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LSU cornerback Kevin Toliver is listed on the Bronko Nagurski Award preseason watch list.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: 3 more LSU football players added to preseason watch lists

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today we spend more time looking at preseason watch lists, make some educated guesses, check in with some baseball news and more. Enjoy!

All kinds of nominations

Three LSU football players were named to preseason award watch lists Thursday, and all of them were already veterans to that song and dance.

Junior center Will Clapp garnered an Outland Trophy nod a few days after he was listed on the Rimington watch list. And defensive end Arden Key and cornerback Kevin Toliver were nominated for the Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the national defensive player of the year. Key had already been put on the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award watch lists, and Toliver appeared on the Bednarik list as well.

The honors are only going to keep growing for these three Tigers, and for the rest of the LSU football team. The watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back) will be announced Friday, and it’s likely both Toliver and Donte Jackson will be on it. And Derrius Guice is sure to show up on the Doak Walker Award list for best running back.

For a full schedule of when the watch lists will be announced, click here. And for a full list of all the shows nominated for Emmy Awards, which granted has nothing to do with LSU football but was announced Thursday and I’m obsessed with television, you can click here.

Speaking of things happening Friday

In a different kind of watch list, the Preseason All-SEC teams will be announced Friday. I submitted a ballot, as did a couple of dozen other SEC Country employees. Here are the LSU football players I think you’ll see on either the first, second or third teams:

  • RB Derrius Guice
  • WR D.J. Chark
  • C Will Clapp
  • DE/LB Arden Key
  • CB Kevin Toliver
  • CB/KR Donte Jackson

I also voted for LB Devin White and DE Rashard Lawrence, but I don’t think people outside of Baton Rouge are aware enough of those two for them to garner sufficient support. There’s a chance that DT Christian LaCouture lands on the list since he was at SEC Media Days and will have name recognition, but missing last season with a knee injury will do him no favors.

Fashion is danger

The LSU football team tweeted out some new cleats that it’ll be wearing for the 2017 football season. They’re Nike’s. They have purple and gold accents. I don’t know much about cleats so that’s about all I can say.

If you’re a sneakerhead, or whatever the equivalent of that is for cleats, feel free to click here to marvel at the grand shoe-iness of it all.

In LSU baseball news

Rising senior first baseman and catcher Nick Coomes underwent hip surgery Thursday and will miss fall practice when the team reconvenes in Baton Rouge in August.

Coomes started 37 of 46 games for the Tigers in 2016 and is LSU’s only returning catcher for 2017. Without Coomes in the fold, the Tigers will have two freshmen working behind the plate. First base will be an easier position to fill, as Jake Slaughter will be returning for his sophomore season, though he might move to second or third base.

What should I do with my life?

Planning is hard. So, as has become a Friday tradition here in the Bayou Bengal Briefing, here are a couple of options as to what you can do this weekend if you’re in or around the Baton Rouge area.

Workout warriors

LSU football strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt tweeted out his daily update from the Tigers’ weight room Thursday. Here’s who won the day.

As always, I have three thoughts:

  1. Austin Deculus looks like he should win this contest every day. I consider every time I don’t see him on the board an upset.
  2. Caleb Roddy’s nickname is entirely too long.
  3. “#explosive” is a great hashtag that we should all use more.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, today is “National Nude Day.” Snicker all you want. It’s real. So we have to celebrate. Those are the rules.

Forget awkwardness. We live in Louisiana. And it’s really hot here. It looks like temperatures are going to peak in the low 90s today. That’s awful. So what’s wrong with spending a day a little less clothed than usual?

So live on the edge of glory and hang out in your birthday suit today. You’ve earned it.

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