Prized LSU defensive tackle Travonte Valentine transferring after never playing for Tigers _lowres

Champagnat's Nathaniel Holloway (31) and Travonte Valentine (75) chase after Victory Christian quarterback Caleb Lewis (2) as he scrambles during the first half of the FHSAA Football Class 2A Finals in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.(Special to the


Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday 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 @DellengerAdv to submit a question.

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Ross Dellenger ? @DellengerAdv

It's Twitter Tuesday. You know the drill: Shoot me #LSU FB and BSB questions for our Twitter Mailbag, Installment No. 50 (or something).

Kevin Gates @Tyler_Capone


@DellengerAdv do you think Travonte Valentine will see a lot of playing time this year?

It’s tough to predict, especially since LSU has a new defensive line coach in Ed Orgeron. Valentine was a guy many around the program felt could help immediately if he were cleared last season, but his absence last year opened the door for freshman Davon Godchaux, who seems to have supplanted himself at defensive tackle.

Christian LaCouture is another returning starter and then Quentin Thomas returns, too. Those are three experienced players who may be ahead of Valentine.

Still, the former four star prospect from Miami is one of the largest players on the team at 6-3, 330 pounds. He may develop into a run stuffer inside. By the time fall camp arrives, he’ll have been in the system for a year so that should help get him on the field.

I think he plays this season in a spot role, rotating into the game in certain packages.

Ross Dellenger ? @DellengerAdv

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Kelli Anne @Kelian_NE


@DellengerAdv Dear Mailbag: Who was the last LSU pitcher to swing the bat at the plate before Bouman's single base rap last weekend?

Nate Fury. The pitcher had four at-bats during the 2013 season. Fury had two hits, too. That included a double. He had a slugging percentage of .750. Ha.

For those who don’t know what Kelli’s referring to, Bouman had an infield single in his first at-bat of his collegiate career last weekend.

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Brad Rine @nolaBRAD


@DellengerAdv with Zardon's struggles at 3b will Deichmann get another look there when he returns?

Doubtful. Deichmann’s foot injury didn’t remove him from the competition at third base during preseason practice. His play there did, coach Paul Mainieri said at the time.

Now, does Deichmann get a shot to play second base? Maybe. He was moved from third to second right around the time his injury happened. Second baseman Kramer Robertson has the worst hitting percentage (.219) of any everyday starter, and Mainieri would really like to keep Hale at third base (he rotates Hale between second and third).

Deichmann is expected to get the boot on his left foot removed Thursday. We’ll ask Mainieri at some point next week what his future will be this season.

M McKim @o2bdead


@DellengerAdv 1) The QB play. How will it improve? Someone coming in? 2) Has anyone turned A$M and Chavis into the NCAA?

9:15 AM - 4 Mar 2015

Les Miles and Cam Cameron have been adamant that the quarterback play this season will be better than last year (after all, it can’t be too much worse).

How will it improve? That’s a tough question to answer, but Cameron said in this piece that the QBs are “growing” and that LSU’s fans will see the growth. This will be Brandon Harris’ second spring practice, and it will be Anthony Jennings’ third.

Is someone coming in? Don’t count on it, but who really knows? It’s always a possibility. A local TV station reported a few weeks ago that Braxton Miller, the Ohio State quarterback, had interest in LSU and that LSU had interest in him. But Miller has decided to stay at Ohio State for, at least, this semester and participate in a three-man QB battle during spring practice.

I think LSU wanted a new quarterback to enroll early in January. Now that that’s not possible, it appears the Tigers will go on with what they have.

To your second question, our Scott Rabalais wrote about this topic in Wednesday’s Advocate. We’re unaware if LSU has officially turned A&M into the SEC or NCAA for recruiting violations, but don’t be surprised if that happens at some point.