Tag:Les Miles
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:12 pm

WR Shepard runs a reverse; returning to LSU

In the same way that LSU's Russell Shepard insinuated that he was leaving for the NFL or transferring to another program, the junior wide receiver reversed himself and announced that he will be returning to the Tigers for his senior season.

"I would like to tell everyone that I had a great talk with my family and Coach Miles and I will be attending LSU for my senior season..."

This stands in direct contrast to the tweet Shepard sent out following Monday night's loss to Alabama in the BCS Championship.

It read: "Thanks for your support Tiger Nation...but I have to do what's best for my family and myself...Geaux Tigers."

From the beginning Shepard's comments appeared to have more to do with his frustration for seeing just three snaps in the LSU's loss rather than having had gained positive feedback from NFL scouts. 

Shephard, a highly recruited quarterback and wide receiver prospect out of high school, flashed some big play ability throughout his career with the Tigers but had been passed up on the depth chart. His junior season was marred by an early suspension and he caught just 14 passes in 2011 for 190 yards and four touchdowns. 

With fellow junior receiver Rueben Randle off to the NFL, Shepard's chances at having a much stronger role in 2012 is good. Randle led the team in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns and that production will have to go somewhere. At this point Shepard is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 12 ranked receiver in the class of 2013.
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 8:14 pm

Report: LSU suspends star CB, RB for drugs

The Associated Press broke news out of Baton Rouge earlier today that LSU would be suspending two of its biggest stars in cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and running back Spencer Ware. In addition, nickelback Tharold Simon is also being suspended.

According to The Daily Reveille, a student newspaper for LSU, the suspensions are being levied by head coach Les Miles because the three players each failed random drug tests.

Each player is expected to be suspended for Saturday's tilt against defending BCS champs, Auburn. It isn't yet known if Saturday's game will be the extent of the suspension. LSU, ranked No. 1, is scheduled to play at Alabama, currently the No. 2 team in the country, a week later in Tuscaloosa.

Mathieu has been arguably the nation's elite defensive player thus far this season. In just seven games this season, Mathieu has forced six turnovers, turning two of his four forced fumbles into touchdowns as well as intercepting two passes.

Ware is the team's leading rusher with 512 yards and six scores.

Simon, though not a starter, is also a key contributor. He has recorded 29 tackles and an interception of his own thus far this season.

LSU has not yet made a public comment other than have a spokesman, Michael Bonnette announce that the team was investigating the matter and that Miles "will handle [it] accordingly."

Needless to say, NFL scouts will be keeping a close eye on the developments in this case. Mathieu and Ware, in particular, had already established themselves as potential high round prospects despite the fact that each is just a true sophomore.
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:31 am

LSU/Oregon losing its luster with suspensions

The big showdown between No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 LSU that serves as the crown jewel of college football's opening Labor Day Weekend just keeps losing its luster.

Oregon's star cornerback and kick returner Cliff Harris, an All-American in just his sophomore season last year, has already been suspended for the contest. Harris, who led the country with 23 passes defended and the Pac-10 with six interceptions last season, was suspended by Ducks' head coach Chip Kelly after Harris' latest run-in with police. Harris, along with two teammates including starting quarterback Darron Thomas, was stopped by police for driving 118 miles per hour in a car loaned to him after being rented by a university official.

The receiver Harris likely would have been covering throughout much of the contest has now been suspended for the opener, as well.

Junior wideout Russell Shepard was suspended Thursday for the September 3 game at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas and is likely to miss more time as the university seeks his reinstatement from the NCAA. Shepard was suspended, according to the university, because he broke school and NCAA violations when he discussed specifics of his interview with investigators about the Willie Lyles recruiting controversy with a teammate also scheduled to be questioned.

LSU could also lose quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who was identified by a woman outside of a club in Baton Rouge, as having kicked a man in the face during a fight, according to a police report also released yesterday.

Jefferson was one of four LSU players identified in the report.
Also interviewed by police were offensive lineman Chris Davenport, linebacker Josh Johns and wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

Police seized 49 pairs of athletic shoes from Jefferson's apartment, according to report. It is not yet known what role the shoes may have played in the fight, which occurred in the early morning hours one week ago.

While LSU head coach Les Miles has claimed that he's already begun disciplining the team for their actions, no suspensions for Jefferson or any of his teammates have yet been made public.

Should police find reason to officially charge Jefferson with a crime, a suspension from Miles could be the least of his concerns.

Posted on: March 8, 2010 1:36 pm

An eye towards 2011? LSU WR Toliver arrested

With the 2010 draft only six weeks away, most are understandably focusing on it. NFL scouts are always looking ahead to next year, however, and news of a highly touted prospect getting arrested is always worth monitoring. 

According to published reports , LSU wide receiver Terrance Toliver was arrested outside of Fred's, a bar close to the LSU campus, and charged with disturbing the police, public intoxication and interfering with a police officer. Police, according to the report, were forced to taser Toliver after he would not cooperate.

Toliver, along with two other men involved in the fight, was cited and released. Toliver participated in LSU's spring practice prior to the incident. He met with head coach Les Miles Sunday.

Toliver, who just finished his senior season, is expected to be the next in a long line of Tiger receivers to earn a high round selection in the NFL Draft. Since 2002 the Tigers have had nine receivers drafted, including five among the top 50 picks.

Toliver finished the 2009 season with 53 catches for 735 yards and 3 touchdowns, behind Brandon LaFell, another likely top 50 selection. 
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