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Reserve fullback Bry’Kiethon Mouton announced his intent to transfer from LSU on Thursday night, becoming the second player to officially announce a transfer this offseason. Quarterback Caleb Lewis wants to move to a place where he could have a chance to start as a graduate transfer.
This shouldn’t be as busy an offseason for transfers as last year, however. The second year of the Ed Orgeron era should be a little smoother when it comes to retaining talent. But no Power 5 conference is impervious to turnover.
With that in mind, here are five more candidates who could potentially be on transfer watch this offseason:
- Quarterback Justin McMillan: Quarterbacks transfer more than any other position. For the former 4-star prospect, sitting behind Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse won’t be particularly appetizing. Even more so if the Tigers bring in another highly-touted quarterback prospect in the 2018 recruiting class.
- Defensive back Xavier Lewis: Lewis’ playing time began dwindling halfway through the season. He didn’t see the field once after the Troy loss. It’d be a pretty big shock if he returned for 2018.
- Edge rusher Sci Martin: Martin has battled injuries his entire time at LSU, and now he’s stuck behind K’Lavon Chaisson and Ray Thornton on the depth chart. Assuming Andre Anthony comes back at full health in 2018, Martin’s road to the starting lineup will be a long one.
- Tight end Caleb Roddy: Roddy didn’t see the field in 2017 after playing in every game in 2016. He barely even practiced. There were some nagging injury concerns. But he’ll also have to beat out a lot of teammates at tight end and H-back to earn playing time.
- Wide receiver Dee Anderson: Anderson played a good bit toward the end of 2017, but he’s expressed dissatisfaction on Twitter about his lack of involvement in the passing game. If there were ever a player who was on track to transfer for a fresh start, Anderson might be the pick.
In Les Miles news
The coaching carousel this year has been the most active one we’ve ever seen. But one name who hasn’t landed anywhere is former LSU coach Les Miles. According to an interview with Miles on ESPNU Radio, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Miles said he hasn’t been contacted by a single school this offseason, per the Mad Hatter himself. Not Tennessee, not Arkansas. Nowhere.
It’s starting to look as if Miles won’t ever get his chance to return to the sidelines. Which really is a shame. Maybe he wasn’t the right guy to bring LSU back to prominence. But there are plenty of schools that would take Miles’ guarantee of a winning record every season. It’s a shame he’s not getting the opportunity to re-prove himself.
The numerical future
One of the most cherished traditions at LSU is the passing down of certain jersey numbers. Obviously No. 18 gets most of the hype. It’s the leadership number, after all. But No. 7 — the playmaker’s number — is sought-after as well.
Senior wide receiver DJ Chark, LSU’s current No. 7, told SEC Country he has some guys in mind who might assume the mantle when he’s gone next season. But he wouldn’t give names. It seems like the number will return to the defensive backfield, where Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu did it proud. But exactly who is in the air.
Donte Jackson? Greedy Williams? Grant Delpit? An incoming freshman? It really is up for grabs. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments. We’ll pass your best suggestions along to Chark — assuming his mind isn’t already made up.
News never sleeps. In case you missed them, here are some of the biggest headlines from Thursday:
- What’s the latest with safety JaCoby Stevens?
- Ranked: LSU’s five biggest injuries of 2017.
- Mock LSU signing class for the Class of 2018.
- Podcast: Great programs overcome losses like Jeff Grimes.
Your weekly non-revenue LSU sports preview
Football might not have anything going on this weekend, but that doesn’t mean LSU sports stop altogether. Here’s what’s going on in the wide world of Tigers athletics in the next few days:
- The LSU basketball team returns to the court Saturday with a home tilt versus Stephen F. Austin. Tip-off is scheduled for noon CT and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
- Women’s basketball hosts UL-Lafayette at the PMAC Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. A stream of the game will be available through WatchESPN and the SEC Network Plus.
- Swimming and diving competes in the three-day Auburn Diving Invitational beginning Sunday morning.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Dec. 15 is “National Underdog Day.” Most people love underdogs. I think they’re bad for sports. Good for ratings. Bad for sports.
If our goal is to crown a champion, we should want the best team to be the champion. That way history remembers the rightful winner. Not the luckiest team.
But that’s a different argument for a different Bayou Bengal Briefing. For now, let’s just watch a video of history’s greatest underdog.
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