Bayou Bengal Briefing: Who the LSU football team is – and isn’t – bringing to SEC Media Days
Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Thursday, we don’t read too far into stuff, rack up Wednesday’s votes, check in with the recruits and more. Enjoy!
SEC Media Days are coming
The LSU football team announced Wednesday the three representatives who will attend SEC Media Days, which begin Monday. That list didn’t include a quarterback. Commence panic.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 5, 2017
Of course, you can only bring three players. And Derrius Guice, D.J. Chark and Christian LaCouture are pretty obvious representatives. One is the SEC’s leading returning rusher. Another is the team’s bona fide deep threat and the face of LSU’s new-look passing offense. And the other is an uplifting story in a player who couldn’t play because of injury so instead served as an assistant coach but now returns as the team’s leader on defense.
Still, people are going to be concerned what not taking Danny Etling to the event in Hoover, Ala., means. And the answer is not much. Ed Orgeron and LSU football team have maintained the stance that this year’s quarterback battle is an open competition. Even if Etling is one of the most well-composed speakers on the team and a player who would represent LSU well, sending him would give the wrong message to the other passers.
This isn’t a slight against Etling. He’s still probably the favorite for the job, but his attendance at Media Days would give him an edge, at least symbolically, over his competitors. And Orgeron and Co. neither want Etling to get complacent nor for the other four quarterbacks on the roster to get down on themselves.
For now, LSU will be one of the teams at Media Days without a quarterback. But Guice will be there, so no one should complain. This should be fun.
Previously in the Bayou Bengal Briefing
In the Wednesday edition of the Bayou Bengal Briefing, I asked you what you thought about the new stripes on the white LSU football uniforms. Yes. It was a slow news day. Here are your votes.
With a narrow victory, 35 percent of fans said they wouldn’t even notice a difference. Which, I guess I kind of agree with.
Thirty percent of voters said they love the change, while 14 percent of voters said they hated it. And another 21 percent of respondents said they don’t care about uniforms. Which I definitely agree with.
Uniforms are silly, but people are really particular about them. So, if you’re one of those people, keep on keeping on. But if you don’t care, go ahead and just watch the players who are wearing the uniforms. They’re the important ones anyway.
Recruiting is still silly, part infinity-and-three
Less than two weeks after flipping his commitment from UCLA to LSU, 3-star running back AJ Carter flipped his commitment from LSU to UCLA. It had been nine days. Fun while it lasted.
This is why fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about commits. I’ll never judge a kid who is trying to make up his mind. Picking a college is hard, and when you have to do it in such a high-profile capacity, it’s hard to not feel regret.
So don’t jump on this kid too much. He’s got a tough decision to make. If he ends up at LSU, good for him. If he ends up at UCLA, good for him. And if he goes to a third, completely different school, good for him. Don’t put too much stock in one kid. And, for the love of all things, don’t tweet at him.
Elsewhere in LSU football recruiting news
Earlier this week, 4-star LSU wide receiver target Ja’Marr Chase was supposed to announce his college commitment on NFL Network. But, because of time constraints, Chase got bumped. And now, NFL Network is trying to make up for it.
The NFL Network has offered Chase an opportunity to make his commitment on NFL Total Access, its nightly news program. Chase, a 4-star wide receiver from Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, La., has narrowed down his recruiting process to LSU and TCU.
Past, present and future
Yesterday on SEC Country, Alex Hickey and I decided to look back and forward. Here are links you can click.
- Looking back, here are the final grades for all the teams on LSU’s athletics roster. Here’s a hint: Spring sports did great. Winter was hit or miss. Fall was football.
- With fall just around the bend, I wrote about five dates you should know on the LSU football calendar.
News about made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Thursday is “National Fried Chicken Day.” So forget health. Just celebrate the day to eat fried chicken. Embrace it.
There’s not much more to say about this one. Eat more chicken. Some of it may be fried.
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