yds, 1 tackle, Season: 18-186 1 TD receiving, 2 tackles, 14 KR, 378 yards

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W5-8: suspended, Season: 23 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W6: 2 tackles, Season: 24 tackles, 2 TFL

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W6: no stats, Season: 1 tackle

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W6: 4 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 PBU, 1 FR, Season: 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 PBU, 1 FR

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W6: no stats, Season: 17 tackles, 1 FR

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W6: did not play, Season: 2-5 17 yds 1 INT

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W6: 1 tackle, Season: 12 tackles

Kevin Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W6: no stats, Season: 13 tackles, 1 TFL

Sam Montgomery, 2009-12, Cincinnati Bengals, LB, W6: practice squad, Season: practice squad

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W6: 3 tackles, Season: 14 tackles, 1 PBU

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W6: 5-58 1 TD receiving, Season: 28-247 3 TDs receiving

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W6: 3 tackles, 1 PBU, Season: 16 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, W6: 10-23 rushing, 1-6 receiving, Season: 94 rush, 340 yds. 2 TD; 4 rec., 20 yds. (injured, out for remainder of season)

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington Redskins, LB, W6: no stats, Season: 30 tackles, 1.5 Sacks, 1 TFL

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W6: 2 tackles, Season: 2-30 yards, 6 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W6: 1 tackle, Season: 4 tackles

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

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

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

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W6: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, Season: 11 tackles, 1 Sack, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PSU, 3 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W6: 7-46.0 avg., Season: 29-44.1 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W6: 1 tackle, Season: 10 tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W6: 1-24, Season: 1-24 receiving, 1 tackle

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Florida

The idea of having permanent opponents remains a contentious issue within the Southeastern Conference. Some schools are perceived to have it too easy while LSU, which faces Florida out of the SEC East every year, may have it too tough.

What isn’t a question is that the LSU-Florida rivalry has produced some truly great games. Here’s a look back at five of the most memorable meetings between the Tigers and Gators:

Oct. 25, 1958 – LSU 10, Florida 7: Telling holder Warren Rabb just to tilt the ball back a little, Tommy Davis calmly drives a 36-yard field goal through the uprights in the final three minutes to lift the Tigers to a tense victory over the Gators. LSU moves from No. 3 to No. 1 in the AP poll, a spot the Tigers would hold the rest of the season en route to their first wire service national championship.

Oct. 2, 1982 – LSU 24, Florida 13: The Tigers are a two-touchdown underdog to the No. 4 Gators in Gainesville. That’s until Dalton Hilliard takes over. The freshman tailback piles up 207 yards total offense and scores all three LSU touchdowns as the Tigers score a win over their highest-ranked opponent in 16 years.

Oct. 11, 1997 – LSU 28, Florida 21: The Tigers are 0-7-1 against No. 1 teams entering this contest, including a 56-13 loss in Gainesville a year earlier. This time, LSU bolts to a 14-0 lead and makes it stick as Herb Tyler scores twice and Cedric Donaldson returns an interception 31 yards for a score in the fourth quarter. “Now,” one LSU fan says after the goalposts come down, “I can die happy.”

Oct. 6, 2007 – LSU 28, Florida 24: A Tiger Stadium record crowd of 92,910 watches an almost unspeakable drama unfold between the future and former BCS champions. LSU twice rallies from 10-deficits, converting five fourth-down attempts before Jacob Hester scores the winning touchdown on a 2-yard plunge with 1:09 remaining.

Oct. 9, 2010 – LSU 33, Florida 29 - Facing fourth-and-3 at the Florida 36 down 29-26, the Tigers fake a field goal as holder Derek Helton flips a pass over his shoulder – on a bounce – to kicker Josh Jasper. Jasper runs 5 yards for a first down, setting up a 3-yard Jarrett Lee to Terrence Toliver touchdown pass three plays later with :06 left.

LSU bowl projections: Week 6

It wouldn’t have been a surprise if LSU fell from some national bowl projections after last Saturday’s 41-7 rout by Auburn.

But the Tigers are still 4-2 at the midway point of the season, meaning they’re still in the bowl picture – at least for now.

Five of 11 national predictions have LSU in the Texas Bowl, Dec. 29 at NRG Stadium in Houston. That would have the Tigers coming full circle to where they opened the season with a 24-21 win over Wisconsin.

For the first time this season, Shreveport’s Independence Bowl has crept into LSU’s bowl prospects. CollegeFootballNews.com has the Tigers playing in the Dec. 27 I-Bowl against Duke.

Another new player in the LSU bowl picture: the Belk Bowl. Brant Parsons of the Orlando Sentinel has the Tigers facing Miami (Florida) in the Charlotte, North Carolina, bowl on Dec. 30. Though outside the SEC footprint, the Belk has one of the SEC’s bowl tie-ins.

The least realistic prediction comes from CollegeFootballMadness.com, which has LSU playing a rematch against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. The Tigers beat Iowa in the Outback on New Year’s Day but didn’t bring much of fan contingent.

Bowl bids will be extended Sunday, Dec. 7, following the slotting of teams in the CFP semifinals (Sugar and Rose) and the remaining four CFP bowls (Orange, Cotton, Peach and Fiesta).

Remember this year the SEC will decide where its teams will go bowling after any SEC teams are picked for the six CFP bowls and after the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl makes its choice.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Texas vs. OklahomaState
  • CollegeFootballMadness.com: Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Independence Bowl vs. Duke
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Texas Bowl vs. TCU
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Texas Bowl vs. KansasState
  • Greg Ostendorf (Auburn and SEC blogger) and Brandon Chatmon (Big 12 blogger), ESPN.com: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Music City Bowl vs. Louisville
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Belk Bowl vs. Miami (Florida)
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: Tax Slayer Bowl vs. Michigan

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

Let’s start from the shaky premise that LSU will win at least two games to get bowl eligible for the 15th straight year.

It’s difficult to see LSU making it to one of the top-end SEC bowls, especially the Outback where the Tigers played last season. If LSU could make it to 7-5 the Taxslayer, Belk or Music City bowls would be among the most likely prospects. If LSU is just 6-6, the Independence or Texas bowls will be more the Tigers’ speed.

At this point, the pick here is the Independence Bowl, though LSU’s prospects are changing weekly.

BOWL GUIDE

  • Independence Bowl, Dec. 27, Shreveport
  • Liberty Bowl: Dec. 29, Memphis
  • Texas Bowl: Dec. 29, Houston
  • Belk Bowl, Dec. 30, Charlotte
  • Music City Bowl, Dec. 30, Nashville
  • Outback Bowl: Jan. 1, Tampa
  • TaxSlayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville

LSU in the NFL: Week 5; Beckham makes debut for Giants

Odell Beckham Jr., was bothered since training camp by a nagging hamstring injury, but the former LSU wide receiver made a big splash in his debut Sunday for the New York Giants.

Beckham caught four passes for 44 yards in a 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons, including a 15-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning in the fourth quarter.

Former LSU teammate Rueben Randle also had four catches for 33 yards for the Giants, including a 3-yard TD reception from Manning in the first quarter.

Among the other news and highlights for former LSU players in Week 5:

  • Trindon Holliday was released Monday by the New York Giants off of injured reserve.
  • LaRon Landry began serving a four-game suspension from the Indianapolis Colts last week for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drugs (PED) policy. He sat out the Colts 20-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens and will be sidelined through Indy’s Oct. 26 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars activated safety Craig Loston for their 17-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He responded with his first career tackle.
  • Running back Stevan Ridley piled up 113 yards rushing and a touchdown on 27 carries in the New England Patriots’ 43-17 romp over the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Linebacker Perry Riley had a team-high 10 tackles in the Washington Redskins’ 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

Here’s the complete list:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 5 status/stats, Season

Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, St. Louis Rams, OT, Week 5: Started, Season: started all games

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W5: no stats, Season: 4 tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W5: 4 rec., 44 yds, TD; Season: 4-44 rec., TD

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W5: 5 rush, 16 yds., 1 tackle, 1 FR, Season: 38-133 rushing, 3-26 rec., 1 blocked punt (TD), 1 FR, 1 tackle

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W5: 3-42 rec., Season: 14-195 rec.

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W5: 1 FR, Season: 4 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W5: No stats, left game with neck injury, Season: 5 tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB Season: 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 2 PBU (out for season, torn patellar tendon)

Ryan Clark, 1997-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W5: 4 tackles, Season: 30 tackles, 0.5 Sack, 1 PBU

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

Lavar Edwards, 2008-12, Dallas Cowboys, DE, W5: inactive, Season: No stats

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W5: 2 tackles, 2 PBU, Season: 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W5: 3-5 passing, 22 yds., 1-(-1) rush, Season: 3-5 passing, 22 yds., 1-(-1) rush

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W5: 2-1 rushing, 3-68 receiving, Season: 28-133 rush, 2 TD, 5-70 rec.

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W5: 2 tackles, Season: 8 tackles, 1 PBU

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W5: 3 tackles, Season: 8 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W5: bye, Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W5: 4 punts, 40.8 avg., Season: 18 punts, 43.5 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W5: 1-20 rec., Season: 11-185 rec, 1 TD

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W5: bye, Season: 12-111 rec., 1 tackle, 10 KR, 287 yds., 9 PR, 51 yds.

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W5: suspended through W8, Season: 23 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W5: 3 tackles, Season: 22 tackles, 2 TFL

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W5: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W5: no stats, Season: 7 Tackle, 1 TFL

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W5: 4 tackles, Season: 17 tackles, 1 FR

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W5: inactive, Season: 2-5, 17 yds., 1 INT

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W5: 3 tackles, Season: 11 tackles

Kevin Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W5: 3 tackles, 1 TFL, Season: 13 tackles, 1 TFL

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

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W5: 4 tackles, Season: 11 tackles, 1 PBU

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W5: 4-33 rec., 1 TD, Season: 23-189 rec., 2 TDs

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W5: 4 tackles, Season: 13 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 INT

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, W4: 27-113 rush, 1 TD, Season: 84-317 rush, 2 TDs, 3-14 rec.

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington Redskins, LB, W5: 10 tackles, Season: 29 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W5: 1 tackle, Season: 2-30 rec.,4 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W5: bye, Season: 4 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W5: no stats, Season: no stats

Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, Season: Started all 5 games

Andrew Whitworth, 2002-05, Cincinnati Bengals, OG, Season: started all 5 games

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W5: inactive, Season: 10 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 2 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W5: 5 punts, 45.4 avg., Season: 22 punts, 43.5 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W5: 4 tackles, Season: 9 tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W5: no stats, Season: 1 tackle

On NFL roster in 2014, but 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

Trindon Holliday, 2006-09, WR/RS: Released from injured reserve by New York Giants on Oct. 6

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

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Auburn

How do you know a great rivalry? The games not only have scores, they have nicknames. Here’s a look back at five “name games” between LSU and Auburn.

Oct. 8, 1988: LSU 7, Auburn 6 — “The Earthquake Game.”  Trailing 6-0 with just under two minutes remaining, Tommy Hodson hits Eddie Fuller with an 11-yard touchdown pass in the back of Tiger Stadium’s north end zone on fourth-and-10. The score sets off a celebration that famously registers across campus on the Geology Department’s seismograph.

Sept. 17, 1994: Auburn 30, LSU 26 — “The Interception Game.” In one of the most improbable losses in LSU history, Auburn returns three Jamie Howard interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter and recovers a fumble in the end zone for a fourth score. LSU outgains Auburn 407-165, holding the home team to 16 total yards and one first down in the second half.

Sept. 21, 1996: LSU 19, Auburn 15 —“The Night the Barn Burned.” During the first half, an old wooden basketball gym adjacent to Jordan-Hare Stadium burns to the ground, sending flames and black smoke billowing into the air. Auburn pulls within 17-15 on Rusty Williams’ touchdown run with :38 left then goes for two and the tie. But Raion Hill intercepts Jon Cooley’s two-point pass and returns it for two points to seal LSU’s win.

Oct. 20, 2007: LSU 30, Auburn 24 — “Seconds count.” A field goal would win it, but LSU receiver Demetrius Byrd signals to offensive coordinator Gary Crowton that a fly route called “144 Go” is open. Matt Flynn finds Byrd in the corner of the north end zone with Auburn’s Jerraud Powers draped all over him as the clock winds down to :01.

Oct. 23, 2010: Auburn 24, LSU 17 — The Cam Newton Show. In a battle of 7-0 teams with national championship hopes, both teams are led by Heisman Trophy contenders: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and LSU cornerback/kick returner Patrick Peterson. It is Newton who has his Heisman moment, dragging Peterson across the goal line on a 49-yard third-quarter TD run. LSU has the ball midway through the fourth quarter with the game tied 17-17 but goes three-and-out. Onterio McCalebb scores on a 70-yard run with 5:05 remaining to keep Auburn on track for its first national title since 1957.

Scott Rabalais

LSU bowl projections: Week 6

Not surprisingly, LSU’s 63-7 victory Saturday over an outgunned New Mexico State team didn’t change the Tigers’ bowl projections much.

As the regular season approaches the halfway point, the bowl projections for 4-1 and No. 15-ranked LSU from 11 national projections are grouped among a middling tier of SEC bowls going into Saturday’s big game at Auburn.

Five have the Tigers starting the season where they began, in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Three have LSU going to the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.

There is a new bowl in the mix for LSU this week. Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com has the Tigers in the Dec. 29 Liberty Bowl against TCU (two other projections have LSU facing TCU in Houston).

Bowl bids will be extended Sunday, Dec. 7, following the slotting of teams in the CFP semifinals (Sugar and Rose) and the remaining four CFP bowls (Orange, Cotton, Peach and Fiesta).

Remember, this year the SEC will decide where its teams will go bowling AFTER any SEC teams are picked for the six CFP bowls and after the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (the artist formerly known as the Capital One Bowl in Orlando) makes its choice.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Clemson
  • CollegeFootballMadness.com: Outback Bowl vs. Ohio State
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Texas Bowl vs. TCU
  • Sam Kahn Jr. (Texas A&M and SEC blogger) and Brandon Chatmon (Big 12 blogger), ESPN.com: Texas Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Texas Bowl vs. TCU
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Louisville
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Liberty Bowl vs. TCU
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Music City Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Texas Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Michigan

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

I don’t think much of the chance for LSU to return to the Outback Bowl because the Tigers were just there in January with a slim rooting section in tow. I also don’t see the SEC being likely to send LSU right back to Houston for a bowl game when it just started the season there four months prior.

Right now, LSU’s most probable destination appears to be the TaxSlayer Bowl. LSU hasn’t played football in Jacksonville since 1987 (the Tigers beat South Carolina in the Gator Bowl) and it would be a straight shot down I-10 for LSU fans. Plus, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva and TaxSlayer Bowl President/CEO Rick Catlett are old friends. Both could lobby the SEC to send the Tigers to Jacksonville, though right now no one really knows how much input the bowls and schools will have in this new process. Plus, should now struggling Michigan get its act together, Les Miles’ alma mater could be the opponent. That would provide a compelling angle for TV and ticket-buying fans alike.

BOWL GUIDE

  • Liberty Bowl: Dec. 29, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Texas Bowl: Dec. 29, Houston
  • MusicCity Bowl: Dec. 30, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Outback Bowl: Jan. 1, Tampa, Florida
  • TaxSlayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville, Florida

 

LSU in the NFL: Week 4

The Dallas Cowboys’ 38-17 romp over the visiting New Orleans Saints on Sunday night wasn’t all positive for the home team.

Former LSU All-American cornerback Morris Claiborne suffered a torn patellar tendon early in the game and will be lost for the remainder of the season.

Some other former Tigers had big games this week, including:

  • WR Dwayne Bowe, who had five catches for 81 yards in the Kansas City Chiefs’ rout of the New England Patriots.
  • The Patriots’ Brandon LaFell had six catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort.
  • Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark piled up 14 tackles though his team was crushed 45-14 by the New York Giants.
  • Perry Riley had six tackles from the linebacker spot for the Redskins.
  • Meanwhile, Rueben Randle had eight catches for 89 yards for the Giants.
  • Donnie Jones had six punts for a 48.5-yard average for the Philadelphia Eagles against the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Zach Mettenberger saw his first professional action for the Tennessee Titans against the Indianapolis Colts. He was 2 of 5 passing for 17 yards and threw an interception. The Colts routed the Titans 41-17.

Here’s the complete list:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 4 status/stats, Season

Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, St. Louis Rams, OT, Week 4: Started, Season: started all games

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W4: bye, Season: 4 tackles

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

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W4: 9 rush, 9 yds., 2 rec., 16 yds., Season: 33 rush, 117 yds., 3 rec., 26 yds., blocked punt (TD)

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W4: 5 rec., 81 yds., Season: 11 rec., 154 yds.

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W4: bye, Season: 4 tackles, 1 QBH

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W4: 2 tackles, Season: 5 tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB W4: no stats, Season: 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 2 PBU (out for season, torn patellar tendon)

Ryan Clark, 1997-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W4: 14 tackles, Season: 26 tackles, 0.5 Sack, 1 PBU

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

Lavar Edwards, 2008-12, Dallas Cowboys, DE, W4: inactive, Season: No stats

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W4: 2 tackles, 1 sack, Season: 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH

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

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W4: bye, Season: 26 rush, 132 yds., 2 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, W4: 5 tackles, 1 PBU, Season: 6 tackle, 1 PBU

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W4: 1 tackle, 1 PBU, 1 FR, Season: 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W4: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W4: 6 punts, 48.5 avg., Season: 14 punts, 44.2 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W4: 6 rec., 119 yds., 1 TD, Season: 10 rec., 165 yds., 1 TD

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W4: 4 rec., 38 yds., 1 PR, 9.0 avg., 5 KR, Season: 12 rec., 111 yds., 1 tackle, 10 KR, 287 yds., 9 PR, 51 yds.

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W4: 3 tackles, Season: 23 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W4: 3 tackles, Season: 19 tackles, 2 TFL

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W4: bye, Season: 7 Tackle, 1 TFL

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W4: No stats, Season: 13 tackles, 1 FR

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W4: 2-5, 17 yds., 1 INT, Season: 2-5, 17 yds., 1 INT

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W4: bye, Season: 8 tackles

Kevin Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W4: bye, Season: 10 tackles

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

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W4: bye, Season: 7 tackles, 1 PBU

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W4: 8 rec., 89 yds., Season: 19 rec., 156 yd., 1 TD

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W4: 1 tackles, Season: 9 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 INT

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, W4: 5 rush, 28 yds., Season: 52 rush, 176 yds., 1 TD; 3 rec., 14 yds.

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington Redskins, LB, W4: 6 tackles, Season: 20 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, TampaBay Buccaneers, WR, W4: 2 rec., 30 yds., Season: 2 rec., 30 yds.; 3 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W4: 2 tackles, Season: 4 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W4: bye, Season: inactive

Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, W4: played, Season: started 2 games

Andrew Whitworth, 2002-05, Cincinnati Bengals, OG, W4: started, Season: started all 4 games

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W4: 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, Season: 10 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 2 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W4: 4 punts, 37.0 avg., Season: 17 punts, 43.0 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W4: 1 tackle, Season: 5 tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W4: bye, Season: 1 tackle

On NFL roster in 2014, but 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

Craig Loston, 2009-13, S, W3: Waived by Jacksonville Jaguars, Season: no stats

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