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HeraldGuide.com is your spot for football info, pics As Destrehan and Hahnville gear up for another exciting football season, the Herald-Guide is doing so as well. All season long, the Guide will have hundreds of photos available from every single football game loaded onto our website at www.heraldguide.com directly after the games are finished. This doesn’t just include action shots of the players, but also pictures of band members, cheerleaders, dancers and fans. Along with the pictures, the Herald-Guide will have district game results so that you can keep track of where your team stands as the season progresses. Enjoy the Hahnville and Destrehan previews inside this special edition, as well as a unique look at where former players from the area are today. You can also find detailed info on both the Saints and LSU. Then, starting Sept. 5, visit www.heraldguide.com to find game information and loads of pictures from the night’s action.

CONTENTS • Hahnville Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 4 • Destrehan Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 10 • HHS Seniors, Juniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 15 • Hahnville Team Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 17 • HHS Roster, Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 18 • DHS Roster, Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 19 • Destrehan Team Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 20 • DHS Seniors, Juniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22 • HHS Cheerleaders & Hi-Steppers . . . . . . . Page 24 • DHS Cheerleaders & Destys . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 25 • HHS & DHS Band Majors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 26 • Off To College, Beyond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 • Saints Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 36 • LSU Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 37 september 4, 2014

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Hahnville

TIGERS By Kyle Barnett Reporter

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After 15 years in charge of the Hahnville Tigers, former head coach Lou Valdin retired from the program early this year. His successor, 2013 National High School Football Coach of the Year Nick Saltaformaggio, is stepping into the job after going 15-0 in route to the 4A state championship with East Jefferson High School last season. He is now charged with rebuilding Hahnville back into a powerhouse following a 6-6 season in 2013 and 6-5 season in 2012. Saltaformaggio (known by players as “Coach Salt”) has been in this role before. When he took over East Jefferson in 2008 they went 1-9 in the first year as he was tasked with turning around a program that had never been known for its prowess. In approaching Hahnville, Saltaformaggio is applying the same offensive and defensive strategies that saw his former team go to the playoffs for five straight years. However, at Hahnville Saltaformaggio said he has more raw talent to work with and a great environment in which to develop players. “At Hahnville people expect greatness and they are going to provide you with the resources to be great and the players are going to be here,” he said. “It is going to take us a lot of time, but by the end of the year we are going to be a playoff team to be reckoned with.”

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Running back Along with a new coach comes a new offense that shatters the conventional idea of how running backs have played for Hahnville in the past. Last year feature back Lynn Simmons carried the team by racking up 1,447 rushing yards and scoring 13 touchdowns. Now that Simmons has moved on to the next level to play for Contra Costa Community College, Hahnville is still looking to rush first, albeit under much different circumstances and by including a number of different players in the rushing game. With the introduction of the flexbone formation, two slot receivers called A-backs are offset on the side of each tackle and will pull and take handoffs and pitches from the quarterback. The A-backs will also be instrumental in run blocking and going out for the occasional pass. 4

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Quarterback Last year the quarterback position was in flux from week to week as speedster Dylan Keller suffered a succession of injuries, missing half the season, and Logan Martindale was rushed into backup duty. Now that both Keller and Martindale have graduated, the team is in the hands of the next generation of quarterbacks led by junior Mike Neal (6-foot2, 155 pounds). Neal saw action in a few games last season and led the last scoring drive of the year in a playoff loss to Barbe. He also saw action earlier in the season, rushing for a touchdown against H.L. Bourgeois. Neal was pushed by sophomore Austin Perrin for the top spot, but secured it during camp. “Neal did everything we asked him to do in the quarterback competition. He took the bull by the horns,” Saltaformaggio said. Saltaformaggio said had he been at Hahnville last year, Neal would have seen a lot more action. “I think he is a special talent,” he said. “It is perplexing to me how that kid didn’t play when Dylan got hurt. One of my big things is if I have senior and sophomore that are equal in talent, play the sophomore.” Also, despite running the ball 90 percent of the time at East Jefferson, Saltaformaggio said he intends to take advantage of Neal’s big arm in addition to his running ability. “I think Mike can whip it and we’d be crazy not to use that,” he said. Running back Rickey Preston will be listed as the third-string quarterback and is expected to take some snaps throughout the season.

Senior Rickey Preston will be instrumental to Hahnville’s success on offense this season.

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Saltaformaggio said the A-backs are his most talented group on the team this year and that opponents should be wary of Hahnville’s ability to relentlessly run the football. “We are a triple option football team, you had better take dive and you had better take pitch and if you don’t we are going to run it until the game is over,” he said. Leading this group is three-year starter senior Rickey Preston, who is moving over from wide receiver where he has started the past two years. Preston, a University of Nebraska commit, was noted for being a talented receiver who was underutilized last year due to a run heavy attack. When he was called upon to perform, Preston was sensational. In a comeback from a 10-point deficit against Thibodaux, Preston made a leaping grab at the goal line for a touchdown with just over a minute left in the game. Saltaformaggio said he expects such spectacular plays from Preston all year long during the 2014 season. “Preston is dynamic with the ball in his hands,” he said. In the other A-back position will be junior Devonte’ Cravin. As a sophomore, Cravin started one game against H.L. Bourgeois and needed only 10 carries to turn in a magnificent 110-yard, one-touchdown performance. In addition to being fleet footed and a sure-handed receiver, Saltaformaggio praised Cravin’s leadership ability, especially as an underclassman. “He is going to be outstanding. He is a football player. I really, really like him. He’s got a great locker room personality and has great presence on our team,” he said. Despite the prowess of his starting A-backs, Saltaformaggio was quick to note that junior Norquell Flowers and sophomore Devonte Clark should also see significant playing time. The starting B-back, who lines up directly behind the quarterback in the fullback position, is junior Drew Dunn. He will trade off reps with senior Bradley Aucoin. Aucoin proved himself as a viable receiver out of the backfield as starting fullback last year and scored one rushing touchdown on the season. Also in the mix for playing time at B-back will be sophomore Cade Miguez.

Hahnville quarterback Mike Neal has impressed in a new triple option offense.

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Hahnville head coach Nick Saltaformaggio takes over the Tigers and has changed the culture of the program.

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Hahnville TIGERS

Wide receiver Despite the flexbone being more oriented toward the run, this year’s receiving corps is very strong and has Saltaformaggio rethinking the way he generally runs his offense. “I’ve never had guys like we’ve had here that can make plays on the back end of a throw, so we are looking at throwing the ball a little bit more. I think that will help us out tremendously,” he said. “We have four guys who are very talented.” Leading the receiving corps is returning starter senior Brandon Singleton, who committed to Georgia Tech just before the beginning of the season. Like Preston, Singleton was underutilized in last year’s run heavy offense, but impressed when he got his chance by reeling in a number of clutch passes. He ended the 2013 season with 23 receptions for nearly 400 yards and one touchdown. In the offseason, Singleton also set a state record and won a state championship in the 300-meter hurdles. “I’m not, not going to use Singleton. That would just be stupid,” Saltaformaggio said. Senior Darren Petetent will start at the other receiver spot. Waylon Leblanc and junior Kevin Comardelle will back up Singleton and Petetent. Offensive line Out of five returning starters on the Tiger offense, two of them are on the offensive line. At center, senior Landon Kinler (6-foot-2, 265 pounds), a Naval Academy commit, is returning. Senior Adrien Young (6-foot-2, 280 pounds) returns to right guard. Left guard will be manned by sophomore Drew Jones (6-foot, 270 pounds), who saw significant playing time last year and started in both playoff games to close out the season. With the absence of four-year starter Hunter Perrin, who will suit up for Northwestern State University this fall, a few fresh bodies have to step in this year. With the elimination of tight ends in the flexbone, junior Drew Melancon (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) has slid over into the right tackle position, where he has flourished. “He has become our most dominant offensive lineman,” Saltaformaggio said. 6

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Hahnville senior Dwaine Thomas is one of Hahnville’s most highly-touted players. At left tackle the competition for the starting position is still being fought between senior Bailey Bourgeois (5-foot-10, 248 pounds), sophomore David Vial (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) and junior Chris Tate (6-foot-4, 230 pounds). “We are looking for a guy to win the job and that is a good thing that we have players and we have competition,” Saltaformaggio said.

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Defensive line The Tigers have lost a couple of big bodies on the defensive line from last season. Dominant defensive tackle Shawn Benson signed with Copiah Lincoln Junior College and defensive end Ricky Davis will play for Contra Costa Community College. However, senior Fred Brown (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) returns to anchor the newly installed 3-3 stack defense. The nose tackle has already committed to Arkansas State. “Brown is as good a defensive lineman as there is around here,” Saltaformaggio said. On either side of Brown will be junior defensive ends Carmichael Critton (6-foot, 230 pounds) and Jacob Plache’ (6-foot-2, 220 pounds). “Both of those guys are big, physical kids and both of them run fairly well,” Saltaformaggio said. Sophomore Devin Williams (5-foot-11, 210 pounds) should see playing time on the line as well. Linebackers Backing up the front three will be what Saltaformaggio said is his best defensive unit. Returning starter senior Dwaine Thomas (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) moves from defensive end, where he racked up a number of sacks last year, to linecontinues >>>

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Hahnville TIGERS Hahnville running back Devonte’ Cravin has impressed head coach Nick Saltaformaggio. backer. The Louisiana Tech commit should be a force to be reckoned with this year. However, Saltaformaggio said Thomas is not even his best linebacker. He bestowed that honor on junior Peyton Robert (5-foot-9, 150 pounds). “Peyton is a very, very smart kid. He is our best defensive football player on our back eight just because he understands what we are trying to do and he understands how all of it fits,” he said. Senior Damien Campbell (5-foot-9, 155 pounds) will step into the middle linebacker position. “He is not a big kid, but he can fly,” Saltaformaggio said. Backing up the starters are junior Stephen Cloud (6-foot, 180 pounds) and junior Dylan Crockett (5-foot-10, 175 pounds), who is transitioning from the quarterback position.

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Secondary With the new defense in place the secondary is now made up of five players. Two new positions called inverts, who will play a hybrid linebacker/safety position, are manned by senior Drew Favre and junior Chris Marshall. “They are two really different types of players. Drew is a more analytical kid who thinks and understands the defense. Chris is just a pure athlete. He will hit you, he runs well and he understands leverage,” Saltaformaggio said. “He is really going to be dynamic.” Gone are last year’s tandem cornerbacks Larry Boyd and Jamaal Cannon, who both went on to Grambling State University after decorated careers at Hahnville. Along with their departure is the man coverage schemed Hahnville specialized in. Saltaformaggio is deeply committed to zone coverage and has selected players he feels will thrive in the new coverage scheme. “We are going to play deep zone behind offenses defensively even if they get the 12 to 15 yard route, but that is not what they want. They want the 50 or 60 yard down the field pass. We are not giving that up,” he said.

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The newcomers at cornerback are junior Jamonte Williams and junior Eric Gilmore. “They are really, really good. I like them a lot and they’ve had a great summer,” Saltaformaggio said. Jai Knight is the only member of the secondary who saw much playing time last year. Knight, a Western Kentucky commit, also spent some time as wide receiver last season, but will be used solely as the team’s free safety this year. Devon Gilbert and Justin Young are currently slated as backups for the secondary unit. Special teams The special teams units will miss Craig Ford, who served as placekicker for three years as well as punter last season. The competition to replace Ford as placekicker has still not been settled. Freshman Dalton Melancon looks to have locked down a position as a kickoff specialist, but is in competition with junior Aaron Bourgeois for field goals and point-after-attempts. Sophomore Austin Perrin is slated to be this year’s starting punter. Saltaformaggio emphasizes that controlling field position and having a good special teams unit is an essential part of his game strategy. “If you can execute the kicking game the way you need to, you don’t have to constantly rely on moving the football,” he said. Returning kickoffs will be Preston, who has shone in the position for the past two seasons, as well as Cravin and Singleton. Singleton will also serve as the primary punt returner and will share duties with Preston and Leblanc. Saltaformaggio said he anticipates a lively return game from his players. “If we play defense like I think we can, and we get 20 to 24 kickoffs, we’ll bring six of them back for scores. We work hard on it, we have a good scheme and we work hard on returning it. I like that part of the game a lot,” he said. For Hahnville’s schedule, see page 18. ■

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Destrehan

WILDCATS By Jonathan Menard Editor & Publisher

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After falling to eventual state champion Acadiana in the semifinals, the Destrehan Wildcats are a favorite to win the 2014 state championship due to the loads of talent they return at key positions on both offense and defense. However, no team is without question marks, and for Destrehan this includes new starters at quarterback and middle linebacker. If the players taking over those roles are successful, and the team’s leaders step up, it will be hard for any team to beat the Wildcats this season. “The guys have worked extremely hard in summer and spring. They do everything they need to do to be successful. As much talent as you have, you are only as good as your leadership, so that will be key,” Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “I think we have some good leaders, so we are excited about the possibility of the season. We will just take it one game at a time and see what happens.”

OFFENSE Quarterback Former Destrehan quarterback Donovan Isom is now slinging footballs at the University of Utah. He had one of the most successful seasons ever for a Wildcat quarterback last year after completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,653 yards

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and 33 touchdowns. With Isom at the helm, Destrehan finished with a 13-1 record on the field and came one game short of an appearance in the state championship. He will be hard to replace. After a heated battle between sophomores Marquise Darensbourg and Kohen Granier and junior Will Sirmon, Darensbourg was awarded the starting role after an impressive summer. “Marquise is our starter, that’s who we are going with. We feel like he gives us the best opportunity to win at this time,” Robicheaux said. “It was a great competition during the summer, but at this point we think Marquise is the better of the three.” Robicheaux singled out Darensbourg’s hard work ethic, strong arm and athletic ability as the main reasons behind his decision to start the sophomore at such an important position. “The only concern we had was that he is only a sophomore, but we feel like he has come a long way during the summer and he does a good job of reading defenses,” Robicheaux said. “With his athleticism and knowledge of the offense, we think he gives us the best opportunity to win.” However, if Darensbourg (6-foot, 180 pounds) falters, Robicheaux is extremely confident in his backups. “Will has done such a great job for us and he is in a situation where he can step in. Kohen also did a fabulous job, so we are excited,” Robicheaux said. “We have three good guys and we could have lived with any one of them starting.” Though he is young, Darensbourg will have time to ease into the position due to the talent that surrounds him. “Marquise doesn’t have to be great for us, he just has to manage the game,” Robicheaux said. continues >>>

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Destrehan receiver Alfred Smith caught 54 passes for 872 yards last season.

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Running back The Wildcats return two experienced running backs this season in senior Will Matthews and junior Karon Taylor. Matthews proved that he is one of the state’s best running backs after rushing for 1,384 yards and 21 touchdowns on 162 carries last season. He also caught 18 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns. Taylor, who filled in for an injured Matthews at times last year, rushed for 198 yards on 25 carries. He scored two touchdowns. “We have both guys back and we are excited about the situation,” Robicheaux said. “Karon had a good year when Will was out, so those two give us a good one-two punch. Will does a great job of running the inside zone. Karon does a great job on the outside, so we think we are pretty solid right there at running back.” Senior Jarell Clay and sophomore Kristian Mosley will provide depth at the position. “Mosley might be the fastest guy in our program,” Robicheaux said. Wide Receiver Destrehan is absolutely loaded at wide receiver with all four starters back again this season. Leading the charge is senior Kirk Merritt, who recently won a national championship in a skills competition where he competed against the top high school football players in the country. Merritt caught 23 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns last season and has already received scholarship offers from LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Oregon and Auburn. “Kirk is a big-time athlete. He can pretty much go anywhere in the country (for college) where he wants to go,” Robicheaux said. “He’s just a physical specimen that’s real fast. He works extremely hard and does a great job with routes. “We can also bring him into the backfield if we want to. He plays tough football and will block you to the track.” Destrehan’s leading receiver last year was senior Alfred Smith. Smith caught 54 passes for 872 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago. He has already committed to Arizona State University. “Alfred is shiftier and does a good job in space,” Robicheaux said. “He is more of a slot guy and is strong and physical. He plays the game how it is supposed to be played.” A pair of talented juniors round out the group. John Williams caught 35 passes for 571 yards as a sophomore and Tramaine Armstrong had 19 catches for 345 yards and nine touchdowns. “John Williams might be the shiftiest one we have and he brings a lot to the table as far as finding holes,” Robicheaux said. “Tramaine Armstrong had 19 catches and nine touchdowns…you can’t get much better than that.” Robicheaux said he is thrilled to see the group on the field this year.

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Destrehan WILDCATS

“I think they have all been real good and they all bring something different to the table,” he said. “They have meshed really well.” Offensive Line The Wildcats return three of their five offensive line starters from last year, which gives the squad plenty of experience. Senior Louis Kieffer (6-foot, 220 pounds) returns at right tackle while senior Kyle Weems (6-foot-1, 260 pounds) is back at left guard. Senior Ryant Price (5-foot-11, 245 pounds) will start at left tackle. Senior right guard Elijah Duhe (5-foot-11, 22 pounds) may not have started on the offensive line last year, but he was a key contributor on the defensive line in 2013. Senior Austin Abbate (6-foot-1, 275 pounds) will anchor the line at center. “They are not a very big group but they are athletic and get after you,” Robicheaux said. “They have all done a good job and they have gelled really well. They are very aggressive and will be very athletic.”

Defensive Line Any defensive line that features Destrehan junior Glen Logan (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) is going to get after the quarterback. As a sophomore, Logan recorded 66 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown. There isn’t much the big defensive end can’t do. “Glen is getting offers from a lot of schools and he could be one of the better linemen in the state coming out his senior year,” Robicheaux said. “He’s real quick off the ball and is just a guy that plays hard, is tough to block and one of the better guys we’ve had here as far as technique. “He is the total package and we are looking for great things from him.” Senior Ed Leonard (6-foot, 265 pounds) started as nose tackle last year but has been moved to defensive end. Leonard had a successful junior season by recording 41 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks.

Destrehan junior defensive lineman Glen Logan is explosive off the ball and should terrorize quarterbacks this season.

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Destrehan WILDCATS “Ed is a very good player and we are excited to have him outside where he will be more athletic,” Robicheaux said. Gerald Wilbon (6-foot-3, 340 pounds) played on the offensive line last season but was converted to nose tackle in the state playoffs. “He is just a big man in the middle. He will command double teams and he is pretty athletic for his size,” Robicheaux said. “He’s just learned the position and I think he will be so much better this season.”

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Linebacker Destrehan’s major loss on defense was the graduation of middle linebackers Rae Juan Marbley and Malcolm Darensbourg. Marbley accounted for 137 total tackles last season that included 16 tackles for loss. Darensbourg finished the year with 82 tackles and seven tackles for loss. “Having to replace those guys is just crazy,” Robicheaux said. Juniors Tyjon Sanchez (5-foot-10, 225 pounds) and Alex Zayed (6-foot, 210 pounds) will do their best to fill in for the departed stars. “Tyjon is a big linebacker who can make plays and Alex is a real good player,” Robicheaux said. “It’s going to be a bigger-type defense, but we won’t be as fast at linebacker as we were last year.” The Wildcats do return both of their outside linebackers in seniors Peyton Steib (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) and Allen Pittman (5-foot-10, 175 pounds). “Pittman is a very good athlete and Steib is a steady guy who just gets things done,” Robicheaux said.

Destrehan free safety Brandon Scott is a hard-hitter who will anchor the secondary.

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Secondary The Wildcats will have plenty of experience in the secondary, with three of the four starters from last year returning. Senior free safety Brandon Scott (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) has already received scholarship offers from Arizona State, Houston, Illinois, Iowa and Iowa State. “Brandon is a big-time recruit who is just rangey and will hit you hard,” Robicheaux said. “He is a very physical safety.” Raekwon Morgan also returns at safety and is known as a ball hawk. “I’ve never seen a guy around the ball so much who just anticipates everything,” Robicheaux said. “He is very instinctive.” Big cornerback Korian Reynaud is Destrehan’s best cover corner. Junior Kendell Anderson will start at the other corner spot. “Kendell is a good player, but he is young and learning the position. He is just a great athlete,” Robicheaux said. Seniors Austin Dickerson and Isaiah Sterling will also see plenty of action in the secondary. “They are good players who will give us excellent depth and allow us to do things coverage wise that will make our defense better,” Robicheaux said. Special Teams The Wildcats will break in both a new punter and kicker this year. Robicheaux said that he went out and got senior Randy Harvey from the baseball team. Harvey will kickoff and kick field goals and extra points. “He has done a good job,” Robicheaux said. “Hunter Breit will also give us some depth there.” To find a punter, Robicheaux raided the marching band to get senior Bailey Lanier on board. “He was a guy we used to watch in pregame for the band who was just booming the football,” Robicheaux said. “He has an NFL leg, we just got to get him where he needs to be.” For Destrehan’s football schedule, see page 19. ■

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Norquell Flowers #32 Height: 5’9 Weight: 155 lbs. Position: RB Grade: 11

Kaelen White #33 Height: 5’8 Weight: 155 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 12

Chris Marshall #36 Height: 5’8 Weight: 155 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 11

Brandon Ocmand #38 Height: 5’9 Weight: 155 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 12

Drew Favre #41 Height: 5’8 Weight: 150 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 12

Dillion Ockman #44 Height: 5’6 Weight: 140 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 12

Noah Allshouse #45 Height: 5’7 Weight: 145 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 11

Corey Schmill #46 Height: 5’10 Weight: 195 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 12

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HAHNVILLE SENIORS & JUNIORS Drew Dunn #47 Height: 5’9 Weight: 190 lbs. Position: RB Grade: 11

Josh Comardelle #50 Height: 5’10 Weight: 210 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 12

Bailey Bourgeois #51 Height: 5’10 Weight: 248 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Lee Vial #53 Height: 5’9 Weight: 190 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Kiel Bates #54 Height: 5’10 Weight: 295 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Carmichael Critton #55 Height: 6’ Weight: 230 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Terrence Johnson #56 Height: 5’9 Weight: 175 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 11

Chris Jones #57 Height: 5’9 Weight: 152 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 11

Michael Hardy #58 Height: 5’9 Weight: 160 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 11

Robert Tappan #59 Height: 5’9 Weight: 185 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 11

Landon Kinler #60 Height: 6’2 Weight: 265 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Sanders Johnson #62 Height: 5’9 Weight: 280 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Ja’Quan Thompson #64 Height: 6’2 Weight: 280 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Drew Melancon #66 Height: 6’3 Weight: 230 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Cameron Sandolph #67 Height: 5’9 Weight: 210 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Chris Tate #69 Height: 6’4 Weight: 230 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

David Schaubhut #72 Height: 5’7 Weight: 185 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Lee Robichaux #77 Height: 5’9 Weight: 210 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Adrien Young #79 Height: 6’2 Weight: 280 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Chandler Fremen #80 Height: 5’7 Weight: 135 lbs. Position: WR Grade: 11

Braiden Laurent #85 Height: 5’8 Weight: 140 lbs. Position: WR Grade: 11

Stephen Cloud #90 Height: 6’ Weight: 180 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 11

Frederick Brown #92 Height: 6’2 Weight: 240 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 12

Jacob Plache’ #96 Height: 6’2 Weight: 220 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 11

Aaron Bourgeois #99 Height: 5’8 Weight: 150 lbs. Position: K Grade: 11

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HHS TIGERS

2014 ROSTER

# Name

Pos. Class

# Name

Pos. Class

# Name

Pos. Class

# Name

1 Rickey Preston 2 Devonte Clark 3 Bradley Aucoin 4 Austin Perrin 5 Jonathon Franklin 6 Isaiah Coleman 7 Anthony Williams 8 Peyton Robert 9 Kevin Comardelle 10 Rashad Domino 11 Jai Knight 12 Matthew Boyer 13 Michael Gray 14 Mike Neal 15 Dwaine Thomas 16 Darren Petetent 17 Dylan Crockett 18 Waylon LeBlanc 19 Brandon Singleton 20 Jamonte Williams 21 Eric Gilmore 22 Brandon Johnson 23 Justin Young 24 Damien Campbell

WR RB RB QB RB RB QB LB WR DB DB K RB QB DL WR QB WR WR DB DB WR DB LB

25 Keith Allen 26 DeVaughn Gilbert 27 Caleb Brimmer 29 Kalen Kinard 30 Devonte’ Cravin 32 Norquell Flowers 33 Kaelen White 34 Ross Hooper 35 Darrel Joseph 36 Chris Marshall 37 Lyncoy Reynaud 38 Brandon Ocmand 40 Brandon Davis 41 Drew Favre 42 Jamonte Hunter 43 Cade Miguez 44 Dillion Ockman 45 Noah Allshouse 46 Corey Schmill 47 Drew Dunn 48 Logan Clavelle 49 William Brown 50 Josh Comardelle 51 Bailey Bourgeois

WR DB DB DB RB RB DB LB DB LB LB LB LB DB DB LB LB DB LB RB DB DL DL OL

52 Travon Honor 53 Lee Vial 54 Kiel Bates 55 Carmichael Critton 56 Terrence Johnson 57 Chris Jones 58 Michael Hardy 59 Robert Tappan 60 Landon Kinler 61 David Vial 62 Sanders Johnson 64 Ja’Quan Thompson 65 Dalton Bergeron 66 Drew Melancon 67 Cameron Sandolph 68 Adam McCoy 69 Chris Tate 70 Tre’Vas Chambers 71 Dawson Lerille 72 David Schaubhut 73 Tyler Frickey 74 Malcolm Duos 75 Torin Borne 76 Drew Jones

DL OL OL OL DL DL LB DL OL OL OL OL DL OL OL OL OL OL DL OL OL OL OL OL

77 Lee Robichaux OL 78 Ben Hargrave OL 79 Adrien Young OL 80 Chandler Fremen WR 81 Dorian Byers WR 82 Broderick McKinnis RB DB 83 Juan Byrd 84 Dalton Melancon WR 85 Braiden Laurent WR 86 James Carter WR 87 Cameron Cabral DL 88 Jay’Quan Williams RB 89 Samuel Jenkins WR 90 Stephen Cloud LB DL 91 Jemoine Green 92 Frederick Brown DL 93 Davon Dallon DL DL 94 Landon Cooper 95 London Thomas LB DL 96 Jacob Plache’ 97 Devin Williams DL DL 98 E-li’-sha Brent 99 Aaron Bourgeois K

12 10 12 10 10 10 9 11 11 10 12 9 9 11 12 12 11 10 12 11 11 9 11 12

10 12 11 10 11 11 12 10 10 11 9 12 10 12 10 10 12 11 12 11 10 10 12 12

10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 10 12 11 10 11 11 10 11 10 10 11 10 10 9 10

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2014 SCHEDULE

Date Opponent 9/5 Salmen* 9/12 Rummel* 9/19 Landry-Walker 9/26 Thibodaux* 10/3 Destrehan 10/10 Terrebonne* 10/17 East St. John 10/24 H.L. Bourgeois* 10/31 Central Lafourche* 11/7 South Lafourche *denotes home games

Time 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Date Opponent 9/10 South Lafourche* East St. John 9/17 9/24 Thibodaux 10/1 Destrehan* 10/8 Terrebonne 10/15 East St. John* 10/22 H.L. Bourgouis Central Lafourche 10/29

hHS FRESHMAN Schedule

Pos. Class

11 9 12 11 10 11 12 9 11 10 10 11 10 11 10 12 10 10 10 11 10 10 11

Time 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Date Opponent

Time

9/10

South Lafourche*

5:30 p.m.

9/17

East St. John

5:30 p.m.

9/24

Thibodaux

5:30 p.m.

10/1

Destrehan*

5:30 p.m.

10/8

Terrebonne

5:30 p.m.

10/15

East St. John*

5:30 p.m.

10/22

H.L. Bourgouis

5:30 p.m.

10/29

Central Lafourche

5:30 p.m.

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DHS WILDCATS

2014 ROSTER

# Name

Pos. Class

1 Alfred Smith

WR 12

# Name

Pos. Class

# Name

Pos. Class

# Name

Pos. Class

25 Leslie Montgomery

RB

12

48 Devin Rebstock

DB

11

74 Ryant Price

OL

12

2 Tramaine Armstrong WR 12

26 Jujuan Payton

DB

11

49 Terrill Chopin

LB

10

75 Elijah Hayes

OL

10

3 Jarell Clay

RB

12

27 Tremond Murphy

DB

11

50 Jonathon Duhon

LB

10

76 Don Hartman

OL

11

4 Allen Pittman

LB

12

28 Dionte Flowers

LB

11

51 Jordyn Fremin

DL

10

78 Gerald Wilbon

DL

11

5 Raekwon Morgan

DB

12

29 Donte’ Johnson

DB

10

52 Tyjon Sanchez

LB

11

79 Jacob Ralser

OL

10

6 Isaiah Sterling

DB

12

30 Jordan Sanchez

DB

10

53 Matt Young

DL

11

80 Randy Harvey

K

12

7 Kendell Anderson

DB

11

31 Isaiah Howard

DB

10

54 Christian Galey

OL

11

81 Richard Mancuso

WR 10

8 Karon Taylor

RB

11

32 Baron Wittenberger

WR 11

55 Kalen Brown

LB

11

82 Chris Forest

WR 12

9 John Williams

WR 11

33 Kirk Merritt

WR 12

56 Dylan Briscoe

LB

10

83 Jai Perrilloux

WR 10

10 Mike Young

WR 10

34 Jayce Brown

DB

11

57 Elijah Duhe

OL

12

84 David Rochon

WR 10

11 Marquise Darensbourg QB

10

35 Austin Verde

DB

10

58 Jacob Wentz

OL

11

85 Chancey Cothren

WR 10

12 Justin Jefferson

QB

10

36 C.J. Prieto

LB

11

59 Diontre Flowers

LB

11

86 James McClinton

WR 10

13 Korian Reynaud

DB

12

37 Kendrick Johnson

DB

10

60 Louis Kieffer

OL

12

87 Joshua Schiro

WR 10

14 Austin Dickerson

DB

12

38 Sean Wright

RB

10

61 Payton Schexnaydre

OL

12

88 Gavin Blakley

WR 10

15 Kohen Granier

QB

10

39 Dawson Guichard

DB

10

62 Hunter Breit

OL

11

90 Michael Ceaser

DL

11

16 Kendrick Lea

WR 10

40 Brandon Scott

DB

12

64 Neil Fontenot

OL

11

92 Kieran Webb

DL

10

17 Corey Dupre

QB

12

41 Chad Serrano

RB

11

65 Dakota Torbert

OL

10

93 Scott Perret

DL

10

18 Will Sirmon

QB

11

42 Fabian Jenkins

DB

10

66 Kyle Weems

OL

12

95 Jaece Stroud

DL

10

19 Jon Barrow

WR 12

43 Alex Zayed

LB

11

67 Ni’Jyle Rainey

OL

12

96 Ed Leonard

DL

12

21 Will Matthews

RB

12

44 Ben Simmons

DB

10

68 Chase Guilmino

OL

10

97 Glen Logan

DL

11

22 Alvin Joseph

DB

11

45 Peyton Steib

LB

12

70 Mason Burke

OL

10

98 Perry Charles

DL

11

23 Kristian Mosley

RB

10

46 Terrill Vinnett

DB

10

71 Justin Schmidt

OL

11

99 Bailey Lanier

K

12

24 Shane Wright

DB

11

47 Tariq Rogers

LB

10

72 Austin Abbate

OL

12

2014 SCHEDULE

Date 9/5 9/12 9/19 9/26 10/3 10/10 10/17 10/24 10/31

11/7 *denotes home games

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Opponent West Jefferson* Helen Cox* Dutchtown* Terrebonne* Hahnville * Thibodaux Central Lafourche South Lafourche* H.L. Bourgeois

Time 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

East St. John*

7 p.m.

Date Opponent 9/3 West Jefferson 9/10 Central Lafourche 9/17 Dutchtown 9/24 Terrebonne 10/1 Hahnville Thibodaux* 10/8 10/16 Central Lafourche* 10/22 South Lafourche 10/29 H.L. Bourgeois* 11/5 East St. John

DHS FRESHMAN Schedule

Date Opponent 9/10 Central Lafourche 9/17 Dutchtown 9/24 Terrebonne 10/1 Hahnville 10/8 Thibodaux* 10/15 Central Lafourche* 10/22 South Lafourche 10/29 H.L. Bourgeois* 11/5 East St. John

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DESTREHAN SENIORS & JUNIORS Alfred Smith #1 Height: 5’10 Weight: 185 lbs. Position: WR Grade: 12

Isaiah Sterling #6 Height: 5’9 Weight: 145 lbs. Position: DB Grade:12

Corey Dupre #17 Height: 5’8 Weight: 165 lbs. Position: QB Grade: 12

Shane Wright #24 Height: 5’8 Weight: 175 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 11

Kirk Merritt #33 Height: 6’ Weight: 200 lbs. Position: WR Grade: 12 22

Tramaine Armstrong #2 Height: 6’ Weight: 155 lbs. Position: WR Grade: 11

Kendell Anderson #7 Height: 6’ Weight: 170 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 11

Karon Taylor #8 Height: 5’9 Weight: 160 lbs. Position: RB Grade: 11

Will Sirmon #18 Height: 6’1 Weight: 170 lbs. Position: QB Grade: 11

Leslie Montgomery #25 Height: 5’9 Weight:180 lbs. Position: RB Grade: 12

Jarell Clay #3 Height: 5’9 Weight: 160 lbs. Position: RB Grade: 12

Jayce Brown #34 Height: 5’9 Weight: 140 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 11

John Williams #9 Height: 5’9 Weight:165 lbs. Position: WR Grade: 11

Jon Barrow #19 Height: 5’10 Weight: 195 lbs. Position: WR Grade: 12

Jujuan Payton #26 Height: 5’10 Weight: 155 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 11

Allen Pittman #4 Height: 5’10 Weight: 175 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 12

C.J. Prieto #36 Height: 5’9 Weight: 165 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 11 ST. CHARLES HERALD-GUIDE’S PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Korian Reynaud #13 Austin Dickerson #14 Height: 6’ Height: 5’8 Weight: 165 lbs. Weight: 165 lbs. Position: DB Position: DB Grade: 12 Grade: 12

Will Matthews #21 Height: 5’9 Weight: 200 lbs. Position: RB Grade: 12

Tremond Murphy #27 Height: 5’11 Weight: 150 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 11

Raekwon Morgan #5 Height: 5’10 Weight: 175 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 12

Dionte Flowers #28 Height: 6’2 Weight: 210 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 11

Brandon Scott #40 Height: 6’1 Weight: 180 lbs. Position: FS Grade: 12

Alvin Joseph #22 Height: 5’8 Weight: 155 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 11

Baron Whittenberger #32 Height:5’10 Weight: 150 lbs. Position: WR Grade: 11

Alex Zayed #43 Height: 6’ Weight: 210 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 11 september 4, 2014


DESTREHAN SENIORS & JUNIORS Peyton Steib #45 Height: 6’1 Weight: 210 lbs. Position: LB Grade:12

Kalen Brown #55 Height: 5’10 Weight: 215 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 11

Hunter Breit #62 Height: 5’8 Weight: 210 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Austin Abbate #72 Height: 6’1 Weight: 275 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Michael Ceaser #90 Height: 6’2 Weight: 170 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 11 september 4, 2014

Devin Rebstock #48 Height: 5’8 Weight: 165 lbs. Position: DB Grade: 11

Elijah Duhe #57 Height: 5’11 Weight: 220 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Jacob Wentz #58 Height: 6’5 Weight: 210 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Neil Fontenot #64 Height: 5’10 Weight: 275 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Ryant Price #74 Height: 5’11 Weight: 245 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Tyjon Sanchez #52 Height: 5’10 Weight: 225 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 11

Ed Leonard #96 Height: 6’ Weight: 265 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 12

Diontre Flowers #59 Height: 6’2 Weight: 220 lbs. Position: LB Grade: 11

Kyle Weems #66 Height: 6’1 Weight: 260 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Don Hartman #76 Height: 6’ Weight: 220 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Matt Young #53 Height: 5’10 Weight: 210 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 11

Ni’Jyle Rainey #67 Height: 6’4 Weight: 340 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Gerald Wilbon #78 Height: 6’3 Weight: 340 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 11

Glen Logan #97 Height: 6’5 Weight: 300 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 11

Louis Kieffer #60 Height: 6’ Weight: 220 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Randy Harvey #80 Height: 6’ Weight: 180 lbs. Position: K Grade: 12

Perry Charles #98 Height: 5’7 Weight: 200 lbs. Position: DL Grade: 11

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Payton Schexnaydre #61 Height: 6’ Weight: 260 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 12

Justin Schmidt #71 Height: 6’2 Weight: 225 lbs. Position: OL Grade: 11

Chris Forest #82 Height: 5’11 Weight: 155 lbs. Position: WR Grade: 12

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HAHNVILLE CHEERLEADERS

Team members are: Back Row (L-R): Alexis Caillet, Elise Brown, Maeson Martindale, Charleigh Frickey, Kiara Batiste, Emma Lorio, Baylee Zeringue, Sara Holleman and Destiny Sandolph-Milsap. Middle Row (L-R) Julia Hackman, Cameron Matthews, Savannah Sheppard, Victoria Sheppard, Alyssa Salomon, Sydneigh Johnson, Brielle Brumfield, Jade Ross, Maegan Breaux and Elizabeth Keran. Front Row (L-R) Skye Maury (Lieutenant), Shelbie Guidry (Captain) and Sara Landry (Co-Captain).

HAHNVILLE HI-STEPPERS

Team members are: Standing (L-R): Gabrielle Matherne, Taylor Pradat, Leah Grant, Elise Fahrig, Julia Tastet, Raegan Dupre’, Madison Cancienne, Jada Butler, Paxton Zeringue (Captain), Claire Picou, Madeline Mayeux, Taylor Norfleet, Raven Reid, Lauren Watson, Jasi Dempster, Alyssa Cain and Nijea’ Young. Kneeling (left to right): Morgan Cole (2nd Co-Captain), Allie Fenerty (1st Co-Captain) . 24

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DESTREHAN CHEERLEADERS

Team members are, from bottom to top: First row(L-R): Gabby Rovira, Chole Babineaux (Captain), Katie Waguespack (Co-captain) and Sarah Braud. Second Row (L-R): Gillian Gallardo, Megan Schexnaydre, Meghan Ursin, Alaina Meyer and Maddie Sellers. Third row (L-R): Naomi Westbrook, Nyla Moore, Brianna Thomas, Alexa Bryat, Nikki Champagne, Jessica Hoofkin, Kathryn Yent and Lindsay Pfister. Fourth row (L-R): Lauren Neves, Cydney Lymous, Katlyn Boudreaux, Caiya Craven, Brooke Bye, Baleigh Sellers and Maci Bourgeois. Not pictured- Mascot Jariel Charlot

DESTREHAN DESTY DARLINGS

Team members are: Top row (L-R) Tea’ Oubre, Kiley Voges, Layne Carlson and Katie Brady. Sitting on floor (L-R) Sophia Grisoli, Faith Ryan, Layla Ruffin, Catie Toal, Lisa Dempsey, Caitlyn Champagne, Ashlyn Hymel, Savannah Joseph, Kaylin Thomas, Lauren Lanoux, Emmaline Edwards, Kylar Thomas, Taylor Ruffin and Imari Francois. september 4, 2014

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HAHNVILLE BAND MAJORS

Band leaders are: Mason Dolese, drumline co-captain; Anthony Bruce, drumline captain; Katie Schouest, drum major; Katie Becnel, band president; Mary Van, color guard co-captain, and Carissa Lavin, color guard captain.

DESTREHAN BAND MAJORS

Band leaders are: (back row L-R) Noah Swanson, co-president; Patrick Dupuy, assistant drum major; Elizabeth Scheuermann, co-president; Rashaad Williams, head drum major; Greg Robertson, band captain; and Noah Bowers, guard captain. (Front row L-R)Alex Lovetro, percussion section leader; Catie Toal, co-guard captain; and Angela Barattini, assistant drum major. 26

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Off to College & BEYOND 45 parish football players in college, professional ranks St. Charles Parish may not jump out at anyone on a map of the United States, but to football fans it is one of the most important places in the country because it has supplied the NFL with some of its best players in recent years. And with players continuing to shine in college football and being drafted into the NFL, that trend does not seem like it’s going to end anytime soon.

Dawan Landry

Laron Landry

Alfred Blue

Mike Scifres

The NFL

The NFL currently has seven local players on its rosters. From such a small community, that is a phenomenal testament to St. Charles Parish’s athletic programs from the Parks and Recreation Department and booster clubs to the high schools. And few represent the parish as well as brothers Dawan and LaRon Landry. Last season former Hahnville Tiger Dawan Landry recorded 100 tackles for the third time is his career to go along with a sack, a 38-yard interception and seven pass deflections. The Jets safety is entering his ninth NFL season and has taken on a role of imparting wisdom to his younger defensive teammates. This has prompted a new nickname for him, “The Mentor.” But that does not mean that Dawan is ready to hang up the pads. In fact, he recently won the “Iron Jet” award which goes to the player in the best physical condition to start training camp. He has even bulked up a bit from last season. “I’m a gym rat, really. I just like to work out,” said Landry. “It just happened to work out that way. I added a few pounds of bulk, and I feel good right now.” That extra bulk and great conditioning will no doubt help Landry in his fight to stave off cuts to his playing time by first round draft pick Calvin Pryor. Younger brother LaRon Landry missed out on his second consecutive 100 tackle season because injuries robbed him of four games. But the former Hahnville Tiger still cranked out 87 tackles and two pass deflections in the 12 games he did play. This season, Landry’s second with the Indianapolis Colts, began with injury, but he has now returned to practice and played the first series of the Colts’ most recent preseason game. When healthy, LaRon is one of the most hard-hitting safeties in the NFL. However, his health has been an issue in three of the last four seasons. The Colts are hoping he can stay on the field to be the dominant player that he has shown in the past. One of the greatest NFL players to come out of St. Charles Parish is not a household name. Unlike former NFL star Ed Reed and LaRon Landry, San Diego Chargers punter Mike Scifres is one of the unsung stars of the league. One of the most consistent punters in NFL history, the former Destrehan Wildcat is entering his 12th season and closing in on 30,000 career yards. And he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Last season, Scifres only had one touchback and led the league in percentage of punts downed inside the 20-yard line (53.6). In fact, Scifres owns the career record for percentage of punts downed inside the 20-yard line (40.9) and has only had two punts in his career returned for touchdowns. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy knows what an asset Scifres has been to the team. “He’s one of the best punters in the league,” said McCoy. “His efficiency of what he’s done over the years in his entire career as a coaching staff gives us confidence in what he can do. Whether it’s a plus-50 punt or a backed up punt, we know he’s going to put our defense in a good situation.”

After a phenomenal 2012 season that saw him return a punt for 98 yards, the third longest in NFL history, former Wildcat Damaris Johnson came back down to earth in 2013. In 13 games, Johnson returned 12 punts for 100 yards, 17 kickoffs for 441 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards. This season, Johnson is fighting for a roster spot as he finds himself behind former Saint Darren Sproles at punt returner and third on the depth chart at one of the wide receiver spots. A good sign for Johnson, however, was his touchdown reception from Mark Sanchez in the Eagles most recent preseason game. Also, Johnson has been taking snaps at running back during practice, which could make him more valuable if he is successful. The top story of the NFL draft for locals this year was former Hahnville Tiger Alfred Blue being drafted in the sixth round by the Houston Texans. Now nestled behind superstar Arian Foster and Jonathan Grimes on the depth chart, Blue can learn from some of the best. So far he has definitely impressed Texans head coach Bill O’Brien. “Alfred is a doing a good job for a guy that just got here,” said O’Brien. “He’s a big, strong guy. He’s smart. He’s a good teammate, hardworking guy, football smart, three-down back. He’s got to continue to improve catching the football, but he’s a good runner, has good vision, is good on special teams, understands football and asks good questions. I see some good things from Alfred.” And those good things came early for the Texans as Blue scored the first touchdown of the preseason for the team against the Atlanta Falcons. Needless to say, he was a bit excited. “It felt good. I was excited just to go in their end zone and go up by seven,” said Blue. “Words can’t explain. Let’s just say I was very excited.” But Blue knows that the NFL is a different animal than college football. After playing in his first preseason game, he had this to say about the difference between the two. “I would say it’s the speed of the game. Everybody knows what they are doing out there. It’s smarter players. If you are on that field, it’s because you continues >>>

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Off to College & BEYOND continued know what you are doing,” Blue said. Returning for his second year with the Texans is cornerback Josh Victorian, a former Destrehan Wildcat. After being released early last season by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Texans signed him a month and a half later. Victorian played in eight games last year for the Texans, recording five tackles. This season, Victorian is fighting for a roster spot and is currently third on the depth chart at one of the cornerback positions. O’Brien emphasized at a recent press conference that the future is unclear for those competing for spots in the secondary. “We’ve brought (A.J.) Bouye in. We’ve brought Elbert Mack in. We’ve brought Josh Victorian in. All of those guys have done a really good job,” he said. “To this point, we’re always going to do what is best for the football team. I believe that we have a very competitive secondary. We’re still evaluating where they all fit.” Rounding out the parish’s NFL roster is former Hahnville Tiger

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LaRon Byrd, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys earlier this year. Byrd had previously played for the Arizona Cardinals, catching a pass for them in 2012. But he suffered a concussion in the preseason last year and was placed on injured reserve. Currently, Byrd is third on the depth chart at one of the wide receiver positions and has a good chance of making the team.

players after college. Former Wildcat Damon Mason made a career in the Arena Football League, eventually becoming the league’s all-time tackles leader. Another former Wildcat has made a career in the Canadian Football League, being a two time All-Star, winning two league championships and being one of only six players in league history to exceed 100 tackles in a season twice. Linebacker Jamall Johnson is currently in his 10th season in the CFL and has returned to where his career began, the BC Lions. Johnson played the first four years of his

career with the Lions before joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and becoming one of the league’s premier defensive players. Last season he recorded 59 tackles, three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. This season, he has four tackles in a reserve role. Lions head coach Mike Benevides was glad to get Johnson back when the club signed him earlier this year. “I’m excited to have a player of Jamall’s experience and quality return to our club,” said Benevides. “I had the pleasure of being his position coach when he was with us

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previously and I know he’s got some very good football left in him. He’ll definitely bring some thump.”

Division I (FBS)

While the NFL stream of local players kept flowing last year with Alfred Blue, there are several local seniors around college football that will try to continue that tradition this season. Starting close to home at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, senior wide receiver James Butler has a shot to be one that continues that tradition. The former Hahnville Tiger hauled in 26 catches for 363 yards and a touchdown for the Ragin’ Cajuns last season. His best game came in a victory over Texas State which saw him nabbing four receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. This season, Butler begins as one of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ starting receivers in a very talented receiving corps and will help the team defend its Southland Conference championship. Two states north, another former Hahnville Tiger is trying to crack

Derek Howard

Tanner Lee

Sergio Medina

the starting lineup for the Memphis Tigers. Senior linebacker Derek Howard played in all 12 of the Tigers games last season, recording three tackles. This year, Howard is second on the depth chart and fighting for a starting spot. Regardless of whether he claims that spot, Memphis head coach Justin Fuente believes that Howard will see a lot more time on the field. “Derek is a senior who played extremely well on special teams for us last year,” said Fuente. “He will play more on defense than he has in the past. He has worked extremely

hard in the offseason. I look forward to him having a great senior year.” Closer to home, the Tulane Green Wave are having a shake up at quarterback with a Destrehan native right in the middle of it. Last season, Nick Montana and Devin Powell were the starting quarterbacks for Tulane. But after a 7-6 season, the competition was wide open this fall and it was won by redshirt freshman Tanner Lee, of Destrehan. “Tanner Lee is our starting quarterback,” said head coach Curtis Johnson recently at a press confer-

ence. “He’ll start this year and I think he’ll have a great season and a great career. Devin Powell played well and so did Nick [Montana] but I think Tanner is our guy. He’s got a strong arm, command of our offense, great leadership skills and doesn’t make many mistakes.” Lee will be joined in the Green Wave backfield by sophomore and former Hahnville Tiger Sergio Medina, who was just moved days ago from linebacker to running back. Last season, Medina had five tackles while playing in all 13 games. Before the switch, linebackcontinues >>>

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Off to College & BEYOND continued ers coach Barry Lamb was optimistic about Medina’s season. “Sergio has been working very hard during fall camp,” said Lamb. “We expect him to make a big impact on the field this fall.” Despite the switch, Medina is no stranger to the running back position, having been named All-State at Hahnville. On the opposite side of the ball at Tulane, freshman linebacker Rae Juan Marbley, a former Wildcat, begins his college career. Moving westward to the University of Houston, if his freshman season was a sign of things to come, defensive tackle B.J. Singleton is going to have quite a career with the Cougars. The former Wildcat was second in the nation with three blocked kicks to go along with 22 tackles, two and a half sacks, two passes broken up and an interception. He was a huge factor in the Cougars’ victory over the University of Texas-San Antonio with an interception and a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown. This season, Singleton will still

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be in a rotation with other defensive tackles, but should see significantly more playing time. Another former parish studentathlete will be fighting for more playing time this season one state north at the University of Tulsa. Sophomore cornerback Johnell Celistan, a former Tiger, played in 11 games and actually started two as a true freshman last season, recording 13 tackles and breaking up two passes. Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship was thrilled with Celistan’s play. “We love Johnell’s physicality and speed at the corner spot,” said

Blankenship. “The fact that he received playing time last year, and actually started a couple games, I think will make him a much better player this year. He’s one of five guys that have experience at corner, so there will be a lot of rotating in and out. Johnell is a big corner. He’s an over 6-foot guy that is exactly what we look for with speed and physicality.” This season, Celistan is second on the depth chart at one of the corner positions and will try to help the Golden Hurricane rebound from a disappointing 3-9 season. Back in Louisiana, at the state’s

flagship school, LSU, a former Wildcat is trying to earn more playing time this season. Sophomore safety Rickey Jefferson played in seven games as a freshman last season, recording six tackles and breaking up two passes. His lone start came in the regular season finale. This season will likely find Jefferson starting more games than that, seeing as he is listed as the starter in the team’s media guide. But head coach Les Miles was more coy at a recent press conference regarding the status of the safety position.

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“The secondary I think will be really good at safety and really good at corner,” said Miles. “The safeties are with the addition of Jamal Adams, I think Rickey Jefferson also, this guy is playing very well as a young safety. And I don’t know if those two guys are certainly in the first group, but I can tell you they’ll play a lot of football.” Another former Wildcat that will play a lot of football this year is Troy University offensive lineman Ethan Hutson. The junior is listed as the starter at left guard for the Trojans. Hutson played at Ole Miss the past two seasons, participating

in three games last season. He transferred to Troy after graduating from Ole Miss in just two and a half years, meaning he is immediately eligible to play this season for the Trojans. And heading out to the far west, another former Wildcat will be making his debut in college football at the University of Utah. Freshman quarterback Donovan Isom will join the fray as the Utes try to decide between seven different quarterbacks. But Isom is not deterred by the challenge and is taking advantage of every opportunity to learn. continues >>>

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Peyton Zeringue

Jerqwinick Sandolph

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“I’ve always wanted to play in this conference,” said Isom. “This is where a lot of great quarterbacks played. I’m learning from coach [Dennis] Erickson, you know he’s coached two national championship teams. Everything he’s teaching me, I’m absorbing like a sponge.” Aside from Tulane, the two closest college football programs to St. Charles Parish are Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana. So it’s quite fitting that both programs, along with Tulane, have more former parish student-athletes than any other schools. The Nicholls State Colonels lead that category by far with seven. Two of those look to be starters this season for the Colonels. Cornerback Josh Dewey was the hero of the game last season against Western Michigan when he snagged a gameclinching interception at the goal line. Overall, the former Wildcat recorded 24 tackles and a pass deflection. The other local starter for Nicholls this season is senior defensive lineman Jordan Thompson, who had four tackles and a pass deflection last season in 10 games. Both players will try to help a Colonels team improve on a 4-8 record.

Another former Wildcat that will see a great deal of playing time is senior offensive lineman Ashton Duhe. Despite not being a full time starter last season, Duhe played in all 10 games and started six. Transferring to Nicholls State this year from Langston University is junior wide receiver Kyron King, a former Wildcat. King had 28 catches for 409 yards and three touchdowns in his sophomore season at Langston. It’s unclear where he stands on the depth chart, but with statistics like that as a sophomore it’s possible that King could be a dangerous weapon at wide receiver for the Colonels this season. Rounding out the local Nicholls players are sophomore defensive back Tyren Hills, out of Hahnville, redshirt-freshman tight end Cody Morales, out of Hahnville, and true freshman linebacker Hezekiah White, who is a Boutte native. Moving north from Thibodaux to Hammond, the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions are the defending Southland Conference Champions with an 11-3 overall record and a 7-0 conference record. Helping them defend that title will be three St. Charles Parish natives. Leading the pack as a returning starter is senior long snapper Peyton Zeringue who is a former Hahnville Tiger. Earning the start-

ing job last season, Zeringue excelled and head coach Ron Roberts has taken notice. “Peyton is a great long snapper that provides us experience at the position and provides leadership on our special teams unit,” said Roberts. Transferring in from LSU and set to make an immediate impact is junior defensive back Jerqwinick Sandolph. Already listed as a starter on the depth chart, the former Hahnville Tiger will be much more involved with the Lion defense than he was with LSU. “JQ has been impressive in spring and fall camp,” said Roberts. “He will play a major role in our secondary. He is a very physical safety and I see him also being a huge factor on special teams.” Also pushing for playing time this season will be junior linebacker Dereck Robinson. The former Wildcat played in all 14 games last year as a reserve but recorded 38 tackles, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry. His best game came in the Lions victory over Lamar where Robinson had six tackles, two of them for a loss. He is in the mix for a starting position and Roberts sees him as an important part of the defense. “Dereck played a significant role for us last year and is competing for

a starting job this fall,” said Roberts. “Whatever happens, he will play a huge role on our defense. He has really developed as a pass rusher and is a physical player.” After sitting out the 2013 season, former Tiger Lindzell Rhodes joins the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils as a junior. The linebacker last played for College of the Desert in 2012 and was named Second Team All-Southern California. Rhodes will compete for playing time to try to help the Delta Devils rebound from their 2-9 2013 season. Back in Louisiana, another former Tiger is making his college debut for the Northwestern State Demons. And he, offensive lineman Hunter Perrin, has already captured the attention of his coaches. “Hunter Perrin has come into camp in really good shape. He’s excited to be a Demon. He’s working his rear end off, and we’re really happy to have him. He’s responding well to what we’re teaching and that’s not a given when you look at a true freshman in the offensive line,” said offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ben Norton. “We’ll make some personnel decisions in the coming days. It’s hard to say at this point if he’s going to be redshirted or not, but the fact that the door is open on that decision speaks to the job he’s

Rondai Robinson

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Hunter Perrin

Ivory Washington

Easton Melancon

Brandon Zimmer

doing competing in practice against older players.” Also from Hahnville making their college debut are cornerbacks Larry Boyd and Jamal Smith with the Gambling State Tigers. They will compete for playing time in the Tiger secondary to try to help Grambling rebound from a rocky 1-11 season last year.

backer, begins his college career as a freshman. All three players will try to help the Boll Weevils improve on their 5-6 record from last season. “Juvon and Malcolm will be new faces in camp and we are extremely excited about these two guys,” said Jackson. “They come from great families and also two great high school programs. Juvon understands the demands of college football having played at Stephen F. Austin. Malcolm will have a learning curve but we feel he will be a great player for us.”

After transferring from Northland Community College where he was an All-Conference player, former Wildcat running back Johnell Wortham remained stellar at his new home, Anderson University. Last year he was named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference first team. Wortham ranked second in the HCAC in rushing with 656 yards and four touchdowns on 133 carries. He also caught 25 passes for 184 yards which ranked him third on the team. He did all this despite the Ravens going 0-10 for the season. This year, he returns to the field a senior and one of the Ravens best hopes to give them their first win since 2011 and their first winning season since 2003. Rounding out Division III is sophomore defensive back Rondai Robinson (DHS) who will vie for playing time with the Mississippi College Choctaws this season.

for both Ensminger and the Blazers. An injury kept Ensminger off of the field for a significant portion of the rest of the season, while Belhaven struggled to a 3-8 record. This season Ensminger returns to the field not as a quarterback, but as a wide receiver, making the switch just a few weeks before the start of the season.

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The Hahnville Tigers have had some extremely fast running backs over the years, and one of the fastest was Ivory Washington. He is still showing off those wheels at Arkansas-Monticello. As a junior last season, Washington returned 20 kickoffs for 417 yards and 11 punts for 165 yards and a touchdown. He also contributed in the backfield, carrying the ball 42 times for 97 yards while catching 12 passes for 28 yards. This season, Washington switches positions to wide receiver to take advantage of that speed. Boll Weevil head coach Hud Jackson is very optimistic that his team, as well as Washington, will play at an even higher level this season. “We are very excited about our upcoming season,” said Jackson. “We have had a long road in terms of rebuilding this program. We feel that we have put ourselves in position to compete in our league because of the type of players we have recruited over the last three years. Ivory Washington is a leader on this team. He will be a key factor in our success on offense and the return department.” Joining Washington this season at Arkansas-Monticello are former Tiger Juvon Gales and former Wildcat Malcolm Darensbourg. Gales, a defensive tackle, joins the Boll Weevils as a sophomore after transferring from Stephen F. Austin while Darensbourg, a lineseptember 4, 2014

Division III

It is rare for a freshman to start at quarterback in college football, and is even more rare for a freshman to excel at quarterback. But former Hahnville quarterback Easton Melancon did both of those things last season for the Louisiana College Wildcats. After being the backup for the first two games of the season, Melancon was named the starter in the third game and never looked back as he finished the season as the American Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year, leading the Wildcats to a 7-3 record. Melancon was second in the ASC in passing yards with 2,386 and third in yards per game with 238.6 and total offense with 228.8 yards per game. He was only one of two freshman quarterbacks in all of Division III to throw at least 24 touchdowns. This season, the expectations remain high as Easton has been named the ASC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year while the Wildcats have been ranked second in the ASC Preseason Poll. Also at Louisiana College this season is linebacker and Luling native Brandon Zimmer, who will be vying for playing time in his sophomore season.

NAIA

Last season, parish natives in the NAIA were either riding highs or dealing with lows. This year, they will both try to achieve success as juniors. Riding high was running back and return man Kenrick Robertson, a New Sarpy native, who led the Langston University Lions in all-purpose yards last season. Robertson returned 24 kicks for 656 yards while logging 61 carries out of the backfield for 272 yards and three touchdowns. He also had six catches for 46 yards and helped the Lions to a conference championship. At the beginning of last season, it seemed as if former Hahnville quarterback Brian Ensminger would be riding high as well as he led the Belhaven Blazers to victory as the starter in their season opener. But that success was short-lived

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On the junior college level, Ama native Kailon Carter helped the Navarro College Bulldogs to a 9-3 record, their sixth straight bowl win and their seventh straight conference championship game. The wide receiver caught eight passes during the season for 144 yards. This year, as a sophomore, he figures to play a more prominent role in the Bulldog offense. Elsewhere, three former Hahnville Tigers will make their debut on the junior college stage this year. Defensive tackle Shawn Benson will take the field for the Copiah-Lincoln Wolfpack while defensive end Ricky Davis and running back Lynn Simmons suit up for Contra Costa College Comets. Each year it is amazing to see how many players St. Charles Parish is providing to college and professional teams. This year, that number is 45. Not only does that speak to the quality of our parish’s recreation and school programs, it speaks to the dedication of our coaches and all of the parents of these players who have helped give these young men the opportunity to continue to play a game they love. Look to the St. Charles HeraldGuide this season once again for updates on these players and many others in other sports.

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Saints are one of early Super Bowl favorites By Mike Detillier Sports Columnist editor@heraldguide.com

Give credit where credit is due. Since Sean Payton took over the New Orleans Saints in 2006, the team is looked at as a playoff squad and possible Super Bowl team every year but the 2012 “BountyGate” season. On paper, the 2014 version of the New Orleans Saints is the best assembled squad in team history, but you don’t play the game on paper. I am convinced that there are four elite teams in the NFC. The Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are those four elite teams. One of those four teams will make it to Super Bowl Sunday in February and it will boil down to who is the healthiest team and where the playoff games are held. I know the New York Giants won a couple of Super Bowls being road warriors, but no one wants to play in Seattle, Green Bay or San Francisco in January, and they do not want to play the Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome either. If the Saints stay healthy and earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, they are in the Super Bowl at the end of the season. Quarterback Drew Brees is still one of the elite players in the game today. Brees is 35 years old, but over the past three seasons he has thrown for more than 5,100 yards each year and thrown 128 touchdowns and just 45 interceptions despite a multitude of changes along the offensive line. What is impressive is the array of wide receivers and tight ends that are on the 2014 roster. Mr. Reliable Marques Colston is still one of the top middle range targets in the business. Tight end Jimmy Graham is the best tight end in the NFL. And the Saints have a strong group of young receivers like Kenny Stills, speedy Joe Morgan and a developing young superstar in first round pick Brandin Cooks. Cooks is the most electrifying runner in openfield the Saints have had since Reggie Bush and, barring an injury, is an instant impact performer on offense. The Saints did lose one of the top all-purpose halfbacks in the business in Darren Sproles, but they have one of the deepest backfields in the NFL in Pierre Thomas, a rugged young runner in Khiry Robinson, a much more confident and instinctive runner in Mark Ingram and a solid all-purpose back in Travaris Cadet. Going into the training camp period and preseason, one big question mark I had was along the offensive line, but their overall play has put many of those fears to rest. I really like what I see from offensive tackles Terron Armstead and Zach Strief and offensive guards Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs. There is also a really good battle at the center spot between Jonathan Goodwin and Tim Lelito. The Saints need to run the ball better and also protect their 35-year old quarterback more than they did in 2013. The play upfront offensively is the key to the Saints getting back to the Super Bowl, along with the good health of Drew Brees. Give Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan full credit. He took a football team that in 2012 had given up the most yardage in NFL history and turned them into a top 10 NFL defense in one year. Hopefully with the big off-season addition of free safety Jairus Byrd, who underwent back surgery, the Saints will force more turnovers on defense. The Saints have two developing star defenders in defensive end Cameron Jordan and outside linebacker Junior Galette, and they are surrounded by a strong unit of young and talented defenders in defensive end Akiem Hicks, noseguard John Jenkins and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. Veterans like noseguard Broderick Bunkley and linebackers David Hawthorne and Parys Haralson are also solid players. Keenan Lewis is arguably the most important piece defensively at the cornerback slot. Lewis has quickly developed into one of the top “cover” cornerbacks and he gets his hands on a lot of footballs in flight.

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Since Sean Payton has been at the helm of the Saints, the team is looked at as a playoff squad and possible Super Bowl contender every year. The other cornerback slot opposite Lewis is up for grabs between veteran Champ Bailey, former first round pick Patrick Robinson, 2014 second round pick Stanley Jean Baptiste and Corey White. The depth at the cornerback slot has to be a concern for Sean Payton at this point in the season. Strong safety Kenny Vaccaro is a knockout hitter and one of the top young coverage safeties in the game. Teamed up with Byrd, who has intercepted 22 passes the past five seasons, he gives the Saints the best safety tandem east of Seattle, if both are healthy. And they have excellent depth at safety in Marcus Ball, Rafael Bush and Vinnie Sunseri. Thomas Morstead is an elite punter/kickoff artist, but there is quite a battle for the placekicker spot between veteran Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke. Like every NFL team there is a weakness or two on the 2014 version of the New Orleans Saints, but if they can stay healthy and get home-field advantage at playoff time, the Saints will play again in February.

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Young Tigers trying to earn their stripes By Mike Detillier Sports Columnist editor@heraldguide.com

Over the last four seasons Les Miles and the LSU Tigers have done something no other LSU coach or team has done - win 10 or more games for four straight years. This year will be the biggest test for Miles since 2009 to get back to the double-digit win mark. There are more question marks at key positions than any other time since Miles took over in 2005. And it starts at the most critical spot on any team - quarterback. Sophomore Anthony Jennings had a signature moment late in the regular season finale against

Arkansas, but he struggled mightily against Iowa in the 2014 Outback Bowl. Now true freshman Brandon Harris, from Parkway High School in Bossier City, enters the picture. He has been a bit inconsistent with his throws in fall drills, but Harris is very athletic, has a whip for an arm and is a natural leader. I really think Jennings starts the season at quarterback, but somewhere and pretty soon Brandon Harris becomes the starter. Jeremy Hill was a star player for the Tigers for the past two seasons, but there is an ample supply of halfbacks on the roster and one really “special” freshman that will help replace the departed star. Watching Terrence Magee play continues pg. 39

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Anthony Jennings (above) will battle freshman Brandon Harris for the starting QB spot.

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LSU PREVIEW from page 37 is like watching former Tiger Kevin Faulk. He is short in stature, but he has superb rushing instincts, hits the hole hard and is a very shifty and quick openfield runner. Magee will team up at halfback with the most celebrated LSU Tiger freshman ever in Leonard Fournette. Fournette is Louisiana’s version of former high school star and current NFL Pro Bowler Adrian Peterson. Also returning in the backfield is rugged inside runner Kenny Hilliard and a real strong lead blocking fullback in Connor Neighbors. Losing Zach Mettenberger and Jeremy Hill hurts offensively, but what will really be hard to replace is the best one/two wide receiver tandem I have ever seen at LSU in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. There are a host of very talented but inexperienced wide receivers that will take the field this year. Speedster Travin Dural will eventually turn into an AllSEC performer and he will be joined by John Diarse and Avery Peterson, the brother of former LSU and current NFL star Patrick Peterson. There are also a couple of standout freshmen including Malachi Dupre, Trey Quinn, D.J. Chark and Tony Upchurch. Dupre is the most talented freshman wide receiver I have ever seen at LSU while Quinn is a terrific route runner. Chark is the fastest LSU player and Upchurch is very physical. One area I would really like to see used more in the passing game is tight end and the Tigers have a good array of pass catchers in Travis Dickson, DeSean Smith and Dillon Gordon - who also excels as an in-line blocker. One area of little concern is the offensive line. This unit is the most talented and has the most depth I have ever seen in my 27 years covering the Tigers. La’el Collins, Jerald Hawkins, Elliott Porter, Hoke Fanaika and Vadal Alexander are a quality unit and all five will get a chance to play in the NFL. Collins, Hawkins and Alexander look like early round draft choices. They are backed up by a very strong group in Evan Washington, Ethan Pocic, Andy Dodd and Josh Boutte. Les Miles has also singled out true freshmen William Clapp and Garrett Brumfield for their work in fall drills. The Tiger offensive line is the strength of the 2014 offensive unit. Defensively the Tigers have to be a more stout unit against the run in 2014. They are extremely talented in the secondary, but the losses of Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson at defensive tackle are significant. The Tigers have an emerging young superstar in defensive end Danielle Hunter and a very good edge pass rusher in Jermauria Rasco. The big question mark is at defensive tackle. Junior defensive tackle Quentin Thomas has some experience, but he suffered an arm injury and his status is still questionable. Sophomore Christian LeCouture was the only freshman to see significant playing time in 2013 and defensive end Frank Herron has been moved inside to the tackle spot. Greg Gilmore, Maquedius Bain, Lewis Neal and Tashawn Bower all have flashed potential, but defensive tackle is a huge question mark for the Tigers in 2014. D.J. Welter and talented sophomore Kendell Beckwith are vying for the starting middle linebacker spot, but this is also an area that needs to get much better in 2014. Lamar Louis and Kwon Alexander man the starting outside linebacker slots and they are backed up by Duke Riley and Debo Jones. The Tigers have the best starting sophomore tandem in America at cornerback in Tre’Davious White and Rashard Robinson, who are both very talented and future All-SEC and All-American candidates. At safety, Jalen Mills is back and there is a big battle between former Destrehan High School standout Rickey Jefferson and the most celebrated defensive freshman on the team in Jamal Adams. Adams is getting the same rave reviews in fall drills as Tyrann Mathieu did when he was a freshman at LSU. Another big question mark is who will handle the punt return duties now that Odell Beckham is in the NFL. Jamal Adams, Leonard Fournette, D.J. Chark, Travin Dural, Tre’Davious White and Terrence Magee are fighting for the return duties. This is a very talented LSU team, but young in many spots. They really look like a nine-win football team in 2014. The really good news is that they should be a major contender for the BCS National Championship in 2015. It’s a transition year in Baton Rouge, but you are looking at the foundation for bigger and better things in 2015 and 2016.

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