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NBA Hall-of-Famer Karl Malone's son, Karl Malone Jr., a 300-pound offensive lineman, has committed to LSU, along with two other big guys.
That headline could've told you that Purple beat White, 24-17, and that LSU claims 33,000 in attendance, but nobody really cares about that part. What we mostly need to know about the 2012 LSU Tigers spring game is that Zach Mettenberger looked all right as the team's No. 1 passer, throwing for 270 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. He played a little bit more than a half.
Alfred Blue led the way on the ground, picking up 73 yards on nine attempts. The theme continued for other Tigers backs, with Kenny Hilliard and Spencer Ware combining to gain 91 yards on 16 carries. Jarvis Landry caught 120 yards, and Odell Beckham was good for 115 via the air.
On defense, defensive back Ronald Martin led the way with eight tackles, followed by linebacker Ronnie Feist's seven. Ego Ferguson, Lamar Louis, Lamin Barrow and Bennie Logan each picked up five stops. Louis also posted a pick-six.
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The 2012 LSU Tigers spring football game is set for March 31 at 12:30 p.m. CT. At Tiger Stadium, obviously. Tune in as Zach Mettenberger lays claim to the throne left vacant by Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee, one of the nation's most confusing thrones.
Viewing: The game won't be televised, but festivities will be broadcast on the extensive program radio network. Entry is free, with gates opening two hours before kickoff. The game won't be televised, but it will be broadcast on LSU's extensive radio network, with audio streamed live online here.
Participating: Rosters are available here for the Purple and White teams. Mettenberger and Tyrann Mathieu appear on White, while Russell Shepard and Brad Wing star for the Purple. Brad Wing, a punter, really is a star. No, Mo Isom isn't playing.
Running back Michael Ford, safety Craig Loston, linebacker Tahj Jones and receiver Kadron Boone will be among the injured players out. The good news regarding Loston's toe injury, says Miles, is that "few people die because of toes."
Recruiting: Here we have a fine list of expected visiting prospects, including Kameron Miles, Tim Williams, Eldridge Massington, Ra'Shaad Samples and Jeryl Brazil from Rivals' top national 250.
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Spring game season truly gets underway this weekend, with two of the country's biggest outfits holding public to-dos. A handful of teams have already wrapped up their spring camps, but April-ish is when the totally pointless magic really shines.
The Texas Longhorns are in business on April 1 at 3 p.m. ET, live on the Longhorn Network. The LSU Tigers may actually get more extensive television coverage for their March 31 (1:30 p.m. ET) scrimmage even though it's not going to be broadcast on TV. Les Miles' squad will also celebrate their 2011 SEC title, perhaps the most forgotten SEC title ever.
Cross-border recruiting intrigue is also in play:
via @max_olson Kam Miles and Eldridge Massington will not make it to Texas spring game. > Will be at LSU spring game Saturday— Saturday Night Slant (@snslant) March 28, 2012
The rest of the weekend's spring festivities schedule (none of these games are televised nationally, so check your radio listings*):
April 1: Texas
Elsewhere, the BYU Cougars have an interesting model going: they held their spring game a week before their practices end, letting them use their public scrimmage as a trial run, rather than as a presentation.
* I don't know if there are radio listings.
LSU Tigers women's soccer goalie and football hopeful Mo Isom can give the gridiron another shot during August workouts, Les Miles confirmed after practice Tuesday. Isom had a three-day tryout, during which she banked multiple 50-yard field goals and was able to pin kickoffs inside the five-yard line, but there's an obvious limitation she'll have to find a way to work around:
"She's a great person but there's some things she can't do and she knows it," [Miles] said. "We go to kicking off into the corner, we count on our kicker making some tackles and it's just not something I'm comfortable she's ready to do. It's one of those spots you really can't put a person that cannot tackle."
Obvious not because SHE'S A GIRL, but because she hasn't been a football player for very long. Miles said there are currently four kickers on the roster who'd rank ahead of just about anybody, star goalie or otherwise. Drew Alleman is one of the country's best field goal kickers, and James Hairston came on during the last nine games of the season as a very good kickoff specialist.
Does LSU need an onside kick specialist? Feel like they'd use an onside kick specialist all the time.
LSU Tigers kicker hopeful Mo Isom has passed along the news of her post-tryout meeting with coach Les Miles. It seems the answer isn't quite, "No," but more of a, "Not yet," based on her tweets. Isom will have another chance to try out for the team during August workouts.
Wonderful meeting w/ Coach Miles. Received great constructive feedback. Will continue working my hardest w/ the team thru Spring&Summer &...— Mo Isom (@MoIsom89) March 13, 2012
(cont) see where I stand in August. There is still much to this journey & I will not give up on my dream. Living by #GodsOdds &working hard!— Mo Isom (@MoIsom89) March 13, 2012
The former women's soccer star has earned quite a following even before taking on the football challenge. Isom is attempting to become the SEC's first-ever female football player and the first woman to play college football in almost a decade. She could provide LSU depth at field goal kicker or contend for a job as a kickoff specialist.
LSU Tigers football hopeful Mo Isom is entering her third day of spring practice tryouts. Yes, that's "her," in case you're just now joining us. The women's soccer goalie is attempting to become the first woman to ever play in the SEC and college football's first female player in almost a decade.
She says she hit two 50-yard field goals on Thursday after a windy Tuesday. She also confirms teams are going to try and pin the ball between the goal line and the five on kickoffs, negating the NCAA's attempt to cut down on kick returns by changing touchback rules.
She'll meet with Les Miles after a weekend away from the practice field:
Great day on the gridiron. Much more consistent on field goals. Still have room to improve, but am pretty pleased. Will meet w/ Miles Monday— Mo Isom (@MoIsom89) March 9, 2012
But even if the answer's no, it doesn't sound like Miles is gonna get rid of her that easily. Not that anybody wants to get rid of Meaux, of course:
I look forward to feedback from the coaches. If I make it this Spring, great. If not, u better believe I'll b working hard & trying in Fall!— Mo Isom (@MoIsom89) March 9, 2012
Mo Isom, LSU soccer star and homecoming queen, could become the SEC's first female football player. She's trying out for the Tigers team this spring.
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:
SEC football is already just a month or so away, with spring practice starting soon and spring games shortly after.