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Offensive Lineman Seth Stewart Commits to LSU

Jeff Grimes brings in a big tackle from West Virginia and a local futures prospect. LSU’s Elite Camp weekend has netted the Tigers a pair of offensive line commits, one for the future and one for the Class of 2017 in three-star tackle Seth Stewart of Point Pleasant, West Virgina. Stewart was originally committed to Marshall, and claims offers from West Virginia, Arkansas and Louisville as well. At 6-8-320, he cuts an imposing figure, and looks fairly light on his feet in his junior highlights. He’ll need some technique work — bends at the waste a bit much. Pretty impressive...
And The Valley Shook Jul 22, 2016

LSU Elite Camp Preview

The biggest weekend for LSU recruiting in the summer has arrived, and with one of, if not the best recruiting staffs in the nation and that LSU has ever assembled, this is amounting to a big occasion for the staff to make huge impressions. I’ll stop babbling and get to the good stuff. Commits Will Be Putting In Work 11 of the 15 commits in the 2017 class will be in attendance, along with 2018 commits Kelvin Joseph, Nadab Joseph and 2019 commit Derek Stingley. The four 2017 guys missing are IMG commits Jhamon Ausbon and Grant Delpit (their school functions have already started, which is...
And The Valley Shook Jul 22, 2016

Better Know a Freshman: Connor Culp

“All the world’s a stageAnd all the men and women merely players;They have their exits and their entrances,And one man in his time plays many parts,His acts being seven ages.” Jaques, As You Like It, 2.7.139-143 Long before millennials began their insatiable quest for meaning and purpose, Shakespeare succinctly summarized the extent of human existence, and then completely turned that notion upon it’s head. Some may not like framing humanity in such cold, calculated terms. As You Like It is arguably the lightest and happiest work in the entire Shakespeare canon. At it’s root, it...
And The Valley Shook Jul 21, 2016

Previewing the LSU Offensive Line with Mark Rogers

Could be in for a big year. Yours truly sat down with Mark Rogers again to web chat about the Tiger offensive line, which is starting to get a little preseason pub from the likes of Bruce Feldman as well.
And The Valley Shook Jul 21, 2016

Roadmap to the Playoff -- What LSU Needs for a Title Run in 2016, Part 8: Finding a Third Option in the Passing Game

So we know 7, 15 and 83, but what else is there? After one of the best offseasons LSU football has had in some time, the 2016 team could be poised for some great things. Les Miles has the best running back in college football, more returning starters than any other team he’s had here, and hired one of the best defensive coordinators in the country to coach a unit that returns eight starters. The pieces could easily be in place for a run at the college football playoff -- the advanced statistics back that up as well. But as with any team, there are question marks that have to be answered....
And The Valley Shook Jul 21, 2016

WEEKEND OBLONG SPHEROID REPORT - 7/21/16

A great variety of football-like substances will hit the airwaves this weekend as the long slog through the desert of July continues. A full slate of CFL this weekend, though they are taking Sunday off. Ottawa remains the only unbeaten team north of the border in this still early season and that’s not likely to change this weekend against win-less Saskatchewan. Sanzar Super Rugby, whose truly global professional sports league spans from South Africa to Japan, enters the quarterfinals round of it’s World Championship tournament. We’ve also got the usual handful of NRL Rugby and...
And The Valley Shook Jul 20, 2016

Wednesday Wayback: The Night The U Died

Reliving the time LSU won the fight on and off the field. After the overtime win in Tuscaloosa, LSU beat the brakes off a hapless Ole Miss team and then skirted disaster with a narrow 19-17 win over Arkansas, which has since been scrubbed from the annals of YouTube. That win locked LSU into a trip to Atlanta, where Georgia ran riot over LSU. The remarkable run following the Tennessee loss was over, but out of the shadows of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, LSU had put together a 10-2 record and brought an SEC West banner to hang with a new coach. But they weren’t done yet, as they had one...
And The Valley Shook Jul 19, 2016

Pick the Podcast Ain't Played Nobody Topic

Sabotage Bill C and Godfrey's show! A few months ago, Friend of the Blog Bill Connelly set up a kickstarter for his book on The 50 Best* College Football Teams of All-Time. He raised over $25,000, and I know several members of the ATVS community, including yours truly, kicked in some cash for this project. Well, now Bill C. is starting to pay off his debts. Another Friend of the Blog, Michael Underwood, donated enough to the campaign that he gets to determine a topic for the PAPN podcast. Now, being the generally awesome guy that he is, Michael is letting the entire ATVS crew in on his...
And The Valley Shook Jul 18, 2016

VIDEO: Les Miles visits Sportscenter to share the words of fallen BRPD officer Montrell Jackson

Today was the first of a pair of days where the head football coaches in the SEC visit ESPN in Bristol, CT for their annual "car wash", a kind of extension of SEC Media days where the coaches are interviewed for almost all of the talk shows that originate from ESPN's HQ. After the events of Sunday, Les Miles decided not to go on the trip, skipping the media sessions where he would talk about football to instead be with his team. Early this evening, Les Miles appeared on Sportscenter to talk about Baton Rouge, and to share the words of Montrell Jackson, one of the officers who was killed in...
And The Valley Shook Jul 18, 2016

In da Film Room: Brandon Harris vs. Texas A&M (feat. Derrius Guice)

Film Room sighs loudly. LSU vs. Texas A&M in 2015 was the 2nd time ever that I got high and watched LSU. I became very emotional during the all the Les Miles fanfare and then I passed out on my friends couch during some PAC-12 game. This wraps up the very disappointing end to LSU’s regular season. It’s very unfortunate that major college football is played within razor thin margins for error. An 11 or 12 game sample is no where near big enough to come to any conclusive evidence on how good a team is. Good teams lose games. LSU lost to three really good teams and it marred what could...
And The Valley Shook Jul 18, 2016

The Latest on Sunday’s Tragedy in Baton Rouge

A few words about what’s happening and what we can do. Well, a day later and even finding the words to write this small blog post about Sunday’s events in Baton Rouge is more difficult than it should be. You all know the story, but I’ll go back through it anyway: at 8:45 a.m., Sunday morning, a man opened fire on police officers in Baton Rouge at a gas station on Airline Highway, injuring six officers and murdering three. The fallen officers are Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola. The shooter, has been identified as a man named Gavin Young, of Kansas City. It still...
And The Valley Shook Jul 17, 2016

Tigers at Work

LSU releases summer conditioning hype video.
And The Valley Shook Jul 15, 2016

Roadmap to the Playoff -- What LSU Needs for a Title Run in 2016, Part 7: More Efficient Running Back Usage

Is Less Fournette More for the Offense? After one of the best offseasons LSU football has had in some time, the 2016 team could be poised for some great things. Les Miles has the best running back in college football, more returning starters than any other team he’s had here, and hired one of the best defensive coordinators in the country to coach a unit that returns eight starters. The pieces could easily be in place for a run at the college football playoff -- the advanced statistics back that up as well. But as with any team, there are question marks that have to be answered. Things...
And The Valley Shook Jul 15, 2016

WEEKEND OBLONG SPHEROID REPORT 7/15/16

Sorry for the delay folks, this one’s a bit late. First, an update from last week. Despite breezing through the other competition, the US National U-19 Football team fell to Canada in the U-19 World Championship game, 24-6. I guess Canada now controls the future of football in the world. SEGUE In the dead of summer, the world cries out for football, and the Canadiens are here with the methadone you need to get to September. The ancient and honorable sport of Canadian football is here, back again with a great US TV deal with ESPN for the 2016 season. Since games never overlap, you can...
And The Valley Shook Jul 15, 2016

Link Gumbo - SEC Media Day 2016 Edition

Tons of stuff to share with you from yesterday, but as has become the problem in the SEC Network era, the headlining Les Miles speech in the main press ballroom in Hoover is only available through WatchESPN, and as of this writing they don't even have it available to rewatch. The best I can offer is the full text transcript from ASAP Sports and an audio recording from the fine folks at LSUFootball.Net. Interviews with Miles and the players in other rooms in Hoover are below. There were a few newsworthy stories to come out of LSU's time in Hoover. When questioned, Miles stated that...
And The Valley Shook Jul 14, 2016

What I Did On My Summer Vacation: A Rough Draft Essay by Les Miles

Les Miles’ filibuster at SEC Media Days was finely crafted. ATVS has acquired the first draft of it. Had the golden opportunity to spend time with my loving family over this summer break. Spent some time in Austin, Texas between watching the National Basketball Association Finals between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warrior and observing some damn fine fastpitch softball played by my youngest daughter. Along the way I had to teach my daughter the values of closed toed shoes. A closed toe shoe is like a fine guard dog, you don’t need to worry...
And The Valley Shook Jul 14, 2016

SEC Media Days 2016: LSU Picked Second in West

Tigers are picked second in the division and second overall. With things wrapping up in Hoover, the annual bad media predictions announcement was made, and surprise, surprise, Alabama was listed as the favorite in the SEC West, and to win the conference title. #LSU picked to finish second in the #SEC West and second overall, both behind #Bama pic.twitter.com/yzELPVnpHT— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) July 14, 2016 Tennessee was the pick as the eastern division champ, which again, is no surprise. The Vols did lag behind LSU in the overall conference voting, although Bama is the clear...
And The Valley Shook Jul 14, 2016

LSU at SEC Media Days 2016

After days of mind-numbing coachspeak, Bret Bielema calling too many things "sexy", and Saban and Finebaum getting into the lamest "confrontation" I’ve seen in years, it’s finally time for Les Miles to tell us all how his summer vacation went. Coach Miles will take the podium in Hoover shortly after 10 am CT, and it will be live on SEC Network and the WatchESPN service. We’ll break down his comments here and try to collect all the other interviews he and the players give in Hoover today. We're off! See ya soon, Hoover. ✈️#SECMD16 pic.twitter.com/DDlRmNtCep — LSU Football...
And The Valley Shook Jul 13, 2016

Turning Turnover Luck Into Points

Some teams are just lucky, how does that show up on the scoreboard? One of the primary tenets of football stat analytics is that of turnover luck. A team has very little control on whether a fumbled football is recovered. Additionally, a team's interception rate is highly volatile, indicating it is not a skill either. Turning pass break ups into interceptions is primarily luck, not skill. Now, people tend to get hung up on the word "luck," and I agree it is a loaded term. I'm only using it for lack of a better term, but the idea is the same: a team's fumble recovery and interception rates...
And The Valley Shook Jul 13, 2016

Wednesday Wayback : The Defensive Duel In T-Town

Remembering the first Alabama QB LaRon Landry devoured. After narrowly avoiding death with some manna from heaven in the form of John Vaughn, LSU dismantled North Texas and quietly had some struggles against FCS Appalachian State (two years before their historic win in Ann Arbor), putting them down 24-0. All of a sudden LSU was 7-1 and ranked fifth in the nation with a first year coach and looking to book a trip to Atlanta. Standing in their way was the third ranked Crimson Tide, who in Mike Shula’s third year were sitting undefeated after beating down Florida and skating by Tennessee...