January 16, 2020

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SUPERBOWL I 1967

Sadly the Saints are out this year in a heart breaking defeat to the Vikings and won’t be going to the Superbowl, but here’s an interesting fact; The first Superbowl was played on this date in 1967 with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs. Is this an omen? Will history repeat itself? Will Rogers have to go up against his reported friend Mahomes? If the Packers can get through the 49r’s Sunday it’s certainly possible. Of course the conspiracy theorists will say it was all rigged and payed for by State Farm………

I have been invited to New Orleans for the game and will be watching intently.

GEAUX PACK!

2019 FWAA-SHAUN ALEXANDER FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM ANNOUNCED

NEW ORLEANS (FWAA) – The 2019 Football Writers Association of America-Shaun Alexander Freshman All-America Team presented by Stand Together features LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., who is playing in tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, two other members of the FWAA All-America Team, and four teams which have two players each on the 32-man list.

The Pac-12 Conference leads all conferences with six total selections, led by a pair from Oregon and UCLA, the Big 12 is next with five and the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences had four each. Alabama and Purdue tie Oregon and UCLA for the most from one school. All 10 FBS conferences and two independents are represented on the team.

Stingley Jr. is a consensus All-America selection and the most decorated freshman in LSU’s history. He was the 17th defensive true freshman to start a season opener for the Tigers (14-0), who face Clemson (14-0) for the national championship tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. He leads the SEC and is in the top five nationally in both interceptions (six, 5th nationally) and passes defended (21, 4th nationally). The Baton Rouge, La., product started all 14 games and is 10th on the team with 36 tackles – 30 of them solo – and had at least one tackle for loss in 13 games. He also returns punts and has 163 all-purpose yards, 146 of them on punt returns plus 17 more on interception returns. He is the grandson of the late Darryl Stingley, a former NFL player whose pro career ended with a spinal cord injury.

Miami defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau and Kansas State kick returner Joshua Youngblood joined Stingley as members of the both the FWAA’s Freshman All-America Team and the FWAA All-America Team. Both were second-team selections.

 Rousseau, the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, finished with 15.5 sacks and in a tie for the third-most sacks in a single season for the Hurricanes. The redshirt freshman had 54 tackles and 19.5 tackles for loss. Youngblood helped set the Kansas State record with a 29.5-yard kickoff return average with a nation-leading three returns for touchdowns.

Oregon is the only school with a tandem on the same side of the ball. Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux was second nationally among freshmen with 9.0 sacks and third in tackles for loss with 14.0. Free safety Verone McKinley III came on in the second half of the season with four interceptions, tied for third nationally among freshmen. UCLA has offensive tackle Sean Rhyan, the first Bruins freshman to start a season-opener at offensive tackle in seven seasons, and punt returner Kyle Phillips, who was second in the nation with a 22.5-yard average.

Alabama middle linebacker Shane Lee moved into the starting lineup after a season-ending injury to Dylan Moses and led all SEC freshmen with 77 tackles and tied for fourth in the league with 5.5 tackles for loss. Evan Neal started all 13 games for the Crimson Tide at left guard, assisting on a line that gave up only 12 sacks in 381 pass attempts. Defensive end George Karlaftis was third on the Boilermakers’ defense with 54 total tackles (30 solo) with 17.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks – the TFL count was the most by a Purdue player since 2011, and the sack total the highest since 2010. Boilermakers wide receiver David Bell, the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year, led the conference with 86 receptions in the regular season for 1,035 yards and seven touchdowns. Purdue has had a FWAA Freshman All-America wide receiver in consecutive years following Rondale Moore last season.

North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell is one of two signal-callers on the team. His 38 passing touchdowns are the most by a true freshman in FBS history. The previous record was 30 from Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, one of two quarterbacks on last year’s FWAA Freshman All-America Team. Kedon Slovis was USC’s first quarterback to pass for 400 yards four times in a season and ranks in the national top 20 in five passing categories including yards, completions and touchdowns. Both were their conference’s Rookie (ACC) or Freshman Offensive Player of the Year (Pac-12).

Running back Javian Hawkins is Louisville’s first player to rush for 1,500 yards, finishing with 1,525 yards and third on the school’s single-season rushing list. He had eight 100-yard games. UTSA’s Sincere McCormick finished with 1,177 all-purpose yards to break the school’s single-season record. His 983 rushing yards were second all-time at UTSA.

Ohio State’s Ryan Day is the First-Year Coach of the Year after guiding the Buckeyes into their second College Football Playoff with a 13-0 record and a Big Ten Championship. Ohio State closed 13-1 after falling to Clemson in a Fiesta Bowl semifinal classic, but not before overseeing the nation’s No. 1 defense, No. 4 scoring defense, No. 5 offense and No. 1 scoring offense. He is Ohio State’s first Big Ten Coach of the Year since 1979.

The 13-person panel of nationally-prominent college football experts represented each of the FBS conferences along with independents in the selecting the team. Both true freshmen (20 players) and redshirt freshmen (12 players) were considered for the team and are so noted on the list below.

2019 SHAUN ALEXANDER FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

OFFENSE
QB • Sam Howell, North Carolina (6-2, 225, Indian Trail, N.C.)
QB • Kedon Slovis, USC (6-2, 200, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
RB Javian Hawkins, Louisville (5-9, 182, Titusville, Fla.)
RB • Sincere McCormick, UTSA (5-9, 200, Converse, Texas)
WR • David Bell, Purdue (6-2, 210, Indianapolis, Ind.)
WR • C.J. Johnson, East Carolina (6-2, 229, Greenville, N.C.)
WR • Dante Wright, Colorado State (5-10, 165, Navarre, Fla.)
OL • Ikem Ekwonu, N.C. State (6-4, 308, Charlotte, N.C.)
OL Travis Glover, Georgia State (6-6, 330, Vienna, Ga.)
OL • Evan Neal, Alabama (6-7, 360, Okeechobee, Fla.)
OL • Sean Rhyan, UCLA (6-4, 323, Ladera Beach, Calif.)
OL Nick Rosi, Toledo (6-4, 290, Powell, Ohio)
OL • O’Cyrus Torrence, Louisiana (6-5, 342, Greensburg, La.)

DEFENSE
DL Solomon Byrd, Wyoming (6-4, 243, Palmdale, Calif.)
DL • George Karlaftis, Purdue (6-4, 265, West Lafayette, Ind.)
DL Gregory Rousseau, Miami (6-6, 251, Coconut Creek, Fla.)
DL • Kayvon Thibodeuax, Oregon (6-5, 242, Los Angeles, Calif.)
LB • Shane Lee, Alabama (6-0, 246, Burtonsville, Md.)
LB Azeez Ojulari, Georgia (6-3, 240, Marietta, Ga.)
LB Devin Richardson, New Mexico State (6-3, 233, Klein, Texas)
LB • Omar Speights, Oregon State (6-1, 233, Philadelphia, Pa.)
DB • Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati (6-2, 185, Detroit, Mich.)
DB • Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame (6-4, 240, Atlanta, Ga.)
DB Verone McKinley III, Oregon (5-10, 192, Carrollton, Texas)
DB • Tykee Smith, West Virginia (5-10, 184, Philadelphia, Pa.)
DB • Derek Stingley Jr., LSU (6-1, 190, Baton Rouge, La.)
DB Ar’Darius Washington, TCU (5-8, 175, Shreveport, La.

SPECIALISTS
P • Austin McNamara, Texas Tech (6-4, 175, Gilbert, Ariz.)
K Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma (6-2, 175, Chardon, Ohio)
KR • Joshua Youngblood, Kansas State (5-10, 180, Tampa, Fla.)
PR Kyle Phillips, UCLA (5-11, 181, San Marcos, Calif.)
AP Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis (5-11, 183, Yazoo City, Miss.)

HEAD COACH
Ryan Day, Ohio State

• Denotes true freshman

About Shaun Alexander
Shaun Alexander is a former All-Pro running back with the Seattle Seahawks (2000-07) and Washington Redskins (2008) and a former All-SEC player at Alabama (1995-99). He finished a four-year career with the Crimson Tide holding 15 records including 3,565 career rushing yards and most touchdowns (5) in a game. He was drafted by Seattle as the 19th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, and in his second season had a breakout year with 1,318 yards and 14 touchdowns, including a franchise-record 266 yards on 35 carries in a memorable ESPN Sunday Night Football game against Oakland. Today Alexander travels the country speaking and teaching people about the things he is passionate about – his Christian faith, marriage, fatherhood, football, winning, leading and love.

About Stand Together
The Stand Together Foundation is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by supporting the creative solutions of individuals and organizations who are driving dynamic entrepreneurship in communities across the country and helping people transform their lives. Founded in 2016, the Foundation partners with the nation’s most effective and top-performing non-profits to help them deepen and grow their impact through innovative solutions to break barriers for people in poverty so that they can realize their potential.

Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com.

2019 FWAA Freshman All-America Committee: Shaun Alexander; Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal (MW); Mark Blaudschun, TMGCollegeSports.com (ACC); Scott Dochterman, The Athletic (Big Ten); Michael Griffith, Freshman Focus; Mike Griffith, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Chair/Independents); Tommy Hicks, Freelance (Sun Belt); Ron Higgins, Tiger Rag (SEC); Blair Kerkhoff, The Kansas City Star (Big 12); Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel (American Athletic); Nick Piotrowicz, Toledo Blade (MAC); Steve Richardson, FWAA; Grant Traylor, Huntington Herald-Dispatch (Conference USA); Ryan Young, Rivals.com (Pac-12).

By: Steve Richardson

LSU 15-0 ALL HAIL THE KING

LSU would win the toss and defer to the second half of play. After a touchback Clemson would take over on its own 25. Right off the bat, Clemson tried a trick play to see if they could catch LSU asleep at the wheel. LSU sniffed out the play and tackled the runner for a loss.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence would be the hero of the first quarter scoring on a one yard keeper for those Tigers. Clemson would be the first to get on the board, and LSU would answer back immediately with a touchdown of their own.

Both Tiger teams would be locked in to exchanging punts again. Then on their next possession, Clemson would come away with points. Kicking a 52 yard field goal after a nine play 40 yard drive.

LSU would get the ball back and in a very rare turn of events not score to answer their opponents scoring drive. They would punt and give Clemson an opportunity to extend their lead over the Bayou Bengals. That happened, Clemson scored, and for the first time this season LSU was down by more than a touchdown in a game.

Joe Burrow and the Tigers would take their next possession 75 yards in just five plays, ending in a three yard plunge by the quarterback himself. The Tigers were back within striking distance of Clemson. Defensively, LSU would keep Clemson off the field and the offense for the Tigers mounted back to back scoring drives. Tossing a touchdown to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and to tight end Thaddeus Moss with just 10seconds left in the first half.

LSU looked like it was going to run away with the game going into to halftime. They had just scored three straight touchdowns, and they would receive the opening kick of the second half. It seemed like LSU had all the momentum swinging its way. But on their opening drive of the second half, LSU was forced to punt. Clemson on the legs of running back Travis Etienne would find their way to the end zone, and convert a two point try after. Bringing Clemson within three of LSU.

Thaddeus Moss would again score for LSU with just over five minutes left in the third. The transfer tight end for LSU is having the best receiving season for a tight end at LSU ever. Moss now has the most catches (49) and receiving yards (570) by an LSU tight end in a single season.

Terrace Marshall would seal the victory for LSU scoring on a 24 yard pass from Burrow. The Tigers would then hold off Clemson one final drive to reach a victory for LSU.

Quarterback Joe Burrow would finish the game with 463 yards passing, and five touchdowns. Both records for the National Championship game. Burrow has now finished off the season with 5,671 yards passing. This puts him at number three all-time in the NCAA single season passing record holders, and number one in the SEC.

Shutting down the running game against Clemson was a key in tonight’s victory. “I think the one thing is we stopped Etienne.” Ed Orgeron said. “I thought our guys did a tremendous job of not letting him run the football on us. We knew Trevor was going to make some plays. They made some plays downfield, but I talked to Coach Aranda, had a tremendous plan to give pressure, but we never panicked, and those three-and-outs and those punts were critical to the ballgame. This guy here Patrick Queen had a great game and we had to tackle in space. Had great athletes in space, and this guy made some great tackles tonight.”

LSU completed its amazing run this season going 15-0, being only the second school in NCAA history to do so in a single season.  

WINNER TAKE ALL LSU VS CLEMSON

LSU and Clemson will battle it on Monday, January 13th in the Super Dome, to settle the argument. “Who really is the best team in the Nation?” LSU has one of the top ranked offenses in the country, and has had one of the greatest turn arounds for a program ever. Clemson is the defending national champion and currently riding a 29 game winning streak. However, they are the underdogs in this game.  

LSU knows it will be in for 60 minute battle against Clemson and they will be well prepared for quarterback Trevor Lawrence “He has a great arm.” said LSU linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson “he has the ability to make plays with his legs and that’s just something that we have to account for.”

Head coach of the Bayou Bengals Ed Orgeron spoke highly of Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables during the coaches’ press conference on Sunday morning. “I do believe it’s a combination of their great athletes that they have, but he always has them in position to make plays.” said Orgeron “The guy is a phenomenal game day caller, especially his blitzes. He knows how to blitz protections, and he can just send one linebacker, but it’s at the right place.” In regards to how special the Clemson defense has been this season.

Athletically both of these quarterbacks are similar, Burrow is 6’4 216 pounds and Lawrence is 6’6 220 pounds. However the way in which they are utilized in their offense differs greatly. “They do a little bit more running with him.” said Orgeron “Their tight end stays in most of the time on their protections. We’re more of a spread. They’re more of an RPO team. But they both throw the deep ball and make great decisions.”  

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons has certainly taken notice of Burrow and this LSU offense. “He doesn’t have very many flaws in his game.” said Simmons. “Everything he does he does it with precision. Very good with his legs. And obviously his arm, he’s amazing as well. Just his ability to extend plays and also his poise in the pocket is really great.”

Clemson defensive back Tanner Muse was asked to rank the weapons that Burrow has to throw to someone Clemson has faced this season. “I don’t know if they rank against anybody.” said Muse “I think they’re their own unique team, their own unique dynamics. You can’t really place them into any kind of category. They’re very special, obviously, with the stats they’ve put up this year, but we’ve been going against a lot of teams that have been great, played them well, so I’m just really looking forward to this challenge and hopefully we’ll have our best game.”

When asked about what he saw when he looked at the tape of LSU, defensive coordinator Brent Venables said “They got a superstar cast, fabulous football players, all dynamic in their own ways.” He went on to break down some of the difference makers for the LSU offense. “The tight end has terrific hands, but, man, he blocks like you’re supposed to block. They’ve got a great system set up to get him in the passing game, to get him involved. How they flex him out of the box, use him in the box, slow your rush down.”

Venables then mentioned LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. “But the running back is very, very – has an incredible skill set.” said Venables. “Again, he’s a committee guy. He’s over a 600-pound squat guy. Loves the weight room as a skill guy. Love that. Plays with toughness and passion and purpose. They use him probably more so than any other offense that we have faced all year in the passing game, really make you defend the perimeter with him.”

Look for LSU to utilize tight end Thaddeus Moss and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire greatly IF the passing game breaks down.

Prediction: Clemson 31 LSU 44

LSU 14-0: ONE MORE TO GEAUX

LSU is riding a perfect season win streak of 14-0, the first time in school history the Tigers have reached the 14-0 mark. The Tigers will be looking to notch one more in the win column on Monday night as they take on Clemson in the National Championship in New Orleans.

LSU is currently a 5.5 point favorite heading into their matchup against Clemson, and there are a few factors that can push the Bayou Bengals slightly over that favor, then others that can push them way over that favor. Here are a couple of things to expect while leading up to and watching the game on Monday.

LSU WRs vs Clemson DBs

The passing attack for LSU has been absolutely dominant inside-out. Moving Justin Jefferson to the slot receiver this summer has paid dividends for the Tigers. He had a huge showing in the Peach Bowl hauling in a College Football Playoffs record four touchdowns and 227 yards receiving. Clemson has struggled this year covering inside receivers. Don’t get me wrong, the defensive backs for Clemson have great speed, but that speed will not make you a good cover guy. Jefferson has been incredible all year long in creating space against his defender, and look for Jefferson to have another human highlight reel type game against man-to-man coverage.

Ja’Marr Chase has been a match-up nightmare for defensive coordinators this season. The 6’1 200 pound Biletnikoff Award winning receiver is one of the strongest players on the team according to Head Coach Ed Orgeron. “Ja’Marr lifts anything we ask him to in the weight room.” Chase has the vertical speed to stretch the field. I like the possible match-up between him and Clemson defensive back Derion Kendrick.

Terrace Marshall has missed playing time this season due to injury. But, when on the field, has produced and been problematic for opposing defenses. Marshall was back at practice this week and is expected to be a full go by Monday. Look to Marshall to have a big game if Clemson chooses to double both Jefferson and Chase.

LSU Pass Rush vs Clemson OL

Defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin cannot be blocked one-on-one by a center, and this plays perfectly into defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s scheme into creating mismatches along the defensive front. “We want to maximize matchups, we’re not overloading, we’re trying to get one-on-ones and win the one-on-ones.” Aranda said in an interview while at Wisconsin. Some of that defensive play scheme is still with him today. K’Lavon Chaisson is the current sack leader for LSU with 6.5 sacks and looks to add to that total in the National Championship. Senior linebacker Michael Divinity was able to rejoin the team after violating team rules earlier this season. Chaisson is the speed rusher off the edge that has been problematic for both quarterbacks and running backs this season. With the addition of Divinity, Clemson will have more to worry about. Ed Orgeron stated “Michael will line up more in our dime package.” having that addition speed on the field for the Tigers means a blitz could come from anywhere.

Speaking of anywhere, with the addition of having Divinity back on the field, this allows Grant Delpit to play closer to the line of scrimmage and also be a threat to blitz from the safety position as well. Affecting the rhythm and timing of Trevor Lawrence in the passing game will be a key to shutting down Clemson.

LSU vs Clemson X-Factors

LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and tight end Thaddeus Moss will be instrumental in this game for the Tigers offense. Much like against Alabama, Auburn, and Florida when the passing attack seems to be taken away Edwards-Helaire can prove to be the difference maker. Tight end Thaddeus Moss, has quietly become the most single season prolific pass catching tight end at LSU ever. Look for him to be involved in the passing game if Clemson tries to walk a linebacker out on him. For Clemson running back Travis Etienne is having a world beater season. The Louisiana native is a threat to take it the distance in both the running game and catching it out of the backfield. Linebackers Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips could most likely be the preferred choice to spy Etienne.

LSU: BY THE NUMBERS

For the first time in school history No. 1 ranked LSU is 14-0, with that the Tigers are seeking their fourth national title, and the chance to be just the second team in FBS history to go 15-0. LSU won national titles in 1958, 2003, and 2007.

Another first, this year’s LSU offense was the first ever in college football history to feature a 5,000 yard passer (Joe Burrow 5,208 yards), a 1,000 yard rusher (Clyde Edwards-Helaire 1,304) and two 1,000 yard receivers (Ja’Marr Chase 1,559 and Justin Jefferson 1,434). Both Chase and Jefferson are tied currently for the SEC single season touchdown record with 18. Tight end Thaddeus Moss also holds the single-season record for receptions (42) and receiving yards (534) by a tight end at LSU.

Six of the Tiger’s 14 wins have come against teams ranked in the Top 10. LSU’s matchup against Clemson will represent its seventh Top 10 opponent, the most by team in college football history. Yet another record LSU has broken this season.

This will be just the fourth meeting between the two historic teams, with LSU holding a 2-1 advantage in the series. Interestingly enough, these two Tiger teams have never once met in the regular season. Every matchup has come during post season play. The last of which was the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl with Clemson winning, 25-24. Previous meetings include the 1959 Sugar Bowl, which LSU won 7-0, and the 1996 Peach Bowl which LSU also won 10-7.

LSU’s current win streak of 15 games dating back to last season, ties the record for second longest winning streak in school history. The Tigers last win against No. 4 Oklahoma set numerous school, SEC, NCAA, and Bowl records.

LSU is currently ranked No. 1 in total offense with 564.1 yards per game. Throughout the season, the Tigers have eclipsed the 500-yard mark 11 times, four times going over 600 yards and having an incredible 700-yard game.

LSU is also ranked No. 1 in scoring offense (48.9) and red zone offense (68-of-70). The Tigers have scored 40 or more points a school record 11 times, including five 50 point games and three 60 point games.

Defensively, the Tigers have been coming into their own as of late. LSU held its last three opponents to a combined 45 points and 230 rushing yards. Two of those opponents were Top 5 ranked teams. Something to remember, the Tigers have only trailed five times all season, and never by more than a touchdown. The last time LSU trailed in a game this season, was in the third quarter against Auburn on October 26.

Jacob Phillips led the team this year in tackles with 105; OLB K’Lavon Chaisson was first in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (13.5). True freshman and All American Derek Stingley Jr. led the SEC in interceptions with six and passes broken up (21).

LSU will take on Clemson for the National Championship on Monday, January 13th at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on ESPN

Tulane Routes Southern Miss in Armed Forces Bowl 30-13

The Tulane Green Wave came away victorious in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl today, besting their long-time regional rival Southern Miss by a score of 30-13. 

After falling behind 13-0, Tulane rallied to score 30 unanswered points, mainly behind Justin McMillan’s 3 touchdown performance in the 3rd quarter. McMillan finished the game 13-18 for 215 yards with a 3 TD to 0 INT ratio. McMillan also carried the ball 17 times, netting 41 yards rushing. As a team, the Green Wave rushed for 164 and accounted for 379 total yards against a stout Southern Miss defense. Tulane kicker Merek Glover was a perfect 3-3 on field goal tries, with a long of 36. 

Defensively, the Green Wave forced 2 turnovers, while committing none of their own. The first turnover came by way of interception, as Wave CB Larry Brooks recorded a pick and 29 yard return. The second also came by the way of an interception, with Chase Kuerschen recording the second Wave pick for a touchback.

The win marks 3 straight bowl wins for the first time in program history. McMillan posted a rating of 227.6, which marks his career high. The victory over Southern Miss marks the first time Tulane wins The Battle for the Bell since 2002.

Tulane improves to 7-6 on the season, while Southern Miss matches the Green Wave, falling to 7-6 overall.

Armed Forces Bowl Preview: Tulane vs Southern Miss in The Battle For The Bell

The Tulane Green Wave (6-6) square off against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (7-5) in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, airing Jan 4th 10:30 AM CT on ESPN.

Former conference and regional rivals Tulane and Southern Miss will face off for the first time since 2010, a game in which the Golden Eagles won 46-30 to win the Battle for the Bell. Southern Miss has won the last 6 meetings between the programs, but can the Golden Eagles make it 7 straight against one of the best rushing attacks in the country in Tulane?

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The tale of the tape for tomorrow’s matchup will be Southern Miss’s stout rushing defense against the prolific run game of the Green Wave. Currently, the Golden Eagles rank amongst the top 15 in rushing yards allowed per game, while Tulane currently sits at 11th nationally in rushing offense. Tulane is carried by a multitude of backs and quarterback Justin McMillan has been terrific all season long as a rusher. For Southern Miss, containing McMillan will be key if the Golden Eagles hope to come out on top. 

PREDICTION

ESPN’s Football Power Index currently favors the Green Wave with a 63.2% chance of victory, with most sources around the country setting the line at -7 in favor of the Wave. Expect Southern Miss to have some success in slowing down the Tulane rushing attack, forcing the Wave to attack an Eagle secondary that is allowing nearly 240 yards a game through the air. I predict a low scoring game and see Southern Miss covering the 7-point spread.

SCORE PREDICTION: Tulane 21, Southern Miss 17

Burrow Continues to Rewrite Record Books

With the National Championship looming right around the corner. Let’s take a minute to go back and look at how LSU got here. Led by their senior transfer quarterback, Joe Burrow, was adopted by the fans and culture of Louisiana alike. Even going so far as to change his name plate spelling to “Burreaux” to run out of the tunnel on Senior Night against Texas A&M.

“Don’t be surprised when we score 40, 50, or 60 points on teams this year.” – Joe Burrow

By the numbers:

Week 1

Georgia Southern vs LSU

Georgia Southern came into the matchup with a 10-3 record from the 2018 season, and a top 25 scoring defense. Many questions about the revamped passing attacked were about to be answered. Joe Burrow would tie the single game passing touchdown record with five touchdowns. Not a bad start, but many would say ‘it’s Georgia Southern, let’s see them do that against a real defense.’ Completed 85.2 percent of his passes. Burrow named SEC POTW

Final Score: Georgia Southern 3 – LSU 55

Week 2

LSU vs Texas in Austin

The No. 6 Tigers travelled to Austin to take on, at the time, the No. 9 Longhorns, in a very hostile Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. After seeing Texas fire a cannon through his jersey on College Game Day, Burrow was asked about that. His response “I wasn’t really ticked off,” he said. “I just thought it was super weird. I wanted to go out and hang 400 on them after that.” 471 yards and four touchdowns to be exact. Both jumped him up on the single game record holder spots for LSU. Not to mention the now famous 3rd and 17 play to seal the victory for LSU. Burrow named SEC POTW (2)

Final Score: LSU 45 – Texas 38

Week 4

LSU vs Vanderbilt

It is said that “Tiger fans don’t travel they take over!” Well that statement held true when fans drank a local Nashville bar dry before 9am and Vanderbilt Stadium dry before the end of the second quarter. The beer delivery men did apparently receive an ovation on arrival from LSU fans. Not sure if that is a record but it sounds like it should be. When asked about it post-game Commodores Head Coach Derek Mason said “this is Nashville, no stadium should run out of beer.” Joe Burrow would also have another record setting performance with six passing touchdowns and 398 passing yards. Throwing for over 1500 yards and 17 touchdowns through the first four games of the season. Burrow named SEC POTW (3)

Final Score: Vanderbilt 38 – LSU 66

Week 6

Utah St. vs LSU

Utah St. came in as one of the fastest offenses in college football, averaging 15 seconds from the end of one play to the start of the next. Led by pre-season Heisman candidate Jordan Love, many thought the fast pace of the Aggies offense would overwhelm the Tigers defense. The defense locked Love down, and forced three interceptions. Burrow completed 27 of 38 for 344 yards and tied another passing record with five touchdowns in a single game.

Final Score: Utah St. 6 – LSU 42

Week 7

UF vs LSU

Florida came in as one of the top ranked defense in the country. People outside of Louisiana had doubts about what the LSU offense could do against a “legit defense” against Florida, the Tigers proved most of their detractors wrong. Burrow completed 87.5 percent of his passes going 21 of 24, 293 yards and three touchdowns. Burrow named SEC POTW (4)

Final Score:  UF 28 – LSU 42

Week 8

LSU vs Miss St.

LSU comes into the contest with one of the best offenses in the country. After a dominant performance against Florida Joe Burrow has passed for over 2100 yards and 25 touchdowns on the season through just six games. Leading the SEC in touchdown passes, and setting the record books for LSU ablaze.

Final Score: LSU 36 – Miss St. 13

Week 11

LSU vs Alabama

The Tigers traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on the Tide. The Tide had not lost in Bryant-Denny since the 2015 season. A 31 home game winning streak, and Alabama school record. The Tigers went into Bryant-Denny this year and ended that streak. Joe Burrow threw for 393 yards and three touchdowns against the Tide, which landed him as the ninth all time on the single game passer list for LSU. Burrow named SEC POTW (5)

Final Score: LSU 46 – Bama 41

Week 12

LSU vs Mississippi

Fresh off their win against Alabama, many thought that there could be a potential let-down against the Rebels. The Tigers offense came out on fire. Joe Burrow threw for 489 yards and five touchdowns on the day. At that time, putting him at No. 2 in the record books for single game passing yards.

Final Score: Mississippi 37 – LSU 58

Week 15 SEC Championship

UGA vs LSU

LSU faced off against the best defense in the country. Allowing just over 10 points a game. Again, it was how would LSU ever score against such a potent defense? The two teams met in Atlanta for the SEC Championship, and the Tigers absolutely mauled the Bulldogs. Burrow tossed four touchdowns in the rout of Georgia, nearly quadrupling their total defensive output for the season.

Final Score: UGA 10 – LSU 37

Burrow Wins the Walter Camp Award Player of the Year Award:

The award is voted on by coaches in the FBS, as well as sports information directors. Burrow was the first player from LSU to win the prestigious award.

Burrow Wins the Davey O’Brien Award:

The award for best quarterback in college football

Burrow Wins the Maxwell Award:

The award for the Collegiate Football Player of the Year

Burrow sets SEC passing records

Joe Burrow has led his team to a 13-0 record, throwing for 4,715 yards and 48 touchdowns. Both are LSU and SEC records. He has completed nearly 78 percent of his passes.

Joe Burrow Wins the Heisman in landslide fashion

Joe Burrow won the highest with highest percentage of first place votes won (90.7), most points as a percentage of possible points (93.8), most ballots named as percentage of total ballots (95.5) and had the largest margin of victory (1,846)

Burrow was the second Heisman trophy winner in LSU history, sixty years after the historic win of LSU halfback Billy Cannon.

Because of his Heisman speech, the local food pantry in Athens, OH has received nearly one million dollars in donations from LSU fans around the country.

College Football Playoffs:

OU vs LSU

Leading up to the playoffs, the Tigers were told that their defense would not be able to hold up to the offense of Oklahoma. That the Sooners defense was much better than people gave it credit for. How did the Tigers respond?

Joe Burrow:

Most TDs responsible for in a College Football Playoff game (8)

Most passing TDs in a College Football Playoff game (7)

An LSU school-record for most passing TDs in a game (7)

Tied the FBS record for most passing TDs in a half (7)

Tied the record for most passing TDs in a bowl game. (7)

Most individual touchdowns all-time in an SEC game. (8)

Most pass yards in a half (403)

Passing Yards LSU (493)

Most receiving TDs in a College Football Playoff game. (4)

Most receiving yardage in a College Football Playoff game (227)

Points in a College Football Playoff half (49)

Points in a Game (63)

Team Total Yards (692)

Final Score: OU 28 – LSU 63

SAINTS TO HOST VIKINGS SUNDAY

With the easy win over the Panthers Sunday it was looking like the stars were aligning for the Saints. Best case scenarios were for the Packers and the 49rs both to loose. That would have given the Saints a buy and home field advantage, but it seams the Saints couldn’t get a break.

First up was the Packers/Lions game. The first half looked good as the Packers couldn’t seem to get anything working and Rogers wasn’t hitting his targets, but in the second half Rogers showed up and won over the Lions. This was bad for the Saints but put the Packers in the number 2 seed with a buy next week and home field advantage.

Next up was the 49rs and Seahawks. Both the Saints and Packers were watching this one very closely, and for a while my wife and I were allies, as a win by the Seahawks would have put the Packers in the 1 seed and the Saints in the 2 seed spots and both would get a buy, but this one didn’t look good from the very start as Seahawks looked disjointed and sloppy. There was however hope in the second half as the Seahawks got a rhythm going and in the last seconds it looked like they would pull it off. They were short and goal and would win the game with another Marshawn Lynch, who was playing his fist game after coming out of retirement, over the top play, but the players and coach were not paying attention and the play clock ran out backing them up 5 yards.

There was still time but the Seahawks then had an obvious pass interference in the end zone, but there was a no-call. Everyone waited for Coach Carroll to throw the challenge flag but he failed to do so and in my opinion lost the game for his team.

There is a silver lining however as the Saints still have home field advantage and will host the Vikings Sunday. The Vikings have looked worn out lately so should be a W for the Saints.

Until next time,

GEAUX SAINTS!

Diamond in the Rough: Marquis Dangerfield

Marquis Dangerfield is a 3 star DE out of Alexandria Senior High in Alexandria, LA. Dangerfield stands at 6’0 225lbs with a bench of 225, squat of 485, and runs a 4.7 40 – yard dash. Dangerfield is an aggressive lineman, who’s speed makes him excellent at outside edge rushing. Marquis is great at the hybrid position as well as a standup DE with the capabilities of dropping back into zone coverage in the passing game. As a versatile athlete, Dangerfield possesses the ability to give opponents nightmares on offense, while maintaining both a high football IQ and all the required physical attributes to compliment it. Marquis is a current roster member of the 2019 Louisiana Gridiron Football Game, which takes place today, 5pm Dec. 28th at Louisiana College in Pineville, LA.

Talk to me a little about when you got started in football and what made you stick around the sport.

I began playing around 8 years old. Growing up watching football, I always took an interest in the sport, so I decided I’d like to give it a try. What I immediately grew to love was how football allowed me to take out any pent up aggression I may have had in a safe and structured way. From a young age, the sport taught me valuable lessons in how important it is to fight for what I truly want.

What specifically about football, and the current All-Star game experience have you grown to appreciate the most?

First off, I love the physicality of the sport and the contact that it allows. With football, and especially with the LGF All-Star Game, it provides you with a unique opportunity to meet new people and form bonds you otherwise wouldn’t have in life. Football is very much a team sport, and that team building exercise helps you in the long run of life. 

Do you have a favorite memory from your playing career?

This year against Ruston for sure. They were up by a score late in the fourth and our defense needed to put the team on our backs and come up with a stop if we were to win. On a 3rd and short play, I stripped the ball but the refs ended up calling the ball carrier down. On the very next play, I ended up forcing a fumble by jarring the ball loose with one of our guys recovering. Our offense was able to then march down the field , capitalize off of the turnover and win the game for us. 

Describe to me your style of play and what what you are most proficient at.

I’m very fast and have great quickness off of the ball off the edge. I’d consider myself well balanced in both the running and passing game, but feel I excell most as a pass rusher. 

Are there any role models in the game that you have grown to admire the most?

The first two are Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead. Both of those guys are so extremely quick off the ball and I just love that. The last is Cam Jordan. I love his journey and career he’s had, slowly climbing the ladder of the sport and becoming one of the best in the league. All of those guys serve as great inspiration to me. 

What are some things you do outside of football?

Mainly I work. My goal is to earn money for college, but I know the importance of work throughout life because playing football is not a forever sport. There comes a day when everyone has to put up there pads for good, so I know the importance of the workforce and all that entails. 

Do you have any hobbies or other sports you enjoy playing?

In highschool I’m a member of the powerlifting team, throw the javelin for track & field, and was in my high school’s band.

What would you tell a coach or recruiter to separate yourself from the pack of current high school athletes?

I think a lot of people play this sport with the mindset to go out and make a name for themselves while seeking glory. I’ve never subscribed to that belief. My main motivation and concern is, and will always be, the team. My team’s success will always be of more importance to my own. Along with that, I think I possess an extremely high level of football intelligence. 

Lastly, do you have any pregame traditions or superstitions that you subscribe to?

This may sound funny but I always have to wear the same brand of underwear on for a game and I have to have my sleeves out. In fact, one game I remember I didn’t do those things and ended up playing bad, so I guess you can say I’m superstitious about that.

OU VS LSU GAMEDAY MATCHUP

The day is finally here! No.4 Oklahoma will take on No. 1 LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl for bragging rights and a shot to play for the national title in New Orleans on January 13th. This is a historic match for both team as it will be just the third time meeting for each program. The last being the 2004 BCS National Championship in which the Tigers won 21-14. This will be the tie breaker and the one that sends one of these two storied teams to a date with destiny in New Orleans.

For the Tigers, it is their first appearance in the College Football Playoffs. For the Sooners it is their fourth appearance in the playoffs. They have never advanced past the first round, they have all the pressure on them to get past this round and advance.

Players to watch:

Oklahoma

Jalen Hurts is a dynamic play maker, not only is he the leading passer for OU, but as a quarterback he is the leader rusher for the Sooners as well “it’s not just his running, it’s not just his throwing, it’s not just his leadership on the team.” Junior safety Grant Delpit said at media day for the Peach Bowl. “He can do all three of those things, so everyone has to be on their P’s and Q’s.” The quarterback has the ability to beat teams with not only his arm but with his legs as well. The Sooners like to run a lot of quarterback counters and RPOs off of aggressive defenses. Look for LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to have safety Grant Delpit playing closer to the line of scrimmage today to help in run support.

CeeDee Lamb the Biletnikoff finalist might be more important to his team than Ja’Marr Chase. Lamb was the only thousand yard, double digit touchdown receiver on his team, the Tigers had two this year. Averaging nearly 21 yards per catch, Lamb is a game breaker and has the ability to change the momentum of a game with a single catch. He will most likely be matched up against All-American freshman cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. “He’s a freshman with a senior mindset,” Lamb told the media. “He knows the game well, he plays his technique very well. I’ve seen him on the field and I’m just like, ‘Wow, there’s no way he’s a freshman.’ But honestly, he’s definitely going to be by far the best DB I go against.”

LSU

Joe Burrow has played lights out this year for the Tigers. Rewriting the record books for LSU, the SEC and some of the NCAA. What has been hidden in some of those of records, or possible overlooked is Burrows’ ability to run the football in short yardage and pick up the first down. Not his scrambling ability, we all know about 3rd and 17 against Texas, or his 1st and 10 play against Georgia in the Sec championship. I mean the designed runs for Burrow, or the runs where he does have to make magic happen to pick up the first downs. Remember Oklahoma will be without their leading pass rusher, defensive end Ronnie Perkins as well.

Defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin has been a work horse up front for the Tigers all season long. Everything starts up front with the big men. Games are won and lost in the trenches. Run-wise, anything that Oklahoma wants to do will be affected by Shelvin. “No center can single block me.” Shelvin said during media day. “You cannot single block me on defense. You can’t, it’s impossible.” Look for Shelvin to cause havoc along the offensive line of Oklahoma.     

Thaddeus Moss has been the “X Factor” for the Tigers this season. Not only having logged the most catches in a season in LSU history. But also having one of the most spectacular tight rope side line catches against Alabama earlier this year as well. Look for him to be involved heavily in the run game, and also as an outlet receiver for Burrow when protection breaks down.

Diamond in the Rough: Lewis Moore

Lewis Moore is a 3 star Offensive Lineman out of Lakeside High School (Sibley, LA). Moore stands at 6’0 215 lbs with a bench of 325, squat of 420 and scored a 23 on his ACT. Moore excels at both inside and perimeter blocking, with his main position on the line at Center. Along with offensive line, Moore is a dual-position athlete also capable of playing at the DE position. Moore currently has offers from McPherson College, Defiance College, and Anderson University. Lewis is a current player in the 2019 Louisiana Gridiron Football All-Star game, which takes place at 5pm on Dec. 28th at Louisiana College in Pineville, LA.

When did you begin playing football and what got you into the sport?

I started when I was in 7th grade for my middle-school’s football team and immediately grew a liking to it. I grew up watching football on TV and has been a lifelong dream of mine to play. 

What specifically about the sport do you love and appreciate most?

Just the overall physicality of the sport in general. I’ve always thought of myself as a really strong player, and football allows you to go out there against other competition to help validate that personal strength I know I possess. 

Is there any player in football, past or present, that you have always admired?

For me its Ray Lewis. He always epitomized what a good leader should be and love of the game and heart is something that can’t be matched.

Do you have any hobbies outside of football that you enjoy in your free time?

I really enjoy lifting weights and fishing. It’s a really relaxing way of helping with stress and the mental and physical fatigue from practice. 

Are there any other sports that you play outside of football?

I plan on throwing discus this year for my school’s track & field team, and I’m also on my school’s wrestling team.

Do you believe a sport like wrestling has taught you anything about football or has aided you in any way?

Definitely. With wrestling, it’s a great way to learn how to use your body and weight in finding proper angles that I believe translates really well into O-Line play.  

What has been playing football and being part of a team meant to you throughout your life?

You see these people that you’re around everyday out on the field working hard and forming these “never quit” attitudes. It’s an incredibly valuable life lesson and the bonds you form with your teammates is something that will last a lifetime. 

What is your all time favorite memory from your high school playing career?

This year we won our first ever playoff game in school history against North Caddo, who are our bitter rivals. They were ranked 3rd while we were ranked 30th and we ended up beating those guys 33-28. Its something I’ll never forget. 

Lastly, what is some advice you would like to share with other young football players that you have learned throughout your playing career?

Never give up on the sport, even when things get tough the perseverance you show will go along way. For me, I’ve always said of the importance to simply just be the best as I can at what I do.

PEACH BOWL PREVIEW: OU VS LSU

LSU and Oklahoma square off for just the third time in both of their storied histories, and the first time since meeting in the 2004 BCS National Championship. A game where the Tigers came away with a 21-14 victory over the Sooners in New Orleans. The LSU-OU series is currently tied at 1-1 with the Tigers looking to improve on that this Saturday in Atlanta.

Oklahoma is led by senior transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is no stranger to the Tigers defense. Before transferring this summer, the signal caller was in Tuscaloosa with the Tide under Nick Saban. Backing up current Bama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Hurts, is not only the leader passer for his team (3,634 yards), but is also the leader rusher (1,255 yards). LSU knows about that athletic ability too well, when in 2016, the only touchdown the Tigers “surrendered” to the Tide came on a controversial run by Hurts of 21 yards early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers would eventually lose the game 10-0. “Jalen Hurts is like a running back, back there.” said defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence about Hurts. “We got to stop the run. That’s any game, but really important to this game. Because you let Jalen Hurts loose back there, and you’ve got a long game. So you got to keep it simple.” This will be the third start against the Tigers for Hurts.

Hurts is aided in the passing game by junior CeeDee Lamb, a Biletnikoff Award finalist, and talented receiver that has big play ability to break a game wide open at any moment. The speedy receiver averages nearly 21 yards per catch and has 14 touchdowns on the season. Watch for Lamb to be matched up against LSU All-American freshman corner Derek Stingley Jr. Stingley led the SEC in interceptions this year with six, more on that in a bit.

This Oklahoma offense, just like every other Sooners offense of the Lincoln Riley era, has looked explosive and seems to find ways to put points on the board when needed. But it is also the same team that needed an overtime to beat Baylor in the Big 12 title game, and a loss by Utah in the Pac-12 championship. When the chips fell though, they are back in the playoffs for the fourth time in six years of the playoff system.

Oklahoma’s defense has become sneakily better than last seasons. Going from the 114th ranked in 2018 to the 25th overall this season. However, when we breakdown a major factor in the defense for the Sooners it is scoring defense. Oklahoma is giving up 24.5 points a game coming into this contest against the Tigers. That does not bode well for the Sooners, as the last opponent LSU faced, UGA, was giving up less than half that at 10.4 points a game. On top of that, it has been confirmed that defensive end Ronnie Perkins will be out for the game. The sophomore leads the Sooners with six sacks and is second on the team with 13.5 tackles for loss. Also out for the game is safety Delarrin Turner-Yell due to an apparent broken collar bone.

The Tigers are not looking at those missing individuals as advantages though. They know all about the “next man up” mentality. “We don’t even factor that in, you know, say hey, this is going to be an advantage.” stated Orgeron “It’s not going to be an advantage, uh-uh. We’re going, and again, it’s never about our opponent. It’s always about us and the way we execute.”

On offense for LSU:

Senior quarterback Joe Burrow: Heisman Trophy winner; Walter Camp Award winner; Maxwell Award winner; Davey O’Brien Award winner; Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner; AP POTY, SEC POTY, First Team All- American, and First Team All-SEC.

Sophomore wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase: Biletnikoff Award winner, First Team All-American, First Team All-SEC

Jr. C Lloyd Cushenberry, 1st Team All-SEC, Sr. G Damien Lewis, 2nd Team All-SEC, Sr. G Adrian Magee, 2nd Team All-SEC, Jr. T Saahdiq Charles, Jr. T Austin Deculus: Joe Moore Award winners (best OL unit)

 Junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Charles McClendon Award winner (LSU MVP), Paul Hornung finalist, Doak Walker semifinalist, 1st Team All-SEC RB, 2nd Team All-SEC Returner

Passing game coordinator Joe Brady: Broyles Award winner (top assistant in college football) Coach Brady also stated that “Steve Ensminger deserves half of this award”

Although junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is listed as day-to-day, due to non-contact injury sustained in practice. Offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger said Tuesday morning “I do believe we will have Clyde” and clarified that with “that’s just my opinion.” Edwards-Helaire has been a versatile player in the Tigers offense, and matchup nightmare to scheme against. As of this writing, Edwards-Helaire was still being held out of practice on Tuesday afternoon for precautionary measures.

Defensively the Tigers have one of the best secondary groups in the country. Boasting the Jim Thorpe Award winner in Grant Delpit for best defensive back in college football. All-American freshman Derek Stingley Jr., who led the SEC in interceptions with six, and ranks him fifth nationally. The Tigers also rank No. 1 in interceptions in the SEC with 16 on the season. That number puts them at 6th respectively when ranked in the nation.

While Derek Stingley will most likely be matched up one on one with CeeDee Lamb, the defensive line and outside linebackers for the Tigers will be tasked with defending the legs off quarterback of Jalen Hurts. “Obviously, with this team, you’ve got to tackle,” Tigers Head Coach Ed Orgeron said during a Monday press conference. “You’ve got to tackle one-on-one and in space. You’ve got to tackle Jalen. You’ve got to cover CeeDee, and if you do cover them, you’ve got to tackle them. So, it’s going to come down to winning your one-on-ones as a tackler.”

Expect both quarterbacks to make plays with their legs in this game. However, with the suspension of their biggest pass rush threat and the injury to the leading tackler in the defensive backfield. I don’t see the Sooners holding up very long past halftime. The line on this game has already moved from 8 originally to 11 earlier this week to now 13, most likely from Tiger fans betting heavily on LSU.

LSU 43 – OU 30

Diamond in the Rough: Scott Wisby

Scott Wisby is a 3 star LB out of Rosepine High School (Rosepine, LA), Wisby stands at 6’1 230 lbs with a 275lb bench and 450 squat. Wisby has great strength and block shedding ability, able to penetrate inside gaps at the line of scrimmage with his great run stopper mentality. Along with inside penetration, Wisby has the ability to threaten the C gap, making him a valuable edge rusher as well. Along with his physical attributes, Scott maintains a GPA of 3.0 and a 22 ACT score. We are proud and excited to have Scott as a participant in the 2019 Louisiana Gridiron All-Star Game, held on December 28th at Louisiana College. 

Around what age did you begin playing football and what motivated you to get into the sport?

I began playing around 4th grade when I was 9 or 10. At first I was a little nervous about playing football, but through conversations with my cousin and sister, I decided to try out and have been involved in the game ever since.

What about football made you grow to love the sport?

Really the physicality and toughness of the sport. Its a contact sport so it forces you to be aggressive, which I loved. The toughness and physicalness is even why I started boxing along with football. 

Are there any sports outside of football that you play? In athletic accomplishments that you would like to talk about?

I’m a member of my high school’s track & field team where I shot put, and I’m also a member of the powerlifting team. For football, I was awarded District Defensive MVP my sophomore year, and also received All-Parish Defensive MVP honors.

When not playing football, are there any hobbies or activities that you enjoy?

I really love to play guitar. It’s a great way to relax and relieve any sort of mental stress/fatigue. I also do team roping in rodeo. 

Is there any player at the pro or collegiate level that you look up to the most?

It has to be Aaron Donald for me. He’s probably the best in the game and seeing as though we’re similar in height is really inspiring, especially with his level of technique and finesse.

What are you most looking forward to in regard to the LGF Bowl Game?

I can’t wait to play with and against new players that I’ve never met before. It’ll be a good way to form bonds and experience competition against the best players in the state.

What do you believe is your biggest strength at your position?

I can read the run extremely well and I believe I have great play recognition. I’m really good at gutting the offensive line as a run stopper.

What would you say sets you apart from other players at your position?

Really it’s my work ethic. I’ve always been an extremely diligent worker. Along with that, my ability to read the ball and overall technique is what sets me apart. 

What would you like to do in life after your playing career is over?

I would really love to be a football coach and can hopefully get a graduate assistant position in college. I just love being around the sport. I would also enjoy to have a profession as a teacher.

Finally, what is something that you will never forget about the sport and what it has taught you.

Its growing up with those same guys for years and the close bonds you form that really show what it’s like to be part of a team. Also, football is not an easy sport, both mentally and physically. It has definitely taught me the importance of hard work in all aspects of life.