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Live Blog: LSU Pro Day

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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.

The numbers. 

A few shots from the bench press, vertical jump and broad jump areas of Pro Day.

Jeremy Hill in the vertical jump.

Jeremy Hill in the vertical jump.

The madness surounding the bench press.

The madness surounding the bench press.

Ego Ferguson moves from the vertical jump to the bench press area.

Ego Ferguson moves from the vertical jump to the bench press area.

Odell Beckham Jr. does the same.

Odell Beckham Jr. does the same.

Rex and Rob Ryan talk.

Rex and Rob Ryan talk.

LSU OC Cam Cameron chats.

LSU OC Cam Cameron chats.

Sean Payton and Les Miles talk while surrounded by TV cameras.

Sean Payton and Les Miles talk while surrounded by TV cameras.

 

LSU football things: Miles kisses pig; Outback Bowl rings arrive

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.

Mettenberger to visit host of NFL teams

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.

Zach Mettenberger doesn't need crutches anymore. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Zach Mettenberger doesn’t need crutches anymore. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

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.

NFL.com is also reporting the news.

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.

Spring Game Observations: Harris shines and other nuggets

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).

Brandon Harris out-played Anthony Jennings on Saturday. (Patrick Dennis | The Advocate)

Brandon Harris out-played Anthony Jennings on Saturday. (Patrick Dennis | The Advocate)

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:

  • Dural’s the star: For the first three quarters of the spring game, Travin Dural was the only receiver to catch a pass. He made some nice plays Saturday, including a move against cornerback Ed Paris in the end zone for a score. He finished with five catches for 130 yards and had two touchdowns.
  • Returners: LSU used several players to return kicks and punts. Here they are: John Diarse, Ed Paris, Tre-Davious White, Travin Dural, John Diarse and Avery Peterson. Paris muffed one punt.
  • Right guard battle: Hoko Fanaika started the game with the White Team (starters) at right guard, and Evan Washington started with the Purple Team. After halftime, the two swapped.
  • Hunter impresses: DE Danielle Hunter was the star of the defense, making half-dozen QB pressure and getting two sacks in the first half alone. He was going against the second-string offensive line, but, still, Hunter showed some great pass-rushing.
  • Pick 6s: Linebackers Deion Jones and Kwon Alexander each returned an interception for a touchdown during the game. They both stepped in front of short passes from Anthony Jennings.

STARTING GROUPS

White Offense

  • Offensive line: LT La’el Collins, LG Vadal Alexander, C Elliott Porter, RG Hoko Fanaika, RT Jerald Hawkins, TE Dillon Gordon
  • Receivers: Quantavius Leslie and Travin Dural
  • Quarterback: Anthony Jennings
  • Backs: RB Kenny Hilliard, FB Connor Neighbors

White Defense

  • Defensive line: DE Danielle Hunter, DT Christian LaCouture, DT Quentin Thomas, DE Tashawn Bower
  • Linebackers: OLB Kwon Alexander, MLB D.J. Welter, OLB Lamar Louis
  • Defensive backs: CB Rashard Robinson, S Rickey Jefferson, S Jalen Mills, CB Tre’Davious White

Purple Offense

  • Offensive line: LT Jonah Austin, LG K.J. Malone, C Ethan Pocic, RG Evan Washington, RT Josh Boutte
  • Receivers: John Diarse, Rob Bolden
  • Quarterback: Brandon Harris
  • Backs: FB Melvin Jones, RB Reshaud Henry

Purple Defense

  • Defensive line: DE Lewis Neal, DT Marquedius Bain, DT Greg Gilmore, DE Michael Patterson
  • Linebackers: OLB Ronnie Feist, MLB Kendell Beckwith, OLB Deion Jones
  • Defensive backs: CB Jalen Collins, S Tommy LeBeau, S  Dwayne Thomas, CB Ed Paris

Roster loaded for White team ahead of LSU’s 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:

White

Offense

Quarterback

  • Anthony Jennings
  • Hayden Rettig
  • Jake Clise

Running back/Fullback

  • RB Terrence Magee
  • RB Kenny Hilliard
  • FB Bennett Schiro
  • FB Jason Cormier
  • FB Connor Neighbors

Wide Receiver/Tight End

  • WR Quantavius Leslie
  • WR Travin Dural
  • TE Travis Dickson
  • TE Dillon Gordon
  • TE DeSean Smith

Offensive Line

  • OL Alex Cheramie
  • RT Jerald Hawkins
  • RG Hoko Fanaika
  • LT La’el Collins
  • LG Vadal Alexander
  • RG Evan Washington
  • C/OL Ethan Pocic
  • C Elliott Porter

Defense

Defensive Line

  • DE Tashawn Bower
  • DE Justin Maclin
  • DE Jermauria Rasco (Out: Shoulder)
  • DT Christian LaCouture
  • DE Danielle Hunter
  • DT Frank Herron
  • DT Quentin Thomas

Linebacker

  • WLB Kwon Alexander
  • MLB D.J. Welter
  • LB Myles O’Brien
  • SLB Lamar Louis
  • LB Duke Riley (Out)
  • LB Christian Pittman

Secondary

  • S Austin Suits
  • S Micah Dickens
  • FS Corey Thompson (Out)
  • CB Tre’Davious White
  • CB Rashard Robinson
  • FS Ronald Martin
  • SS Jalen Mills
  • S Tommy LeBeau
  • S Tre’ Sullivan

Specialists

  • PK/P Trent Domingue
  • P Jamie Keehn
  • PK Alex Kjellsten
  • PK Colby Delahoussaye
  • LS Reid Ferguson
  • LS Connor LeBlanc
  • LS Logan Boudreaux

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.

Purple

Offense

Quarterback

  • Brandon Harris
  • Brad Kragthorpe
  • Brandon Bergeron

Running Back/Fullback

  • RB Reshaud Henry
  • RB Trevonta Herod
  • RB/FB Melvin Jones
  • FB Devonte Meullion
  • FB John David Moore

Wide Receiver/Tight End

  • WR Rob Bolden
  • WR Avery Peterson
  • WR John Diarse
  • WR Chris LaBorde
  • WR Luke Boyd
  • WR Jeffrey Lang
  • TE/P Josh Tharp
  • TE Logan Stokes
  • TE DeSean Smith (Swing)
  • TE Jake Franklin
  • WR Miguel James
  • WR Kevin Spears (Out)

Offensive Line

  • OL Cody Townsend
  • OL K.J. Malone
  • RG Hoko Fanaika (Swing)
  • LT Jonah Austin
  • OL Andy Dodd
  • RG Evan Washington (Swing)
  • OL Josh Boutte
  • C/OL Ethan Pocic (Swing)

Defense

Defensive Line

  • DE Jordan Harper
  • DT Maquedius Bain
  • DE Lewis Neal
  • DE Michael (M.J.) Patterson
  • DT Mickey Johnson (Out)
  • DT Frank Herron (Swing)
  • DT Greg Gilmore

Linebackers

  • WLB Deion Jones
  • LB Jonathan Rucker
  • LB Ronnie Feist
  • MLB Kendell Beckwith
  • LB Grant Leger

Secondary

  • CB Dwyane Thomas
  • S Lionel Williams
  • CB Ed Paris
  • CB Brandon Surtain
  • FS Rickey Jefferson
  • CB Jeremy Land
  • CB Jalen Collins
  • CB Jordan Triche

Specialists

  • PK/P Trent Domingue (Swing)
  • P Jamie Keehn (Swing)
  • PK Alex Kjellsten (Swing)
  • PK Colby Delahoussaye (Swing)
  • LS Reid Ferguson (Swing)
  • LS Connor LeBlanc (Swing)
  • LS Logan Boudreaux (Swing)

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.

 

LSU selling old lockers

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.

LSU is selling its old football lockers. (LSU athletics)

LSU is selling its old football lockers. (LSU athletics)

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 info@tigerstadiumlockers.net.

Meanwhile, a judge ended former LSU running back Jeremy Hill’s probation.

It’s here: the Big Cat Drill

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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:

  • CB Tre’ Davious White vs. WR Travin Dural
  • CB Ed Paris vs. WR John Diarse
  • WR Quantavius Leslie vs. CB Kavahra Holmes

Other nuggets:

Les Miles directs the Big Cat Drill.

Les Miles directs the Big Cat Drill.

  • Evan Washington was running with the No. 1 group at right guard. Hoko Fanaika was running with the 1s there Monday. Miles said Washington, Fanaika and Ethan Pocic are options to replace Trai Turner.
  • WR Kevin Spears was not at practice. He tweaked a hamstring during Monday’s practice. Avery Peterson appeared to have injured a hamstring during drills Tuesday.

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.

 

Spring Football: A waaaay too early depth chart (nuggets too)

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Video above: New LSU coach Bradley Dale Peveto instructs defenders during a station.

LSU begins the 2014 season in … six months.

Les Miles directing offensive linemen at Monday's practice.

Les Miles directing offensive linemen at Monday’s practice.

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?

OFFENSE

Quarterback

  • Anthony Jennings
  • Hayden Rettig
  • Brandon Harris
  • Brad Kragthorpe

Running back

The group of quarterbacks with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

The group of quarterbacks with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

  • Terrence Magee
  • Kenny Hilliard

Offensive line (reserves/No. 2s)

  • LT La’el Collins (Jonah Austin)
  • LG Vadal Alexander
  • C Elliott Porter (Ethan Pocic)
  • RG Hoko Fanaika OR Evan Washington
  • RT Jerald Hawkins

Receivers (reserves/No. 2)

  • Travin Dural (Kevin Spears, Avery Peterson)
  • John Diarse  (Quantavius Leslie, Rob Bolden)

DEFENSE

Defensive line (reserves/No. 2)

  • DE Jordan Allen (Justin Maclin)
  • DT Christian LaCouture (Maquedis Bower)
  • DT Quentin Thomas (Greg Gilmore)
  • DE Danielle Hunter (Tashawn Bower)

Linebackers

  • WLB Kwon Alexander (Deion Jones)
  • MLB D.J. Welter (Kendell Beckwith)
  • SLB Lamar Louis (Duke Riley)

Defensive backs

  • CB Jalen Collins (Rashard Robinson)
  • CB Tre’ Davious White (Kavahara Holmes)
  • S Jalen Mills (Rickey Jefferson)
  • S Ronald Martin (Dwayne Thomas)

Nuggets

  • LB Lamar Louis and OL Andy Dodd were in green non-contact jerseys for the second straight practice. They’re suffering from minor injuries.
  • Hoko Fanaika was running with the first string at right guard. Evan Washington was there Saturday. Coach Les Miles said the team is practicing Washington, Fanaika and Ethan Pocic there.
  • OC Cam Cameron spent a lot of time during practice focused on Brandon Harris. Lots of yelling, teaching, etc.