Just one game locally tonight...
Wally Pontiff, Jr. Baseball Classic
University of Southern Mississippi vs LSU Tigers • 7 p.m. at Zephyr Field
The 11th annual Wally Pontiff, Jr. Baseball Classic takes place tonight at Zephyr Field as LSU plays Southern Mississippi.
Since the New Orleans Saints started playing in the NFL in 1967, they have drafted 16 total players from LSU and Tulane in the NFL draft. Eight players each from LSU and Tulane were drafted by the Saints. Here's a list of those players, their respective positions, the rounds they were drafted in and the year they were taken.
Tommy Morel - Tight End • 11th round (1969)
Steve Rogers - Running Back • 7th round (1975)
Hokie Gajan - Running Back • 10th round (1981)
Eric Martin - Wide Receiver • 7th round (1985)
Dalton Hilliard - Running Back • 2nd round (1986)
Michael Mayes - Defensive Back • 4th round (1989)
Nicky Savoie - Tight End • 6th round (1997)
Devery Henderson - Wide Receiver • 2nd round (2004)
Bart Graves - Offensive Tackle • 15th round (1971)
Steve Barrios - Wide Receiver • 14th round (1972)
Rusty Lachaussee - Quarterback • 15th round (1972)
Tommy Thibodeaux - Guard • 10th round (1974)
Mike Truax - Defensive End • 13th round (1974)
Charles Hall - Defensive Tackle • 4th round (1975)
Marvin Lewis - Running Back • 6th round (1982)
Trey Songy - Defensive Back • 12th round (1985)
For a full list of all draft picks by the Saints since their inception, click here.
Basketball and baseball are going on tonight.
Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans (32-45) • 7 p.m. • Smoothie King Center
Lamar Cardinals vs LSU Tigers (#16, 24-8-1) • 6:30 p.m. • Alex Box Stadium, Baton Rouge
Tulane Green Wave @ Southeastern Louisiana University Lions • 6 p.m. • Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, Hammond
On a cool and windy afternoon in Tiger Stadium, the White team defeated the Purple team 42-14 in LSU's annual Spring Game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, An attendance of 18,565 watched true freshman quarterback Brandon Harris play pretty well, while returning quarterback Anthony Jennings struggled mightily. Approximately four months ago, Jennings went 7-19 (37%) for 82 yards and 1 interception in LSU's win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl. On Saturday afternoon, those numbers were a little similar. Jennings went 9-17 (53%) for 157 yards with 2 interceptions (both returned for touchdowns), 1 touchdown and was sacked four times. Brandon Harris, the Bossier City native, seemed to shine. Harris was 11-28 (39%) for 195 yards, 4 total touchdowns (3 passing & 1 rushing) with zero interceptions and no sacks.
Quarterback play was the story of the day. Both Harris and Jennings struggled in the first quarter. On a 3rd and 8 on the Purple 29 yard line, Jennings waited too long on a pass play to FB Connor Neighbors and the pass was picked off by Jesuit alum and New Orleans native, Deion Jones. Jones returned the interception 67 yards for the first score of the game making it 7-0 Purple. After that pick, the game turned a bit into the Brandon Harris show. Harris tossed 3 touchdowns in the second quarter all to different receivers. The first was to DeSean Smith for 19 yards on a 3rd and nine play. The second TD pass was to FB Connor Neighbors on a 2nd and goal and lastly was the third touchdown on a beautiful 21 yard touch pass to wide receiver Travin Dural as time expired in the first half.
Besides WrestleMania and all things wrestling — football, baseball and basketball are all going on this weekend in New Orleans.
Tulane Baseball (13-14)
The Green Wave take the diamond this weekend vs the University of Texas at San Antonio at Turchin Stadium on the Tulane campus. The series actually began this afternoon.
Friday April 4 vs UTSA **currently playing**
Friday April 4 vs UTSA 11 am ** will begin about 30 minutes after the first game**
Saturday April 5 vs UTSA 10 am
Prediction - Who wins? Tulane continues their up and down season with 2 more losses to the Roadrunners.
New Orleans Pelicans (32-43)
The Pelicans are on a weekend west coast road-trip.
Friday April 4 @ Utah Jazz - 8 p.m. • Energy Solutions Arena (FSNO)
Saturday April 5 @ Portland Trailblazers - 8 p.m. • Moda Center (FSNO)
Prediction - Who wins? Anthony Davis may be shut down for the final batch of games with back spasms. No AD means no wins for the Pelicans this weekend.
Anthony Jennings vs Brandon Harris
Jennings is coming into the spring game as the QB to beat out for the job. He has game experience, albeit only 1 full game in the Outback Bowl against Iowa and one series vs Arkansas where he led LSU to a 99 yard game winning drive. Technically, Anthony has only played in two more games than Harris has. On the flip side of that coin, he does have over a year's experience in Cam Cameron's offense. He's familiar with the playbook and knows all the calls. The question is can he utilize that knowledge of the offense and translate it onto the field consistently? The bowl game vs Iowa he did not show that at all as he struggled mightily against a very good Iowa defense. SEC defenses are typically much bigger, stronger and faster than those from the Big 10. Can Jennings use this spring practice and game to catapult him to keep the starting QB position?
New Orleans Pelicans @ Denver Nuggets - 8 pm, FSNO
The Pelicans are coming off a 102-97 loss at home to the Sacramento Kings. They look to bounce back tonight against the Nuggets in Denver.
McNeese State @ LSU - 6:30 pm
The 20th ranked Tigers were swept this past weekend by the Florida Gators in Gainesville, Florida. Tonight, they take on the Cowboys of McNeese State at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.
LSU will host a block party built around the football team’s annual spring game on Sat., April 5.
The event, titled “The Rock n’ Roar Block Party,” will kick off at 11 a.m. on North Stadium Drive with the spring game starting at 1 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Fans attending will also experience music from New Orleans' own Bag of Donuts who will play at 11:15 a.m. in front of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The event also features child-friendly activities including a dunking booth and inflatables.
The block party and spring game are both free to the public. For more information, visit the LSU Sports website.
Likely lost in all the excitement over Sean Payton's kind-of-sort-of return to coaching the Saints (it's still preseason, after all) was the fact that former Louisiana State University cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has been wowing people left in right while in training camp with the Arizona Cardinals.
Y'all remember the Honey Badger, don't you? His rise as a viral video sensation (Honey Badger!) and fan-favorite with the Tigers to his trouble with the law and unceremonious dismissal from the team, all were covered with incredible zeal by local and national media.
Mathieu took off a year from football and, even though he's said he doesn't want people to call him the Honey Badger any more, it appears that he hasn't given up on the Honey Badger mentality. Had Mathieu not had his run-ins with the law or been dismissed from LSU, it's possible he would've been a top-10 draft pick. Instead, he fell to the third round where the Cardinals took him with the 69th overall pick (after 11 other cornerbacks had been drafted).
Now Mathieu is garnering attention for all the right reasons, notching a sack in his first preseason game and dazzling fans and coaches alike in practice. Regardless of his past transgressions (and really, smoking pot pales in comparison to what other LSU players have been accused of doing) I always rooted for Mathieu to succeed after the hellacious childhood he endured. Now it looks like he's put himself in a position to prosper and we couldn't be happier for him (unless, of course, the Saints drafted him. Then we'd be happier.)
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