Tag:Stevan Ridley
Posted on: January 13, 2011 3:12 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 3:24 pm
 

LSU's Ridley declares for draft on Facebook

Posted by Chip Patterson

We sit in the era of social media, and while reporters try to be the first to tweet out breaking news - some athletes have become savvy enough to beat the public to the punch.  LSU running back Stevan Ridley has decided to launch his NFL Draft Facebook campaign with a video of his draft declaration.  

Ridley thanked his family, teammates, and the many coaches and administrators at LSU in this video on his Facebook page.  He wished his best to the team in 2011, and let his fans know that they can keep up with Ridley's draft preparation and interact with Stevan on his Facebook page.

For a prospect like Ridley, who is absent from CBSSports.com's recent mock drafts and is only ranked #21 of all junior running backs, the social media campaign can be a way to raise your status heading into draft day.  With such a flood of talented players in the game right now, and so many teams using multiple running backs in their rotation, all Ridley needs to do is catch the eye of one team to get his best shot at making an impression in the NFL.  

Players who are able to develop a following through social media may carry more intangible upside than a player who grades better in a few combine drills.  When sometimes all players need is a chance, we are entering an age where you have to work every angle you've got.  In the Not For Long league, that includes building your own fan base.
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:45 am
Edited on: January 8, 2011 11:46 am
 

Jefferson: Miles says he's staying at LSU

Posted by Chip Patterson

Michigan fans may be hoping that they will be able to land Les Miles as their next head coach, a "Michigan man" to pull the program out from frustrating mediocrity.  But as the rumors continue to swirl, the current LSU head coach is telling his players that he isn't going anywhere.

"[Miles] said, 'They have rumors going around about (me) going to Michigan, but it's not true,'" LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson told the Times-Picayune. "'It's nonsense.' He said hasn't spoken to anybody, anything about Michigan. We're going to stick with that and get ready for next year."

Running back Stevan Ridley echoed Jefferson's statements, and the thinking around Baton Rouge appears to be that Miles will be staying parked with the Tigers for the time being.  Those quotes came after LSU's 41-24 win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.  The win wraps up LSU's season with an 11-2 record, tied for second best in the Les Miles era.  

If Miles' commitment to LSU is firm, then many speculate that Michigan will begin seriously pursuing San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke.  Hoke was the defensive line coach at Michigan for seven seasons before accepting the head coaching job at his alma mater, Ball State.  Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has emphasized the focus on defense for the program moving forward, and Hoke would certainly fit the bill to improve that aspect of the Wolverines' game.
Posted on: January 8, 2011 3:09 am
 

Bowl Grades: Cotton Bowl

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

LSU takes an 11-point lead into halftime after a critical Ryan Tannehill interception, and never looks back in a 41-24 victory.

LSU

Offense: Where on earth did that come from? "That" meaning: the nation's 87th-ranked offense, taking on an explosive and talented Big 12 defense, unloading a 446-yard, 41-point barrage that looked more like something we'd expect to see Monday night than tonight. For 60 minutes, the usually error-prone and conservative LSU attack -- remember, this is the same team that gained only 282 yards and scored just four touchdowns against Alcorn State -- lived up to every ounce of its vast potential.

Shall we count the ways? Jordan Jefferson had what may have been the best game of his career, throwing for three touchdowns to MVP Terrance Toliver and terrorizing A&M with his legs; aided by a dominant line, running backs Stevan Ridley and Spencer Ware each went over 100 yards, the latter on just 10 carries; and offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, less-than-popular amongst the LSU faithful these days, kept the Aggies off-balance all night with an expertly-called game. The Grade here is an easy A.

Defense: The LSU defense had a few shaky moments early on, as the Aggies showed a little bit of balance of their own to score 17 points (and miss a field goal) on their first four possessions. But from there, it was all Bayou Bengals as the Aggies' final seven drives ended interception, interception, punt, punt, touchdown, interception, fumble.

Leading the way was, predictably, an LSU cornerback ... but maybe not the one you're thinking. Freshman Tyrann Mathieu clinched the game with a pair of second-half turnovers, the first a diving interception of Tannehill and the second a smooth strip-and-recovery that would have given him a fumble returned for touchdown if not for an LSU penalty. And it was fellow freshman defensive back Eric Reid that made the play of the game, intercepting Tannehill and returning the ball to the Aggie 2, setting up the touchdown that would stretch LSU's lead to two possessions for good. By that point, any sins to open the game had long since been forgiven. Grade: B+

Coaching:
Crowton had arguably his best game since the 2007 national championship, and despite the lingering concerns that Les Miles might be plotting an escape to Michigan, the Mad Hatter had his team ready to play their best game since at least the win over Alabama. No complaints here. Grade: A

Texas A&M

Offense:
Give A&M some credit: as athletic, well-coached, and just plain fast as LSU's defense is, 24 points and 351 yards aren't anything to sneeze at. Despite the presence of Drake Nevis and Kelvin Sheppard in the front seven, Cyrus Gray still got his school-record seventh-straight 100-yard rushing game, and the Aggies finished with only one fewer first down than LSU, 24 to 23.

But none of that mattered half as much as the four turnovers, particularly the backbreaking Reid pick just before the half, which robbed the Aggies of a shot to take the lead and instead sent them in at halftime down 11 with LSU getting the ball. Tannehill had a tremendous half-season after taking over the starter's job, but this wasn't his best night. Grace: C+

Defense:
It's pretty simple: when you've let an offense as moribund as LSU's walk all over you the way LSU's did -- when Jordan Jefferson has looked like a world-beater, when Gary Crowton looks like a genius, when with the game slipping away in the third quarter you allow them to embark on a 12-play, 59-yard march that eats up 7 minutes of clock -- then you have had bad, bad night. Von Miller was his usual self -- a sack and three tackles-for-loss -- but even he couldn't do it alone. Grade: D+

Coaching:
Not many in-game decisions from Mike Sherman and his crew seemed like particularly egregious mistakes, but clearly something went awry in the Aggies' defensive game-planning for LSU to put together the kind of performance they did. And while the attempt to keep Gray involved and the offense balanced in the fourth quarter makes a certain kind of sense, a little more desperation (read: passing) would have been needed to actually turn the thing around. Grade: C

FINAL GRADE:
The first quarter made it seem the game would be a classic; the second quarter made it seem it would still be competitive; the third made it look like A&M would need a miracle; the fourth was just garbage time. Oh well. Grade: B-

Posted on: January 3, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Stevan Ridley on way back to eligibility?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

LSU took a big blow in December when it found out that running back and team captain Stevan Ridley had been deemed academically ineligible to play in the Cotton Bowl.  Well it may turn out that Ridley won't have to miss the Cotton Bowl after all.  While there has been no official word from the NCAA or LSU in regards to a change in Ridley's status, there are some indications out of Baton Rouge that bode well for his chances.

LSU had appealed Ridley's case with the NCAA and according to a report in the Dallas Morning News, after practice on Monday morning, Les Miles was seen talking on his cell phone and he gave Ridley a hug after getting off the phone.  Of course, when asked about the hug and Ridley's situation, Miles would only say that things are looking good.

"We hear good things, but we're not certain of anything at this point," Miles said. "When we hear officially, we'll be forthcoming."

Then there was this tweet from the Baton Rouge Advocate's Randy Rosetta, the paper's LSU beat reporter.




If that's indeed the case, and Ridley is allowed to play in the Cotton Bowl, it would be a boost for LSU.  The Tigers offense hasn't exactly been potent this season, and being without its leading rusher would only compound matters.

Hat tip: CFT
Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:14 am
Edited on: December 22, 2010 11:15 am
 

Miles: Ridley academically ineligible for bowl

Posted by Chip Patterson

Les Miles shocked LSU fans on Wednesday with the announcement that running back and team captain Stevan Ridley was ruled academically ineligible to compete against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl on January 7.  The announcement was made after practice on Wednesday morning, Miles said the university would be appealing the ruling.  

While the announcement does come as a bit of a surprise, this does not mean that Ridley will necessarily miss the game.  If LSU begins the appeals process immediately, they will have two and a half weeks to make their case to the NCAA for Ridley's eligibility.  This is a strange instance where the Cotton Bowl's odd date in the schedule will serve as an advantage for the Tigers.  Interesting that it is an academic issue that will keep Ridley from a late bowl game that will likely conflict with classes.  I'm just saying.  

Stay tuned to CBSSports.com, we will continue to update this story as it develops.

Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:52 pm
 

Cotton Bowl takes Texas A&M

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The first major bowl domino to fall has fallen, as the Cotton Bowl has announced via Twitter that Texas A&M has accepted an invitation to play in the Jan. 7 game against an SEC opponent to be named later.

The announcement doesn't come as much of a surprise: our J. Darin Darst had the Aggies pegged for Arlington in this week's edition of CBS's bowl projections. Their likely opponent? LSU , which would set up a matchup of two of the country's most explosive defensive lineman in Drake Nevis and Von Miller and a pair of thunderous running backs in Stevan Ridley and the red-hot Cyrus Gray . A&M might have a sliught leg up thanks to their familiarity with the Cowboys Stadium setting; the Aggies have already played their twice the past two seasons in nonconference matchups with Arkansas .

With the Cotton having made its decision, the other top-tier Big 12 bowls look likely to fall in line with the rest of Darst's projections, if Oklahoma defeats Nebraska in the Big 12 title game: the Sooners to the Fiesta , the Huskers to the Alamo , Oklahoma State to the Holiday , and Missouri to the Insight . A Huskers victory could send the Sooners to San Antonio, or cause other shake-ups down the line.

Posted on: November 27, 2010 5:41 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 5:46 pm
 

Big plays leading Arkansas against LSU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Things have gone a little crazy in Little Rock between LSU and Arkansas this afternoon.  First there was this touchdown pass from Ryan Mallett to Cobi Hamilton.





















That wasn't the last of it, however.  With the score tied at 14-14 with six seconds left in the half, Arkansas had the ball at its own 20-yard line.  Well, Mallett and Hamilton decided that they liked throwing for 80-yard touchdowns so much, they might as well do it again.  Which they did on the final play of the half, as Mallett hit Hamilton over the middle of the field, and some nice downfield blocks led to a 21-14 Arkansas lead 80 yards later.

It's been pretty crazy, thus far, which you would expect in any game involving Les Miles and two rivals.

Stevan Ridley is responsible for LSU's two touchdowns, and has 79 yards rushing to lead the Tigers.

This is a pretty important game for both teams, even if neither has any conference title aspirations.  Should LSU win, with Boise State's loss, there's a possibility that the Tigers would move into the top 4 of the BCS rankings, which would guarantee them an at-large berth in a BCS game.  Should Arkansas win, they still have a chance to get to the Sugar Bowl if Auburn can beat South Carolina and move on to the national championship.
Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 12:04 pm
 

Jordan Jefferson is still LSU's starter

Posted by Tom Fornelli

At just about any school in the country, if you were a quarterback who in the team's first five games of the season had managed to throw for only 449 yards while barely completing half of your passes, and had thrown two touchdowns and six interceptions, you probably wouldn't be expecting to start the sixth game.  If your school was LSU, though, and your head coach was Les Miles, you'd have no reason to worry.

In his never-ending quest to win football games in spite of himself, Les Miles announced on Wednesday that Jordan Jefferson will once again be LSU's starting quarterback this Saturday against Florida.   Actually, when asked who the team's starter would be, Miles said that he thinks "it will probably go exactly the same."

Which means that Jefferson will start, play terribly, get bailed out by his defense, and then Les Miles will do something insane at the end of the game that should cost him his job yet, somehow, will result in another victory.

Which I guess is Miles' reasoning.  Sure, the LSU offense outside of Stevan Ridley has been the equivalent of the Hindenburg disaster -- oh the humanity -- but the Tigers are still 5-0.  Let's just ignore that Jarrett Lee -- who comes with his own share of "hey I'm just gonna close my eyes and throw this ball somewhere" problems -- threw for 185 yards against Tennessee last week and has a rating of 133.22 (Jefferson's at 87.99) this season.

Heaven forbid Miles put in the quarterback who has shown a modicum of competency this season, then the games might not be close enough at the end for him to totally mess them up and get away with it.  And what fun is Les Miles if he doesn't have a chance to nearly blow a game?


 
 
 
 
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