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Laughing through pain
Former LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White was interviewed on NFL Network on Thursday, breaking down what his first year in the NFL has been like. Toward the middle of the interview, White started talking about former LSU teammate Donte Jackson, and the advice he has for him in the NFL.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 23, 2018
Joking, White revealed that his advice for Jackson is to avoid intercepting passes thrown to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, because if you do, “that guy is coming after you.” Of course, White was referencing a play from his rookie season when, after intercepting a pass thrown Gronk’s way, White received a concussion on a shot delivered by the tight end, who made a late hit after the play.
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Naturally, White also had some real advice for Jackson, who he expects to be able to make plays against players like Gronkowski in the NFL. That said, White also believes Jackson will be able to do anything he wants. That includes breaking John Ross’ 40-yard dash record.
“The Donte Jackson I know and how I helped him come along in the college game, I knew him from when he was a young pup coming in as a freshman, I know he’s been training hard,” White said. “So I know he has a legitimate shot at it. I’m all for it. I talk to him three or four times a week. That’s my guy. He sorta looks at me as that big brother type guy, so that’s a guy that I talk to a lot. I’m rooting for him and I’m just hoping that he goes in that first round like he deserves.”
Your daily Arden Key news
In one of the first interviews he’s done since leaving LSU, defensive end Arden Key spoke with NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread about his fluctuating weight and how that held him back as a junior. Key said he ballooned as heavy as 280 pounds coming out of his rehab for shoulder surgery last offseason, and the struggle to get back to a healthy playing weight left him out of shape early in his return.
But Key claims he’s back down to 245 pounds heading into the NFL combine, which begins next week in Indianapolis. Some NFL scouts have singled out Key as the most intriguing prospect in this NFL draft class, a description Key may have earned. After being labeled a no-doubt top-10 pick for most of his final two college seasons, Key’s first-round stock is in jeopardy after a subpar junior season and with the mystery surrounding his absence from school last spring and summer.
Your daily Derrius Guice news
Derrius Guice spent much of Thursday on Twitter, calling out a Texas A&M recruit who he thought overstepped his boundaries.
Guice eventually deleted most of the more inflammatory tweets, but he did save this one, the instigator of the spat.
LSU not worried about you https://t.co/v5Ynz54SGm
— 5⃣ (@DhaSickest) February 22, 2018
Les Miles and Skip Bertman reunited?
Legendary college baseball coaches Skip Bertman and Augie Garrido, winners of a combined 10 College World Series titles at LSU and Texas, respectively, got together to speak at a function Thursday night in advance of their famed programs meeting for a series this weekend in Baton Rouge.
And wherever there’s a meeting of legendary coaches, of course Les Miles is going to show up.
Les Miles just barged into this thing with Skip Bertman and Augie Garrido.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) February 23, 2018
Miles summed up baseball as a sport “played with a stick and a ball,” which is technically accurate.
At this point, we should develop a game to predict where Miles is going to show up next. Just when you’ve stopped thinking about the guy for 10 minutes, he’s back where you least expect him. Which is what we need. We need more random appearances of Miles with a microphone in his hand.
Your non-revenue LSU sports preview
This weekend will be a busy one for LSU athletics, with winter sports winding down and spring sports heating up. Here’s a preview of the biggest events happening over the next three days:
- LSU baseball hosts Texas for a three-game series pitting two of the NCAA’s most storied baseball programs. Game 1 will be played at 7 p.m. CT Friday, followed by games at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. All games will be available to stream through WatchESPN.
- The No. 2 LSU gymnastics team travels to Athens, Ga., for a chance to clinch at least a share of the SEC regular-season championship in a meet against the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday. The meet will begin at 6 p.m. CT and be televised on the SEC Network.
- Men’s basketball is also in Athens, taking on the Bulldogs at 1 p.m. CT Saturday. With a win, LSU could improve to .500 in SEC play, a stunning achievement after finishing last in the SEC a season ago.
- LSU women’s basketball ends its 2018 regular season with a home matchup against Alabama at 2 p.m. CT Sunday. The game will be available to stream through WatchESPN.
- Softball heads to California for two tournaments this weekend. The first, in Stockton, Calif., is the Libby Matson Tournament. Action began on Thursday, with LSU defeating San Jose and Pacific. LSU will face Nevada on Friday. Saturday, the Tigers begin the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., facing Fresno State and UCLA on Saturday and Oregon on Sunday.
- Beach volleyball begins its quest for a repeat return to the NCAA championships this weekend, competing in the GCU Beach Tournament against Grand Canyon, Pepperdine and Nebraska on Saturday.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Feb. 23 is “National Skip the Straw Day,” when we’re urged to forgo using straws and drink our beverages straight from the glass or bottle or can. Which is fine. I’m all for conservation.
But this is like breaking a force of habit. If there’s a straw on a table, I’m gonna open it. I can’t even guarantee I’m going to use it. But if I see a straw, I open the straw. That’s just what I do. So is that more wasteful or less wasteful? Someone get back to me on that.
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