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  09/12/21 - Max JohnsonSo/2024, LSU, 6-4, 219 (DS#18 QB) + More +

  LSU coach Ed Orgeron was happy to get his first victory of the season, but still knows there is plenty of work to do. Max Johnson threw for 161 yards and three touchdowns and LSU beat McNeese 34-7 Saturday night. "Not good enough offensively," Orgeron said. "It starts with protection; we must protect the quarterback better. We have to continue to improve and hopefully we will get better when we get some of our linemen back." LSU's defense held the Cowboys to 142 yards total offense.

After sputtering last week in a season-opening loss to UCLA, the LSU (1-1) offense still struggled against McNeese, gaining just 262 yards of total offense through the first three quarters and scoring just 24 points on an FCS opponent. "I'm a little surprised with how much we have struggled (offensively) these first two weeks," Orgeron said. "We want to get our athletes in space; but right now the protection is preventing it from working. If we can't protect the quarterback; it isn't going to work." Taking advantage of McNeese's (0-2) lack of depth, LSU pulled away with 10 points in the final quarter. "We weren't in a good mood coming back from Los Angeles," Orgeron said. "It didn't matter who our opponent was this week; we focused on LSU getting better." The LSU defense, however, bounced back with a stellar performance, allowing a single score on the night when senior quarterback Cody Orgeron found Carlo Williams for a 44-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. "I was very pleased with how we played defensively," Orgeron said. "Particularly with our pass rush." Freshman defensive tackle Maason Smith led the way for LSU with three sacks and six total tackles. - LSU/AP College Football


(DS#18 QB) So/2024 QB Max JohnsonLSU
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  09/03/21 - Avery AtkinsSr/2022, LSU, 5-11, 214 (DS#999 K) + More +

  A tradition born in 2003, synonymous with success both on and off the field, has its newest member on the 2021 LSU football team. LSU place kicker Avery Atkins, who has served as the team's kickoff specialist since 2018, will don the No. 18 jersey for the Tigers during the 2021 campaign. From Auburn, Alabama to home in Baton Rouge. Atkins is the school's all-time leader in kickoffs (270), kickoff yards (16.991) and touchbacks (227). The Auburn, Alabama, native is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and received his undergraduate degree this May in kinesiology. He will join linebacker Damone Clark in wearing the No. 18. No. 18 at LSU means more than just a number. It's given to the player who displays a selfless attitude and, the program says, epitomizes what being an LSU football player means. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#999 K) Sr/2022 K Avery AtkinsLSU
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  09/03/21 - Malik NabersFr/2025, LSU, 6-0, 190 (DS#39 WR) + More +

  Freshman wide receiver Malik Nabers won't play during LSU's season opener against UCLA this weekend and may miss multiple games, coach Ed Orgeron said. Nabers, who was expected to contribute after impressing throughout preseason camp, hasn't practiced this week because of a shoulder injury, according to a source. "Malik will not be able to play," Orgeron said Wednesday morning on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. "I don't know if Malik will play until a couple games into the season. He's definitely going to be out for UCLA." Nabers broke out during his first preseason, drawing praise from Orgeron and fellow players in the midst of a crowded wide receiver room. The Tigers had eight other receivers vying for playing time alongside Kayshon Boutte. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#39 WR) Fr/2025 WR Malik NabersLSU
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  08/26/21 - John Emery Jr.Jr/2023, LSU, 5-10, 215 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  For LSU tailback John Emery Jr., it was virtually love at first sight when he met new offensive coordinator Jake Peetz last January. "He said I can be just like Christian McCaffrey," Emery said of the versatile Carolina Panthers running back who rushed for 1,387 yards and caught 116 passes for 1,005 yards in a Pro Bowl season in 2019. A year later, he became the highest-paid running back in NFL history in 2020 with a four-year, $64 million contract. "Coach Peetz actually showed me clips of Christian as soon as he came in," Emery said. "And me seeing that, I just knew it was going to be a perfect fit," Emery said.

Emery hopes to be a dual-threat like McCaffrey, who became just the third back in NFL history to gain more than 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in 2019. "Coach Peetz says I kind of remind him of Christian McCaffrey," he said. So far, though, Emery's career is not close to that of McCaffrey, who set the NCAA record for most all-purpose yards in a season at Stanford with 3,864 in 2015. As a freshman reserve in 2019, Emery gained only 188 yards on 39 carries while catching six passes for 60 yards. In 2020, he started three games and gained 378 yards on 75 carries while catching 14 passes for 73 yards. - Lafayette Daily Advertiser


(DS#999 RB) Jr/2023 RB John Emery Jr.LSU
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  08/24/21 - Derek Stingley Jr.Jr/2023, LSU, 6-1, 195 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. remains out with an undisclosed injury, but when asked about the junior All-American's status Wednesday night, coach Ed Orgeron maintained confidence Stingley will play in the season opener against UCLA. "Derek's doing fine," Orgeron said. "I think we're going to lay off of him next week. The week after, he should be fine." Stingley has missed the majority of preseason camp and didn't play in the team's scrimmage last Saturday. Orgeron thought at one point Stingley might return to practice this week, but LSU has kept him out as a precaution. LSU has a little over two weeks before its first game Sept. 4. "I think he's going to be 100% there [against UCLA]," Orgeron said, "and we won't have to worry about re-aggravating it." - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#1 CB) Jr/2023 CB Derek Stingley Jr.LSU
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  08/24/21 - Myles BrennanrSr/2022, LSU, 6-3, 210 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  As LSU quarterback Myles Brennan recovers from a broken left arm, coach Ed Orgeron said he was told Brennan can return "sometime this season," but the exact date hasn't been determined. "I don't want to say nothing prematurely," Orgeron said. "He's just getting over the pain." Brennan tripped and broke his humerus while preparing for a fishing trip five days before LSU opened preseason practice Aug. 6, his father said. Brennan quickly underwent surgery. LSU hasn't released a timeline for his recovery.

Orgeron said Wednesday night the fifth-year senior may start throwing in a month and will wear pads again as soon as possible, but Orgeron doesn't want Brennan to rush his recovery. His arm will have to withstand hits. "I'm not in a hurry," Orgeron said. "I'm not going to rush him. I want him to be ready. I was told he can come back sometime this season, as early as mid-season, as late as the open date (Oct. 30), or Alabama (the week after), somewhere around there. None of that's definite, now." - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#12 QB) rSr/2022 QB Myles BrennanLSU
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  08/22/21 - Glen LoganrSr/2022, LSU, 6-3, 339 (DS#46 DT) + More +

  LSU senior defensive lineman Glen Logan re-injured his foot this week and will miss an unspecified amount of time as he heals, coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday night. Logan, one of the anchors of LSU's defensive line, suffered "a little break in his foot," Orgeron said. Logan had worn a gold, non-contact jersey during preseason practice. He wasn't present Tuesday, the last time LSU held a viewing period. "It's going to take a little while to heal," Orgeron said. "We'll get him sometime this season." With an extra year of eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic, Logan returned for his sixth season this year. He has been an integral part of the defensive line since 2018. Logan first played defensive end when LSU used a 3-4 scheme. He has since moved to defensive tackle in the Tigers' 4-3 look. Over the last three years, Logan played in 33 games. He has 100 career tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, making him one of the most experienced players on the team. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#46 DT) rSr/2022 DT Glen LoganLSU
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  08/22/21 - Derek Stingley Jr.Jr/2023, LSU, 6-1, 195 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  Ever since Derek Stingley Jr. arrived at LSU, the idea of playing offense and defense has swirled around the All-American cornerback. Stingley has remarkable athleticism that may allow him to play on both sides of the ball, but his family and LSU agreed to wait. Now in his junior year, Stingley may get the chance. Orgeron said LSU was going to give Stingley some offensive reps the day he suffered a "minor injury" that recently kept him out of practice. Stingley should return early next week. When he does, Orgeron said the team will consider trying him on the offensive side. "I talked to (offensive coordinator Jake Peetz) and Derek about the type of plays we're going to run," Orgeron said. "We're going to see where we are next week. I don't know if he's going to be full speed next week. "Obviously, I'm not going to play him both ways if he's not full speed. We have to play that by ear." - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#1 CB) Jr/2023 CB Derek Stingley Jr.LSU
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  08/21/21 - Jared SmallSr/2022, LSU, 5-10, 209 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Statistically speaking, LSU linebacker Jared Small has not produced big numbers. He has been on the football roster since 2017 and has exactly one tackle. That happened on Aug. 31, 2019, on special teams in the season-opening, 55-3 win over Georgia Southern. Small, a fifth-year senior, has played in 15 games during his career, but the walk-on from Catholic High in Baton Rouge was given a scholarship just before the 2020 season. And this season, he is expected to play either as a starter or a fourth linebacker along with Clemson sophomore transfer Mike Jones Jr. and seniors Micah Baskerville and Damone Clark.

"Jared Small is all over the place," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "They're all four going to be considered starters." Small cannot wait for regular, non-special teams play, which will begin on Sept. 4 (7:30 p.m., FOX) when the No. 13 Tigers play at UCLA. "Growing up in Baton Rouge, it's every kid's dream to play for LSU," he said. "With that being the goal in mind, I just stayed with it. The journey itself - you've just got to know that there is an end goal in mind. You've just got to keep working on it each and every day." Incremental progress helped over the years. After a redshirt season in 2017, Small played in four games in 2018, five in 2019 and six last year. "Jared Small is a grinder. He came in here and earned it," Jones said. Then he had a breakthrough, leading both teams with 15 tackles and intercepting a pass at the spring game in April. - Lafayette Daily Advertiser


(DS#999 OLB) Sr/2022 OLB Jared SmallLSU
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  08/16/21 - Derek Stingley Jr.Jr/2023, LSU, 6-1, 195 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  In the first major poll released so far ahead of the 2021 college football season, LSU was ranked No. 13 in the preseason USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll. Joined by UL, the Tigers were one of two Louisiana teams ranked Tuesday morning. The Ragin' Cajuns debuted at No. 23, marking their first appearance in a preseason poll in team history. The USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll uses 65 head coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of college football. Every coach submits a top-25 weekly throughout the regular season.

Alabama, the defending national champions, opened at No. 1 while Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia rounded out the top-5. The Southeastern Conference had the most teams from one league with six. LSU returned to the top-25 after falling out of the polls for most of its 5-5 season last year. The Tigers brought back plenty of players who contributed near the end of the season while hiring six new assistant coaches, including both coordinators. - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#1 CB) Jr/2023 CB Derek Stingley Jr.LSU
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  08/15/21 - Max JohnsonSo/2024, LSU, 6-4, 219 (DS#18 QB) + More +

  LSU football coach Ed Orgeron may be down to two scholarship quarterbacks with the injury to Myles Brennan this week, but that does not mean his offensive strategy will be overly protective of starter Max Johnson. "I think you have to do the things that you have to do to win just like we did with Joe," Orgeron said in reference to former quarterback Joe Burrow, who often ran with reckless abandon in 2018 and '19. "We ran quarterback draws with Joe. He scrambled. He made plays with his feet against Georgia (SEC Championship Game win in 2019). He made plays when he had to," Orgeron said after LSU's first practice of the preseason Friday.

LSU had three scholarship quarterbacks in 2019 with Brennan behind Burrow, but the third one was inexperienced true freshman Peter Parrish. "I think you have to limit things. Max wants to be a drop-back quarterback. We talked about that. I don't think we're going to have 15 different quarterback runs," Orgeron said. "He's a passer, but there's some things that we have to do to challenge the defense to win the game." Johnson rushed 18 times for 52 yards while completing 21 of 36 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-34 win at No. 6 Florida last season in his first collegiate start. - Lafayette Daily Advertiser


(DS#18 QB) So/2024 QB Max JohnsonLSU
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  08/15/21 - Andre AnthonyrSr/2022, LSU, 6-3, 255 (DS#27 DE) + More +

  The prime culprit for LSU's woes was the defenseless defense. The Tigers ranked last of 127 FBS teams in yards allowed passing, 124th in total defense, 98th in points allowed. It's hard to say Anthony didn't do his part, though. He had 24 tackles in 2020, third among LSU's defensive linemen. That total included a team-best 5 1/2 sacks. He also had four quarterback hurries (only fellow end Ali Gaye had more with five), numbers that argue Anthony was the Tigers' most disruptive pass rusher.

If only more of LSU's defensive players could have played like Anthony did. Instead, the defense generally looked and performed like a disjointed mess. Much of the blame centered on the one-year pit stop that was former defensive coordinator Bo Pelini's second tenure at LSU after a successful turn under Miles from 2005-07. But Anthony said the Tigers' problems started long before they stepped on the field and got thrown into a paper shredder by Mississippi State's passing attack to the tune of a Southeastern Conference record 623 yards passing. "Last year with COVID and everything, we didn't really have time to actually bond as a team," Anthony said. "Everyone was going in their separate places, we were quarantining. Guys were at their homes, so we never really got to be around each other but like a week or two for camp." - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#27 DE) rSr/2022 DE Andre AnthonyLSU
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  08/13/21 - Max JohnsonSo/2024, LSU, 6-4, 219 (DS#18 QB) + More +

  The son of Super Bowl-winning quarterback Brad Johnson, he was taught from an early age to focus on daily individual improvement instead of competing with his teammates for spots. "I don't look at it the same way people do," Johnson's father said. "I look at it as you're always in competition with yourself. There's only one quarterback that gets to play, and you've got to be ready for when your moments come." Johnson has always prepared for that moment. He received an early and detailed education on football from his father, who showed him how to complete three-, five- and seven-step drops in elementary school. They began film sessions in eighth grade, and the instruction grew from there until Johnson arrived at LSU.

Everything Johnson learned from his father, combined with his naturally composed persona, helped him win both of his starts last season. As Johnson played, coach Ed Orgeron recognized some of the same qualities he saw in former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, whose father was a coach. They carried themselves with poise. They looked serious. They displayed an internal drive to win. They were mobile. Neither of them said much at first. "He's tall, he's smart and can see a lot of things," Orgeron said. "There are some things he has to improve on, but he's a young player and that's more or less things (offensive coordinator Jake Peetz) can work on with him. But I do believe he can be a championship quarterback." - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#18 QB) So/2024 QB Max JohnsonLSU
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  08/11/21 - Nick StorzJr/2023, LSU, 6-5, 260 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Nick Storz arrived at LSU as a heralded pitching prospect, underwent multiple surgeries that prevented him from launching his baseball career, joined the football team full-time as a tight end and now, he faces another setback in a college career full of them. LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Friday evening Storz has a medical issue that will likely prevent him from playing again.

LSU will continue to gather information before ruling him out, Orgeron said, but Storz wasn't listed on the team's roster and didn't appear at the first preseason practice. "It looks like he's going to be medical," Orgeron said. "We're not sure yet. We're still getting some information. It's unfortunate. I don't know if he'll be able to play football again. We still have a little research to do there. But it looks like that's going to happen." Storz arrived at LSU in 2017 touted as a potential first-round draft pick on the mound. But the right-hander underwent three arm-related surgeries that prevented him from playing much until his third year, when he recorded a 1.04 ERA over 8? innings during the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season. - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#999 TE) Jr/2023 TE Nick StorzLSU
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  08/09/21 - Eric TaylorSo/2024, LSU, 6-3, 313 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Eric Taylor is no longer part of the LSU football team, a source confirmed Friday afternoon. Taylor wasn't listed on LSU's online roster as the team prepared to begin preseason practice Friday, as first reported by 247Sports. A former four-star recruit from Trussville, Alabama, Taylor used a redshirt season last year. He appeared during the 2021 spring game as a backup defensive tackle. LSU remains deep along the defensive line with returning upperclassmen Glen Logan and Neil Farrell Jr. leading a group that also includes junior Joseph Evans and sophomores Jaquelin Roy and Jacobian Guillory. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#999 DT) So/2024 DT Eric TaylorLSU
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