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LSU climbs back into rankings at No. 23 in both major polls

LSU is back in the polls.

The Tigers checked in at No. 23 in this week’s USA Today/coaches poll and Associated Press Top 25 released Sunday following their 19-7 win against Texas A&M on Saturday night. LSU (8-3, 5-3 Southeastern) spent all year as a ranked team before last week’s edition of the polls, which the Tigers were left out of in the wake of three straight losses.

In a game overshadowed by athletic director Joe Alleva’s post-game announcement that coach Les Miles would retain his job following weeks of doubt on the matter, the Tigers rode a punishing running game and stifling defense to victory.

LSU has beaten the Aggies (8-4, 4-4 SEC) in five straight meetings and all four times since they joined the conference in 2012.

The game also marked defensive coordinator John Chavis’ return to Baton Rouge after he held the same position with the Tigers from 2009-2014. His unit held LSU in check for most of the night but was fooled on a 50-yard, end-around touchdown run and surrendered a 13-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter that allowed the Tigers to clinch the win.


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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Jamal Adams intercepted a pass in the end zone last week. He'll have a shot for plenty of those against Chad Kelly and the pass-crazed Rebels. (Travis Spradling)

Times of Interest: LSU vs. Texas A&M

Saturday, Nov. 28

8:30 a.m.                               LSU SportShop opens

10:30 a.m.                            LSU great Bob Pettit appearance at Andonie Museum

11 a.m.                                  CST’s LSU GameDay Live Pre-Game Show (Tiger One Village at PMAC)

Noon                                     Ticket office opens

1:30 p.m.                              Tiger One Village opens (front of PMAC)

2 p.m.                                    L-Club Tailgate (Legends Club at PMAC)

2 p.m.                                    Bag Of Donuts performs in Zatarain’s Tiger One Village (front of PMAC)

3 p.m.                                    LSU Tailgate Party (PMAC)

3:30 p.m.                              Club level and Suites open at Tiger Stadium

LSU At the Game Programs on sale in and around Tiger Stadium

3:45 p.m.                              LSU Student gates open at Tiger Stadium

4 p.m.                                    All remaining gates open at Tiger Stadium

4:20 p.m.                              LSU walks down “Victory Hill”

4:30 p.m.                              LSU Game Day presented by CST radio show at Zatarain’s Tiger One Village

4:35 p.m.                              LSU Letterman’s walk down “Victory Hill”

4:40 p.m.                              Band comes down Victory Hill

6:14 p.m.                              LSU Football – Senior Day presentation

6:22 p.m.                              Guest Captains: Oliver Lawrence, Kevin Guidry

6:23 p.m.                              Golden Band from Tigerland takes the field for pregame performance

6:27 p.m.                              Alma Mater and National Anthem

6:33:30 p.m.                         LSU intro video

6:35 p.m.                              LSU takes the field

6:36 p.m.                              Texas A&M takes the field

6:36 p.m.                              Coin toss at midfield

6:39 p.m.                              Kickoff: LSU vs. Texas A&M on SEC Network


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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LSU players in the NFL: Week 11

Former LSU football players who were on NFL rosters during Week 11 (information provided by LSU):

Active Rosters

  • LB Kwon Alexander (at LSU 2012-14) Tampa Bay Bucs

Week 11: Started, 10 tackles

  • T Joe Barksdale (2007-10) San Diego Chargers

Week 11: Started

  • LB Lamin Barrow (2009-13) Bears

Week 11: No stats

  • WR Odell Beckham Jr. (2011-13) New York Giants

Week 11: Bye week

  • RB Alfred Blue (2010-13) Houston Texans

Week 11: Started, 21 carries, 58 yds., 3 rec., 24 yds., 1 TD (31)

  • WR Dwayne Bowe (2003-06) Cleveland Browns

Week 11: Bye week

  • CB Delvin Breaux (2007-11) New Orleans Saints

Week 11: Bye week

  • DT Michael Brockers (2009-11) St. Louis Rams

Week 11: Started, 4 tackles, 1 QB hit

  • CB Ron Brooks (2007-11) Buffalo Bills

Week 11: No stats

  • CB Morris Claiborne (2009-11) Dallas Cowboys

Week 11: Inactive

  • CB Jalen Collins (2011-14) Atlanta Falcons

Week 11: 4 tackles

  • OL La’el Collins (2011-14) Dallas Cowboys

Week 11: Started

  • DL Glenn Dorsey (2004-07) San Francisco 49ers

Week 11: No stats

  • QB Matt Flynn (2003-07) New Orleans Saints

Week 11: Bye week

  • RB Jeremy Hill (2012-13) Cincinnati Bengals

Week 11: Started, 13 carries, 45 yds., 2 TDs (2, 1)

  • DE Danielle Hunter (2012-14) Minnesota Vikings

Week 11: 3 tackle, 1 TFL

  • DE Tyson Jackson (2004-08) Atlanta Falcons

Week 11: Started, 1 tackle

  • DE Ricky Jean-Francois (2005-08) Washington Redskins

Week 11: 2 tackles

  • P Donnie Jones (2000-03) Philadelphia Eagles

Week 11: 6 punts, 46.5 avg., 2 inside 20, 1 TB, 51 LG

  • WR Brandon LaFell (2005-09) New England Patriots

Week 11: Started, 4 rec., 66 yds.

  • WR Jarvis Landry (2011-13) Miami Dolphins

Week 11: Started, 4 rec. 66 yds., 1 PR, 12 yds.; 2 KR, 33 yds.

  • DT Bennie Logan (2009-12) Philadelphia Eagles

Week 11: Started, 5 tackles, 1 TFL

  • S Craig Loston (2009-13) Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 11: No stats

  • S Tyrann Mathieu (2010-11) Arizona Cardinals

Week 11: Started, 5 tackles

  • S Danny McCray (2006-09) Dallas Cowboys

Week 11: No stats

  • QB Zach Mettenberger (2011-13) Tennessee Titans

Week 11: Did not play

  • LB Barkevious Mingo (2010-12) Cleveland Browns

Week 11: Bye week

  • LB Kevin Minter (2009-12) Arizona Cardinals

Week 11: Started, 10 tackles, 1 QB hurry

  • CB Patrick Peterson (2008-10) Arizona Cardinals

Week 11: Started, 2 tackles, 1 PD; 3 PR, 23 yds.

  • WR Rueben Randle (2009-11) New York Giants

Week 11: Bye week

  • S Eric Reid (2010-12) San Francisco 49ers

Week 11: Started, 10 tackles

  • RB Stevan Ridley (2007-10) New York Jets

Week 11: 4 carries, 0 yds., 1 reception, minus-5 yds.

  • LB Perry Riley Jr. (2006-09) Washington Redskins

Week 11: Started, 9 tackles

  • WR Russell Shepard (2009-12) Tampa Bay Bucs

Week 11: 1 rec., 4 yds., 1 TD (4); 1 special teams tackle

  • LB Kelvin Sheppard (2006-10) Miami Dolphins

Week 11: Started, 15 tackles, 1 TFL

  • G Trai Turner (2011-13) Carolina Panthers

Week 11: Started

  • RB Spencer Ware (2010-12) Kansas City Chiefs

Week 11: 11 carries, 96 yds., 2 TDs (3, 3); 1 rec., 5 yds.

  • T Andrew Whitworth (2002-05) Cincinnati Bengals

Week 11: Started

  • DT Kyle Williams (2002-05) Buffalo Bills

Week 11: Inactive (injured)

  • P Brad Wing (2010-12) New York Giants

Week 11: Bye week

  • DT Al Woods (2006-09) Tennessee Titans

Week 11: Inactive

Injured Reserve

  • DT Ego Ferguson (2010-13) Chicago Bears
  • DE Jermauria Rasco (2011-14) Green Bay Packers
  • CB Tharold Simon (2010-12) Seattle Seahawks
  • WR James Wright (2010-13) Cincinnati Bengals

Practice Squad

  • DE Lavar Edwards (2008-12) Dallas Cowboys
  • RB Kenny Hilliard (2011-14) Houston Texans
  • DT Anthony Johnson (2011-13) Washington Redskins
  • S Ronald Martin (2011-14) New York Jets




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.”


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Pick 6: Q&A with a Texas A&M beat writer

Before you sit down and gorge yourself with Thanksgiving food, have a helping of our final Pick 6 of the regular season.

Brent Zwerneman, a Texas A&M beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, graciously answered all our questions about the Aggies, who travel to Baton Rouge to face LSU at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

You can follow Brent on Twitter @BrentZwerneman and read his work here.

1. Texas A&M had its own LSU-esque downward spiral this season, losing three of four in late October-early November after starting 5-0. What caused that to happen, and how have the Aggies rebounded recently?



The competition got much better, for starters. A&M faced Alabama after escaping with an overtime win against Arkansas and beating Mississippi State at home by double digits, and a week after Alabama played at Ole Miss (both decisive losses).

Frankly, new defensive coordinator John Chavis wasn’t able to perform any miracles with an awful run defense – that’s hard to do with a dearth of talented linebackers – and that caught up to the Aggies when their opposition got a little better.

Also, starting quarterback Kyle Allen hurt his shoulder against Alabama, and wasn’t the same for the rest of that game and against Ole Miss. A&M has won three of its last four games, however, primarily because the competition included South Carolina, Western Carolina and Vanderbilt.

2. That losing skid brewed quite the quarterback controversy between Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray. How did that shake out, and where does the situation stand now?

Kyler Murray simply isn’t ready to be an SEC quarterback, and Kyle Allen is healthy again. Allen is clearly the better quarterback among the two right now, although Murray can scramble for yards when necessary. Allen is the clear-cut starter for LSU, and should be in a bowl game. Murray could have benefited from a redshirt year, but a redshirt year wasn’t part of the recruiting pitch – and the Aggies needed to do whatever they could to land the son of former A&M icon Kevin Murray.

3. While defensive coordinator John Chavis and LSU are still duking it out in court, they’ll finally square off on the field Saturday. How has Chavis fared in his first season in College Station, and how much do you believe this game means to him?

chavisChavis said he was looking forward to walking into Tiger Stadium “as an Aggie.” It means an awful lot to him, based on how he believed he was treated by LSU athletic director Joe Alleva last year. He’ll certainly have mixed emotions – he recruited most of the LSU defense. The Aggies still have a long way to go on the run defense front, but the fact that they’re 49th in total defense is exceptional considering they finished outside the top 100 in that category the past two years.

4. Based on a cursory glance at the stats, it seems Texas A&M has ditched the running-back-by-committee approach and made Tra Carson the feature back. How has he handled that role, and has it hurt or helped the offense?

Carson is a workhorse, and the Aggies’ offensive MVP. He’s a heavier back, and the Aggies could have benefited from a change-of-pace guy in the backfield. That kind of back, Trey Williams, bypassed on his senior season and is now on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster after going undrafted. The Aggies could have really used Williams this season. That said, Carson is closing in on 1,000 yards rushing, the first time an A&M running back has managed that since 2011 (Cyrus Gray).

5. Freshman Christian Kirk has been one of the SEC’s most explosive players this season. How much of a threat does he pose to an LSU secondary susceptible to coverage busts and special teams that have struggled to cover kicks and punts?

Kirk started spectacularly, but hit a freshman wall midway through the season, and was a little banged up to boot (but then aren’t we all). He’s come on strong again of late, and is an elusive return man, but honestly the improved play of Speedy Noil and Josh Reynolds late in the season has helped ease the burden off of Kirk to continue making big plays. He’s quite capable, though.

6. Though the series has been lopsided since the Aggies joined the SEC back in 2012, do you see this shaping up to be an intense rivalry in the future?

I do. This is the closest thing the Aggies have to a rivalry these days, and doggone they’re going to turn it in to one if it’s the last thing they do (getting the Thanksgiving week slot every year against LSU helped on that front helped). It’s fun that Houston is between the two programs, and will continue to be a recruiting battleground between LSU and A&M. I look forward to another fight for the Sabine Canteen (I’ve been pushing that one from the start, frankly with little luck). Happy Thanksgiving.



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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