Express yourself, Jabbar Juluke told his group of LSU running backs and fullbacks last week.
Say what’s on your mind. Open up. Spill it.
Let’s talk about the shooting of Alton Sterling and the assassination of three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers, he told the group in a meeting.
“We don’t seek cover. We love it out with guys. It’s good to get things off your chest and not bottle them in,” LSU’s running backs coach said Wednesday. “I let them express themselves. We had good conversations, and I think that our guys are very mature and handling it well. They are aware of what’s going on.”
Like other LSU assistants, Juluke met with his position group last week after a gunman shot and killed two Baton Rouge Police officers and an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy, gunning them down in an orchestrated ambush that rocked the city and nation.
Juluke has a connection to Baton Rouge police. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely, one of the department’s spokesmen, played alongside Juluke at Southern.
“I’m thankful for him,” Juluke said at the LHSAA coaches convention at the Crowne Plaza. “We played ball together at Southern. He’s a really good friend of mine. There’s a connection there. I love that guy. I appreciate what they’re doing for us, protecting and serving our community.
“Our community is strong,” said Juluke, a New Orleans native. “We’re going to come back and be a close-knit family and make this thing work.”
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Moore, Brossette ‘full go’
Fullback J.D. Moore and running back Nick Brossette are fully healthy and prepared to participate in preseason camp, Juluke said. Camp begins Aug. 4.
Moore, a senior and lead run-blocker, and Brossette, a sophomore reserve tailback, have participated in summer workouts, Juluke said. They’ve both rebounded from significant knee injuries.
Brossette, a former University High star, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in a loss to Ole Miss last season and underwent surgery. He expected to be ready by June, he said in March.
“He’s done extremely well, full go with all of the drills,” Juluke said. “He’s doing an outstanding job and hopefully is going to make an impact on this team.”
Moore, projected as the Tigers’ starter, missed the final four games of last season with a knee injury he suffered at Alabama. He underwent surgery, too. Moore was seen during spring practice running and catching passes. He did not participate in spring.
“He’s ready to go,” Juluke said. “Been working his tail off.”
Miles: no decision on punter
LSU coach Les Miles has not made a decision on whether walk-on punter Bailey Raborn can remain with the team, he said Wednesday.
Raborn, the third-ranked punter in the 2016 class according to 247Sports.com, was arrested Sunday evening for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and careless driving.
"We’ll just see how that goes. I’m not ready to say he is or he isn’t (on the team)," the coach said. "We’re investigating."
Raborn, a former standout at St. Thomas More, was involved in a car wreck at 8:19 p.m. Sunday, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, public information officer for the Lafayette Police Department. Raborn's car rear-ended another vehicle at the 2600 block of Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette, Mouton said.
"When officers made initial contact, they observed signs of intoxication," Mouton said.
Raborn refused a breathalyzer, he said. There were no injuries reported from the crash. Raborn posted $1,000 bond, according to the Lafayette Sheriff's website.