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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 Tigers in the NFL: preseason edition

Here’s a list of former LSU football players who are on or have been on NFL rosters during the preseason. Information was provided by LSU:

Former players on current NFL rosters

  • OT Joe Barksdale (At LSU 2007-10) St. Louis Rams

Game 1: started; Game 2: started; Game 3: started

  • LB Lamin Barrow (2009-13) Denver Broncos

Game 1: 3 total tackles, Game 2: 1 TT, Game 3: 2 TT, 1 for loss

  • WR Odell Beckham Jr. (2011-13) New York Giants

HOF game, Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: Did not play (hamstring)

  • RB Alfred Blue (2010-13) Houston Texans

Game 1: 6 carries, 30 yds; Game 2: 6-22, TD; Game 3: 9-27

  • WR Dwayne Bowe (2003-06) Kansas City Chiefs

Game 1: 1 rec, 10 yds; Game 2: 5-62: Game 3: Did not play

  • DT Michael Brockers (2009-11) St. Louis Rams

Game 1, Game 2: Did not play; Game 3: 2 TT, 1 TFL

  • CB Ron Brooks (2007-11) Buffalo Bills

Game 1: 3 TT, 1 PBU; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: 2 TT

  • CB Morris Claiborne (2009-11) Dallas Cowboys

Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: Did not play

  • FS Ryan Clark (1997-2001) Washington Redskins

Game 1: Did not play; Game 2: 1 TT, 1 TFL; Game 3: 2 TT

  • DT Glenn Dorsey (2004-07) San Francisco 49ers

Game 1, Game, Game 3: Did not play (torn biceps)

  • DE Lavar Edwards (2008-12) Tennessee Titans

Game 1: 1 TT, sack; Game 2: No stats: Game 3: No stats

  • DT Ego Ferguson (2010-13) Chicago Bears

Game 1: 2 TT; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: 3 TT

  • QB Matt Flynn (2003-07) Green Bay Packers

Game 1: 5-10, 49 yds; Game 2: 2-3, 44 yds, TD; Game 3: 4-10, 37 yds, INT

  • RB Jeremy Hill (2012-13) Cincinnati Bengals

Game 1: 6-36; Game 2: 3-16 rushing, 2-13 rec.; Game 3: 12-48

  • WR/RS Trindon Holliday (2006-09) New York Giants

HOF Game: Did not play; Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: No stats (hamstring)

  • DE Tyson Jackson (2004-08) Atlanta Falcons

Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: No stats

  • DT Ricky Jean-Francois (2005-08): Indianapolis Colts

Game 1: 1 TT, 1 PBU; Game 2: No stats: Game 3: No stats

  • DT Anthony Johnson (2011-13) Miami Dolphins

Game 1: 2 TT, 1 TFL; Game 2: 1 TT; Game 3: No stats

  • P Donnie Jones (2000-03) Philadelphia Eagles

Game 1: 5 punts, 46.0 avg; Game 2: 1-57; Game 3: 3-41.3

  • WR Brandon LaFell (2005-09) New England Patriots

Game 1: 2-16; Game 2: 2-29, TD; Game 3: 2-14

  • WR Jarvis Landry (2011-13) Miami Dolphins

Game 1: 1-(-1); Game 2: 1-26; Game 3: 2-20, 2 KR, 3 PR

  • S LaRon Landry (2003-06) Indianapolis Colts

Game 1: Did not play; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: 6 TT, 1 PBU

  • DT Bennie Logan (2009-12) Philadelphia Eagles

Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: Not active

  • S Craig Loston (2009-13) Jacksonville Jaguars

Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: 1 TT; Game 3: No stats

  • DB Tyrann Mathieu (2010-11) Arizona Cardionals

Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: Not active (Came off PUP list Aug. 19)

  • S Danny McCray (2006-09) Chicago Bears

Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: 4 TT; Game 3: 2 TT

  • QB Zach Mettenberger (2011-13) Tennessee Titans

Game 1: 4-7, 87 yds, INT; Game 2: 20-25, 269 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; Game 3: 11-19, 148 yds

  • LB Barkevious Mingo (2010-12) Cleveland Browns

Game 1: 2 TT, 1 sack; Game 2: 4 TT; Game 3: No stats

  • LB Kevin Minter (2009-12) Arizona Cardinals

Game 1: 1 PBU; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: No stats

  • LB Sam Montgomery (2009-12) Cincinnati Bengals

Game 1: No stats; Game 2: 2 TT; Game 3: 1 TT

  • DT Drake Nevis (2007-10) Carolina Panthers

Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: Not active

  • CB/RS Patrick Peterson (2008-10) Arizona Cardinals

Game 1: No stats; Game 2: 2 TT; Game 3: 6 TT

  • WR Reuben Randle (2009-11) New York Giants

Game 1: No stats; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: 2-41, TD

  • S Eric Reid (2010-12) San Francisco 49ers

Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: 2 TT

  • RB Stevan Ridley (2007-10) New England Patriots

Game 1: 2-2; Game 2: 9-45; Game 3: 8-28

  • LB Perry Riley Jr. (2006-09) Washington Redskins

Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: 2 TT; Game 3: 4 TT

  • WR Russell Shepard (2009-12) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Game 1: No stats; Game 2: 1-22; Game 3: No stats

  • LB Kelvin Sheppard (2006-10) Indianapolis Colts

Game 1: Did not play; Game 2: 5 TT; Game 3: 5 TT

  • CB Tharold Simon (2010-12) Seattle Seahawks

Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: 3 TT, 1 PBU; Game 3: 2 TT, 2 PBU

  • S Curtis Taylor (2004-08) Arizona Cardinals

Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: 3 TT, 1 PBU; Game 3: 2 TT

  • G Trai Turner (2011-13) Carolina Panthers

Game 1: Started; Game 2: Started; Game 3: Started

  • RB Spencer Ware (2010-12) Seattle Seahawks

Game 1: 4-11; Game 2: 2-9; Game 3: 3-18

  • OG Andrew Whitworth (2002-05) Cincinnati Bengals

Game 1: Did not play; Game 2: Started; Game 3: Started

  • DT Kyle Williams (2002-05) Buffalo Bills

Game 1: 2 TT, 1 sack, 1 FF; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: No stats

  • P Brad Wing (2010-12) Pittsburgh Steelers

Game 1: 6-36.5; Game 2: 6-44.5; Game 3: 5-39.8

  • DT Al Woods (2006-09) Tennessee Titans

Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: No stats

  • WR James Wright (2010-13) Cincinnati Bengals

Game 1: 1-20, TD; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: No stats

Players involved in recent transactions, not currently on a roster

  • LB Kendrick Adams (2010-11)

Waived by Tennessee Titans

  • WR Kadron Boone (2010-13)

Waived by Philadelphia Eagles

  • FB J.C. Copeland (2010-13)

Released by Dallas Cowboys

  • OL Chris Faulk (2010-12)

Waived by Cleveland Browns

  • RB Michael Ford (2009-12)

Waived by Chicago Bears

  • S Craig Steltz (2004-07)

Released by Chicago Bears

  • CB Corey Webster (2001-04)

Free agent

  • RB Keiland Williams (2006-09)

Free agent

‘The Les Miles Show’ debuts Wednesday

Les Miles

Les Miles

“The Les Miles Show” returns to the radio airwaves Wednesday for the 2014 season. The season premier is set for 7 p.m. at T.J. Ribs on Acadian Thruway at I-10.

“The Les Miles Show” can be heard across Louisiana on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge and on the GeauxZone at and on the LSUSports mobile app.

Cox Sports Television will televise the show on a tape-delayed basis each Wednesday at 8 p.m.

“The Les Miles Show” will run for 15 straight weeks during the fall, including the week of both open dates. The final show of the regular season will be held the week of the Texas A&M game.

LSU play-by-play announcer Jim Hawthorne once again serves as host. Hawthorne is beginning his 32nd season as the “Voice of the Tigers.”

LSU highlights on the SEC Network through Aug. 24

SEC Now - August 14, 2014


Here’s a look at LSU highlights on the SEC Network through Sunday, Aug. 24:


  • 2 a.m.: Football vs. Tennessee, 2005


  • Midnight: Football at Kentucky, 2007


  • 9 p.m.: Football season preview
  • 10 p.m.: Football season preview


  • 11 p.m.: SEC Storied: Lolo (feature on former LSU hurdler Lolo Jones)


  • Midnight: Football vs Florida, 2007
  • 2:30 a.m.: Football vs. Auburn, 2007
  • 5 a.m.: Football at Alabama, 2011
  • 7 a.m.: BCS National Championship Game vs. OhioState
  • 9 a.m.: Football season preview


LSU highlights from first two weeks of SEC Network schedule

With the launch of the SEC Network now just three days away, the Southeastern Conference and ESPN have released a snapshot of programming on the network over its first two weeks (Aug. 14-28).

The very first show will be at 5 p.m. Thursday called “SEC Now,” a three-hour program which will feature all 14 SEC schools and touch on the conference’s 21 sports.

Each school will have a series of football games featured from recent years, including every BCS championship game involving an SEC school starting at 6 a.m.  Saturday. LSU’s games against Oklahoma, Ohio State and Alabama will be included.

A block of LSU featured programming starts at 11 p.m. Aug. 22 with an “SEC Storied” feature on former LSU All-American and Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones. That will be followed by:

  • LSU vs. Florida, 2007
  • LSU vs. Auburn, 2007
  • LSU vs. Alabama, 2011
  • LSU vs. Ohio State, 2008 BCS title game.

Each SEC football team will have it’s own preview show leading up to the coming season. The LSU football preview debuts at 9 p.m. Aug. 22.

Other LSU football games scheduled for the network include:

  • LSU vs. Georgia, 2013 (block of games starts at 10 p.m. Friday)
  • LSU vs. Ole Miss, 2013 (block of games starts at 11 p.m. Monday)
  • LSU vs. Tennessee, 2005 (block of games starts  at 11 p.m. Tuesday)
  • LSU vs. Kentucky, 2007 (block of games starts at 11 p.m. Wednesday)
  • LSU vs. Arkansas, 2007 and 2010 (block of games starts at 11 p.m. Aug. 24)

The first two weeks of SEC Network programming culminates with an Aug. 28 football doubleheader. Texas A&M plays at South Carolina at 5 p.m. CDT, then Vanderbilt hosts Temple at 8:15 p.m.

For more information, visit the SEC Network home page.




The first LSU game on the list is the Tigers’ 2004 Sugar Bowl triumph over Oklahoma for the BCS national championship

LSU-Wisconsin tickets still available

Tickets for LSU’s Aug. 30 season opener against Wisconsin are still available through the school’s athletic ticket office.

Prices are $40-60 each, depending on ticket location.

The game, set for 8 p.m. at NRG Stadium in Houston, will also be televised on ESPN.

Tickets are available by visiting the LSU Athletic Ticket Office or, or by calling (800) 960-8587 or (225) 578-2184.


Report: former LSU recruit Janzen Jackson charged with murder

One-time LSU commitment Janzen Jackson, a talented but troubled defensive back who went on to play at Tennessee and McNeese State, has been charged with killing his mother’s boyfriend, according to a published report.

Jackson was charged Friday in the death of Frank Herrera, whose body was found Sept. 14 in a car on a street in gritty south Los Angeles. Police said Herrera, reportedly Jackson’s mother’s boyfriend, had been strangled and his body was likely there for three days.

Jackson, who was arrested on Sept. 16, entered a plea of not guilty. He is reportedly being held on $1 million bond.

A graduate of Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Jackson was committed to play for LSU but switched to Tennessee shortly before the start of the 2009 national signing period.

While at Tennessee, Janzen and two other teammates were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery. The charges were later dismissed, but in 2011 Jackson was permanently kicked off the Volunteers squad by then coach Derek Dooley for a variety of issues.

Jackson finished his college career at McNeese State where his father, Lance Guidry, is defensive coordinator.

Jackson played briefly with the New York Giants in 2012 and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 2013 but has apparently since been out of professional football.

The Mel Kiper Jr., Colin Cowherd conversation LSU coaches should play on every recruiting visit

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. was on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Thursday on ESPN Radio as they talked about next month’s draft.

During their segment talk turned to players from Alabama and how both felt many of its players under-perform in the NFL. Out of the blue, Cowherd compared them to players from LSU. Both also remarked that it was LSU’s defense, not Alabama’s that confounded Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel the last two years.

Here’s their conversation:

COWHERD: Is there that guy in this draft? Is there the Eric Berry? Is there the Patrick Peterson? Is there that guy that everybody knows is just a 10-year great player?

KIPER: The guy that should be is Taylor Lewan, the left tackle at Michigan. He’s, right now, better than Greg Robinson [Thibodaux native]. Can Greg Robinson, two or three years from now, the Auburn offensive tackle, be better than Lewan? Yeah, he could.

COWHERD: Not now, though.

KIPER: But I’d rather say right now, Lewan is really good. Robinson struggles in pass protection. He needs some work.

COWHERD: I’ve got another theory for you: Why are the Alabama guys … everybody loves Nick Saban. Let’s go (over) all these Alabama guys in the NFL.

Rolando McClain, out.

Mark Barron?

KIPER: Disappointing right now. Kareem Jackson. Dre Kirkpatrick.

COWHERD: Mark Ingram.

KIPER: Terrence Cody.

COWHERD: Trent Richardson. Dee Milliner.

KIPER: Defensive players are struggling right now. That’s a fact. Alabama defensive players have not lived up to the hype.

COWHERD: This is an interesting theory here. Years ago with Jeff Tedford [former head coach at California, now offensive coordinator at Tampa Bay] people stopped taking his quarterbacks because they were like, ‘Jeff gets the most out of them in college’ …

KIPER: We called it ‘A Tedford creation.’

COWHERD: ‘A Tedford creation.’ That nobody wanted Tedford’s quarterbacks.

KIPER: You know who was a Tedford creation? Aaron Rodgers. Joey Harrington. Trent Dilfer.

COWHERD: Aaron worked out pretty well.

KIPER: And Trent won a Super Bowl. In Baltimore. For my Ravens. It worked out pretty good. And Aaron worked out great, cause you know what? They took his mechanics from what he was at Cal and spent four summers, four years, and all those summers changing. If you put Rodgers in his final year at Cal …

COWHERD: I saw him play.

KIPER: … And you saw him at Green Bay, it looks like a completely different quarterback throwing the ball. Look at the mechanics. Completely different.

[Skipping ahead through an aside from Cowherd about watching Rodgers play while at a wedding on a mountain. Whatever.]

COWHERD: So what I’m saying is, do you have programs and coaches, is there a ‘Tedford effect’ a little bit with Saban? I always look at these LSU guys. They’re better than Alabama guys as pros. Les Miles is crazy, but those LSU guys are better pros.

KIPER: What defense completely frustrated Johnny Manziel? Not Alabama’s. He (Saban) had no answers. LSU’s. John Chavis. Look at that game.

COWHERD: Look at LSU guys in the NFL right now.

KIPER: We’ve got one, former safety Ryan Clark working for us now doing stuff. Ryan was a heck of a player. At LSU, underrated coming into the NFL. But I think you look at the Alabama defensive players and they’re all within that system.

COWHERD: The system!

KIPER: They’re all ‘coached up’ by Nick Saban, the defensive guru, and they all work within that framework of that Alabama defense. And they get to the NFL and they’re as good as they’re going to get. They’ve probably already peaked in terms of what they’re going to be.

COWHERD: They said this years ago about Nebraska players in the 90s. Remember that? Nebraska was rolling people 70-17 … they all topped out in the Nebraska weight room. That’s as good as they were going to get.

Certainly the Cowherd-Kiper conversation is just one small fragment of draft talk, and next week they could be piling on LSU or some other school. You could point to any number of LSU players who have been busts in the NFL, none more notorious than JaMarcus Russell. And for the record, Ryan Clark was recruited to LSU by Gerry DiNardo but played his last two college seasons (2000-01) under Saban.

Still, perception can be reality, and it makes you wonder how wide a perception Kiper and Cowherd’s viewpoint is throughout football.

You can hear the entire Kiper segment at

LSU announces 2014 Tiger Tour dates

LSU announced dates for the 2014 Tiger Tour on Tuesday.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Monday, April 28: Bossier City (Horseshoe Casino)
  • Tuesday, April 29: Monroe (Monroe Civic Center)
  • Thursday, May 1: Houma (Houma Civic Center)
  • Wednesday, May 7: Baton Rouge (Lod Cook Alumni Center)
  • Wednesday, May 14: Houston (J.W. Marriott Hotel)
  • Sunday, May 18: New Orleans (Hilton Riverside Hotel)
  • Monday, May 19: Alexandria (Alexandria Riverfront Center)
  • Tuesday, May 20: Lafayette (River Oaks Catering Center)

Speakers at each tour stop will be announced at a later date.


SEC spring football dates announced

The cheers from the 2013 season have barely died out, but spring football practice will be kicking off around the Southeastern Conference before you know it.

LSU begins spring practice March 7, with the annual Spring Game set for Saturday, April 5 (time still TBD).

By the way, Texas A&M has announced it won’t have a spring game because renovations are under way at Kyle Field. The Aggies will wrap up spring drills with a typical workout session on April 5.

A&M will be the first school to open spring practice on Feb. 28.

Here’s a look at spring practice dates around the SEC:

School, Start of spring practice, spring game, pro day

LSU, March 7, April 5, April 9

Alabama, March 15, April 19, March 12

Arkansas, March 16, April 26, March 5

Auburn, March 18, April 19, March 4

Florida, March 19, April 12, March 17

Georgia, March 18, April 12, April 16

Kentucky, March 28, April 26, March 14

LSU, March 7, April 5 (time TBD), April 9

Ole Miss, March 5, April 5, March 3

Mississippi State, March 18, April 12, March 5

Missouri, March 11, April 19, March 6

South Carolina, March 4, April 12, April 2

Tennessee, March 7, April 12, April 2

Texas A&M, Feb. 28, April 5 (no spring game), March 5

Vanderbilt, March 11, April 12, March 21


Rabalais: My final AP ballot

PASADENA, Calif.  - Here’s how I voted on my final Associated Press Top 25 ballot following Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl:

1. Florida State (14-0)

2. Michigan State (13-1)

3. Auburn (12-2) – I dropped Auburn behind the Big Ten champions because they finished better with wins over Ohio State and Stanford, but it was a very close call.

4. Oklahoma (11-2) – Probably ranked the Sooners too high, up from 12 in my previous ballot in December, but I had to put them ahead of Alabama for beating the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl and still didn’t want to drop Bama too low despite two straight losses.

5. Alabama (11-2)

6. South Carolina (11-2)

7. Clemson (11-2)

8. Missouri (12-2)

9. Oregon (11-2)

10. Ohio State (12-2)

11. Stanford (11-3)

12. Baylor (11-2)

13. LSU (10-3) – Had a tough time deciding to put LSU or UCF here, but the Tigers had tougher competition. Of course, some will say that about Auburn and Michigan State.

14. UCF (12-1)

15. Louisville (12-1)

16. UCLA (10-3)

17. Oklahoma State (10-3)

18. Southern California (10-4)

19. Texas A&M (9-4)

20. Nebraska (9-4)

21. Wisconsin (9-4) – LSU’s next opponent, Aug. 30 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

22. Arizona State (10-4)

23. Washington (9-4)

24. Fresno State (11-2)

25. Notre Dame (9-4)

DROPPED OUT: No. 21 Northern Illinois (12-2), No. 22 Iowa (8-5), No. 23 Duke (10-4), No. 24 Cincinnati (9-4)