Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette shrugs off Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed last season in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers will try to end Bama's four-game win streak in the rivarly Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

As of Thursday night, LSU had sold 7,300 of its allotted 8,000 tickets to the Music City Bowl, a year after struggling to sell tickets to the Outback Bowl.

The No. 22 Tigers (8-4) and Notre Dame (7-5) meet in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 30 in a game drawing much more interest than last year’s postseason matchup. LSU beat Iowa in the Outback Bowl after last season in front of a paltry crowd.

LSU sold just 6,000 tickets to the Tampa, Florida-based game in two weeks last year.

In four days, LSU has sold all but 700 of its allotment, said Brian Broussard, associate athletic director for ticket sales. The school could request more from the bowl site but would be responsible for unsold tickets.

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Fournette highlights Tigers on SEC all-freshman team

Running back Leonard Fournette, receiver Malachi Dupre and safety Jamal Adams landed on the Southeastern Conference coaches’ all-freshman team, the league announced.

Fournette, the former top-ranked recruit in the nation, led LSU in rushing with 891 yards and eight touchdowns.

The former St. Augustine standout had multiple highlight-reel plays this season, including a 22-yard touchdown run in which he ran over Texas A&M safety Howard Matthews in the Tigers’ 23-17 win in the regular season finale.

Dupre, a former John Curtis star and a key member of the nation’s No. 2 signing class in 2014, was fourth on the team with 14 catches and had the second-most receiving yards at 318. He caught five touchdowns, also second on the team.

Adams, a Texas product ranked the No. 2 safety in the nation out of high school, became a featured part of the Tigers secondary late in the year. He finished sixth on the team with 56 tackles.

Fournette, who also returned kickoffs, made the team as a running back and all-purpose back, giving LSU a league-leading four positions on the team.

Collins lauded by USA Today

LSU senior left tackle La’el Collins reeled in four honors in four days.

The Baton Rouge native already this week made two All-SEC first teams and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the SEC’s most outstanding blocker. On Thursday, the former Redemptorist player added second-team All-America honors from USA Today to the list.

Collins is projected as a mid-to-late first round selection in the NFL draft. Projected as a second-round pick last season, Collins passed on the draft and remained at LSU for his senior season.

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