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And The Valley Shook 9 hours ago

LSU 2014 NFL Draft Profiles: Alfred Blue

The senior running back eschewed a chance at a sixth year to try his luck in the NFL. Alfred Blue Position: TailbackCombine Height/Weight: 6-2, 223 poundsLSU Listed Height/Weight: 6-2, 222Hand Size: 9 7/8 inchesArm Length: 32 3/8 inches40-Yard Dash Time: 4.63 (4.59 at LSU Pro Day)Bench-Press Reps (of 225 pounds): 13Vertical Jump: 32 inchesShort/Long Shuttle: 4.50/11.86 3-Cone Drill: 7.15Broad Jump: 121 inches Strengths Upright, versatile back that has proven he can handle multiple roles...classic one-cut zone runner that is well-built for running between the tackles and with good instincts...
And The Valley Shook 12 hours ago

Glimpse of the Future...?

Looks like Brandon Harris and Malachi Dupre decided to get a little work in at the Charles McClendon practice facility recently...
And The Valley Shook 13 hours ago

In the Mick of Time: Jordan Mickey is back!

The shot-swatting power forward announced he will return to LSU for his sophomore year. What does it mean for the Tigers next season and beyond? A relatively quiet Wednesday in LSU athletics provided at least a little hope for the future of the basketball program. While most other Tiger sports have produced reasons to be excited about them during the last two months, LSU hoops' late-season swoon somewhat soured many on the program and Johnny Jones. Jordan Mickey staying for his sophomore year brings some renewed hope to the mix. While there was never much serious worry he'd flee for the...
And The Valley Shook Apr 23, 2014
ATVS Study Hall: Who Was LSU's Best

ATVS Study Hall: Who Was LSU's Best "Clutch" Wide Receiver in 2013?

Which LSU WR came through in the clutch in 2013? Paul attempts to quantify "clutch" and figure out which WR was the best in the clutch in 2013. I don't believe in clutch. At least not as a repeatable form of behavior. The word is used flippantly and often to describe a player who played perfectly terrible for most of the game before doing something heroic to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat (see: Roethlisberger, Ben). Or it's also commonly applied to a variety of hitters known for coming through in "the big moment." Derek Jeter or David Ortiz, for example. The trouble is,...
And The Valley Shook Apr 23, 2014
Mike Slive Wants to Give the Players What They Want

Mike Slive Wants to Give the Players What They Want

The times are a-changin' Mike Slive stepped up to a microphone last week at the University of Massachusetts as the keynote speaker and then casually stated that he was onboard with blowing up college sports as we all know it. He agreed that the NCAA will create a five-conference subdivision of the "equity conferences" this August, and will likely spend the first year drawing up new rules. He also lowered the boom: "What we're trying to give them is what [student-athletes] are asking for." People spend a lot of time speculating about super conferences and realignment, but that is a drop in...
And The Valley Shook Apr 22, 2014

GAMETHREAD: LSU vs. Tulane, 6:30pm, Cox Sports\ESPN3\GeauxZone

It's time to get revenge against the hated, evil, stinking, cheating, lying, good for nothing Greenies and prevent the foul stink of a season series sweep by Tulane, something that hasn't happened since 2007. LSU got better over the weekend, with the surprising help of a long Sunday start from Alden Cartwright. I wouldn't say he locked up the Sunday role just yet, but pitching most of Ole Miss's first shutout loss of the year will go a long way. Because of that, former Sunday starter Jr. LHP Kyle Bouman (3-2, 3.24 ERA, 33.1 IP, 5 BB, 19 SO) gets the nod tonight in an outing with no planned...
And The Valley Shook Apr 22, 2014

LSU 2014 NFL Draft Profiles: Lamin Barrow

What are the prospects of this departing senior linebacker? Lamin Barrow Position: LinebackerCombine Height/Weight: 6-1, 237 poundsLSU Listed Height/Weight: 6-2, 232Hand Size: 10 3/8 inchesArm Length: 33 3/8 inches40-Yard Dash Time: 4.64 Bench-Press Reps (of 225 pounds): 22Vertical Jump: 35 inchesShort Shuttle: 4.35 3-Cone Drill: 7.24Broad Jump: 123 inches Strengths Strong, athletic, well-built linebacker...long arms that can envelop the ball carrier or engage and shed blockers well...strong at the point of attack, with enough speed to pursue...changes direction well...gym rat and a hard...
And The Valley Shook Apr 22, 2014
T-Bob Hebert On 2012 BCS Title Game in Reddit AMA:

T-Bob Hebert On 2012 BCS Title Game in Reddit AMA: "Nothing out of the ordinary happened."

Former LSU OL T-Bob Hebert took to Reddit to answer a few questions. LSU fans pulled no punches, immediately asking what happened in the 2012 BCS Title Game. Former LSU center T-Bob Hebert hopped on Reddit today for an AMA (Ask Me Anything). Right off the bat he was asked about the 2012 BCS Title Game against Alabama. He responded thusly: I don't think your going to like what I have to say, however it is the honest truth. Nothing out of the ordinary happened the night before the game. I understand why it seems like that absolutely cannot be the case. We beat 9 ranked teams, we beat the...
And The Valley Shook Apr 22, 2014

LSU Football Recruiting: How should the 2015 Recruiting Class Look?

Paul takes a look at the current depth chart, and how the staff should fill the spots for the 2015 signing class. It's early yet in the 2015 recruiting cycle, but you know the ball never stops rolling in that regard. The coaches have been hitting the road aggressively, keeping tabs on both in and out-of-state prospects that top their boards. While Boys from the Boot is in the books and a handful of in-state offers have been doled out, you should be accustomed to the fact, by now, that the players the coaches are less sure of will need to camp in Baton Rouge this summer to solidify their...
And The Valley Shook Apr 21, 2014

LSU Football 2014 NFL Draft Profiles: J.C. Copeland

Is there a place in the NFL for a fullback like Copeland? J.C. Copeland Position: FullbackCombine Height/Weight: 5-11, 271 poundsLSU Listed Height/Weight: 6-1, 270Hand Size: 10 inchesArm Length: 32 inches40-Yard Dash Time: 4.95Bench-Press Reps (of 225 pounds): 23Vertical Jump: 28.5 inchesShort Shuttle: 4.58/12.36 3-Cone Drill: 7.68Broad Jump: 111 inches Strengths Powerful athlete with a well-built frame that allows him to distribute his power...physical player that locks on to a target, gets low and really explodes on blocks...former high-school nose tackle that is a versatile enough...
And The Valley Shook Apr 21, 2014

Gym Finishes Third, Best Finish in School History

Sometimes, the other guys are just better. Congrats to Florida and Oklahoma, both worthy champs. In the end, it took the "perfect score" of 198 to win it. Actually, that didn't even win it, as the two co-champions tied with a 198.175. Three teams spent the year trading the No. 1 spot in the rankings and at the end of the day, two of them shared the title. LSU was that third team, and they get left out. LSU did finish third in the nation, its best ever finish in gymnastics. The morning after, it hurts a little bit, as I do believe this team was good enough to win it all, but ultimately they...
And The Valley Shook Apr 21, 2014

Recruit Video Tourney: #2 J.C. Copeland vs. #7 Rashard Robinson

We close out the first half of the bracket with two defensive videos. Wait, what? The first half of the bracket comes to a close as the final match-up gets underway. Offense has gained some momentum with a few wins strung together, but unfortunately for them that streak comes to an end as two defensive players face off. Yep, that fullback we enjoyed watching bust some heads while at LSU came to Baton Rouge as a defensive tackle. The other one made one of the more impressive transitions from high school to college and has a bright future ahead of him. However, only one can close out the...
And The Valley Shook Apr 21, 2014

Link Gumbo - 4/21/14

A round-up of the latest news and notes surrounding LSU and the sports world at large. Former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones’ condition improves | LSU | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA - Some fantastic news here. As many of you know, Tahj was shot back on the 11th, allegedly by former LSU football player Brandon Winey. It's good to see Tahj improving and we wish him and his family all the best. UPDATE: Former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones' trainer says Jones able to stand up, march in place - Football - Here's a note on what Tahj Jones is able to do. The progress appears good. Badgers football:...
And The Valley Shook Apr 19, 2014

GAMETHREAD: LSU @ Ole Miss, Game 3, 1pm, FSN/ESPN3

Last Night Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- LSU................. 001 000 000 - 1 7 1 Ole Miss............ 101 200 10X - 5 10 1 ------------------------------------------- Box Score SEC Scoreboard via D1Baseball.com #6 South Carolina Auburn Recap Postponed PPD to 4/19, rain #8 LSU 1 #12 Ole Miss 5 Box Score Recap FINAL #11 Vanderbilt 2 Arkansas 6 Box Score Recap FINAL #17 Alabama 8 #29 Tennessee 5 Box...
And The Valley Shook Apr 18, 2014

GAMETHREAD: LSU @ Ole Miss, Game 2, 6:30pm, No TV

Last Night Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------------- LSU................. 001 001 000 010 1 - 4 13 2 Ole Miss............ 010 000 010 010 0 - 3 9 2 ------------------------------------------------- Box Score LSU – Fr. LHP Jared Poche' (1-0, 1.23 ERA, 14.2 IP, 3 BB, 13 SO) UM – So. LHP Christian Trent (4-0, 2.44 ERA, 59.0 IP, 8 BB, 49 SO) Video available only through the Ole Miss streaming service, for a fee.
And The Valley Shook Apr 17, 2014

GAMETHREAD: LSU @ Ole Miss, Game 1, 6:30pm, ESPNU

LINEUPS LSU Sean McMullen, LF Mark Laird, RF Alex Bregman, SS Kade Scivicque, DH Tyler Moore, C Andrew Stevenson, CF Conner Hale, 2B Christian Ibarra, 3B Kramer Robertson, 2B Ole Miss Braxton Lee, LF Auston Bousfield, CF Austin Anderson, 3B Will Allen, C Sikes Orvis, 1B J.B. Woodman, DH Will Jamison, RF Preston Overby, 2B Errol Robinson, SS LSU – Jr. RHP Aaron Nola (7-1, 0.70 ERA, 64.0 IP, 13 BB, 84 SO)UM – Jr. RHP Chris Ellis (5-0, 1.81 ERA, 54.2 IP, 17 BB, 35 SO)
And The Valley Shook Apr 17, 2014

WEEKEND GAMETHREAD: LSU @ Ole Miss

News Baseball Opens Ole Miss Series Thursday on ESPNU - LSUSports.net LSU players are braced for a spirited reception at Ole Miss - Times Pic LSU’s Jared Poché ready for rough crowd at Ole Miss - The Advocate LSU’s Jake Fraley gets into the swing of things as Tigers visit Ole Miss - The Advocate Ole Miss Baseball: The Rebels host the LSU Tigers in Oxford - Red Cup Rebellion SEC Baseball Power Poll: Week 9 - FWTCT Pitching Matchups Game 1 - 6:30pm, ESPNU/ESPN3LSU – Jr. RHP Aaron Nola (7-1, 0.70 ERA, 64.0 IP, 13 BB, 84 SO)UM – Jr. RHP Chris...
And The Valley Shook Apr 17, 2014

Chalk Talk: Previewing Ole Miss with Red Cup Rebellion

LSU's heading into enemy territory this week to take on the Fightin' Rebel Black Bears. I got in touch with Jeff Gray, who goes by Catfish Powe-boy over on SB Nation Ole Miss blog Red Cup Rebellion to get a read on the Rebels and this weekend's series. You can catch my answers to his questions over on their site. PodKATT: It’s the question that gets asked every year for this series. How much do Ole Miss fans want to fire Mike Bianco this year? Jeff Gray: Ah yes, the Bianco conundrum. Before the season, I think a lot of fans (myself included) had chalked this up as his last hoorah....
And The Valley Shook Apr 17, 2014
And the Valley Drinks: Founders Porter

And the Valley Drinks: Founders Porter

More and more craft breweries expand into the Louisiana market, and here’s one of the new ones. As some of y'all may know, I've been a member of the EDSBS Commentariat for a long time, all the way back to the Wordpress days. Among the many, many (many) topics we discuss from time to time, is beer. As my beer palate's expanded, it's been fun, albeit a little bittersweet, to learn about all the great breweries around the country. Whether it's Clown Shoes, Bell's, Cigar City, Big Lake or Birdsong, I've been waiting and hoping for some of them to wise up and expand their markets into...
And The Valley Shook Apr 16, 2014
LSU 2014 NFL Draft Profiles: Zach Mettenberger

LSU 2014 NFL Draft Profiles: Zach Mettenberger

Breaking down the senior quarterback's NFL prospects. Zach Mettenberger Position: QuarterbackCombine Height/Weight: 6-5, 224 poundsLSU Listed Height/Weight: 6-5, 235Hand Size: 9 3/4 inchesArm Length: 32 3/8 inches40-Yard Dash Time: DNPBench-Press Reps (of 225 pounds): DNPVertical Jump: DNPShort/Long Shuttle: DNP3-Cone Drill: DNPBroad Jump: DNP Strengths Tall, well-built, prototypical pocket passer...has a strong arm that can really power the ball outside of the hashes and allows him to throw from multiple platforms...tremendous sense of anticipation and timing on throws and an ability to...

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