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Offensive tackle K.J. Malone (right) is one of LSU's less-talked-about veteran stars heading into the season.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: Let’s talk about LSU offensive tackle K.J. Malone

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today, we give love to a less-appreciated player, recap our poll from Monday, check in with the majors and much more. Enjoy!

Let’s talk about Karl Malone’s son

The Salt Lake Tribune published a glowing profile of LSU offensive tackle K.J. Malone on Monday, one noting that playing against BYU is sort of a dream come true for Malone. (If you’re the one LSU football fan on the planet who doesn’t know, Malone is the son of Utah Jazz Hall of Fame forward Karl Malone and thus spent a significant chunk of his childhood in Utah, where BYU is located.)

This profile reminded me that maybe we aren’t talking enough about Malone heading into this season. He’ll be the only senior on an offensive line with high expectations placed upon it and he’s regarded highly enough to have garnered second-team All-SEC recognition in the preseason media poll. Not to mention that last season he started at left tackle on Pro Football Focus’ best offensive line in college football.

So, maybe we should be talking more about K.J. Heading into the 2017 LSU football season, he might belong in the same class as Devin White, Rashard Lawrence and Drake Davis as names people outside of Baton Rouge better learn quickly.

Your weekly LSU football poll recap

In the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Monday, I asked you how you would feel if former LSU football coach Les Miles accepted the coaching job at Ole Miss. In one of our more popular polls of the offseason, almost 350 of you voted. Here are your results:

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With a majority of the vote, LSU fans seem to have buried the hatchet. Fifty-three percent of fans said they’d be happy for Miles if he wound up at Ole Miss. Another 25 percent of voters replied that it would feel weird at first, but they’d eventually get used to it.

The indifference seeped into third place, where 15 percent of fans said they don’t care one shred about Miles or his future. And the remaining 7 percent of fans said they’d hate to see Miles coaching at the SEC West rival school, a number I thought would be a little bit higher.

Frankly, I don’t expect this to happen. But if it does, it’s good to know how you guys would feel.

Check back to the Bayou Bengal Briefing every Monday to vote in more LSU football polls.

Y’all are degenerates

Because you can gamble on just about everything in sports, there are now betting odds on the LSU quarterback competition. (The Bayou Bengal Briefing does not condone gambling, especially not when it’s illegal.)

Danny Etling is the clear favorite for the job with a line of -105. Interestingly, freshman Myles Brennan has the second-best line at +300, followed by Justin McMillan at +365 and Lindsey Scott Jr. at +1200. Lowell Narcisse was not listed.

I’ve predicted Etling to be LSU’s starter for 2017 since well before the 2016 season ended. So, my stance is well-documented. But if you want to bet against me, it’s your right. I have been wrong many a time before.

LSU in the MLB

Former LSU baseball player Andrew Stevenson made his MLB debut for the Washington Nationals this week. The youngster, who was just drafted two years ago, went 0 for 2 in his debut.

But one player who hasn’t been missing many pitches is Stevenson’s former teammate at LSU, Alex Bregman. Since the All-Star break, Bregman has gone 12 for 34 (.353) with 3 home runs and 2 doubles. That included a 3-for-4 performance Monday night with a home run and 2 doubles.

Since Houston Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa went on the DL, Bregman has been shifting back and forth between his adopted position at third base and his LSU home of shortstop.

In gymnastics news

As some of you may remember, I’m a huge gymnastics fan. So, who cares if its July and LSU football practice begins in less than a week. Let’s talk about flips.

The LSU gymnastics team announced its 2018 schedule Monday, and at first glance it looks like a slightly easier path than the Tigers’ hellacious 2017 road to nationals. Action opens Jan. 5 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center versus Arkansas before the Tigers head to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the always competitive Florida Gators in Week 2.

LSU will compete in two regular-season tournament meets this year, one in late January and the other in mid-February. Keep an eye on the Metroplex Challenge on Jan. 26, when the Tigers face off against West Coast powers UCLA and Washington.

No, LSU doesn’t face Oklahoma this season. You can exhale. Until nationals, that is.

We need your votes

Our position-by-position preview of the 2017 LSU football season continues all week on SEC Country. Monday, we took a look at the defensive line, a group that might be the deepest on the team.

As with all of the previews we’ve written, there’s a confidence poll in there. Feel free to vote in the poll below while it’s still open to give your opinion on the unit. And stay posted to SEC Country through Friday for more positional previews.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Tuesday is “National Merry-Go-Round Day.” As far as I know, the closest Merry-Go-Round to LSU’s campus is in the Mall of Louisiana. So, if you can get there, ride that ride. If you can’t and you know of a closer one, please let us know in the comments section.

Or, if you’re not a fan of motion sickness, but you are a fan of great rock ‘n roll songs, just celebrate the way I’m going to.

I could devote a section of the Bayou Bengal Briefing to The Replacements every day for the rest of the year and never get bored of it. But given that this isn’t a music column and most people have never heard of The Replacements, I won’t.

Just listen to them, all right? Can that be our compromise? I mean, listen to this song and don’t get hooked. I Will Dare you.

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