Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football, with LSU beat writer Nick Suss. Today, we discuss the quarterback battle, recap some recruiting news, recite Pi to 100 places and much, much more. Enjoy!
File this under ‘I’ for Irony
This article opining about the LSU football team’s quarterback competition is a request to end all articles opining about the LSU football team’s quarterback competition. I understand the irony. Let’s move on.
Yes, the overarching storyline of LSU’s spring session has been what new offensive coordinator Matt Canada is going to do with his quarterbacks. Ever since Ed Orgeron confirmed that Canada is holding an open competition, this has been the talk of the town. And rightfully so.
But guys, let’s calm down with the speculation about and fixation on the quarterbacks. We’re just going to tire ourselves out. Think about it.
There’s a pretty good chance that this competition spills over into the summer. And then Myles Brennan is going to show up on campus for fall camp and he’s going to get his fair chance, so it’s going to start all over again then. And by that point, we’ve been discussing LSU’s quarterbacks for six months and whatever decision the coaches end up making will end up fracturing the faction of the fan base that had such strong opinions toward a player on the bench.
Not to make this political, but we’re in danger of veering LSU’s QB battle toward what primary season was like in the last presidential election. And we don’t want to go back to that. People who all want the same thing fighting over who’s the best person to do that thing. It’s a dangerous proposition.
I’m going to try to do my part. Through the rest of spring, if I talk about quarterbacks in the Bayou Bengal Briefing, it’s going to be facts and analysis. No more nameless conjecture. All observations and quotes. There’s no sense in forming arguments about players who are only going to create futile debates that’ll have no bearing on the ultimate decision.
When Canada makes his choice, we’ll talk about it. And when we see his choice on the field, we’ll discuss if he made a good decision. But until then, let’s keep to facts and analysis here. No more guessing. Because none of us need that.
Here’s to another month of spring. And here’s to a month of me trying my hardest to be hypocritical on this point.
LSU football poll question results
Well, I walked right into that one.
In Bayou Bengal Briefing on Monday, I asked you which of the LSU football team’s many spring position battles are you the most excited to monitor. More than 450 of you voted. Here are your (rather predictable) answers:
With 41 percent of the vote, quarterbacks won the poll. I can’t complain. It’s a compelling competition. And it’s what the people are watching.
Proudly, my two favorite positions to talk about came in second and third place on the poll, with wide receivers receiving 21 percent of the vote and the offensive line getting 17 percent. I think these battles will be the most interesting, personally, especially because there’s so little experience returning in both units that it makes for a series of intriguing emergences.
With 9 percent of the vote, safeties narrowly edged out cornerbacks (7 percent) for fourth place. And edge rushers and special teamers made up the rest of the ballot with 4 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
If anything, this poll shows just how spread out the intrigue is for LSU football’s spring sessions this year. And this doesn’t even include the competitions at backup running back and inside linebacker, which I had to omit for poll space. Suffice it to say, it’s going to be a busy spring.
Check back to the Bayou Bengal Briefing every Monday for LSU football poll questions.
Checkin’ in with the ‘croots
Speaking of LSU’s battle at receiver, the Tigers added another wide receiver into the mix Monday with a commitment from 3-star Louisiana product Jaray Jenkins. Jenkins is one of the first wins for new receivers coach Mickey Joseph, who came in to recruit New Orleans but snagged a prize out of Jena High School out in Northeastern Louisiana, about two-and-a-half hours from Baton Rouge.
Jenkins is the first true wide receiver to commit to LSU for the Class of 2018. Receiver should be a priority position for the Tigers this year after losing a commit on National Signing Day in Stephen Guidry due to academic issues and missing out on the likes of in-state product DeVonta Smith to Alabama.
Don’t expect LSU to slow down its pursuit for receivers after Jenkins. As SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman wrote Monday, LSU is making a push for 5-star 2019 wideout Devonta Lee, who seemed to enjoy a recent visit to LSU.
There’ll be plenty to read out of the media session with LSU football players on Tuesday, the first of the spring. But until then, we’ve only have links from Monday to hold you over. Here are some of your best options:
- Future LSU DB Kary Vincent is poised to be the next big thing out of Port Arthur, Texas, and he’s confident in that fact.
- LSU baseball player Alden Cartwright is prematurely ending his career because of recurring elbow issues.
- Seth Davis has opinions on who LSU will go after to replace Johnny Jones.
- NOLA.com’s Ron Higgins argued that LSU should go after Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey to replace Jones. Honestly, I don’t hate the idea.
- Jared Poché was named National Pitcher of the Week. Again. And Cole Freeman is the SEC Player of the Week.
- I broke down each of Greg Deichmann’s home runs and compared them to some of the best sluggers in Major League Baseball. Deichmann comes off looking pretty good.
Speaking of baseball …
The Tigers host Louisiana College tonight at 6:30 at Alex Box Stadium. You can watch the game online via WatchESPN or the SEC Network Plus.
Freshman Zack Hess will make the start, looking to rebound from his first loss of the season last week versus McNeese State. He likely won’t pitch for too long, though, because LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said he intends to use Hess as a reliever this weekend when SEC plays kicks off against Georgia.
This game should be an absolute rout. LC is a Division III program that LSU scheduled on a whim after a game versus San Diego was rained out last week. If LSU struggles at all in this game, it’ll hurt the team’s rankings more than a loss against a respectable opponent would.
That said, anything can happen in sports. So, don’t write off the game before it goes down. Louisiana College just might surprise some folks. Probably not, but still.
The LSU women’s basketball team is NCAA tournament bound. The Tigers will compete Saturday as a No. 8 seed against No. 9 California. The winner earns the opportunity to face off against Mulkey and No. 1 Baylor on their home court in Waco, Texas, on Monday.
But enough about that. Here’s a video of the players celebrating the announcement.
— Alex Hickey (@bigahickey) March 13, 2017
Spring football might be here, but LSU football strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt is still here to show us what’s going on in the weight room. Here’s the leaderboard from Monday:
— Tommy Moffitt (@TommyMoffitt) March 13, 2017
Junior Nick Brossette won the running backs group, but Derrius Guice might’ve had the highlight of the day on power cleans. As Moffitt explained in his tweet, Guice corralled 374 pounds worth of weight and brought it up to his chest in an impressive display of balance and explosion. Kind of like the way he runs the ball.
And, yes, you’re darn right we have video:
— 5⃣ (@DhaSickest) March 13, 2017
When you’re that strong, all you can do is scream. If you’ve ever done a power clean before, you know how impressive that is. I certainly do.
Today in made-up holidays
As your seventh-grade math teacher once probably made you celebrate, today is Pi Day.
It’s March 14, which can also be written as 3.14, if you’re European. 3.14 is also the universal abbreviation for Pi, the never-ending math constant that has something to do with circles. That’s about the extent of wordiness I want to go into explaining Pi.
So, let’s use 3/14 to celebrate the LSU football team’s No. 3 and No. 14. Neither have seen the field for LSU in the fall before, but both are big names to follow this spring.
At No. 3, LSU has early enrolled 5-star safety JaCoby Stevens. Stevens is challenging alongside fellow true freshman Grant Delpit and returning players Eric Monroe and Ed Paris for LSU’s second safety spot. A freak athlete who has all the tools to be successful, the 6-foot-2, 214-pound safety combines linebacker size with beyond-his-age instincts to play the position well.
And at No. 14, you have quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. Scott is expected to …
Wait. Darn it. This not speculating about quarterbacks business is going to be hard. Let’s occupy ourselves. Quick, let’s type out the first 100 digits of Pi.
There. Now we’re occupied. Happy Pi Day. Don’t talk about quarterbacks. Memorize that. Or just eat a pie instead. That’s probably what I’ll do.
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