Bayou Bengal Briefing: How should LSU fans feel about the Tigers’ pursuit of Justin Fields?
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Too many quarterbacks
As most LSU fans are probably aware, the nation’s No. 1 recruit for the Class of 2018 and 5-star quarterback Justin Fields took an official visit to LSU over the weekend, taking in the Tigers’ win against Chattanooga. SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman broke down the visit in an essential post you can read by clicking here.
Recruiting is Sam’s domain. If you’re looking for answers about if and when Fields will commit, I suggest checking out his weekly mailbags. Here in the Bayou Bengal Briefing, we try to look at things from a slightly different perspective. So, we ask a simple question: Does LSU even need Fields in the first place?
On the one hand, the answer is obviously yes. Any team would be crazy to turn down the No. 1 recruit in America. But quarterback is a fickle position. And bringing in Fields would all but guarantee an eventual transfers from Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse. Given what we’ve seen from Brennan in offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s system in two brief appearances, he looks like he could be the real deal.
And this is a situation of pitting the good you know versus the great you might not know. It’s hard to say that LSU should turn down a quarterback who could be the next big thing. Especially given LSU’s checkered history with quarterback recruits, more talent is always better.
But you also have to realize that elite quarterback recruits — for better or worse — believe they are entitled to be starters and won’t settle for anything less. So, if Fields is the guy, Brennan is going to go. Conversely, if Fields comes to LSU but Brennan still is the guy, Fields probably won’t stick around for too long himself.
It’s a difficult balance to walk. Yes, it’s a good problem to have. But it’s a problem nonetheless.
One step closer to full strength
For the first time this fall, sophomore wide receiver Dee Anderson laced up and practiced in front of the media Tuesday. A 6-foot-6 former 4-star prospect from DeSoto, Texas, Anderson caught 4 passes for 73 yards as a freshman in 2016.
Now that Anderson is back, every LSU football player has practiced at least once this season. Interestingly, Anderson wasn’t in a non-contact jersey Tuesday, either, meaning his first day back, he also was full speed.
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron hasn’t indicated where Anderson fits into the depth chart now that he’s back. That’s almost certainly a question that’ll be addressed Thursday, the next time Orgeron speaks to the media. But my best guess is the emergences of Stephen Sullivan and Drake Davis have left Anderson’s skill set a bit obsolete.
That said, Anderson is an absolute physical freak. If there’s anyone who can earn his way back on the field by out-athleting everyone, it’s him.
In hoopy hoop news
New LSU basketball coach Will Wade is putting in work on the recruiting trail.
Wade secured his highest-rated commitment yet from 4-star power forward Naz Reid on Tuesday afternoon. Reid is listed as 5-star prospect on some recruiting sites and is a consensus top 3 power forward for the recruiting class of 2018.
By securing Reid, LSU officially has the top-rated recruiting class in the SEC for 2018 and the seventh best in the nation. The 2017-18 season might be more of the same for LSU. But 2018-19 is starting to look like it could be a special year.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
No surprises here
Pro Football Focus College is doing a cool new thing this season where it’s releasing all-conference teams after each week of the regular season. Six LSU football players graded out as top SEC performers after the Tigers’ Week 2 game versus Chattanooga. Here they are:
PFF Week 2 – SEC Team of the Week – Offense pic.twitter.com/8qd111labF
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 12, 2017
PFF Week 2 – SEC Team of the Week – Defense pic.twitter.com/63LorZyYy3
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 12, 2017
According to these grades, Greedy Williams was the top-rated player in the entire SEC last week. Which makes sense. An interception and 3 pass breakups is a pretty darn good day. But it’s a little bit surprising to see the likes of Derrius Guice on here given his average performance by his high standards.
Another name worth noting is Garrett Brumfield. After winning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his Week 1 showing, he once again graded out near the top of the conference this week. For a man who was far from heralded heading into the season, Brumfield is quickly making a name for himself with his power and speed from the interior.
Speaking of Greedy Williams …
Bleacher Report made a video Tuesday breaking down why Williams is the future of DBU.
Speed. Technique. Discipline.
CB Greedy Williams is exactly why LSU continues to be DBU pic.twitter.com/JGPoEFzQxZ
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) September 12, 2017
If only it had gone deeper into how Williams does what he does. Oh, wait. It doesn’t need to. I did. You can read my write-up on Greedy right here.
Raising Cane’s section
As of Tuesday, Orgeron is officially a spokesperson for Baton Rouge-based chicken finger chain Raising Cane’s.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 12, 2017
That’s about the most Baton Rouge sentence anyone can ever type. Unless you learn what Coach O’s order is.
Just heard his commercial on radio. He ordered "Caniac combo extra slaw and a sweet tea"
Pretty disappointing. https://t.co/EnkyR6R9sG
— Hunter Decell (@hdecell19) September 12, 2017
Extra cole slaw? This might be the biggest knock against Coach O yet.
Arbitrary Analysis, part 3
LSU plays Mississippi State this Saturday. To get ready for the onslaught of cowbells coming your way, the Bayou Bengal Briefing is counting down our picks for the five best classic rock songs with a cowbell in them.
Monday we picked No. 5. Tuesday was time for No. 4. In this Briefing, we discuss our No. 3 pick:
No. 3: Low Rider by War
A lot of songs use a cowbell. Not many songs have the guts to open up a song with a true cowbell solo. Gotta hand it to the guys from War to pull this off. It’s an iconic intro. The rest of the song is kind of meh. But if we’re talking sheer cowbell usage, this song deserves all the praise in the world.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, it’s “National Peanut Day.” I love peanuts. The food. Well, the comic strip, too. But I’m mostly talking about the food.
That said, there are many people who can’t eat peanuts. Or they’ll die. Such as Bill Haverchuck in this, my favorite episode of television ever filmed.
What’s the moral of this very specific story? Peanut allergies are real. Enjoy your favorite snacks responsibly, people.
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