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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
Twitter Mailbag is a 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.
@DellengerAdv Tigers looked good vs. UK…Can that continue vs. a surprising Rebel team?
— Sean K. Benton Sr. (@skbeeasy) October 20, 2014
These two teams are drastically different – Ole Miss and Kentucky. The Rebels are No. 3 in the nation, and some folks believe they’re the best in the land. Kentucky had an impressive start to the season, but what kind of start would it have been had they not been named “Kentucky”?
LSU is on a bit of a hot spurt here. A dramatic SEC road win at Florida and a pounding home win over Kentucky has the Tigers feeling good heading into the duel against Ole Miss. Don’t expect another 38-point win, but LSU’s momentum might be enough to carry it to a victory as an underdog in Tiger Stadium – a rarity.
@DellengerAdv Growth at QB this year is at best stagnant. With just 4 games left what needs to be done to classify as improving?
— Richard C Miller (@RCLSUMiller) October 21, 2014
Not exactly sure what you mean by “classify,” but QB growth is something we haven’t quite seen – at least consistent growth. Anthony Jennings had, maybe, the best game against a power five conference team at Florida, but he followed it with a struggling performance against Kentucky.
Jennings had trouble with accuracy – even the short passes. Terrence Magee needed a one-handed catch to haul in a pass a yard behind him, and Jennings overthrew a would-be touchdown to FB Connor Neighbors.
So what needs to happen? I’m not sure. LSU has, as you mentioned, just four games remaining this season and all against SEC teams. The tinkering part of the schedule is over. Gotta play the hand you’re dealt. LSU coaches have lately given Jennings some easy, high-percentage passes to the running backs. Look for that to continue.
@DellengerAdv Will the Tigers give the Rebels a triple dose of Fournete, Hillard, and #18 all night to open up the pass.?
— Sean K. Benton Sr. (@skbeeasy) October 21, 2014
Bet your bottom dollar on that. No matter who the opponent and what the game, LSU will run the football. When they’re done running it, they’ll run it again. And guess what after that?
LSU runs the football more than any other team in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers run 68 percent of the time. Just three other SEC teams run more than 60 percent of the time. If there’s anything LSU will do against an Ole Miss team leading the nation in interceptions, it’s run the ball.
@DellengerAdv With the way the defense is playing, what are the chances Boosie is this week's Gameday picker?
— Jonathan Monte (@StatBoyMonte) October 21, 2014
@DellengerAdv do you think Tennessee's rushing stats last week and ole miss turnover tendencies are a recipe for disaster?
— Robby Ehlers (@Robby_Ehlers5) October 21, 2014
Tennessee had zero rushing yards in a 34-3 loss to the Rebels in Oxford last week. That’s disheartening for LSU fans. Ole Miss ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense, averaging less than 100 yards on the ground game, and LSU is 120th nationally in pass attempts a game.
This is a key matchup in the game: Can LSU’s ground-and-pound offense have success against an Ole Miss defense that does everything well, namely stopping the run? Les Miles and Co. will try to run it no matter what – no doubt about that.
@DellengerAdv Do you envision Jennings maybe having to throw a little more given the production of the Rebs' front 7 against the run?
— Texas Ranger™ (@WalkerDillon3) October 21, 2014
Well, sure, but will LSU coaches allow it? As a betting man, I’d say no. LSU will try to control the clock, pound the ball and play good defense. The Tigers will hope to rattle Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace and force turnovers. LSU’s best defense might be the best offense in this one.
LSU isn’t gonna all of the sudden chunk the ball around just because an opponent’s front seven is good. Don’t expect that to happen. Jennings hasn’t thrown more than 26 passes this season – and that was in a game LSU trailed 17-0 early.
@DellengerAdv which underclassmen do you see as most likely to stay/leave after the year is over?
— CM21 (@cmayeux7) October 21, 2014
I’d expect most of them to stay, and I haven’t heard any rumblings of anyone leaving, though that always happens.
@DellengerAdv Why is the betting line so low? Is Ole Miss being undervalued, or does someone know something we don't know?
— Jackson Rioux (@Jrioux_) October 22, 2014
Here’s something you might not know: LSU is 45-4 in Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium under coach Les Miles. That explains part of the low spread for the Rebels.
Remember, too, that Ole Miss was an underdog at Texas A&M. Basically, Vegas isn’t sold on the Rebels just yet, despite their 7-0 record.
@DellengerAdv from now through the 2016 season(Jennings senior year)how do you see the LSU QB "situation" panning out?
— Hub (@KENNotBeStopped) October 22, 2014
This is such a broad question, I don’t know where to start. I’ll say this though: I’d be surprised if Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris were both here in 2016.
@DellengerAdv one player not always in the spotlight who could make a difference for LSU vs Ole Miss?
— Austin Greenway (@austin_greenway) October 22, 2014
Sione Teuhema. I know, crazy right? Teuhema is a true freshman defensive end who sees limited snaps, but they’re big ones. LSU has a new package featuring Teuhema at defensive tackle in the Mustang, the Tigers’ six DB unit with three defensive linemen.
LSU got QB pressure against Kentucky, in part because of Teuhema’s inside pressure. Watch out for him against Ole Miss.
@DellengerAdv Do you think Fournette & Co. can do damage vs Ole Miss' defense
— Seventh Woods (@Tyler_Capone) October 22, 2014
It won’t be easy, but it’s been done before. Louisiana-Lafayette and Alabama both ran for more than 165 yards against Ole Miss. The Tigers might need to run for 200-plus against the Rebels to get the win. That’d be unprecedented this season.
How I Voted will be a weekly blog in which Ross Dellenger reveals his AP Top 25 voting with a blurb on each explaining that team’s ranking.
1. Mississippi State
2. Florida State (UP 1)
3. Ole Miss (DOWN 1)
4. Alabama (UP 4)
5. Auburn (UP 2)
7. Oregon (UP 5)
8. Notre Dame DOWN 3)
9. Kansas State (UP 5)
10. Michigan State (DOWN 1)
11. Ohio State
12. Baylor (DOWN 8)
14. Nebraska (UP 1)
15. Arizona State (UP 2)
16. Southern Cal (UP 2)
17. Arizona (UP 2)
18. Duke (UP 3)
19. Utah (UP 3)
20. Oklahoma (DOWN 10)
21. East Carolina (DOWN 1)
22. Clemson (UP 1)
23. LSU (NR)
24. West Virginia (NR)
- Others considered: Minnesota, Maryland, Louisville, UCLA, Missouri, Colorado State.
- Biggest jump: Kansas State and Oregon both moved up five spots. The Wildcats won at Oklahoma, and the Ducks beat Washington.
- Biggest fall: Oklahoma, after that home loss to K-State, fell 10 spots to No. 20.
- Questionable move: TCU beat then-No. 16 Oklahoma State in resounding fashion (42-9), but we didn’t move the Horned Frogs at all. It’s tough.
- Newbies: LSU (23), West Virginia (24)
- Dropped out: Oklahoma state (16), Rutgers (24)
- 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’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.
- 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.
- 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