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Film Room: LSU 19, TAMU 7

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention.

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How They Happened (big-play analysis)

Around the end: On first-and-10 from the 50, RB Derrius Guice, aligned in the slot, ran 50 yards for a touchdown on an end-around play.


  • So many things happen on this play that lead to its success, but the biggest might be something we’ve seen so many times this season: an opponent’s linebackers bite on the fake to RB Leonard Fournette (black square). Check out the three red circles. They all take steps towards the middle of the line as Brandon Harris fakes to a run play to Fournette.
  • Two LSU players get key blocks: RG Will Clapp (black circle and line) and TE/FB Foster Moreau (yellow circle and line). Clapp blocks the A&M safety (a block that probably could have been called a hold), and Moreau actually misses his initial block of A&M DE Jarrett Johnson. Johnson bolts into the backfield so quickly that Moreau can’t get to him. Johnson (top red circle) misses Guice because he’s preoccupied with Fournette. Later in the play, Moreau, his target defender out of the play, walls off the end with a block on an A&M linebacker, helping creating a spacious lane for Guice.

The ole pick play: On third-and-11 from the A&M 34-yard line with about 5 minutes left in the game, Brandon Harris threw a swing pass to RB Leonard Fournette for the first down, extending a drive that resulted in a game-sealing touchdown.


  • LSU WR John Diarse executes this pick play to perfection. A pick is an illegal block from a receiver on a pass play, but it’s rarely flagged and is tough to enforce. Diarse (red circle) actually takes care of two defenders (red arrows). The one closest to him is in man-to-man coverage and follows Diarse on a hook route. The other red arrow in the middle of the field is A&M LB Richard Moore. Diarse delays Moore with a pick as the receiver makes his break on the hook part of his route (red line). The nudge is just enough to keep Moore from reaching Fournette before the RB reaches the first down marker.
  • Two more defenders are taken out of the play by LSU players running routes. Malachi Dupre (yellow circle) runs a go route down the field to eliminate DB De’Vante Harris (yellow arrow), and TE DeSean Smith and WR Tryon Johnson (blue lines) run crossing patterns to remove a safety (blue arrow) from getting involved.

Video of Diarse’s pick:

Mustang vs. The Chief: On third-and-8 from the LSU 45-yard line, DEs Lewis Neal and Arden Key combine for a sack on A&M QB Kyle Allen, forcing a punt in a one-score game late in the third quarter.

  • Fournette’s swing pass reception could be referred to as LSU’s offensive play of the game. This play is the defense’s version. A&M, down 13-7, is inching closer to the end zone before this third-down sack. LSU sacked Allen four times, getting pressure consistently.
  • LSU is in its Mustang set for this play: three D-linemen, two LBs and six DBs. Former LSU defensive coordinator and current A&M DC John Chavis made the pass-rushing formation a thing during his six years at LSU. The formation is all about getting speed on the field – hence the extra defensive back and fewer linemen.
  • Speaking of speed, LSU gets great pressure from athletic, speedy ends Key (yellow circle) and Neal (red). Neal out maneuvers A&M RB James White (blue circle), and Key beats his man on the edge.


Position Analysis

Big Ugly Blips and Booms (O-line analysis)

  • After three straight games of losing the line of scrimmage, LSU won it. The line only had 4-5 Blips (missed blocks to the play-side), and, as you’ll see later below, LT Jerald Hawkins and TE Colin Jeter contained DE Myles Garrett.
  • The line also opened holes for Leonard Fournette better than it has recently. Fournette’s first contact came 3 or more yards down field on eight of his first 28 carries. Here’s an example of the difference between the fronts of Bama and A&M. Against the Tide, Fournette had one run in which his first contact came 3 or more yards downfield.
  • Still, Fournette was hit at or behind the line on 10 of his first 28 runs. That’s probably a high numbers that O-line coach Jeff Grimes wants to see lowered.
  • Now, for those Myles Garrett numbers. Garrett fared best against LSU’s true freshman left guard, Maea Teuhema. Hawkins and Jeter really did a nice job against Garrett. Here’s the breakdown of the first 31 snaps in which Garrett played (late in the fourth quarter). We broke things down based on his W-L during these matchups. For instance, Garrett was 5-9 against Hawkins in 14 total one-on-one matchups. Keep in mind when reading these stats that, for Garrett to win, he often had to make a play on the ball. LSU ran and passed away from him a ton. That lowers his win total considerably.
  1. vs. Hawkins: 5-9
  2. vs. Jeter: 0-6
  3. vs. Hawkins-Jeter double: 0-2
  4. vs. Teuhema: 4-1

Monday Morning Quarterback (QB analysis)

  • Here’s Brandon Harris’ 21 attempts broken down by result:
  1. Misfired: 8
  2. Completions: 7
  3. Drops: 3
  • So, Harris threw inaccurate passes on more than one-third of his attempts – believed to be a season high. He now has at least 16 Misfires in the last two games (had eight against Ole Miss before the game became a blowout in the fourth quarter).
  • What’s wrong with Harris? We’re not completely sure, but the main issue is definitely accuracy. A good example is the video below. John Diarse gets wide open on a flea flicker and Harris misses him high. He overthrew Diarse in the end zone, too. Does this have anything to do with missing Travin Dural? Maybe. Diarse and Harris certainly don’t have the chemistry that Dural and Harris do.

Backing It Up (RB/FB analysis)

  • Fournette broke eight tackles in the game. That brings his total for the last 10 games to 81 broken tackles. We still haven’t gotten around to charting his broken tackles against Mississippi State in the season opener.
  • As mentioned above, LSU and Fournette often ran away from Myles Garrett. That was something obvious from the very start of the game. Garrett only made about 2 tackles on Fournette.
  • Bry’Kiethon Mouton had one of his better games, but he injured himself in the first quarter on what might have been his best block of the season. Here it is:

  • Freshman David Ducre replaced Mouton over the next few drives before Mouton made his return. He was really never the same after that injury, though. Appears to be a right shoulder injury. Maybe a stinger. It wasn’t too serious since he returned.
  • Without Mouton for much of the second and third quarters, LSU really used the shotgun (no fullback). For the game, LSU ran about 30 plays out of the shotgun. The Tigers ran 68 plays overall.
  • Each Mouton and Fournette dropped a pass from Harris.
  • Ah, now for Derrius Guice. You saw his 50-yard end-around in How They Happened. Here’s his 75-yard kickoff return that included 6-7 broken tackles:

Five-yard Out (WR analysis)

  • John Diarse had the only drop among the group. It wasn’t the easiest pass – high and a tad behind him – but it probably should have been caught. Harris’ struggles made the receivers non-existent in many ways. Several of them got open several times but the quarterback just missed them. Dirase found himself open at least twice, and Harris missed. Dupre got open once or twice but was missed. Tyron Johnson was open, too, but Harris threw low.
  • DJ Chark saw more playing time than he has all season, stepping in as LSU’s No. 3/4 receiver with Travin Dural out. I’m not sure Chark was even targeted.

Front Seven (D-line/LB analysis)

  • Here’s where LSU won the game. The Tigers dominated A&M’s offensive line, getting relentless pressure on a consistent basis, especially from ends Lewis Neal and Arden Key. Here’s how the QB Pressures broke down:
  1. Key: 5
  2. Neal: 4
  3. Adams: 2 (in the Dime)
  4. Bower: 1
  • That’s 12 Pressures. A&M QB Kyle Allen had about 32 dropbacks. Getting to him more than one-third of the time is a good ratio.
  • LSU DC Kevin Steele did some tinkering ahead of this game. The Tigers showed a defensive front that they haven’t shown all season (at least not much, anyway). The new defense: a 4-1-6 (4 DLs, 1 LB, 6 DBs). How is this different from anything LSU has showed this year? The Tigers’ have three base defensive formations:
  1. 4-3-4: They play “4-3″ D seldom, aside from vs Arkansas & Bama
  2. 4-2-5: They play the “nickel” D probably two-thirds of the time.
  3. 3-2-6: They play this on passing downs. It’s essentially “Mustang”
  • Why did LSU switch to a 4-1-6? Maybe because the Tigers were playing against a team whose defensive coordinator, John Chavis, coached at LSU for the previous six seasons. In the 4-1-6 (which is shown below), MLB Kendell Beckwith is removed and the Tigers’ play with just one LB, Deion Jones, and their regular four down linemen.


  • Here’s how the Tigers’ split up their defensive formations against A&M through most of the first 3.5 quarters:
  1. 4-2-5 Nickel: 23 snaps
  2. 4-1-6 Dime: 18 snaps
  3. 3-2-6 Mustang: 12 snaps
  • Here’s an example of how LSU uses a variety of fronts with its linebackers and defensive linemen in the Mustang package. The left photo shows the LBs on one side of the line with LSU’s D-linemen grouped right. The right photo shows just one LB at the line and the D-linemen spread out.


  • Something else LSU changed: the infusion of DT Frank Herron. He started on six drives and entered in the middle of another. He played more and better in this game than he has all season, and here’s a few videos to prove it:

  • Deion Jones finished the game with 11 tackles. Inspired in his last home game as a Tiger, the senior played his best. Example:

Break It Up (DB analysis)

  • LSU continues to rotate Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver at the cornerback spot opposite Tre’Davious White. Meanwhile, Dwayne Thomas has not played a single snap in two straight games. He began the year as a starter in place of the injured Jalen Mills. He rotated in at cornerback when Mills returned but has now been completely removed from the lineup. Jackson and Toliver got about equal reps, each starting 5-6 drives.
  • Rickey Jefferson and Corey Thompson continued to rotate at safety with John Battle as the Tigers’ Mustang/Dime safety opposite Jefferson or Thompson.
  • This is a rarity, but … there were zero coverage busts against Texas A&M. None. A few DBs didn’t quite cover their men as well as Corey Raymond would like, but none of them busted any coverages.
  • Who was targeted the most? Here’s a breakdown of targets and catches against over the first 3.5 quarters (did not include A&M’s final two drives in a two-score game):
  1. Tre White: 0-3 (0 catches-3 targets)
  2. Jamal Adams: 2-3
  3. Kevin Toliver: 1-2
  4. Corey Thompson: 1-1
  5. Jalen Mills: 3-5

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LSU’s Deion Jones, Arden Key land SEC honors

Deion Jones and family during a Senior Day ceremony Saturday. (Bill Feig)

Deion Jones and family during a Senior Day ceremony Saturday. (Bill Feig)

Deion Jones and Arden Key were named SEC players of the week for their performance in the win over Texas A&M, the league announced Monday.

Jones is the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, and Key is the SEC Freshman of the Week. Jones, a senior linebacker whose draft stock continues to soar, had 11 tackles, two pass-breakups and a sack in the 19-7 win over Texas A&M. Key, a rookie from Georgia, had eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and three hurries in a career-best day.

LSU (8-3, 5-3) shut down the Aggies (8-4, 4-4) in an impressive defensive effort against John Chavis, the Tigers’ former defensive coordinator now at A&M. The Aggies mustered just 250 yards of offense and punted six times – including three straight punts in a key span of the second half.

Jones is projected as a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, according to CBSSports.com. He led the team with 92 tackles in the regular season. Key started the last eight games of the season, usurping DE Tashawn Bower.

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How I Voted (in the AP poll): Sooners round out top 4, LSU and Georgia return to top 25 and the Irish drop six spots

Bob Stoops' Sooners are heading for a playoff berth despite the loss to Texas.

Bob Stoops’ Sooners are heading for a playoff berth despite the loss to Texas.

How I Voted is a weekly blog in which Ross Dellenger reveals his AP Top 25 voting.

1 Clemson (1)

2 Alabama (2)

3 Iowa (3)

4 Oklahoma (5)

5 Michigan State (6)

6 Ohio State (7)

7 North Carolina (9)

8 Stanford (13)

9 Florida State (14)

10 Notre Dame (4)

11 TCU (15)

12 Florida (8)

13 Michigan (10)

14 Baylor (11)

15 Oklahoma State (12)

16 Northwestern (16)

17 Ole Miss (19)

18 Houston (21)

19 Oregon (25)

20 Utah (24)

21 Navy (17)

22 LSU (NR)

23 Georgia (NR)

24 Temple (NR)

25 Wisconsin (NR)

  • Others considered: Appalachian State, Western Kentucky, Tennessee
  • Dropped out: Mississippi State (18), Pittsburgh (20), Washington State (22), UCLA (23)


  • Newbies: 22 LSU, 23 Georgia, 24 Temple, 25 Wisconsin
  • Biggest fall (still in poll): 10 Notre Dame (six spots)
  • Biggest jump: 19 Oregon (six spots)

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Delly Picks: Lots of rivalry games and lots of bad picks


Delly Picks is a new blog series posting each Thursday or Friday. We make picks against the spread for each Southeastern Conference game. Spreads via vegasinsider.com. Degenerate Gambler’s Notes brought to you by Covers.com.

Louisville (-5.5) at Kentucky, 11 a.m. SEC Network

  • It took a game against Charlotte to end Kentucky’s five-game winning streak. The Wildcats started 4-1 before the slide.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Wildcats are 0-4 against the spread vs. a team with a winning record.

Tennessee (-17.5) vs. Vanderbilt, 3 p.m. SEC Network

  • The Volunteers have won four straight after that nasty start to the season. Here’s a matchup between an offense that’s clicking (UT) and a defense that’s given teams fits (Vandy). Kenny is a fan of offense.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Volunteers are 0-4 against the spread vs. a team with a losing record.

Florida State (-2.5) at Florida, 6:30 p.m. ESPN

  • This spread began Gators -3. It jumped teams and then some. Folks have little confidence in Jim McElwain’s 10-1, SEC East champs. And neither do Kenny and I.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Seminoles are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall.

Georgia Tech (+4) vs. Georgia, 11 a.m. ESPN2

  • We had Georgia Tech in our AP top 15 to start the season. Boy, that sure looks good now. The Yellow Jackets are 3-8 this season and lost eight of their last nine. So why are we picking them? Alcohol.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Yellow Jackets are 1-8 against the spread in their last nine games overall.

Texas A&M (+5.5) at LSU, 6:30 p.m. SEC Network

  • For Kenny and I, this is one of those coin flip games. It’s 50-50 on a winner. That means it’ll be close – certainly closer than 5.5 points.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Aggies are 0-4 in their last four games on grass. “It’s time to crack the streak!” Kenny screams from the bar.

Alabama (-14.5) at Auburn, 2:30 p.m. CBS

  • These rivalry games seem to always be close, right? Not this time around. Alabama is playing with a College Football Playoff berth very much a possibility (in fact, a probability). The Tide roll over an Auburn team that’s sitting at 6-5.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: Bama is 5-0 in its last five road games.

South Carolina (+18.5) vs. Clemson, 11 a.m. ESPN

  • Remember what we said above about close rivalries? The Gamecocks keep it “close” in an attempt to end the No. 1 Tigers’ CFP hopes. Close, as in, less than 19 points.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Tigers are 1-6 against a team with a losing record.

Mississippi State (+1) vs. Ole Miss, 6:15 p.m. ESPN2 [Take It To Da Bank]

  • Coin toss. But the home team in this game has won nine of the last 10 meetings. Kenny and I are going with QB Dak Prescott in his last home game against a bitter rival.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Rebels are 1-4 against the spread in their last five meetings against Mississippi State.

Tracking Our Losses

  • Last Week’s Record: 5-3
  • Overall Record: 30-24-0
  • Take It To Da Banks: 3-5

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Pregame: LSU vs. TAMU

Tre'Davous White is one of our Key Players.

Tre’Davous White is one of our Key Players.

The Info

  • Match: LSU (7-3, 4-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3)
  • TDP: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Tiger Stadium
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Series Record: LSU leads 30-20-3

Two Key Players (LSU)

  • RB Leonard Fournette: He has run for 31, 91 and 108 yards in the Tigers’ three straight losses. He’ll face one of the worst rush defense’s in the nation and needs 105 vs. A&M to break LSU’s single season record.
  • CB Tre’Davious White: White didn’t have one of his better games at Ole Miss vs. WR Laquon Treadwell. He gets 6-5, 240-pound Rickey Seals Jones on Saturday.

Two Key Players (Texas A&M)

  • QB Kyle Allen: The sophomore has recovered from an injury and benching just fine. He threw for 336 yards and a TD on 18-for-36 passing against a solid Vanderbilt defense last week.
  • DL Myles Garrett: The SEC’s leader in sacks with 11, Garrett has rolled up 19 tackles for loss, too. Garrett was the No. 2 prospect behind Fournette in 2014.

Two Key Matchups

  • LSU RB Leonard Fournette vs. A&M run defense: We’ve discussed this plenty on this page already. Why? Because it’s the difference in a win or loss and the difference in, maybe, Fournette heading to New York for the Heisman Trophy. The Aggies have allowed at lesat 200 yards rushing five times this year.
  • LSU ends vs. A&M O-line: The Aggies have hit the 250-yard passing mark in six games this season. That means LSU needs to get pressure – something they’ve struggled with recently. Take for instance DE Lewis Neal. Neal had 7 sacks through his first seven games. He’s had none in the last three.

Injury update

Jerald Hawkins has missed the last six quarters.

Jerald Hawkins has missed the last six quarters.


  • LT Jerald Hawkins (ankle/probable)
  • TE Dillon Gordon (Achilles/out)
  • FB J.D. Moore (knee/out)
  • WR Travin Dural (hamstring/out)

Texas A&M

  • QB Kyle Allen (shoulder/probable)
  • RB James White (ankle/probable)
  • WR Speedy Noil (leg/probable)
  • DT Julien Obioha (lower body/questionable)
  • LB A.J. Hilliard (foot/probable)
  • LB Josh Walker (undisclosed/probable)
  • SS Justin Evans (undisclosed/probable)
  • LB Otaro Alaka (shoulder/out)

Of Note

  • Night time: LSU is 48-6 in night games in Tiger Stadium under Miles. Of the 6 losses, one came on a Monday night (vs. Tennessee in ’05); two came to No. 1 ranked teams (Florida in ’09, Alabama in ’12) and others came to Mississippi State and No. 4 Alabama in ’14 and Arkansas this season.
  • Opening act: The Tigers have allowed only 20 first quarter points all season and the Tigers have outscored opponents 63-20 in the opening quarter.
  • A&M education: LSU O-line Jeff Grimes, a Texas native, got his master’s degree from A&M as a graduate assistant in 1996-97.
  • 105: LSU RB Leonard Fournette needs 105 yards rushing to become the Tigers’ new single-season rushing leader, surpassing Charles Alexander and his 1,686 yards set in 1977.

The Series

Last 10

  • 2014: LSU 23-17 at College Station
  • 2013: LSU 34-10 at Baton Rouge
  • 2012: LSU 24-19 at College Station
  • 2010: LSU 41-24 at Arlington (Cotton Bowl)
  • 1995: A&M 33-17 at College Station
  • 1994: A&M 18-13 at Baton Rouge
  • 1993: A&M 24-0 at College Station
  • 1992: A&M 31-22 at Baton Rouge
  • 1991: A&M 45-7 at College Station
  • 1990: LSU 17-8 at Baton Rouge

Biggest series wins

  • LSU: 37-0 (37 points) in 1971
  • A&M: 63-9 (54 points) in 1914

The Spread

LSU -5.5

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An emotional LSU coach Les Miles call-in brings out tears: ‘We’re not going let you leave town’

LSU fans line up for photos and autographs after Les Miles' radio show.

LSU fans line up for photos and autographs after Les Miles’ radio show.

Les Miles’ radio show Wednesday night brought tears to a child questioner who sought comfort in Miles’ arms and had a 60-year-old man choking up in front of the embattled football coach.

“I don’t know how you keep smiling, but you do,” one live questioner said. “That’s why we love you. … We’re not going to let you leave town.”

Miles will complete his 11th regular season at the school Saturday night when the Tigers (7-3, 4-3 Southeastern) meet Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3)  at Tiger Stadium. Reports of his shaky future with the program turned his weekly radio show into an emotional outpouring from fans.

Some live questioners were brought to tears at the event at TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway. Sadie, a weekly caller, traveled from Texas with her family to the show.

During the live question segment, Sadie began crying while asking Miles a question about the offense. He reached his arms out for her, pulling her onto the stage, where he spoke to her face-to-face as if she were a confused running back.

Another regular questioner, an older gentleman, broke down during his question to Miles, standing in front of the coach with little to say.

Miles, the 62-year-old who’s led LSU to two SEC titles and a national championship, held it together on the stage. He never wavered or became emotional, grinning and laughing at times. He offered no real news about his unstable employment.

“Reports of your demise are greatly exaggerated,” one caller started, referencing a Mark Twain line.

Reports of Miles’ possible ouster began last week with a story in The Advocate. ESPN and Yahoo! Sports reported similar stories Monday.

Miles is in the third year of a contract that runs through the 2019 season. He makes $4.3 million a year and has a buyout of $15 million. One caller told Miles what he should do with the $15 million if he is fired: “Travel around the world and just have fun,” he said.

Miles responded, “It’s not in my nature to not do anything, to not have productive times.”

It was an emotional event but not only because of the circumstances regarding Miles’ employment. Play-by-play broadcaster Jim Hawthorne returned as the host of the show after missing the last few weeks recovering from heart bypass surgery.

Hawthorne is in his last year of calling LSU football games. This was his last regular season radio show to host.

“I look forward to many more, many more,” Miles said just before Hawthorne signed off for the final time at TJ Ribs.

Miles deflected questions about his job status during two interview opportunities with reporters on Wednesday. He declined to defend himself or his record during the Southeastern Conference teleconference in the morning and then, in a post-practice interview Wednesday night, said he hopes to be at LSU “another 11 years.”

The emotion poured out of fans at a packed TJ Ribs. The parking lot was completely full, and people clogged the seating area around the radio stage.

Les Miles speaks to Sadie, a weekly caller who showed up for his who.

Les Miles speaks to Sadie, a weekly caller who showed up for his who.

Miles spent more time than normal afterward posing for photos and signing autographs. LSU cheerleaders took selfies with the coach, and Sadie returned to the stage after the show, wiping away tears for some photo shots with the coach.

It all seemed like a good-bye for LSU’s second most winningest coach in program history, a man who has the highest winning percentage at LSU (.774) of any coach in the last 100 years.

One late caller told Miles that he deserves “one more year” like LSU’s most winningest coach, Charlie McClendon. Miles, on stage, gave a slight shake of the head and grinned.

A “travesty” is how one caller referenced the situation, calling out LSU’s athletic director, Joe Alleva.

Miles’ response: “This has never been about the coach. I’ve never coached a season, a game where it’s about me.”


‘I love this place': Les Miles declines to defend self, hopes to be at LSU ‘another 11 years’

What would Bo do? Les Miles says Schembechler ‘would have a very strong opinion,’ and he’d ‘listen and promptly take it’

Les Miles conducting business as usual, hasn’t met with officials or been told of job status, source says

Les Miles is in Year 11 at LSU (Bill Feig)

Wednesdays with Les: LT Jerald Hawkins healthy, WR Travin Dural done for season

LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day. 

Radio show

  • Hawthorne returns: After missing the last three weekly radio shows and LSU football games following an undisclosed medical procedure, Jim Hawthorne is back for one more go-round. LSU’s radio play-by-play man hosted Miles’ radio show and will call the Tigers’ regular-season finale against Texas A&M on Saturday. Hawthorne is in his final football season and will retire after the men’s basketball 2015-2016 ends this spring.
  • Thanksgiving plans: Miles said the Tigers will have a “team family meal” tomorrow for Thanksgiving. The coach plans to be finished with practice by 1:30 p.m., which would allow some players to drive home and see their families.


  • Hawkins healthy: Miles said junior left tackle Jerald Hawkins practiced all week and will start against Texas A&M on Saturday after missing LSU’s 38-17 loss to Ole Miss last weekend. Hawkins originally sustained an ankle injury during the Tigers’ 31-14 loss to Arkansas on No.v 14.
  • Senior night: LSU will honor 15 seniors on senior night against the Aggies. Miles said he expects there to be a lot of energy Saturday but wants his team focused on winning. “Historically, there’s always been a lot of emotion around a senior night,” Miles said. “What you have to do is leave the tiers alone, regroup and go play.”

SEC teleconference

  • Dural out: Miles confirmed junior WR Travin Dural will not play against Texas A&M on Saturday. He exited the loss to Ole Miss last Saturday with a hamstring injury, and The Daily Reveille reported Dural will undergo surgery to repair it.  Miles estimated Dural will need three months to recover but said his team “will fill his position very capably.” The Tigers spread the ball around to several different receivers in his absence against the Rebels.
  • Michigan man: Miles was asked what advice he thought former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, for whom he played in college, would have for him in light of questions about his job security. “I think that Bo would have a very strong opinion,” Miles said. “He’d have the enjoyment of giving it. I would listen and promptly take it.”  Miles then lauded current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for visiting Schembechler’s grave and smashing a buckeye nut before the Wolverines take on Ohio State in a huge rivalry game this Saturday. “For an ex-Michigan man, a guy that went through their program, I thought that was exactly the tradition that needs to be done,” he said.


Report: LSU WR Travin Dural out for season, set to have surgery on torn hamstring

LSU WR Travin Dural hobbles off the field after his injury against Ole Miss. (Travis Spradling)

LSU WR Travin Dural hobbles off the field after his injury against Ole Miss. (Travis Spradling)

LSU receiver Travin Dural will have surgery on a torn hamstring suffered in the loss to Ole Miss last week, The Daily Reveille reported late Tuesday night.

Dural, a redshirt junior, entered the game against the Rebels as the Tigers’ leader in receiving yards. He leaped to catch a high pass in the end zone in the first half of the 38-17 loss in Oxford, falling awkwardly and forcing an extension of his right leg.

Shortly after The Daily Reveille’s report, Dural posted a message on Twitter that included photos of teammates helping an injured Dural off the field in Oxford.

“They gone hold it down!!” the message read.

Dural missed the entire second half against the Rebels, and he was seen walking into the LSU football facility Monday with an obvious limp. LSU coach Les Miles did not give an update on his status during the coach’s weekly news conference Monday.

Dural, projected as a second or third-round draft prospect, led LSU in receiving yards (758), touchdown catches (7) and receptions (37) last season. His absence puts more of a spotlight on sophomore receiver Malachi Dupre.

Dupre leads LSU in receptions (37), TD catches (6) and yards (548) this season. Dural has amassed 533 yards on 28 catches and has scored three touchdowns.

LSU (7-3, 4-3) is on its first three-game losing streak since 1999, has an embattled coach and hosts Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3) on Saturday night.

Dural posted this message on Twitter shortly after The Reveille posted the news.

Here’s the play in which Dural was injured:

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LSU Twitter Mailbag: You asked about head coaching candidates, Danny Etling and more

Dan Mullen has won 18 games in the last two years in Starkville. (AP)

Dan Mullen has won 18 games in the last two years in Starkville. (AP)

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday or Wednesday 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.

As we reported earlier this week, Les Miles attempted to extend the contract of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron earlier this season. That did not happen. So, you’d assume that Cameron might not keep his current position on the staff.

LSU’s special teams have allowed more return yards than any over the last five-plus years. Bradley Dale Peveto is the special teams coordinator.

Beyond that, we’re not sure.

It’s becoming more and more evident that Jimbo Fisher is the top choice and, maybe, the only choice if Les Miles and LSU part ways. We’re not even sure if we could name a good second option right now.

Jimbo Fisher.

That sort of thing is the norm with a new coach. Not only would you expect a, somewhat, open competition at QB, but there would likely be open competitions at several other spots where a starter returns.

The offense and defensive systems could be drastically different under a new head coach. That means everyone starts at Square 1. However, keep in mind that those with more playing time in the past will likely have an advantage over others. That’s especially true at the quarterback position, where experience is key.

Also: you should remember that Etling’s decision to come here was somewhat tied to Cameron.

Can’t see why LSU wouldn’t. What Mullen’s done at Mississippi State (54 wins in seven seasons) is impressive. He was rumored years ago to be in the mix for jobs at Penn State and Miami, but things never materialized.

He fits the mold of a coach that LSU wants to replace Les Miles: a proven head coach with a snazzy offensive system.

I assume you’re referring to next season since Etling is ineligible to play this year as a D1 transfer.

I imagine that Etling will get a shot, especially if LSU has a new offense and a new head coach. As we referenced in an earlier question, the starting spot for several positions that return starters in 2016 will be up for the taking if the Tigers have staff/head coaching turnover.

John Chavis on return to LSU: ‘I’m excited about walking in there as an Aggie’


Former LSU defensive coordinator and current Texas A&M coordinator John Chavis deflected questions about coach Les Miles’ job security and says he’s “excited” about walking into Tiger Stadium “as an Aggie.”

Chavis addressed reporters in College Station, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon during a weekly news conference. Most of the questions centered around what’s expected to be a drama-filled meeting with his former school.

Chavis left for Texas A&M after last season, and Chavis and the school are locked in a nasty lawsuit. Meanwhile, Miles’ 11-year tenure at LSU could be coming to a close just 11 months after “the Chief” left his staff for A&M.

(Bill Feig)

(Bill Feig)

“This is going to be about Texas A&M and LSU on the football field,” Chavis said in response to a question about Miles’ situation. “I don’t know what’s going on, not concerned with it. You move on. I spent six years in Baton Rouge. Enjoyed my time there. Most of the people were good to me. A lot of good memories.

“Football is football. As coaches in this business, you know you’re going to run in those situations,” he said.

LSU (7-3, 4-3) and Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3) meet on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, and Chavis is pumped about playing at a place in which he helped lead to 62 wins in six seasons.

“Been there a bunch,” he said when asked about returning to Tiger Stadium. “It’s SEC football. That’s what it’s all about. I’m excited about walking in there as an Aggie.”

Chavis coached nearly all of LSU’s current defensive starters.

“A lot of good kids I really care for,” he said. “Wish them the best, but not on this Saturday.”

Also Monday, A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said he and his staff have seen the reports and rumblings about Miles’ job security.

“I have a lot of respect for Les Miles has done as a coach and is doing as a coach at LSU,” Sumlin said. “I don’t know enough about what’s going on. I hear things. Every situation is different. I don’t know the details but you can’t help (it) in this business. (Former SEC commissioner) Mike Slive said it best. There are 14 guys in that (SEC coaches’) room, lots of personalities, but there are 14 guys who live in the same house fighting for the same thing all of the time.”

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