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Rookie Stephone Anthony already receiving strong reviews Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 10:20 AM


Full Story –FoxSports.Com


The New Orleans Saints may have held a few padless practices, but that hasn't stopped people from sending positive vibes out about rookie middle linebacker Stephone Anthony. Obviously, we can't call him a star just yet, but according to Joel A. Erickson of The Advocate, Anthony has been impressive thus far.

The first to sound off on Anthony was defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who's definitely a fan.

“I think the game, it’s not very fast for him,” defensive coordinator Rob Ryan told The Advocate. “He’s been really well-coached in college, he understands football, he loves football, so he’s learning at a very quick rate, and that’s awesome. That you can see with no pads on.”

By Joel A. Erickson of The Advocate / Fox Sports

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Saints' Hau'oli Kikaha learning to become more than just a pass-rusher Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-29-2015 01:29 PM


Full Story –ESPN.Com


Hau'oli Kikaha figures he might have run downfield covering a tight end once in his entire college career at Washington, where he racked up 32 sacks over the past two years as one of the nation's top pass-rushers.

But coverage is becoming a regular part of Kikaha's repertoire now that he's a rookie outside linebacker with the New Orleans Saints.

"It's kind of half and half," said Kikaha, who embraced the challenge of learning his new responsibilities from the moment his senior year ended.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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The 12 Difference Makers for the Tigers in 2015 -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 06-27-2015 10:50 PM


The 12 Difference Makers for the Tigers in 2015

By Mike Detillier


The 2015 college football season is closing in fast and I thought I would give you my take on the top 12 difference makers for LSU this season. The difference between winning 8 games or playing for the SEC title now rests in the hands of sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris, but early on LSU’s offensive line, running game, secondary and a strong group of defensive tackles have to play big in early season “it matters” games.


1. Leonard Fournette - Halfback

Fournette is the perfect football combination of desire, focus, size, speed, strength, agility, running instincts and great hands as a receiver. No question the most talented football player to wear the purple and gold since Billy Cannon and he has a legitimate chance to be the first Tiger Heisman Trophy winner during his playing days since Cannon won it in 1959.

2. Ethan Pocic - Offensive Center

The Illinois-native can play center, guard or tackle for the Tigers. Ethan is a very sharp young man who is immensely gifted and is the best center to play for LSU since Kevin Mawae. If Pocic went down to an injury he would be the hardest Tiger to replace in the lineup.

3. Davon Godchaux - Defensive Tackle

Godchaux exploded on to the LSU scene as a freshman racking up 42 tackles after having a knee injury which basically wiped out his final prep year. Davon has the foot speed, quickness, instincts and playmaking skills inside to be the best Tiger interior defensive lineman since Glenn Dorsey.

4. Vadal Alexander - Offensive Tackle

Alexander passed on a chance to enter the 2015 NFL draft to play another season for LSU. Has started at both tackle and guard for LSU and he teamed with La’el Collins on the left side to give the Tigers the most lethal guard/tackle run blocking team in college football the last two seasons. The 6-6, 335 pounder is now back at right tackle and bet the bank the Tigers will not go back to running more to the right side than the left.

5. Kendell Beckwith - Middle Linebacker

Beckwith, a former high school quarterback and outside linebacker, really blossomed into a very stout “Mike” linebacker from midseason to the end of the 2014...
Drew Brees 'very convinced' that he will win another Super Bowl Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-25-2015 12:02 PM


Full Story – Nola.Com


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees sat down with ESPN's Ed Werder Thursday morning for an interview before the start of his Drew Brees Passing Academy in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Here's an excerpt of their interview:

What was your reaction to the decision to trade Jimmy Graham to Seattle: "I was heartbroken, because Jimmy's become a very close friend. We had five great years together, and I think just the the unexpectedness of it. We had big plans for the next few years and more so than anything else it's just not being able to see that guy every day.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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Saints receiver Joe Morgan says Brandon Browner is 'the real deal' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-23-2015 09:58 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Fifth-year New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan yet again finds himself trying to crack the 53-man roster.

As minicamp concluded last week, Morgan reflected on how this offseason was different than a year ago. One major difference, he said, was the presence of free-agent cornerback Brandon Browner.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Browner, who just helped the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, has been one of the more difficult defenders for Morgan and the Saints wideouts to match up again. After all, he looks like a linebacker or defensive lineman, Morgan joked.

By Sam Spiegelman / Times-Picayune

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Ravens CB Lardarius Webb on Saints' Drew Brees: He's a different breed of quarterback Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-20-2015 04:52 PM


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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was roaming his old stomping grounds Saturday morning.

Webb transferred to Nicholls State University in 2007 from University of Southern Mississippi and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 in the third round.

Each year Webb returns to Thibodaux to host the Lardarius Webb Football Camp presented by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center at Nicholls for kids from ages 7-18, and Saturday's turnout was a success, despite the heat.

The cornerback understands that he's in New Orleans Saints territory in Thibodaux, and even did a little Saints taunting with the young players at last year's camp, but on Saturday Webb had very kind things to say about Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

By Julie Boudwin / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
New Orleans Saints injury outlook heading into summer Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-20-2015 10:48 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Ten New Orleans Saints players missed all or part of the three-day minicamp that ended on Thursday, but most of the players aren't nursing serious injuries.

Some of the players being held out, usually veterans trying to limit their reps, aren't injured at all.

The end of minicamp marks a roughly monthlong vacation throughout the NFL before training camp starts up in late July.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Sean Payton recaps the second day of minicamp Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-18-2015 06:50 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com


Opening Statement:
“(We worked on) a couple different situations today. Short yardage in the early portion of practice, a third and one, fourth and one, which is kind of hard to simulate from an alignment assignment standpoint. That was one of the objectives and then two minute towards the end of practice.”

You popped in (Tyler) Davidson and (Damian) Swann and they had a decent day with the ones, are you seeing something or you just wanted to see kind of how they would react?

“One of the things that we’ve tried to do throughout the OTAs and Minicamp and you will see it on offense as well. It’s not getting set into the ones, the twos, the threes and so you’re seeing a mixture of rotations that we’re purposely trying to accomplish that as you get further into it and into training camp and closer to the season that you are less likely to see so for now we are really trying to move guys in and out of spots

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Judge finds Tom Benson competent to run Saints, Pelicans Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-18-2015 04:00 PM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson will remain in control of the teams and his billion-dollar fortune after a New Orleans judge on Thursday (June 18) found the 87-year-old capable of managing his own affairs, blocking his estranged heirs' attempt to take over.

Orleans Civil District Judge Kern Reese ruled Benson competent after an eight-day trial that ended last week.

His daughter Renee Benson and grandchildren Rita and Ryan LeBlanc had asked the judge to declare the patriarch incompetent, arguing the octogenarian is in mental decline and is being unduly influenced by his wife and an inner circle of team executives.

By The Times-Picayune

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Drew Brees: More new things than ever for Saints offense Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-17-2015 04:11 PM


Full Story –ESPN.Com


With new weapons surrounding him on the practice field and the bad taste of 2014’s failures still lingering, Drew Brees said he feels like the New Orleans Saints are making more changes to the offense than ever this summer.

Most of the changes are subtle -- as coach Sean Payton insisted last week, the Saints won’t suddenly become a run-first offense.

But change was clearly needed, both because of last year’s 7-9 collapse and because the Saints’ personnel looks so much different.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

Full Story –ESPN.Com
Saints' young receivers learning from each other despite competition for open spots Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-17-2015 08:27 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Receivers Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem are gone and so is tight end Jimmy Graham. Those transactions are not lost on the Saints' group of young receivers who know this could be a breakout season for someone currently on the roster.

And judging from the efforts of second year receivers and undrafted rookies in the Saints first minicamp practice, the competition to fill those open spots will be fierce.

"The competition is what brings out the best in anybody," receiver Nick Toon said. "I never shy away from competition. We've got a lot of talent in the receiver room and I'm excited about what we are going to do this year."

By Amos Morale III / Times-Picayune

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Saints' Marques Colston at peace with himself after rough 2014 season Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-17-2015 08:25 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Marques Colston admittedly was in a bad place last year.

The most prolific New Orleans Saints wide receiver in franchise history didn't live up to his standards. It hurt him. It hurt him badly. He said there's no other emotion to attach to 2014.

Colston frowned on his play on the field. His body didn't feel right. And he also wanted no part in discussing his down year or his aging body as he politely declined just about every interview request last season to avoid talking about his struggles.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Saints coach Sean Payton: Rookie LB Stephone Anthony 'certainly can be a leader' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-17-2015 08:24 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


When the New Orleans Saints selected Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony with the 31st overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, fans envisioned him becoming the leader of the defense.

That could hold true sooner rather than later as Saints coach Sean Payton raved about Anthony following Tuesday's minicamp practice session at the team facility.

"He certainly can be a leader," Payton said. "I think that first by nature an inside linebacker is potentially a guy who would have a headset and have some of those traits. He has really done a good job of getting acclimated to our system quickly. I would say he is pretty mature.

By Andrew Lopez / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste: Dennis Allen 'makes everything much easier' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-17-2015 08:21 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


With one season under his belt, New Orleans Saints cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste's trust level with the team's coaching staff is growing.

That trust is manifesting itself on the field as Jean-Baptiste had one of the defensive plays of the day when he made leaping pass break-up of a Luke McCown throw intended for wide receiver Joe Morgan.

"I'm really more comfortable my second year in the program," Jean-Baptiste said. "I see a lot of familiar faces. That helps a lot. I'm familiar with the coaches still. I'm just starting to trust everything that they are saying."

By Andrew Lopez / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Former Saints player Steve Gleason wins George Halas Award Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-15-2015 02:19 PM


Full Story –ESPN.Com


Former New Orleans Saints special teams player Steve Gleason, who has Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), has won the George Halas Award for overcoming adversity and succeeding.

The award, announced Monday by the Professional Football Writers of America, is named for the former Chicago Bears owner and head coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame member.

Gleason has helped raise funds to provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with the leading-edge technology, equipment and services through his Gleason Initiative Foundation and Team Gleason organization.

By ESPN

Full Story –ESPN.Com
Former College Coach offers Training advice to Prep Coaches Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 06-14-2015 03:37 PM


Former College Coach offers Training advice to Prep Coaches

By Mike Detillier


This is the time of year that we see many of the top senior-to-be football players commit to schools for the recruiting class of 2016. The Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Hospital landed one of the “gold chip” performance experts in the business this spring in Irving “Boo” Schexnayder.

Schexnayder, a Vacherie native who attended St. James High School and graduated with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Nicholls State University, has been hired by the hospital as the Director of Sports Performance.

This week Schexnayder, who coached 57 All-American athletes in track and field at LSU and worked with United States Olympic team athletes, spoke to a large gathering of high school coaches from the area on the proper training of sports athletes in the bayou area.

“I think everyone involved here with Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is excited about the new Wellness Center that should be completed next year and I have a very good relationship with the high school coaches, trainers and doctors in the area,” Schexnayder said. “This is a one of a kind facility. The Wellness Center is such a unique facility and it is led by the CEO of Thibodaux Regional Medical Center in Greg Stock. Greg Stock had a certain vision of the facility, he saw it through, he has a strong commitment to build the best center in the region and he has put in the resources to put the best talent in the building. It’s a special relationship the hospital has with the community that really sets it apart from the rest and I am honored to be a part of the building blocks of something special here on Bayou Lafourche.”

Being a former coach in football and track and field gives Schexnayder a feature to relate to coaches and also aiding them in teaching proper training techniques to athletes.

“I taught and coached football and track at St. James High School. I coached track at Blinn Junior College, Southwestern Louisiana (now ULL) and LSU. There is a joint relationship between coach, trainer and athlete. The resources and support system we have here will help the school, help the coach and aid the athlete. We are not into pre-boxed training or pre-boxed evaluations on training. We all know there is...
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The 12 Difference Makers for the Tigers in 2015 -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 06-27-2015


The 12 Difference Makers for the Tigers in 2015

By Mike Detillier


The 2015 college football season is closing in fast and I thought I would give you my take on the top 12 difference makers for LSU this season. The difference between winning 8 games or playing for the SEC title now rests in the hands of sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris, but early on LSU’s offensive line, running game, secondary and a strong group of defensive tackles have to play big in early season “it matters” games.


1. Leonard Fournette - Halfback

Fournette is the perfect football combination of desire, focus, size, speed, strength, agility, running instincts and great hands as a receiver. No question the most talented football player to wear the purple and gold since Billy Cannon and he has a legitimate chance to be the first Tiger Heisman Trophy winner during his playing days since Cannon won it in 1959.

2. Ethan Pocic - Offensive Center

The Illinois-native can play center, guard or tackle for the Tigers. Ethan is a very sharp young man who is immensely gifted and is the best center to play for LSU since Kevin Mawae. If Pocic went down to an injury he would be the hardest Tiger to replace in the lineup.

3. Davon Godchaux - Defensive Tackle

Godchaux exploded on to the LSU scene as a freshman racking up 42 tackles after having a knee injury which basically wiped out his final prep year. Davon has the foot speed, quickness, instincts and playmaking skills inside to be the best Tiger interior defensive lineman since Glenn Dorsey.

4. Vadal Alexander - Offensive Tackle

Alexander passed on a chance to enter the 2015 NFL draft to play another season for LSU. Has started at both tackle and guard for LSU and he teamed with La’el Collins on the left side to give the Tigers the most lethal guard/tackle run blocking team in college football the last two seasons. The 6-6, 335 pounder is now back at right tackle and bet the bank the Tigers will not go back to running more to the right side than the left.

5. Kendell Beckwith - Middle Linebacker

Beckwith, a former high school quarterback and outside linebacker, really blossomed into a very stout “Mike” linebacker from midseason to the end of the 2014...
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Former College Coach offers Training advice to Prep Coaches
Posted On 06-14-2015


Former College Coach offers Training advice to Prep Coaches

By Mike Detillier


This is the time of year that we see many of the top senior-to-be football players commit to schools for the recruiting class of 2016. The Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Hospital landed one of the “gold chip” performance experts in the business this spring in Irving “Boo” Schexnayder.

Schexnayder, a Vacherie native who attended St. James High School and graduated with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Nicholls State University, has been hired by the hospital as the Director of Sports Performance.

This week Schexnayder, who coached 57 All-American athletes in track and field at LSU and worked with United States Olympic team athletes, spoke to a large gathering of high school coaches from the area on the proper training of sports athletes in the bayou area.

“I think everyone involved here with Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is excited about the new Wellness Center that should be completed next year and I have a very good relationship with the high school coaches, trainers and doctors in the area,” Schexnayder said. “This is a one of a kind facility. The Wellness Center is such a unique facility and it is led by the CEO of Thibodaux Regional Medical Center in Greg Stock. Greg Stock had a certain vision of the facility, he saw it through, he has a strong commitment to build the best center in the region and he has put in the resources to put the best talent in the building. It’s a special relationship the hospital has with the community that really sets it apart from the rest and I am honored to be a part of the building blocks of something special here on Bayou Lafourche.”

Being a former coach in football and track and field gives Schexnayder a feature to relate to coaches and also aiding them in teaching proper training techniques to athletes.

“I taught and coached football and track at St. James High School. I coached track at Blinn Junior College, Southwestern Louisiana (now ULL) and LSU. There is a joint relationship between coach, trainer and athlete. The resources and support system we have here will help the school, help the coach and aid the athlete. We are not into pre-boxed training or pre-boxed evaluations on training. We all know there is...
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