The Tigers are 4-0 rolling into the bye week. Baton Rouge is buzzing and everyone’s favorite Joes (Brady and Burrow) are talk of the college football world. It’s not a bad time to be a Tiger fan. With that being said, let’s round up all of the news and notes you should know going into the bye week.
We begin with some injury news, to get caught up on injury news by ATVS’s newest addition, Kennedi Landry, click here.
Landry’s piece also discusses how there may be some lineup shifts to cover for some of the injuries.
To sum it up:
- Do not count on Rashard Lawrence or K’Lavon Chaisson returning against Utah State.
- Apu Ika’s injury does not seem to be a concern but the staff will monitor him as the week progresses.
- WR Terrace Marshall and LB Micheal Divinity were both injured against Vanderbilt and are the most serious out of all the Tiger’s injuries. Coach O said they are hoping Marshall can get back for the Alabama game. To read more about Divinity’s injury, which is not as serious as Coach O thought on Saturday, click here.
- For a brief moment on Saturday, it seemed like Justin Jefferson may have been seriously injured but concerns regarding Jefferson were eased postgame and he will be OK.
I am not too worried about any of these injuries just yet. If Chaisson and Lawrence aren’t ready for Florida than that will raise some concerns. Though the offense Utah State is bringing to Baton Rouge is quite good and is led by QB Jordan Love, who can do significant damage with his legs or his arm and that would be a game where Dave Aranda would love to have guys like Chaisson, Lawrence, and Divinity up front.
LSU finally is getting Ed Ingram back after he was away from the team for over a year. His legal issues have been handled. Ingram was a starter at guard as a freshman in 2017 and will be a welcome addition to a LSU OL that still has a lot to prove. Joe Burrow expressed his pleasure with getting Ingram back and says Ingram is already up to speed on the new offense.
The Vanderbilt had some ups and downs for LSU fans with most of the ups coming on offense and special teams as the defense caused some to worry after Vanderbilt nearly scored 40 points. ATVS’s Poseur takes you behind the box score which may ease some of your defensive concerns for the time being.
My take on the defense is this: It’s early and we haven’t seen them at 100% yet. Give Dave Aranda time to figure some things out. That’s why he got a 10 million dollar deal last year. Also when your offense is scoring 55 points a game in a fun or entertaining way, who gives a damn about a defense? Lets bring Big 12 football to the Bayou.
LSU tailgating is said by many to be the best in the country. Brody Miller of The Athletic takes you into the world of LSU tailgating and goes in depth on the many different versions of jambalaya you may find on a football Saturday in Baton Rouge ($) (featuring a cameo from our own Marqes Ledger and the DVA Tailgate).
Joe Burrow remains in the thick of the Heisman trophy race entering week 5. As we all know, Heisman trophies are not won in September but it is still fun to hear Burrow’s name being tossed around in the discussion.
Burrow’s performance against Vanderbilt broke records but it did not live up to the senior QB’s standard, Burrow said it was the worst game he has played so far.
To read PodKATT’s picks for this week and instructions on how to join the ATVS pick’em pool, click here.
Get your picks in before tonight because we have what could be a fun AAC game on the slate, triple-option Navy takes on a Memphis team trying to contend for a spot in the NY6.
LSU baseball released it’s 2002 schedule last week and it contained a hidden gem. In a midweek game next March, LSU will host NAIA St Thomas University, the school where head coach Paul Mainieri and his father Demie both coached.
Long snapper Blake Ferguson was named a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, an award given to the nations top scholar-athlete.
And to close out today, I mentioned her earlier but go give a warm welcome to ATVS’s newest writer Kennedi Landry, you can find her on Twitter at @landryyy14. Many of you may already be familiar with her from her time as a sports editor at The Reveille.