The Daily Reveille
page 8 OPENER, from page 7
mobile post player. Not that many people are like she is. ... Right now we’ve been working on not getting sealed up.” The Lady Tigers lost three Southeastern Conference games in overtime in the 2009-10 season and were eliminated in the SEC tournament in a 63-61 loss to Vanderbilt. Mays said the team has been working at the end of every practice to increase its mental toughness as games wind down. “We try to end practice on a defensive note, end on special situations to make sure our girls have to think at the end of the game,” Mays said. “We don’t do those situations until the end of practice when they’re fatigued and mentally about to check out. ... We have a more athletic team, a quicker team and a stronger team. The worst we can have is a weaker mental team.” In LSU’s exhibition game Monday against Delta State, the Lady Tigers shot a meager 33 percent from the floor in the first half. In the second half, they raised their
shooting percentage to 40.3 percent for the game. Freshman guard Jeanne Kenney said the exhibition game was eye-opening with the regular season on the horizon. She started 0-of-7 from the field in the game and finished 2-of-10 with six points in 16 minutes. “The exhibition is a great idea by the coaches to get the pregame jitters out,” Kenney said. “If your shot isn’t falling, you have to find other ways to score and keep attacking to the goal.” Barrett said playing on the road against Northwestern will make it additionally challenging for LSU to secure a convincing win. “We have to prove ourselves. Not many people think LSU is one of the top programs,” Barrett said. “We have to prove those doubters wrong and come in and make a statement. The jitters are gone because this game is a statement game.” Contact Rachel Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org
AMBROSE, from page 7
wanted to play in that stadium, and I get a chance to play there against one of the best defenses. I can’t ask for anything better than that.” For his part, LSU junior cornerback Patrick Peterson understands the problems Ambrose can present to opposing defenses. “It’s hard guarding those smaller, shifty receivers,” Peterson said. “You’ve got to stay a little more aggressive. That’s definitely going to be a fun challenge. I’m getting excited.” Ambrose represents a growing trend of sprinters being utilized in college football as running backs or wide receivers. The past two NCAA 100-meter champions are Florida running back Jeff Demps and former LSU running back Trindon Holliday. Former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller was a 100-meter semifinalist at the 2009 NCAA Championships. “There was a time period when everybody used smaller receivers that could run, and then everybody went big, and now you’re kind of
DEMONS, from page 7
worried about what you’re capable of doing.” The Tigers have taken big steps in reshaping their roster. Gone are Tasmin Mitchell and Bo Spencer, the top two scorers from last season. Now four freshmen and junior transfer Malcolm White are in line for playing time. And the fans won’t only have to adjust to the new faces on the roster. The student section in the PMAC has been moved behind the east basket, instead of its former place on the north side of the facility. Students — whose entry is still free with a valid student ID — can access the new student section through the east portal of the PMAC. Former LSU All-American Rudy Macklin will be in the student lounge at the PMAC to meet students at 5:45 p.m. Macklin’s No. 40 jersey was retired last season. While Johnson is still non-committal with his entire starting five, he did divulge three spots that were locked down. Freshman Ralston Turner, who scored 21 points in the Purple and Gold scrimmage, is starting at shooting guard. A healthy Aaron Dotson is starting at small forward, and White is starting at center. The point guard and power forward spots are still undecided, according to Johnson. Junior guard Chris Bass brings experience to the point guard position. But Bass will be challenged for playing time by diminutive freshman Andre Stringer. Stringer — who won the Gatorade Mississippi Player of the Year award in both his junior and senior
LSU junior foward Storm Warren (24) shoots over former Mississippi State foward Jarvis Varnado (32) on Feb. 20. LSU opens the season Friday in the PMAC.
high school seasons — provides some offensive firepower in the backcourt. Warren and sophomore Eddie Ludwig figure to challenge each other for playing time at power forward. “The kids in general are looking forward to playing somebody for real now under the lights,” Johnson said. “They are tired of beating up on each other, and for me as a head coach, I want to look at the rotation of nine or 10 guys and get this thing
started.” LSU has an edge in the alltime series with Northwestern. The Tigers have won 15 of 21 games against the Demons.
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Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 seeing a little bit of a transition back to where they’ve got some speed guys,” said ULM coach Todd Berry. “Certainly for our offense, we want some fast guys and don’t really care about the size.” Rick Gaille, who coached Ambrose at St. James High School, warned against mistaking Ambrose for a sprinter in a football uniform. “He has track speed with football skills,” Gaille said. “There’s a lot of people that have speed, and there’s a lot of people that have football skills, but there’s very few people that have that combination.” That combination manifested itself during Ambrose’s senior year in a semifinal game of the Class 2A state playoffs. As Gaille remembers it, the Wildcats were in a third-and-30 situation near midfield when he called a play for his thenAll-State running back.
“We ran a delay draw type of play to him,” Gaille said. “He broke four or five tackles and ran away from the rest of the defense to not only get us a first down but score. That really showed all of his assets in one play.” Ambrose switched from running back to wide receiver after enrolling at ULM. Despite leading the team in catches, yards and touchdowns this season, he said he’s still a work in progress. “It was difficult [to change positions] because in high school we didn’t throw the ball that much. I had to work on my hands, technique, routes and reading defenses. It’s always an ongoing process of learning.” Contact Ryan Ginn at firstname.lastname@example.org
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