Quite a few things surrounding LSU’s football, basketball, and gym teams to make a note of this morning. First, one is the Senior Bowl this weekend as four former LSU Tigers will suit up in Mobile, Alabama. While we are on the subject of former Tigers, three of them will suit up for the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks. We will also take a look at how the basketball team fared last weekend and what is next for Will Wade and crew. LSU Gymnastics continued their dominance last Friday as they beat Alabama and will now head to Fort Worth on Saturday. We will also look at some news surrounding a former LSU QB Lindsey Scott and where Matt Canada might end up next.
If you want to see some seniors from LSU’s class of 2018 put on the gold helmet one last time you can watch the Senior Bowl on Saturday. It was originally just going to be DJ Chark, Christian LaCouture, and Darrell Williams who represented the Tigers but DL Greg Gilmore was added as a late invite to make it four. Chark is the highest rated of these four and has a chance of being a second round pick. Gilmore, LaCouture, and Williams have some work to do to improve their stock and are most likely late round picks. The Advocate had a story on Darrell Williams and how he is out to prove himself.
Three former Tiger will play in the Super Bowl in Minneapolis on February 4th. Donnie Jones and Jalen Mills will represent LSU for the Eagles as Ricky Jean-Francois will be the lone representative on the Patriot’s side. This will be Donnie Jones’ and Jalen Mills’ first Super Bowl appearance. This is Jean-Francois’ second Super Bowl but it will be his first since 2013.
LSU’s hoops team dropped their third in a row on Saturday when they lost 77-71 at Vanderbilt. LSU was able to erase a 16 point second half deficit to take a one-point lead but after a few missed opportunities they once again saw the game slip away late. Duop Reath had a monster performance as he racked up 31 points and brought down 13 rebounds. LSU will host Texas A&M in the PMAC tonight. LSU was able to down Texas A&M on a game-winning three last time they met. A&M was not at full strength that game but will be at full strength tonight.
DD Breaux’s squad was able to beat Alabama last Friday to move to 3-0 on the year. It was quite the crowd in the PMAC to watch the meet. Myia Hambrick was the star for LSU as she posted a 9.90 or above in three events. LSU will participate in the Metroplex Challenge on Friday along with NC State, Washington, and UCLA.
Former LSU QB Lindsey Scott committed to Missouri yesterday after spending a year in the JUCO ranks. Scott won Gatorade Player of The Year for football in Louisiana in 2015. Scott spent one year at LSU before transferring to East Mississippi Community College in the spring. At EMCC this past fall, Scott led the Lions offense who averaged 48.3 points per game. Scott was also able to lead EMCC to a JUCO national title.
There were reports yesterday that former LSU OC Matt Canada was nearing a deal with Maryland for the same position. Canada was let go after the bowl game earlier this month. Speaking of LSU OC’s, The Advocate took a dive to find out more about LSU’s new offensive coordinator. That piece includes more on why Ensminger finally took the job and a little bit of what he plans to do with the offense. You will also see some quotes from Myles Brennan’s father supporting Ensminger.
Just a few notes to finish up on:
-Sean Ochinko will be the interim hitting coach as Micha Gibbs recovers from a serious knee injury. This yet to be confirmed by Paul Mainieri.
-LSU’s women's basketball team lost 69-59 to Texas A&M to fall to 12-6 on the year. Their next game is against 6th ranked Tennesee on Sunday.
-Late breaking news this morning from 24/7 that JUCO transfer OT Badara Traore is now enrolled for the spring semester, meaning all 9 of LSU’s mid-year enrollees are now on campus and in class.