LSU Versus Alabama Film Study -- The Tigers Earn Five Tough Yards on the First Play

Ware wore down the Tide with jabbing runs.
Photo via Uni Watch
This piece is a part of the "LSU Versus Alabama Film Study." To read the opening piece on the ultimate reason why Alabama lost to LSU, click here. Here is Part I & Part II of Alabama's first offensive drive. Today we check in on the LSU offense. 

I would like to first off wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I always love celebrating the birth of my risen savior. But I would like to issue an apology for not posting for over a week now. I had a feeling this would happen.

I have been home with my family in El Dorado, Ark. for the Christmas holidays. During Christmas, I am a volunteer for the Salvation Army. There is not a more rewarding experience than spending time working for them. Plus time with my family is valuable and watching people my age playing football on replay isn't as important as being around my bloodline.

But on top of that, I had to emcee and manage a rock concert put on by "The Swoops" two days before Christmas. Two of the three members are childhood friends and the other is a friend I've made since I've been in college (Yes ladies, all three guys and the sexy emcee/manager is single). It was a rush to be on stage with a damn strong band. 

But now let's get down to business.

Tiger fans were raving about the performance from LSU running back Michael Ford. He rushed for 72 yards on 11 carries while starter Spencer Ware rushed for only 29 yards on 16 carries. 

While the numbers and highlights show Ford had a better game, Ware was just as important. Despite his smaller stature, Ware punishes wimpy tacklers that stand in front of him. 

The comparison between the two can be compared to a boxer's punches. Ware's runs served jab punches to the Alabama defense while Ford connected on flashy hook punches. Like the final devastating left hook thrown from a championship boxer, Ford's run in overtime was the most highlighted offensive success replayed from this game. Most of Ford's yards came from brilliant execution on option plays. While Ford did a nice job, his yards were more of a byproduct of the play instead of impressive individual runs. 

Ware's case is the exact opposite. The three-man front of Alabama abused the LSU offensive line at crucial moments in this game. But Spencer broke and pushed back numerous tacklers for tough yardage. We will see it here on this play...


LSU versus Alabama Film Study -- The Rest of the First Drive for the Crimson Tide

This is another installment of my film study in preparation for the Alabama versus LSU rematch. Check out Part I & Part II for more coverage.

Play #2 
AJ McCarron pass completed to Trent Richardson (TR3) for 22 yards

This was one of many plays where LSU left TR3 unaccounted for in the passing game. LSU brought Stefoin Francois on a blitz from the outside and AJ intelligently threw to his best player into space Francois vacated. 

It was a blown assignment for the Tigers. If I were to guess, it would seem TR3's responsibilities should be on linebacker Kevin Minter. TR3 was able to turn it up field and then got in a moster collision with LSU safety Eric Reid. Reid ending up having one of the most important defensive performances in LSU history in this game. 

Safety Brandon Taylor stressed the night of the BCS bowl revealings that they must account for TR3 on every play in the title game.  

Play #3
TR3 tackled for loss by numerous Tigers for -5 yards. 


LSU versus Alabama Film Study -- Crimson Tide Wins the Opening Play

Montgomery is a key asset to LSU's defense.
Photo via LSU Sports
The LSU defense had one of the gutsiest performances in the history of Tiger football on November 5th. They held a potent Alabama offense to only six points on the road, but the performance wasn't the prettiest.

If SEC games are won in the trenches, as everyone would say, then LSU lost this game. After re-watching this game, Alabama won the battle at the line of scrimmage roughly 75 percent of the time. As you look at some of the plays I will break down in the next few weeks, you will see what I'm talking about. 

But as I pointed out in my last column, the Tigers played some of the best "bend but don't break" defense I have ever seen. Defenses are judged on making plays and stops when you need to the most. The Bayou Bengals were nearly perfect in that aspect.   

In the first drive versus Alabama, the Crimson Tide racked up early yardage but was torn apart at the seams by their kicker Kade Foster. Let's run through the first play of the drive...

Play #1
Trent Richardson runs for 18 yards

This play is textbook Alabama offense over the past couple of years. Offensive coordinator Jim McElwain creates a blocking numbers and matchup advantage, the blocking is in turn perfect and Richardson makes a safety miss for extra yardage.   

Let's first state the obvious. TR3 is so damn good. Every player on LSU knows it. They even Tweet about it. But when the Tigers played fundamental football, they defended him better. On this first snap of the game, this is evident. Let's break down the tape...


LSU Versus Alabama Film Study -- The Ultimate Stat and Reason Why the Tigers Defeated the Crimson Tide in November

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LSU versus Alabama played one of the most physical games one could possibly ever witness. The game was a definition of a heavyweight bought at the college level. The Tigers were victorious 9-6 on the fifth of November. 

No matter where you stand on the rematch argument, it is an honor for college football and defensive enthusiasts, such as me, to see these two battle again for all the marbles. Over the past three days, I've re-watched the game. Some of the plays I watched up to 15 times. 

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting videos, notes and game photos from plays that really stood out to me.

But it is without reasonable doubt Alabama failing to execute on offense when they needed to the most was the main reason they lost to LSU.  

Usually when referring to two elite football teams, college football fans and pundits always say the team that wins "the battle in the trenches" will win the game. For this game, this was not the case. Alabama's offensive and defensive lines played better than LSU's. The tape didn't lie. 

When I evaluate offense, I usually look for "my guys are better than yours" type of plays. These are plays easily identifiable by defenses but are successful because the offense out-executes their opponents. The Crimson Tide outplayed the Tigers on these kind of plays for a majority of the game. 

The problem occurred with the Alabama coaching staff. They tried to get to cute when they got into LSU territory. This next stat is the ultimate reason why Alabama lost.

Tyrann Mathieu's Final Heisman Run to New York

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Tyrann Mathieu had one of the most thrilling Heisman campaign pushes in the history of college football. If you don't believe me, just take a quick look below.

"The Honey Badger" started the season as the most explosive defensive player in college football. He was then "witheld from play" against Auburn and had a quiet five game stretch. But he then ended the season with a bang.

Mathieu scored two touchdowns on punt returns in as many games. Arkansas and Georgia couldn't stop "The Honey Badger." He nearly scored on a spectacular third, but was shoestringed tackled in the Georgia red zone.

I remember a few weeks ago when I spoke to Mathieu before the Arkansas game. He looked frustrated. Playmakers can get that way when they haven't been making big plays.

I asked him about his struggles versus the Razorbacks the year before. He was burned by Joe Adams on a fourth and three play that sealed the victory for the Hogs. I thought "The Honey Badger" was going to treat me like a cobra.

Instead he gave me a stare I will never forget. 


LSU Chaplain Ken Ellis Provides Spiritual Comfort to LSU Football

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Meet the Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer who mentors LSU players for free.


The Most Influential Man in College Football Nobody Knows About was in Death Valley Saturday Night

Ausberry put together a genius schedule for LSU in 2011.
Photo via Tiger Rag
LSU's MVP Saturday night didn't play a down of football in Tiger Stadium.

Well, he used to play many downs in Tiger Stadium. But he didn't need to throw his pads back on for this game for his presence to be felt this year in college football. Arguably he could be the most influential figure this year for LSU.  

It's Associate Athletics Director Verge Ausberry

Ausberry is in charge of scheduling games for LSU. This year's schedule has been treacherous for the Tigers. But with an unblemished record through 11 games, LSU's has earned them the first consensus AP No. 1 ranking by any team since 2008.  

Saturday night couldn't have gone any better for Ausberry. 


LSU Tailgating UNCUT Part 2 -- Tigers Hit Up Tuscaloosa

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This was just too much fun. Click here to watch Part I.

Crimson Tide Pride Helps Tuscaloosa Cope With Tornado Aftermath

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During my coverage this weekend of LSU versus Alabama in Tuscaloosa, I made this video on how the city is using Alabama football as a getaway from the tornado rebuilding process.

Listen as ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews, linebacker Courtney Upshaw and Alabama Student Government's Director of Communication Seth Morrow share their stories. 

LSU Needs Jordan Jefferson to Beat Alabama

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KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15:  Jarrett Lee #12 and Jordan Jefferson #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Lee & Jefferson have worked the two-QB system to perfection.
Photo via Bleacher Report
LSU not only needs "swag" to beat Alabama, they need "Jefferswag." 

Starting quarterback Jarrett Lee has been phenomenal. Thirteen touchdown passes and only one interception is quite a feat for a quarterback who used to have problems with throwing the football to the wrong team. 

Lee has been the field general for this offense and continues to impress with his ability to throw the football on time. Since Jefferson's return to the team, he has been a force running the ball and has passed rather efficiently. 

But this Alabama defense is a different animal. They do everything right. They don't miss tackles. When they do hit you, they make it count with bone crushing blows. 

That's why LSU needs Jefferson. 


KLSU Sports Interview -- LSU Linebacker Ryan Baker

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I caught up with LSU linebacker Ryan Baker after practice on Monday to preview LSU vs Alabama. 

Baker told me he's ready for Trent Richardson, what he thinks are the keys to victory, his thoughts on the possibly of Lil Wayne coming to Tuscaloosa and if he would flee with the recently split Kim Kardashian


You can listen to my "LSU Pregame Tailgate Show" live from Tuscaloosa Friday at 11:30 am CT and "Out of Bounds" Sunday nights at 6 pm CT on 91.1 KLSU fm. You can listen live at Follow KLSU Sports on Twitter @KLSUSports

Tiger TV -- Sports Showtime Analyst LSU vs Alabama

I joined Tiger TV "Sports Showtime" earlier today to preview LSU versus Alabama with anchor Jacob Krasnow and Tiger Rag's Richard Fischer


You can follow Tiger TV on Twitter @TTV_Sports

The Most Dominant Player on LSU

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The touchdown celebration heard 'round the world.
Photo via KLSU

That number has been the most mind-blowing number this year for LSU football. It is the number of LSU do everything cornerback Tyrann Mathieu

"The Honey Badger" received Heisman attention after a dominant start to the season. But after a below average performance versus Tennessee and being suspended "withheld from play" against Auburn, Mathieu has lost that luster.

There is no denial Mathieu has been an explosive playmaker for LSU. But the number on the back of Mathieu's jersey isn't the craziest number 7 that applies to LSU Football in 2011. 

That number in the opening graph is referring to another player on LSU's team that Mathieu is heavily involved with for the Bayou Bengals. The "7" represents the number of punt return yards LSU has allowed this season through eight games.

The most dominant player on LSU's team this season is Australian punter Brad Wing.


LSU Players Crush Auburn Honey Bader-less

LSU vs. Auburn
"Freak" crushes Auburn QB Frazier for a sack.
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Death Valley -- Death Valley almost lived up to it's literal name Saturday. With the way LSU hit Auburn players, it's a surprise nobody actually was sent to the morgue.

I'm not even kidding either.

LSU smashed the living day lights out of the Tigers from the Plains. They hit them really really really hard.

"When the other team is huffing and puffing, we want to hit you that much harder," said cornerback Ron Brooks after the game.

The LSU defense and special teams unit, despite being Honey Bader-less, had another impressive outing against a SEC offense. But LSU did it with more emphasis on Saturday than they have all season. LSU was wearing their Pro Combat Uniforms. It would have been easy to confuse the Bayou Bengals for a NFL team.

But forget about the numbers, the purple and gold Tigers crushed their mascot counterparts with vicious hits all game long. Defensive end Barkevious Mingo tallied two sacks, tying him for the team lead of four sacks for the season. Both times he had clear paths to the quarterbacks because of his speed.

"Our speed made up for some mistakes we made today," said Mingo. "Our coaches feel comfortable with our ability to make plays."

But highlight hit of the day came from an offensive player. LSU true freshman receiver Jarvis Landry hasn't had much playing time at his position this season. But he showed his athleticism on kickoff team against Onterrio McCalebb, who scored the game winning touchdown versus LSU last year.

Sit back and enjoy folks!

Former Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach Joins KLSU Sports

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Leach was Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2008.
Photo via Sports Illustrated
Former Texas Tech head coach and Sirius/XM College Football Host Mike Leach will join me today at 4:40 CT on 91.1 KLSU fm to talk about his recent comments on the alleged suspensions of Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware and Tharold Simon

Leach told Beyond U Sports if Mathieu, Ware and Simon were on a team he coached, he would cut them. Leach will share what his drug testing policies were at Texas Tech and how he sees the Bayou Bengals shaping up against Auburn. 

Leach co-hosts "College Football Playbook" weekdays from 12-3 ET and is an analyst for CBS College Sports. He also is the co-author of the explosive college football book "Swing Your Sword."


You can follow Leach on Twitter @Coach_Leach

Listen to the "LSU Pregame Tailgate Show" Friday at 11:30 am and "Out of Bounds" Sunday night at 6 pm CT on 91.1 KLSU fm or Follow KLSU Sports on Twitter @KLSUsports. 

KLSU Sports Interview With LSU Cornerback Morris Claiborne

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I caught up with LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne after practice for a quick interview for 91.1 KLSU fm

Morris walked me through his interception versus Tennessee, what Patrick Peterson told him about the interception and his thoughts on not facing Cam Newton against Auburn on Saturday.


Listen to the "LSU Pregame Tailgate Show" Friday at 11:30 am and "Out of Bounds" Sunday night at 6 pm CT on 91.1 KLSU fm or Follow KLSU Sports on Twitter @KLSUsports. 

Past Interviews Include:
LSU Punter Brad Wing
Former Saints Running Back Deuce McAllister 
LSU Cornerback Tharold Simon 
LSU Center T-Bob Hebert & Safety Eric Reid

Where Miles Destroys Saban

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I can't tell who just won the game.
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Nick Saban is the best college football coach on the planet.

He brought LSU and Alabama back to prominence in the past decade. Now both of these teams have a strangle hold on the best conference in America this season.

Les Miles success at LSU was greatly aided by what Saban left him when he bolted to the NFL. Miles has won a BCS national championship and has only lost one bowl game in purple and gold.

Miles scratches Saban's stratosphere when it comes to the best coaches in America. But there is one area Miles crushes Saban.

I will actually let them do the talking...


LSU No. 1 in the First BCS Poll, But What About The Others?

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LSU is the No. 1 team in the country in the poll that matters.
Many Consider this book the 95 Thesis
of college football.
Photo via Death to the BCS 

To bad it doesn't really matter for the Tigers. 

In the first BCS Poll released earlier tonight, LSU was revealed as the best team in college football. Alabama was No. 2, followed by fellow unbeatens Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Boise State, Wisconsin, Clemson and Stanford. 

The Tigers shouldn't pay attention to what a mixture of computers and humans think about them. And Les Miles has let it be known rankings don't affect him or his team. 

If LSU remains undefeated for the rest of the season, they will play in the BCS National Championship in New Orleans for the third consecutive time. The same goes to Alabama, who will play LSU on Nov. 5. If the winner of Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. later this season remains unscathed, they will be the opponent of a SEC unbeaten. 

But is this fair to the four other undefeated teams? Because none of those teams don't play each other, there can be a scenario where there could be six undefeated teams at the end of the year. 

This can be fun. A ton of fun. 


What the LSU Tigers Are Missing This Season

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The LSU Tigers are missing this.
Photo via ATVS
The LSU Tigers are missing the most electrifying part of their football team from the last few years

I'm not talking about Patrick Peterson. Sure "PP7" provided the some of the most exciting moments in LSU history, but "TM7" and the rest of the secondary are making due without their leader.

Stevan Ridley, Charles Scott and Jacob Hester were the bruising running backs Tiger fans have known to come and love. Ridley may have scored a job and season saving touchdown for Les Miles against Tennessee with bad blocking. Scott led the SEC in touchdowns in '08 and Hester was the most popular offensive player on the '07 National Championship Team. But Spencer Ware, Michael Ford and Alfred Blue are beginning into their groove now.

I'm not talking about Kelvin Sheppard, Matt Flynn, Josh Jasper, Demetrius Byrd, Drake Nevis, Gary Crowton, Glenn Dorsey, Ali Highsmith, or any other player/coach from the last few seasons either.

The LSU Tigers are missing close, nail-biting, "Lucky Les Mad Hatter Wizardry" finishes to games this year.


KLSU Sports Interview With LSU Punter Brad Wing

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I caught up with LSU punter Brad Wing earlier today at the LSU practice facility to talk about his wild weekend versus the Florida Gators. 


Listen to "Out of Bounds" every Sunday night at 6 pm and "the LSU Pregame Tailgate Show" at 11:30 am love from the LSU Student Union. Follow the KLSU Sports Staff on Twitter @KLSUSports.

Jordan Jefferson Completes Jump Pass Touchdown Versus Florida

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Death Valley -- Jordan Jefferson "Tebowed" Florida. 
Jefferson said his personal goal is to be the starter.
Photo via Sporting News

The senior quarterback completed a "jump pass" touchdown to tight end Mitch Joseph for a touchdown to give LSU a 34-11 lead over Florida in the third quarter. The Tigers went on to win the game 41-11 to stay undefeated for the season.

"We've been working on that one for a while," said Joseph. "It did feel better doing it against Florida."

Joseph says that because former Hesiman winning quarterback Tim Tebow completed a jump pass touchdown against LSU in 2006. Tebow was 3-1 in his career versus the Tigers. 

Jefferson had a solid outing for the Tigers in limited action. He went 3-4 passing for 61 yards and a touchdown. 

There was plenty of headlines surrounding the possible problems that could happen by Jefferson rejoining the team. Many wonder if it would ruin the rhythm of starter Jarrett Lee's consistent start of the season.

Lee says he doesn't mind having Jefferson back on the team. 

"We're happy to have him back, and he is making plays for us," said Lee. "We're going to continue that and continue working hard." 

Visual Artist Christopher Turner Donates Tiger Stadium Painting to Tigerama Auction (VIDEO)

Visual Artist Christopher Turner took on the challenge of painting a picture in Tiger Stadium during LSU Pregame versus Kentucky. Listen as Turner, Tigerama Executive Director Pam Matassa and the LSU Tigerband share their memories of this event.


Dear Jeff Driskel, The LSU Defense is Filled With Nice Guys

Upshaw chainsawed Brantley out of the Game.
Photo via Gator Bait
Dear Jeff Driskel, 

My name is Carter Bryant and I am the Sports Director for 91.1 KLSU fm. I cover LSU Football and their defense this year is ferocious.

You are a true freshman quarterback that was forced into early action las week when John Brantley was knocked out of the game by Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw. Their defense could be one of the best in college football history. When you entered the game, you were crushed.

But you are now the starter of one of the best offenses in college football with some spectacular speed in skill positions. Congrats!

This coming week in Death Valley, the same outcome that happened to Brantley can easily happen again to you. But I want to urge you the players hitting you aren't bad people.


LSU Players Use Twitter to Support Jordan Jefferson's Return

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Jordan Jefferson, Les Miles
Jefferson scored in his first game back w/ LSU.
Photo via AP
Social media has changed sports.

LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson made his return to the LSU football team versus the Kentucky Wildcats last Saturday. He was showered with boos when entered the game in the first half.

Les Miles wasn't pleased with LSU fans after the game. He said he had never booed at a sporting event and fans should be their to support the team.

His players reiterated the same message to the media. But some even went to Twitter to voice their opinions, all backing the senior quarterback.

LSU receiver Rueben Randle left Tiger fans no wiggle room with his tweet.

"I don't preciate how our fans booed JJ wen he got in. Either u wit US or not. That wasn't necessary."

LSU offensive guard T-Bob Hebert said fans who showed their displeasure shouldn't be Tigers fans anymore.

"Anybody who booed #jj9 today needs to stop watching #LSU games and stop cheering for the tigers, we don't need you and don't want you"

Nothing changes on the defensive side of the ball. Morris Claiborne, who was written Jefferson's number on his bicep for every game the quarterback has missed this season, said the team will never leave the Jefferson's side.

"S/O to my boy JJ9 it's good to have u bk man. U no we will always have your bk #team LSU!!"

Twitter has revolutionized sports. With limited interview access to student athletes, Twitter allows them to voice their opinion at any time.

Last week I took a deeper look into which players use Twitter.

LSU Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu Deserves Heisman Recognition

Mathieu has scored twice this season.
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TIGER STADIUM -- Logic can be simple. 

The most dominant player on the No. 1 team in the country deserves Heisman recognition. 

Tyrann Mathieu has been the most dominant player for LSU this season. LSU is the No. 1 team in the country. Thus, he deserves Heisman recognition. 

"You can't deny he is one of the best players in college football," said LSU linebacker Ryan Baker


The One Player I Want to Add to LSU Football This Season

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It seems Burfict is choosing Matt Barkley as his next victim
Photo: Norm Hall/ Getty Images
As much I as love Jarrett Lee's play as the starting quarterback, I would rather have Andrew Luck.

But of course that's the case. Luck, according to ESPN NFL Analyst Trent Dilfer, is the best pro quarterback prospect he has ever seen.

I'm not going down that route. It's too easy. 

I'm going to pick a player at a position of need for LSU. And as impressive as LSU as been, it comes to no surprise there is only one position where the Tigers have struggled.

The player I want to choose is Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict.


KLSU Tailgate Show -- Former LSU Quarterback & Eagle 98.1 Analyst Alan Risher

Risher was consistent at LSU
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Former LSU quarterback and Eagle 98.1 Analyst Alan Risher will join me in the LSU Student Union tomorrow at 11:30 am for the "LSU Tailgate Show" on 91.1 KLSU fm or

Risher was an All-SEC quarterback in 1982 an was a three-time offensive MVP for LSU. Risher held 23 offensive records at LSU when he finished his career in 1982. 

Student Government Athletics Director Chas Kelly will also join me at the end of the show to talk about the "Pink Out" game this Saturday versus Kentucky in honor of former LSU linebacker Bradie James' "Foundation 56."


Follow KLSU Sports on Twitter @KLSUsports


Tiger TV -- LSU Football Sports Showtime Analyst

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Richard Fischer of Tiger Rag Magazine joined Sports Showtime Anchor Jacob Kransow and I to discuss the Tiger's performance four games into the regular season and their No. 1 national ranking. 


This week has been extremely difficult as I have been sick. But it was well worth talking with one of young up and coming writers here in Baton Rouge. 

You can follow Tiger TV Sports Showtime on Twitter @TTV_Sports.  


Jarrett Lee is the Offensive MVP After Four Games

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The LSU Tigers are the No.1 team in college football after today's new AP Poll was released. 
Lee has been on point for the Tigers this season.
Photo via LSU Hub 

With the Tigers beating three ranked opponents away from home this year on national television, it comes to a surprise to nobody. And the Bayou Bengals has been stifling, led by National Players of the Week Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne.

The offense has been efficient. The rushing attack behind the offensive line has been dominant at the line of scrimmage. 

But the Most Valuable Player for the Tigers offense has been quarterback Jarrett Lee


LSU Versus West Virginia Preview With Aaron Torres

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I was lucky enough to join Aaron Torres of Aaron Torres Sports to preview LSU's road matchup versus the West Virginia Mountaineers. 


We discuss everything. What does Russell Shepard returning to the offense do for LSU? Should Jarrett Lee remain the starter if Jordan Jefferson returns? Can there be a let down by the LSU Defense? 

Aaron has come on my show before and he is one of the hardest working guys in the business. Always check out what he has going on for Aaron Torres Sports and Crystal Ball Run. You can also follow Aaron on Twitter @Aaron_Torres


LSU Needs to be Careful With Russell Shepard

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Deci$ions. Deci$ions. 
Can Shepard make big plays vs WVU?
Photo via USA Today

If anybody is known for making the tough deci$ions, it's LSU coach Les Miles. That's why "The Mad Hatter" gets just under $4 million smackers a year in salary. 

From staying away from Michigan twice to going for it on fourth down to picking which blade of grass to eat, Miles seems to always be right. This season, "The Mad Hatter" hasn't had to make many difficult ones on the field because of his team's dominating performance in their first three games. 

But one of Miles toughest decisions will be in Morgantown next weekend. 

The piquant, joyous LSU receiver Russell Shepard is one of the most electric players in college football when he has the ball in his hands. Off the field, Shepard is considered as one of the team's leaders. 

Shepard is the most exciting sound bite on the team. The entertainment factor he brings can't be matched. When I interviewed him for 91.1 KLSU fm, he instructed me on how to increase my "Swag." 


LSU Students to Wear Pink Versus Kentucky for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Photo via "Foundation 56"
LSU Students will have a "Pink Out" versus the Kentucky Wildcats on Oct. 1st in Tiger Stadium. 

Students will wear all pink to raise breast cancer awareness for former LSU linebacker Bradie James' organization "Foundation 56." The "Pink Out" movement was started by LSU Student Government. 

Student Government Executive Director of Athletics Chas Kelly says anything to do help a good cause has been one of his goals since taking the position. 

"We've all had a friend or family member affected by breast cancer, including me" said an emotional Kelly. "We (Student Government) will strive to do anything to help 'Foundation 56,' an organization that has helped saved many lives."

Kelly said he, Student Body President Cody Wells and a few other members of Student Government will meet with Sr. Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent later this week about promoting this event.

Kelly emphasizes this movement isn't just for students.

"It doesn't matter who you are, you can participate. Wear pink. We must raise awareness to help find a cure to this deadly cancer," said Kelly.

The Tigers will clash with the Wildcats in their next home game in Tiger Stadium. For more information, contact Kelly and LSU Student Government by visiting their website.  

LSU Tailgating UNCUT -- Tigers Hit Up Cowboys Stadium

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This. Was. Epic.

In this video, you will see... drunk cajuns, drunks, booze, "Cherry Crown Royal", jambalaya, "pot smoking liberals", frat bros throwing bread at Ducks fans, Southern Belles, Southern Belles w/ too much makeup on, Shady's employees, cleat-chasing groupies, beer pong, flip cup, "Quarterbacks in Training" and much more...


Jordan Jefferson...The Most Interesting Man in Baton Rouge

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Here is my latest column on why Jordan Jefferson is "The Most Interesting Man in Baton Rouge" for 91.1 KLSU fm.

Click here to check out this piece of brilliance! 

Listen to "Out of Bounds" every Sunday night at 6 pm CT & "The LSU Pregame Tailgate Show" at 11:30 am love from the LSU Student Union. Follow the KLSU Sports Staff on Twitter @KLSUsports. Email Sports Director Carter "The Power" Bryant at 


Two LSU Frat Bros Throw Bread at Oregon Fans

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LSU fans were obnoxious. What else is new?


The Blog is Back!!!

Carter "The Power" Bryant Thursday, September 1, 2011 ,
Hey everybody! THE BLOG IS BACK!!!

I decided to spend more time back on this site because I love covering the LSU Tigers. Well..that's part of the reason. 

I'm taking a class on feature writing and blogging at Louisiana State University and Agriculture & Mechanical College.  My teacher knows about my jobs for 91.1 KLSU fm and Pelican Sports TV and he wanted me to revive this blog I had from last year. 

I am excited and I hope to hear awesome feedback from all of my readers. 

Feel free to contact me on Twitter @HardKnockTigers and @CarterthePower. Follow my station at @KLSUSports and @PelicanSports

Tharold Simon Should Start Next Season Over Tyrann Mathieu

Read my latest column for 91.1 KLSU fm on why Tharold Simon should start next season over Tyrann Mathieu by clicking here.

KLSU Sports Exclusive — Mahtook & Shepard

With the Spring Game around the corner, I caught up with LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard last week.

Shepard spoke to me about the new offensive identity, how the quarterback battle is shaping out, what he has seen from the defense and how I can increase my "Swag".

I also interviewed LSU outfield Mikie Mahtook at Alex Box Stadium. He spoke on how his role on the team has changed since his freshman year, what drives him and he sees the season playing out.

Links to the interviews can be found here.

LSU Basketball Exclusive -- Stanley Roberts

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I chatted with former LSU Basketball and NBA center Stanley Roberts last Friday on 91.1 KLSU fm. Now, for those of you who missed it, you can here the entire interview by clicking here.

Roberts spoke to me about being a student again at LSU, his 1-on-1 battles with Shaq, mistakes he woud like to have back in his career and his thoughts on LSU Basketball's struggles.

You can follow KLSU Sports or 91.1 KLSU fm on Twitter.

Click here for the links to the interview.

Here We Geaux Podcast -- Guest

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I will join Chad Potier on the "Here We Geaux Podcast" tonight on Talk Shoe. Potier is an LSU fanatic and an intern for Matt and Chuck on 680 The Fan.

The show begins at 8 pm CST. I will come on at 8:25 to talk college basketball. Joel Barker will be on after me to discuss baseball.

Adam Kramer of Kegs 'n Eggs and Mark Ennis of The Collision Course will also be on the show. Ennis has been a guest of mine on 91.1 KLSU fm.

You can listen to the "Here We Geaux Podcast" by clicking here.

Tiger Talk -- Recruiting Hot Links

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Signing day is tomorrow and there is much to be excited about with LSU's new crop of talent.

Here is a special recruiting edition of Tiger Talk...

Ben Love of Tiger Rag caught up with LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson to break down his methods of recruiting and much more. 

Michael Lambert of The Daily Reveille says the 2011 pool of recruits has it all.

The Advocate's Scott Rabalais says signing day will be tricky for the Tigers.

Dandy Don is counting down the best Louisiana prospects in the Class of 2012.

Rivals No. 1 prep star Jadeveon Clowney should choose to play his football in the Red Stick  says Brett Stephen of Bleacher Report.

"Out of Bounds" -- (Guest) Michael Felder of In The Bleachers

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Tune in to 91.1 KLSU or for "Out of Bounds" at 6 pm CT.

Michael Felder of In The Bleachers will join the KLSU Sports staff to recap the college football season. He will also give his thoughts on Les Miles staying in Baton Rouge.

KLSU reporter Micah Bedard will also join us to make since of men's basketbal 2-1 start in conference play and the KLSU Sports team will breakdown the NFL playoffs.

You call follow Michael Felder on Twitter @InTheBleachers and the KLSU Sports staff @KLSUSports.

NFL Divisional Round Playoff Picks

Carter "The Power" Bryant Saturday, January 15, 2011 ,
Polamalu = Best player in the NFL (non-QB)
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This is a college football website that primarily covers LSU Sports. This post has nothing to do with LSU.

I love the NFL. I'm going to give my picks for this weekends divisional playoff games in the NFL because I can.

Last week I picked all the Wild Card/road teams to win their playoff games. It turned out good for me, as I went 3-1 in those games.

Too bad the Saints were the team that lost. I almost picked the Seahawks, but I just couldn't do it.

This week I thought about picking all home teams. But as the week moved on, I started thinking "Maybe home field doesn't mean as much as it once did in the playoffs."

This morning on Mike and Mike, they showed a revealing stat that would surprise many NFL fans.

In the past five years, home teams in the divisional rounds went 10-10. In the 15 years prior, home teams were 49-15. 

With that in mind, here are my picks...

Ravens over Steelers 
Falcons over Packers
Bears over Seahawks
Patriots over Jets

I am actually going against the recent trend. I went with three home teams and the Ravens. I actually think the Steelers are the better team, but an unhealthy Troy Polamalu is never a good thing.

I could do a long and extensive breakdown of these games, but I want to live some form of a social life. 

Enjoy the weekend!!!

Tiger Talk -- More Wednesday Hot Links

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There has never been a day with this much big news regarding LSU football in a long time. Local reporters here in Baton Rouge are on their A-Game.

Here are more hot links from one of the craziest days in LSU football history...

Les Miles agrees in a principle to a new contract with LSU football that will stay pay him the same base salary of $3.751 million a year.

Glen Gilbeau of Gannett Louisiana Newspapers says Gary Crowton will not return next season.

LSU strength coach Tommy Moffitt will not accept the same position at Tennessee according to Wes Rucker of 247 Sports.

The Daily Reveille reports four-star running back commitment Jeremy Hill has been arrested on charges of oral sexual battery. Reporter Ryan Ginn breaks down the incident and says LSU should be fine without Hill.

Brandon Says Michigan Job Was Never Offered to Miles -- Wednesday Hot Links

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Joe Schad might have been right after all.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said the Michigan job was never offered to Les Miles or San Francisco 49ers head coach and former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh.  

Michigan hired San Diego State's Brady Hoke as their new head coach yesterday.

The problem for me is that this hard to believe. So did Brandon just feel like traveling to Baton Rouge because for the warmer weather?

Hopefully some of this will clear up by the end of today's press conference. 

Here are more must reads regarding LSU Football...


Miles Remains at LSU, Schad Remains Confusing

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Miles will return as head coach of the Bayou Bengals.
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Les Miles will return as LSU's head coach next season.

Miles addressed the situation earlier today in Dallas at the AFCA coaches conference.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said about Miles, "We look forward to many years of LSU Football under his leadership."

ESPN's Joe Schad was once again the center of the college football reporting world. And once again his reporting left a lot to be desired by college football fans.

Schad reported earlier this week that LSU could possibly waive or lower Miles $1.25 million dollar buyout. He then would later say a source close to the situation said if the Michigan job was offered to Miles, he would take it.

WAFB reported Miles met with Michigan AD Dave Brandon Monday night. After "The Mad Hatter" said he was staying in Baton Rouge, Schad said Miles wouldn't comment if the Michigan job was ever offered to him. Schad tweeted soon after something I have yet to understand...

An LSU source claims Miles was offered Michigan; another person briefed on search said he was a "candidate not the candidate."

What in the name of Jacob Hester is he talking about here?


If Les Leaves, What's Next?

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A pictures is worth $4 million words
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Michigan is already interviewing Les Miles. ESPN is reporting that Miles will take the job if offered. LSU will evaluate over the different options that could possibly take over, should Miles leave.

Let's take a brief look at a laundry list of candidates that could possibly replace Les at one of the best jobs in the country....

On-Staff Options

To keep it short, there are no major candidates currently on the LSU staff.

The only member on staff with head coaching experience is offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, who might be the only coach some fans would rather see go than Miles after the Tennessee game. He served in that capacity with BYU from 2001-2004. I've suspected that Miles has long had a hand in play calling and giving Crowton the reins would let him have complete control over the offense, but hiring him would not exactly rally the fan base.

John Chavis has only served as an assistant and Defensive Coordinator at the schools he has worked at in his long coaching career. Having a resume that goes back 30+years with the highest position being defensive coordinator says that Chavis has no interest in becoming a head coach. He would've done it by now.

The only wild card that I see on staff is Wide Receiver coach/Passing Game Coordinator Billy Gonzales. He has a decent pedigree, serving under Urban Meyer since Meyer's time at Bowling Green. Other than that, I cannot give much more argument for Gonzales to get the job, but I have a feeling he will at least get a look from the powers-that-be.

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