Bayou Bengal Briefing: LSU’s suspended players are practicing again, but will they start?

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Redeem team?

Ten of the 13 players LSU suspended for its season opener against BYU on Saturday returned to practice Monday. The only players absent were outside linebacker Sci Martin and wide receiver Dee Anderson, who haven’t practiced all spring, as well as tight end Caleb Roddy.

This means expected starters and rotational contributors such as cornerbacks Kevin Toliver II, Xavier Lewis and Kristian Fulton and linebackers Donnie Alexander and Michael Divinity were all dressed out for LSU’s Monday walk-through. But will any of these guys get their starting jobs back?

Think about the guys who replaced Toliver, Alexander and Lewis in the starting lineup Saturday. Greedy Williams, Tyler Taylor and Kary Vincent Jr. all had great games. As valuable as experience can be, when three freshmen play as well as those three did, they’re going to get their minutes.

This might be the most interesting trend to watch this Saturday when LSU takes on Chattanooga. In all likelihood, LSU is going to rout the Mocs. So, all of these guys are going to see time, assuming they’re not suspended again.

But come two weeks from now, when LSU is lacing up to face Mississippi State in its first SEC contest of the season? It might turn out that those Week 1 suspensions paved the way for LSU’s future a little bit earlier than some might’ve expected.

Your weekly LSU football poll question recap

I’ve got to hand it to you, Bayou Bengal Briefing readers. Y’all are a positive bunch.

Because of some of the more negative LSU fans on social media, I asked you to vote in the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Tuesday on what grade you thought LSU deserved for its Week 1 win. Almost 300 people voted. Here are the results:

A solid 71 percent of respondents voted A- or better, with 19 percent of voters picking A+ and 27 percent picking just plain A.

Another 20 percent of voters picked B+, leaving only 9 percent of the vote to assign B or worse. Despite there being options for every grade through F, no one voted lower than C+.

And let’s be real: If you’re in the 1 percent of people who picked C+, you just need to lighten up. LSU won, 27-0, and held its opponent under 100 yards of total offense.

Even if you wrongly thought LSU’s offense deserved an F, you can’t possibly have graded the defense any worse than an A. People who voted A are absolutely right. LSU played a good game. One that fans should be proud of.

Proof of that pride

In an attempt to break down Matt Canada’s offense, I rewatched LSU’s win against BYU and put together a lengthy film study piece.

Click on the link above if you want a graphic-filled deep dive into why Canada ran as much as he did, and how those runs can develop into a potent passing attack down the line.

Also, be sure to tune into SEC Country’s Carter Bryant’s One Team, One Podcast on Tuesday. I come on and break down the tape even more, plus some nice banter about music, the state of the SEC and why I quit caffeine. Don’t miss it.

An adorable public service announcement

If you’re planning on visiting Mike the Tiger at any point in the near future, heed this warning:


The more you know, right?

The state of the SEC

The first 2017 edition of SEC Country’s weekly SEC Power Poll will debut Tuesday night. If you’re not familiar with the Power Poll, it’s a list of the best teams in the SEC top to bottom, as voted on by the reporters here at SEC Country.

That includes yours truly. So, here’s a sneak peek at my ballot. An added perk of reading the Briefing, if you will.

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Georgia
  4. Auburn
  5. South Carolina
  6. Mississippi State
  7. Tennessee
  8. Florida
  9. Ole Miss
  10. Arkansas
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Missouri
  13. Kentucky
  14. Vanderbilt

If you disagree, that’s fine. It’s Week 1. Nothing makes sense yet.

Les Miles tweets a lot

Les Miles did a full play by play of the Tennessee versus Georgia Tech game Monday night on Twitter. It was equal parts fascinating and annoying. Here are some of my favorite selections:

All I want is for Miles to become for college football Twitter what Magic Johnson is for NBA Twitter. Is that too much to ask?

Today in famous birthdays

Were he still alive, Tuesday would’ve been Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s 71st birthday. So, do the smart thing and celebrate the occasion by jamming to some Queen on Tuesday.

There are almost too many great songs to choose from as my clip of choice. My favorite Queen song is Don’t Stop Me Now, which is always a quality listen. And as a hardcore Wayne’s World fan, Bohemian Rhapsody is obviously a sentimental choice.

But I’m going to go with a less-heralded but still known track. Here’s Play the Game off the band’s 1980 album The Game. There aren’t many songs with better vocals than this one. You can bank on that.

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