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Top Ten in Ten: No. 6 Terrence Magee

Terrence Magee is LSU's top returning rusher.

Terrence Magee is LSU’s top returning rusher.

“Top Ten in Ten” is a 10-part blog series on the top 10 players, by importance, for LSU’s 2014 season. We’ll have a player each weekday, counting down to the No. 1 player on Aug. 4, when LSU begins fall camp. 

  • No. 6: Terrence Magee
  • Year, position: Senior, running back
  • Height, weight: 5-9, 214

Looking back

Magee is LSU’s top returning rusher, having ran for 626 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. He averaged a whopping 7.3 yards a carry, the most of any regular rusher last season. He showed a knack to squeezing through tight holes, complimenting the more bullish Jeremy Hill. Magee also caught six passes for 49 yards. A versatile athlete who has played receiver and quarterback, Magee can be used in a variety of ways. And his ball security? It’s good.

Looking forward

Leonard Fournette, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, overshadows all running backs entering the season, but Magee is the grizzled veteran who has tucked Fournette under his wing. Magee says he’s tutored the young gun over the summer. Expect both to battle for playing time this season. While many believe Fournette will end up with the bulk of the carries, it’s Magee who could finish the season as LSU’s leading rusher.

Number To Know

3 – 100-yard games for Magee last season

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Top Ten in Ten: No. 7 Travin Dural

Travin Dural caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Anthony Jennings against Arkansas. (Travis Spradling)

Travin Dural caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Anthony Jennings against Arkansas. (Travis Spradling)

“Top Ten in Ten” is a 10-part blog series on the top 10 players, by importance, for LSU’s 2014 season. We’ll have a player each weekday, counting down to the No. 1 player on Aug. 4, when LSU begins fall camp. 

  • No. 7: Travin Dural
  • Year, position: Sophomore, receiver
  • Height, weight: 6-2, 182

Looking back

Dural is LSU’s leading returner at the receiver position. That’s not saying a lot. He had seven catches for 145 yards and caught two touchdowns in 2013 as a redshirt freshman. One of those scores, though, was a big one. He caught a 49-yard pass from Anthony Jennings in the final minute against Arkansas to win the game for the Tigers, avoiding what would have been a huge upset at home.

Looking forward

Dural led all receivers during the spring game. In fact, he was the only receiver to catch a pass through the first three quarters of the game. That tells you something about LSU’s depth at the position. The Tigers need Dural. That said, LSU received an infusion of freshman receivers this summer. Rookies Malachi Dupre, Trey Quinn and D.J. Chark will challenge for playing time. Dural, as only a sophomore, is the unquestioned leader of the group.

Number To Know

5 – Receptions for Dural during the spring game, just two fewer than he had all of last season

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Top Ten in Ten: No. 8 Anthony Jennings

Anthony Jennings is set for a fierce battle in fall camp. (Travis Spradling)

Anthony Jennings is set for a fierce battle in fall camp. (Travis Spradling)

“Top Ten in Ten” is a 10-part blog series on the top 10 players, by importance, for LSU’s 2014 season. We’ll have a player each weekday, counting down to the No. 1 player on Aug. 4, when LSU begins fall camp. 

  • No. 8: Anthony Jennings
  • Year, position: Sophomore, quarterback
  • Height, weight: 6-2, 211

Looking back

Jennings made a big splash early. Surely you remember when he replaced injured starter Zach Mettenberger against Arkansas leading LSU on a 99-yard, game-winning drive against the Razorbacks – capped by a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural. He followed that performance with a struggling outing in the Outback Bowl (7 of 19, 82 yards, 1 INT) and then fell flat in LSU’s spring game.

Looking forward

Jennings has to duel with a talented freshman, Brandon Harris, during fall camp. He’s got the experience over Harris by a year, but the rookie outplayed him in the spring game. August camp is expected to be a fierce battle between the two QBs – both highly rated dual-threat guys. Players preach about Jennings’ composure in the huddle and his understanding of the playbook. Still, Harris has the big gun.

Number To Know

44 – Jennings’ completion percentage in 2013 in nine games played

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Fournette named Corbett Award winner

LSU freshman running back and former St. Augustine star Leonard Fournette has won the Corbett Award, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced Wednesday.

Leonard Fournette arrives in June to begin summer school. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Leonard Fournette arrives in June to begin summer school. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Fournette, a 6-foot-1, 224-pounder expected to contribute immediately at LSU, was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the nation among the 2014 class. Fournette finished his high school career  with 7,619 rushing yards and 88 rushing touchdowns.

The Corbett Award is presented annually to the top male and female amateur athletes in the state of Louisiana. They are selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, a group of current and former media members who select the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, as well as annual award winners in a variety of categories, including the Corbett Awards and the Eddie Robinson Award.

Past Corbett Award winners:

2012-13: Aaron Nola, LSU Baseball
2012-13: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU Track & Field

2011-12: Morris Claiborne, LSU Football (NFL)
2011-12: Christi Orgeron, UL-Lafayette Softball

2010-11: Patrick Peterson, LSU Football (NFL)
2010-11: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU Track & Field

2009-10: Louis Coleman, LSU Baseball (MLB)
2009-10: Susan Jackson, LSU Gymnastics

2008: Tyrell Fenroy, UL-Lafayette Football
2008: Ashley Brignac, UL-Lafayette Softball

2007: Matt Forté, Tulane Football (NFL)
2007: Sylvia Fowles, LSU Basketball (WNBA, Olympic Gold)

2006: Xavier Carter, LSU Track & Field
2006: Seimone Augustus, LSU Basketball (WNBA, Olympic Gold)

2005: Micah Owings, Tulane Baseball (MLB)
2005: Seimone Augustus, LSU Basketball (WNBA, Olympic Gold)

2004: Marcus Spears, LSU Football (NFL)
2004: Seimone Augustus, LSU Basketball (WNBA, Olympic Gold)

2003: Chad Lavalais, LSU Football (NFL)
2003: Seimone Augustus, LSU Basketball (WNBA, Olympic Gold)

2002: Michael Aubrey, Tulane Baseball (MLB)
2002: Julie Smekodub, Tulane Tennis

2001: Josh Reed, LSU Football (NFL)
2001: Britni Sneed, LSU Softball

2000: Brad Cresse, LSU Baseball
2000: Peta-Gaye Dowdie, LSU Track & Field (Olympian)

1999: Tim Rattay, Louisiana Tech Football (NFL)

1998: Shaun King, Tulane Football (NFL)

1997: Brandon Larson, LSU Baseball (MLB)

1996: Warren Morris, LSU Baseball (MLB)

1995: Kerry Joseph, McNeese State Football (NFL)

1994: Russ Johnson, LSU Baseball (MLB)

1993: Todd Walker, LSU Baseball (MLB)

1992: Shaquille O’Neal, LSU Basketball (NBA, Olympic Gold)

1991: Shaquille O’Neal, LSU Basketball (NBA, Olympic Gold)

1990: Esther Jones, LSU Track & Field (Olympic Gold)

1989: Chris Jackson, LSU Basketball (NBA)

1988: Teresa Weatherspoon, Louisiana Tech Basketball (WNBA, Olympic Gold)

1987: Marc Zeno, Tulane Football

1986: Eun Jung Lee, Northeast Louisiana Basketball

1985: Lauri Young, Northeast Louisiana Track & Field

1984: Kim Mulkey, Louisiana Tech Basketball (Olympic Gold)

1983: Buford Jordan, McNeese State Football (NFL)

1982: Alan Risher, LSU Football (NFL)

1981: Pam Kelly, Louisiana Tech Basketball (WBB Hall of Fame)

1980: Hal Sutton, Centenary Golf (PGA)

1979: Roch Hontas, Tulane Football

1978: Charles Alexander, LSU Football (NFL)

1977: Doug Williams, Grambling Football (NFL)

1976: Terry Robiskie, LSU Football (NFL)

1975: Robert Parish, Centenary Basketball (NBA Hall of Fame)

1974: Terry Kieffer, UNO Baseball

1973: Rodney Milburn, Southern Track & Field (Olympic Gold)

1972: Bert Jones, LSU Football (NFL)

1971: Rodney Milburn, Southern Track & Field (Olympic Gold)

1970: Rick Kingrea, Tulane Football (NFL)

1969: Pete Maravich, LSU Basketball (NBA Hall of Fame)

1968: Pete Maravich, LSU Basketball (NBA Hall of Fame)

1967: Nelson Stokley, LSU Football

Top Ten in Ten: No. 9 Jamal Adams

Jamal Adams committed to LSU live on national TV at the Under Armour All-American Game in January.

Jamal Adams committed to LSU live on national TV at the Under Armour All-American Game in January.

“Top Ten in Ten” is a 10-part blog series on the top 10 players, by importance, for LSU’s 2014 season. We’ll have a player each weekday, counting down to the No. 1 player on Aug. 4, when LSU begins fall camp. 

  • No. 9: Jamal Adams
  • Year, position: Freshman, safety
  • Height, weight: 6-0, 207

Looking back

Rated the No. 4 safety in the nation this past year, Adams is a five-star guy from Texas. He’s seen as a blue-chip player who can help immediately. In a recruiting class ranked No. 2 nationally, Adams was somewhat overshadowed by big names like Leonard Fournette and Malachi Dupre, but those close to the LSU program preach about his skills. He might be the best of the entire lot when looking back three years from now.

Looking forward

LSU needs help in the secondary. Both starting positions are seen as wide open, especially after the Jalen Mills snafu. Mills was arrested in May and is indefinitely suspended. When asked about freshman defenders, coach Les Miles at SEC media days brought up Adams’ name first. Expect the speedy and well-built rookie to see a hefty amount of playing time in Year 1.

Number To Know

1 – Adams’ ranking nationally at the safety position in 2013-14 according to Scout.com

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Tiger Stadium expansion tour: the photos, the quotes and the info

Looking toward the Tiger Stadium south end zone expansion.

Looking toward the Tiger Stadium south end zone expansion.

LSU gave a group of reporters a tour of the south end zone expansion of Tiger Stadium.

Below are information nuggets. What follows are photos from the tour.

  • Construction of the expansion is slated to be complete by Aug. 22, when food and other materials arrive for the two suite levels and club level. LSU isn’t “expecting” completion by that day, said Emmett David, associate AD for facilities and project development. “It will be complete,” he added.
  • Remaining work on the two suite levels and the club level involve cleaning, painting and minor finishing projects, officials say. The two suite levels appear to be a week ahead of the club level.
  • Two ribbon LED boards will stretch from one end of the new expanded end zone section to the other. One board will be above the club level and another below one of the suite levels. The ribbon boards on the east and west sides of the stadium will be replaced to match the new ribbon boards.
  • A “Welcome To Death Valley” sign stretches across the new addition. The sign will illuminate through LEDs.
  • About 350 people are working on the new expansion this week. That number will decrease the closer and closer to the completion date. During the peak of the construction, more than 500 workers were used.
  • The exterior of the new south end zone expansion will be illuminated in purple and gold lighting to match the exterior of the north end zone. “It will show off the architecture,” said Eddie Nunez, associated AD for internal affairs and development.
  • The club level outdoor seating arches out toward the football field in a way that you feel as if “you’re right on top of it,” AD Joe Alleva said. “Thought we would be too far back. We’re not.”
  • LSU’s listed seating capacity of 102,321 does not include standing-room only. It includes stadium and concession workers and the teams and personnel – like “other schools have done,” Alleva said.
  • In all, LSU is adding about 8,000 tickets for a game. That includes 3,518 in the suites and 3,000 in the club level along with another 1,400 in the general admission seats, which are on the tip top, above the club level.
  • LSU will make an additional $14 million from the south end zone expansion premium seats: two levels of suites and club level seating.

Photos

Joe Alleva, during the tour, looks out from one of the windows in the club level atrium.

Joe Alleva, during the tour, looks out from one of the windows in the club level atrium.

View from the club level of the new expansion.

View from the club level of the new expansion.

Side view from one of the first suite level outside area.

Side view from one of the first suite level outside area.

The massive atrium of the club level, looking south away from the football field.

The massive atrium of the club level, looking south away from the football field.

The view from the club level, a steep drop.

The view from the club level, a steep drop.

 

Top Ten in Ten: No. 10 Tre’Davious White

CB Tre'Davious White is No. 10 in out countdown of the most important LSU players for 2014. (Bill Feig)

CB Tre’Davious White is No. 10 in out countdown of the most important LSU players for 2014. (Bill Feig)

“Top Ten in Ten” is a 10-part blog series on the top 10 players, by importance, for LSU’s 2014 season. We’ll have a player each weekday, starting with No. 10 Tuesday and ending on Aug. 4, when LSU begins fall camp, with No. 1.

  • No. 10: Tre’Davious White
  • Year, position: Sophomore, cornerback
  • Height, weight: 5-11, 177

Looking back

White sure backed up his lofty rankings out of high school with a breakout true freshman season. A five-star guy out of Shreveport, White was ranked as the No. 2 cornerback nationally. He started 11 games in 2013, led the Tigers with seven pass-breakups and had two interceptions. He earned his way onto one All-American freshman team and was on the Freshman All-SEC unit. If he missed an assignment last season – and he did – White had the recovery speed.

Looking forward

White’s role this season grows larger with the exit of Jalen Mills. Milles moves to safety and is, for now, indefinitely suspended from the team for his arrest in May. White must be the lock-down corner, along with Rashard Robinson, in John Chavis’ defensive scheme. He’s, arguably, the most skilled and experienced of any of LSU’s secondary members – excluding Mills. In Year 2 in LSU’s system, White is the difference maker in a young Tigers secondary.

Number To Know

9 – Passes defended for White last season, the most on the team.

Former kicker Hairston joins Rice

James Hairston transferred to Rice. (Travis Spradling)

James Hairston transferred to Rice. (Travis Spradling)

Former LSU kickoff specialist James Hairston has transferred to Rice, the school announced with a statement Monday.

Hairston, a rising senior, was the primary handler of LSU’s kickoffs over the previous three seasons. He announced his departure  in March because he wants a shot at kicking field goals.

A graduate of LSU in finance, Hairston is eligible to play this season under NCAA rules. 

Hairston is a Dallas native, and he has an uncle who played football and baseball for Rice.

Hairston has kicked all of LSU’s kickoffs the last two seasons. He handled the kickoff duties in 11 of 14 games during his true freshman season in 2011. Forty-five of Hairston’s 86 kickoffs last season went for a touchbacks, and he had a 63-yard average.

Colby Delahoussaye, a freshman walk-on, won the job kicking field goals last season. He made 13 of 14 attempts.

Hairston’s absence leaves the kickoff job open to a group of players, including Delahoussaye, signee Cameron Gamble, sophomore Trent Dominque and redshirt freshman Alex Kjellsten.

Delahoussaye was listed as the starting kickoff man in LSU’s preseason depth chart, followed by Domingue.

Report: Mettenberger sucker punched at bar after “Roll Tide” comment

Zach Mettenberger is expected to challenge for the Titans' starting QB job.

Zach Mettenberger is expected to challenge for the Titans’ starting QB job.

Former LSU and current Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger was sucker punched in a Nashville bar, according to the bar’s owner.

The Tennessean posted a story Monday afternoon detailing the incident. The Titan did not comment to the newspaper.

Steve Ford, owner of Loser’s Most Wanted Bar & Grill on Division Street, said Mettenberger did nothing to provoke another bar patron, but the QB ended up getting punched in the face. He did not require medical attention, the newspaper reported.

“Here’s the truth: The guy said something about ‘Roll Tide!’ to Zach, and Zach turned around and said ‘Good luck with that,’ ” Ford told The Tennessean. “And the guy’s buddy then sucker-punched Zach.”

LSU Freshman Spotlight: Jamal Adams

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Jamal Adams, a 6-foot, 207-pound hard-hitting, all-ranging safety from Carrollton, Texas is a versatile freshman who should get plenty of snaps and could play a key role for the LSU football team this season. In his last two high school seasons, Adams had 138 tackles, seven interceptions, four passes defensed, rushed for 453 yards and 11 touchdowns and had 19 catches for 477 yards and nine touchdowns.