November 18, 2017

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LSU’S ETLING AND MOORE NAMED TO ACADECMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

BATON ROUGE – LSU quarterback Danny Etling and tight end John David Moore have been named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Football Team, the organization announced on Thursday.

 

Etling and Moore earned a spot on the District 6 Academic All-District Team, which is made up of schools from the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

 

Etling, a senior from Terre Haute, Indiana, has guided the Tigers to a No. 20 national ranking and a 7-3 mark this year. He’s completed 116-of-197 passes for 1,806 yards, 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

 

Etling graduated in May with a degree in Mass Communications where he posted a 3.72 grade point average. Etling is a repeat selection on the Academic All-District Team as he was named to the squad last year.

 

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Etling is also the Vice-Chair of the 2017 SEC Football Leadership Council as well as being a member of the 2016 SEC Community Service Team.

 

Moore currently maintains a 4.02 grade point average in architecture where he’s on pace to become the first Tiger football player to graduate in that curriculum in more than 25 years. Moore has played in nine games this year, starting six times, and he’s caught six passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.

 

Moore is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was named the winner of the 2016 Charles Coates Award Winner, which is presented annually to the top student-athlete on the LSU football team.

 

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in December.

A Look into the Future: Jena Giants

This year at LGF, we will be taking a look at the senior class of some Louisiana high schools and taking a look at their potential to play at the next level. Categories for each position are measured on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being well above average and 1 being well below average. We continue with the senior class of the Jena Giants.

 

Lamar Farris QB 6-1 180lbs

 

Dual-threat QB. Strong, accurate arm, especially when rolling out of the pocket. Very good speed. Will have to get bigger/stronger but that shouldn’t be a problem. Future Outlook: D1/FCS QB

http://cbsprt.co/2A55ljU

Chico Savage RB 5-8 180lbs

 

Good speed. Runs away from the defense. Not the biggest guy but is able to avoid big hits for the most part. Not afraid to run between the tackles. Future Outlook: D2 RB

http://cbsprt.co/2zLdVnE

D.J. Major DB 5-7 156lbs

 

Plays deep safety but also can come down into the box for run support. Makes plays and is constantly around the ball. Think it will be tough for him against bigger WR’s. Future Outlook: D3 DB

http://cbsprt.co/2zJe9LW

Tanner Gahn 6-0 175lbs

 

Competes to the whistle. Willing and able tackler. Needs to get stronger. Special teams player. Future Outlook: D3 LB/ST

http://cbsprt.co/2A5Rdaf

Daniel Curry MLB 5-9 185lbs

 

Looks like a safety that plays LB. Is able to diagnose play quickly. Good tackler. Future Outlook: D3 Safety

http://cbsprt.co/2zJ1VD1

Hunter Nolan OL 6-5 320lbs

 

Big, strong and is tough for any DL. Excels in run blocking. Moves lineman out of the way on run blocking. Strong enough to have just OK technique in Pass pro. Footwork and technique need some work. Future Outlook: FCS/D2 OL

http://cbsprt.co/2zIqEr9

Jaray Jenkins WR 6-2 173lbs

 

Good hands. Good size and is able to shield the ball on routes over the middle. Also can out jump DB’s in a jump ball situation. Good speed. Routes need work. Also plays safety and is a solid tackler. Future Outlook: D1 WR

http://cbsprt.co/2zKjLFX

RAGIN’ CAJUNS FOOTBALL GAME 10 PREVIEW: vs. New Mexico State (Homecoming)

LAFAYETTE – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns football team returns home to Cajun Field for the first time in over a month when it plays host to Sun Belt Conference opponent New Mexico State in the annual Homecoming game on Saturday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game, which is sponsored by Cox Communications, will be available on ESPN3 with David Saltzman (play-by-play) and former Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason (color) providing commentary. The game will also be available statewide on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Radio Network with Steve Peloquin (PBP), former Ragin’ Cajuns receiver Richie Falgout (color) and Cody Junot (sideline) on the call.

During halftime of Saturday’s game, the UL Athletics Hall of Fame will recognize its 2017 class – Lacey Bertucci Sharp, Dion Brown, JoJo Harris, Jonathan Lucroy and the late Kim Perrot. Also during halftime, three former UL Athletics administrators – Sherry LeBas, Danny Cottonham and John Porche – will be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Louisiana (4-5, 3-2 SBC) returns to SBC action after facing Ole Miss last week in Oxford, Miss. The Ragin’ Cajuns will wrap up their home schedule on Nov. 25 against Georgia Southern in a 4 p.m. contest before wrapping up the regular-season on Dec. 2 at Appalachian State.

GAME 10
LOUISIANA RAGIN’ CAJUNS (4-5, 3-2 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth (Delta State, 1992) • @ULCoachHud
Record at LA: 28-36* (seventh season), Career Record: 94-57* (14th season)

NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (4-5, 2-3 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Doug Martin (Kentucky, 1995)
Record at NM State: 14-43 (fifth season), Career Record: 43-95 (11th season)

Nov. 18, 2017 • 4:05 p.m. • Lafayette, La. • Cajun Field (41,426)
Series History: New Mexico State leads, 5-4*
At Lafayette: Louisiana leads, 4-2* | At Las Cruces: NM State leads, 3-0* | Hudspeth vs. NM State: 0-2*
First Meeting: Louisiana 31, NM State 7 • Sept. 27, 1975 at Lafayette
Last Meeting: NM State 37, Louisiana 31 (2ot) • Oct. 1, 2016 at Las Cruces

ESPN3 | WatchESPN • David Saltzman PXP • Hutson Mason Analyst
KPEL 1420 AM (Flagship) • Jay Walker PXP • Richie Falgout Analyst • Cody Junot Sideline

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Louisiana is one of four FBS schools (Houston, Maryland, Michigan) that have started three quarterbacks (Jordan Davis, Levi Lewis, Andre Nunez) in wins this season.
• Louisiana’s three 100-yard rushing performances this season have been recorded by freshmen (Levi Lewis, Elijah Mitchell, Trey Ragas).
• Louisiana’s 7.4 yards per carry against Ole Miss was a season-high.
• The Ragin’ Cajuns are officially 39-28-2 in Homecoming games.
• Louisiana has gone 32-for-34 (94.1 percent) when inside the opponent’s 20-yard line this season with 27 touchdowns scored. The Ragin’ Cajuns opened the season 31-for-31 in the red zone this season before a turnover on downs at South Alabama.

GAME NOTES
CALL US “LOUISIANA”
• The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns® is the nickname of the University’s athletic teams. As listed by the Sun Belt Conference, the NCAA and ESPN.com, we politely ask that you refer to our athletic programs as simply “Louisiana” on first reference, or use any of the following: Ragin’ Cajuns or Cajuns.
• For all electronic sports tickers and TV crawls only, please use “LA” as the official abbreviation for all athletic programs.
• The Sun Belt Conference made public its University Reference Guide in 2016 that is used to reference each member institution’s athletic title and nicknames.  The publication of the guide comes after all of the conference’s presidents and chancellors submitted their preferred reference.
• The Sun Belt Conference will begin to use these references immediately.  Sun Belt member institutions and media partners are encouraged to use these references so that there is consistency across all communication platforms.

THE SERIES
• Louisiana and New Mexico State meet on the gridiron for the 12th time overall with the Aggies holding an official 5-4 lead in the series that dates back to the 1975 season.
• NM State has won the past two meetings in the series, including a come-from-behind 37-34 win in the last meeting at Cajun Field on Nov. 21, 2015. The Aggies claimed last year’s meeting in Las Cruces in a 37-31 double overtime decision.
• Louisiana holds an official 4-2 lead in games played in Lafayette.
• The Ragin’ Cajuns had victories in 2013 and 2014 vacated due to NCAA sanctions.

THE SHOW WILL GO ON …
• With this year’s game between Louisiana and New Mexico State being the last as conference foes for the foreseeable future, the series is not ending in the short-term future.
• With the Aggies set to become an FBS Independent in 2018, the schools will compete in a home-and-home series.
• The series will resume on Oct. 13, 2018 when the teams meet at Cajun Field before Louisiana returns to Las Cruces to face NM State on Oct. 24, 2020 at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

A RAGIN’ CAJUNS VICTORY WOULD …
• improve their overall record to 5-5.
• improve their Sun Belt Conference record to 4-2.
• improve their overall home record to 3-1.
• secure their first winning record at home since 2014 (4-2 in 2014, 3-3 in 2015-16).
• officially improve Louisiana’s homecoming record to 40-28-2.
• officially give head coach Mark Hudspeth his 29th career win at Louisiana, tying him with Ray Didier (1951-56) and Sam Robertson (1980-85) for eighth-place in school history.

RAGIN’ CAJUNS COACHING EXPERIENCE
• The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns coaching staff brings a combined total of 196 years of collegiate experience to the table along with 82 bowl/postseason appearances.
• Defensive coordinator Mike Lucas (36 years) and offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue (32 years) are the most experienced coaches on the staff with co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison (19) and Rodrigue (15) the most experienced in post-season/bowl games.
• Both coordinators for the Ragin’ Cajuns – Will Hall (West Alabama/West Georgia) and Mike Lucas (Southeastern Louisiana) have been head coaches during their collegiate careers.

#RAGINGRADS – AMONG BEST FBS PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY
• Louisiana is one of two in-state FBS schools (LSU) and seven Sun Belt Conference schools (Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, South Alabama, Arkansas State, Idaho and Troy) among a list of FBS schools across the country with at least five graduates on its roster.
• TE Matthew Barnes, OT Grant Horst, LB T.J. Posey and WR Devin Scott all earned their bachelor’s degrees from UL with punter Sam Geraci earning his degree from Cincinnati.
• Here is a list of FBS schools with five or more graduates on their current 2017 roster.

18 – Northwestern
14 – Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina
13 – Toledo
12 – TCU, Alabama, Oregon, Virginia
11 – Georgia State, Kansas State, Maryland, UCF, USF
10 – Kent State, Nevada, New Mexico, South Alabama, Texas Tech, West Virginia
9 – Houston, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple
8 – Auburn, Clemson, Iowa, Kentucky, NC State, Northern Illinois, Ole Miss, Penn State, SMU, Syracuse, UAB, Western Kentucky
7 – Arizona State, Georgia, Kansas, Marshall, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Missouri, North Texas, Utah, Virginia Tech
6 – Akron, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, UMass, UTEP, UTSA, Troy, Tulsa, Washington
5 – Arkansas, Baylor, UConn, FAU, Idaho, Louisiana, LSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, USC, Washington State

TEAM CAPTAINS
• Quarterback Jordan Davis, linebacker T.J. Posey, offensive tackle Grant Horst and nose tackle Taboris Lee were voted as team captains for the 2017 season.

SBC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME COMING IN 2018
• The Sun Belt Conference will hold its first ever football championship game as the league’s presidents and chancellors, as well as athletic directors, voted unanimously to play the game beginning in 2018.  The announcement was made on June 8, 2016.
• Details regarding how the two participants will be selected will be available at a later date.  Rules set forward by the Division I Council in January require conferences with fewer than 12 members to hold championship games in football, as long as they meet one of two conditions.
• A conference can choose to either play their championship game between division winners after round-robin competition in each division or between the top two teams in the conference standings following full round-robin, regular-season competition between all members of the conference.

HUDSPETH HEADS THE SUN BELT COACHING FRATERNITY
• Now in his seventh year at Louisiana, head coach Mark Hudspeth is the dean of the Sun Belt Conference coaching fraternity, having taken over the reins of the Ragin’ Cajuns program in 2011.
• Hudspeth, in his 14th season as a head coach, spent seven years as head coach at North Alabama and was an assistant at five schools, including FBS programs Navy and Mississippi State.

CUE UP SOME WILLIE … THE CAJUNS ARE ON THE ROAD AGAIN
• For the first time since the 2011 season, Louisiana will play seven football games on the road, including trips to SEC opponents Texas A&M and Ole Miss, along with American Athletic Conference member Tulsa.
• Also on the road schedule are dates at Sun Belt Conference co-championships Arkansas State (Oct. 19) and Appalachian State (Dec. 2), plus league rivals Idaho (Oct. 7) and South Alabama (Nov. 4).

RAGIN’ CAJUNS RECEIVERS IN ELITE GROUP
• Louisiana is one of eight FBS schools to have three players record 100 receiving yards in a game during the 2017 season.
• Keenan Barnes (at Tulsa, at Texas A&M), Ryheem Malone (at Tulsa) and Jarrod Jackson (vs. ULM) have all surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark in games this season.
• Currently four players – Barnes, Malone, Jackson and Ja’Marcus Bradley – have all recorded 100-yard receiving games in their careers for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
• FBS teams with at least three players with 100 or more yards receiving in a game:

Arizona State – 5
Oklahoma State – 4
Louisiana – 3
Virginia – 3
Washington State – 3
SMU – 3
Louisiana Tech – 3
Massachusetts – 3

FORMER DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR JAMES WILLIS REJOINS CAJUNS AS ANALYST
• Former defensive coordinator James Willis rejoined the Ragin’ Cajuns program as a defensive analyst during the team’s open date and will be in the booth beginning with Louisiana’s game at Idaho on Oct. 7.
• Willis served as defensive coordinator for Louisiana from 2013-14, helping lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to a pair of bowl games. He left after the 2014 season to become a defensive assistant/linebackers coach for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.
• A former Auburn standout and seven-year veteran in the NFL, Willis worked as an assistant at Rhode Island, Temple, Alabama, Auburn and Texas Tech before joining the Ragin’ Cajuns program in early 2013.

FORMER CAJUNS LUCROY, PERROT HEADLINE 2017 HALL OF FAME CLASS
• Five former Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns student-athletes, highlighted by two-time Major League Baseball All-Star Jonathan Lucroy and the late Kim Perrot, along with three legendary administrators make up the 2017 UL Lafayette Athletics Hall of Fame in an announcement by the Board of Directors of the Ragin’ Cajuns Letterman Club, an organization of former athletes who have lettered in their sport.
• Entering the University’s Hall of Fame with Lucroy and Perrot are former student-athletes Lacey Bertucci Sharp (softball), Dion Brown (men’s basketball) and JoJo Harris (women’s track and field). Entering the Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement are longtime administrators Danny Cottonham, Sherry LeBas and John Porche.
• The 2017 class will be inducted into the UL Lafayette Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 17 and will be recognized during halftime of the 2017 Homecoming football game against New Mexico State on Nov. 18 at Cajun Field.

NFL SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR WEEKS 12 & 13

 

The following are​ scheduling changes for Weeks 12 (Sunday, November 26) and 13 (Sunday, December 3), the NFL announced today.

 

Week 12 (Sunday, November 26) Changes:

 

The New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams game will move from 4:05 PM ET to 4:25 PM ET and will be cross-flexed to CBS.

 

The Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts game at 1:00 PM ET will be cross-flexed to FOX.

 

Week 13 (Sunday, December 3) Changes:

 

The Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints game will move from 1:00 PM ET to 4:25 PM ET and remain on FOX.

 

The Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins game at 1:00 PM ET will be cross-flexed to FOX.

 

The following is the final schedule for Weeks 12 and 13:

 

WEEK 12
Thursday, November 23, 2017
GAME LOCAL ET TV
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 12:30p (ET) 12:30p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys 3:30p (CT) 4:30p CBS
New York Giants at Washington Redskins 8:30p (ET) 8:30p NBC
 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Arizona Cardinals 2:25p (MST) 4:25p CBS
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30p (ET) 8:30p NBC
Monday, November 27, 2017
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens 8:30p (ET) 8:30p ESPN

 

WEEK 13
Thursday, November 30, 2017
GAME LOCAL ET TV
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys 7:25p (CT) 8:25p NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals 2:25p (MST) 4:25p FOX
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
New York Giants at Oakland Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks 5:30p (PT) 8:30p NBC
Monday, December 4, 2017
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals 8:30p (ET) 8:30p ESPN

 

2018 PRO BOWL VOTING BEGINS

 

ROSTERS TO BE ANNOUNCED LIVE ON NFL NETWORK’S

PRO BOWL SPECIAL ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 AT 8:00 PM ET

Fans may now vote to send their favorite players to the 2018 Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. For the first time, a new voting window will run for four weeks, beginning today and concluding on Thursday, December 14. Voting is available online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com/ProBowlVote.

The NFL and Twitter are also introducing a new way for fans to vote for the 2018 Pro Bowl roster through a Direct Message (DM) Voting Experience, which has never been done for an All-Star game before. Fans may participate via entry cards tweeted from all 32 team accounts or by directly visiting the @NFL profile page at Twitter.com/NFL. The entry cards will initiate a private “Direct Message” and enable fans to select a position group or search for a player or team to begin the voting process.

During the final week of 2018 Pro Bowl voting – December 7-14 – fans will be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, or the player’s official Twitter handle, along with the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. This method is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the voting period.

The 2018 Pro Bowl, which kicks off at a new start time of 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 15.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 19 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

The 2018 Pro Bowl will feature the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format. The following is a breakdown of positions and the corresponding numbers of players who will be selected (88 total):

OFFENSE DEFENSE SPECIAL TEAMS
Wide Receivers (8) Defensive Ends (6) Punters (2)
Tight Ends (4) Interior Linemen (6) Placekickers (2)
Tackles (6) Outside Linebackers (6) Return Specialists (2)
Guards (6) Inside/Middle Linebackers (4) Special Teamers (2)
Centers (4) Cornerbacks (8) Need Players (2-Coach’s Choice)
Quarterbacks (6) Safeties (6)
Running Backs (6)
Fullbacks (2)

 

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. Last year’s sold-out event – the Pro Bowl’s first time in Orlando – featured a capacity crowd of more than 60,000. Fans may visit ProBowl.com for additional information on Pro Bowl Week, which features a variety of free, family-friendly events in Orlando.

The Pro Bowl is an all-inclusive event for fans on gameday. Working with KultureCity, Camping World Stadium’s sensory-inclusive partner, the NFL will offer families who attend the 2018 Pro Bowl with support, including sensory accessibility resources and two dedicated sensory rooms located in the stadium on gameday to enable them to enjoy the game with more confidence and comfort.

For the second consecutive year, the NFL will host Pro Bowl Week festivities across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the events during Pro Bowl Week will include:

  • Pro Bowl Experience: A free football festival located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, where fans can participate in interactive activities such as the 40-yard dash, take photos with the Pro Bowl Trophy, and have an exclusive chance to win prizes, including tickets to the game, autographed footballs, and more.
  • Pro Bowl Practices: AFC and NFC team practices – which are free and open to the public – will also be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, allowing fans to watch their favorite players as they get ready for the game.
  • Pro Bowl Skills Showdown: Returning for its second year, this unique competition will test the athletic prowess of the NFL’s best players in unique competitions.

In the week leading up to the game, the NFL will also recognize youth and high school football players, coaches and programs in special ways, including the NFL FLAG Championships Powered by USA Football, the USA Football National Conference, a congregation of administrators, coaches and leaders in youth and high school football, and the announcement of the prestigious Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.

NFL.com release

New Orleans Saints 47, Buffalo Bills 10

The New Orleans Saints’ seventh consecutive win looked  like the Little Bighorn as they pounded the Buffalo Bills 47-10 Sunday at New Era Stadium in  New York.
This was the first time the Saints had two 100-yard rushers since the 2006 season. Mark Ingram ran for 131 yards and scored three touchdowns while Alvin Kamara ran for 106 yards scoring one touchdown. The most impressive run however was by a player that could not be identified as he had no jersey, or pants for that matter, who ran for over 100 yards and came within inches of a touchdown.  Although there was some question about ball security , he ran for more yards then Buffalo and it is rumored there was a recruiter waiting for him at the end of the run.

 

On a serious note, the Saints reserve running back Daniel Lasco injured his spine in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against Buffalo, and was transported to a local hospital via ambulance. The second-year running back had feeling in his extremities and Coach Sean Payton reported  he would be out for the season but the injury was not carrier threatening.

The Saints have won another one and now everyone is jumping on the band wagon (I have been on for a while now) with the very real possibility of going all the way. Some stating that the Saints are the best team in the NFC. My how quickly the experts opinions change……

The Saints return home Sunday, Nov. 19 as they host the Washington Redskins in the Superdome.

Post Script: My Packers beat the Bears, again, so they are still in the hunt 🙂

 

TENNESSEE TITANS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS

 

November 16, 2017

Week 11 kicks off on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon) in a showdown between AFC contenders as the Pittsburgh Steelers welcome the Tennessee Titans to Heinz Field. Both teams have won four consecutive games. The Titans and Steelers meet for the 78th time (including the postseason), with Pittsburgh holding a 45-32 series advantage. Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL rushed for 204 yards with a touchdown and cornerback WILLIAM GAY had a 28-yard interception-return touchdown in the Steelers’ 27-24 victory in their last meeting (November 17, 2014).

Pittsburgh leads the AFC North with a 7-2 record following a 20-17 victory at Indianapolis last week. Steelers quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER connected on second-half touchdown passes to rookie wide receiver JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER and tight end VANCE MC DONALD, and kicker CHRIS BOSWELL converted the game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired in the victory. Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN leads the NFL with 882 receiving yards and ties with Arizona’s LARRY FITZGERALD for the league lead with 60 catches. Linebacker RYAN SHAZIER, who recorded an interception in Week 10, has six interceptions since 2016, tied with Baltimore’s C.J. MOSLEY for the most by a linebacker over that span.

Tennessee is tied with Jacksonville for first place in the AFC South with a 6-3 record. Last week, Titans running back DE MARCO MURRAY scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and Tennessee’s defense limited Cincinnati to 53 rushing yards in a 24-20 victory over the Bengals. Murray, who has five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) this season, has scored 47 scrimmage touchdowns since 2013, the most in the NFL over that span. Titans safety KEVIN BYARD leads the NFL with six interceptions and became only the fifth player since 1970 to record five interceptions in a two-game span, accomplishing the feat in Weeks 7 and 9 (Tennessee had a bye in Week 8).

NFL BRINGS FOOTBALL, COMMUNITY EVENTS TO MEXICO CITY

 The NFL will bring more than football to Mexico City as the Oakland Raiders host the New England Patriots at Azteca Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 19. Through hospital visits, a Youth Football Workshop and NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps, the NFL will celebrate the local community and leave a positive impact in Mexico City.

The following are some ways the NFL will engage the community leading up to the Mexico City game. Full details on each of these events and participating players will be available via media advisories this week.

NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps

Throughout the week leading up to the Patriots-Raiders game on Sunday, Nov. 19, the NFL will host six PLAY 60 Character Camps. NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps aim to positively impact youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. Following the earthquake in Mexico City, the NFL teamed with government entities including the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of the Navy and the Federal Police to invite 1,500 local boys and girls ages 6-12 to participate.

The schedule for the camps is as follows:

  • Mexico City
    • Thursday, Nov. 16 – Universidad Anáhuac Norte from 10 AM – 1 PM
    • Saturday, Nov. 18 – Campo Militar #1 from 9 – 11:30 AM
    • Saturday, Nov. 18 – Campo Militar #1 from 3 – 5:30 PM
    • Sunday, Nov. 19 – Centro Deportivo Chapultepec from 9 – 11:30 AM
  • Monterrey
    • Wednesday, Nov. 15 – PepsiCo’s Foundation Plant Field from 2 – 4:30 PM
  • Toluca
    • Friday, Nov. 17 – PepsiCo’s Foundation Plant Field from 2 – 4:30 PM from 3 – 5:30 PM

Beyond Sport Mexico – Community in Action

Beyond Sport, the global force for sustainable social change through sport, will host a three-day program on sport, health and education from Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Friday, Nov. 17 at Universidad Anáhuac Norte in Mexico City. Beyond Sport Mexico will be the inaugural gathering of its kind in the country, in a region that has developed innovative and ground-breaking sport for development work throughout its communities.

Community in Action, an event bringing together local youth to celebrate how sport engages communities, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16. As a founding supporter of Beyond Sport, the NFL will host an NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp throughout the morning. This season the NFL is celebrating ten years of NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign that encourages kids to get active for 60 minutes a day, every day. Other session leaders include World Boxing Council, Tigres F.C. and Major League Baseball.

Learn more about the three-day program here.

PLAY 60 All-Ability Event

On Friday, Nov. 17, from 10 AM – 1 PM, the NFL, with support from the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders, will host a PLAY 60 All-Ability Event at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Mexico. PLAY 60 All-Ability stations will be set up for Shriners Hospitals patients and siblings.

New England Patriots Legends KEVIN FAULK and STEVE GROGAN and Oakland Raiders Legends FRED BILETNIKOFF and WILLIE BROWN will participate in the event and be made available to media at 11:10 AM. Patients will rotate through PLAY 60 stations including ultimate football, various all-ability fitness stations, football-themed art projects, face painting and a visit from FezzyÒ the Shriners Hospitals for Children mascot, team mascots Pat the Patriot and Raider Rusher, and Patriots and Raiders Cheerleaders.

To ensure all kids have an equal opportunity to play, the NFL teamed with Shriners Hospitals for Children, a recognized leader in caring for children with orthopedic conditions and spinal cord injuries to create the NFL PLAY 60 All-Ability Guide. The NFL and Shriners Hospitals for Children are committed to teaching kids the benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle and encouraging them to get out and have fun.

Youth Football Workshop

To support local youth football programs in Mexico City and share best practices at all levels of the game, the NFL will host a Youth Football Workshop at the CODEME Facilities on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 AM – 2 PM. The NFL is teaming with USA Football, Gatorade, Riddell and other experts in the field to share information on a range of football topics including: tackling technique, equipment fitting, athlete development and player health and safety.

Attendees will be divided into groups and rotate through five breakout sessions:​

  • Helmet Manufacturers: Equipment Fitting, Reconditioning and the Importance of Proper Equipment
  • Gatorade: Heat and Hydration and Health
  • Health and Safety: Importance of the Concussion Protocol, Signs/Symptoms and Preventative Measures, Emergency Action Planning, Cardiac Arrest, On-Site Injury Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Athlete Development: 2016 NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award winner Micah Kurtz will review long-term athlete development and proper strength and conditioning techniques
  • On-Field Tackling/Blocking Circuit: featuring USA Football Master Trainer Leah Hinkle and local coaches

Oakland Raiders, Jack Del Rio Foundation Check Presentation

For the second consecutive year, Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio’s Foundation, dedicated to providing opportunities for undeserved youth, will present a $10,000 check to Mano Amiga, a local non-profit organization. Wife and daughter of Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio LINDA and LAUREN DEL RIO will present the donation as well as lead the Raiders contingent in distributing backpacks stuffed with Raiders-themed items and school supplies to local underserved children.

The event will take place at the NFL Fan Fest at Zocalo Square – Tochito Field on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 3 – 4 PM. The Raiders are matching the Jack Del Rio Foundation’s $10,000 donation to Mano Amiga, while the NFL Foundation will award an additional $10,000 for a total of $30,000. Mano Amiga was founded in Mexico to bring a higher level of education to impoverished areas of the country.

In addition to the Del Rios, Raiders Alumni including Pro Football Hall of Famers FRED BILETNIKOFF and WILLIE BROWN, Raiderettes, Raider Rusher, the team’s youth ambassador and members of the Raiders Women’s Association, which consists of spouses and significant others of players, coaches and staff as well as front office staff members, will participate in the event.

Immediately following the presentation, the Raiders will host a free youth football clinic for local students in the Mano Amiga organization. The boys and girls will participate in activities that feature the educational and recreational benefits of football presented in a safe and fun environment.

Mano Amiga is a non-profit organization that promotes the integral formation of underprivileged children and young people, providing them with tools and opportunities to become successful people and active members of their community. Today the network has 21 schools around the country and serves 14,283 students and their families.

Mexico City Earthquake Relief Efforts

Last month, the NFL Foundation, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers announced their joint contribution of $200,000 to Banorte’s Fundación Banorte to support disaster relief efforts following the earthquake in Mexico City. Fundación Banorte matched these donations dollar-for-dollar. Funds were used to help rebuild homes affected by the earthquake in and around Mexico City.

The Dallas Cowboys also committed $50,000 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Mexico City to assist with crisis intervention services for victims and first responders. Through this donation, the Salvation Army will provide water, food, shelter and emotional care to those immediately affected by the disaster and work with local officials to address long-term assistance for the most vulnerable and in need.

NFL.com release

LSU COACH ED ORGERON PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT – Tennessee week

Coach Ed Orgeron Opening Statement…
COACH ORGERON: I was proud when the athletic department announced a 90 percent graduation rate (last week). That’s phenomenal. Football had a 78 percent graduation rate, where the national average is 44 percent. Phenomenal. That’s what it’s all about, young men getting an education, getting a scholarship and getting education from LSU.

And I was just proud, proud to be the head coach of LSU and be able to go offer a scholarship to young men with that kind of success. I want to thank Joe Alleva for putting it in the places. I want to thank Kenneth Miles and Walt Holliday and the staff. They do a tremendous job. I just wanted to mention that.

On to Tennessee. Great place to play in the Neyland Stadium. I spent a year there, thought it was a wonderful time. We’re going to expect a very tough contest from a very talented Tennessee team. I understand that there’s an interim coach there. I don’t understand what happened. I don’t pay much attention to it.

I know they’re going to be emotionally ready. I know Brady Hoke as a coach. I have a lot of respect for him. I know he’ll have his team ready to go. But it’s not going to be about them; it’s going to be about us and how we prepare this week.

A little bit about Arkansas game. I thought it was a very first-class halftime for Veterans Day. I have a lot of friends, their daddies are deceased, who were at that game, veterans. And I know a lot of you had family there. I thought the halftime presentation for Veterans Day was awesome. So I thought it was a first-class event.

Proud of the team. Second year in a row we beat Arkansas after a loss to Alabama. Tough deal. And guys did a great job. Great mindset, great preparation. I was proud of them.

Some of the offensive positives, scoring opening drive second half set the tempo. It’s what we talked about at halftime. Scoring 26 points in the second half. Obviously really big.

Great ball security. I think we are second in the nation in the least turnovers given, which is excellent by our staff. And we made big plays, especially the plays to DJ Chark. Excellent.

On defense we played physical. Started fast on defense. Great mindset. We won the third down. We had 67 percent of third down, 10 of 15. Forced the turnover to end the game. I know Dave wanted to end that game. He was pushing that defense. And he got it done.

We forced six punts, had two fourth down stops. And first down was critical for us, won 54 percent of the time. On special teams, we struggled in field goal kicking and extra point kicking, which is obvious. But our kickoff coverage was fantastic.

We accepted the challenge. We had six kickoffs with a 18.7-yard average. That first kickoff, we chose to kick there so they would be returning the kick into the sun and it worked. The guy bobbed a snap. Great job by our staff on deciding which way to kick.

Won the field position battle. Their drives started on the 21 yard line. For us it was the 32 yard line. And we had 0 penalties on special teams.

Overall we knew Arkansas was going to fight. Give credit to Coach Bielema and his football team, a school we all have respect for. But I was proud in the last two years we beat Arkansas. That was a good win.

On to Tennessee. Offensively they’re a spread. They’re averaging about 300 yards a game, 20 points per game. Their tight end is one of the best players, Ethan Wolf, No. 82. Tight end hurt us against Arkansas, so we have to be ready for the tight end plays against this week.

Trey Smith, offensive linemen, is a top offensive linemen, probably a first- or second-round draft pick, we have a lot of respect for. We’ll be watching him more, studying him all week.

Jarrett Guarantano, quarterback, we expect him to play, he’s been injured, we expect him to play. Marquez Callaway made a big catch on the (indiscernible) route. Big wide receiver. And John Kelly, No. 4, he’s a tough runner. He’s explosive.

On defense, they have five returning starters. They’re giving up 36 yards per game. They’re a 4-3 defense. They’re fast and physical. A lot of players on that defense I’ve tried to recruit. Nigel Warrior is one of the best players in the SEC. Good players there.

Special teams, they have a great punter in Trevor Daniels and a great kickoff returner, freshman, No. 3, Ty Chandler. We’re going to work on us this week, tell-the-truth Monday.

I’m going to get after it, have a great mindset and lock in on to Tennessee to finish a great season, one at a time — not a great season, a good season — one game at a time.

These kids deserve a finish to a real good season. And we’re going to work hard on that and Tennessee is our next opponent.

Q. Coach Hoke talked about this morning that he’s going to tweak some things and he’s closed practice to the media this week. How is it to prepare for maybe a game plan that might be changed a little bit?
COACH ORGERON: Can’t change much, obviously. I’ve been there. Obviously they’re going to tweak some things. He’s going to put his spin on it. I know he’s going to do a good job.

But every game you’ve got new plays, new formations. We’re just going to have to adjust. We’re not going to spend all week trying to figure it out, nothing like that. We’re going to study what they do best. We’re going to stop those plays.

The things that they tweak, we’re going to have to make adjustments on the sideline.

Q. I guess you would know better than anyone how an interim coach can inspire a team, sometimes like at Florida it’s not working. But how can you get ready for a team that could be playing a little more emotional, a little more inspired?
COACH ORGERON: They’re going to play over their head. I know this guy. He was a defensive line coach. Inspiring guy. He’ll get them fired up.

But we can’t worry about that. Every team that plays LSU is fired up. I think anytime you go into Neyland Stadium with that crowd, go play a great team like Tennessee, you’ve got to expect their best. All they can do is give their best. We expect their best.

Q. This is going to be the first time a lot of your guys have been in Neyland Stadium. And it’s a rowdy stadium. A lot of “Rocky Top” going on. How do you prepare them for that?
COACH ORGERON: We’re going to play crowd noise. But I’ll play “Rocky Top” — we’ll get tired of hearing “Rocky Top” all week.

Although, it was a good song and I enjoyed it while I was there. They do a great job. But we’ll play crowd noise. I think we have a team that’s maturing. The road games that we’ve won — Florida, they played a lot of music there. Ole Miss played a lot of music there. So we’re going to rely on our experiences. But this is going to be a different experience. We’re going to have to go through it.

Q. You said after the game on Saturday that Arden was dealing with a few minor injuries. Do you expect him to practice this week?
COACH ORGERON: He’s questionable. Arden will be questionable this week.

Q. Devin White is the SEC defensive player of the week third time this season. How does he impact the team as a leader both on and off the field?
COACH ORGERON: Devin, on Sunday morning, when I get there, her’s one of the first players I see and he wants to know: Coach, how can I be a better leader? Tell me the things that we need to do.

After the Troy game, he was the first guy there. I met with the team. He leads by example. He’s a great student. He’s never on the list of missing class. But guys respect him by his play. And I can’t say enough good things about Devin White. Although he’s a sophomore, he’s a great linebacker, one of the best linebackers I’ve been around.

Q. Be it this week or the end of this year or next year, whatever, do you think that the formula of ball security, run play defense is something that you’re going to have to do consistently to win games on the road?
COACH ORGERON: No question. Here’s the deal: Our ball security has been good on offense. We’re not causing enough turnovers.

And that’s something that we’re going to address, something I talked to Dave about. And it’s a mindset. And we have the athletes to do it. And I believe we’re plus three right now, which is an improvement over last year. We were zero at the end of the year.

But when you get into the plus 12 and the plus 13 categories, that’s when you win a lot of games. You’re exactly right. Ball security is the key.

One of the formulas we have here, we can run the football. When you can run the football, play good special teams, play great defense, have great ball security, win games.

Q. Is DJ still showing you what you want to see on punt returns, or is there anything he needs to work on?
COACH ORGERON: It’s not about him at all. There’s a couple of things — we tried a couple of blocks. In fact, we tried to block the first one, came about that close. But it doesn’t matter.

We’ve got to do a good enough job of giving him some room to return. Obviously the first one, he bobbed it. And thank God that we got it. But we have utmost confidence in him.

We have to do a better job of holding our guy up at the line of scrimmage and getting guys out of his face to give him some room. We have a wall return, we have a middle return, but it’s holding the guy up so he can catch the ball and get north and south. We haven’t done that well in the last couple of weeks.

Q. What kind of example does Will Clapp set for this team as a player, with his character, on and on?
COACH ORGERON: Will is one of my favorite players. Favorite story — because his dad was so tough. And we still show — Pete still has film of Tommy Clapp, and the boys love it. They love it. And he was tough. And his son is the same way: Tough.

Every week he has a different injury. I don’t think he misses a practice. He don’t say a word. And he’s a leader.

This week they played the 3-4 and we single blocked the nose tackle every down, with Will. He did a tremendous a job. He’s a great player.

Q. Is K.J. any closer to rejoining the team?
COACH ORGERON: Very questionable this week.

Q. You made reference Saturday after the game, Derrius Guice liking to see those five- and six-yard runs he’s had. You’ve mentioned that a few times throughout the season. Is that something that he’s sort of bought into more or is there a different approach that you’re seeing from him?
COACH ORGERON: Yeah, I think it sends a message of physical football. When I watched LSU and I played against LSU, coached against LSU, they always had that physical mentality that, hey, man, we’re coming after you, see if you can stop it.

And he’s done that several times. And when he does that, I think it uplifts the team. One of my favorite runs since I’ve been coach here was Leonard’s run against Ole Miss. And that hit he made on the safety on the sideline changed the whole course of the game.

Those runs, those tough runs send a signal that says it’s going to be a physical football game.

Q. I know Austin Thomas spent a lot of time at Tennessee, recruiting for you. You got a couple of good Tennessee freshmen on the team. How important is that state when it comes to recruiting?
COACH ORGERON: Really important. There’s a lot of players in Memphis. Obviously getting Jacob and JaCoby, two five stars out of Tennessee last year, two great men, was important for us. Austin Thomas got both of those guys. He knows Tennessee in and out.

There’s a lot of guys on Tennessee we want now, 2019 that we are on. And then you know Knoxville is two hours from Atlanta. And we do a good job of recruiting Atlanta. So hopefully all those guys go to the game this week.

Q. I’ve been watching LSU football since 1931. And I thought the game you guys played against Louisville was as good overall football game I’ve ever seen an LSU team play. Played similarly in the second half against Arkansas. But there’s a movement around to try to make football safer. You can make it safer but you can’t make it safe. And there’s a recommendation that kids don’t play tackle football until they’re 12 years old, which is about the age I started to play sandlot ball. But I noticed in the Pro Bowl they don’t return kickoffs. And you didn’t have any returns in your spring game. And you haven’t returned a kickoff or touchdown but you had two punt returns, one against Chattanooga wasn’t that big but the one against Auburn was huge. So my question is: Would you be in favor of eliminating kickoff returns?
COACH ORGERON: No. I have a four-letter word in front of that, then no. (Laughter) No. No. I love the physicality of football.

I want to say this to you, you know I understand the safety and stuff like that, and I’m all for it. But we grew up in the backyard playing football. Since we were four, five six years old, playing tackle football. And I thought it was good for us. Football is a great sport.

Q. Can you tell me a little bit about Tory Carter, the fullback? Speaking of kickoff return. I saw him lay some people out and everybody just seems to feed off his energy.
COACH ORGERON: He turned out to be a tremendous player for us. And on that kickoff, he put two people on the ground as hard as he could. He’s done a good job. And he’s done it several times. He’s tough. He’s playing good football for us.

He’s a tough, physical blocker. Can catch the ball. Young man out of south Georgia. I don’t know if he had any Division I scholarships. We offered him a scholarship. I think he had one scholarship at Georgia Southern. He’s a good football player for us right now. He loves the game. He’s a throwback.

Q. Sticking with kickoffs, Cameron Gamble is probably the only specialist here who hasn’t really been thrown back into a competition once he got the starting job so far. Where is your confidence in him, what has he shown you to instill that confidence?
COACH ORGERON: We worked hard in the off week on changing the steps and it worked. It worked. He did a good job of kicking the ball against Alabama and then he reverted back this week. He’s been inconsistent. But for the most part he’s done a good job. But I was proud of our kickoff unit. We made some changes in our personnel.

Ray Thornton was one. He did a good job. 44 was another one. And I think that we need to continue to work with Gamble and he continues to get better. I don’t think we have any other options.

Q. Used to talk about when you ran the scout squad, you see Danny Etling and DJ Chark making their move. What were your memories of Russell Gage and how he moved his way to where he is now?
COACH ORGERON: Quiet. Come to work every day, just smile. Just do his work.

We’re not going to announce MVPs or anything like that this time of year, but if you look at MVP, most valuable player on offense, special teams, it would be him and DJ Chark, the way they’re playing, the contribution they’re making.

Russell Gage is all over the special teams film. He’s unbelievable. He’s on kickoff team. He does all the things we want him to do. He does the dirty work, having a tremendous season. I’m so proud of him.

Q. You guys have been on the road so far a couple of times this season. Done pretty well so far. What have you learned game by game as you go on the road? Have you picked up any positives or earned something new?
COACH ORGERON: Well, this team is a young football team. I learned that after we lost heartbreaking loss there, we had to treat them different than the last team.

When we go on the road, we go to dinner. We go straight to team meetings. And we go to bed. We wake up the next day, keep them in meetings. This is a young team.

And I think we’ve gotten better. Our focus has been better. With an older team, sometimes you give them a break and go to a movie and have some fun. But this team couldn’t handle it. It was different. Not that they couldn’t handle it in the future. But I think that’s one of the things we’ve done different on the road.

We play crowd noise. And obviously this affects the offense more. But we like to use the opposing stadium crowd noise as a motivation to us.

When you stand on the sideline and they’re cheering and it’s loud, we try to use that as an uplifting deal for us. So that’s what we’re going to do.

Q. When you took over at Southern Cal as interim coach, emotionally for you, what was different from you when you had been a head coach at Ole Miss, what was the difference?
COACH ORGERON: Obviously you get a second chance. It’s like a temporary second chance. But there was a lot of things I wanted to change, and I did. I changed them. I looked at myself in the mirror and said you gotta do it. One thing to say you’re going to do it; but when you get it, you have to do it.

In the heat of the fire, you’ve got to remain the person you want to be. And we did that. The first thing I did at Southern Cal is I got a rope and got us all to pull on it and got on the same side.

I think that was the biggest thing: When teams aren’t playing well, you’ve got to get them to play as a team. You’ve got to control the things inside that you can control.

Q. Hitting the deep ball on Saturday against Arkansas, two big ones to DJ, is that the most confidence you’ve seen Danny play this season?
COACH ORGERON: Yes. And I’m going to say, Danny before the game was hurt. And Jack came to me and said this is going to be tough today. And I said we believe in Danny and he’s going to get it done.

The first half, it wasn’t pretty. It was 7 to 7, went in at halftime, and I looked at Danny and said we believe in you. You’re going to get it done. Let’s go. He had a tremendous game.

We believe in Danny and the positives he brings to the football team. He’s one of the toughest guys. He’s a silent leader. He wants to win. And those deep balls to DJ, tremendous protection, tremendous throw by him, but tremendous route by DJ. DJ’s footwork on both of those routes were outstanding.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you.

Tulane Football’s Marbley Earns Two Defensive Player of the Week Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Coming off his performance in Tulane football’s 31-24 overtime victory at ECU, senior linebacker Rae Juan Marbley has been named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the week by the conference office and College Sports Madness.

Marbley totaled 12 tackles in the game and came up big when the Green Wave needed it most. He was credited with three tackles on ECU’s overtime drive that was stopped short of the goal line. The Destrehan, La., native was in on the tackle of ECU’s Hussein Howe for no gain with redshirt junior defensive end Robert Kennedy on the third play of the Pirates’ drive. Two plays later on first and goal from the three-yard line,Marbley stopped Howe for a one-yard gain. Two plays later, he stopped Devin Anderson for a one-yard gain on third and goal from the two-yard line. Marbley added a personal single-game best 2.0 tackles for loss to go along with two quarterback hurries in Tulane’s first-ever win at ECU.

On the season, Marbley leads the Wave with 80 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries. His two sacks and one pass breakup this season are the firsts of his career.

Tulane plays its final home game of 2017 on Saturday, as the Green Wave host Houston for Senior Day. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. on ESPNews.

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LSU Linebacker Devin White named SEC defensive player of the week–Once again

The Tigers’ very own Devin White is having a phenomenal season and we all could not be more proud of him!

The SEC named LSU linebacker Devin White a defensive player of the week for the third time this season for his 14 tackles Saturday in the 33-10 victory against Arkansas.

White, a sophomore, was named the top defensive player in the SEC in previous weeks for his play against Florida and Auburn.

He had his sixth double-digit tackle game against Arkansas and ran his SEC leading tackles to 103, an average of 10.3 per contest.

Next for LSU is a 6 p.m. Central time Saturday game at Tennessee.

Tulane Football Wins Overtime Thriller at ECU, 31-24

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Junior quarterback Jonathan Banks found the end zone on a 16-yard keeper on fourth down in overtime and the defense held on with a goal line stand, as Tulane football defeated ECU, 31-24, Saturday night in front of a crowd of 36,178 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The Green Wave (4-6, 2-4 American Athletic Conference | West) stopped a four-game slide and picked up the first road win of the season, while winning at ECU for the first time in program history.

Senior running back Dontrell Hilliard led the way with a career-high 189 yards on a career-high 28 carries, scoring two touchdowns. He hit the century mark for the fourth time this season, and the ninth time in his career. Banks tallied 96 rushing yards and two scores, including the game-winner.

Defensively, senior linebacker Rae Juan Marbley and junior linebacker Zachery Harris each recorded double-digit tackles, with 12 and 10 stops, respectively. Redshirt junior cornerback Donnie Lewis Jr. tallied a career-high six pass breakups, and redshirt senior cornerback Parry Nickerson picked off the 14th interception of his career.

On the overtime possession, Tulane reached the ECU 16-yard line, but faced a fourth-and-1 situation. The Green Wave elected to go for it and Banks faked the handoff and raced 16 yards for the touchdown to give the Wave a 31-24 lead after the point after.

On the alternate possession, the Pirates (2-8, 1-5 American Athletic Conference | East) advanced to the Tulane three-yard line with first-and-goal, before a pair of stops by Marbley and an incomplete pass made it fourth down at the one-yard line. The defense held on, as redshirt junior defensive end Robert Kennedy was credited with the fourth-down tackle short of the goal line, giving the Green Wave the victory.

The Pirates forced overtime with a touchdown on a nine-yard pass from Gardner Minshew to Deondre Farrier. The score, which knotted the game at 24-24, left 0:36 on the clock.

Tulane led 17-14 at the half, and extended that lead to 24-14 at the end of the third quarter on a 26-yard touchdown run by Hilliard. The run came two plays after the Wave successfully ran a fake punt, when junior quarterback Glen Cuiellette faked a pooch punt on fourth-and-11, and connected with sophomore wide receiver Darnell Mooney for a first down. The 66-yard drive took 10 plays and 4:40 off the clock.

ECU pulled within 24-17 at the 12:18 mark of the fourth quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Jake Verity.

Tulane outgained ECU, 446-389 in total yardage. The Green Wave rushed for 325 yards and passed for 121, while the Pirates totaled 228 passing yards and 161 rushing yards.

Tulane took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in 14 plays, scoring on a two-yard run by Banks. The quarterback run came two plays after Hilliard plunged ahead for a five-yard gain on fourth-and-two at the ECU 7. It was the first opening-possession touchdown for the Green Wave since Oct. 7 against Tulsa.

The Pirates responded with a touchdown on their first possession, scoring on a two-yard run by Darius Pinnix. ECU took 12 plays to go 75 yards to tie the game, 7-7.

After trading a pair of punts Tulane and ECU once again scored back-to-back touchdowns to make it a 14-14 game. Hilliard bounced off traffic at the line of scrimmage and raced 60 yards to the end zone on the first play of the drive to give the Wave a 14-7 lead. The Pirates then tied the game on a 25-yard run by Hussein Howe with 6:13 to play in the half.

The Green Wave then elapsed 5:43 to drive 67 yards to take the lead on a 26-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Merek Glover with 0:30 left in the half. Tulane held a 17-14 advantage at the break.

Tulane plays its final home game of 2017 next Saturday, as the Green Wave host Houston for Senior Day. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. on ESPNews.

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A Look into the Future: Iota Bulldogs

This year at LGF, we will be taking a look at the senior class of some Louisiana high schools and taking a look at their potential to play at the next level. Categories for each position are measured on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being well above average and 1 being well below average. We continue with the senior class of the Iota Bulldogs.

 

Brett Clay WR 6-0 165lbs

 

Decent hands. Speed is an issue. Good blocker. Uses his size to attack the ball in the air. Future Outlook: D3 WR

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Kaleb Guillory RB 5-7 185lbs

 

Good hands. Catches the ball out of the backfield well. Speed is OK. Hits the hole well but does run upright. Pass blocking is very good. Also plays tight end. Future Outlook: D3 RB/TE

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Chaynery Johnson WR 5-7 160lbs

 

Very good hands, catches the ball away from his body. Attacks the ball at its highest point. Competes every play. Good at running after the catch and making defenders miss tackles. Route running needs work. Kick returner is a plus. Future Outlook: D2 WR

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Hunter Andrus LB

 

Strong, physical player. Takes on OL head on when they are trying to block him. Read and react linebacker. Will need to learn how to maneuver/shed blockers that he cant overpower. Good speed. Future Outlook: D2 LB

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Levi Manuel LB 5-11 195lbs

 

Read and react linebacker. Good at avoiding blocks but needs to work on getting off blocks when they get to him. Sure tackler and plays well in coverage. Uses speed to his advantage. Future Outlook: FBS/D2 LB

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Garret Broussard OL 5-9 185lbs

 

Strong, Athletic lineman. They like to run behind him but also to let him release and lead block on screen plays. Likes to attack and sometimes does not get a good set when pass blocking. Leans forward and doesn’t use hands as well as you would like. Future Outlook: D3 OL

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LSU GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH OF 90 PERCENT

BATON ROUGE – The success of LSU student-athletes in the classroom reached a new milestone Wednesday as the University scored an all-time high of 90 percent in the most recent Graduation Success Rate released by the NCAA.

LSU’s 90 percent rating was up two points from last year’s mark of 88 and it marked the eighth time in nine years the school’s performance improved from the previous year. The 90 percent GSR rating is up a staggering 21 points since vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva took over at LSU.

“This is a championship-caliber achievement,” Alleva said. “When we talk about excellence in all things, this is what we mean.”

“Since the day I got here nearly 10 years ago, we have placed heavy emphasis on not just improving our performance in the classroom but leading the way. We don’t want to follow or be average, we want to lead the pack and we are well on our way to doing that in relatively short period of time.”

“It’s our goal to raise the standard here at LSU every single year.”

And that’s just what LSU has done. When Alleva joined LSU in 2008, the school reported a GSR score of 69 percent. Since then, LSU’s steady climb to its current score of 90 ranks as the best improvement in the Southeastern Conference over that span.

“The graduation rate wasn’t acceptable,” Alleva said of LSU’s rate when he joined the Tiger staff. “We challenged each other, we poured resources into the program and we put great people in place to lead, mentor and educate our student-athletes who have since worked hard to make this happen. It’s come together now and we’re seeing the results and those results will change lives for generations to come.”

“This honor goes to our student-athletes who don’t always get the credit they deserve for not only working long hours to represent our university on the field of play, but spending even more hours pursuing success in the classroom. This is their achievement

Five sports led LSU with perfect score of 100 – men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s golf, women’s tennis and volleyball.

In addition to LSU’s five perfect scores, football, men’s basketball and baseball all recorded all-time high GSR scores for the school. LSU’s nationally-ranked football team registered a 78, significantly higher than the national average of 44 percent.

LSU’s baseball team scored a 95, while the men’s basketball program recorded a score of 82 percent, both well above the federal average of 29 and 38 percent respectively for each of those sports.

Additionally, seven other sports scored 92 percent or higher led by men’s swimming and diving and women’s track at 96 percent followed by baseball, women’s soccer and women’s swimming and diving at 95 percent. Women’s basketball and the NCAA runner-up gymnastics team round out the LSU teams above 90 at 93 percent.

“Scoring a 90 percent in the GSR is no small feat,” LSU Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Executive Director Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes Kenneth Miles said. “Success like this happens by design, not by accident. We understand that it takes a village to graduate one student-athlete.

“We have unwavering support from Academic Affairs, the LSU Athletic Department and the Tiger Athletic Foundation, and we certainly appreciate their efforts towards reaching our goals. Our student-athletes are to be applauded for their dedication to academics and their commitment to earning a degree.”

These scores provide proof that LSU is putting its student-athletes on the right track for success after their college careers have been completed.

“The vast majority of student-athletes will not compete professionally in sports,” Alleva said. “Our job is to prepare them as best we can for that next step. A degree and the knowledge and skills associated with earning that degree are invaluable.”

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing.  The outgoing transfers are included in the receiving institution’s GSR cohort.

The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2007-2008 through 2010-11. The NCAA began compiling these figures with the entering freshmen class of 1995.

Thursday Night Football’ Moves to NBC for Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

​​Seahawks-Cardinals Thursday at 8:25 PM ET on NBC, NFL Network & Amazon Prime Video​

‘TNF GameDay’ Live at 6:00 PM ET

The 2017 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues Thursday, November 9 when the Arizona Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks in a NFC West divisional matchup at 8:25 PM ET on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video.

Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth, along with Heather Cox call the action from University of Phoenix Stadium. Seahawks-Cardinals is the first of five consecutive Thursday Night Football games which will be broadcast on NBC, simulcast on NFL Network and streamed on Amazon Prime Video (NBC will also televise the Thanksgiving night game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins on Thursday, November 23).

At 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, TNF GameDay previews the Seahawks-Cardinals matchup from outside University of Phoenix Stadium, with host Rich Eisen and analysts Marshall FaulkMichael Irvin and Steve Mariucci. Additionally, Kurt Warner will join the show from Arizona to provide his thoughts on the game.

Featured this week on TNF GameDay is the next installment of NFL Media’s new series Life After Football, which profiles former NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin and the work he is doing surrounding criminal justice reform.

At 7:30 PM ET on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, Football Night in Arizona airs from inside University of Phoenix Stadium with host Liam McHugh and analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison providing the final say leading up to kick-off between Seahawks-Cardinals. 

At halftime, Eisen, Dungy and Harrison break down the first half. Immediately following the game, the postgame show airs live from University of Phoenix Stadium on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video with Eisen, Faulk, Irvin and Mariucci providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

Additional postgame coverage continues at 1:00 AM ET from Los Angeles with Chris RoseWillie McGinestDavid Carr and DeMarcus Ware on NFL Total Access: Endgame.

The entire 18-game NFL Network schedule will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. Learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF. An audio broadcast of the game is available on SiriusXM, TuneIn & Westwood One Radio Sports.

Thursday Night Football is available in Spanish via SAP (Secondary Audio Program) with Roberto Abramowitz calling the action on NFL Network.

Once again, the NFL and Nike have teamed to light up Thursday Night Football with the return of NFL Color Rush, featuring bold, full-color uniforms inspired by current and historic team colors and designs. All of the NFL’s proceeds from the sale of Color Rush jerseys go directly to the NFL Foundation to fund youth health, safety and wellness programs around the country. To learn more go to www.NFLShop.com/ColorRush.

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