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LSU Rallies To Beat Arkansas

postgame-links-150x1501LSU 31 – Arkansas 27. Video Highlights 

1. Tigers drive 99 yards for a game-winning touchdown behind freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings, in for an injured Zach Mettenberger.

2. Jennings delivers 101 yards of offense in just 11 snaps.

3. Scott Rabalais: “Only the Tigers, man.  Only the Tigers.”

4. Mettenberger left field on crutches - will have MRI on knee today.

5. Razorbacks become first team in school history to lose nine games – finish 0-8 in SEC play.

6. A highlight for Arkansas this season – freshman running back Alex Collins.  Went over 1,000 yards on the season in his first carry Friday.

 

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SEC Gameday Links: Tuscaloosa Saturday Night

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1. Since 2008, 72 players from this series have gone on to play in the NFL.

2. Alabama wants to stop the LSU rushing attack and force LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger to make plays.

3. Why the focus on the LSU quarterback? “Zach Mettenberger is 1-5 when it really matters.”

4. Toughest task for the Alabama defense since Texas A&M?

5. One of the ways Nick Saban disciplines his players.  ”Just go over there and stand in the box.”

6. “Rightly or wrongly, fair or unfair, LSU coaches are defined by their success against Alabama.”

7. LSU upset of the Crimson Tide?  Here’s how they can do it.

8. MrSEC view: “Don’t expect another 9-6 slugfest like the one we saw two years ago in Tuscaloosa.”

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LSU’s Miles Says O-Coordinator Cameron Would Make “A Great Head Coach”

gfx - they said itCam Cameron has been a college head coach.  From 1997 through 2001 he tried to resurrect Indiana’s football program.  Like many before and since, he failed.

But LSU’s first-year offensive coordinator is having the kind of success in Baton Rouge that athletic directors are sure notice.  The Tigers averaged 374 yards per game last season.  This year they’re averaging just under 489.  Last year LSU averaged 29.7 points per game.  This year they’re averaging 45.5.

Improved quarterback play is one big reason for the uptick in production (bad defenses are another).  Under the tutelage of the long-time NFL assistant, Zach Mettenberger has seen his passer rating balloon from 128.34 (ninth best in the SEC last season) to 190.12 (third best in the league this season).

Add all that up and Les Miles believes his old pal is ready for another head coaching opportunity:

 

“He’s somebody that is committed to, in my mind, making LSU the best they can be.  His short-term goals are to win and win very big….

I think he’d be a great head coach in the college game or, for that matter, the pro game.  Again, right now he’s in college.  I think he sees his opportunities in college, and I think he’ll have them.”

 

Here’s guessing more than a few Tiger fans would prefer it if Miles would stop with the Cameron hype and focus instead on keeping him around.

In his five seasons at Indiana, Cameron went 18-37.  His final team went 5-6 but finished 4-4 in the Big Ten, good enough for a fourth-place tie on the standings sheet.

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LSU Quarterback Zach Mettenberger: “Performing At A High Level Right Now”

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger speaks to the media following the Tigers 45-13 victory over Kent State and looks ahead ahead to next week against Auburn.

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SEC Headlines 7/19/2013

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1. What’s Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin doing to motivate his team for the Alabama game?  ”Same thing we did last year. That seemed to work.” Also mentions a certain position. “At quarterback, we’re gonna be alright.”

2. Nick Saban and The Bear, Part 1: “It’s hard to imagine Alabama football ever being on a higher pedestal than it is today. ”

3. Nick Saban and The Bear, Part 2: “The Bear set the standard. Says here, however, that Saban has surpassed it.”

4. David Climer: “The last thing Alabama needs is a break via scheduling. But the Tide gets one just the same.”

5. Andy Staples on college football coaches and the morality business: ”Not one of them has kept a job because he graduated the most model citizens.”

6. One take on LSU coach Les Miles: “He is two years younger than Saban and surely looks more relaxed.”

7. LSU safety Craig Loston almost went to Texas A&M four years ago.  Chose LSU because it was in the SEC. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s mother works in the Georgia football administrative offices.

8. Is Austyn Carta-Samuels the answer at quarterback for Vanderbilt?  Wide receiver Jordan Matthews: “Our chemistry is getting a lot better.”

9. When it comes to impact players at South Carolina, don’t forget about wide receiver Bruce Ellington.

10. USA Todays says Ole Miss is the 47th best team in the country – “win no fewer than six but no more than eight games.”

11. Gus Malzahn, Mitch Mustain, Houston Nutt and the lost year at Arkansas.

SEC/College News

12. Six current college players – including Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham - join the lawsuit against the NCAA.  Garnham led Vanderbilt in sacks last season.

13. Mike Slive’s message to the NCAA.  It has to change its lousy ways. Or else.

14. Record year for donations at Ole Miss.

SEC Basketball

15. The new SEC hoops czar, Mark Whitworth, turned up at SEC Media Days this week.

16. With Shaq Johnson dismissed, Auburn returns only one starter from last year’s team.

17. Tennessee players get in a game of flag football this week.

Extras

18. Who’s better – Peyton or Eli?  Tiki Barber says Eli.

19. Jadeveon Clowney snaps a picture of the Head Ball Coach and is that really a dancing Bret Bielema?

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Miles: LSU Needs To Run It And Throw It Better, But Don’t Expect A Change At QB

In the “no kidding” department, Les Miles summed up his team’s issues yesterday by saying it’s time to run and throw the ball better.  No shock.  In SEC games only, LSU ranks 11th in the league in both rushing and passing the football.  That’s not championship-calibre offensive production by any stretch.

But the coach also said — in his inimitable style — that the Tigers aren’t planning a move from Zach Mettenberger to a more mobile-type quarterback to help in those areas.

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LSU QB Mettenberger Dumps Moustache For Luck

Bye-bye, moustache.  LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has shaved his facial hair in an attempt to change the luck for his sometimes struggling offense:

 

“The moustache was a great look for me, but unfortunately we didn’t play too hot the first five games.  I’m hoping to bring a different vibe to the offense and some good luck.”

 

What the Tigers really need are less stumbles and bumbles when they have the football, not less facial hair.

LSU is currently ranked 11th in the SEC in fumbles lost with six, but they’ve put the ball on the ground an additional five times for a grand total of 11 fumbles through five games.  Two fumbles per contest?  That’s way too many.

The Tigers are also seventh in the conference in sacks allowed having given up 11 total.  Les Miles says Mettenberger is working on getting rid of the ball faster.  “My game is definitely not running around laterally in the pocket,” the quarterback told The Baton Rouge Advocate.  “I’m a north-south type of guy, but this year, I’ve have to try to create plays.  Out of frustration I guess I do it too much.  I need to stick to the gameplan and my abilities.”

LSU is 13th — out of 14 SEC schools — in terms of penalty-yards-per-game.  The Tigers have been flagged 42 times for 305 yards… an average of 61.0 yards per game lost.

Yes, the Tigers are still 5-0 and ranked #4 in the nation.  But if they don’t begin to clean up their mix-ups on offense, that undefeated record might not last too long.

Playing well, the Tigers will be hard for anyone to beat.  Which is why they can’t afford to beat themselves.

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LSU Blasts Washington, Kentucky Gets A Win At Home

LSU 41 – Washington 3

1. Tigers offense rolls up 437 yards while the defense limits the Huskies to just 183.

2. LSU hounds Huskies QB Keith Price – four sacks and seven hurries.

3. Zach Mettenberger 12-of-18 throwing – receivers drop five balls.

4. From a Supreme Court justice to Shaq – celebrity sightings at Tiger Stadium.

LSU Video Highlights

Kentucky 47 – Kent State 14

5. Kentucky wins its seventh straight home opener in front of the smallest crowd since 1996.

6. Joker Phillips on attendance: ”We’ve got to put a better product on the field than we have in the past and they’ll come.”

7. 11 catches for 100 yards for wide receiver Aaron Boyd.

8. 27 plays gained at least seven yards.

Kentucky Video Highlights

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SEC Headlines – 7/16/12

1.  Realignment nugget: Syracuse will officially leave the Big East for the ACC next July.  (Your move, Pittsburgh.)

2.  Welcome back, Tony Barnhart.  Here are his five questions heading into SEC Media Days.

3.  Here’s a look at Alabama’s tailbacks…

4.  And a look at Auburn’s tailbacks.

5.  New quarterback Zach Mettenberger is getting plenty of attention at LSU.

6.  Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin is excited about his SEC debut.

7.  Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is the SEC’s top player according to The Gainesville Sun.

8.  Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers is pushing forward after missing 2011 with an injury.

9. Vanderbilt is taking advantage of NCAA rule changes in basketball.

10.  In case you didn’t know it, the SEC is no place for job security.

11.  Check the latest on the SEC players making preseason award watch lists right here.

12.  And get yer college football bowl predictions right here.

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SEC Headlines – 5/1/12

1.  There should be plenty of NFL draft picks from the SEC again next year.  (Shock!)

2.  Auburn’s Gene Chizik is looking for a starting quarterback with mental toughness.

3.  Oh, and you can now officially start the clock on Chizik’s tenure on the Plains.

4.  Arkansas AD Jeff Long will be held accountable for his next hire… not the hire of interim coach John L. Smith.

5.  Les Miles believes he has one “capable backup” to new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger at LSU.

6.  Texas A&M’s board of regents will take up the contract status of outgoing AD Bill Byrne when they meet this week.

7.  The Kentucky basketball team will be heading to the White House to the meet the President on Friday.

8.  Tennessee’s once gushing NFL talent spigot should be open up again over the next two years.

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