2014 LSU Tigers football team

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2014 LSU Tigers football
Louisiana State University (block logo).svg
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
Coaches #23
AP #22
CFP #23
2014 record 8–4 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Les Miles (10th year)
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator John Chavis (6th year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Tiger Stadium
(Capacity: 102,321)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#16 Missouri x   7 1         10 3  
#13 Georgia   6 2         9 3  
Florida   4 4         6 5  
Tennessee   3 5         6 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 9  
Western Division
#1 Alabama x^   7 1         12 1  
#8 Mississippi State   6 2         10 2  
#9 Ole Miss   5 3         9 3  
#19 Auburn   4 4         8 4  
#22 LSU   4 4         8 4  
Texas A&M   3 5         7 5  
Arkansas   2 6         6 6  
Championship: Alabama 42, Missouri 13
^ – College Football Playoff participant
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of December 7, 2014; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 LSU Tigers football team represents Louisiana State University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They are led by tenth year head coach Les Miles and play their home games at Tiger Stadium. They are a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference.

Previous season and offseason[edit]

LSU finished the 2013 regular season with an overall record of 10–3 and SEC record of 5–3. All three losses occurred on the road - narrow losses against Georgia and Ole Miss, as well as a loss against #1 ranked Alabama. The Tigers were undefeated in Tiger Stadium, including a victory over the national runners-up, the Auburn Tigers.[1] With its victory against Texas A&M, LSU became the only team to defeat Johnny Manziel twice in his college career.[2] Despite losing starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger to a knee injury in the closing minutes of the regular season finale against Arkansas,[3] the season ended with a win against Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

Shortly after the bowl game, LSU issued a statement that offensive line coach Greg Studrawa would be leaving the team.[4] After a brief search, coach Les Miles announced the hiring of Jeff Grimes to replace Studrawa. Grimes served as the offensive line coach for Virginia Tech in 2013. Prior to Virginia Tech, Grimes spent four years at the same position at Auburn, where he helped that team win the national championship in 2010.[5] LSU was also in need of a new special teams coordinator after Thomas McGaughey left to take the same position with the New York Jets. The Tigers hired Bradley Dale Peveto, who previously spent four seasons as an assistant at LSU from 2005 to 2008, as his replacement.[6]

For the second year in a row, LSU had more underclassmen declare for the NFL Draft than any other team in the country.[7] Key losses included Mettenberger, third-team All American Odell Beckham,[8] and second-team All-SEC players Jarvis Landry, Jeremy Hill, Anthony Johnson, and Lamin Barrow.[9][10]

The Tigers' 2014 recruiting class was considered one of the top in the nation, bolstered by several top prospects from the state of Louisiana, including New Orleans running back Leonard Fournette, River Ridge wide receiver Malachi Dupre, and Lake Charles wide receiver Trey Quinn. The class was considered the consensus #2 class by all the major recruiting outlets.[11]

Key departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Odell Beckham 3 WR 6'0" 193 Junior New Orleans, Louisiana 1st round draft pick (12th overall) of the New York Giants
Alfred Blue 4 RB 6'2" 222 Senior Boutte, Louisiana 6th round draft pick (181st overall) of the Houston Texans
Craig Loston 6 S 6'2" 209 Senior Houston, Texas Undrafted free agent signing of the Jacksonville Jaguars
Zach Mettenberger 8 QB 6'5" 235 Senior Watkinsville, Georgia 6th round draft pick (178th overall) of the Tennessee Titans
Ego Ferguson 9 DT 6'3" 309 Junior Mims, Florida 2nd round draft pick (51st overall) of the Chicago Bears
Lamin Barrow 18 LB 6'2" 232 Senior Marrero, Louisiana 5th round draft pick (156th overall) of the Denver Broncos
Jeremy Hill 33 RB 6'2" 235 Sophomore Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2nd round draft pick (55th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals
J.C. Copeland 44 FB 6'1" 270 Senior LaGrange, Georgia Undrafted free agent signing of the Dallas Cowboys
Trai Turner 56 OG 6'3" 316 Sophomore New Orleans, Louisiana 3rd round draft pick (92nd overall) of the Carolina Panthers
Jarvis Landry 80 WR 6'1" 195 Junior Convent, Louisiana 2nd round draft pick (63rd overall) of the Miami Dolphins
James Wright 82 WR 6'2" 203 Senior Belle Chasse, Louisiana 7th round draft pick (239th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals
Kadron Boone 86 WR 6'0" 202 Senior Ocala, Florida Undrafted free agent signing of the Philadelphia Eagles
Anthony Johnson 90 DT 6'3" 294 Junior New Orleans, Louisiana Undrafted free agent signing of the Miami Dolphins

[12]

Class of 2014 signees[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jamal Adams
DB
Lewisville, Texas Hebron High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Jan 2, 2014 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Donnie Alexander
LB
New Orleans, Louisiana Edna Karr High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Feb 24, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
John Battle
DB
Hallandale, Florida Hallandale High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 179 lb (81 kg) Jun 28, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Garrett Brumfield
OG
Baton Rouge, Louisiana University High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 280 lb (130 kg) Apr 20, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
D.J. Chark
WR
Alexandria, Louisiana Alexandria High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 174 lb (79 kg) Jun 10, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
William Clapp
OG
New Orleans, Louisiana Brother Martin High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 270 lb (120 kg) Jan 12, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Deondre Clark
DE
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Douglass High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Jun 24, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Malachi Dupre
WR
River Ridge, Louisiana John Curtis Christian High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Feb 5, 2014 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Leonard Fournette
RB
New Orleans, Louisiana St. Augustine High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Jan 2, 2014 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Russell Gage
ATH
Baton Rouge, Louisiana Redemptorist High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Jan 29, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Cameron Gamble
K
Flower Mound, Texas Flower Mound High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jul 13, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Clifton Garrett
LB
Joliet, Illinois Plainfield South High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 224 lb (102 kg) Dec 17, 2013 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Davon Godchaux
DE
Plaquemine, Louisiana Plaquemine High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 271 lb (123 kg) Sep 30, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Brandon Harris
QB
Bossier City, Louisiana Parkway High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Jul 18, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Trey Lealaimatafao
DT
San Antonio, Texas Warren High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 297 lb (135 kg) Feb 5, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Edward Paris
DB
Mansfield, Texas Timberview High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Feb 25, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Trey Quinn
WR
Lake Charles, Louisiana Barbe High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Aug 17, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Sione Teuhema
DE
Keller, Texas Keller High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 214 lb (97 kg) Feb 5, 2014 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Tony Upchurch
WR
Pearland, Texas Dawson High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 221 lb (100 kg) Mar 15, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Travonte Valentine
DT
Hialeah, Florida Champagnat Catholic School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 295 lb (134 kg) Feb 5, 2014 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Devin Voorhies
ATH
Woodville, Mississippi Wilkinson County High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jul 28, 2012 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2   Rivals: 2  247Sports: 2  ESPN: 2
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
LSU
Alma Mater
Les Miles Head coach 10 Michigan (1976)
Cam Cameron Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks 2 Indiana (1983)
John Chavis Defensive coordinator 6 Tennessee (1979)
Frank Wilson Running backs, Recruiting coordinator 5 Nicholls State (1997)
Steve Ensminger Tight ends 5 LSU (1982)
Brick Haley Defensive line 6 Alabama A&M (1989)
Adam Henry Wide receivers 3 McNeese State (1998)
Bradley Dale Peveto Special teams 5 Southern Methodist (1987)
Corey Raymond Defensive backs 2 LSU (1992)
Jeff Grimes Offensive line 1 Texas - El Paso (1991)
Reference:[13]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 8:00 PM vs. #14 Wisconsin* #13 NRG StadiumHouston, TX (Texas Kickoff) ESPN W 28–24   71,599
September 6 6:30 PM Sam Houston State* #12 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA SECN W 56–0   100,338
September 13 6:00 PM Louisiana–Monroe* #10 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA ESPNU W 31–0   101,194
September 20 6:00 PM Mississippi State #8 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN L 29–34   102,321
September 27 6:30 PM New Mexico State* #17 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA SECN W 63–7   101,987
October 4 6:00 PM at #5 Auburn #15 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Tiger Bowl) ESPN L 7–41   87,451
October 11 6:30 PM at Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL (Rivalry) SECN W 30–27   88,014
October 18 6:30 PM Kentucky Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA SECN W 41–3   101,581
October 25 6:15 PM #3 Ole Missdagger #24 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Magnolia Bowl) ESPN W 10–7   102,321
November 8 7:00 PM #4 Alabama #14 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) CBS L 13–20 OT  102,321
November 15 7:00 PM at Arkansas #20 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR (Rivalry) ESPN2 L 0–17   70,165
November 27 6:30 PM at Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) ESPN W 23–17   105,829
December 30 2:00 PM vs. Notre Dame* #22 LP FieldNashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN      
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[14]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 13 12 (1) 10 8 17 15 RV RV 24 16 14 20 RV RV 23 22  
Coaches' 13 12 9 8 18 15 RV RV 23 17 15 20 RV RV 24 23  
CFP Not released 19 16 17 NR NR 24 23 Not released


References[edit]

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  5. ^ Kleinpeter, Jim (January 21, 2014). "LSU Makes It Official, Jeff Grimes Hired As O-Line Coach". The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ Taylor, John (February 27, 2014). "LSU Makes Return of Bradley Dale Peveto Official". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
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