2016 Preseason All-Louisiana College Football teams

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Leonard Fournette

Louisiana is generously stocked with a plethora of talented college football players any given season.

Every year I assume the difficult task of naming the best that the Pelican state can offer for the upcoming campaign.

It’s much too challenging to limit this to just a first team, so I take the liberty of choosing a 1st, 2nd and 3rd team. I also name the state’s preseason  offensive MVP, defensive MVP and Coach of the Year.

So here we go…

1st team
Offense
TE-Colin Jeter, LSU, 6-7, 245 Sr. is NFL ready. Although his stats were not overly impressive (12 catches for 132 yds. 1 TD), he is a good red zone option and very capable blocker.
OL- Ethan Pocic, LSU, ….6-7, 310 Sr. was 2nd team All-SEC in 2015. He is the QB of the Tiger O-line.
OL-Will Clapp, LSU, 6-5, 308 RS Soph. Made 12 starts last fall; he is the best blocker on the Tigers’ front line.
OL-Chris Taylor, Tulane, 6-3, 320 Sr. will be a 4 year starter. Consistent.
OL-Mae Teuhema, LSU, 6-4, 328 Soph. was mauler at LG in ’15, moves to LT this season.
OL-Darrell Brown, La. Tech,  6-4, 300 Sr. will be 3 year starter, was 2nd team CUSA in 2015.
WR-Malachi Dupre, LSU, 6-3, 200 Jr. made 43 catches for 698 yards and 6 scores. Expect his game to go up a notch this year.
WR-Chad Williams, Grambling, 6-2, 195 Sr. had 64 grabs for 1,012 yards and 10 touchdowns for Tigers.
WR-Travin Dural, LSU, 6-2, 203 Sr. is NFL ready and a true deep threat.
QB-Brandon Harris, LSU, 6-3, 220 Jr. threw for 2,165 yds with 13 TD’s/6 int. in 2015. Primed for big season.
RB-Leonard Fournette, LSU, 6-1, 230 Jr. ran for 1,953 yds. with 22 touchdowns and added 253 yds. plus a touchdown as receiver.
RB-Elijah McGuire, ULL, 5-11, 208 Sr. notched 1,058 yds. and 13 scores in 2015. Career numbers: 3,185 yds. and 35 touchdowns.
RB-Lenard Tillery, Southern, 5-10, 186, Sr. ruhed for 1,211 yds. and 14 touchdowns for Jaguars last season.

Defense

DL-Arden Key, LSU, 6-6, 245, Soph. Made 41 tackles with 5 sacks and 1.5 TFL as true freshman.
DL-Davon Godchaux, LSU, 6-4, 293  Jr. had 41 stops with 6 sacks and 3 TFL.
DL-Tanzel Smart, Tulane, 6-1, 304 Sr. tallied 62 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.
DL-Isaiah Golden, McNeese State, 6-2, 335, is Texas A&M transfer who played as freshman for Aggies in 2013.
LB-Kendell Beckwith, LSU, 6-2, 252 Sr. racked up 84 stops, 3 sacks and 6 TFL.
LB-Nico Marley, Tulane, 5-10, 208 Sr. is a 4 year starter who had 82 tackles, 12 TFL, 1 sack and interception in 2015.
LB-Guy Stallworth, Grambling, 6-3, 215 Sr. ’15 JUCO transfer to G-men. Had 101 tackles and 3 picks as a safety. Can play OLB.
DB-Tre’ Davious White- LSU 5-11, 191 Sr. LSU has had 2 Thorpe winners (Patrick Peterson, Mo Claiborne) he could # 3.
DB-Jamal Adams, LSU, 6-2, 211 Jr. made 67 tackles, 4 interceptions and 5 TFL.
DB-Tracy Walker, ULL, 6-2, 198 Jr. had 74 stops and 1 pick and considered a complete player.
DB-Parry Nickerson, Tulane, 6’0-182 Jr. managed 46 tackles last year and had 6 interceptions during his freshman season in 2014.

2nd team
Offense
TE-Charles Jones, Tulane, 6-4, 234  Jr. – 38 catches for 323 yards and 6 TD’s for career. Cousin of Tyson Jackson (LSU, NFL)
OL-Junior Diaz, Tulane, 6-3, 292, Soph. had outstanding spring.
OL-Eddie Gordon, ULL, 6-1, 330 Sr. originally signed with No. Carolina State before transfer to Hutchinson CC and then ULL.
OL-Toby Weathersby, LSU, 6-5, 292 Soph. showed great promise at guard as a freshman, steps into RT spot this season.
OL-Trent Scott, Grambling, 6-5, 305 Jr. is leader up front for Tigers.
OL-Taylor Gadbois, SLU, 6-6, 303 Jr. is one time starter for Miami Hurricanes before transfer to Lions.
WR-Marcus Green, ULM, 5’8-190 Soph. – 63 catches for 698 yards and 11 TD’s
WR-Carlos Henderson, La. Tech, 5-11, 195 Jr. – 35 grabs for 774 yds. and 5 scores. Former McDonogh 35 product.
WR-Trent Taylor, La. Tech, 5’8-175 Sr. – 99 grabs for 1,282 yds. and 9 touchdowns. Deep threat, super catching radius.
QB-Austin Howard- Southern 6-0, 190 Jr. – 2,292 passing yds. with 16 TD’s and 4 int. with 65.4% completions.
RB-Dontrell Hilliard, Tulane, 5-11, 195 Jr. — 646 yards and 6 touchdowns. Good combination of speed and elusiveness.
RB-Derrius Guice, LSU, 5-11, 222 Soph. — 436 yards and 3 TD’s behind Fournette. On any other team, he would have easily gone over 1,000 yards.
RB-Martez Carter, Grambling, 5-11, 185 Sr. — 876 yds. and 9 scores. Converted WR is special as kick returner.

Defense
DL-Christian LaCouture, LSU, 6-5, 307 Sr. – 35 stops with 1 sacks and 1.5 TFL. Dave Aranda defense should fit his skills.
DL-Lewis Neal, LSU, 6-2, 264 – 48 tackles with 8 QB drops and 1.5 TFL. NFL talent. Great motor.
DL-Taboris Lee, ULL, 6-2, 284  Jr. – 40 tackles and 4 TFL for Cajuns.
DL-Jaylen Ferguson- La. Tech 6-5, 225 Soph. – 6 sacks as freshman coming off the edge. Great first step.
LB-Otha Peters, ULL, 6-2, 228 Sr. – 68 tackles, 6 TFL. Ex-Arkansas Razorback and Covington Lion.
LB-Hezekiah White, Nicholls State, 6’0-210 – 85 tackles, great instincts, reads play quickly.
LB-Artez Cooper, Grambling, 6-3, 230  – 93 tackles, 7 QB sacks and 14 TFL. Plays sideline to sideline.
DB-Xavier Woods, La. Tech, 5-11, 185 Sr. – 56 tackles, 3 interceptions.
DB-Rickey Jefferson, LSU, 6′-206 Sr. – 36 stops, 1 sack and 1 interception.
DB-Jarrod Franklin, Tulane, 6-1, 208  Jr. – 74 stops, 3.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks.
DB-Kevin Toliver, LSU, 6-2, 196 Soph. – 35 stops and 1 pick as freshman and expected to shine this season.

3rd team
Offense
TE-Zach Hetrick, McNeese State, 6-3, 250 Sr. – outstanding blocker, converted LB and a scratch golfer to boot.
OL-O’Shea Dugas , La. Tech, 6-5, 294 Soph. – 11 starts and freshman All-American.
OL-Thor Miller, McNeese State, 6-4, 300 Sr. – plays with leverage as former AAU All-American wrestler.
OL-Robert Hunt, ULL, 6-5, 330 Fr. – Watch out for this guy! Great upside and penciled in starter as true freshman.
OL-Terry Boyd, Grambling, 6-3, 290 Sr.
OL-John Leglue, Tulane, 6-7, 298 Soph. – coaches feel he could be special before his career ends.
WR-Gabe Fuselier, ULL, 5-11, 195 Jr. – snared 37 passes for 357 yards and one score.
WR-Ajalen Holley, ULM, 5-10, 193 Sr. – 60 catches for 709 yards and 6 TD’s incl. 3 against Nicholls State.
WR-Kent Shelby, McNeese State, 6-3, 194 Jr. – a former Shaw Eagle and a deep threat averaging 18.6 yards per catch.
QB-Garrett Smith, ULM, 6’0-211 Soph. – 2,033 yds. with 17 scoring tosses and 11 interceptions.
RB-Ryan  Ross, McNeese State, 5-9, 205 Jr. – 891 yards and 9 touchdowns.
RB-Juice Maracalin, SLU, 6’0-215 Soph. – 590 yards and 3 touchdowns (5.8 yds per carry) missed time ’15 with injury.
RB-De’ Mond Llorens, Northwestern State, 5-9, 213 Sr. – 820 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Defense
DL-Ade Aruna, Tulane, 6-5, 241 Jr. – 32 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 TFL.
DL-Rashard Lawrence, LSU, 6-3, 305 Fr. – called the next great DT in Tigertown, he will play a great deal this fall.
DL-Mario Osborne, ULL, 6-4, 260 Soph. – recorded 2 sacks as freshman in limited role.
DL-Tevin Lawson, Nicholls State, 6-4, 285 – transfer from TCU where he played in 31 contests. Native of Denham Springs.
LB-Eric Thomas, Tulane, 5-11, 243 Sr. – 64 tackles, 6.5 TFL.
LB-Kentavious Preston- Southern  6-1, 250 Jr.  – 64 tackles, 9.5 TFL.
LB-Ashari Goins, McNeese State, 5-10, 210 Jr.  – Active in Cowboy defense. Recorded  331 tackles and 44 TFL at Neville High.
DB-Adam Jones, Northwestern State, 6-3, 205 Sr. – NFL prospect is a ball hawk at safety.
DB-Donte Jackson, LSU, 5-11, 170 Soph. – tremendous athletic skills.
DB-Danny Johnson, Southern, 5-10, 177 Jr. – Former East Feliciana star had 7 PBU and 3 picks for Jaguars last fall.
DB-B.T. Sanders, Nicholls State, 6’0-192 Sr. – 70 stops. Leader in secondary for Colonels.

Coach of the Year- Les Miles (LSU)
The stars seem to be aligned for the Tigers to end the season by playing in the FBS “Final Four.”

Offensive Player of the Year: Leonard Fournette (LSU)
Think of all the super runners that LSU has produced – Kevin Faulk, Charles Alexander, Dalton Hilliard, Billy Cannon, Terry Robiskie. Yet, Fournette is 1,571 yards and 15 touchdowns shy of becomg the school’s all time leading rusher and touchdown producer. He has done it all in just two seasons so far. All others earned their numbers in four seasons.

Defensive Player of Year: Tre’ Davious White (LSU)
To think, he could be playing in the NFL right now but White decided to return for his senior season. He could be the third player at LSU to capture the Jim Thorpe Award.

Newcomers to Watch:
Robert Hunt (6-5, 330, ULL) is already expected to start for the Ragin Cajuns on the offensive line as a true freshman. He could join the ranks of Louis Age, D’Anthony Batiste, Anthony Clement and Keno Hills as for Cajun O-linemen who went onto play in the NFL. Hunt is explosive and very advanced.

-Alfred “Tarzan” Smith (5-9, 205 , La. Tech) signed with Utah, but decided to come home before his freshman season got underway.  This shifty wide receiver sat out 2015 and is ready to contribute. Destrehan head coach Steve Robicheaux feels that his former player has a lot of Jarvis Landry in his game.

-Rashard Lawrence (6-3, 305 , LSU) can play 0 technique, 3 or 5 tech up front. He possesses great versatility as a defensive lineman. Ranked as the top prospect in Louisiana in ’16 recruiting class, Lawrence is similar to Aaron Donald (Rams) and Geno Atkins (Bengals). Locally, many think he could be a mirror image of LSU All-American Glenn Dorsey. He had 91 stops, 15 TFL and 8 sacks his senior year at Neville.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even greater fashion while in Baton Rouge. Nadeau played semi-pro football for two seasons with the New Orleans Blue Knights. He has been a prominent sports figure in the New Orleans area for 29 years. Nadeau currently serves as a color…

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