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LSU linebacker Arden Key is a preseason All-SEC performer.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: Recapping LSU football players on All-SEC teams

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today we put the preseason All-SEC ballots to bed, reflect on some countdowns, avoid spoilers and more. Enjoy!

All-SEC, all over

Since the last edition of the Bayou Bengal Briefing, the preseason All-SEC teams were announced, and seven LSU football players were named. Most notably, running back Derrius Guice and linebacker Arden Key earned first-team All-SEC nods.

Other LSU players to make the cut: offensive linemen K.J. Malone and Will Clapp, defensive linemen Christian LaCouture and Rashard Lawrence, and cornerback Donte Jackson. Additionally, Guice earned a second nod as an all-purpose athlete.

Obviously, LSU football fans are going to feel like there were some snubs. (More on that later.) But this is a solid list of standout LSU players at some positions of strength. The running game, defensive front and secondary always seem to be strengths for the Tigers. And that’s where the stars are this season.

Your weekly LSU football poll question

Now for the snubs. What LSU football player do you feel was the most snubbed by not being put on a preseason All-SEC team? Vote in the poll below. I’ll recap your answers in the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Tuesday.

Coaches past and present

Former LSU football coach Les Miles was in the news Sunday. Well, more specifically, his daughter was in the news.

Miles’ daughter Smacker told an Alabama-based radio show that she wants her dad to move on to a media job instead of getting back into coaching. Miles has said on multiple occasions that he wants to coach again, but it’s hard to imagine a better heir for Lee Corso on College Gameday than good ol’ Les.

Meanwhile, in the world of men who replaced Les Miles, we at SEC Country are running our monthly Ed Orgeron Approval Ratings poll. So, if one poll wasn’t enough for you, go ahead and click right here to participate in that one and let us know how you feel Coach O has done in his first offseason at the helm.

Who can it be now?

Saturday Down South posted a list Sunday attempting to rank the best player on every SEC team since 2010. The LSU player represented on the countdown was Tyrann Mathieu, who undeniably was great for the Tigers. For about a year and a half.

Picking between Mathieu and Leonard Fournette for this mantle is almost impossible. And you can go ahead and throw Jamal Adams into that discussion. Plus, if 2017 goes the way a lot of people think it will, Arden Key has a chance to overthrow all of them.

Lists like this are compiled exclusively to start conversations, or rile up people. Take it however you want. It’s a fun conversation to bring up at a boring dinner party or work event. Keep it in your back pocket.

Pretty good predictions posted a list of its own last week, ranking the 17 games in the 2017 season that it expects to feature the most future NFL players. As you’d expect, LSU football’s two biggest rivalry games showed up on the list.

At No. 8 on the countdown is LSU at Florida, a game that will showcase an exciting matchup between Key and Florida offensive lineman Martez Ivey. Then, of course, at No. 2 there is LSU at Alabama, a game always stacked with future first-round picks.

The only game ranked ahead of Alabama-LSU is Alabama vs. Florida State, a worthy opponent for the LSU-Bama game for most talented game of the season. Either way, try your hardest to watch both.

Tweets may contain spoilers

I don’t watch Game of Thrones. But LSU football players do. Apparently there was an episode on last night. So here are tweets that some players sent about said episode.

It’s all gibberish to me. But if you watch the show, hopefully you enjoyed it.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, today is “National Emoji Day.” Which I can’t imagine is a very old holiday.

So if you can use emojis today, do so. And if you’re a Gina Linetti level pro, incorporate emojis into your everyday speech.

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