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NFL speed watch
Former LSU cornerback Donte Jackson made waves on internet on Wednesday by showing off his “fastest man in college football” speed. Now, he’s ready to translate it to the NFL stage.
CB Donte Jackson tells me his goal is a 4.27 40 time but is aiming to beat last year’s 4.22 by John Ross pic.twitter.com/jGWEg7UOBE
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) February 14, 2018
According to NFL Network’s Jane Slater, Jackson is aiming for a time of 4.27 seconds in his 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Dating back to 2000, only six combine competitors have run 40-yard dashes that fast. Last year, former Washington wide receiver John Ross set the NFL combine record by running a 4.22, a time Jackson is gunning for but might have a hard time reaching.
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Regardless, Jackson is confident. Shouldn’t come as a surprise.
— NFL (@NFL) February 15, 2018
The 2018 NFL Combine begins Feb. 27 and ends March 5. The event takes place in Indianapolis and will be televised and streamed through the NFL Network.
Let’s talk about quarterbacks
Priority LSU target Grant Gunnell, the No. 2 quarterback in the nation for the Class of 2019, reopened his commitment on Wednesday, surging LSU into contention for the quarterback’s services. Gunnell is scheduled to visit Baton Rouge this weekend, making his second visit to LSU in two months.
LSU seems to be a hot option for the Houston native, who is thought to also be considering Texas A&M, Arkansas and Oklahoma State, among other schools. In all, Gunnell has scholarship offers from 38 different schools.
In LSU baseball news
Per a report from The Advocate’s Luke Johnson, the LSU baseball team has made a bit of a lineup change heading into the team’s season-opening series versus Notre Dame this weekend. With catcher Hunter Feduccia injured and unable to compete this weekend, LSU will move first baseman Bryce Jordan behind the plate and insert freshman Nick Webre into the lineup at first base.
It was previously thought that senior Nick Coomes would take over for Feduccia at catcher, but it now appears that Jordan, who missed all of 2017 with an ACL injury following his All-SEC 2016 campaign as a designated hitter, will earn the nod Opening Day for his first college reps at catcher. Coomes may still play as either a catcher or DH in at least one game versus Notre Dame.
Also of note: Senior relief pitcher Austin Bain will probably receive one start at second base this weekend, likely on Saturday. Junior college transfer Brandt Broussard is expected to start Friday and freshman Hal Hughes should earn some playing time either this weekend or Tuesday versus New Orleans.
In musical LSU baseball news
It’s always fascinating to see which songs LSU’s baseball players pick for their walk-up music. And we learned the full list on Wednesday.
— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) February 14, 2018
Freshman Daniel Cabrera stole the show by picking Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie, while pitcher Zack Hess leaned into his College World Series persona by picking Wild Thing.
My sleeper favorite pick goes to ace Caleb Gilbert, who’ll be walking out to the mound to White Room by Cream. Which I will always associate with this epic scene from my favorite TV show ever. My pick for the worst choice goes to center fielder Zach Watson for his Imagine Dragons song. Bleh.
In case you missed anything, here are the biggest pieces of LSU news from Wednesday:
- Mailbag: Kristian Fulton, in-state quarterbacks and the Tigers’ next commitment
- Which player will fans fall in love with in 2018?
- Comparing the Tigers’ 2018 class to recruiting classes of the past
- Projecting the 2018 offensive depth chart
- Replacing the middle infield is a key for a return to the College World Series
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Feb. 15 is Singles Awareness Day. Which I get. It’s the day after Valentine’s Day. One day you celebrate love. The next day you celebrate its absence.
But I prefer to think of this as a day where we celebrate awareness of the 1992 Cameron Crowe film Singles. Because that’s a way funnier thing to celebrate. And it gave us this awesome song from Paul Westerberg.
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