WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2024, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 22 Jul 2024 HH:07:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Sports2-A-Days: Madison Prep Chargers https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-madison-prep-chargers-167606/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-madison-prep-chargers-167606/ Sports Sun, 21 Jul 2024 9:25:06 PM Brie Andras Sports2-A-Days: Madison Prep Chargers

Baton Rouge - After finishing the 2023 season at 8-4, the Madison Prep Chargers are looking to build off of that and reach new heights in 2024.

Landry Williams returns for his sixth year as Madison Prep's head coach and he says that many players return on offense. 

The Chargers return three-year starting quarterback Tylan Johnson as well as four offensive linemen who've been described as the team's "bread and butter." 

They also return running back Alfred Mcknight who may not have started, but got plenty of reps and rushed for over 500 yards last season.

The Charger defense however is slim with experience. They only return four starters defensively and two of them are in the secondary. The defensive line and linebackers will see a lot of new things thrown at them at the varsity level, but Coach Williams believes that his program's way of coaching the athletes up and focusing on the small details will set them up for success.

Williams also appreciates how his team bonds off the field which in turn will translate to Friday nights.

"We're real young on the defensive side of the ball, so we've got to put a lot of emphasis on doing the little things and doing it right. I think overall, offense has to carry us this year. They're the guys that's, you know, they're more seasoned. Those are the guys that's been putting in a lot of work. They have good team vibes. They hang out with each other. They spend a lot of private time with themselves, you know, so I have high expectations for those guys. They have a good sense of brotherhood, so I believe that that's going to be the key with us moving forward this year," Williams said.

Madison Prep opens up the season on the road at Dutchtown on Sep. 6.

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Sports2-A-Days: Port Allen Pelicans https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-port-allen-pelicans-167588/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-port-allen-pelicans-167588/ Sports Sat, 20 Jul 2024 8:04:16 PM Jack Schemmel Sports2-A-Days: Port Allen Pelicans

PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen football team brings back 13 starters from a team that made the second round of the state playoffs in 2023.

Head Coach Don Gibson enters his eighth year with the program and is still deciding who his quarterback will be this fall.

Gibson told WBRZ that Hunter Bodin and James Keener are competing for the signal-caller job. 

Whoever the quarterback is, a running back-by-committee system will join him in the backfield. Running backs Cedrick Collins, Josh Howard, and Brennan Gibson will get some time carrying the ball.

The offensive line returns only two starters, but coach Gibson is confident in their ability to set the tone.

“We return guys with definitely starting experience, we lost three guys with starting experience, but we return guys that also have good starting experience,” said Gibson. We're excited about it, it’s probably going to be one of the bigger offensive lines that we've had in a while so we're excited about what those guys are going to be able to do.”

On the defensive side of the ball, coach Gibson likes his front 7. Port Allen returns three starting defensive linemen and two starting linebackers. 

Port Allen opens the 2024 season at Brusly on September 6.

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Boston Scott football camp held at Zachary High School https://www.wbrz.com/news/boston-scott-football-camp-held-at-zachary-high-school/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/boston-scott-football-camp-held-at-zachary-high-school/ Sports Sat, 20 Jul 2024 5:38:56 PM Jack Schemmel Boston Scott football camp held at Zachary High School

ZACHARY - The second year of the Boston Scott football camp was at Zachary High School Saturday.

Over 100 kids from the community aged 8-12 took part in the free football skills camp.

Scott, a former Bronco and Louisiana Tech Bulldog, is now a running back with the Los Angeles Rams.

Scott wasn't able to make it to Louisiana because of the recent IT outages causing flight cancellations. However, WBRZ spoke to former teammates and camp organizers about the event's place in the community.

“It sparks motivation in these kids who see these people who they can look up to,” said camp organizer Forrest Town. “We've got guys of many different sizes who have gone on to be college and professional football players and just to see everybody grouped together and have all these different skills groups are working on, but we're also talking on the side and hanging out and trying to instill some confidence in these kids.”

“I'm originally from Zachary, Louisiana, actually born and raised right around the corner from here, so to come back and give back to the community that I was born and raised, it was a blessing to come out here, just see the kids come out working just the youth,” said camp volunteer Byron Stevens. “I can just imagine myself being the same kid coming out here, just dreaming of playing football on this field on Friday nights.”

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Diamondbacks @ Cubs: Cubs ML

Rays @ Yankees: Yankees -1.5

Mets @ Marlins: o7.5 Total Runs

Red Sox @ Dodgers: Dodgers ML

Angels @ Athletics: u8.5 Total Runs

Giants @ Rockies: Giants ML



Cardinals @ Braves (Game 1): Braves ML

Phillies @ Pirates: Phillies -1.5

White Sox @ Royals: Royals -1.5

Padres @ Guardians: o7.5 Total Runs

Giants @ Rockies: Giants ML

Astros @ Mariners: Astros ML



Brewers @ Twins: Twins ML
Rays @ Yankees: Yankees ML
Tigers @ Blue Jays: Blue Jays -1.5
Diamondbacks @ Cubs: u7.5 Total Runs
Orioles @ Rangers: Orioles ML
Red Sox @ Dodgers: Red Sox ML

For an in-depth analysis of all these picks, tune into ESPN 104.5 on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. to hear Hunter on Sports Shorts Radio. 

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SEC Media Days: Texas A&M coach Mike Elko has high praise for former LSU coach on Aggie staff https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-texas-aandm-coach-mike-elko-has-high-praise-for-former-lsu-coach-on-aggie-staff/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-texas-aandm-coach-mike-elko-has-high-praise-for-former-lsu-coach-on-aggie-staff/ Sports Thu, 18 Jul 2024 10:05:17 PM Jack Schemmel SEC Media Days: Texas A&M coach Mike Elko has high praise for former LSU coach on Aggie staff

DALLAS - Mike Elko is in his first year as the Texas A&M head coach and a former LSU coach is impacting his staff.

When Elko took the stage on Thursday, the final day of SEC Media Days, he had nothing but good things to say about longtime LSU strength coach Tommy Moffitt, who is now with the Aggies.

“You get hired, and everyone wants to talk about who is the OC, who is the OC?” Elko said. “But in truth, sometimes, the most important hire you make is the strength and conditioning coach because that guy spends so much time with your team. He establishes your toughness level and establishes your culture and establishes your discipline level”

“When I dug into him and really started interviewing and talking to him, I was blown away by how modern he was,” Elko said. “When you have a guy who has had as much success as he has and resumé as long as he does, three national championships for three different head coaches, you anticipate maybe there being a little bit of an old school thought process, and it was the exact opposite.”

Moffitt spent over 20 years with LSU.

Auburn was one of the other teams to take the podium at SEC Media Days Thursday.

Hugh Freeze is in his second year with the Tigers and is giving sixth-year quarterback Payton Thorne full rein of the offense.

“The best quarterbacks are accurate, it's not the guy who can throw it the farthest, it's not the guy who can run the fastest,” said Thorne. “It's the guy who gets the ball out on time and accurately that is a successful quarterback in college and in the NFL.”

“So for me, it's just focusing on mastering our offense, but also when you play quarterback, you can't just know what everybody is doing on your side of the ball,” said Thorne. “You need to know what the defense is doing, too, or what they're trying to accomplish.”

Auburn was 6-7 last season. LSU does not play Auburn this regular season.

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SEC Media Days: Texas A&M turns to Elko to get back on track https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-texas-aandm-turns-to-elko-to-get-back-on-track/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-texas-aandm-turns-to-elko-to-get-back-on-track/ Sports Thu, 18 Jul 2024 6:41:22 PM Jack Schemmel, Michael Cauble SEC Media Days: Texas A&M turns to Elko to get back on track

DALLAS - The Jimbo Fisher era is over, and now it’s Mike Elko’s turn to try to bring Texas A&M football championships.

At the final day of SEC Media Days Thursday, Elko spoke about the state of the Aggies program right now.

“We had to have some real honest conversations when I took over about where we were as a program,” Elko said. “We can't verbalize what we are, facts tell us who we are, and we were a 12-13 football program the last two years. So, the only way to change that is to work. You can't just say you want to be different, you can’t just say you want to compete, you have to do it.  I think that has been from day one, the internal conversations that we had. Then you have a lot of great kids with great character, who have a lot of pride in themselves, and so that's not lost on them either, and so okay, here's a path that potentially can change the results that we've had. So they start doing it and then it leads to success, their body starts looking different, they start feeling better, they’re playing better in the spring, and that brings more success. We’ve had a stronger summer in that regard, and hopefully, that continues into fall camp and through the season. If you want to get different results you’ve got to change what you are doing, and I think we have embraced that this offseason”

LSU plays at Texas A&M on October 26.

Hugh Freeze also took the podium on Thursday to talk about his second year in charge of the Auburn Tigers.

After a less-than-stellar 6-7 first season on the plains, Freeze is optimistic about the upcoming season.

“I think our players sense that there is a chemistry among our staff that's pretty special right now, I feel, that provides a confidence and an energy to our players and the way they go about chasing the standards that we've set for each other,” said Freeze. “Secondly, I think we've upgraded our roster, now a lot of that roster is young kids. Certainly can't predict exactly how they'll adapt to playing in this difficult conference. But all of those things have led to a higher accountability in our building. Again, I think that's one of the reasons that we're optimistic that we're on the right track to returning Auburn to its rightful place, being one of the top football programs in college football.”
LSU does not play Auburn during the 2024 season.

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SEC Media Days: Texas enters conference, Florida needs resurgence https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-texas-enters-conference-florida-needs-resurgence/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-texas-enters-conference-florida-needs-resurgence/ Sports Wed, 17 Jul 2024 9:56:05 PM Jack Schemmel, Michael Cauble SEC Media Days: Texas enters conference, Florida needs resurgence

DALLAS - New SEC member Texas debuted at the conference’s Media Days on Wednesday.

When head coach Steve Sarkisian spoke to the media, the former Alabama offensive coordinator talked about the spectacle of SEC Media Days.

"So we flew in this morning, we landed, and we get off the plane, we get in the sprinter van and we got a police escort to media days,” Sarkisian said. “It just means more? It just means more right there. The fact that we had a sprinter van with a police escort to come to this was tremendous."

During Sarkisian’s time as offensive coordinator at Alabama, the Crimson Tide won the National Championship in the COVID-impacted 2020 season. While he had success with Nick Saban, Sarkisian knows about the grind of the SEC.

“It's the having the mental fortitude to refocus again because there aren't any off weeks,” Sarkisian said. “You're going against the elite coaches in America, you're going against the elite players in America. How do you put forth the same level of preparation, the same practice habits, not thinking ‘I'm good now,’ you always have to strive to improve and try to get better, that's the task, right? That kind of falls solely on me.” 

Over at Florida, former Louisiana coach Billy Napier finds himself on the hot seat after finishing 5-7 last year.

The third-year Gator coach looks to exceed expectations against a really tough schedule. 

“All the things that we've been trying to build over time, I see some of that working, I see that mentality starting to emerge,” said Napier. “We live in a society that wants it now. Okay, doesn't happen that way in anything, much less football. So when you've got hundreds of people to coordinate and get all going in the same direction, in today's climate, it's even more difficult to establish trust. I think we're over the hump, the kids that are on our team now, they picked the University of Florida and our staff, and we picked them, and the make of our team is different, and it will be very obvious when we start playing this fall.”

Florida plays at Tennessee, at Texas, and at Florida State this fall. LSU plays at Florida on November 16.

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SEC Media Days: Alabama enters a new era under Kalen DeBoer https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-alabama-enters-a-new-era-under-kalen-deboer/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-alabama-enters-a-new-era-under-kalen-deboer/ Sports Wed, 17 Jul 2024 5:40:09 PM Jack Schemmel, Brie Andras SEC Media Days: Alabama enters a new era under Kalen DeBoer

DALLAS - Nick Saban will be on TV this fall, just not on the Alabama sideline.

The seven-time national championship-winning coach retired after the 2023 season and is part of ESPN’s College Football coverage.

Kalen DeBoer is tasked with filling the shoes of the coaching legend in Tuscaloosa and experienced his first SEC Media Day on Wednesday.

“I understand there's only one Coach Saban,” said DeBoer. “There will only ever be one Coach Saban. This program is special, and I guess I just take it as a great honor to be the one that gets to do everything we can to carry on the great tradition. So much blood, sweat, and tears, whether it's the players and the alumni that have been in this program or coaches, and obviously referring to Coach Saban, so much is put into this place.”

“But for me personally, it was just more about just understanding that coaching football is coaching football to some aspect, and you've got to try to simplify it down, as difficult and as complicated as you can make it,” DeBoer said. “I've done this for enough years and seen what good culture looks like and maybe even what a culture that needs to improve on looks like, and it's been just an awesome blessing to be a part of this program, to continue to have that expectation on us.”

LSU hosts Alabama on November 9.

Texas was also a part of Day 3 of SEC Media Days Wednesday. The Longhorns, along with Oklahoma, are entering the conference this fall.

Former Alabama offensive coordinator and current Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian was asked about his team transitioning to the SEC.

“I think the key word is respect,” said Sarkisian. “We have a ton of respect for this conference. We have a ton of respect for the teams, the coaches, the players, and the fans. This is the elite conference in college football, and we're fortunate enough to be part of it."

“We won't do anything without having a level of respect of who we play, where we're playing them, the types of players that they have, the coaching that they have, and I think on the flip side of that, we have to go earn their respect,” said Sarkisian. “We're not going to get anything in this deal. Nothing is going to be free. We're going to have to go earn the respect of our opponents, the opposing coaches, the opposing fans, and that's going to be kind of on the forefront of what we do.”

LSU does not play Texas in the regular season.

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LSU to meet SEC newcomer Oklahoma in November, Georgia looks to get back to the top https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-meet-sec-newcomer-oklahoma-in-november-georgia-looks-to-get-back-to-the-top/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-meet-sec-newcomer-oklahoma-in-november-georgia-looks-to-get-back-to-the-top/ Sports Tue, 16 Jul 2024 10:28:52 PM Jack Schemmel LSU to meet SEC newcomer Oklahoma in November, Georgia looks to get back to the top

DALLAS - LSU has played Oklahoma three times on the football field, winning the two most recent matchups. Now, the Tigers and Sooners will face off at least once a year with OU's entrance into the Southeastern Conference. 

The Tigers beat the Sooners in the National Championship game of the 2003 season and crushed Oklahoma in a College Football Playoff Semifinal game in 2019, en route to another national title.

This fall, the Sooners come to Baton Rouge on November 30 in Oklahoma’s first season in the SEC. OU's head coach Brett Venables said he's excited to play in Tiger Stadium. 

“Any coach that’s coached in the Southeastern Conference, they talk about playing in Baton Rouge and at any time, let alone a night game, and the challenge of that, the difficulties of that, are very real and as a program. We want to go to those venues, we want to be on the biggest stage in the biggest games,” Venables said.

“We don't shy away from that as a program, something that we know is going to be tough and challenging, but glad that that's on the schedule. I know it's going to bring out the best in our guys, and I'm sure it will for [LSU] as well, and it'd be a great game for college football.”

The Georgia Bulldogs also took to the podium Tuesday. After seeing their attempt at a three-peat come to an end against Alabama in the SEC Championship last fall, Kirby Smart is onto this season.

"We're dealing with new challenges this year, we don't have a chip on our shoulder in terms of people trying to use that as motivation," said Smart. "I've never used a failure from the previous year as motivation, and I've never used the success of a previous year as motivation. We won't do that this year, that's not who we are. We want to recreate ourselves, to say, in the best light we can. And this team has been fun to coach.”

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SEC Media Days Day 2: 'Horns Down' won't be a penalty as Texas enters SEC https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-day-2-horns-down-won-t-be-a-penalty-as-texas-enters-sec/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-day-2-horns-down-won-t-be-a-penalty-as-texas-enters-sec/ Sports Tue, 16 Jul 2024 9:49:43 PM Jack Schemmel, Michael Cauble SEC Media Days Day 2: 'Horns Down' won't be a penalty as Texas enters SEC

DALLAS - Rivals Oklahoma and Texas are entering the SEC this season with a new rule: the 'Horns Down' sign is no longer a penalty. 

When the Longhorns were in the BIG 12, if an opposing team gave the 'Horns Down' symbol, it was an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which cost a team 15 yards and an automatic first down. In the SEC, 'Horns Down' will not be a penalty.

"To be unsportsmanlike conduct, I'm asking my officials to use a framework of judgment where the act to be a foul needs to be in one of three buckets,” said SEC Officials Coordinator John McDaid. “It needs to be taunting an opponent, It needs to be a travesty of the game, or it needs to otherwise compromise our ability to manage the game. I can see a scenario where an opponent of Texas makes a big play, in celebrating with his teammates, possibly going back to the sideline, they're giving the signal, it's not taunting, it's not making a travesty of the game, it's not affecting our ability to manage the game.”

“It shouldn't be a penalty anyway, you know, everybody has a hand signal,” said Oklahoma safety Billy Bowman. “If you let a hand signal affect you and affect the game, maybe you shouldn't be there.”

LSU does not play Texas in the regular season.

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Southern's Givens named SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of Year https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-s-givens-named-swac-preseason-defensive-player-of-year/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-s-givens-named-swac-preseason-defensive-player-of-year/ Sports Tue, 16 Jul 2024 7:23:21 PM Jack Schemmel Southern's Givens named SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of Year

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Southern defensive lineman Ckelby Givens is the SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

The rising junior had 61 tackles last season, with 21 for a loss and seven sacks. The Shreveport native earned the honor at SWAC Media Day Tuesday.

Five other Jaguars were named to preseason All-SWAC teams on Tuesday.

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Quarterback: Myles Crawley, Grambling State 
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Defensive Lineman: Ckelby Givens, Southern

Preseason All-SWAC Football Team 

All-SWAC First Team Offense
Quarterback: Myles Crawley, Grambling State
Running Back: Donovan Eaglin, Alabama A&M
Running Back: Kendric Rhymes, Southern 
Offensive Lineman: Ashton Grable, Florida A&M
Offensive Lineman: Arelious Dunn, Alabama State
Offensive Lineman: Evan Henry, Jackson State
Offensive Lineman: Tahj Martin, Grambling State 
Offensive Lineman: Joseph Church, Mississippi Valley State 
Wide Receiver: Fabian McCray, Jackson State 
Wide Receiver: Jacolby Hewitt, Alabama A&M
Tight End: Tavarious Griffin, Alcorn State
All-SWAC First Team Defense
Defensive Lineman: Malachi Bailey, Alcorn State
Defensive Lineman: Ckelby Givens, Southern
Defensive Lineman: Treqwan Thomas, Alabama State
Defensive Lineman: CJ Pressley, Prairie View A&M
Linebacker: Rico Dozier, Alabama State
Linebacker: Jacob Williams, Texas Southern
Linebacker: Demarkus Cunningham, Alabama State 
Defensive Back: Kendall Bohler, Florida A&M
Defensive Back: Emari Pait, Alabama A&M
Defensive Back: James Burgess, Alabama State 
Defensive Back: Deco Wilson, Florida A&M
All-SWAC First Team Specialist
Place Kicker: Cameron Gillis, Florida A&M
Punter: Matt Noll, Jackson State
Return Specialist: Robert McMinn, Alabama State
Long Snapper: Braxston Blackwell, Southern
All-SWAC Second Team Offense
Quarterback: Jace Wilson, Texas Southern 
Running Back: Kelvin Dean, Florida A&M
Running Back: Marcus Harris, Alabama State 
Offensive Lineman: Carson Vinson, Alabama A&M
Offensive Lineman: Joshua Trask Jr., Southern
Offensive Lineman: Mehdi Torrence, Texas Southern 
Offensive Lineman: Cameron Williams, Alabama A&M
Offensive Lineman: N/A  
Wide Receiver: Jamari Gassett, Florida A&M
Wide Receiver: Javon Robinson, Grambling State 
Tight End: Jaxson Davis, Mississippi Valley State 

All-SWAC Second Team Defense
Defensive Lineman: Jeremiah Williams, Jackson State 
Defensive Lineman: Allen Smith, Florida A&M
Defensive Lineman: Michael Akins, Texas Southern 
Defensive Lineman: Jamal Marshall, Prairie View A&M
Linebacker: Isaiah Bogerty, Texas Southern 
Linebacker: Dearis Thomas, Bethune-Cookman 
Linebacker: Derrick Williams, Southern 
Defensive Back: Amon Scarbrough, Alabama State 
Defensive Back: Esaias Guthrie, Jackson State 
Defensive Back: Edwin Summerour, Alcorn State 
Defensive Back: Javius Williams, Texas Southern 
All-SWAC Second Team Specialist
Place Kicker: Joshua Griffin, Southern
Punter: Jeremy Baker, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Return Specialist: Jamari Gassett, Florida A&M
Long Snapper: Clayton Thomas Jr., Bethune-Cookman

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Southern football picked to finish fourth in SWAC West https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-football-picked-to-finish-fourth-in-swac-west/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-football-picked-to-finish-fourth-in-swac-west/ Sports Tue, 16 Jul 2024 7:21:25 PM Jack Schemmel Southern football picked to finish fourth in SWAC West

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The outside expectations aren’t too high for the Southern football team heading into Terrence Graves’ first season as head coach.

The Jaguars were picked to finish fourth in the SWAC Western Division in 2024, the conference announced at SWAC Media Day on Tuesday.

The preseason standings were voted on by SWAC coaches and sports information directors.

2024 SWAC Football Predicted Order of Finish

SWAC East:

1. Alabama State- 114 points (11)
2. Florida A&M- 104 points (6)
3. Jackson State- 87 points (2)
4. Alabama A&M- 76 points (4)
5. Bethune-Cookman- 47 points
6. Mississippi Valley State- 31 points (1)

SWAC West:

1. Alcorn State- 112 points (11)
2. Prairie View A&M- 104 points (8)
3. Grambling State- 72 points (4)
4. Southern- 70 points (1)
5. Arkansas-Pine Bluff- 61 points
6. Texas Southern- 40 points

Southern begins the 2024 season on August 31 at McNeese.

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Jared Jones to return to LSU for junior season https://www.wbrz.com/news/jared-jones-to-return-to-lsu-for-junior-season/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/jared-jones-to-return-to-lsu-for-junior-season/ Sports Tue, 16 Jul 2024 5:27:11 PM Jack Schemmel Jared Jones to return to LSU for junior season

BATON ROUGE - Jared Jones will return to LSU for his junior season.

The first baseman went undrafted in the MLB Draft and announced on social media he will come back to play for the Tigers in 2025.

Couldn’t be more excited! Geaux Tigers!! https://t.co/jiyUdgGQ7k

— Jared Jones (@bearjones_3) July 16, 2024

Jones hit .301 during his sophomore season with the Tigers, smashing 28 home runs and driving in 59 runs. Jones started every game in 2024.

Shortstop Michael Braswell also announced he will play his senior season at LSU. The Georgia native went undrafted.

Braswell hit .311 and four home runs in his first year with the Tigers this past spring.

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MLB Draft Day 3: Two more LSU pitchers go off the board https://www.wbrz.com/news/mlb-draft-day-3-two-more-lsu-pitchers-go-off-the-board/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/mlb-draft-day-3-two-more-lsu-pitchers-go-off-the-board/ Sports Tue, 16 Jul 2024 2:57:13 PM Jack Schemmel MLB Draft Day 3: Two more LSU pitchers go off the board

ARLINGTON, Texas - LSU pitchers continued to go off the board in the MLB Draft.

After six Tiger pitchers were selected over the first two days of the MLB Draft, a couple more got drafted on day three Tuesday.

Christian Little was taken in the eleventh round with the 333rd pick by the Seattle Mariners. Little, a right-handed pitcher who played two seasons at LSU, struck out 38 in 29.2 innings this past spring. The Vanderbilt transfer was picked in the 19th round in 2023.

Left-handed pitcher Justin Loer, who is also in the transfer portal, was picked in the 13th round by the Colorado Rockies with the 378th pick.

Loer pitched 24.1 innings this spring, striking out 30 with a 5.92 ERA.

Tuesday marked the end of the MLB Draft. Eight LSU pitchers from this past season were taken, while only one position player (Tommy White) was drafted.

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SEC Media Days: LSU expects defense to take a massive jump in 2024 https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-lsu-expects-defense-to-take-a-massive-jump-in-2024/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-lsu-expects-defense-to-take-a-massive-jump-in-2024/ Sports Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:44:16 PM Jack Schemmel, Brie Andras SEC Media Days: LSU expects defense to take a massive jump in 2024

DALLAS - The LSU defense will have a lot to prove this upcoming season after a rough 2023 season.

Junior linebacker Harold Perkins is expected to have a big year and is the lone defensive player representing the Tigers at SEC Media Days in Dallas.

Coach Kelly said he chose Perkins to participate in Media Days to show the public the non-football side of the New Orleans native.

“I didn't bring him here because of his importance, I brought him here because I wanted you to see the man outside the jersey, he's one of our best students, he's got a 3.6 GPA, he is articulate, he is funny, and he has an identity outside of football,” Kelly said. “I thought this would be a great opportunity for everybody to see Harold Perkins outside of football. We know what he can do on the field, yes, the football piece, he will have a role that is not as similar as what we've seen over the last couple years, he's going to play inside, you're going to see him physically, he's over 220 pounds.”

But Perkins can’t do it all for LSU on the defensive side of the ball. LSU lured Bo Davis from Texas to coach the defensive line, and one of the best line coaches in the business is already making an impact.

“We’re big up front, and that's something that I love, and they're aggressive, you know, they're not passive,” said Perkins. “I'm excited for the guys that we got in there because they’re big, and then you had the addition of coach Bo (Davis), you know that could do, I even got to speak on coach Bo, y'all know his work.”

The LSU defense will be put to the test on September 1 when the Tigers open the season with Lincoln Riley-led USC.

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SEC Media Days: Brian Kelly confident in QB Garrett Nussmeier https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-brian-kelly-confident-in-qb-garrett-nussmeier/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-brian-kelly-confident-in-qb-garrett-nussmeier/ Sports Mon, 15 Jul 2024 8:18:03 PM Jack Schemmel, Michael Cauble SEC Media Days: Brian Kelly confident in QB Garrett Nussmeier

DALLAS - The Garrett Nussmeier era is underway at LSU.

The redshirt junior quarterback will be first on the depth chart this fall for the Tigers, replacing 2023 Heisman winner Jayden Daniels.

Nussmeier’s only career start came in the Reliaquest Bowl on New Year’s Day, where he threw for 395 yards and three touchdowns.

LSU head coach Brian Kelly has seen Nussmeier take control of the offense since being thrust into the QB1 role, comparing Nussmeier’s attitude to owning a car.

“It's (The offense) kind of like a rental, right? You don't care if you ding it up or, you know, you get a dent here, well, maybe you guys do, you're not as careful I guess,” said Kelly. “But when you own the car, I mean, there's a sense of pride, you're very thoughtful, and everything you do and you can see that transformation with Garrett and everything that he does, in terms of he's waited for this opportunity to drive this car, and nobody, nobody is going to mess with it. I mean, not one player is going to take away the opportunity for it to be successful.”

“Coach always has the best analogies, that’s why he’s so good at what he does. But, I mean, yeah, I guess you could say that, you know, I feel like, you know, we've grown as a team, not just you know about me stepping up, but everybody you know how we came together as a unit,” Nussmeier said. “It started in the bowl game, and into spring ball,  and now coming up on fall camp.”

Nussmeier will make his second career start when LSU opens its season in Las Vegas against USC on September 1.

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Recently retired Nick Saban goes 1-on-1 with WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/news/recently-retired-nick-saban-goes-1-on-1-with-wbrz/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/recently-retired-nick-saban-goes-1-on-1-with-wbrz/ Sports Mon, 15 Jul 2024 4:16:40 PM WBRZ Staff Recently retired Nick Saban goes 1-on-1 with WBRZ

DALLAS - Former Alabama and LSU Head Coach Nick Saban took time to speak with WBRZ's Michael Cauble Monday during the first day of SEC Media Days.

Saban retired from coaching after this past season following 17 years as the head coach at Alabama. Saban led LSU from 2000-2004 and coached the Tigers to the National Championship in 2003.

Saban is currently working as an analyst with ESPN.

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MLB Draft Day 2: LSU's Thatcher Hurd and Griffin Herring selected by Yankees https://www.wbrz.com/news/mlb-draft-day-2-lsu-s-thatcher-hurd-and-griffin-herring-selected-by-yankees/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/mlb-draft-day-2-lsu-s-thatcher-hurd-and-griffin-herring-selected-by-yankees/ Sports Mon, 15 Jul 2024 3:26:18 PM Jack Schemmel MLB Draft Day 2: LSU's Thatcher Hurd and Griffin Herring selected by Yankees

ARLINGTON, Texas - Two LSU pitchers were drafted by one of the biggest franchises in sports Monday afternoon.

Thatcher Hurd (RHP) was selected in the third round (89th overall pick) of the MLB Draft Monday afternoon by the New York Yankees.

Hurd was 11-6 during his two seasons at LSU, and earned the victory in the winner-take-all National Championship Series game against Florida in 2023. The junior struggled at times this past season, posting a 3-4 record and a 6.55 ERA.

Fellow Tiger Griffin Herring (LHP) was also taken by the Yankee in the sixth round (181st pick).

Herring, who pitched 50.1 innings for LSU this past season, was a second-team All-American in his sophomore campaign.

LSU relief pitcher Fidel Ulloa also went off the board Monday, being selected with the 198th overall pick by the Colorado Rockies.

All three pitchers would have eligibility remaining if they chose to return to college.

Tiger lefty Nate Ackenhausen was picked in the 10th round with the 287th pick by the Kansas City Royals.

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SEC Media Days: Brian Kelly confident in Nussmeier, defensive changes entering 2024 season https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-brian-kelly-confident-in-nussmeier-defensive-changes-entering-2024-season/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-media-days-brian-kelly-confident-in-nussmeier-defensive-changes-entering-2024-season/ Sports Mon, 15 Jul 2024 12:28:41 PM Domenic Purdy SEC Media Days: Brian Kelly confident in Nussmeier, defensive changes entering 2024 season

DALLAS — LSU head coach Brian Kelly exuded confidence Monday in the changes his team has made in the off-season, particularly remedying last year's underwhelming defensive performance and naming Garrett Nussmeier as starting quarterback following the departure of Heisman winner Jayden Daniels.

Kelly said as the 2024 SEC Media Days opened that the team made wholesale changes to the defensive coaching staff after a 10-3 season. Kelly pointed to the Sept. 30 game against Ole Miss — a 55-49 loss — as a flashpoint for the issues the defense was facing. The Tigers gave up 21 points in the fourth quarter.

"It really was indicative of what our problems were," Kelly said. "That game cost us a chance at being in the playoffs."

The Tigers hope to begin a 2024 playoff run in their season-opener Sept. 1 against Southern California. The game will be televised on WBRZ.

LSU's new staff includes defensive coordinator Blake Baker, who previously served as Missouri's DC and LSU's linebacker coach, and defensive line coach Bo Davis, who the Tigers poached from Texas. The new staff is a major investment for the Tigers, with Baker becoming the highest-paid assistant coach in the nation and Davis being among the highest-paid non-coordinators in the country.

On the other side of the ball, Kelly spoke fondly of Nussmeier and tight end Mason Taylor as successors to the rock star offense led by Daniels. Kelly said he's confident in Nussmeier "being the guy" after he spent multiple seasons studying Daniels.

"He knows the offense, he knows the structure. He's been immersed in everything that we've done...He's been patient but persistent," Kelly said. "When you're handing off to a quarterback that you have felt all along could lead you to a championship as well, it's probably as comforting you can be as a head coach when you lose your Heisman Trophy winner ... in turning the keys over the Garrett Nussmeier."

Nussmeier, who attended the media event with Taylor and linebacker Harold Perkins Jr., said that despite losing key targets like Malik Nabers, the receiving corps is still top-notch going into the season.

"Our receiver group as a unit has really stepped up. They understand the standard that they're gonna be held to, being a receiver at LSU," Nussmeier said. "You look at the history of LSU receivers, it's special."

Taylor will also be a focus of the Tigers' offense during Kelly's third season as head coach. Kelly emphasized Taylor's off-the-field leadership.

Kelly also said that Perkins will become a crucial part of the newly revitalized defense, allowing him to "play from tackle to tackle."

"We'll be able to move him around at situational times," Kelly said. "We're gonna ask him to do that and I think he feels really good about that."

LSU's season-opener against USC will be played at Las Vegas.

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2une In Previews: LSU prepares for SEC Media Days in Dallas https://www.wbrz.com/news/2une-in-previews-lsu-prepares-for-sec-media-days-in-dallas/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/2une-in-previews-lsu-prepares-for-sec-media-days-in-dallas/ Sports Mon, 15 Jul 2024 8:51:27 AM WBRZ Staff 2une In Previews: LSU prepares for SEC Media Days in Dallas

DALLAS— With less than two months to go until the start of the season, LSU Football Head Coach Brian Kelly and a trio of Tigers are in Texas preparing to kick off SEC Media Days today.

Sports 2's Michael Cauble and Brie Andras are traveling with the Tigers in Dallas and tells us what we can expect. 

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