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LSU Football Reconvenes for Spring Practice

The LSU football team kicked off spring practice this past Saturday, and that means the return of press conferences featuring LSU head coach Les Miles. With questions looming at key positions on both sides of the ball, Miles was quick to say it was “much too early” to determine whom the frontrunners for starting positions would be next season.

Miles addressed his team’s potential quarterback battle by stating he “wants to allow for a quality and competitive environment for all quarterbacks” this spring.

According the Miles, both sophomore Anthony Jennings and early enrollee freshman Brandon Harris have gotten stronger in the off-season. Meanwhile redshirt freshmen Hayden Rettig “has slimmed down and looks more athletic.”

With the departures of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry to the NFL draft, the receiver position is wide open for the Tigers. Miles considers both Travin Dural and John Diarse in the Tigers’ first tier of receivers moving forward and mentioned that they both are “looking good.”

Redshirt freshman receiver Avery Peterson has “shown flashes of great ability” and, along with senior Quantavious Leslie and fellow redshirt freshman Kevin Spears, remains for now in the second tier of the Tigers’ receiving corps. Tiger quarterback Rob Bolden will also try his hand at wide receiver this spring and caught some passes this weekend.

Recent class of 2014 signees Malachi Dupre and Darrel Williams were on hand to observe practice this weekend, and Miles said he “expects guys like Dupre and Williams to see the field quickly upon arrival” next fall.

Special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto, another new arrival, is helping with the secondary right now, but Miles is not certain what role Peveto will play with the defense moving forward.

When asked about the recent controversial 10-second rule proposal designed to slow down high-octane offenses, Miles explained “reducing speed would make college football less marketable.”

The Tigers have 15 practices scheduled before the National L-Club Spring Game in Tiger Stadium on Saturday, April 5.

Tigers Prepare for SEC Basketball Tournament

The LSU men’s basketball team’s 2013-14 season did not end on the highest of notes last Saturday as a 69-61 loss to Georgia snapped the Tigers’ seven-game home winning streak.

With the regular season now complete, the Tigers find themselves sitting with an 18-12 overall record and a 9-9 Southeastern Conference record. That will likely not be a strong enough résumé to gain entrance into the NCAA Tournament which makes this week’s SEC Tournament in Atlanta, Ga. all the more important for LSU.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re prepared for a real tough conference tournament,” said LSU head coach Johnny Jones. “It’s one of the most exciting times in college basketball.”

LSU will open the tournament on Thursday against Alabama. The last time these two teams met was back in January with Alabama pulling out an 82-80 win.

“We’ll get to play a couple teams again that we lost to,” said senior guard Andre Stringer. “It’s a fresh start with the first game, and it’s important that we leave it all out there.”

Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the winner moving on to play Kentucky on Friday.

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