July 22, 2017
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LA High School Football

Diamond in the Rough: Doryan Harris

I normally do not promote underclassmen because I do not believe in making superstars out of high school football players. I consider myself a purist when it comes to the sport of football. When I start to look an athlete, I first want to know that he is a senior. In certain cases I do make exceptions however, when I see great talent and no other publicity about the athlete. I know from experience that if the college coaches do not know about athletes early on, then it is difficult to get scholarships to these young men. So in certain cases I do make exceptions to my own rule.

U-Highs 2019 class is shaping up to be one of the best recruiting classes in recent history. University High, or as it is locally known U-High, is nestled on LSU’s beautiful campus. Last week I interviewed Donald Berniard Jr from U-High, and I feel as though he could be one of the top recruits in the 2019 class. This week I met with Doryan Harris who could be one of the top slot receivers in the same class. Doryan is 16 years old and will be starting his junior year this fall. He currently has a 3.1 GPA and says that he wants to go to college to be an Orthopedic Surgeon. Doryan caught me off guard today when he said that he wanted to play at Oregon State. He said that he is a huge fan of Brandon Cooks and as a fellow undersized receiver he models his game after. With two years of high school left, Doryan has time to still fill out. He is currently 5’8″ tall and weighs 160 lbs. With his size 1

+1 shoe, I think he still has room to grow.

Doryan has been playing football since he was 5 years old. “He was always the best player on the feild as a kid, so I encouraged him to pursue football,” said Erin Harris, Doryan’s dad, “He was just so fast in youth ball that he always played with the older kids.”

This past year, Doryan lettered both in football and basketball. As a sophomore, Doryan was 2nd team All-District  as a slot receiver. He had 520 yards receiving with 4 touchdowns, and 332 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns. Doryan also lead the team with 22 special team tackles.

Doryan works with Skyler Green, former LSU national champion and NFL wide receiver, as well as Marlon Favorite, former LSU national champion and NFL super bowl champion defensive lineman. “Doryan is very versatile on the field,” said Marlon. “He does it all. He is dedicated, a quick learner, and he brings the element of making people miss. It is a pleasure to work with Doryan; he has become a quarterback favorite,” said Marlon.

Doryan has attended camps at University of Louisiana, West Florida, University of Houston so far this summer. He has also participated in LSU’s 7 on 7 competition. Doryan has visited with Samford and Rice as well.

Doryan said,”I feel that I a am a great team player because I am always helping the younger guys learn the plays, and when my team mates need help in the classroom, they always come to me. When my team is down, I help motivate my team and pick them up so we can win on and off the field.”

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Playing for Bay Bay: LSU Coach Offers Change of Pace

Written By:  Paul Angelle

photo by Buddy Delahoussaye– during the first half of a SEC game between Missouri and the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge on Saturday October 1, 2016.

It was 1988 and Ed Orgeron, a graduate assistant football coach at the University of Arkansas, had just learned he got a job coaching defensive linemen for Hall of Fame Coach Jimmy Johnson at the University of Miami. He was told to be there the next day, but his car at the time was leaking oil.

“I stopped at the shop,” laughs the always animated Orgeron.  “I got myself a six pack of oil and a case of beer and I was off to south Florida.”

After one of the coaches meetings, Johnson told Orgeron that he wanted to see him in his office.  The new coach fumbled to pick up his notebooks, and the head coach explained, “I don’t want you to bring your books… come talk to me.”

In his office, Johnson said, “Ed, I want you to learn something from me today.”

Then he asked, “Do you want to be a great coach?”

“Yes Sir,” Orgeron replied.

“Then get great players,” Johnson commanded.

“You got it,” Orgeron said as the meeting was over.

While it might seem obvious that success on the field is usually proportional to the ability and skill of the players… but Johnson was communicating more than that, and Orgeron was all ears.

“Ever since then I’ve been on a mission,” says Orgeron.  “I understand it’s about the players – not about the coaches.

“You’ve got to be a good coach, but you can’t do it without great players,” adds Orgeron.

Orgeron, sometimes called Bay Bay, Coach O or Ed Jr., learned how to coach on the field as he was part of a two-time national championship run at Miami under Johnson.  He learned about the right intensity and he learned the art of making players believe in their coach.

Speaking of great players, Orgeron had a few in Miami.  He had Russell Maryland, Cortez Kennedy, Warren Sapp and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

“One day after practice coming off the field I said, ‘Dwayne (Johnson), you’re terrible… You should go be a wrestler or something,’ He took that good

photo by Buddy Delahoussaye– during the first half of a SEC game between Missouri and the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge on Saturday October 1, 2016.

advice,” says Orgeron smiling.

Orgeron has always been considered a players’ coach, and is hard to beat as a recruiter, but when he was hired as a defensive line coach in 2015 he had already decided to “flip the script” on his experiences.

He decided to take inventory of his experiences… cataloging success and failures and making sure he learned from both.  That came in handy when LSU relieved Head Coach Les Miles of his employment during the 2016 season, and named Orgeron interim Head Coach.  

After winning five of the remaining seven games, Orgeron was named as the “permanent” head coach in time to lead LSU to victory in the Citrus Bowl over Louisville.

Orgeron quickly became popular with the players when he shortened practices and increased film study.  He lives by the philosophy that, not only must a coach identify, evaluate and assist a player… A coach must develop every player.

“They gotta get better when they get on your campus,” says Orgeron.

LSU’S ED ORGERON HEADED TO ESPN CAR WASH IN BRISTOL

BATON ROUGE – LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron will travel to Bristol, Connecticut and spend Wednesday on ESPN’s campus for the “Car Wash”. Orgeron will participate in nearly 25 interviews during his trip to the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

 

Orgeron will actually start his ESPN “Car Wash” experience tonight as he will tape a segment for SportsCenter that will air following the Yankees vs. Twins game on ESPN. Orgeron’s interview is expected to air sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight tonight.

 

On Wednesday, Orgeron will start the day with a live appearance on Mike & Mike at 7:30 a.m. Mike & Mike can be seen on ESPN2 or heard on ESPN Radio.

 

Other highlights of Oregon’s day at ESPN include a live appearance on SportsCenter:AM at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN followed by appearing live on First Take at 9:40 a.m., also on ESPN.

 

Coach “O” will be a guest on SportsCenter on ESPN2 at 10:15 a.m. followed by a taped interview with Paul Finebaum. Orgeron’s interview with Finebaum will be aired later that day.

 

Orgeron will be a radio guest with Stephen A. Smith at 1:15 p.m. followed by an appearance on the Ryen Russillo Show at 1:30 p.m. Both of those interviews will air live on ESPN Radio.

 

After an afternoon spot on SportsCenter, Coach “O” concludes his day with a taping on College Football Live, which will air tomorrow between 4 and 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

 

The following is a look at Orgeron’s “Car Wash” Schedule:

Tuesday, July 18th

8:30 p.m.              SportsCenter – (ESPN) Airing on ESPN following Yankees/Twins game

 

Wednesday, July 19th

7:30 a.m.               Mike & Mike (ESPN2)

8:30 a.m.               SportsCenter:AM (ESPN)

9:40 a.m.               First Take (ESPN)

10:15 a.m.            SportsCenter (ESPN2)

10:40 a.m.            The Paul Finebaum Show (ESPN Radio)

11:30 a.m.            Coast to Coast (ESPN)

1:15 p.m.              Stephen A Smith Radio (ESPN Radio)

1:30 p.m.              The Ryen Russillo Show (ESPN Radio)

3:30 p.m.              Highly Questionable (ESPN)

5 p.m.                    College Football Live (ESPN2)

6 p.m.                    SportsCenter (ESPNews)

SLU Places Four on Preseason All-Southland Teams

HAMMOND, La. – Four student-athletes represented Southeastern Louisiana on the 2017 Southland Conference Football Preseason All-Conference Teams, which were announced by the league office.

 

The Lions named to the team were junior running back Julius Maracalin, senior linebacker Sione Teuhema, senior defensive back Max Lyons and senior offensive lineman Travis Romero. Maracalin represented SLU on the first team, while the other three were second team choices.

 

Maracalin was a second team All-Southland Conference choice after leading Southeastern with 747 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. The Plaquemine, Louisiana native put together three straight 100-yard performances in the final month of the season, rushing for 444 yards and five touchdowns in wins over UIW, Abilene Christian and Nicholls.

 

Lyons, an honorable mention All-Southland performer in 2016, was an immediate impact performer in his debut season in Hammond. The Los Angeles, California native was second on the team with 73 tackles and led the conference with three fumble recoveries in his first season out of Santa Monica College.

 

While Lyons solidified the secondary in his first season, Teuhema added teeth to the Lion pass rush in his first season after transferring from LSU. The Keller, Texas native was a second team All-Southland pick last season, shaking off an early-season injury to record a team-high 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks in just eight games.

 

Romero has been a stalwart on the offensive line during his tenure in Hammond. The Manvel, Texas native has been named All-Southland each of the past two seasons. He will team with sophomore Shaq McClain and senior Michael Vick to give SLU a formidable interior offensive line.

 

Lyons and Romero will join head coach Ron Roberts in representing the program at the 2017 Southland Football Media Days, set for July 20 at the Hilton Americas in Houston. The press conferences and student-athlete interviews will air live on ESPN3. The Southeastern contingent will be featured from 1:15 – 1:40 p.m.

 

The Lions will officially report to campus on July 31 with the first practice set for August 1. Southeastern returns 47 letterwinners from a season ago, when SLU finished 7-4 overall and 7-2 in Southland Conference play. The Lions won six of their final seven games, including the last three contests of 2016.

 

Southeastern opens the 2017 season with a 6 p.m. contest at FBS in-state opponent UL Lafayette on Sept. 2. SLU will welcome Bethune-Cookman for a 7 p.m.contest on Sept. 9 to open up its five-game home schedule at Strawberry Stadium.

 

Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466.

 

2017 Southland Conference Football Preseason All-Conference Teams

 

First Team Offense

Pos. – Name – School – Ht. – Wt. – Cl. – Hometown

QB – Jeremiah Briscoe – Sam Houston State – 6-3 – 225 – Sr. – Houston, Texas

RB – Julius Maracalin – Southeastern Louisiana – 6-0 – 215 – Jr. – Plaquemine, La.

RB – Corey Avery – Sam Houston State – 5-10 – 195 – Sr. – Dallas, Texas

TE/HB – Lawayne Ross – McNeese – 6-0 – 255 – So. – Richwood, Texas

WR – Yedediah Louis – Sam Houston State – 5-8 – 180 – Sr. – New Orleans, La.

WR – Nathan Stewart – Sam Houston State – 5-11 – 175 – So. – Dallas, Texas

WR – Davion Davis – Sam Houston State – 5-11 – 180 – Jr. – Hutto, Texas

OL – Stockton Mallet – Central Arkansas – 6-3 – 307 – Sr. – Harrison, Ark.

OL – Chandler Arceneaux – Nicholls – 6-4 – 260 – Jr. – Bourg, La.

OL – Tyler Tezeno – Sam Houston State – 6-4 – 340 – Sr. – Spring, Texas

OL – John Cook – Central Arkansas – 6-4 – 319 – Jr. – Grenada, Miss.

OL – Josh Keith – Stephen F. Austin – 6-7 – 318 – Sr. – Katy, Texas

AP – Kody Edwards – UIW – 6-0 – 165 – Sr. – Mesquite, Texas

PK – Nik Grau – Abilene Christian – 6-1 – 230 – Sr. – Grapevine, Texas

 

First Team Defense

Pos. – Name – School – Ht. – Wt. – Cl. – Hometown

DL – P.J. Hall – Sam Houston State – 6-1 – 310 – Sr. – Seguin, Texas

DL – Sully Laiche – Nicholls – 6-2 – 255 – So. – Gramercy, La.

DL – John Franklin – Stephen F. Austin – 6-4 – 284 – Sr. – Greenville, Texas

DL – Cardell Best – Central Arkansas – 6-3 – 248 – Sr. – Little Elm, Texas

LB – Garrett Dolan – Houston Baptist – 6-2 – 240 – Jr. – Mont Belvieu, Texas

LB – Sam Denmark – Abilene Christian – 6-1 – 230 – Sr. – Las Cruces, N.M.

LB – Justin Johnson – Sam Houston State – 6-0 – 220 – Jr. – Converse, Texas

DB – Tremon Smith – Central Arkansas – 6-0 – 186 – Sr. – Anniston, Ala.

DB – George Odum – Central Arkansas – 6-2 – 190 – Sr. – Millington, Tenn.

DB – Andre Fuller – McNeese – 6-0 – 196 – Sr. – Monroe, La.

DB – Jaylon Lofton – Central Arkansas – 6-1 – 175 – Sr. – Forest, Miss.

DB – Christian Boutte – Nicholls – 6-0 – 190 – Sr. – Opelousas, La.

P – Patrick Ponder – Central Arkansas – 6-1 – 200 Sr. – Bay St. Louis, Miss.

KR – Jaylen Harris – Sam Houston State – 5-7 – 155 – So. – Cibolo, Texas

PR – Trae Hart – Stephen F. Austin – 5-11 – 175 – Sr. – Mesquite, Texas

 

Second Team Offense

Pos. – Name – School – Ht. – Wt. – Cl. – Hometown

QB – Hayden Hildebrand – Central Arkansas – 6-3 – 196 – Sr. – Bossier City, La.

RB – Remus Bulmer – Sam Houston State – 5-7 – 185 – Jr. – Missouri City, Texas

RB – Carlos Blackman – Central Arkansas – 6-1 – 228 – So. – Gosnell, Ark.

TE/HB – Kiki Hill – Stephen F. Austin – 6-2 – 235 – So. – Goliad, Texas

WR – Darious Crawley – McNeese – 5-11 – 190 – Sr. – Houston, Texas

WR – Tamrick Pace – Stephen F. Austin – 6-3 – 200 – So. – Brownsboro, Texas

WR – Kent Shelby – McNeese – 6-3 – 194 – Sr. – New Orleans, La.

OL – Travis Romero – Southeastern Louisiana – 6-3 – 320 – Sr. – Manvel, Texas

OL – Andy Dodd – McNeese – 6-4 – 300 – Gr. – Lindale, Ga.

OL – Mitchell Watanabe – Sam Houston State – 6-4 – 330 – Jr. – San Antonio, Texas

OL – Gilberto Garcia – Central Arkansas – 6-2 – 305 – Sr. – Morrilton, Ark.

OL – Ryan Hanley – Nicholls – 6-2 – 290 – Jr. – Metairie, La.

AP – Trae Hart – Stephen F. Austin – 5-11 – 175 – Sr. – Mesquite, Texas

PK – Alec Chadwick – Houston Baptist – 6-2 – 162 – Jr. – Valencia, Calif.

 

Second Team Defense

Pos. – Name – School – Ht. – Wt. – Cl. – Hometown

DL – Jammerio Gross-Whitaker – McNeese – 6-3 – 240 – Sr. – Shreveport, La.

DL – Lamont Alexander – Stephen F. Austin – 6-3 – 305 – Jr. – Nolanville, Texas

DL – Chris Terrell – Central Arkansas – 6-3 – 248 – So. – Pensacola, Fla.

DL – Chris Livings – McNeese – 6-2 – 210 – Jr. – Lake Charles, La.

LB – Sione Teuhema – Southeastern Louisiana – 6-4 – 260 – Sr. – Keller, Texas

LB – Allen Pittman – Nicholls – 5-11 – 205 – So. – St. Rose, La.

LB – Cody Moncure – Houston Baptist – 6-2 – 225 – Sr. – Richmond, Texas

DB – Max Lyons – Southeastern Louisiana – 5-10 – 175 – Sr. – Los Angeles, Calif.

DB – Dominique Hill – McNeese – 5-10 – 177 – Sr. – Mansfield, La.

DB – Rodney Randle Jr. – Lamar – 5-10 – 179 – Jr. – Beaumont, Texas

DB – Robert Hayes Jr. – UIW – 6-2 – 185 – So. – Slidell, La.

DB – Derek Broussard – Houston Baptist – 5-9 – 180 – Sr. – Beaumont, Texas

P – Christian Guzman – Houston Baptist – 5-11 – 185 – Sr. – Brookshire, Texas

KR – Alize Ward – Stephen F. Austin – 5-10 – 195 – So. – San Diego, Calif.

PR – Tremon Smith – Central Arkansas – 6-0 – 186 – Sr. – Anniston, Ala.

 

Football’s Parry Nickerson Named to Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List

Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Tulane football senior cornerback Parry Nickerson added another preseason honor this week, being named to the preseason watch list for the 2017 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award. One of the most coveted awards in college football, this award is given to the best defensive back in college football based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character.

Nickerson, a second-team All-American Athletic Conference and Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana selection a year ago, has previously received preseason honors from Phil Steele Publications and College Football News as well as being tabbed as a nominee for the 2017 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.

The Algiers, La., native enters his senior season with 133 total tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries (including one for a touchdown), one blocked field goal, 22 pass breakups and 10 interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown) to his credit. Last season, he tied for 21st in the nation and second in The American in passes defended with 13 (nine passes defended and four interceptions) and was fifth in the nation in interception return yards with 171. Off the field, Nickerson was a member of Tulane’s 3.0 Club in Fall 2016. Active in the community, he has visited patients at Tulane Children’s Hospital and participated in kids’ skills camps for Special Olympics Louisiana and New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award winner is selected from three finalists by a screening committee and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 7 on ESPN. The Thorpe Award banquet will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Oklahoma City.

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Dimond in the Rough: Donald Berniard JR

The game of football is sometimes a mystery. You can never know why things are a certain way or why some players are over looked at times. Why are some kids signed to big schools and better kids are forgotten about. Today I interviewed probably the best recruit for the 2019 class.

Donald “Biscuit” Berniard Jr is only 15 and is already a man amongst boys. A friend of mine forwarded his film to me and after watching it, I thought that it was a joke. Why would my friend want me to help a kid that was obviously getting national attention. But when Ben told me that Biscuit had only one offer from Jackson State, and FCS school, I was appalled.  So my next question was, what did he do? Was this kid a trouble maker or something? Ben told me no, that Donald was a great kid and a model citizen. He did, however, tell me that the film I had just watched was film of him when he was only 14 and a Sophomore. That’s right the following film is of Donald’s Sophomore season where he had 87 tackles, 2 blocked field goals, 3 sacks, 10 QB hurries, and 2 forced fumbles.

 

I spoke to Marlon Favorite, former Super Bowl Champion (Saints) and Nat

ional Champions (LSU) defensive lineman, about Donald and he said that he has been working with him for three years. “His biggest asset is his strength,” said Marlon “He is very disruptive in the middle of the line. His hands are way past advanced, because he performs on an All-State level.”   Marlon stated that  Donald reminds him of his former team mate, Charles Alexander.

Donald is 6’1” and weighs 280 pounds. He just set the new school record formally held by LSU lineman, Garrett Brumfeild, in the bench press with 410 LBS. Donald also squats 500 lbs. With all that strength, one would assume that he could be fast, well he runs a 4.89 forty yard dash.

Donald was 1st team All-District in 2016 for U-High in Baton Rouge. He is also listed as the Top Rising Defensive Lineman in Louisiana for 2019.

Donald has attended camps at LSU, Southern, University of Houston, Nicholls State, Louisiana College, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Southeastern, and University of Louisiana. He will be attending Tulane, West Florida, and Samford’s camps still this summer.

“Biscuit will be a household name after this fall,” said Marlon. “He is such a joy to watch on the field.”

Donald currently has a 3.45 GPA. He said that he someday wishes to be a Judge. I asked if there was any college that he wanted to play at and he stated that he really didn’t care. He wishes that he could attend LSU or Tulane but since they have yet to call he will play anywhere.

Donald said that his goals for this year is to make more sacks then last year, make All-S

tate team, win a State Championship, and become a better leader.

When asked what was his biggest accomplishment, he stated, “my biggest accomplishment is that I got to start on the varsity team last year. I felt that I was under rated, but when I was asked to start, I did not want to let my coaches and team down.” “I feel that I am a leader on and off the team. I am a reliable guy. When my team mates need help in class, they always come to me for help.”

“I am looking forward to playing Catholic, Mandeville, and Southern Lab this year,” said Donald. Each of those programs have great offensive lines, and he wants to see for himself how good he really is.

Donald’s dad accompanied him to my office today. His dad Donald “Coach Que” Berniard SR, has coached for 20-25 years here in the Baton Rouge area. Everything from youth ball to high school. Some of his most notable plaers are Darius Guice (LSU running back), Dylan Moses (Alabama linebacker), and Lavar Edwards (LSU/Carolina Panthers defensive end). Coach Que said, “If you don’t double team him (Donald JR), you cannot stop him.” ‘My son, when at home, watches a lot of film.”

I asked who is his favorite player and he was the first guy to ever answer me with three different names. He said, “I like Grady Jarrett from the Falcons (2.5 sacks in the Super Bowl) because he has very violent hands. I like Daylon Mack from Texas A&M because of his explosiveness. I also Like Vince Wilfork because he plays with a high motor for such a big guy. I also want to model myself like Vince.”

Tulane Football’s Parry Nickerson Named Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Nominee

Allstate & AFCA Release

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Tulane football senior cornerback Parry Nickerson was named among the 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football, by the Allstate Insurance Company and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

Nickerson, a second-team All-American Athletic Conference and Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana selection a year ago, enters his senior season with 133 total tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries (including one for a touchdown), one blocked field goal, 22 pass breakups and 10 interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown) to his credit. Off the field, the Algiers, La., native was a member of Tulane’s 3.0 Club in Fall 2016. Active in the community, Nickerson has visited patients at Tulane Children’s Hospital and participated in kids’ skills camps for Special Olympics Louisiana and New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.

The 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® will consist of a 22-player roster comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA. A special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will unveil the team in September from the initial list of 146 nominees.

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
Arizona State University – Tashon Smallwood
Arkansas State University – Blaise Taylor
Auburn University – Daniel Carlson
Baylor University – Taylor Young
Boise State University – Brett Rypien
Bowling Green State University – Nate Locke
Brigham Young University – Fred Warner
Clemson University – Christian Wilkins
Colorado State University – Zack Golditch
Duke University – Gabe Brandner
East Carolina University – Jimmy Williams
Florida State University – Mavin Saunders
Georgia Institute of Technology – Matthew Jordan
Georgia Southern University – Myles Campbell
Indiana University – Rashard Fant
Kansas State University – Dalton Risner
Louisiana State University – Danny Etling
Marshall University – Ryan Yurachek
Middle Tennessee State University – Brent Stockstill
Mississippi State University – Gabe Myles
North Carolina State University – A.J. Cole, III
Northwestern University – Justin Jackson
Ohio State University – J.T. Barrett
Oklahoma State University – Mason Rudolph
Old Dominion University – Josh Marriner
Pennsylvania State University – Brandon Smith
Rutgers University – Sebastian Joseph
San Jose State University – Nate Velichko
Southern Methodist University – Justin Lawler
Stanford University – Harrison Phillips
Syracuse University – Zack Mahoney
TCU – Shaun Nixon
Texas A&M University – Koda Martin
Texas State University – Gabe Schrade
Tulane University – Parry Nickerson
University of California, Los Angeles – Kenny Young
University of Alabama – Minkah Fitzpatrick
University of Alabama at Birmingham – Shaq Jones
University of Arkansas – Frank Ragnow
University of California, Berkeley – Raymond Davison
University of Central Florida – Shaquem Griffin
University of Connecticut – Vontae Diggs
University of Georgia – Aaron Davis
University of Houston – Steven Dunbar
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Nick Allegretti
University of Kansas – Joe Dineen, Jr.
University of Kentucky – Courtney Love
University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Grant Horst
University of Louisville – Lamar Jackson
University of Maryland, College Park – Adam Greene
University of Memphis – Spencer Smith
University of Miami – Demetrius Jackson
University of Minnesota – Eric Carter
University of Mississippi – Javon Patterson
University of Missouri – Corey Fatony
University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Chris Weber
University of Nevada, Reno – Austin Corbett
University of North Carolina – Austin Proehl
University of Notre Dame – Tyler Newsome
University of Oklahoma – Nick Basquine
University of Pittsburgh – Brian O’Neill
University of South Alabama – Tre Alford
University of Southern California – Jordan Austin
University of Tennessee – Todd Kelly, Jr.
University of Texas – Naashon Hughes
University of Texas at El Paso – Ryan Metz
University of Toledo – Cody Thompson
University of Tulsa – Willie Wright
University of Utah – Chase Hansen
University of Virginia – Quin Blanding
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Derrick Tindal
Utah State University – Jontrell Rocquemore
Vanderbilt University – Tommy Openshaw
Virginia Tech – Joey Slye
West Virginia University – Rob Dowdy
Western Kentucky University – Marcus Ward

 

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Amherst College – Reece Foy
Aurora University – Kurtis Chione
Berry College – Michael Wenclawiak
Bethel University (Minn.) – Josh Dalki
Butler University – Isaak Newhouse
Carnegie Mellon University – Sam Benger
Carson-Newman University – Antonio Wimbush
Chadron State College – Steven Allen
Chapman University – Diano Pachote
Colorado State University-Pueblo – Zach Boyd
Dakota State University – Jacob Giles
Davidson College – Ryan Samuels
East Stroudsburg University – Larry Mills
Eastern Kentucky University – Jeffrey Canady
Edinboro University – Ryan Stratton
Ferris State University – Jake Daugherty
Fordham University – Manny Adeyeye
Franklin & Marshall College – Tyler Schubert
Frostburg State University – Jordan Procter
Georgetown College (Ky.) – Kody Kasey
Grinnell College – Carson Dunn
Harding University – Gavin De Los Santos
Hillsdale College – Danny Drummond
James Madison University – Jonathan Kloosterman
Kalamazoo College – David Vanderkloot
Kennesaw State University – Luther Jones
Liberty University – Trey Turner
Manchester University – Jared Bourff
Marist College – Lawrence Dickens
Mercer University – Thomas Marchman
Michigan Technological University – Cayman Berg-Morales
Millersville University of Pennsylvania – Kevin Wiggins
Minot State University – Logan Gunderson
Mississippi College – Chris Manning
Montana State University – Mitchell Herbert
Moravian College – Nick Zambelli
Murray State University – Zach Shipley
Norfolk State University – Kyle Archie
North Greenville University – Johnny Burch
Northwestern College (Iowa) – Jacob Jenness
Notre Dame College – Justin Adamson
Ohio Dominican University – Austin Ernst
Ohio Wesleyan University – Jerry Harper
Peru State College – Gunnar Orcutt
Princeton University – Kurt Holuba
Saint Augustine’s University – Justin Shaw
Saint John’s University (Minn.) – Will Gillach
Samford University – Deion Pierre
South Dakota State University – Jake Wieneke
Southern Arkansas University – Stacy Lawrence
Southwestern Assemblies of God University – Stephen Lawson
Stephen F. Austin State University – Marlon Walls
Stonehill College – Jermel Wright
Susquehanna University – Tommy Bluj
Texas A&M University-Commerce – Luis Perez
The Catholic University of America – Patrick Vidal
The College of Wooster – Patrick Mohorcic
University of Chicago – Chandler Carroll
University of Mount Union – Alex Louthan
University of Puget Sound – Dwight Jackson
University of Saint Mary – Kyle Dougherty
University of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Matt Christenson
University of South Dakota – Stetson Dagel
Wartburg College – Matt Sacia
Wayne State University (Mich.) – Deiontae Nicholas
West Texas A&M University – Dillon Vaughan
Western Carolina University – Keion Crossen
Western New England University – Garrett Jones
Wingate University – Lawrence Pittman
Youngstown State University – Armand Dellovade

Yulman Stadium to Host First High School Football Game

St. Augustine, De La Salle to Clash Under the Lights

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane Athletics and St. Augustine High School announce today that Yulman Stadium is set to serve as the venue for the Purple Knights’ football game against De La Salle High School on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

The two New Orleans area rivals meet in the first high school football game to be played on the Benson Field turf since Yulman Stadium became the home of the Green Wave football program beginning with the 2014 season.

“We are excited to open Yulman Stadium to high school football, and take particular pleasure in welcoming St. Augustine and De La Salle as the first game,” said Troy Dannen, Ben Weiner Director of Athletics at Tulane. “Part of the vision when the stadium was first contemplated was the ability to engage and serve the community in new ways. Today’s announcement is a significant step in expanding that engagement. We expect further announcements in the future about additional games involving local high schools as this high school series commences.”

“The St. Augustine community is honored for this opportunity to host our football game vs De La Salle in beautiful Yulman Stadium on the Tulane University campus for many reasons. First, the facility is a world-class stadium that will provide our student-athletes and loyal fans with an unforgettable sporting experience,” said Dr. Kenneth A. St. Charles, President and CEO at St. Augustine High School. “Additionally, this game allows our school to continue to partner with Tulane, which will provide unlimited, dynamic opportunities for our students as they prepare for college.”

This game will mark the first high school game on the Uptown campus since Nov. 3, 1979, when Chalmette High School defeated Jesuit High School 23-9 in a New Orleans Catholic League matchup in the final game played at historic Tulane Stadium. Saint Augustine and De La Salle were members of the New Orleans Catholic League together from 1967, when Cavaliers joined the league, until 2003.

“We are excited to play one of our home games at Yulman Stadium,” said Barret Rey, Director of Athletics at St. Augustine. “This is going to be a great experience for our players, students, and parents. It is an unbelievable venue and we couldn’t be happier.”

LSU LANDS FORTY-SIX ON SEC FIRST-YEAR HONOR ROLL

BATON ROUGE – Forty-six LSU student-athletes not only adapted to the NCAA Division I level as key contributors to their programs in competition during the 2016-17 athletic season, but also made the easy transition to the classroom and earned selections to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll on Wednesday.

 

First-year student-athletes from 15 different LSU programs were named members of the 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll with 12 of those sports earning multiple selections this athletic season.

 

Baseball, which ended its season as the NCAA runner-up in the 2017 College World Series Finals on Tuesday night, leads all LSU programs with seven first-year honor roll selections for the season, followed by women’s swimming and diving with six selections and soccer with five selections among their respective rookie classes.

 

Volleyball, beach volleyball and men’s swimming and diving placed four rookies each on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll, while football, softball, gymnastics, men’s basketball, men’s golf and women’s track and field matched one another with a pair of selections. Men’s and women’s tennis, men’s track and field and women’s basketball featured one selection apiece with Tuesday’s release.

 

Anyone tuning in to the College World Series over the past two weeks would have recognized the likes of freshmen Zack Hess, Jake Slaughter, Josh Smith and Eric Walker play key roles in the Tigers progressing to their first CWS Finals since 2009. Hess has set a team record with three saves in his five relief appearances at the College World Series while striking out 11 batters in seven innings of work. Walker posted an 8-2 record in 17 starts on the mound this season, while Smith hit .281 with five homeruns and 48 RBI and Slaughter hit .257 with three homers and 26 RBI in 2017.

 

The gymnastics team enjoyed its most prolific season in the program’s history in 2017 as it finished as the NCAA runner-up for the second-straight season after winning the SEC Championship this spring. All-SEC athlete Ruby Harrold saw action in the vault, bars and floor in her debut season after joining the program as a two-time member of Great Britain’s Olympic team prior to her arrival in Baton Rouge.

 

Softball enjoyed a return trip to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City for the third-straight season and fourth time under head coach Beth Torina, finishing the season with a No. 6 national ranking on the final USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball top-25 polls following the WCWS.

 

Freshman Sydney Springfield was softball’s top power hitter on the season as she hit a team-leading 10 homeruns and drove in 41 runs while batting .259 on the season. Fellow freshman Aliyah Andrews was the club’s second-leading hitter in her debut season as she batted .339 in 64 appearances while making 52 starts on the year.

 

Beach volleyball enjoyed a historic season this spring in which the team earned its first-ever NCAA Championships selections as the No. 7 seed in the tournament. The Tigers finished the championship 1-2 while picking up the program’s first ever NCAA win against No. 6 seed Long Beach State. LSU achieved its highest ever ranking at No. 6 in both the AVCA and DiG Magazine rankings at the end of the season.

 

First-year honor roll members Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss appeared in all 35 matches alongside each other while making the jump to Court 1 midway through the season. The pair ended the season with the team-leading 27-7 record, including nine wins against nationally-ranked opponents and seven wins against opponents ranked among the Top 10.

 

Jaelyn Richard-Harris played a key role in the women’s basketball team making its return to the NCAA Tournament in 2017 as she appeared in 29 of 32 games as a true freshman. She scored a season-high six points in a non-conference matchup against UTEP in the Paradise Jam early in the 2016-17 season.

 

The track and field program churns out some of the nation’s top talent year in and year out, and freshman Ruby Stauber proved to be among the top 800-meter runners in the NCAA with her efforts in 2017.

 

Stauber kicked off her collegiate career as an All-American during the indoor season as she scored for LSU’s women at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships with a fifth-place national finish in the 800 meters. Stauber, the SEC Indoor and SEC Outdoor silver medalist in the event, was later voted the SEC Women’s Outdoor Co-Freshman Runner of the Year en route to an appearance in the NCAA Outdoor semifinals.

 

Headlining the men’s swimming and diving team was freshman Juan Celaya-Hernandez, who earned First-Team All-America honors as the NCAA Bronze Medalist in the three-meter springboard and also an Honorable Mention All-American selection as the ninth-place finisher nationally on one-meter. Celaya-Hernandez was also named the SEC Male Freshman Diver of the Year this season.

 

Celaya-Hernandez joined the likes of Karl Luht and Sven Saemundsson on the men’s team and Helen Grossman and Catherine Lowengrub on the women’s team in earning Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association for the 2017 season.

 

2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

 

Student-Athlete, Sport, Major

Blair Frederick, Baseball, General Business

Zack Hess, Baseball, General Business

Will Reese, Baseball, General Business

Jake Slaughter, Baseball, Business Administration

Josh Smith, Baseball, Biology

Eric Walker, Baseball, Sports Administration

Rankin Woley, Baseball, Sports Administration

Kieran Hayward, Men’s Basketball, Kinesiology

Skylar Mays, Men’s Basketball, Biology

Jaelyn Richard-Harris, Women’s Basketball, Psychology

Taylor Bradley, Beach Volleyball, Biochemistry

Claire Coppola, Beach Volleyball, Marketing

Kristen Nuss, Beach Volleyball, Kinesiology

Olivia Powers, Beach Volleyball, International Studies

Lloyd Cushenberry III, Football, Undeclared

Rashard Lawrence, Football, Undeclared

Drew Gonzales, Men’s Golf, Civil Engineering

Carter Toms, Men’s Golf, Finance

Ruby Harrold, Gymnastics, Undeclared

Ashlyn Kirby, Gymnastics, Undeclared

Caitlin Cantrill, Soccer, Kinesiology

Marlena Cutura, Soccer, Biology

Sara Funderburk, Soccer, Animal Science

Raven Guerrero, Soccer, Biology

Ellie Weber, Soccer, Communication Disorders

Aliyah Andrews, Softball, Mass Communication

Sydney Springfield, Softball, Sports Administration

Juan Celaya-Hernandez, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Civil Engineering

Matt Klotz, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Kinesiology

Karl Luht, Men’s Swimming & Diving, General Business

Sven Saemundsson, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Mechanical Engineering

Clayton Black, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Undeclared

Andrea Galea, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Undeclared

Helen Grossman, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Undeclared

Alexandria Ham, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Sports Administration

Catherine Lowengrub, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Biochemistry

Nicole Rozier, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Undeclared

Rafael Wagner, Men’s Tennis, Mechanical Engineering

Becca Weissmann, Women’s Tennis, Nutrition & Food Science

Jace Attuso, Men’s Track & Field, Undeclared

Nickolette Dunbar, Women’s Track & Field, Undeclared

Ruby Stauber, Women’s Track & Field, Undeclared

Jacqui Armer, Volleyball, General Business

Sydney Mukes, Volleyball, Elementary Education

Milan Stokes, Volleyball, English

Anna Zwiebel, Volleyball, General Business

Diamond In The Rough: Russell Rock, Ponchatoula High School

In my travels across this great state I always find good kids that have promising careers in football. In this case Russell Rock from Ponchatoula High School. Russell has played fullback for the past three years, and last season he had 180 rushing yards, 80 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns. Russell runs a 4.5 forty-yard dash and is 5’6” tall and weighs 180 pounds.  Russell is not just good on the Gridiron, but in the classroom as well. He has a 3.4 GPA.

Russell wants to go to college to major in Engineering. His dad was an engineer and would take him to work at times and Russell said that he really like what his dad did.

Russell has been playing football since he was 6 years old. His dad told him that he had a lot of athletic ability, because at every gathering he was always out running all the other kids his age and even some of the older kids. His dad put him in pee wee football at six years old and he has enjoyed playing it ever since. Russell said that the game of football is more than just a game. It is a way of life. Football has taught him how to be a man. How no matter what obstacles are in front of him, how to overcome them.  Russell also said that playing football keeps him out of trouble because his coaches hold him accountable.

On the Gridiron, Russell is one of the Team Captains. Russell is a vocal leader both on the field and in the locker room. Russell said that his job as a captain was, “To encourage my teammates on the field to do their best while also helping to keep them focused.”

Russell said that some of the things he wants his team to do this upcoming year is to come together as one unit. “We want to continue to build from last years. We consistently have 9 win seasons. I want the team to be as one unit. Last season we went to the third round of the LHSAA Playoffs.”

Russell really likes playing at Ponchatoula High School because, “the team is like an extended family.” “I also like how on Fridays, a lot of the parents show up and BBQ before the game. It is a great atmosphere here and everyone is awesome.”

Some of Russell’s fellow teammates are college bound following this season. Running Back Joquan Johnson, Safety Avery Rogers, Free Safety Morris Evans, and few defensive linemen will be getting looks this season.

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We offer training out of our facility at Guidry Physical Therapy Services in Lacombe. We are also working with James Leitz PGA and his assistants out of Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington.  We offer a team approach either with James or your current teacher if needed in order to address your golf swing as well as your fitness and performance levels. James is a world renowned teaching professional and the facilities at Tchefuncta are some of the best in the country. We are working on offering travel services to your gym or home as well as offering training out of John Paul’s home gym.

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51 Days Until August Camp

With 51 days until fall camp starts, we want to mention #51 for LSU Seth Stewart. Seth is a Freshman from Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Seth is 6 ft 8 in tall weighing in at a massive 320 lbs.

Seth is a massive lineman who is only going to improve with experience. He has a tremendous wing span to compliment his size and toughness. Consensus 3-star recruit. Rated as the No. 3 prospect in West Virginia per Rivals, and ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the state by Scout. Named to the All-USA West Virginia First Team Offense in 2015 and 2016. Voted to the Class 2A All-State First Team Offense by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Selected to the 2015 Ohio Valley Publishing Super 25 team. Helped lead his team to an 11-1 record his senior year.

Seth reminds me Ethan Pocic with his size and raw abilities. After watching his highlight film, I felt that he is highly underrated and could prove to be one of the top recruits from this years class.

 

G-Men Want A Second National Championship

Here we see DeVante Kincade and his team mate out putting in the work to try and have a better season than last.  In a recent article for the June magazine, I interviewed Kincade and said, “Last season was just a warm-up season. Next year we will be better.” “If Grambling Nation is wondering what next year is going to look like, I just want to say to my fans and all of Grambling Nation, it’s going to be a different year, Last year was really just a warm-up. I’m fundamentally a different quarterback, I’m a throwing machine! We have weapons all over the place both on offense and defense. Even though we won the SWAC and the HBCU championships, last season was nothing compared to what we plan to do this year. Our coaches are nothing of spectacular and have reloaded this team with some  of the best recruits this country has to offer. This team is the epitome of bigger, faster, and stronger.”

Tulane Football Season Tickets Now Available for Purchase

NEW ORLEANS – Countdown to the 2017 season for Tulane football is less than 100 days away and Green Wave fans now have their chance to catch the Olive and Blue at Yulman Stadium by purchasing tickets for the upcoming season.

Season tickets go on sale Monday, June 5 at 8:30 a.m. with fans able to purchase tickets by calling 504-861-WAVE (9283), logging ontoTulaneGreenWave.com or visiting the ticket office at the James W. Wilson Jr. Center. Season tickets that includes all six home games during the 2017 season start as low as $200 for a single book and $300 for a family four-pack. Seats are available in locations throughout Yulman Stadium.

Click here for season ticket holder benefits and a seating chart.

The Green Wave open the 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Yulman Stadium against Grambling State and host home games against Army West Point (Saturday, Sept. 23) and American Athletic Conference foes Tulsa (Saturday, Oct. 7), USF (Saturday, Oct. 21), Cincinnati (Saturday, Nov. 4) and Houston (Saturday, Nov. 18).

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LSU’S KEY HAS SURGERY; RETURNS TO TEAM ON MONDAY

BATON ROUGE – LSU outside linebacker Arden Key will return to the team on Monday, head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Sunday.

 

Orgeron also said Key recently underwent shoulder surgery.

 

“Arden had shoulder surgery and everything went as planned,” Orgeron said. “We are looking forward to having Arden rejoin the team tomorrow (Monday).”

 

Key, who enters his third season as a starter for the Tigers in 2017, earned first team All-SEC honors last year when he set the LSU single-season record for sacks with 12. In 23 career games, Key has registered 97 tackles, 21.0 tackles for loss and 17.0 sacks.