LSU Tigers: Lorenzo Phillips

LSU confirms four player departures

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU on Wednesday confirmed that four reserves -- offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh Jr., linebacker Lorenzo Phillips and defensive backs Jerqwinick Sandolph and Derrick Raymond -- have left the football program.

LSU did not list any of the four 2012 signees on its Outback Bowl roster, and Edinburgh and Raymond did not play at all in 2013. Phillips recorded four tackles through the first nine games before sitting out the final four, while Sandolph made one tackle in three games.

Southeastern Louisiana announced on Wednesday that Sandolph and another recent Tiger -- safety Micah Eugene, who left the program prior to the bowl game -- are transferring to the FCS-level program.

The Baton Rouge Advocate reported that Phillips left LSU because of academic problems and enrolled at East Mississippi Community College in hopes of eventually returning to Baton Rouge.

He was the highest-rated member of the foursome when they signed with LSU in 2012. ESPN graded Phillips as a four-star prospect and the No. 135 overall prospect in the nation that year. Edinburgh, Sandolph and Raymond were all three-star signees.

LSU spring football primer

March, 14, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Here are things to know as LSU starts spring practice:

Practice dates: March 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 23 (scrimmage), 25, 26 and 28. After spring break, resumes April 9, 11, 13 (scrimmage), 16, 18 and 20 (spring game).

What's new: Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will install his new offense, and four new starters will man the defensive line.

What's old: The Tigers have eight returning starters on offense, led by quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Offensive outlook:
Starters returning (8): QB Mettenberger, RB Jeremy Hill, FB J.C. Copeland, WR Jarvis Landry, WR Odell Beckham, LT La'el Collins (moved from left guard), LG Josh Williford (moved from right guard), RG Trai Turner, RT Vadal Alexander.

New starters: TE Dillon Gordon or Logan Stokes, C Elliott Porter. Key reserves -- QB Stephen Rivers, RBs Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and Terrance Magee, FB Connor Neighbors, LT Jerald Hawkins, RG Fehoko Fanaika, RT Ethan Pocic, WR James Wright, Kadron Boone, John Diarse and Travin Dural, TE Travis Dickson.

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Where LSU will need help: Defense 

January, 3, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- The commitment of Maquedius Bain to LSU on Wednesday made perfect sense.

Bain, the No. 6 defensive tackle in the ESPN 150 and the highest-rated of the Tigers' 24 commitments, figures to play at LSU early. And he'll play a position where the Tigers have a tremendous recent track record for getting players to the NFL. Part of the reason there is a need for defensive tackles in this LSU class (Bain is one of four DT commitments in the class) is the presumed early departure of junior Bennie Logan to the NFL.

If Bain does play immediately, it will continue an LSU trend: Tiger freshmen should come ready to play because many of them will play. LSU used 15 true freshmen in the 2012 season, including four who started and a fifth who was a special-teams starter.

Fall practice report, Day 5 (Monday) 

August, 6, 2012
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LSU on Monday morning donned full pads for the first time in August as the Tigers wrapped up a stretch of five straight practice days to start August camp.

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Courtesy Jamie NewbergFreshman Ronnie Feist has already been a hit at LSU's August practices.
It was the second day of the team being together as a group, meaning you are getting a feel for how newcomers might be used this year.

What's particularly interested is watching the linebackers, where true freshmen Ronnie Feist, Lamar Louis and Deion Jones, all true freshmen, have often worked together as a second-team unit behind first-teamers Kevin Minter, Tahj Jones and Lamin Barrow. That doesn't necessarily mean a veteran like Luke Muncie, who was competing with Barrow for the starting spot on the weak side, has completely fallen out of favor, but it is interesting to see the young players get early looks.

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Countdown to camp: Back(ers) to glory? 

July, 18, 2012
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Malcolm MitchellTodd Kirkland/Icon SMILSU's Kevin Minter expects the linebacker unit to improve and be better than in recent years.
GeauxTigerNation writers David Helman and Gary Laney break down the competitions, issues and talking points of LSU's August camp. Players report to campus Aug. 1 and we'll have a preview segment every weekday in July leading up to the day the players report:

It wasn't long ago that you thought of linebackers when LSU's dominant defense came up.

As recently as 2009, the Tiges had Kelvin Sheppard, Perry Riley, Jacob Cutrera and Harry Coleman, all future NFL players (though Coleman has since moved on to the CFL) alternating between three positions. Sheppard and Riley, in particular, were solid.

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GTN writers Gary Laney and David Helman answer your questions in this week's mailbag. You can send questions to glaneyespn@gmail.com or helmanespn@gmail.com or their Twitter accounts, helmanespn or glaneyespn.

Today, they'll discuss:

1. Recruiting grades

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Scouts: More explosiveness for LSU's D 

January, 22, 2012
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In the end it appears the LSU Tigers are going to retain one of the state's best linebackers in Lorenzo Phillips (Patterson, La.). The versatile linebacker, who has proven effective from both "on" and "off" alignments, lacks some size but is plenty explosive.

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LSU scores ESPNU 150 LB 

January, 22, 2012
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Four-star outside linebacker Lorenzo Phillips (Patterson, La.), ranked No. 135 in the ESPNU 150, has committed to in-state power LSU, multiple sources report. He made an official visit to Baton Rouge, La. over the weekend.

This is Phillips' third commitment. In March, he announced for Texas A&M but quickly decommitted. Phillips then gave his pledge to Florida before dropping the Gators in October.

Phillips also made official visits to Houston (Dec. 16) and Louisiana Tech (Jan. 6). Indiana, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Baylor and Tennessee were his other scholarship offers.

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