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LSU Defense Viewing Uncertainty at Middle Linebacker as Positive
08/19/2019 11:57pm

Ed Orgeron said after Saturdays scrimmage that he has a pretty good idea who his starters will be for next weeks season opener against Georgia Southern. One position he wasnt talking about was middle linebacker. Its a three person race between Damone Clark, Jacob Phillips and Patrick Queen.&nbspI feel good about all three, said outside linebacker KLavon Chaisson.He feels that even though the team is less than two weeks away from their season opener and still have no starter means that the race is too close to call and that all three are viable candidates.Permalink Comments

Tulsa, Louisiana Tech agree to home-and-home series
08/19/2019 8:50pm

TULSA, Okla. AP - Tulsa and Louisiana Tech have agreed to a home-and-home football series for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.&nbsp&nbspTulsa made the announcement on Monday.&nbsp&nbspThe first game will be on Sept. 21, 2024, at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, Louisiana. The second will be on Sept. 27, 2025, at Tulsas H.A. Chapman Stadium.&nbsp&nbspThe teams have played 10 times. Most recently, Tulsa won 24-14 at Louisiana Tech in 2013 when both were members of Conference USA.Permalink Comments

LSU holds on to #6 spot in AP preseason poll
08/19/2019 11:12am

BATON ROUGE - The Tigers will kick off the 2019 season just outside the top five later this month.The Associated Press preseason poll released Monday kept the tigers locked into the sixth spot, the same place Ed Orgerons crew found itself at the end of last season.Clemson still holds the top spot, which it earned earlier this year, after bludgeoning Alabama in the CFB Championship. Bama remains at the 2 spot. Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State round out the rest of the top five respectively.&nbspThe Tigers season-opener against GA Southern will be held Aug. 31 at Tiger Stadium.You can view the full top 25 here:&nbsphttps://www.apnews.com/APTop25CollegeFootballPollPermalink Comments

Hill Rallies Saints to First Preseason Win Over Chargers
08/19/2019 12:01am

CARSON, Calif. --&nbspTaysom Hill has been the quintessential all-purpose player the past two seasons. On Sunday, he showed again what makes him such a valuable weapon for the New Orleans Saints.Hill had 191 yards of offense and directed three second-half scoring drives to help the Saints rally for a 19-17 preseason victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.In a game where Philip Rivers and Drew Brees were sideline observers, Hill supplied most of the quarterback highlights. He was 11 of 15 for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for 55 yards.With New Orleans trailing 17-3 at halftime, Hill felt the pressure was on him to produce.I felt like we needed some energy. And the thing I reiterated in the huddle was were going to have a chance to win this football game, Hill said. I know its a preseason game, but this is what its all about, and if we came here to not win then were wrong. So that was the objective.Hill threw a 27-yard TD pass to&nbspAustin Carr with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter to bring the Saints 1-1 to 17-10.Hill then directed an 11-play, 69-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter that culminated in a 1-yard TD pass to Devine Ozigbo. The Saints went for 2, but Hill was sacked by Anthony Lanier II.Following a Chargers punt, Hill drove the Saints into field goal range, where Will Lutz made a 28-yarder with 1:08 remaining.For three quarters I thought it was pretty complementary football. Then Taysom Hill took it over and they completely outplayed us, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.Hill has lined up at receiver, running back and tight end for the Saints since they signed him in 2017, but coach Sean Payton has been impressed with how Hill has looked at his natural position during training camp.I think hes had a good camp and has progressed, Payton said. Some of the things he did were scrambles, but hes pretty good when hes running.Troymaine Pope returned a punt 81 yards and Cardale Jones&nbspwas 10 of 14 for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers 0-2.The Chargers led 10-3 late in the second quarter when Pope ran back Thomas Moresteads punt with three seconds remaining. Pope -- a second-year running back -- made three New Orleans defenders miss within the first 15 yards before finding an opening up the left sideline and outrunning Dwayne Washington to the end zone.I wanted to make sure I secured the catch, Pope said. I made the first man miss and it was straight shot from there because it was blocked so well.Patton, who did not play in the Aug. 8 preseason opener at Arizona due to injury, gave the Chargers a 7-3 lead with 5:32 remaining when he hauled in a 26-yard pass from Cardale Jones to complete a 10--play, 98-yard drive.FOR STARTERSTyrod Taylor and Bridgewater were the starting quarterbacks but were not effective.Taylor directed the first four Chargers drives and was 7 of 10 for 57 yards and an interception. Los Angeles turned it over on downs on its first series where they had to attempts to get a yard and could not convert.Bridgewater played the entire first half -- going 5 for 12 for 40 yards -- despite being ill since Friday. The sixth-year quarterback did direct a first-quarter scoring drive that ended in a Lutz 33-yard field goal after A.J. Klein&nbsppicked off Taylor and returned it 20 yards to the Chargers 18.Man, it was a poor game, Bridgewater said. Today I just didnt give those guys the energy they deserve.New Orleans moved the ball well at times but had two critical turnovers in the red zone. Washington had a ball bounce off his hands and into the arms of safety Jaylen Watkins&nbspat the Chargers 2-yard line for an interception during the second quarter. Los Angeles would take advantage and drive for a touchdown.During the fourth quarter, linebacker Denzel Perryman&nbspforced Ozigbo to fumble and it was recovered by Adarius Pickett&nbspat the LA 9.Make no mistake about it there are some things that just eat at you a little bit, things we cant do as a team and expect to win against good teams, Payton said. Those are the things we have got to get correct.Saints will travel to New York to take on the Jets for their third preseason game Saturday.Permalink Comments

Southern goalie with autism kicks off career with stellar start
08/18/2019 11:52pm

With 165 saves in her freshman year at Southern, Chioma Eriken was an easy choice for SWAC preseason Keeper of the Year.Shes the best goalie Ive ever had says Jags head coach Jeremy Fontenot.Despite the amazing stats, theres a battle she fights while shes battling the opposition.Im actually on the autism spectrum, says Eriken.&nbspDuring her time as a soccer keeper, shes gotten pretty good at deflecting tough shots. Even the ones autism throws at her.For most of my life I didnt think it was that big of a deal. It was just something I had.Permalink Comments

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