Return here throughout the day for photos from LSU’s Pro Day, where 17 players from the Tigers’ 2013 will compete in front of representatives of each NFL franchise.
A few shots from the bench press, vertical jump and broad jump areas of Pro Day.
LSU coach Les Miles kissed a pig Tuesday, and the team’s Outback Bowl championship rings arrived, according to photos posted on Twitter.
Miles, as part of a charity event on campus, kissed a pig. Yeah, he did. He really did.
Meanwhile, the Tigers’ Outback Bowl rings have come in. LSU beat Iowa 21-14 in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. Kicker Colby Delahoussaye tweeted a photo of the rings on Tuesday and so did the official account, @LSUFBEquipment.
— Colby Delahoussaye (@ColbyDely) April 8, 2014
— LSU Football Equip (@LSUFBEquipment) April 8, 2014
Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger plans to visit a slew of NFL teams after and before this Wednesday’s Pro Day at LSU, according to a report on nationalfootballpost.com.
Mettenberger, who spoke to us Saturday for this story, will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders. The post cites anonymous league sources.
Mettenberger will meet Thursday with the Jaguars and has meetings in Baton Rouge scheduled with the other teams listed above.
Mettenberger, who tore his ACL and MCL in the regular season finale against Arkansas, said Saturday that he’s 100 percent recovered from January knee surgery.
Jack Marucci, LSU’s director of athletic trainers, said Mettenberger will have no restrictions at Pro Day on Wednesday.
“If we had him in spring practice, he’d be participating in spring practice,” Marucci said Saturday.
Said Mettenberger: “I’m just ready to show how healthy I am. A lot of people don’t believe I’m as far along with my rehab as I am. I definitely plan to show Wednesday that I’m fully healthy and ready to roll.”
Mettenberger is projected as mid-to-high round pick in May’s draft.
One big thing came out of LSU’s spring game: The battle to be LSU’s starting quarterback is real.
Freshman Brandon Harris, for the most part, out-dueled Anthony Jennings as the two traded snaps with the No. 1 group (the White Team).
Harris showed beautiful touch on deep passes, a knack for feeling pocket pressure and elusive feet. Jennings, at times, struggled with his deep accuracy and was sacked multiple times.
The quarterbacks’ final numbers are somewhat misleading. Harris completed 11 of 28 passes for 195 yards, tossed three touchdowns and ran for another. He ran six times for 76 yards, including a 41-yard scamper that led to a score.
Jennings was 9 for 17 for 157 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Both of his picks were returned for touchdowns. His play resembled his ugly outing in the Outback Bowl against Iowa. Jennings struggled to make accurate deep passes and was erratic in the pocket.
Other observations from the spring game:
Let the parsing and nitpicking begin. The over-analysis, too.
LSU released the rosters on Friday afternoon for the Tigers’ spring game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
A quick once-over leaves an easy conclusion; the White team is comprised mostly of starters, while the Purple squad is their understudies. Meanwhile, there is some overlap among a handful of players who could switch jerseys.
Here’s a quick breakdown. Players that are sitting out with injuries are noted, as are players moving between both rosters:
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Analysis: It’s no surprise, but Jennings gets the nod with the first unit. His experience right now might be the edge over Harris at signal-caller. Meanwhile, there’s some swapping on the line, namely at right guard, where Fanaika and Washington are battling to replace Trai Turner. Pocic, meanwhile, appears set to get mixed in with porter. The depth issues at running back are somewhat apparent, along with wide receiver. But the arrival of August brings reinforcement.
On defense, it’s interesting to note Thomas has a slot over Gilmore. The rotation at end isn’t too much of a surprise. The departure of Jordan Allen, though, leaves the rotation a man short. At the second level, the experienced hand of Welter will be in the middle instead of the converted Kendell Beckwith along side mainstays in Louis and Alexander. There aren’t any surprises in the secondary.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Analysis: It’s expected that the Purple squad, on paper, is overmatched. Harris doesn’t exactly have a plethora of proven weapons around him at running back, where Melvin Jones is a converted linebacker. At receiver, there’s a duo that’s been nicked up in Peterson and Diarse to go with a converted quarterback in Bolden. Just looking at the offensive lines for both sides, there might be some mixing and matching, which would fit with new line coach Jeff Grimes’ declaration that every spot is up for grabs. Again, the effort to find a rotation at defensive tackle is reflected here. Bain, Herron and Gilmore are all trying to earn reps. At linebacker, it will be the first time we see Beckwith in his new home. At cornerback, Ed Paris, a highly-touted early enrollee, will put his talents on display, too.
You can own an old LSU football locker if you pony up nearly $4,000.
The school is renovating the Jeff Boss Locker Room in Tiger Stadium and is selling nearly 100 old lockers for an “as is” price of $3,950, part of a fundraising effort, the school said. For an additional $230 ($4,180 total), the locker will be refurbished to its original condition.
The lockers were added during a 1996 renovation of the locker room.
In addition to the locker itself, those fans purchasing this piece of memorabilia will receive a certificate of authenticity as well as a copy page for the original plans for the Jeff Boss Locker Room renovations. The dated document from 1996 includes construction drawings and final plans along with the exact location of each locker. Each locker was numbered prior to removal so that you will be able to pinpoint the exact location of the locker that you are purchasing.
The plans will also include the architect’s design elements of the locker along with a matching serial numbered authenticating label that will accompany the locker. This will certify that your locker is a collectible.
For more information about the lockers or to purchase a locker, please visithttp://www.tigerstadiumlockers.net/. Those interested in purchasing a locker but need more information, can submit questions to email@example.com.
LSU practiced for the first time in full pads Tuesday, the third practice of spring drills.
The highlight during the media’s 30-minute viewing window? The Big Cat Drill.
There’s video above. It includes coach Les Miles playfully calling former safety Craig Loston to join the drill, where an offensive and defensive player collide while the team watches. Loston, a senior last season, was on hand.
It also features new defensive back Ed Paris, an early enrollee, taking down receiver John Diarse and eliciting a celebration from teammates.
Here’s the pairings during the above video portion of the drill:
LSU announced dates for the 2014 Tiger Tour on Tuesday.
Here’s the schedule:
Speakers at each tour stop will be announced at a later date.
Video above: New LSU coach Bradley Dale Peveto instructs defenders during a station.
LSU begins the 2014 season in … six months.
But that’s not stopping us from giving you the current depth chart after the second day of spring practice on Monday.
Take this depth chart with a grain – a small grain – of salt. Why?
A) It’s spring practice. B) We had less than 30 minutes to scour the field for this information. C) Did we mention it’s spring practice?
Offensive line (reserves/No. 2s)
Receivers (reserves/No. 2)
Defensive line (reserves/No. 2)