The LSU football team got its first taste for the injury bug today as the Tigers lost quarterback Jarrett Lee to what is being reported as a minor ankle sprain.

Lee’s injury will not be significant in terms of playing time as he is comfortably expected to recover in time for the team’s season opener in three weeks against Appalachian State.

But the injury will be significant in terms of an inexperienced Lee missing valuable practice reps that were designed to prepare him for the season.

The injury now guarantees that Andrew Hatch will be the team’s starter for the season opener. We reported here (first I might add) that Hatch would start the team’s season opener anyway, but this now guarantees it.

There is also now a good chance Jordan Jefferson will see the field as the team’s backup early in the season.

As more breaks, we’ll give it to you.
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As far as practice itself, the Tigers looked fine and did not seem to skip a beat without Lee on the field.

The unit that stood out to me the most were the linebackers who looked very sharp in their drills.

The other unit that stood out to me honest were the quarterbacks. Jordan Jefferson had probably his best day yet at camp and walk-on quarterback TJ McCartney looked sharp in his drills replacing Lee.

Colt David returned to the field and was locked and loaded as he has been this entire offseason. This kid can hit several 50-yard kicks on the season if he keeps kicking at this pace. I never was a huge fan of David as I always thought he was a big overrated, but he became the real deal at the end of this past season and appears to be again going to this year.

Of concern to me is the play of the LSU wide outs. They have been so hit or miss. I do not know if it is because they have so many different style quarterbacks throwing to them, or what the issue is, but they have been fighting drops from time to time and everyday that we say “they’ll get it together by the time the season starts,” it becomes closer and closer to the opener, so we’ll see.
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It’s time for the final week of our pick’em contest before the regular season ends.

Florida:
Aug 30: Hawaii — W 56-10
Sept 6: Miami — W 27-23
Sept 20: @Tennessee — W 34-17
Sept 27: Mississippi — W 44-19
Oct 4: @ Arkansas — W 31-10
Oct 11: LSU — L 24-19
Oct 25: Kentucky — W 41-20
Nov 1: @Georgia — W 35-20
Nov 8: @Vanderbilt –W 34-13
Nov 15: South Carolina — L 27-23
Nov 22: Citadel — W 65-0
Nov 29: @Florida State — L 34-24 (9-3, 6-2)

Georgia:
Aug 30: Georgia Southern — W 48-0
Sept 6: Central Michigan — W 55-6
Sept 13: @South Carolina — W 31-20
Sept 20: @Zona State — L 41-34
Sept 27: Alabama — W 35-23
Oct 11: Tennessee — W 28-17
Oct 18: Vanderbilt — W 44-14
Oct 25: @LSU — L 20-16
Nov 1: Florida — L 35-20
Nov 8: @Kentucky — W 42-3
Nov 15: @Auburn — W 27-17
Nov 29: Georgia Tech — W 31-10 (9-3, 6-2)

Kentucky:

Aug 31: @Louisville — L 37-27
Sept 6: Norfolk State — W 31-12
Sept 13: Middle Tennessee — W 37-10
Sept 27: W. Kentucky — W 34-6
Oct 4: @ Alabama — L 24-6
Oct 11: South Carolina — L 34-13
Oct 18: Arkansas — L 24-14
Oct 25: @Florida — L 41-20
Nov 1: @Mississippi State — L 24-16
Nov 8: Georgia — L 42-3
Nov 15: Vanderbilt — W 21-10
Nov 29: @Tennessee — L 42-16 (4-8, 1-7)

South Carolina:

Aug 28: NC State — W 31-13
Sept 4: @Vanderbilt — W 34-13
Sept 13: Georgia — L 31-20
Sept 20: Wofford — W 55-9
Sept 27: UAB — W 41-13
Oct 4: @Ole Miss — W 24-3
Oct 11: @Kentucky — W 34-13
Oct 18: LSU — L 27-14
Nov 1: Tennessee — W 17-14
Nov 8: Arkansas –W 30-17
Nov 15: @Florida — W 27-23
Nov 29: @Clemson –L 34-31 (9-3, 6-2)

Tennessee:
Sept 1: @UCLA — L 31-28
Sept 13: UAB — W 44-17
Sept 20: Florida — L 34-17
Sept 27: @Auburn — L 20-10
Oct 4: Northern Illinois — W 48-3
Oct 11: @Georgia — L 28-17
Oct 18: Mississippi State –W 17-6
Oct 25: Alabama — W 34-28
Nov 1: @ South Carolina — L 17-14
Nov 8: Wyoming — W 47-14
Nov 22: @Vanderbilt — W 44-10
Nov 29: Kentucky — W 42-16 (7-5, 4-4)

Vanderbilt:
Aug 28: @Miami (OH) — L 23-13
Sept 4: South Carolina — L 34-13
Sept 13: Rice — W 24-13
Sept 20: @Ole Miss — L 16-7
Oct 4: Auburn — L 37-10
Oct 11: @Mississippi State — L 34-9
Oct 18: @Georgia — L 44-14
Oct 25: Duke — W 21-17
Nov 8: Florida — L 34-13
Nov 15: @Kentucky — L 21-10
Nov 22: Tennessee — L 44-10
Nov 29: @Wake Forest — L 24-6 (2-10, 0-8 )

Alabama:
Aug 30: @Clemson — L 33-17
Sept 6: Tulane — W 35-0
Sept 13: W. Kentucky — W 52-7
Sept 20: @Arkansas — W 31-17
Sept 27: @Georgia — L 35-23
Oct 4: Kentucky — W 24-6
Oct 18: Mississippi — W 31-21
Oct 25: @Tennessee — L 34-28
Nov 1: Arkansas State — W 48-6
Nov 8: @ LSU — L 34-27
Nov 15: Mississippi State — W 38-14
Nov 29: Auburn — W 21-17 (8-4, 5-3)

Arkansas:
Aug 30: W. Illinois — W 38-6
Sept 6: @UL-Monroe — L 30-24
Sept 13: @Texas — L 37-14
Sept 20: Alabama — L 31-17
Oct 4: Florida — L 31-10
Oct 11: @Auburn — L 27-12
Oct 18: @Kentucky –W 24-14
Oct 25: Mississippi — W 28-20
Nov 1: Tulsa — W 28-9
Nov 8: @South Carolina — L 30-17
Nov 22: @Mississippi State — L 24-17 (4-7, 2-5)
Nov 28: LSU — L 34-28 (4-8, 2-6)

Auburn:
Aug 30: UL-Monroe — W 44-10
Sept 6: Southern Miss — W 41-9
Sept 13: @Miss State — L 24-20
Sept 20: LSU — W 13-3
Sept 27: Tennessee — W 20-10
Oct 4: @Vanderbilt — W 37-10
Oct 11: Arkansas — W 27-12
Oct 23: @West Virginia — L 44-30
Nov 1: @Mississippi — W 21-17
Nov 8: Tennessee-Martin — W 51-0
Nov 15: Georgia — L 27-17
Nov 29: @Alabama — L 21-17 (8-4, 5-3)

LSU:
Aug 30: Appalachian State — W 44-17
Sept 6: Troy — W 49-13
Sept 13: North Texas — W 55-3
Sept 20: @Auburn — L 13-3
Sept 27: Mississippi State — W 21-17
Oct 11: @Florida — W 24-19
Oct 18: @South Carolina –W 27-14
Oct 25: Georgia –W 20-16
Nov 1: Tulane — W 41-0
Nov 8: Alabama — W 34-27
Nov 22: Mississippi — W 21-3
Nov 28: @Arkansas — W 34-28 (11-1, 7-1)

Ole Miss:
Aug 30: Memphis –W 21-16
Sept 6: @Wake Forest — L 24-14
Sept 13: Samford — W 48-6
Sept 20: Vanderbilt — W 16-7
Sept 27: @Florida — L 44-19
Oct 4: South Carolina — L 24-3
Oct 18: @Alabama — L 31-21
Oct 25: @Arkansas — L 28-20
Nov 1: Auburn — L 21-17
Nov 15: UL-Monroe — W 21-13
Nov 22: @LSU — L 21-3
Nov 28: Mississippi State — W 21-10 (5-7, 2-6)

Mississippi State:
Aug 30: @La Tech — W 34-14
Sept 6: SE Louisiana — W 52-3
Sept 13: Auburn — W 24-20
Sept 20: @Georgia Tech — L 28-14
Sept 27: @ LSU — L 21-17
Oct 11: Vanderbilt — W 34-9
Oct 18: @Tennessee — L 17-6
Oct 25: Middle Tennessee — W 44-10
Nov 1: Kentucky — W 24-16
Nov 15: @Alabama — L 38-14
Nov 22: Arkansas — W 24-17
Nov 28: @ Ole Miss — L 21-10 (7-5, 4-4)
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Top 10:

It’s down to the Top 3 in my NFL countdown and you all can probably guess who the final three players are. The order may be mixed up depending on who you talk to, but I think it is close to unanimous that these three are at the tops of the game right now.

No. 3 NFL player: Peyton Manning – Manning is the game’s second best quarterback and is the best QB in the history of the Colts franchise, but he sinks to No. 3 on my list because although he won the big one two years ago, I can not let it past me the number of near-misses Manning has had in his career, including this past season’s loss to the Chargers.


Throughout the early 2000s, Manning’s Colts had a history of dominating with Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison and others, but they always seemed to fold when the brisk weather of Foxboro came calling. But the past two playoff failures have come on the Colts’ home turf making Manning number three on the list.
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Headlines:

Phelps ties for most golds ever – Again Phelps was dominant. And again Phelps set the world record. This guy just might win his eight gold medals. It’s amazing.

Dunn traded to Backs for prospects – Sure, Adam Dunn is overrated. But name me a player on the Diamondbacks offense who is worth a darn anyway. This will help significantly.

Longoria to DL with wrist injury – Could it be Bye Bye Rays? We’ll see.

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YouTube Video of the Day:

Michael Phelps = amazing


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That’s all for me. Have a good one, guys and gals.

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