Football Thursday:

It’s Football Thursday here and we’ve already broken down the LSU quarterbacks and backfield here at the palace, so it’s time to dive deeper into the depth chart today and break down the wide outs.

The LSU wide out corp. seems to lose two or three players to the NFL virtually every season and this season Early Doucet was the latest player to move onto the big stage.

But despite his loss, the LSU cupboard is still loaded and whomever the QB will be will have tons of weapons to unload the ball to this season in Tiger Stadium.

LSU Wide receivers.

DeMetrius Byrd

6-2 195 senior

Byrd is the best LSU receiver and arguable held that title last year also with a fabulous first season in Baton Rouge, catching 35 passes for 621 yards and seven touchdowns. But Byrd’s plays all seemed to come on the biggest stages, including a last-second TD grab to beat Auburn and another bomb in the SEC Championship game against Tennessee. While last year, he was just a deep threat, I suspect Byrd will develop a more all-around game this season.

Brandon LaFell

6-3 194 junior

LaFell is LSU’s best pure receiver all things considered, but the Houston native has battled drops throughout his career as a Tiger and that has prevented him from becoming the player he could potentially be. But despite the drops, LaFell still had a 50 catch season this past season with four of those going for touchdowns. Expect big things from the LSU junior this season.

Terrance Toliver

6-5 180 sophomore

Toliver showed why he was one of the nation’s highest rated wide outs coming out of high school this past season with long-play ability and illusive moves, but Toliver also showed his inexperience throughout the season with trouble commanding the playbook. If Toliver does his homework, he can maybe be as good as LSU’s best receiver. But if not, he will only find himself in the game in specialty situations.

Jared Mitchell

5-11 192 junior

When he isn’t stealing bases or making leaping catches on the baseball diamond, Mitchell is also a solid wide receiver for LSU. Mitchell caught 13 passes for 143 last year mostly out of the slot, but he expects to have a larger role in the passing game this season for LSU. Mitchell has great speed, but the LSU coaches like his ability to run short, underneath routes to open up the deep balls for LaFell and Byrd.

Trindon Holliday

5-5 159 junior

Holliday was a huge question mark until this past weekend because of his quest to make the Olympics, but with Holliday having fallen short of his goal, he figures to be a big part of LSU’s plans. Holliday is mostly a special teams threat for LSU, but he also serves as a force on bubble screens and can turn a small gain into a huge gain in a heartbeat.

Others to watch:
Chris Tolliver
RJ Jackson
Chris Mitchell
Deangelo Peterson
Deangelo Benton

You never wish for injuries to anyone, but if LSU absolutely has to suffer a few knicks, the receiver position is the place they can most deserve them.

I’ll give you tight ends and the O-Line next Thursday.
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LSU women’s basketball coach continued to follow former coach Pokey Chatman’s lead yesterday as LSU was announced as a host in the State Farm Women’s Tip-Off Classic. As part of the event, LSU will take on Notre Dame in the PMAC in what will likely be a matchup of Top 25 teams. LSU year-in and year-out faces the best non conference opponents in women’s basketball. While the team will take its lumps this year, it will make them better in the long run.
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We are finally in the Top 5 in our coaches list and today we will stop in the SEC East with another former national champion. Today’s coach ruled the SEC for several years, but has since struggled to regain dominance in his second stint in the league.

No. 5 coach: Steve Spurrier

Spurrier began his career as a head coach more than 20 years ago at Duke where in three seasons he built the Dookies into a perennial bowl team, winning 20 games in three seasons including a share of the ACC Title in 1989.

Spurrier took over a probation-laden Florida team in 1990 and hit the ground running winning a share of the Eastern title in each of his first seven seasons at Florida including the 1996 National Championship.

The Gators continued to be a power in the late 1990s-early 2000s before Spurrier became the Washington Redskins coach for two seasons beginning in 2002.

After a failed stint in the pro ranks, Spurrier returned to the SEC with South Carolina in 2005 where he has yet to regain control of the East winning just 11 of his 24 SEC games in his three seasons.

Despite his hugely successful resume, it has been more than eight years since a Visor-lead team made it to the SEC Title game and that drops him down a few notches on our list.

We will tackle number four tomorrow.
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Headlines:

Settlement lets Sonics go to OKC – Boy, talk about everyone having a price, right? I once felt sorry for Seattle because we Louisianans know how bad it reeks to lose a pro sports team, but to just simply put a price tag on your team and then ditch them away is nuts. I wish you all the worst in OKC, Sonics, because all of us in New Orleans know they don’t deserve a team after trying to snitch our Hornets from us when we were in need.


Farve dismisses report he will return
– I am tired of Brett Farve. I am. He is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play and I suppose he has earned the right to waver, but geez, every day it’s something new. From a locker that hasn’t been cleared out to what golf tournaments he is playing in to now this story. Decide one way or another and be done with it.

Yanks score 18 runs a day after Hank rants – Boy, what the boss wants, the boss gets. A day after calling out the Yankees offense, they belted home 18 runs to take game three from the Rangers. With the right moves down the stretch, I would not throw dirt on the Yanks just yet. They have a lot of talent on their roster and they will not be through for a while.

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That’s all for me, folks.

Have a great Thursday,

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