Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday or Wednesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @RossDellenger to submit a question.
@RossDellenger if les does get fired this season what are the chances lsu hires tom Herman?
— Tanner Martin (@tmart325) February 9, 2016
Well, LSU has hired a sitting head coache of Power 5 conference schools in its last three searches. Herman doesn’t meet that qualification (Houston is in the American Athletic Association), but that doesn’t mean he should completely be ruled out as LSU’s potential next head coach.
Also, if Herman follows his 13-1 season last year with a solid Round 2, he’ll be a hot name for a host of schools. It’s not a given that he’d choose LSU over all other options.
Lastly, I still believe that Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is the top name on LSU’s board if Les Miles leaves/is fired. Remember this?
@RossDellenger What's to be made if Jennings' silence? Outhouse, dog house, or looking for a new house?
— Richard C Miller (@RCLSUMiller) February 9, 2016
I assume you mean Les Miles’ silence about Jennings? The coach hasn’t brought up his name in discussing the starting quarterback battle, mentioning only Brandon Harris and Danny Etling when talking about it recently.
That’s a pretty good sign that Jennings continues to slip down the depth chart. Things just haven’t been the same for him since his arrest last summer. Many had predicted he’d transfer after the fall, but that didn’t happen. Will he transfer after spring? That’s always a possibility.
@RossDellenger when will Lsu hire a running backs coach?
— philip rose (@phil5060) February 10, 2016
That search was expected to have started today (Wednesday). Les Miles gave his staff off over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday, Mardi Gras.
Spring practice is less than a month away so I imagine the search will be somewhat quick.
@RossDellenger The depth chart at LB is sparse. A graduate transfer could plug that hole for a year. Any sign the staff is after one?
— Brian Arbour (@bkarbour) February 9, 2016
LSU, we believe, has four spots to fill after signing just 23 players last week. Many believe Sci Martin and Da’Monte Coxie will eventually sign with the Tigers, leaving two spots. Will one of those be for a transfer linebacker? I wouldn’t rule it out.
Also, keep some position moves in mind. Last year, safety Corey Thompson said coaches discussed moving him to linebacker. That never materialized, but maybe it happens this year.
@RossDellenger Trey Quin seems to be talented. How can he get on the field in 2016?
— JimT (@jimthomjr) February 9, 2016
Quinn started the first few games of his freshman season in 2014 before dropping some key, late-game passes in a loss to Alabama. Coaches haven’t used him in the same manner since that Bama game.
He’s been relegated to a reserve role as one of LSU’s Nos. 4-5 receivers, falling below Travin Dural, Malachi Dupre and John Dirase. Diarse’s transfer leaves an opening for Quinn, but there will be stiff competition from talented guys like D.J. Chark, Tyron Johnson and freshmen Dee Anderson, Drake Davis and Stephen Sullivan. Sullivan and Anderson enrolled at the mid-year and will participate in spring practice.
@RossDellenger What's the latest with Sci Martin?
— Jamie Brady (@Jamm_eee) February 10, 2016
Shea Dixon, of Geaux247.com, reported Wednesday morning that Martin, a defensive end from McDonogh 35, will not announce his school of choice – expected to be LSU or TCU – on Wednesday, and that he doesn’t plan to sign with a school until later.
@RossDellenger LSU had the #2 ranked recruiting class in 2014. With 18 returning starters and the Heisman favorite, is this THE title year?
— Fred From Plano (@FredFromPlano) February 10, 2016
Outside of having a more sure feeling at quarterback, I can’t imagine LSU will ever return a group with better odds of winning a title.