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Jamal Adams makes early leap from LSU to NFL

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One of the top safeties in the country will officially be available to NFL teams this April.

With his current and former LSU head coaches by his side, Jamal Adams announced at a Friday morning press conference that, as expected, he will indeed be leaving the Tigers for early entry into the NFL draft.  Along with Ohio State’s Malik Hooker, himself an early entrant, Adams will be considered one of the top two safeties — of those who have officially declared — in the 2017 draft class heading into the annual February Underwear Olympics in Indianapolis.

Both safeties are projected at the moment to be Top-12 selections, and could be joined by Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers if he decides to leave early as well.

A second-team All-SEC pick in 2015, Adams was a first-teamer this past season.  He was also named second-team All-American by a handful of organizations.

The past two seasons, Adams started every game for the Tigers.

Adams becomes the third Tiger to leave eligibility on the table, joining running back Leonard Fournette (HERE) and defensive lineman Davon Godchaux (HERE).  It’s likely at least two more of that trio’s teammates will declare — wide receivers D.J. Chark and Malachi Dupre.

Eligible players have until Jan. 16 to file their official paperwork and declare themselves for the draft.

Auburn can’t find the end zone but does pull off the upset over No. 18 LSU

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Heading into Saturday’s matchup between the Tigers of Auburn and the Tigers of LSU, all anybody in SEC country could talk about was job status of the two head coaches and if — or when — they would be fired.

Call it the Buyout Bowl or the Hot Seat Shootout if you must, but it was Auburn’s Gus Malzahn who emerged victorious in a 18-13 win that was the furthest thing from an offensive showcase but perfectly encapsulated the whacky careers of both coaches in the final seconds.

LSU had a chance to win the game in the final seconds after mounting an impressive drive 60 yard drive into the red zone. After quarterback Danny Etling got off a pass to Malachi Dupre on the 10 yard line on third and 16, the Tigers hustled up to the line but were called for an illegal shift on the ensuing play.

With just one second left on the clock after officials reviewed things, Etling appeared to throw a remarkable game-winning touchdown pass to the back of the end zone. That set off a crazy celebration on the LSU sideline given that they had apparently won the game in the most Les Miles-esque of fashions.

But it was not meant to be.

Officials reviewed the play and said LSU did not in fact get the play off and Auburn escaped with the win thanks to six Daniel Carlson field goals. It was the Tigers first home win in seven tries over a Power Five opponent and snapped a streak of six straight losses at home to SEC teams.

The win certainly buys Malzhan a bit of a cooler hot seat come Sunday morning but does no favors to that of Miles’ seat. The veteran LSU head coach was nearly axed after last season but returned, and then promptly lost the team’s opener to Wisconsin to hear even more calls for his firing.

Those calls will surely intensify again after Saturday’s wild night on the Plains in what could prove to be the beginning of the end for at least one head coach in the SEC West.

LSU receiver Malachi Dupre is very good at dunking

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Malachi Dupre could wind up being the best receiver in the SEC this fall after reeling in 43 catches for 698 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore for LSU in 2015.

But the former five-star recruit showcased another talent of his in an Instagram video over the weekend. Check this out:

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A video posted by Malachi Dupre (@highfly_chi) on May 11, 2016 at 5:08pm PDT

 

Maybe Dupre isn’t Tony Gonzalez or Nate Robinson or Charlie Ward, but this is still awfully impressive. I wouldn’t want to be an SEC cornerback watching Dupre show this kind of leaping ability and athleticism, either.

No. 22 Ole Miss keeps SEC title hopes afloat by flattening No. 15 LSU

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No. 22 Ole Miss kept the faint hopes of its first SEC championship since 1963 alive with a 38-17 whipping of No. 15 LSU Saturday in Oxford.

After leading 3-0 after one, the Rebels jumped out to a 24-0 second quarter lead thanks to touchdown marches that totaled 150 yards and a one-play, 11-yard strike set up by a long interception return of Brandon Harris.

LSU, though, pulled within 24-17 from the close of the second quarter through the first five minutes of the third, but Ole Miss immediately responded with a seven-play, 83-yard drive capped by a Chad Kelly touchdown run, then put the capper on the game with a six-play, 57-yard push punctuated by a 36-yard Kelly pass to Evan Engram.

The win meant Hugh Freeze became the first coach since Houston Nutt to beat LSU, Alabama and Auburn in the same season. For what it’s worth: that 1998 Arkansas team did not play for that December’s SEC championship.

Kelly completed 19-of-33 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns (with no interceptions) and led the Rebels in rushing with 81 yards and two scores on 12 carries. Kelly passed Eli Manning for the Ole Miss single-season touchdowns record on an 11-yard touchdown run with 7:34 in the third quarter.

Robert Nkemdiche participated for ill older brother Denzel in Ole Miss’s senior day festivities, which was fitting considering it was likely his final appearance at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium as well.

The Rebels (8-3, 5-2 SEC) need a win at Mississippi State Saturday paired with an Auburn upset of No. 2 Alabama. The Iron Bowl kicks before the Egg Bowl, meaning Ole Miss will know whether it plays for a championship or for pride by kickoff.

Now, about LSU.

The Tigers, No. 2 in the country just two weeks ago today, will likely find themselves outside the rankings tomorrow after losing their third straight in ugly fashion; LSU (7-3, 4-3 SEC) has now lost consecutive games to Alabama, Arkansas and these Rebels by a combined 99-47. In each loss LSU has allowed 30 or more and scored 17 or fewer.

A team reportedly playing for its head coach’s job played like it’d just as well return to Baton Rouge and help pack Les Miles‘ bags.

Harris was awful, completing 22-of-44 passes for 284 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He overthrew a wide-open Malachi Dupre when the Bayou Bengals had a chance to grab a 7-3 lead, tossed an interception to help push the deficit to 24 and, finally, blew the Tigers’ final chance to claw back in the game in the fourth quarter when a miscommunication with Leonard Fournette led to a turnover on downs at the Ole Miss goal line.

Speaking of Fournette, the one-time Heisman leader was quiet as a sedated bengal, rushing 25 times for 110 yards and no scores. After rushing for 16 touchdown in his first seven games, Fournette has totaled only two during LSU’s three-game skid.

The loss marks Miles’ first three-game losing streak in 11 seasons and 142 games on the job and means his Tigers will finish with at least three SEC losses for the third consecutive season.

LSU will fight for what’s left of their season – and the Les Miles era – next Saturday in Tiger Stadium against Texas A&M.

Ole Miss hammering LSU through one half

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Is LSU dead? It certainly appears LSU is dead.

The 15th-ranked Tigers have been flattened by No. 22 Ole Miss through one half in Oxford, trailing 24-7.

After a 3-0 first quarter, Ole Miss cranked its offense into gear with two long, consecutive touchdown drives. The first moved 80 yards in eight plays, capped by a two-yard Jaylen Walton plunge at the 12:30 mark of the second quarter. After a three-and-out, the Rebels then marched 70 yards in 10 snaps, ended by a five-yard Chad Kelly jaunt.

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris has been, in a word, inconsistent. He ended the Tigers’ first scoring opportunity when, trailing 3-0 in the first quarter, he airmailed Malachi Dupre for what could have been a clear 10-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-5. Trent Domingue missed the ensuing field goal. Harris then set up the Rebels’ third touchdown when he tossed a midfield interception to Christian Harris, which he returned to the LSU 11. Kelly hit Laquon Treadwell for a touchdown on the following snap.

LSU did respond with a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, highlighted by a busted coverage 39-yard touchdown catch by Tyron Johnson.

For the half, Harris hit 9-of-16 passes for 151 yards with a touchdown, an interception and an end-of-half fumble, while Leonard Fournette has rushed 14 times for a quiet 41 yards.

Kelly completed 11-of-19 throws for 188 yards and a touchdown while rushing eight times for a game-high 59 yards and a touchdown.

LSU will receive to open the second half.