February 19, 2019

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Diamond in the Rough: Amari Bernard

Amari Bernard is a 6’1 170lbs 4 star junior defensive back from East St. John High School in Reserve, Louisiana.

How long have you been playing football and what do you love about football?

I have been playing football since I was six years old and I thing that I like about football is that you get to run wild, have fun, and express your anger.

What are some life lessons you have learned from playing football?

I have learned about how working hard can help us achieve our goals in life and that it teaches us discipline, dedication, and determination.

What kind of football player are you?

I am an explosive football who likes to have fun and motivate my teammates by making big plays or even just talking with them.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

My biggest influences are Jalen Ramsey, Troy Polamalu, and my mother. The reason why they inspire me is because they worked hard for what they got now and they support their families.

What is your most memorable game?

The most memorable game I played in so far was just this past season against Destrehan, we lost 35-34 but we fought hard the whole game, it was a battle we just kept going back and forth.

Are there any other hobbies you enjoy besides football?

I enjoy spending time with my little brother by playing games and having fun in general.

What made you decide to play defensive back?

Being a defensive back you have to know and learn a lot of things that can benefit you. As a defensive back you have to have good physical skills, mental alertness, and discipline. You must have mental toughness as well because it is an absolute imperative. Overall I just love the challenge and the position.

What is your greatest strength on the football field?

My covering skills because I feel like I can lock down any wide receiver basically I am on a island with just me and the receiver.

What is a part of your game that you are trying to improve?

I need to get better at having a short term memory on whenever I let something bad happen on the field because as a defensive back you have to have a short memory because if you don’t then your career as a defensive back will be very short.

What are your goals for your senior year?

My goals for my senior years is to make it past the first round of the playoffs, commit to a school, and make it to the dome something East St. John hasn’t done since 1980 when they went undefeated and won the state championship.

 

 

Diamond in the Rough: CJ Golden

CJ Golden is a 5’6 170lbs 4 star junior running back from The Church Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Golden runs a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash.

When did you start playing football and when did you begin to like playing football?

I started playing football for the South Baton Rouge Rams and really I have loved football since I was a little kid.

What are some life lessons you have learned from playing football?

I learned that through God anything is possibly

What kind of football player are you?

I am a very versatile football player. My vision when I am running the ball is on the next level of playing.

Who is your biggest motivator?

My biggest motivator football wise is Saquon Barkley I love his style of play because it is similar to mine we are very much alike with the way we run the football.

What is the best game you ever played in?

The two best games I have ever played in so far have been against Episcopal High School and Capitol High School.

Do you have any other hobbies outside of football?

My biggest hobbies outside of football are working out I mean I love working out on the regular and ATV riding.

What made you decide to play running back?

I love running the ball in general I love the contact. Because I my height I have to work just as hard as anyone else on the football field. My height makes me harder to tackle because the defenders have to get lower than me, which is hard for them to do, and I can squeeze through the holes breaking big runs as well. I mean nowadays people tend to favor the shorter running backs because of this. With my skills I am just as talented as a running back that is taller than me.

What is your greatest strength on the football field?

My power is my greatest strength because I am more like a freight train and I am very hard to bring down.

What is a part of your game that you are trying to improve?

My speed is an area of my game that I am trying to work on. I am trying to get faster because of my height and size it is going to play a role for me to go to the next level and it may give me an extra advantage.

What are your goals for your senior year?

My goal for my senior year is to show a lot of schools that I have what it takes to play for them, I am very underrated right now and I want to get more offers from schools that need football players like me with my skill set.

Diamond in the Rough: Ja’Darius Clark

Ja’Darius Clark is 6’2 174lbs 4 star junior defensive back from Alexandria High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. Clarks runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, has a shuttle time of 4.3, and can bench 225. Clark already has offers from LSU, Tulane, and ULL.

When did you become introduced to the game of football?

I first started to play football when I was nine years old. I started playing organized football in the little league division.

What are somethings that football has taught you?

With my teammates I found a brotherhood and how to be a part of one. Growing up I really didn’t have people that were close to me like that but now I found a brotherhood. Football has taught me how to depend on other people and also being dependable to others as well.

What is your style of play?

I have swagger in my style of play, I am very gritty and scrappy football player, and I am very furious.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

I really look up to Kam Chancellor and Grant Delpit. Kam Chancellor is like one of the big dogs in the NFL and he makes big time plays. Grant Delpit makes big time plays also even at the college level. I want to work my way up to be like them at the next level.

What is your most memorable game?

When I ran it back 95 yards against West Monroe on a kick return my sophomore year.

Are there any other hobbies you enjoy besides football?

I enjoy playing baseball its very fun. I play centerfield and I pitch for the Alexandria baseball team.

What made you decide to play defensive back?

Coming in as a freshman I wanted to play wide receiver, but I saw that they had different studs at wide receiver so it made me want to try something new and to see if I could work my way up. I eventually end up playing cornerback and then I worked my way up to safety, which helped me.

What are your strengths on the field?

I mean everything I do is a strength for me.

What have you been focusing on trying to get better at?

I have been working on my footwork, if I want to play college ball then I have to get better footwork. My feet are very well right now but that is for high school and I want my footwork to be great for college.

What are your goals for your senior year?

For my team I want to make it to the dome because we haven’t been there in a very long time and personally I just want to work hard at everything I could possibly do.

DITR: Lane Devillier

Lane Devillier(#77) is the epitome of a quiet storm. Smart, humble, and a force to be reckoned with on and off the football field. Throughout his three seasons as the starting right tackle for the Eunice Bobcats, Lane has maintained a 3.8 GPA as an honor student off the field, while earning 1st team All-District/All-Parish on the field. This season Lane was apart of the team that won the State Championship, it had been 36 years since the city of Eunice and the Bobcats seen this phenomenon. Throughout his love for fishing and hunting, Lane learned one of the most valuable lessons that were essential to his success on the field, which is patience. Patience is key because you have to wait for the right moment to make the big plays that can overall benefit your team as a whole. His love for the game of football even inspired his little sister to become an athletic trainer for the team. He has a certain energy about him that uplifts and encourages all of those around him. Lane Devillier exceeds the expectations of being a great football player, teammate, and leader.

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At what age did you start playing football and why?

My interest in football did not begin until I was in the 7th grade. My father thought it would be something that I would like, and also most of my friends were playing football as well. Football turned out to be a sport that I enjoyed playing.

At what point during your football career did you know you had the abilities to play on the collegiate level?

The knowledge of my abilities to play on the collegiate level came from those surrounding me. My parents, coaches, and a host of others have always seen that my talents had the ability to go to the next level.

How have the fundamentals that you have learned in football helped you in your everyday life?

Throughout the course of me playing football, I have learned that football is a team sport. Being that it is a team sport means you all have one goal that you want to achieve and everyone has a role in accomplishing that goal. In life, you will always have to work around and/ or with others to achieve goals that you may have in common.

What is one word that describes you and why?

The one word that would describe me would be determined. Regardless, of what the situation is I am going to do what I need to do to get the job done. No matter if that is on the field or off.

When watching film how do you critique yourself to improve your skills?

When watching film to critique myself I make sure to pay attention to the small detail. Little bits of detail makes up the bigger picture. I analysis what could I do to get faster, lower, or how to get a better angle to make the tackle better.

What could you bring to a college football team that they do not already have?

I believe that I can be an asset to a college football team as being a leader. I am a quiet leader, I more so lead by example than by telling others what to do. Leading by example sets the standard for how to be the best football player you can be while being the best teammate you can be as well.

If I were to go to your High School and ask one of your teachers to describe Lane Devillier to me, what would their response be in your opinion?

My teachers would describe me as a quiet, smart, and respectable individual. I mainly keep to myself while in classes, because my main goal is to complete my assignments.

How has football taught you how to overcome adversity?

Football has taught me to never quit no matter what the situation is. You have to give 110% and go above and beyond because you are not playing the game just for yourself you are also playing for the other 10 young men on the field. The same concept can be applied in the real world, just with a different scenario.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My biggest inspiration would be my parents and coaches. They push me day in and day out so that I can reach my max potential to be the best football player I can be. Also, my mom is my biggest fan always encouraging me and believing in me.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years and why?

I have not fully decided on the path that I would like to take. However, in  10 years I could see myself working a blue collar job such as welding. A job that is very intricate and hands-on, possibly being a manager within the industry.

Height: 6’5

Weight: 270

Bench: 280

Squat: 380

40: 5.6

Diamond in the Rough: Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins is a 6’2” 270 lbs. defensive lineman for Ehret High School in Marrero, LA. Patrick bench presses 350 lbs. and squats 470 lbs. Patrick has offers from Arkansas, Colorado, Ole Miss and Tulane, among other schools.

 

How long have you been playing football and what got you started playing?

I’ve been playing football since I can remember. My brother was a big influence on me. All he knew was football, so he helped me get started.

 

What has football taught you about life?

Football has taught me everything I know as far as being a good person and being respectful. I know there are people watching me, so I keep working hard so I don’t have a bad influence on them.

 

Where do you see football taking you in life?

I’m using football to put me on a good path in life and get my degree. I’m not depending on football, as in the NFL, to take me where I want to go. I want to make sure I get my degree.

 

What is the strong point of your game?

My hands and my mindset. I go up against guys knowing that I’m not going to lose.

 

What can you bring to a college program that will make you special?

I’m a good person with a good heart and a good mindset.

 

Is there a college or professional player you compare your game to?

I would say Everson Griffen of the Minnesota Vikings. We both use our hands very well and have explosive get-offs.

 

Who has been the biggest influence on you?

My brother. He played football and I looked up to him. Everything he did, I did. He was a good influence on my life, because I could be doing way worse than I’m doing right now, but he just made me keep going and taught me to finish what I start.

Diamond in the Rough: Jacobian Guillory

Jacobian Guillory is a 6’3 320lbs 5 star junior defensive tackle/nose guard from Alexandria High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. Guillory can bench 370, squat 700 and deadlift 625. Guillory is also a nationally recognized powerlifter and a two time state champion. Guillory already has offers from LSU, Alabama, ULL, Miss State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M.

 

How long have you been playing football and what do you love about football?

I have been playing football since the 7th grade. I love the competition, getting better as a teammate and a person.

What kind of football player are you?

I am the kind of football player that is someone that is looked up too by my teammates as a leader of the team.

Who are your biggest motivators?

My parents are my biggest motivators; even though my mother passed away she is still my motivation along with my father.

Are there any other hobbies you enjoy besides football?

I enjoy chilling with my friends so that we can stay out of trouble.

What are you trying to focus on in the offseason?

I am focusing on dropping my weight so that I can get quicker off the ball.

What is greatest strength on the football field?

My physical strength and pass rushing skills have been my greatest strength on the football field, because I use my bull rush technique to get pressure on the quarterback and cause havoc in the trenches.

What are your goals for your senior year?

My goals for my senior year are to win a state championship and get better as a team.

Diamond in the Rough: Darryle Evans

Darryle Evans is a 6’0 178lbs 4 star junior running back from Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana. Evans is a very talented running back and is primed to have a breakout senior season for the Hahnville Tigers.

 

When did you start playing football and when did you begin to like playing football?

I was five years old when I started playing and I began to fall in love with the game of football at the age of seven.

What is something you have learned while playing football?

Football has taught me about leadership, discipline, and learning how to be a better man. Overall the lessons football has taught me will be beneficial off the field.

Do you have any football players that inspire you or you can compare your style of play to?

Dalvin Cook is an inspiration because of where he came from and what he has had to overcome in his life to get to where he is now and Leonard Fournette is someone who I compare my style of play from.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

My little brother and my mother are two of my biggest influences in life.

What is a part of your game that you are trying to improve?

I am working on getting faster and stronger. I am also working on my top speed so that can outrun my opponents faster.

What is the one area that you think you exceled at this year?

An area that I really excel at using on the football field is my patience when I am hitting the holes opened up by my blockers

What are your goals for your senior year?

My goals are to win a state championship, prove that I am one of the best running backs in the state also the nation, and to get a D-1 scholarship.

Diamond in the Rough: Noah Engolia

Noah Engolia is a 6’3 180lbs 3 star junior defensive back from Mandeville High School in Mandeville, Louisiana. Engolia finished his junior year with 36 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, six pass break ups, and one interception.

When did you become introduced to the game of football?

I was introduced to the game of football in the 1st grade and I have been hooked ever since.

What are some life lessons you have learned from playing football?

Football has taught me dependability, leaning on other people when needed, and learning new things.

What kind of football player are you?

I am the kind of football player who can use his speed and size correctly. I can also come downhill on a play, lay the boom, and play the ball in the air.

Do you have any role models?

Tyrann Mathieu because of how he plays the position.

Do you play any other sports?

I also play on the varsity basketball team.

What is a part of your game that you are trying to improve?

I am currently trying to improve my man-to-man coverage skills and covering the vertical routes that opposing teams run.

What are your goals for your senior year?

My goals for my senior year are to make 1st team all district and win the state championship in the dome.

Diamond in the Rough: Edgerrin Cooper

 

Edgerrin Cooper is a 6’2” 200 lbs. District Defensive MVP linebacker for Covington High School in Covington, LA. Edgerrin bench presses 270 lbs., squats 430 lbs. and runs 4.6 second 40-yard dash. Edgerrin currently has offers from Mississippi State, Tulane, UL and ULM, among other schools.

 

How long have you been playing football and what got you started playing?

I’ve been playing since I was five years old. My older brothers payed football and went o college and graduated, so I watched them growing up.

 

What has football taught you about life?

It has made me a better man and taught me about staying motivated and getting better all the time.

 

How would you describe yourself as a football player in one word or a few words?

That’s hard. I try to do a little of everything.

 

Where do you see football taking you in life?

I’m trying to focus on making it to the next level right now. I feel that I have the talent to keep moving up and play professionally.

 

What’s the strong point of your game?

I am good at reading the field. I find the other team’s weakness and take advantage of that.

 

What will you bring to a college program that makes you special?

My leadership.

 

Do you have a college or professional player that you compare yourself to?

Not right now. There is just one Edgerrin Cooper.

 

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a football player?

My parents. My dad makes sure I do the best I can.

ANDREW WHITWORTH HAS CHANCE TO JOIN ELITE LSU GROUP ON SUNDAY

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s list of former football players that won a national title in college and then went on to win a Super Bowl could grow by one on Sunday as Andrew Whitworth has a chance to join the elite list.

Whitworth, who is the oldest offensive lineman in the NFL, will start at left tackle on Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. Kickoff for the contest is set for 5:30 p.m. CT on CBS.

Currently, 15 former LSU football players have won both a national title and a Super Bowl with punter Donnie Jones being the latest addition to group. Last year, Jones helped the Eagles to their Super Bowl win over the Patriots. Jones won his national title with the Tigers in 2003.

Johnny Robinson was the first Tiger with this accomplishment, winning the 1958 national title at LSU and then being part of Kansas City’s win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV in January of 1970. Robinson intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in the Chiefs Super Bowl win that year.

Currently, nine players from LSU’s 2003 national title team went on to capture a Super Bowl title, while five members of the 2007 squad won a Super Bowl during their NFL career.

The following is a list of former Tigers that won both a national title in college as well as a Super Bowl:

Player                                   Year of National Title    Year(s) of Super Bowl Title, Team

Joseph Addai                     2003                                       2007, Indianapolis Colts

Eric Alexander                   2003                                       2005, New England Patriots

Michael Clayton                2003                                       2012, New York Giants (Injured reserve)

Marlon Favorite                 2007                                       2010, New Orleans Saints (Practice squad)

Matt Flynn                          2007                                       2011, Green Bay Packers

Randall Gay                        2003                                       2005, New England Patriots; 2010 New Orleans Saints

Devery Henderson           2003                                       2010, New Orleans Saints

Marquise Hill                     2003                                       2005, New England Patriots

Quinn Johnson                  2007                                       2011, Green Bay Packers

Donnie Jones                      2003                                       2018, Philadelphia Eagles

Brandon LaFell                  2007                                       2015, New England Patriots

Stevan Ridley                     2007                                       2015, New England Patriots (Injured reserve)

Johnny Robinson              1958                                       1970, Kansas City Chiefs

Justin Vincent                     2003                                       2009, Pittsburgh Steelers (Practice squad)

Corey Webster                   2003                                       2008, 2012 New York Giants

LSU HOLD SEC’S LONGEST SUPER BOWL STREAK AT 18 STRAIGHT YEARS

BATON ROUGE – With five former Tigers in this year’s Super Bowl, LSU will run its streak of consecutive years with at least one player in the game to 18 straight.

The 18 consecutive years with a player in the Super Bowl ties with Georgia for the longest such streak in the Southeastern Conference. Nebraska holds the nation’s longest streak at 27 straight years with a player in the Super Bowl.

The list of former Tigers on rosters for either the Patriots or Rams include: offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (Rams), defensive tackle Michael Brockers (Rams), quarterback Danny Etling (Patriots), running back Jeremy Hill (Patriots), and Frank Herron (Patriots).

Whitworth, who is the oldest offensive lineman in the NFL, starts at left tackle for the Rams, while Brockers is a starter on the defensive front for Los Angeles.

Whitworth has the opportunity to become the 16th former Tiger to win both a national championship in college as well as a Super Bowl. Last year, punter Donnie Jones joined that list as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones was on the same team with Whitworth that claimed the 2003 national title at LSU.

Etling and Herron are both members of the Patriots practice squad, but will be on the sidelines on Sunday in Atlanta. Hill, who suffered a season-ending injury in the season-opener against Houston, is currently on New England’s injured reserve list.

Former Tiger and current LSU Director of Player Development Kevin Faulk holds the school record for most Super Bowl appearances with five, all coming with the New England Patriots. Faulk won three Super Bowls during his 13-year NFL career, also the most in LSU history.

LSU’s 18-year Super Bowl streak dates back to Faulk’s first appearance in the game in 2002.

The following is a look at the SEC streak of former players appearing on Super Bowl participant rosters:

School                                   Current Streak

LSU                                        18 years

Georgia                                 18

Florida                                  17

Alabama                              11

Arkansas                             10

Tennessee                           10

Texas A&M                        10

South Carolina                  7

Auburn                                4

Vanderbilt                           2

Mississippi State               0

Ole Miss                               0

Missouri                              0

Kentucky                              0

Diamond in the Rough: Trenton Lecoq

Trenton Lecoq is a 6’4, 230lbs 4 star 1st team all district junior speed rushing defensive end from Sulphur High School in Sulphur, Louisiana. Lecoq finished his junior year with 41 solo tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 17 QB hurries, 1 force fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception, and 1 blocked field goal. Trenton grades out as 8.4 of 10.0 on Coach Andy’s scale. Check out his Hudl film: https://www.hudl.com/profile/9443746/Trenton-Lecoq

When did you start playing football and when did you begin to like playing football?

I was 10 years old when I started playing and I began to like playing football in the 6th grade.

What is something you have learned while playing football?

I am a better person now because of football; it has really changed me for the better.

Do you have any football players that inspire you or you can compare your style of play to?

I love watching J.J. Watt play and Khalil Mack is someone I try to compare my style of play to.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

100% all the way are my parents and my defensive line coach Brett Koonce who has really been pushing me the extra mile at getting better.

Do you play any other sports?

I run track. My events in track are the javelin and the shot put.

What made you decide to play on the d-line?

It weird because I have been playing tight end my whole life and then in the 8th grade my coach saw how fast I was off the line and since then I have been playing defensive end.

How do you prepare physically and mentally for a game?

Physically I drink plenty of water and I eat right. Mentally I go to team meetings and watch plenty of game film.

What are your goals for your senior year?

I am just trying to get better everyday and make it to the next level.

Diamond in the Rough: Kenean Caldwell

Kenean Caldwell is a 6’3 305lbs 4 star junior 1st team all district, 1st team Louisiana sports writers all state, and 1st team all-northeast defensive tackle from Oak Grove High School in Oak Grove, Louisiana. Caldwell finished his junior campaign with 47 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, and 2 passes tipped at the line. Caldwell can bench 295 and squat 530.

How long have you been playing football and what do you love about football?

I have been playing football since the 6th grade and what I love about the game of football is that it has given me lessons in life that are beneficial.

What kind of football player are you?

I am a very coachable football player that will always play to the best of my abilities.

Who are your biggest motivators?

My parents and my grandmother are my biggest motivators on and off the field.

Are there any other hobbies you enjoy besides football?

I enjoy playing video games and I enjoy fishing.

What made you decide to play on the d-line?

I have been playing on the defensive line since I started playing football and since then I love playing on the line and causing havoc for opposing offenses.

What is the one area that you think you exceled at this year?

I really excelled at taking on blocks especially double teams and rushing the passer. I also got better at using my hands more in general improving my technique.

What are your goals for your senior year?

My goals for my senior year is to break the school record for most sacks in a game and to win the state championship.

Diamond in the Rough: Allen Langston

Allen Langston is a 6’0 202lbs 4 star junior running back that can really fly with his 4.46 40 yard dash time from Patterson High School in Patterson, Louisiana. Langston’s shuttle time is a 4.5, vertical is 25”, can bench 235 and squat 425.

When did you become introduced to the game of football?

I was introduced to the game of football in the 6th grade. I started playing pop warner and from then on football has become a huge part of my life.

What are some life lessons you have learned from playing football?

Football has taught me how to be a team player, learning about different personalities, learning how to be a coachable player, having fun, and machining new friends.

What kind of football player are you?

I am a very coachable football player that will always play to the best of my abilities.

Do you have any role models?

My role models are my father, my older brother, and my next-door neighbor. They have been my role models both on and off the field.

Do you play any other sports?

I have been running track since my freshman year and I have been winning awards since 2017. I ran a 10.6 in the 100-meter dash and a 55.1 in the 400-meter dash.

What is a part of your game that you are trying to improve?

I have been working on trying to catch the football without gloves so that it will help me whenever it rains due how much more important ball security will be.

What are your goals for your senior year?

My ultimate goal is to win a state championship for Patterson High School.

Catchin’ Up With The Cats

Julius Johnson, junior linebacker, has been a commonly heard name on Saturdays for the Cats. Julius topped off his sophomore season with 86 tackles and a spot on American Southwest (ASC) Second Team All-Conference. But, the numbers on the field do not show what kind of person Julius Johnson really is when he’s not sporting the blue and orange on Saturdays.

Julius’s initial plan coming out of high school did not even involve Louisiana College. “I had a preferred walk on somewhere else; but, when I came here, I felt wanted. They (LC) take care of their stuff and take pride in it and I loved that”. Julius is not a guy who wants to ride on someone else’s success. He wants to create his own success. “I’ve always been a part of a rebuilding program; I like it. You can create change for generations to come”. Julius has been true to his word. As stated earlier, during his sophomore year, he had a total of 86 tackles which is 15 behind the newly awarded single season tackle leader, Orel Ladet.

Julius has changed his major three times from kinesiology to education and now to social work. I was curious why he chose to study social work and he explained to me that he wants to help kids on a personal level. Julius was a “class clown” in school. He told me he has had his fair share of discipline problems when he was growing up. Now, he wants to use these earlier experiences to help kids who are like him when he was younger. Julius wants to give kids a father figure. “Not everyone has a dad; and I want to fill that role and help kids achieve things in life by showing them the right way of how to do things”.

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