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Report: Suspended LSU Running Back Jeremy Hill Expected Back Saturday

jeremy-hill-lsu-celebratesSuspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill is expected back Saturday against UAB.  Citing “a source familiar with the situation” The Advocate in Baton Rouge says Hill won’t start - but will play a backup role behind Alfred Blue and possibily behind two other LSU backs, Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee.

Hill was suspended in April after punching a man outside a bar near LSU.  He had been placed on probation back in 2012 following a 2011 arrest.

Hill was LSU’s leading rusher last season with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns on 142 carries.

With or without Hill, LSU is a 34.5 point favorite over UAB.

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Pass Happy? LSU Will Still Lean On Its Power Run Game Against TCU

lsu-running-gameMuch of the talk in Baton Rouge this offseason has centered on quarterback Zach Mettenberger, new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and a new commitment to the passing game.  That’s all well and good, but Les Miles is still the head coach, not Mike Leach.

When LSU faces TCU’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme on Saturday, expect the Tigers to try to crank up their traditional power run game early and often.  “Coach Miles emphasized in the meeting we’ve got to be able to run and pass the football,” tailback Alfred Blue told The Baton Rouge Advocate.  “In the past we’ve been pretty good at running the football here, and he’s trying to get that passing game going more.”

“We’ve just got to keep running physical and get those tough yards if they stack the box,” Blue continued.  “It’s those three or four yards, and eventually they’ll back off once we start throwing the football.  Once they do that, who knows?”

“There’s a lot of outside zone and outside toss plays that we can do to get out on that edge.  If they want us to stack that middle and allow us to get that edge, so be it.  I’d rather the edge anyway.”

Coaches rarely change their DNA.  And Miles is a man wired to run first, pass second.  Below are LSU’s run-versus-pass numbers for the last five seasons:


2012 — 527 rushes, 356 passes

2011 — 591 rushes, 279 passes

2010 — 538 rushes, 301 passes

2009 — 435 rushes, 336 passes

2008 — 495 rushes, 391 passes


Cameron and Mettenberger may toss the ball around the yard a bit more this season, but as running back Kenny Hilliard said this week: “That’s what we do here.  We pound the ball.”

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LSU’s Miles Talks Running Backs, “Talladega Nights”

When two running backs both have big nights, they’ve gotta be given a nickname, right?  I mean that’s College Football 101.  Especially when one is 5-11, 240 pounds and the other is 6-2, 215 pounds.

Well, Les Miles was asked about the 6-2 Alfred Blue (16 carries for 123 yards) and the 5-11 Kenny Hilliard (13 carries for 141 yards and two TDs) and any potential nicknames for them after their bang-bang season opener against North Texas on Saturday.

Apparently Miles is a Will Ferrell fan:


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Thursday Afternoon Recruiting Headlines

Here are some afternoon recruiting headlines.

1. Here are the top 25 junior college prospects, according to

2. ESPN has a list of the top uncommitted prospects. Many are considering SEC schools.

3. Could Georgia’s potential “Dream Team” class be one of the top three in the nation?

4. Here’s the latest on defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who’s still considering several schools.

5. The recruiting picture for Mississippi State is starting to take shape in the final week.

6. Running back Kenny Hilliard will get a head start on his career at LSU.

7. Arkansas is receiving nice reviews on its class for 2011.

8. Edward Aschoff of the Gainesville Sun answers his latest mailbag of recruiting questions.

9. Kentucky commit Jon Davis remains undecided on which school he will attend.

10. Auburn is experiencing success in recruiting following a a championship year on the field.

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Friday/Weekend Headlines

Here are some recruiting headlines as you get ready for the weekend.

1. Here is a story on the eight enrollees for Alabama this semester.

2. Tennessee has six early enrollees who have already begun classes.

3. Marcus Caffey explains why he switched his commitment from Purdue to Kentucky.

4. Georgia would really like to sign tailback Isaiah Crowell. Is that why the Bulldogs offered his close friend?

5. Here are some prospects expected to visit Florida this weekend.

6. Could the Gators still land Quan Bray despite his commitment to Auburn?

7. Alabama is preparing for a big recruiting weekend, which is headlined by start Jadeveon Clowney.

8. Don’t forget about Crowell, who will also be in Tuscaloosa this weekend.

9. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is turning the Rebels’ 4-8 season into a positive in recruiting.

10. Receiver Josh Forrest says he’s sticking with his commitment to Kentucky.

11. Credit goes to LSU commit Kenny Hilliard for working hard in the classroom.

12. Corey Long of answers several SEC questions in his latest recruiting mailbag.

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