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It’s not A&M week yet, but you may want to check out I Am The 12th Man. (Remember when we were offering them a seat at the table? I swear the preseason feels like years ago)

Here are your AP and Coach’s All-SEC Teams

AP

FIRST TEAM

Offense

K – u-Josh Jasper, LSU, 5-11, 171, Sr.

Defense

T – u-Drake Nevis, LSU, 6-2, 285, Sr.

LB – Kelvin Sheppard, LSU, 6-3, 240, Sr.

CB – u-Patrick Peterson, LSU, 6-1, 222, Jr.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

L – Joseph Barksdale, LSU, 6-6, 318, Sr.

RB – Stevan Ridley, LSU, 6-0, 226, Jr.

All-Purpose – Patrick Peterson, LSU, 6-1, 222, Jr.

Defense

CB – Morris Claiborne, LSU, 6-0, 177, So.

 

Coach’s

FIRST TEAM

Offense

RB Stevan Ridley LSU 6-0 226 Jr. Natchez, Miss.

Defense

DL Drake Nevis LSU 6-2 285 Sr. Marrero, La.

LB Kelvin Sheppard LSU 6-3 240 Sr. Stone Mountain, Ga.

DB Patrick Peterson LSU (CB) 6-1 222 Jr. Pompano Beach, Fla.

Special Teams

RS Patrick Peterson LSU 6-1 222 Jr. Pompano Beach, Fla.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

OL Joseph Barksdale LSU (T) 6-6 318 Sr. Detroit, Mich.

Defense

DB Morris Claiborne LSU (CB) 6-0 177 So. Shreveport, La.

Special Teams

PK Josh Jasper LSU 5-11 171 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.

 

Patrick Peterson is on the awards circuit this week. He did not win the Nagurski on Monday night (it went to Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers ) but he is still in the running for the Thorpe and Bednarik awards (part of the big ESPN awards show on Thursday Night) and the Lott Trophy on Sunday.

Meanwhile, A&M’s Von Miller has won the Butkus Award for nation’s best Linebacker.

Jerry Stovall was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York last night.

The final BCS rankings before the end of the season have LSU at #10…..or do they? Either way, it doesn’t matter much. There’s also this great graph of the coach’s poll final ballots from USA Today. Try not to get too mad at some of those Graduate Assistant’s work.

ESPN’s short summary of our season says the same thing everyone else is saying: It’s amazing we won that many games with that offense.

A recruiting season is not won or lost on one player, and it certainly doesn’t stop for you to have a victory party. While we were all celebrating the Mettenberger pick-up, top rated RB recruit (and BR native) Jeremy Hill backed out of a long standing verbal commit to LSU shortly after taking a campus visit to Bama. He’s not ruling LSU out of the running, but it’s not a good sign when a local kid who’s been a verbal since 2009 decides to start shopping again. Here’s a quick summary of how we and the rest of the SEC are doing so far in the second season.

This is a great in-depth piece on the folks responsible for the care of Mike VI.

The biggest name in college football you’ve never heard of” Well of course that’s Tommy Moffit.

Big Herman got signed by the Bears yesterday, currently weighing in at 360 pounds.

SBNation.com rates the best and worst of the announcer line-up for the bowls (note that ATVS favorite Ron Franklin is covering the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve shut-in specials, along with the Fiesta Bowl) The Cotton Bowl, run by Fox, has not made an announcement on this matter, but Pat Summerall has been calling it since 2007 and I see no reason to think he wont continue this year. There is also a list of the bowl swag, but the Cotton doesn’t release that either.

Here’s a well thought out summary of where the last few realignment moves have left us, from Illini blog Frank The Tank.

Pour one out for your homie, The Wannstache is no more at Pitt.

A few college baseball notes here in December. The 20 second pitch clock (which will be enforced throughout all of D-1 baseball) will be kept by base umps during the CWS. And while Cal’s decision to cut it’s more than a century old baseball program is shocking, it’s more indicative of the problems facing the California state schools than any overarching money problems with the sport itself.

A mention here for one of our professional counterparts: The New Orleans Hornets, after multiple years of being unprofitable, are now owned outright by the NBA, who intends to find a new owner. Our friends at At The Hive aren’t panicking yet, but the point remains: the best way to support the team is to get yourself and your friends to some games.

Forget the campus budget problems for a minute, this is just despicable.

We are still in the middle of the exam break (WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?! GO STUDY!) LSU returns to action with a Men’s Basketball game v Central Michigan on Saturday.


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Scouting South Carolina at Florida: What to Watch for on Special Teams and When Carolina Has the Ball

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3. Florida’s Kicking Game

Florida PK Caleb Sturgis‘s status for this weekend is unknown. If Sturgis doesn’t play, the Gators will again look to P Chas Henry to maintain PK duties. Henry made a clutch kick to beat the Georgia Bulldogs a couple of weeks ago, but he’s not an elite PK and it remains to be seen how consistent he can be. If this game is close, we should have an advantage in having a better PK in Spencer Lanning. Although Lanning’s performance over the past few weeks hasn’t exactly been one to inspire confidence, his track record remains a good one.

2. Defensive Aggression

Florida is known for having an aggressive, ball-hawking passing defense, and that remains the case this year. Florida is currently second in the nation in team INTs, and the Gators have returned a few of those for TDs. This should come as no surprise to Gamecocks fans, who have suffered the brunt of some brutal Gators INTs over the years. We can’t allow any big plays of this sort to occur in this game, so Stephen Garcia will need to be extra smart when he’s throwing the football.

1. Marcus Lattimore and the Running Game

If you look back at each game we’ve played this season, you’ll notice a trend in how our offense performs. When the offensive line is opening holes and Lattimore is running the ball well, we have a pretty good offense. When that’s not happening, our offense is very pedestrian, essentially the same as last year’s if not worse. The only exception to this rule was the first three quarters of the Auburn game; Auburn locked down Lattimore, but an extraordinary game from Stephen Garcia (until the fumbles, of course) helped us stay in it. Although it continues to baffle me that we can’t seem to move the ball effectively via other means, I think we now have enough evidence to suggest that if we’re unable to get Lattimore going, we’re unable to score enough points to win ball games. Will we be able to run against Florida? Perhaps not. The Gators currently rank 28th in the nation in rushing defense and will be tough to run against. A lot, I think, depends on what our approach is. If I were Steve Spurrier and crew, I would (1) think about running out of the I more often. We seem to run the ball better when Lattimore has a lead blocker. (2), I would advise Stephen Garcia to keep the ball when we’re running the zone read and the DE crashes. Garcia’s disinclination to keep the ball has led to the DE crashing on more or less every zone-read play, and Garcia can make the Gators pay–as well as open things up for Lattimore–if he keeps it from time to time. Lastly, I would (3) work the short passing game. An attack that has only two speeds–running it up the middle and passing vertically–is designed to fail against an aggressive defense like Florida’s.


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Scouting Arkansas at South Carolina: What to Watch for on Special Teams and When Carolina Has the Ball

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3. Punt Returns

Arkansas’s Joe Adams is one of the nation’s best punt returners and has a 90+ TD return to his credit. Adams may not play in this one, but if he does, watch for him to influence the game with some big returns. Luckily, punt return coverage hasn’t been as much of a problem for us this season as other special teams units.

2. Sack Attack

Arkansas ranks seventh in the country in sacks. Although I’ve been relatively impressed with how Stephen Garcia has dealt with pressure over the past couple of games, it’s hard to forget Aub…err, Garcia’s past, and the burden may be on Garcia to prove his level-headedness again this weekend.

1. Arkansas’s Rushing Defense

The Hogs have relatively respectable numbers against the pass, although they have had a bad game or two in that regard, such as against Ole Miss. Where the Hogs haven’t done so well, though, is against the run. I’m not just talking about the fact that Auburn ran for over 300 yards against Arkansas–many of us have been there and done that against the Tigers’ running game. Arkansas also gave Mark Ingram the performance that most resembles the kind of play that Ingram based his Heisman candidacy on last year. Many of Ingram’s yards came late in the game, and I suspect that if we can control time of possession in any measurable degree, Marcus Lattimore will have a ball against these guys late in the game.


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