Bayou Bengal Briefing: Recapping LSU’s H-back-heavy Tuesday practice video
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LSU football practice recap
As it has been doing every day of fall camp, the LSU football team released a practice recap video on its Twitter account. And since we’re not allowed to see practice firsthand yet, this is all we get. So let’s break down a little film, shall we?
Here come the Tigers! pic.twitter.com/P9X9aqVCZg
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) August 16, 2017
The first thing that stands out is just how heavily Foster Moreau (No. 84) and the fullbacks and tight ends are featured. I’d estimate about half of the screen time is devoted to the “H-backs,” or the combinations of fullbacks and tight ends headlined by Moreau and senior J.D. Moore.
We haven’t talked too much about H-backs in the Bayou Bengal Briefing this fall for two reasons:
- It’s not that interesting of a position battle. Moreau and Moore are returning veterans and virtually no one else in the unit has seen the field at LSU.
- We don’t know how the position is going to be used yet. New offensive coordinator Matt Canada has pledged to use H-backs instead of fullbacks in a traditional I-formation, but we don’t know in which capacity. It could be a hand-in-the-dirt lead blocker staggered in different places along the backfield, or it could be a split-out pass catcher capable of lining up anywhere from the backfield to the slot.
Nevertheless, it’s interesting watching these guys work. They catch passes. They work on blocking technique. It’s an interesting back-and-forth no other offensive position group has to deal with, other than running backs on rare days.
Elsewhere in the video, you can see both center Will Clapp and guard Donavaughn Campbell wearing full-contact white jerseys, signifying their returns to full health after missing LSU’s scrimmage last Saturday. But that deserves its own section.
The offensive line section
Clapp isn’t the only starting offensive lineman who has made his way back. Clapp joins senior tackle K.J. Malone and junior tackle Toby Weathersby as LSU’s three starters who missed scrimmage time, but are back at practice.
This isn’t just good news for LSU. It’s darn near the best news it could get. Between the transfers of Willie Allen, Chidi Okeke, Andy Dodd and Maea Teuhema and the non-arrival of Seth Stewart, LSU’s offensive line depth has been a huge question mark this fall. But with the Tigers’ two starting tackles and starting center back, the unit can finally take shape. A shape that should look a little bit like this:
- LT: K.J. Malone
- LG: Garrett Brumfield
- C: Will Clapp
- RG: Lloyd Cushenberry
- RT: Toby Weathersby
The biggest point of contention here is right guard. Cushenberry is competing with Campbell and freshman Ed Ingram. Ingram started the last scrimmage at right guard, but that’s partially because Campbell was hurt and Cushenberry was starting at center for Clapp.
Right guard is likely where Teuhema would have started had he not left the team. Cushenberry seems to be a guy the players and coaches trust, even if he has never seen college action. But right guard will be a place to watch for Sept. 2 and beyond as this season chugs along.
Coming soon to Netflix
Former LSU quarterback Lindsey Scott didn’t wait long to make his college decision.
After announcing his intent to transfer away from the LSU football team Monday, Scott reportedly signed with East Mississippi Community College on Tuesday. East Mississippi might be better known by its popular nickname Last Chance U, and is the subject of a Netflix series of the same name.
EMCC has produced countless future D1 college competitors, including quarterbacks such as former Ole Miss standout Chad Kelly and recent Auburn transfer John Franklin III. The jump to community college makes it even more obvious that Scott intends to start at a D1 school sooner rather than later, as he’ll need to spend only one season at Last Chance U before returning to the FBS.
Coming out of high school, Scott had scholarship offers from four Power 5 programs other than LSU: Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Academic powerhouses Duke, Stanford, California and Northwestern also reportedly showed interest, which isn’t surprising for a kid who held an offer from Harvard.
Another day, another mock class
SEC Country’s LSU recruiting guru Sam Spiegelman posted the second part of his 2018 mock recruiting class Tuesday, this time focusing on defense. Spiegelman predicted LSU will sign eight defensive linemen, two linebackers and four defensive backs.
This included two 5-star defensive backs in Patrick Surtain Jr. and Anthony Cook. Surtain is ranked as the nation’s top cornerback according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, and Cook isn’t far behind at No. 2. Bringing in the nation’s top two cornerbacks on top of the No. 6 guy in already-committed Baton Rouge product Kelvin Joseph would be an embarrassment of riches for a team that should already be pretty embarrassed by its riches.
If Spiegelman’s predictions come true, LSU’s DBU nickname shouldn’t be up for debate any longer.
In Odell Beckham Jr. news
Odell Beckham Jr. is never not in the news. Might as well get used to talking about him every day until the New York Giants are eliminated from Super Bowl contention.
First, FAU coach and perhaps the most divisive name among SEC fans Lane Kiffin tried to recruit OBJ to Florida Atlantic. Probably not going to work out. Then there was the whole ESPN fantasy draft fiasco.
Odell tweeted he was “speechless” after seeing the sketch, which acted out Beckham being auctioned off and purchased in a fantasy football setting. ESPN probably didn’t mean it to look the way it did. But optically, it’s hard not to see why Beckham took offense. Not a great look.
The continuing saga of the nickname gang
As we discussed last week in the Bayou Bengal Briefing, LSU’s defensive backs have a ton of crazy nicknames for one another. And no player had it harder in the nickname department than junior safety John Battle, who was given the monikers “Paw Paw” and “Sally Mae” by fellow safety Ed Paris.
Well, Battle got the chance to defend himself Tuesday. So he did.
Ed Paris & some other #LSU DBs revealed last week John Battle's nicknames: "Pawpaw" and "Sally May."
Battle's retaliation move today: pic.twitter.com/xlwNnAb3kn
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 15, 2017
Naturally, Paris saw this. And he didn’t like it.
— Ed Paris Jr. (@323eddie_p) August 16, 2017
Moral of the story? Don’t call them Paw Paw and Twinkle Toes. Even though it’s hilarious.
Today in arbitrary anniversaries
On this day 43 years ago, American punk rock as we know it was born.
Rock ‘n roll pioneers The Ramones played their first concert on Aug. 16, 1974 at famed New York venue CBGB, rocking a show that was later described as “Just this wall of noise … This was something completely new.”
Two years later, The Ramones released their first album and perhaps the most iconic and influential single in the history of American punk, Blitzkrieg Bop. And today, they are still major inspirations to musicians everywhere. All because of one concert 43 years ago.
Today, let’s celebrate. And let’s slam dance like no one’s watching.
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