LSU football: How to watch, stream, follow LSU’s Pro Day this morning
Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football, with LSU beat writer Nick Suss. In today’s Briefing, we discuss LSU’s Pro Day, share thoughts on the quarterback situation, throw shade at Florida and much, much more. Enjoy!
LSU football programming note
If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you’re missing part of the LSU football team’s annual Pro Day.
Between 8:30 and noon CT, former LSU football players like Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams, Tre’Davious White and more will be participating in front of what’s anticipated to be a school record of visiting scouts, coaches and front office personnel. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. CT, the SEC Network will carry a live feed of the events, which will be made up of an hour of on-field skill tests and an hour of position drills. You can also find the feed only via the stream on WatchESPN.
If you’re at work and can’t watch the drills themselves, you can still follow along with the proceedings. For live stats, go to LSUSports.net/Proday. Also, be sure to follow me, Alex Hickey and SEC Country LSU on Twitter for live updates.
And when the events are over with, make sure you stay posted on our Facebook page, where you’ll be able to watch videos of the event and interact with Alex and me on Facebook Live. Plus, that’s where our articles will go afterward if you want to read all about what the players did and had to say.
Happy Pro Day, everyone. Now, back to our regularly scheduled Bayou Bengal Briefing.
Thoughts, with Justin McMillan
About three weeks ago, I wrote a Briefing proclaiming I’d quit speculating about the LSU football team’s quarterback situation. And I’ve stayed good about this. But now I don’t need to speculate anymore. As much.
For the first time all spring, we in the media were given the opportunity to speak to a quarterback not named Danny Etling. And in doing so, we learned a couple of things about redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan and how he’s adjusting to Matt Canada’s offense. For a full recap of what McMillan said, check out Alex Hickey’s story from yesterday right here.
But I want to focus on one thing McMillan said above all else. McMillan told Canada that his system involves more running than he’s ever experienced. To which Canada, a regular Al Jolson, effectively replied “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”
But this begs an interesting question to me: Is Justin McMillan a pro-style or dual-threat quarterback?
Ultimately, this is a meaningless distinction. In the NFL last season, noted pro-style quarterback Blake Bortles and noted dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton rushed for the exact same amount of yards. But all spring, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron has described McMillan as one of LSU’s dual-threat quarterbacks, despite the fact that he was listed as a pro-style passer out of high school.
In his last two years of high school, McMillan rushed for 907 yards (4.82 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns. So maybe he was improperly rated then. But then again, he also completed 63 percent of his passes for 5,264 yards (14.9 yards per completion) and 66 touchdowns over the same span. So being high on his passing prowess isn’t a bad plan either.
LSU is going to want McMillan to run. But, if he gets playing time next year, it’s important not to pigeonhole him as a runner. He has arm talent. That’s evident in the short periods I get to watch him practice and that’s evident if you look back at his high school numbers.
McMillan is the total package athletically and physically. If his performance and poise start to match up, he’s going to give Danny Etling every bit of competition he can take.
Throwing a little bit of shade
Not that you have any direct reason to, but if you were following the Florida baseball team last night, you’d have felt a bizarre sense of deja vu.
Oh man. Stetson was leading Florida 10-1 in Top 5 — but rain showers canceled the game. Didn’t go long enough to be official. Tough break.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersD1) April 5, 2017
Because of rain, Florida and Stetson had to cut their baseball game prematurely and, despite Stetson’s huge lead, the game wasn’t played deep enough for it to count as a full game. And, in a bizarre move, it doesn’t seem like Florida is going to try to make up the game.
Florida has decided not to resume tonight's game and has refused to agree upon a day to continue. The game effectively did not happen.
— Stetson Baseball (@StetsonBaseball) April 5, 2017
Now, I get scheduling conflicts. Florida is deeply entrenched in its SEC schedule and has midweek games scheduled in all but two of the season’s remaining weeks. And Stetson already has two games scheduled one of those midweeks, meaning the only time these two teams could make up a game would be in the short window between a Sunday SEC series finale and a Thursday SEC series opener. No one wants to play those games.
But still, LSU fans know all-too well what it’s like when Florida doesn’t want to budge on a scheduling issue. And I’ll leave it at that. You guys can draw your own conclusions.
In LSU baseball news…
While Florida was pretending that a loss shouldn’t count, the LSU baseball team was playing like its recent losses never happened.
LSU shot off 15 hits, three of which home runs, for 13 runs in a decisive 13-2 victory over Grambling State last night. The win comes after the Tigers had lost three of their last four and five of their last eight. And it marked a couple of bright spots.
Sure, it was against a far-worse-than-mediocre opponent in Grambling State. But Kramer Robertson stayed hot, hitting his third home run in three games. And Jake Slaughter got two hits, snapping out of his recent funk. Not to mention big games from usual backups Jordan Romero (2-for-4, double, two runs) and Bryce Adams (1-for-1, two-run HR).
And though it was a bizarre game, LSU’s bullpen did throw eight shutout innings after starting pitcher Todd Peterson gave up two runs in the first. Of course, those eight shutout innings were thrown by 10 pitchers, none of whom faced more than four batters or got more than three outs. But for that many pitchers to keep an opponent off the board, that’s got to be a bright spot.
If anything, it’s a confidence boost for the entire bullpen heading into a pivotal weekend series versus the SEC West leading Arkansas.
Strong man tweets
Future LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire tweeted out a post-workout post yesterday, one that if true is worthy of more admiration than I can express.
225 , 25 times today..??
— Clyde EdwardsHelaire (@Clydro_22) April 5, 2017
Assuming that tweets means what I think it does, Edwards-Helaire bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times. Given that that’s the weight the pros use at the NFL Combine, it’s pretty easy to describe how impressive that is. It’s “only one running back was stronger than that this year” impressive. No, really. Only former Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine posted more than 25 reps at the NFL Combine this year.
In the last 10 years, there have only been 28 running backs to do more than 25 reps at the Combine. Three of them went on to be first round picks: Doug Martin, Jonathan Stewart and Rashard Mendenhall. And remember: All of these guys had been through at least three years of college at this point. Edwards-Helaire hasn’t enrolled yet.
So if this is what he meant, and he got 25 consecutive reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, dude, he’s strong. As a running back, being able to push people with upper-body strength isn’t all-too important of a skill. But it’s impressive as heck.
Speaking of reading too much into tweets…
The No. 1 recruit for the class of 2019, Kayvon Thibodeaux, was on LSU’s campus yesterday on a visit. And, if his tweets are any indication, the Californian seemed to enjoy his time on the Bayou.
— kayvon thibodeaux (@kayvonT8) April 4, 2017
Had so much fun at LSU today with my guys ?✊? pic.twitter.com/v7Hg0MCQNb
— kayvon thibodeaux (@kayvonT8) April 5, 2017
It looks like LSU pulled out all the stops here. And all the coaches. Everyone from Ed Orgeron to Dave Aranda to Matt Canada to sometimes-curmudgeonly Pete Jenkins was in the group photo. There’s still plenty of time before the 5-star defensive end picks his college of choice. He’s got two more high school seasons left before he can even sign, after all.
But LSU seems to be doing everything it can early on in Thibodeaux’s recruitment. And seriously, why wouldn’t it? When’s the last time you can remember a major player with that Cajun of a name getting through LSU’s fingers?
Rankings as arbitrary as mine
This is an off-week for Arbitrary Analysis, my favorite recurring segment of the Bayou Bengal Briefing. In it, I pick a random topic and fixate on it for a whole week, ranking every facet of it I can. But I can’t do it every week, because it takes way too much of my time. Like, when I ranked Simpsons episodes, for example, I rewatched about 25 Simpsons episodes in five days to prepare my rankings.
I know. Such hard work.
So yeah, that’s why there isn’t an Arbitrary Analysis every week. But, to tide you ever, Richard Johnson from SB Nation ranked the seven recent Tiger Stadium break-ins in order of memorability. And I’ve got to say, Richard makes a pretty compelling case for his rankings. There aren’t quite enough references to cartoon characters or obscure Sex Pistols songs for my taste, but he’s completely right in his 1-through-7.
So give him a read. And keep an eye out next week for the next Arbitrary Analysis.
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