The LSU Tigers were set to begin spring practices Thursday, but have pushed the starting date back one day to accommodate for new defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, returning Wednesday to LSU from the Nebraska Cornhuskers. LSU begins its quest to win a second straight SEC title and could enter the season ranked No. 1, but replacing all those quarterbacks will provide a month-long story line, no matter how poorly one of the outgoing guys actually didn't do at the Combine.
Also, LSU women's soccer star goalie Mo Isom told our own And The Valley Shook that she plans to try out for a spot on the team*. She wants to play defensive tackle. No, that's a lie.
I've been training since January of this year! I had it in my mind, and I approached some of the players I know, and they were so enthusiastic. And then I talked to some of the coaching staff, because of course I wanted to be in their good graces. I was expecting to see some resistance but all the doors were open to me, and everybody has been so excited, which is so great. I started working out with the team some this summer, which wound up helping as some cross-training for soccer, and I kept working on my kicking in my spare time. Then this fall I went through the walk-on tryouts, just to kind of see what it was like, and I kicked a 51-yarder. Obviously I was going to finish up in soccer, but I will be back to try out again this spring.
Elsewhere on the roster, that running-back-by-committee could use a big year from running back Michael Ford, who ATVS calls "the most maddening offensive talent on this team."
* Since everything that happens at LSU somehow turns into a fun video on YouTube, expect this kind of thing: