LSU Tigers: North Texas Mean Green

DL Charles Walker hoping for LSU offer 

November, 25, 2012
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Defensive lineman Charles Walker (Garland, Texas/South Garland) has his options, but when it comes to his recruiting process, he’s all about taking some official visits before making a decision.

Walker, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive tackle who also can play defensive end, claims offers from Oklahoma, Iowa, North Texas, Houston and Colorado. Before he makes a decision, Walker said he would like to make some stops after the season. South Garland currently is in the second round of the Texas Class 5A playoffs.

“I’m going to make some visits in December,” Walker said. “I’ll probably do a couple in January, too. Right now, I’m just trying to see from now until January if I get anything new.”

News and notes: Week 1 

September, 2, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- A bit of perspective for anyone stressing Zach Mettenberger's so-so start to 2012: Turn the calendar back one year.

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AP Photo/Bill HaberLSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger walks the sidelines after being knocked out of Saturday's game with a shoulder bruise.
Although he spent part of the first half on the sideline with a shoulder bruise and had troubles at time getting into a rhythm with his receivers, all one has to do is review the 2011 season to be a bit more forgiving of Mettenberger's 17-of-26 debut, totaling 192 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Compared to the Tigers' two-headed combo of Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson last fall, Mettenberger just threw the third-highest number of completions for an LSU quarterback in the last 15 games. His 26 completions are also the third-highest in the last calendar year -- behind Lee's 28 attempts against West Virginia and Jefferson's 29 against Arkansas.

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Miles likes the 'Shake 'n Bake' approach

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- After all the hype about new quarterback Zach Mettenberger's debut, LSU still looked like a Les Miles football team during Saturday's season-opening 41-14 thumping of North Texas.

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Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesLSU RB Kenny Hilliard rushed for two touchdowns against North Texas.
The Tigers piled up 315 rushing yards to spearhead a 508-yard attack (more than any game last season), leaning on the tandem of the big, physical Kenny Hilliard (141 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns) and the faster and somewhat leaner Alfred Blue (123 yards on 16 carries) to pound its Sun Belt Conference foe. They were, as they like the call themselves, "Thunder and Lightning" for the Tigers.

Well, unless you you like Miles' "Talladega Nights" movie reference more.

"I kind of like the Will Farrell movie, the NASCAR guy," he said with a smile.

You mean Shake and Bake?

"Yeah, that's it, Shake and Bake," he said, leaning back with a smile.

While it was hard at times to figure out who was shaking and who was baking -- the bigger Hillard looked absolutely speedy as he busted off runs of 60 and 38 yards while Blue had one explosive carry of 37 yards but also had a lot of physical, inside carries -- it was clear that the approach fans saw Saturday was familiar with all the usual Miles plays.

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU doesn't need a big-name opponent in the season opener to give it motivation.

North Texas is the team that will be on the other sideline when the No. 1 Tigers open their season Saturday. But what might get the Tigers' juices flowing more than a game against a likely undermanned Sun Belt Conference foe is the chance to put some things behind it.

There's a bad week to put to bed, one where LSU had to hunker down as Hurricane Isaac ground Baton Rouge to a halt (though it left the campus with little damage) on Wednesday. And there's a bad off-season, one where LSU had to endure the memory of the 21-0 embarrassment against Alabama in the BCS championship game as its last game day memory.

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