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Twitter Mailbag: You asked about baseball juniors leaving, plate-blocking and more

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football and teams. 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.

Not necessarily, especially with baseball. If you’re a junior and you have a solid-to-excellent season, you run the risk of dropping in production as a senior. That would lower your draft stock.

Juniors have more bargaining power, too. They can threaten to return to school if a requested dollar figure isn’t met.

These are probably all reasons in which coach Paul Mainieri expects his four juniors to leave – Alex Bregman, Andrew Stevenson, Mark Laird and Chris Chinea.

Below is a great shot from Advocate photographer Hilary Scheinuk of the play. According to Mainieri, a catcher can block the plate with the ball. The key is he must have possession of the ball while blocking the plate, as the runner slides into home.

While the below photo shows that Scivicque was out, it doesn’t show what happened just before the play – he may have touched home plate before his foot stepped on the catcher’s foot.

The rules are exactly the same, actually. The ball must be  inflated to the pressure of 12-1/2 to 13-1/2 pounds per square inch and weigh 14 to 15 ounce, according to this report.

It’s pretty obvious that Malachi Dupre leads the pack of LSU receivers. Dupre led several receiver drills during spring practice, always at the front of the line. He seems to be moving into a leadership role for the Tigers.

He looks the part. He’s packed on more than 10 pounds during the off-season, filling out a tall, lanky frame with some muscle.

Les Miles on his quarterbacks: Would like to see one separate himself from the other during the summer

 

Les Miles just completed his 11th spring practice at LSU. (Bill Feig)

Les Miles just completed his 11th spring practice at LSU. (Bill Feig)

LSU’s quarterbacks haven’t separated themselves in the race for the starting job, and coach Les Miles hopes it happens at some point during summer workouts.

That’s the latest from Miles on the hotly-competitive QB battle between the two. Here’s Miles’ answer to several questions about the QB competition.

Q: Are you doing anything different with the quarterbacks during summer workouts?

Miles: It is a player-driven summer. I think it’s best that you have two veteran guys of summer around here that will lead that. They’re looking to have a great summer that way. I think you’re finding that both quarterbacks are looking for individual work – and receivers – at their own times and own direction throwing balls.

We’ll have a number of our seven-on-seven events featuring our offense versus our defense. Again player-driven. I think our summer is everything we can ask it to be.

I think both guys will be improve and the summer will be another time they’ll show ‘I understand the offense more.’ Another time where they can re-affirm their abilities.

LSU QBs will go at it Saturday. (Travis Spradling)

Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. (Travis Spradling)

Q: How tight are those guys coming out of the spring and how competitive will it be in fall camp? And can you see a deal where you play both?

Miles: I would like to have a starter, would like to have the guy. I could also see a time where you have the necessity to play them both.

I would like to see those guys going into fall camp one separate themselves from the other and be a clear cut decision. If that does not happen – can’t make it happen – we’ll end up playing that guy who we feel like is the best for our team.

Q: How close are they right now?

Miles: I think there’s a real closeness. One guy hasn’t separated himself from the other and both guys are playing much better.

Q: Would the decision to pick a starter be which QB could accept the backup position better?

Miles: I don’t see it that way. I think I see it that it’s the ability to play that guy. In other words, whoever starts the first game, he’s going to have to realize, certainly, there’s another guy. It really depends how summer goes. If that guy separates himself, he’s proven by a great summer of work that he’s ready to be the quarterback, that’s what happens.

In the same vein, if that’s not what happens, I think the idea that we have a guy that’s going to compete with him – whoever the starter would be – come right in and step in maybe in the second series. I think there’s an advantage to that as well. We’re just … we’re in the deciding process of who’s the best quarterback for our team.

LSU moves football game with Georgia Southern from 2017 to 2019

(Travis Spradling)

(Travis Spradling)

LSU is in search for a non-conference opponent for the 2017 season after moving a scheduled game against Georgia Southern from ’17 to 2019, said associate athletic director Verge Ausberry.

LSU is likely to fill the spot with a Football Championship Subdivision team. The Tigers’  yearly scheduling philosophy for their four non-conference opponents is one major conference team, two mid-major teams and an FCS opponent.

LSU plays Syracuse, Troy and BYU in Houston in 2017. Aside from Georgia Southern, the Tigers only have  one none-conference game scheduled for 2019: at Texas.

Georgia Southern replaced LSU with Auburn, according to this release from the school. Georgia Southern and LSU agreed to play the game in July 2010, according to the contract obtained by The Advocate.

LSU’s future schedules:

2015

Non-conference

  • at Syracuse
  • Eastern Michigan
  • McNeese State
  • Western Kentucky

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  •  at South Carolina
  • vs. Florida

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2016

Non-conference

  • vs. Wisconsin (at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.)
  • vs. Southern Miss
  • vs. Jacksonville State
  • vs. South Alabama

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Missouri
  • at Florida

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2017

Non-conference

  • vs. Syracuse
  • vs. Troy
  • vs. BYU (at Houston)
  • ?

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Tennessee
  • vs. Florida

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2018

Non-conference

  • vs. Miami (at Arlington)

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  •  vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Georgia
  •  at Florida

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2019

Non-conference

  • at Texas
  • vs. Georgia Southern

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Vanderbilt
  • vs. Florida

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2020

Non-conference

  • vs. Texas

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. South Carolina
  • at Florida

________________________________

2021

Non-conference

  • at UCLA

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Kentucky
  • vs. Florida

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2022

Non-conference

  • at Arizona State

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Tennessee
  • at Florida

________________________________

2023

Non-conference

  • vs. Arizona State

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Missouri
  • vs. Florida

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2024

Non-conference

  • vs. UCLA

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Vanderbilt
  • at Florida

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2025

Non-conference

  • None scheduled

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Georgia
  • vs. Florida

Les Miles breaks silence on La’el Collins: “This is a guy who deserves to get paid his market value”

An emotional LSU coach Les Miles says former lineman La’el Collins should be placed in the supplemental draft and that Miles has been rebuffed in attempts to contact NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

(Bill Feig)

(Bill Feig)

Miles made the comments in a brief meeting Thursday before Collins signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

The coach broke his silence on the on-going saga with his former All-Southeastern Conference left tackle. He lobbied for the NFL to allow Collins to enter the supplemental draft, meant for players who did not enter the regular draft.

Miles said Collins could have gone as high as the No. 6 pick in the draft.

“What I would like to see is a guy – who’s really performed well for our team and has given us great leadership who has continued to raise his market level heading toward draft day – be given just and fair market value,” Miles said.

“Should he have been put in the supplemental draft, he’d make somewhere between $2-8 million more money,” Miles said.

The LSU coach says he has called Goodell’s office to argue this topic.

“I called him and I was told, ‘It’s damn near impossible for me to get through,'” Miles said.

Players enter the supplemental draft, set for July, because they missed the filing deadline for the main draft or because of academic or disciplinary issues that affect their college eligibility.

“It’s a guy who’s afraid to make a precedent of throwing a guy, who plummets based on a reason, to a supplemental draft,” Miles said referring to the NFL, “but why wouldn’t that be what (the supplemental draft) is for? Explain to me why that’s not perfect for this?”

Miles has spoken to Collins, who is doing “good,” the coach said. Collins requested to be allowed to enter the supplemental draft during the NFL draft last week, but the league denied him access.

Collins was a sure-fire first round NFL draft pick who went undrafted last week in an unprecedented event stemming from the shooting death of a pregnant woman. He was never a suspect in the slaying of 29-year-old Brittney Mills and her son Brenton. He met with Baton Rouge police Monday, and he was ruled out as the father of Brenton after a paternity test.

“Two lives were lost. It’s tragic,” Miles said. “One of the people who knew the mother was put in harm’s way and done so in a manner that did not reflect good judgment and long view of the issue.”

The former Redemptorist standout is now one of the hottest rookie free agents in years. He’s heard from nearly every NFL team and has met with representatives from at least three teams: the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and, now, Dallas Cowboys.

He most recently met with the Cowboys in Dallas.

Twitter Mailbag: You asked about what an LSU Seinfeld cast would look like, La’el Collins’ situation and more

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football and teams. 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.

Since I only cover LSU football and baseball and it’s baseball season, we plucked athletes from baseball only. Also, we eliminated Elaine because … she’s a woman and there are no females on the baseball team.

  • George: Alden Cartwright. Cartwright has a little bit of everything – goofy, wise-cracking, serious, prone to outbursts. He’s George all right.
  • Jerry: Zac Person. Person, if you don’t know already, is the best Twitter follow on the team. His dry sense of humor is a perfect match for Jerry.
  • Kramer: Parker Bugg. This is a stretch. It’s tough to find a Kramer. Bugg has the height – he’s 6-6 – and he may have the clumsiness (we’re assuming).

Ah, this again. LSU hasn’t worn gray uniforms yet this season, and a few fans are in a huff over it. I have no idea as to the answer of this question, but I’ll try to pull aside a staff member Wednesday night and ask.

This is still an on-going investigation, and I’m not sure he’ll ever be officially “cleared.” He hasn’t been charged so how could he be cleared? He’s not listed as a suspect or a person of interest.

However, I do understand what you’re getting at. Several NFL teams, according to a few reports, are waiting for Collins to be “cleared.” I don’t know when or if this will officially happen. Who knows how long this murder investigation will drag out? It could be years.

You’re speaking of DB Jeremy Cutrer, the junior college player who signed with LSU this past February. Cutrer was supposed to enroll early, but he didn’t qualify. Instead, he’ll enroll in the summer like most of the freshman class. That’s still set to happen – as far as I know. But this is something to keep in eye on.

I don’t believe it costs LSU anything. And keep in mind this: I believe a school can request a fifth year for a player after that player’s fourth year. So, the Tigers could conceivably request a medical/fifth year at a later date if Jake Latz wanted to remain in school for a fifth season, which is unlikely, according to coach Paul Mainieri.

Report: La’el Collins plans to sit out 2015 if not drafted Friday, will enter 2016 draft

La'el Collins won't play in 2015 if he's not drafted on Friday. (BILL FEIG)

La’el Collins won’t play in 2015 if he’s not drafted on Friday. (BILL FEIG)

If former LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins is not drafted Friday, he plans to sit out the 2015 NFL season and re-enter the NFL draft in 2016, his agent told multiple national media outlets on Friday.

Collins, once projected as a top-10 draft pick, did not get selected in Thursday’s first round and may slip out of the draft completely – all part of a free fall that began when news broke Tuesday that police wished to speak with him regarding the shooting death of a pregnant woman.

Baton Rouge police say Collins is not a suspect in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Brittney Mills last weekend. Collins and police have an interview scheduled after the draft. Police had no other update Friday.

Both ESPN and Pro Football Talk are reporting that Collins will not sign with a team if he’s not drafted in Friday’s second or third rounds, and he won’t sign an undrafted free agent deal. The fourth through seventh rounds are scheduled for Saturday.

Multiple NFL experts and reporters have said that Collins will likely go undrafted – a stunning fall for an All-SEC lineman who was projected as high as the top 10 less than a week ago.

Collins has exhausted his collegiate eligibility, having played four years at LSU – the last two as the Tigers’ star left tackle.

Twitter Mailbag: You asked about the tight ends, Les Miles’ run-pass ratio and Jake Latz

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football and teams. 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.

It wasn’t just the spring game. Remember the Music City Bowl against Notre Dame?  TE DeSean Smith had four catches for 66 yards and was targeted at least one other time.

LSU certainly isn’t short in tight ends. It’s a deep position group, and Smith showed that he can catch the ball and, maybe, be a mismatch when running routes. I’d expect to see it more this season than we’ve seen in the past, but that’s no guarantee. After all, LSU has an incredibly talented group of receivers.

I’m not so certain about that. After all, LSU has five relievers with ERAs of less than 3.00. That doesn’t include former starter Jake Godfrey (developing into a nice relief pitcher), Zac Person (3.32 ERA) and Russell Reynolds, who has inherited nine base runners this season and allowed just one to score.

Is the bullpen the strongest part of the team? No. But I doubt it’s the weakest. Don’t judge an entire group based on one player. Jesse Stallings has blown his last three saves in SEC games. That is a concern, yes.

D1Baseball released its mid-season list of college prospects, and four LSU juniors were on the list. Coach Paul Mainieri expects all four to leave school early. Here’s D1Baseball’s rankings:

  • SS Alex Bregman: No. 3
  • CF Andrew Stevenson: 29
  • 1B Chris Chinea: 90
  • RF Mark Laird: 141

You’ll have to ask Les Miles that one, but, like most coaches, he wants a balanced team. Last year, LSU was as unbalanced (toward the run) as it’s been in Miles’ 10 years. Here’s some numbers crunching we did a while back:

Year: Run/Pass ration … Record

  • 2014: 69/29 ……8-5
  • 2013: 62/38 … 10-3
  • 2012: 60/40 … 10-3
  • 2011: 68/32 … 13-1
  • 2010: 64/36 … 11-2
  • 2009: 56/44 … 9-4
  • 2008: 56/44 … 8-5
  • 2007: 58/42 … 12-2
  • 2006: 55/45 … 11-2
  • 2005: 59/41 … 11-2

There’s a shot, yes. Latz threw his first bullpen since preseason practice on Tuesday. It went “ok,” Paul Mainieri said after Tuesday night’s game. The pitcher has a ways to go, though, Mainieri said.

Coaches will evaluate him throughout this week, and, if he feels OK, he’ll throw another bullpen and, possibly, another one before the game against UNO. If he doesn’t pitch in the game against UNO on May 12, he won’t pitch this season.

Here’s more on all of that.

Yes, I’d expect Zardon to make the trip to Starkville for the series against Mississippi State. We should know that later today – when LSU leaves for Starkville around 2 p.m. Check Twitter.

Zardon got his first start since March 19 in a win over Alcorn on Tuesday, and, with Kramer Robertson hurt, I’d expect him to make the trip.

Twitter Mailbag: You asked about Clifton Garrett, tailgates, the D-line and more

Tailgates are fun. (Patrick Dennis)

Tailgates are fun. (Patrick Dennis)

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football and teams. 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.

The spring game statistics list Garrett as having a tackle so he played at some point – or the statistician made an error.  Either way, he didn’t play much and that’s surprising.

Starting middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith said Garrett was his immediate backup when we spoke to him earlier this spring. Instead, Ronnie Feist played middle linebacker for the Purple Team.

Garrett, an Illinois native, came in as a freshman overweight and out of shape and struggled with the Louisiana heat, but he seemed to be in better shape and told us that for this story. Coach Les Miles, after the scrimmage, wondered himself why Garrett didn’t play more in the game.

I saw this hashtag running through Twitter on Tuesday and couldn’t wait to join in because, after all, what’s better than a tailgate?

The obvious correct response to what ruins a tailgate has something to do with alcohol and lacking it, but what good is a tailgate without a yard game?

We left the washers home.

I’m not sure that’s “settled.” But I’d be shocked if Newman were to be taken out of the bullpen. He’s been so successful in that position so far. The guy has thrown 21.2 innings and has not allowed an earned run.

As for Reynolds, that’s unclear. I could see him moving to a starting role at some point. Bouman will likely finish out the year as the midweek starter, and Godfrey might be a guy who moves permanently into the bullpen. After all, it’s not bad to have a reliever who can throw 93.

Don’t put too much stock into anything that happens in a spring game, especially with the way LSU divided the two teams – one starters and one backups.

Miles mentioned before the game that his second stringers needed to be better. It seems like depth could be a concern this year so keep that in mind.

However, DL coach Ed Orgeron feels pretty good about his starting defensive tackles. LSU’s D-ends have a ways to go though, it sounds like.

The over-under on snaps this season for any QB not named Jennings and Harris is probably low. Let’s say … 18.

Spring game rosters, injured players, times of interest, Travonte Valentine tweets

LSU QBs will go at it Saturday. (Travis Spradling)

LSU QBs will go at it Saturday. (Travis Spradling)

LSU released its spring game rosters earlier Friday. They are below. Here are some nuggets:

  • Quarterbacks Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, running back Darrel Williams and receiver John Diarse will play for both teams – White and Purple – in the spring game.
  • The White Team appears to include most, if not all, of the starters. It includes offensive linemen Jerald Hawkins, Will Clapp, Josh Boutte, Ethan Pocic and Vadal Alexander. Clapp will start at center, he says in this story.
  • The team released spring game times of interest:

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  • Tight end Jacory Washington was included in the list of out/injured for the spring game. He’s suffering from a knee injury. DT Travonte Valentine, S Corey Thompson and DT Quentin Thomas – a trio that has not practiced in the spring – are out.
  • Valentine, suspended for the spring for not fulfilling academic requirements, met with LSU coach Les Miles Friday, he tweeted. He seems to be on track to return to the team:

Valentine

TEAM ROSTERS

WHITE (starters)

white

PURPLE

purple

Twitter Mailbag: You asked about Andrew Stevenson’s speed, Greg Deichmann’s whereabouts, being stuck on a deserted island

We'd hope to have Kendell Beckwith on a deserted island with us. He seems like good protection. (Travis Spradling)

We’d hope to have Kendell Beckwith on a deserted island with us. He seems like good protection. (Travis Spradling)

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football and teams. 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.

LSU has 15 receivers listed on its roster. So … sixth? I have no idea, honestly, but I would imagine he’d finish somewhere in the middle of that group. Stevenson is the fastest player on the baseball team. Things could get dicey, though, going against guys like Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural and D.J. Chark. I can’t see him beating some of those guys.

Still, maybe he could. We’ll probably never know, Hunt.

He’s still on the baseball team. But I see your point – he’s been absent since getting a few pinch-hitting spots over a short span of games about two weeks ago. Why? I don’t know other than to say that coach Paul Mainieri gave him chances and he didn’t take advantage of them.

Deichmann is 0 for 4 this season, but he’s blasted balls in batting practice, coaches say.

No. He will not participate in games this season. He dropped out of school so he’s a non-qualifier for the 2015 season and – again – he dropped out of school.

He’s not enrolled so he’s not on the team.

Mainieri expects all of them to leave: Bregman, Mark Laird, Andrew Stevenson and Chris Chinea. Is that what will happen? Who knows. But the coach expects to lose them all.

D1Baseball.com recently released its college 150 top prospects. Stevenson (29), Chinea (90) and Laird (141) were all included.

It’s a good bet that Bregman and Stevenson will leave early.

  1. Kendell Beckwith: Because protection on a deserted island is of utmost importance. He’s also a heady guy who carries a conversation well.
  2. Alex Lange: Because you need a smart dude to, you know, have good ideas on how to escape the island. Lange is a 4.0 student. Maybe he could make a raft out of some palm tree or something.
  3. Jared Poche: Because you need a country, hunting-savvy outdoors man. Poche is from Lutcher, and I bet he’d be a natural at gigging frogs, spearing fish and what not.
  4. Jared Foster: Because you need a good party every now and then. We have a suspicion that Jared Foster knows how to party.
  5. Jamie Keehn: Because you need a laugh every now and then, especially when stranded on a deserted island. The Aussie has jokes.

Good question. There really isn’t one. Kyle Bouman has been getting the last few midweek starts (and he’ll start again Wednesday), but Bouman is getting starts against smaller, non-conference foes. What happens when LSU really needs a fourth starter against a good team? Like, at the SEC tournament or an NCAA regional?

There’s a good chance that Jake Godfrey or Russell Reynolds might get the nod in a game like that or – hey – even Johnny Wholestaff (3-plus pitchers who pitch 2-3 innings each).