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Ed Orgeron believes a national championship is near for LSU

Ed Orgeron believes a national championship is near for LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Ed Orgeron is confident that a national championship is not far around the corner for LSU. When asked by a caller to his radio show how far the Tigers could go with the “true grit” they showed in their rally from a 20-point deficit to beat No. 10 Auburn, Orgeron suggested the ultimate goal. “Our team showed true grit, and if we stick together, I do believe in our tenure we will win a championship,” Orgeron said. For that to happen, LSU needs to hit on its next two recruiting classes, but Orgeron feels the Tigers are on their way based on current commitments. “With our recruiting classes we are going to get and the linemen we’re going to get, I do believe a national championship is in our future,” Orgeron said. LSU celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its most recent national championship during halftime of the Auburn game. Other highlights from Ed Orgeron radio show Orgeron indicated that right tackle Toby Weathersby will be back in the lineup against Ole Miss. Weathersby missed the Auburn game and most of the Florida game. He was replaced by freshman Austin Deculus against Florida and sophomore Adrian Magee against Auburn. “It gives us some confidence that we have three returning starters on the offensive line instead of three true freshmen,” Orgeron said. Orgeron mentioned that this year’s training camp was less physical than he would have liked as a result of LSU’s lack of depth up front. He expects next year’s camp to be different with more offensive and defensive lineman in tow. On the Auburn comeback: “First one I’ve been involved in like that. Incredible experience to be with that team at halftime, the third and fourth quarter. We felt we would win the whole time. Incredible resolve.” On some controversial officiating decisions the past couple games: “We turn every call in to SEC office. I’m not allowed to say it, but they’ve been honest when they’ve missed some calls.” On sophomore linebacker Devin White, who leads the SEC in tackles: “He’s still getting better. His reads are still getting better. His practice habits are getting better. I think he is just starting to see the type of football player he can be.” On Ole Miss: “Their quarterback is top 10 in country. The receiving corps is the best we’ve faced. They play a lot better in their home stadium. It’s going to be a hostile crowd.” The post Ed Orgeron believes a national championship is near for LSU appeared first on SEC Country.

Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS

Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS

Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series. Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009. The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York. Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans.

Zach’s Mail Stack: Which Tampa tackle will Florida land?

Zach’s Mail Stack: Which Tampa tackle will Florida land?

“Zach’s Mail Stack” is a weekly mailbag with SEC Country reporter Zach Abolverdi, who has covered Florida Gators recruiting since 2010. This week Abolverdi analyzes Florida’s chances with Richard Gouraige, Nicholas Petit-Frere and Brendan Radley-Hiles.  Do we end up with Gouriage or Petit Fere? Heard they were favoring Clemson and OSU now? — Chris Nabors (@ChrisNabors4) October 18, 2017 Abolverdi: There’s no doubt that Richard Gouraige and Nicholas Petit-Frere are priorities for the staff. The 4-star offensive tackles from Tampa, Fla., were the first recruits to receive visits from Florida coach Jim McElwain on Monday. The Gators may not be able to land both linemen, but they must sign at least one of them. Clemson is the one and only school that poses a threat to UF, while Alabama and Ohio State appear to be Florida’s biggest competition for Petit-Frere. Of the two tackles, the Gators have a better shot with Gouraige. He named Clemson his leader this week in an interview with 247Sports, but Florida had been his top school since the spring. Gouraige remains high on the Gators and I think they’ll regain the edge before he decides. RELATED: Gouraige down to Clemson, Florida Petit-Frere is nowhere near a decision and won’t be announcing finalists any time soon. Florida will have a hat on the table and may ultimately land him, but that probably wouldn’t happen until National Signing Day. I expect his recruitment to go the distance. J. Chase has been in much deeper conversation with LSU than ever before. With a QB passing for 125ypg, is he and other WRs slipping away? — Timmy Lanier (@timmywhitney) October 18, 2017 Abolverdi: Florida WR commit Ja’Marr Chase visited Baton Rouge last Saturday after attending the Florida-LSU game the weekend prior. The Tigers are still under consideration by Chase, but that hasn’t caught Florida off guard. When the coaches accepted his commitment in July, they knew the top-100 recruit still wanted to take his official visits and that LSU would be a destination. But as Chase explained to SEC Country’s San Spiegelman, it will take more than a few hours at LSU for him to de-commit from the Gators. “I’m not going to change my mind after one visit,” Chase said. “Something needs to wow me. I’ve got to get that wowing and it’s unexplainable. I want to see more of the spread offense that they’re talking about, throwing the ball how I’ve expected. “I expected a lot from how much they put into the offense. I’m expecting them to be throwing the ball around. That’s all I worry about with LSU — nothing else but them throwing it around.” The post Zach’s Mail Stack: Which Tampa tackle will Florida land? appeared first on SEC Country.

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