‘This is a team that can win it all’: No. 3 signing class, combined with LSU’s returnees, have Les Miles and his Tigers thinking title _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU fans at last year's Bayou Bash at the Baton Rouge River Center.

Ed Orgeron tweaked LSU’s game-week practice schedule.

Now he’s altering the Tigers’ winter workout plan.

LSU begins its annual winter training program soon, and it will come with a twist this year, strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt said recently during an interview on ESPN radio.

Moffitt said he and Orgeron met last week and agreed on a change to winter workouts, a yearly 6-to-8-week conditioning and strength-training regimen preparing players for spring practice. Moffitt and his strength staff will take a more “competitive approach” to workouts, pitting players against each other for a more intense environment.

“It’s a fresh approach to team training. It’s something this team needs,” Moffitt said during an interview on WNXX-FM's "Culotta & The Fan" morning show last week.

“Something we’ve talked about is a killer instinct and finishing games. We’re going to do some competitive things this winter in our winter conditioning that, instead of drills, we’re going to add a competitive approach to it where our guys are coming in every day and competing against one another, doing some team competition and make our off-season more competitive versus developmental in nature.”

Moffitt, in his 17th year with the program, is being retained by Orgeron. Moffitt and Orgeron’s philosophies are “almost identical,” Moffitt said. They have a connection that goes back years.

Orgeron was a graduate assistant at Arkansas under John Stucky, Moffitt said. Moffitt calls Stucky a mentor and someone who gave Moffitt his “big break.” Stucky hired Moffitt in 1994 to be his associate strength coach at Tennessee.

Bayou Bash at the Belle

The Tiger Gridiron Club’s Bayou Bash is moving again.

The LSU signing day event will be held in the atrium of the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel on Feb. 1, national signing day. The Baton Rouge River Center hosted the event last year.

The bash, in its 22nd year, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are available for $15 at the door or on ticketmaster.com. VIP tables of 10 are also available. Food and beverages are included with the purchase of a table.

Attendees can participate in a silent auction, eat lunch and listen to former players and personalities speak throughout the day. Orgeron is scheduled to speak at the event in the afternoon to discuss the 2017 signing class. Highlights of the 25-plus signees will be shown as the players sign.

L’Auberge Casino and Hotel hosted the event in 2014 and 2015. Former coach Les Miles wanted the event moved to the River Center last year. For financial reasons, the event moved to the Belle this year.

For information, call Tom Breaux at (225) 806-2884 or email Tom.Breaux@RaymondJames.com.


LSU confirmed Wednesday that five members of the 2017 signing class enrolled in school. The list includes tackle Austin Deculus, defensive backs Jacoby Stevens and Grant Delpit, quarterback Lowell Narcisse and defensive end Justin Thomas. Texas receiver Mannie Netherly, expected to be a sixth mid-year enrollee, had not yet been cleared as of Wednesday night. ... The Senior Bowl announced that LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White will join three other Tigers in playing in the Jan. 28 game in Mobile. White had already confirmed that he'll play in the game, along with former LSU players linebacker Duke Riley, center Ethan Pocic and receiver Travin Dural. ... As expected, nose tackle Greg Gilmore announced Tuesday that he'll return for his senior season. Gilmore is a draft-eligible junior.

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