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LSU 2014 Position Previews: The Defensive Line

What has typically been one of LSU's greatest strengths was a weakness last season. How will this unit, with a number of new faces, rebound in 2014? Depth Chart Defensive Tackle 91 Christian LaCouture (Soph.) 6-5, 300 11 tackles, 1.5 TFL (1 sack) 95 Quentin Thomas (Jr.) 6-4, 303 9 tackles, .5 TFL, 2 pass break-ups & 1 fumble recovered 96 Mickey Johnson (Jr.) 6-1, 310 3 tackles in 4 game appearances. 90 Maquedius Bain (RS-Fr.) 6-4, 299 Redshirted. 97 Frank Herron (RS-Fr.) 6-5, 278 Redshirted. 99 Greg Gilmore (RS-Fr.) 6-4,...
And The Valley Shook Aug 19, 2014

LSU 2014 Position Previews: Running Backs

It may not be the big question everybody's focused on, but this is the marquee position on LSU's offense in 2014. Roster/Depth Chart Tailbacks 18 Terrence Magee (Sr.) 5-9, 217 86 carries for 626 yards (7.3 ypc) and 8 touchdowns, 6 catches for 49 yards. 27 Kenny Hilliard (Sr.) 6-0, 232 68 carries for 310 yards (4.6) and 7 touchdowns. 7 Leonard Fournette (Fr.) 6-1, 230 Five-star recruit. 34 Darrel Williams (Fr.) 6-0, 230 Four-star recruit. Fullbacks 43 Connor Neighbors (Sr.) 5-11, 229 2 carries for zero yards, 7 catches for 92 yards....
And The Valley Shook Aug 19, 2014
Delusional Optimism Lives In the Now

Delusional Optimism Lives In the Now

And if you're not down with that... Before the 2010 season, popular wisdom was that The Decline had begun at LSU. The Tigers had failed to win 10 games in either of the past two seasons, and both Arkansas and Auburn had seen their win totals increase for the past two seasons. Of course, those win totals had never exceeded LSU's, but still. Miles was doomed and the LSU Golden Age was at its end. Reflecting this opinion, the assembled media at SEC Media Days voted LSU to finish fourth in the West prior to the 2010 season. LSU had never finished fourth in the West under Les Miles, and this was...
And The Valley Shook Aug 18, 2014

SEC Network & LSU Fans: Week of 8/23

LSU fans might want to remember these dates & times. Football season's a week away, and there's going to be a ton of LSU programming on TV this week. Via Michael Bonnette at LSU, here's a quick roundup of everything you might want to be aware of on the SEC Network: LSU on the SEC Network: Week of Aug. 18 - 24 The following is a listing of every time any LSU sport appears on the SEC Network this week. We will send out an updated schedule each Monday morning throughout the fall. Tuesday, Aug. 19 Football at Ole Miss (2013)  -- 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 Football vs. Tennessee (2005) --...
And The Valley Shook Aug 15, 2014

LSU 2014 Position Previews: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

Taking a look at one end of LSU’s very unproven passing game. Roster/Depth Chart Wide Receiver Player Ht/Wt 2012 (raw stats) Advanced Stats 19 Quantavious Leslie (Sr.) 6-4, 179 1 catch for 11 yards in 4 game appearances. 100% catch rate. 83 Travin Dural (Soph.) 6-2, 192 7 catches for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. 15 targets, 9.7 yards per target, 46.7% catch rate. 4.8% of LSU's total targets. 2 Avery Peterson (RS-Fr.) 6-2, 200 Redshirted. N/A 87 Kevin Spears (RS-Fr.) 6-3, 195 Redshirted. N/A 9 John Diarse (RS-Fr.) 6-0,...
And The Valley Shook Aug 15, 2014

SEC Positional Rankings: The Secondary

What is pass defense anyway? This week, we turn our attention to defensive backs. The email we got about the schedule lists this as "CB", but I'm assuming we're supposed to rank the entire secondary. It seems odd to just rate corners and not the entire defensive backfield. So I'm going with secondaries, and if we're wrong to do it this way... oh well. Wouldn't be the first time. Poseur The two major stats I'm looking at last year were passing yards/game (and yards/attempt) and percentage of passes defended (PBU + INT). I'm looking to see, essentially, how easy it was to pass on a defense,...
And The Valley Shook Aug 15, 2014

LSU and the Five Stages of Grief

Commiserate with me, why don't you? How do you forget the past? It's a question I wrestle with daily. I have hurt people. I have been hurt by people. Friends, family, significant others, even strangers. My emotions are far more invested in LSU football than I'd often like to admit. They hurt me too. Regularly. I take it personally. I shouldn't relegate such feelings to something over which I have absolutely no control, yet, there I am, every Sunday after a loss, sulking, aimlessly flipping from NFL game to NFL game re-hashing each and every play in my head. If you're a regular reader of...
And The Valley Shook Aug 14, 2014

LSU 2014 Position Previews: Defensive Backfield

From the offensive front to the defensive back end. Roster/Depth Chart Corners 13 Dwayne Thomas (Soph.) 6-0, 182 10 tackles, 5 passes broken up, 4.0 TFLs (3.0 sacks) and 2 forced fumbles. 16 Tre'davious White (Soph.) 5-11, 191 55 tackles, 9 passes broken up (2 interceptions), 2.5 TFLs and 1 forced fumble. 21 Rashard Robinson (Soph.) 6-3, 177 16 tackles, 4 passes broken up (1 interception) and .5 TFL. 32 Jalen Collins (Jr.) 6-2, 198 22 tackles and 2 passes broken up. 24 Ed Paris Jr. (Fr.) 6-1, 208 Four-star recruit. 39 Russell Gage...
And The Valley Shook Aug 13, 2014

How Will the SEC West Be Won?

Taking a look at returning experiencing and roster talent. Who will take the SEC West this season? Zebulon 'Zeb' Rawlings: Do you remember the story Pa used to tell us about fightin' that grizzly bear? Jeremiah Rawlings: Yeah. Zebulon 'Zeb' Rawlings: And I asked him, I said, 'Now, why'd you get in such a fix? Do you like fightin' grizzlies?' He said, 'Well, not 'specially. I just wanted to go somewhere and the bear was there first.' I guess I just wanna go somewhere, too. ------------------------------------------------------------- Predictions are meaningless. Especially so in this...
And The Valley Shook Aug 13, 2014

Pop Quiz Hotshots...

Anybody want to tell me what "246 alert zone" means?
And The Valley Shook Aug 12, 2014
Best Games of the Les Miles Era: #1 LSU vs. Florida, 2007

Best Games of the Les Miles Era: #1 LSU vs. Florida, 2007

Closing out the list with the single best game these eyes have ever seen. When it was over I walked to my car. Quickly. With this nervous energy that's atypical for me after a football game. I picked up my phone to leave the girl I was seeing at the time a very excited, very hoarse message. I exchanged several screams with my fellow pedestrians. There may have been dancing. And then I got behind the wheel of my car and planted my forehead against my steering wheel out of sheer exhaustion. Never had an LSU game taken so much out of me. **** Saturday, October 6, 2007. LSU had just moved into...
And The Valley Shook Aug 12, 2014

Where Does the NCAA Go From Here?

The NCAA needs to take control of reform in order to stop it The NCAA lost, and athletes can get paid. The Mothership's analysis calls this a narrow win for the plaintiffs, but I respectfully disagree. On Friday morning, it was against NCAA rules for players to receive any compensation from the university, and now the NCAA is enjoined from enforcing those rules. The camel's nose is under the tent, y'all. That said, the NCAA shouldn't waste its time on an appeal it is virtually certain to lose. The NCAA needs to call this reform, get behind it, and call it a day. If the NCAA digs in its...
And The Valley Shook Aug 11, 2014

Case of the Mondays? How 'Bout Every Scoring Play From 2013?

Nineteen days until the 2014 Tigers start their own run.
And The Valley Shook Aug 11, 2014

LSU 2014 Position Previews: Offensive Line

Starting off our previews of the 2014 Tigers position by position with the offense's clear returning strength: the offensive line. Depth Chart Name Height/Weight 2013 Season 55 Elliot Porter (Sr.) 6-4, 297 Started 12/13 games at center. 70 La'El Collins (Sr.) 6-5, 321 Started 12/13 games in at left tackle. 65 Jerald Hawkins (Soph.) 6-6, 309 Started all 13 games - 12 at right tackle, one at left. 74 Vadal Alexander (Jr.) 6-6, 340 Started all 13 games at left guard. 69 Fehoko Fanaika (Sr.) 6-6, 330 Appeared in 12 games as a reserve guard. 75...
And The Valley Shook Aug 8, 2014

And the Valley Drinks: Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout

THIS BEER. Santa Fe Brewing out of (guess where!) New Mexico, have slowly been working their way into the Louisiana market. I was able to try a few of their wares at the Baton Rouge Beer Fest last spring but I...um...didn't really write anything down for a review. Anyways, I DO remember very much enjoying their Imperial Java Stout, so after a long day at work, I picked some up on the way home: This is the kind of beer that gives the word "stout" a reputation.  Extra generous quantities of barley malt, followed by vigorous fermentation leaves this "imperial" heavy weight with 8% alcohol...
And The Valley Shook Aug 8, 2014

Diary of a Mad Fullback: What's Cooler than Bein' Cool?

Diary 106 August 12th, 2004 All my friends can't stop listening to the new Outkast hit "Hey Ya." As if this the first time Outkast has ever generated a piece of influential music. Sure, it's a far-reaching hit that appeals to the masses, but of what value is it truly? I fashion myself more of an Aquemini man, though it's impossible to dispute the genius of ATLiens. If you want to go way back, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was a real gem, but no one knows about that one. I've found that all the best music always channels the past. Aquemini excelled in it's ability to hearken back to 70's...
And The Valley Shook Aug 8, 2014

LSU Fall Practice: Day 4 Roundup

And since practices are now closed, this'll be some of the last updates we get. On the other hand, BIIIIIIG CAAAAAT Reports Morning Practice Report Young Receivers Out to Make Their Mark Miles Press Conference Report Chavis Enjoys LB Corps Repaired Shoulders Have Rasco Ready to Go Videos #LSU coach Les Miles has closed afternoon practice. pic.twitter.com/dPpSYgChAM — Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) August 7, 2014 Tiger Stadium's new south end zone ribbon boards finished. They're flashing tonight, visible from downtown. #LSU pic.twitter.com/H2KHK2yJFJ — Ross...
And The Valley Shook Aug 7, 2014

2016 WR Dee Anderson Commits!

Mesquite, Texas WR Dee Anderson committed to LSU on Thursday. Learn more about him here. Adam Henry struck again Thursday afternoon, securing the commitment of composite 4-star WR Darius "Dee" Anderson. Anderson tripped to Baton Rouge for LSU Elite Camp and was offered on July 24th. The Mesquite, Texas native made his way home, thought and prayed on the offer, and today decided to jump on it. Anderson is a big WR target, standing at 6'4" with a wingspan that exceeds that, according to reports. Though he's a bit light, currently, at only 177 pounds, he still has two years of HS ball...
And The Valley Shook Aug 7, 2014

Measuring the LSU Talent Drain

How much production have the Tigers really lost? One of the biggest concerns going into this season for LSU is the amount of talent that has left the program. It's impossible to read an LSU preview without some mention of the NFL draft and the loss of so many starters. Make no mistake, LSU lost a ton of production. The question is, how much? How can LSU cope with such a talent drain? First, we start by looking at how many starters the average team loses. Now, I would prefer to look at percentage of starts, but that's just way too labor intensive. I'm not aware of a public database that...
And The Valley Shook Aug 7, 2014

LSU Football's 2014 Season Trailer is Here

Now with more Tommy Moffitt screaming at you to GET YOUR ASS IN GEAR!!!

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