Found January 03, 2013 on Saturday Night Slant:
PLAYERS: Les Miles
The past three years of LSU football have seen the Tigers regain their form from the first three years of Les Miles' tenure. After posting two sub 10-win seasons, the Tigers have rebounded to post 11, 13 and 10 win campaigns. One part of that resurgence was the phenomenal hire of John Chavis in 2009, who brought swagger back to the LSU defense.  The offense, then, became the lynchpin upon which the LSU teams of 2009 and beyond would be judged and would be measured by. With a stout defense to depend on yearly, all the offense had to do was get it out of its own way, right?  This infographic is a snapshot of the LSU offense over the past three years and demonstrates why it's had so much to do with LSU's success, or lack thereof relatively speaking. See it after the jump.   Click the image to view full size. At first blush, it seems there really wasn't a ton of falloff from 2011 to 2012. Indeed, had the 2012 team played an extra game to even i...

LSU S Eric Reid headed to NFL draft

LSU says safety Eric Reid will enter the NFL draft, making him at least the second defensive starter to leave the Tigers. Reid, a junior whose decision was announced Friday, joins middle linebacker Kevin Minter, who led LSU with 130 tackles, including 15 tackles for losses, in his junior season. Reid and Minter both were named AP second-team All-America this season. Reid finished...

2013 NFL Draft: LSU Junior Defenders Kevin Minter and Eric Reid Declare for Draft

LSU's defense was one of the most talented in college football in 2012, but unfortunately for the Tigers (and fortunately for NFL teams) they'll be looking to replace two of their stand out players, as LB Kevin Minter (via Joe Schad) and S Eric Reid (via Neil Stratton) both made their decisions to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.    Minter has been somewhat of an unsung...

LSU's Eric Reid headed to NFL Draft

LSU says safety Eric Reid will enter the NFL Draft, making him at least the second defensive starter to leave the Tigers. Reid, a junior whose decision was announced Friday, joins middle linebacker Kevin Minter, who led LSU with 130 tackles, including 15 tackles for losses, in his junior season. Reid and Minter both were named AP second-team All-America this season. Reid finished...

LSU linebacker Kevin Minter declares for NFL

LSU junior linebacker Kevin Minter announced yesterday that he would forgo his senior season and head to the NFL. “It’s been an honor to play at LSU under Coach Les Miles and Coach (defensive coordinator John)  Chavis,” Minter said in a phone interview. “They helped me get where I am now. I’ll always bleed purple and gold. “I was surprised at how fast it happened this...

2013 NFL Draft: LSU Adds Another Defensive Junior to Draft in Tharold Simon

LSU's defense wasn't loaded with seniors this year, likely a reason they struggled in multiple SEC games this year and seemed unpolished and inconsistent. However, even after losing Morris Claiborne to the draft and Tyrann Mathieu to suspension/removal from the team, the secondary wasn't viewed as potentially having a big let down, with safety Eric Reid and cornerback...

LSU’s Minter will forgo senior season and enter draft

When you watch film, Kevin MInter pops out the screen because he is probably one of the best linebackers in the entire country.  The junior inside backer has made up his mind, after LSU made a strong push to keep him. LSU All-American linebacker Kevin Minter confirmed to Thursday that he will enter the 2013 NFL Draft and bypass his senior season. Minter had a breakout season...

Minter to enter draft

LSU linebacker Kevin Minter announced Thursday that he will skip his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. After the dominant season that Minter had for the Tigers, this should come as no surprise to the LSU faithful everywhere.

Reid Declares for Draft

LSU confirmed reports that junior safety Eric Reid will forego his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft.

Dabo Swinney hugs ESPN reporter following Chick-fil-A Bowl

The Clemson Tigers won the Chick-fil-A Bowl 25-24 on a game winning 37-yard kick as time expired.Rightfully so, the Tigers, and head coach Dabo Swinney, were ecstatic about their first 11-win season since 1981.Swinney was so excited following the game and shaking Les Miles’ hand that he picked up ESPN’s reporter, Jeanine Edwards. What a great moment and season for the Tigers...

LSU keeping tabs on Blomstrom

2014 LB Jake Blomstrom is ready to bring in scholarship offers after helping the Katy Tigers to a national No. 2 ranking and a Texas Class 5A state title. What is Blomstrom hearing from the LSU Tigers?

FSNextTV: LSU in the NFL Draft

As the LSU Tigers wrap up the 2012 season, Ben Love and Kristen Ledlow discuss the athletes considering the NFL Draft, including which underclassmen will stay...and who will go.

Video: Dabo Swinney hugs ESPN reporter following huge win

Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney was really, really excited following his team's 25-24 victory over the LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve, and rightfully so. Clemson had just come-from-behind in the fourth quarter to sink LSU on a last-second field goal.So, after Swinney met up on the field to shake hands with opposing coach Les Miles, he then picked...

Compass Bowl preview: Ole Miss-Pitt

This is a game of should haves. Pittsburgh should have upset Notre Dame, missing a short field goal that would have likely knocked the Irish out of the BCS Championship Game. The Old Miss Rebels should have upset LSU, Hugh Freezes squad falling late to the Tigers in the game where Les Miles gave his now famous big kiss on the mouth, only if youre a girl postgame speech. It is also...

Q & A: Andrew Del Piero

LSU senior center Andrew Del Piero is shedding his label as just the Tuba Player this season. Now he's actually starting and contributing for Johnny Jones. He talks with TSD about his development and updates several members of the team.

Dabo Swinney bearhugged Jeannine Edwards after Clemson beats LSU

After Clemson upset LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was thrilled. His team trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter, didn't lead all game, and had lost during the regular season to the two best teams it had played (Florida State and South Carolina). So when Tajh Boyd started a drive at the Clemson 20 with 1:39 left and got the...
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