Hey Fightin' Podcast Network: The Official Podcast Network of LSU Sports
By LSU Sports
The official podcast network of LSU Athletics. The Hey Fightin' Podcast Network takes you inside LSU Sports all year long. From Hey Fightin' Podcast – the official podcast of LSU Football – to Tigers Win, Hearing Voices, the Play by Play, and more, the Hey Fightin' Podcast Network brings you episodes covering all things LSU Sports (almost) every week day.
Where's That Tiger: Jordan Jefferson
Welcome to Where's That Tiger, hosted by L-Club Executive Director Leighann Westfall and former LSU running back and current TAF Director of Athletic Alumni Engagement Justin Vincent. The show's first guest is former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (2008-11), talking his LSU days, the 2011 reunion, his career post-football as a coach and agent, his brother Justin, and more.
September 26, 2022
Hearing Voices: Robert Portnoy, Voice of the Lobos
On the latest episode of Hearing Voices, Chris Blair travels to the Land of Enchantment to talk with Robert Portnoy, the Voice of the New Mexico Lobos, ahead of Saturday's contest in Tiger Stadium. Portnoy talks about his career in broadcasting and provides an inside look at LSU's next opponent. Next week, we'll have Auburn play-by-play announcer Andy Burcham before the Tigers travel to the Plains for their first true road game of the season.
September 22, 2022
Hey Fightin' Podcast: Too Gritty to be Pretty
Fought like Tigers. Jacob Hester and Matt Flynn recap LSU's 31-16 win over Mississippi State in the SEC opener, scoring 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to start conference play 1-0. Plus, a film breakdown of key plays, including the 4th-and-3 conversion from Jayden Daniels to Malik Nabers, propelling a critical late-game touchdown.
September 21, 2022
Play by Play: LSU Soccer Head Coach Sian Hudson
Chris and Kent recap LSU Football's win over Mississippi State on Saturday in the SEC opener. Also, LSU Soccer Head Coach Sian Hudson stops by after the Tigers started SEC play off on the right foot with a win over Vanderbilt in Nashville.
September 20, 2022
LSU Sixty: Offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock
On this week's episode of LSU Sixty, Bill Franques recaps LSU's win over Mississippi State, and Jeff Palermo sits down with LSU offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock to break down what worked for the Tigers against the Bulldogs. Later in the show, we hear from LSU women's golf coach Garrett Runion.
September 19, 2022
Hey Fightin' Podcast: Bonus Mississippi Preview (LIVE)
A quick bonus episode for you ahead of LSU's clash with Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium. Cody Worsham, Jacob Hester, and T-Bob Hebert hosted a live podcast for a private gathering and recorded the show. Today's show features audio from that event, as the guys look back on the first two games of the Brian Kelly era and take a close look at Mississippi State.
September 17, 2022
The Brian Kelly Show: Week 4 vs. Mississippi State (September 15, 2022)
On this week's edition of The Brian Kelly Show, Chris Blair and Coach Kelly break down LSU's win over Southern and look ahead to Saturday's SEC opener against Mississippi State. They discuss the faster start from the offensive unit in Week 2, the game balls from the victory over the Jaguars, depth concerns on the offensive and defensive lines, and a closer look at Jayden Daniels' touchdown pass to Jack Bech.
September 16, 2022
Hearing Voices: Neil Price, Voice of Mississippi State
Neil Price, the Voice of the Bulldogs, joins us on this week's Hearing Voices to preview the Tigers' SEC opener on Saturday night in Tiger Statdium against Mississippi State. Price also outlines his career in the broadcasting industry.
September 15, 2022
Hey Fightin' Podcast: First of Many
LSU's win over Southern on Saturday marked the first of the Brian Kelly era. With that, we've given Hester and Flynn the keys to the podcast again to break down some film and look ahead to the start of SEC play against Mississippi State.
September 14, 2022
Play by Play: Leighann Westfall, L-Club Executive Director
It's another week of Play by Play. Chris and Kent welcome LSU's Executive Director of External Relations and Letterwinner Engagement Leighann Westfall to the show in Segment 2 after recapping the Tigers' win over Southern and a successful trip to the East Coast for Sian Hudson's LSU Soccer team. It was a historic weekend for the city of Baton Rouge and the guys give their immediate reaction to some of the moments that made it special.
September 13, 2022
Tigers Win: LSU Men's Tennis Coach Danny Bryan
Danny Bryan, a former All-American and assistant coach at LSU who earned 2021 ITA Central Region Coach of the Year at Wichita State, returned home to Louisiana in May to be named the next head coach of the LSU Men’s Tennis program. He sits down with Cody Worsham to discuss his path through coaching, the importance of reading books, and how he landed back at his alma mater.
September 12, 2022
The Brian Kelly Show: Week 3 vs. Southern (September 8, 2022)
On this week's episode of The Brian Kelly Show, Chris Blair and head football coach Brian Kelly break down the areas of improvement for the Tigers coming off a tough defeat against Florida State. They discuss the impact of Jaray Jenkins on the program, break down the last-second touchdown pass from Jayden Daniels that nearly completed the comeback in Sunday's contest, and the quick turnaround to prepare for Southern on Saturday.
September 10, 2022
Hearing Voices: Chris Powers, Voice of the Southern Jaguars
Saturday represents a historic day for the city of Baton Rouge. Chris Powers, the Voice of the Southern Jaguars, joins Chris Blair in studio for Hearing Voices to add some perspective on the importance of the LSU-Southern matchup – the first ever meeting between the two programs, and the Tigers' first HBCU opponent.
September 09, 2022
Hey Fightin' Podcast: FSU Recap with Flester
Where's Cody? Matt Flynn and Jacob Hester recap Sunday's heartbreaking loss to Florida State by diving deep into X's and O's and game film. The infamous duo – also known as Flester – give their thoughts on some compelling soundbites from Brian Kelly's Tuesday press conference on execution, critical analysis, and more.
September 08, 2022
The Real Deal: Talking NILSU with Taylor Jacobs
Welcome to The Real Deal with Taylor Jacobs. As LSU's Assistant AD of NIL & Strategic Initiatives, Jacobs oversees the NILSU department providing education, branding and opportunity to the student-athletes at LSU, and this bi-weekly podcast will further the discussion surrounding the ever-changing landscape of Name, Image and Likeness in collegiate athletics.
September 07, 2022
Play by Play: Dan Gaston, Senior Associate AD of Athletic Facility Management
Dan Gaston, LSU's Senior Associate Athletics Director of Athletic Facility Management, joins the Play by Play to discuss what goes into getting Tiger Stadium ready for game day ahead of Saturday's home opener against Southern. Plus, Chris and Kent provide your news and notes on all things LSU Athletics.
September 06, 2022
The Brian Kelly Show: Florida State (Sept. 1, 2022)
On this week's episode of The Brian Kelly Show, LSU's head coach details the team's preparation for the season opener against Florida State, including the nuances of playing on Sunday, developments on offense and defense, the development of The Path, recruiting changes, and more.
September 04, 2022
Hearing Voices: Jeff Culhane, Voice of FSU
The Voice of the Seminoles Jeff Culhane joins Chris Blair on this week's Hearing Voices. Culhane, entering his first season as the Voice of Florida State Athletics, outlines his career in broadcasting and previews Sunday night's matchup in New Orleans between LSU and FSU.
September 01, 2022
Hearing Voices: Chris Powers, Voice of the Southern Jaguars
Saturday represents a historic day for the city of Baton Rouge. Chris Powers, the Voice of the Southern Jaguars, joins Chris Blair in studio for this week's Hearing Voices to add some perspective on the importance of the LSU-Southern matchup – the first-ever meeting between programs, and the Tigers' first HBCU opponent.
September 01, 2022
Hey Fightin' Podcast: Get Up, It's Game Week
Rejoice, Tiger fans. You made it. Game week is here, and with just five days until Sunday night's season opener against Florida State, Cody and Jacob are back to recap Brian Kelly's first Monday press conference of the season and provide their thoughts on the Seminoles after their 47-7 Week 0 victory against Duquesne.
August 31, 2022
Play by Play: Executive Chef Michael Johnson
LSU Athletics' Executive Chef Michael Johnson joins this week's edition of the Play by Play to discuss the science and technology behind fueling the student-athletes of LSU. It's also (finally!) LSU Football game week as Chris and Kent share in their excitement to watch the Tigers on Sunday night in New Orleans.
August 30, 2022
Cutting Edge with Jack Marucci: Analyzing LSU's Offensive Line
Podcast listeners: today, we're giving you free insight into one of our favorite projects, available only to subscribers of LSU GOLD. The Cutting Edge with Jack Marucci is a weekly, premium podcast where LSU's Director of Performance Innovation and longtime athletic trainer takes you deep into the analytics of the current LSU Football team – and, sometimes, deep into the history of the program as a whole – to offer cutting edge insights on how the Tigers are gaining an edge on the opponent through analytics, data, technology, and more. Today's episode features a deep dive into the cognitive testing, motion tracking, and high-tech monitoring LSU is utilizing to find its best offensive line combination. There's talk of what makes Garrett Dellinger suited for center, what makes Will Campbell so unique as a freshman, and what Brad Davis is looking for from his men in the trenches. To watch or listen to the full episode – and to ensure you never miss another episode of the Cutting Edge – subscribe to LSU GOLD today for unrivaled content and unprecedented access to the Tigers.
August 29, 2022
Behind the Follow: T-Bob Hebert and Dawson Ahrenstorff Break Down Episode Five of LSU GOLD's "The Follow"
Available only on LSU GOLD (lsu.gold), "The Follow" is a five-part docuseries that takes viewers inside Brian Kelly's first few months in Baton Rouge. On this week's edition of "Behind the Follow," T-Bob Hebert and LSU Creative Content Producer Dawson Ahrenstorff break down Episode 5: The Transformation.
August 27, 2022
The Brian Kelly Show: August 25, 2022
LSU head coach Brian Kelly makes his radio show debut. With just over a week until the Tigers take on Florida State in the season opener, Coach Kelly updates the quarterback battle, impressive freshmen at tight end and left tackle, shuffling the offensive line, serious speed at linebacker, and much more. If you're looking for Behind the Follow, come back this weekend, as T-Bob Hebert breaks down Episode 5. You can watch all five episodes of The Follow only on LSU Gold. Sign up for your free trial today.
August 26, 2022
Hearing Voices: ESPN's Tom Hart
ESPN play-by-play voice Tom Hart joins Chris Blair for Hearing Voices. Hart, a proven and versatile broadcaster, provides some commentary on SEC football and credits a few of the voices that influenced his career at a young age.
August 25, 2022
Hey Fightin' Podcast: Total Preparation
There's more to game preparation than the physical, tactical and technical. Cody and Jacob talk the importance of mental training and the total preparation approach that Brian Kelly and his staff are instilling. The guys also put a bow on Talkin' season as game week, believe it or not, arrives next week.
August 24, 2022
Play by Play: Director of Building and Grounds Jon Pfeifer
LSU Director of Building & Grounds Jon Pfeifer joins Chris and Kent for this week's edition of the Play by Play. Plus, news and notes from around LSU Athletics as Soccer kicks off their season and Volleyball and Football prepare for their season openers.
August 23, 2022
Tigers Win: Casey Long
LSU assistant basketball coach Casey Long joins this week's episode of Tigers Win. After five years as assistant coach at Murray State, Long joins Matt McMahon in the same role at LSU for the 2022-23 season. The Leesville, Louisiana native returns to his home state and talks personnel for the upcoming season, while also providing some background on his own playing and coaching career.
August 22, 2022
Behind the Follow: T-Bob Hebert and Matt Tornquist Break Down Episode Three and Four of LSU GOLD's "The Follow"
Available only on LSU GOLD (lsu.gold), "The Follow" is a five-part docuseries that takes viewers inside Brian Kelly's first few months in Baton Rouge. On this week's edition of "Behind the Follow," Cody Worsham, T-Bob Hebert and LSU Director of Post Production Matt Tornquist break down Episode 3: The Process and Episode 4: Restore The Roster.
August 19, 2022
Hearing Voices: LSU PA Announcer Dan Borne
LSU public address announcer Dan Borne joins Chris Blair on Hearing Voices. Borne, who has served as the "Voice" of Tiger Stadium and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for 36 years, reflects on some of his most iconic Tiger Stadium taglines.
August 18, 2022
Hey Fightin' Podcast: Quarterback Developments
Following the announcement of Myles Brennan's departure, Cody and Jacob give an updated picture of the LSU quarterback room and talk position battles ahead of Wednesday's scrimmage in Tiger Stadium.
August 17, 2022
Play by Play: Michael Bonnette and Bill Franques
On this week's episode of the Play by Play, Bill Franques sits in for Kent Lowe, who is taking a much-deserved vacation. Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette joins the show in segment two to provide some insight from LSU Football preseason camp, and the guys also share some of their favorite Kent stories.
August 16, 2022
Tigers Win: LSU Soccer Head Coach Sian Hudson
Sian Hudson joins this week's episode of Tigers Win. Heading into her third year as Head Soccer Coach at LSU, Hudson discusses the upward trajectory of her program and how the Tigers can build on recent success. She also provides a personnel breakdown for the upcoming season, from newcomers to returners.
August 15, 2022
Behind the Follow: T-Bob Hebert and Emily Dean Break Down Episode Two of LSU GOLD's "The Follow"
Available only on LSU GOLD (lsu.gold), "The Follow" is a five-part docuseries that takes viewers inside Brian Kelly's first few months in Baton Rouge. On "Behind the Follow," Cody Worsham, T-Bob Hebert and LSU Director of Creative Content Emily Dean break down Episode 2: Building a Staff. Up for discussion on today's show: how Brian Kelly assembled his King's Council of assistant coaches with diverse skillsets and backgrounds; the legitimacy Frank Wilson brings to silence naysayers; behind the scenes of Brad Davis' interim tenure; T-Bob's favorite names and forest fire metaphors; and much more.
August 12, 2022
Hearing Voices: SEC Network Host Peter Burns
Peter Burns joins Chris Blair on this week's episode of Hearing Voices. Burns, a studio host for the SEC Network and national radio personality for ESPN radio, is a Baton Rouge native and details his childhood dream of working in broadcasting, his journey through sports media since, and how he became one of the main voices of the Southeastern Conference. Plus, his thoughts on the hiring of Brian Kelly and the LSU Football Tigers.
August 11, 2022
Hey Fightin' Podcast: The Dog Days of Camp
Cody and Jacob discuss key takeaways from the first week of practice as LSU Football fall camp heats up – literally. The guys also give their thoughts on BJ Ojulari earning the coveted No. 18, which positions have stood out in the first week, and more on the developing quarterback competition.
August 10, 2022
Play by Play: LSU Volleyball Head Coach Tonya Johnson
Tonya Johnson, a four-year letterwinner for the Tigers from 1987-90, and an assistant coach on staff from 1988-2022, returns to Baton Rouge to lead the LSU Volleyball program as head coach. Chris Blair and Kent Lowe ask her all about that, and more, as they preview the season ahead. Plus, a look inside football fall camp as the Tigers hit the field in preparation for a Sept. 4 showdown against Florida State.
August 09, 2022
Tigers Win: Matt McMahon
On the latest episode of Tigers Win, LSU basketball head coach Matt McMahon talks his newly-assembled staff, what to expect from this year's re-tooled roster, how he went from zero-scholarship players to a highly-ranked recruiting class in a matter of weeks, and more, with just under 100 days until tip-off at the PMAC.
August 08, 2022
Behind the Follow: T-Bob Hebert Breaks Down Episode of LSU GOLD's "The Follow"
Available only on LSU GOLD (lsu.gold), "The Follow" is a five-part docuseries that takes viewers inside Brian Kelly's first few months in Baton Rouge. On "Behind the Follow," Cody Worsham and T-Bob Hebert break down Episode 1, which details Ed Orgeron's departure, Brian Kelly's arrival, and Scott Woodward's search. The guys talk about authenticity and access, swagger and structure, the Benefit of the Doubt Club, and why Les Miles was always late for meetings.
August 05, 2022
Hearing Voices: Chris Blair and Doug Moreau
Another season of Hearing Voices with Chris Blair returns. Veteran broadcaster Doug Moreau joins the set to talk about his playing days with the LSU Tigers and the Miami Dolphins, his five decade-long career in radio, how he preps for an LSU football game, and more. Join Chris as he speaks with voices from all across the sports world every Thursday.
August 04, 2022
Hey Fightin' Podcast: Fall Camp Preview + Position Battles
Cody and Jacob take Hey Fightin' Podcast to South Stadium Studio for the first time to preview fall camp, recap SEC Media Days and talk position battles ahead of LSU's fast-approaching Aug. 4 report date.
August 03, 2022
Play by Play: Taylor Jacobs
Chris Blair and Kent Lowe sit down for the inaugural episode of the Play by Play, featuring LSU's Assistant AD/NIL & Strategic Initiatives Taylor Jacobs. With the fall season quickly approaching, Chris and Kent preview LSU Soccer, LSU Volleyball and more, as well as reaction of last week's Maravich Statue unveiling. Taylor talks NIL and answers some frequently asked questions regarding the current NIL landscape.
August 02, 2022
Tigers Win: LSU Chief of Creative Content Emily Dixon
GOLD is here. Cody Worsham and Emily Dixon are live from South Stadium Studio for the first time to talk about GOLD's launch, the unrivaled content that will follow, and the unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access that fans will now have to their favorite LSU teams, including LSU football, all year long. Hey Fightin' Podcast Fans: This feed is expanding. As LSU Gold launches August 1, this feed is being rebranded as the Hey Fightin' Podcast Network, featuring episodes (almost) every weekday covering all LSU Sports. The Play by Play, featuring Kent Lowe and Chris Blair, airs on Tuesdays, and your regularly-scheduled Hey Fightin' Podcast with Cody Worsham and Jacob Hester comes to you Wednesdays. On Thursdays, we'll bring you Hearing Voices with Chris Blair, and Fridays this August will feature an episode-by-episode breakdown of GOLD's documentary series following Brian Kelly's first spring in Baton Rouge.
August 01, 2022
The Unofficial Kickoff
Football is just around the corner. Cody and Jacob are back for Season 4 of Hey Fightin' Podcast to preview SEC Media Day in Atlanta, the culture shift inside the LSU football program under head coach Brian Kelly, realistic expectations for the upcoming season, and more. While you're listening, make sure to subscribe to LSU GOLD, where daily podcasts are coming August 1. (Note: We experienced some minor technical difficulties with Hester's audio, who joined us live from his hotel room in Atlanta, so bear with us for this edition.)
July 17, 2022
Hurry Up: Finish What You Start
For the final time in the 2021 season, Cody and Hester gather (slightly later than usual) for a Hurry Up to break down LSU's 42-20 loss to Kansas State in the Texas Bowl. We discuss Jontre Kirklin's return to the quarterback position, Brad Davis' leadership and impact as interim head coach, some guys who stood out for an undermanned squad, the pride shown by the players who finished what they started, and more. After talking about the game itself, we pivot to the future under Brian Kelly, how his new staff – including OC Mike Denbrock and DC Matt House – will impact the Tigers, Myles Brennan's return, and more.
January 05, 2022
LSU Football Head Coach Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly, the new head coach for LSU Football, makes his Hey Fightin' Podcast debut. First, he talks with Cody Worsham about his roots in coaching, his values as a leader, and how he instills those at LSU. After that, Coach Kelly sits down with Emily Dixon for a conversation on the task at hand in Baton Rouge.
December 11, 2021
LIVE: Brian Kelly is LSU's Head Football Coach
Cody and Jacob jumped onto Twitter Spaces live to react to LSU's hiring of Brian Kelly. Fellow Assumption alum Cole Tracy hops on early to give his take on another Hound bound for BR. Then Hester and Cody break down Kelly's resume, his first tasks on the job, the importance of winning the first team meeting, and so much more.
December 01, 2021
Hurry Up: LSU 27, Texas A&M 24
Cody and Jacob are grateful for LSU's win over Texas A&M, Coach O's joyful farewell, Jaray Jenkins' unforgettable night, Max Johnson's moxie, Damone Clark's leadership, the Tigers' fight, and our loyal listeners.
November 28, 2021
ULM Review/A&M Preview + Max Johnson Breaks Down His Best Film
LSU spread it out against ULM, using 5 man protections and Empty sets to kick the passing game into gear. Cody and Jacob break down the film and numbers to see what worked and how it might apply against A&M Saturday. Then Hester goes inside the film room with Max Johnson to talk about his best plays of the season.
November 24, 2021
Hurry Up: LSU 27, ULM 13
A slightly different Hurry Up this week, as Cody and Jacob provide a running diary of LSU's 27-13 win over UL-Monroe. Topics include Malik Nabers' monster day, the freshman wideouts leading the way, Max Johnson's progress, the red zone struggles, close calls near the goal line, and a heated debate over carrot souffle and sweet potato pie that might threaten the existence of the podcast in the future.
November 21, 2021
Thoughts on the Search + Film Room with Jack Mashburn
LSU's coaching search is in full tilt. Cody and Jacob get their thoughts on the qualities and characteristics to look for the next coach of LSU Football, while discussing the overall media landscape and how they decipher real news from fake. Jacob also takes us back to 2005, when he was in the middle of a coaching search as a player, to give us that perspective during a time of uncertainty. After that, Jacob and Jack Mashburn head to the film room to dissect how the former walk-on tight end earned a scholarship through hard-nosed blocking and buying in to his role in the Tigers' offense.
November 18, 2021
Hurry Up: Arkansas 16, LSU 13
On a cold night in Tiger Stadium, LSU's defense was dominant, its offense clunky, and its result frustrating. Cody and Jacob discuss Garrett Nussmeier's first extended action at LSU, Micah Baskerville and Damone Clark's stellar performances, and talk through the frustrations of the Tigers' situational struggles and key mistakes.
November 14, 2021
Competition Under Center + 1-on-1 with linebacker Mike Jones
Fresh off a hard fought battle in Tuscaloosa, Cody and Jacob look closer at LSU's defensive performance, how sustainable it is, and why the Tigers were able to dominate Alabama's high-powered offense for much of the night. Later, they discuss the open quarterback competition and the role of Jack Bech heading into the Arkansas game (29:21). After that, linebacker Mike Jones goes into the film room (43:53) to look at his big day against the Tide and talk about his improvements after transferring from Clemson to prove himself as a future NFL middle linebacker.
November 11, 2021
Hurry Up: Alabama 20, LSU 14
A resilient effort from LSU isn't quite enough to topple the Tide in Tuscaloosa. Cody and Jacob break down LSU's defensive success, the new blitz-happy scheme, the offensive struggles, and the dramatic conclusion to the game. Back at Cards and Culture this week to preview Arkansas.
November 07, 2021
Adjustments Coming + Damone Clark Goes Inside the Film Room
Fresh off the bye week, LSU is set to bring some new looks on both sides of the ball against Alabama. Cody and Jacob break down what tweaks the Tigers might utilize on offense and defense in Tuscaloosa this weekend. Later in the show, Butkus Award semifinalist Damone Clark takes us inside the film room a few of his best plays from a breakout season.
November 04, 2021
Bye Week: Be A Goldfish
Ted Lasso doppelgänger Jacob Hester and Kent Lowe impersonator Cody Worsham discuss the virtues of Being a Goldfish during LSU's bye week. Also up for discussion are the offensive funk seen at Ole Miss, what we're seeing from LSU's defense, and a bigger picture conversation about Quarterback, the 4-3, and injuries. Back next week to preview Alabama.
October 30, 2021
Hurry Up: Ole Miss 31, LSU 17
Cody is solo on today's show. The Headlines: Better Ideas, Better Execution Predictable Must Be Unstoppable Stock Rising: Damone Clark Neil Farrell Young playmakers Stock Falling: Winning in the Trenches Winning on the Margins
October 24, 2021
A New Direction
The search for LSU's next football coach is under way, as the Tigers and Ed Orgeron will part ways following the 2022 season. Hester and Cody break down what it means for the present and future of the program and some of the associated storylines around the decision from Scott Woodward and the reaction from Ed Orgeron. Then, we talk football, recapping what went right against Florida and what the plan of attack should be for Ole Miss. Finally, Hester sits down with Ty Davis-Price to break down the film on his record-setting day against the Gators on Saturday.
October 21, 2021
Hurry Up: Unrivaled
LSU beats Florida. Three beautiful words. All the emotions and rea ctions to the Tigers' win over the Gators, including some great behind the scenes insight from Hester.
October 16, 2021
Matt Flynn on LSU-Florida '07 + Kentucky Review/Florida Preview
Former LSU national championship quarterback Matt Flynn joins his former teammate and good friend Jacob Hester to review the biggest plays from the Tigers' 28-24 win over Florida in 2007 (01:06:06). Before that, Cody and Jacob break down what went wrong against Kentucky (0:14) and what needs to improve against Florida (33:29). Plus, how LSU must replace Kayshon Boutte, build on the running success from last week, and adjust defensively with key players out. Note: this episode was recorded Tuesday morning (Hester and Cody) and Wednesday morning (Hester and Flynn), before news about Eli Ricks' injury was released.
October 14, 2021
Hurry Up: Kentucky 42, LSU 21
Cody and Jacob break down what went wrong in LSU's loss in Lexington on the bus ride back to the airport. There is good news in the form of fried chicken and expensive bourbon.
October 10, 2021
The Path Forward + Marcus Randall Remembers the Bluegrass Miracle
The show starts with a rant – apologies – but ends with Marcus Randall remembering the most famous pass of his career: The Bluegrass Miracle. In the middle, we break down what went wrong against Auburn, what to do to fix the running game, offensive issues, defensive improvements, and take your questions.
October 06, 2021
Hurry Up: Auburn 24, LSU 19
LSU lost to Auburn 24-19. We didn't want to talk about it, but we did. Some thoughts on what went wrong and how to fix it.
October 03, 2021
It Will Be Saturday Night in Death Valley
LONG episode for you, as we look ahead to LSU's clash with Auburn in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night at 8 p.m. (26:07) Before that, we look back at LSU's first four games, grade out the performances, and look for signs of improvement (0:14) At the end of the show, we take your questions on TJ Finley and Max Johnson and recall fond memories from wins over Auburn that awake in our hearts a tender glow (1:05:07). And somewhere in the middle, Hester talks to Cade York about his best kicks in purple and gold, how he learned to cope with failure, and then pretty much just stopped failing by making every kick that has left his foot for the last two and a half seasons (47:18).
September 29, 2021
Hurry Up: Less Cowbell, More Cover 3
The Tigers took a different approach to the Air Raid than a year ago. It worked. Cody and Jacob break down LSU's 28-25 win over Mississippi State, a game of three phases that LSU broke open in the third quarter and held on to in the fourth. We discuss Max Johnson's decision making, Cordale Flott's big day, Daronte Jones' scheme, Jay Ward's return, Kole Taylor's touchdown, and more.
September 25, 2021
Max Johnson Joins the Pod + Previewing the Start of SEC play
LSU quarterback Max Johnson joins Hey Fightin' Podcast on Competition Tuesday to talk about his lifelong obsession with competing (29:27). We discuss the Best Brother Competition, a potential ping pong matchup with Joe Burrow, and the LSU offense firing on all cylinders on the eve of SEC play. Before that, Cody and Jacob discuss the news on LSU's defensive line, a potential shot in the arm in the secondary, the left tackle spot, and how all those factors and more affect Saturday's 11 a.m. matchup with Mississippi State (0:22). Finally, we take your questions on purple pants, foam collars, Max's progressions, WR3, and what WRTS actually means.
September 22, 2021
Hurry Up: Hurrying Up is Fun
Cody and Jacob play word association following LSU's fun 49-21 win over Central Michigan. They discuss LSU's offensive tempo, the precocious talents of Jack Bech, Deion Smith, and Corey Kiner, the chaos of LSU's defense, and more.
September 19, 2021
Tigers Win: Sian Hudson, LSU Soccer Head Coach
Hey, Hey Fightin' Podcast listeners. Bringing your attention to another LSU Sports podcast, Tigers Win, which launches Season 2 today with LSU Soccer head coach Sian Hudson. Tigers Win is where we talk to LSU's athletes, former athletes, coaches, staffers, and others about winning, excellence, and championship habits, and you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or anywhere you find podcasts. Back Sunday with a Hurry Up. Our first guest on season 2 of Tigers Win is LSU Soccer head coach Sian Hudson. In just her second season, Coach Hudson has led the Tigers to a 7-0 start, a No. 6 national ranking, and a school record 10 consecutive victories dating back to the spring. The key to success? Belief. Belief brought her to LSU. Belief carried the team through a eight-game winless streak to start her time in Baton Rouge. Belief kept them bought into a new system of fluid possession when things didn't click at first. And belief has them playing better soccer than just about anybody in the country. We spoke on Tuesday, September 14 ahead of a Friday, September 17 matchup with Mississippi State to start SEC play. After that conversation, you'll hear the outro music, followed by our conversation from September of 2020, when the Tigers were set to start a COVID-delayed SEC-only fall schedule. I added it as a bonus segment because we referenced it so often in this episode, and because it gives great perspective on how Coach Hudson's vision has turned into reality. Show Notes: Show Notes: (0:00) - Intro (3:32) - Welcome (5:04) - Selling the Vision (6:27) - Building a Website (11:27) - Goal Setting (13:12) - Belief and Chemistry (16:13) - Turning Point (19:34) - Springboard (22:39) - Training Sessions (24:42) - Goal Scoring (26:24) - Identity (28:29) - Preparation (31:21) - Tactics (33:25) - Standards (35:10) - Aesthetics (37:31) - Revenge About Tigers Win: Tigers Win is a podcast about excellence. Each episode, we'll pick the brains of LSU coaches, student athletes, staff members, or alumni about the routines, habits, tools, mindsets, and attributes they've utilized to excel in their crafts. Hundreds of champions walk the stately oaks and broad magnolias of the Ole War Skule every year. This is your chance to get inside the mind of world class performers, learn what makes them elite, and how you can apply their lessons to your life and develop your own winning mentality.
September 16, 2021
Clarity + Film Room with Andre Anthony
Cody and Jacob discuss the news – correct and incorrect – around LSU's running backs room, before breaking down the film and numbers from the Tigers' win over McNeese. After taking your questions, we finish the episode with a special audio version of the LSU Football Film Room, as Hester and Andre Anthony break down some of the super senior's best plays in purple and gold.
September 15, 2021
Hurry Up: What We Loved (Cade York!), Liked, Loathed, and Learned vs. McNeese State
Cody and Jacob convene in Cody's office to discuss LSU's 34-7 win over McNeese State. We have offensive line concerns, but we love Cade York, we like what we saw from Garrett Nussmeier and LSU's defense, and we have a lot to learn about the Tigers over the next couple of weeks. Plus, fixing the run game, the drops, and looking for the deep ball against Central Michigan.
September 12, 2021
Attack the Problem(s)
Back after a long flight and little sleep to dive deeper – and more rationally – into what went wrong for LSU against UCLA and how to start fixing it against McNeese State. Hester has film observations, and Cody has some numbers, so we talk yards before contact, deep passing, pressure, variation in the running game, and the need for juice. Plus, as always, your questions.
September 08, 2021
Hurry Up: Two Thumbs Down
That was exactly as expected – just the complete opposite. Cody and Jacob hop off the bus and grab a seat on the bench to discuss LSU's 38-27 loss to UCLA. Overall, we rate the Tigers' trip to Hollywood a box office disappointment. Two thumbs down, would not recommend. There's some attempt to set aside emotion and look for logical explanations, but much like the Tigers in the Rose Bowl, we weren't always successful. Still, we look at what went wrong – struggles in the running game, issues against Cover 0, and defensive breakdowns and miscues – and look for ways the ship can be righted in the weeks ahead. Back Tuesday with a regularly recorded episode – and hopefully more answers than questions.
September 05, 2021
Hey Fightin' Bus Ride: LSU-UCLA Preview, Live from Los Angeles Traffic
Cody and Jacob make use of the Los Angeles traffic to preview LSU's 2021 season opener against UCLA, live from the team bus from the airport to the hotel. We navigate the game one storylines for LSU, take a closer look at UCLA and the matchups to monitor, and take your questions.
September 03, 2021
Final Fall Scrimmage + Tiger Stadium Protocols + The Alliance?
Recording remotely today. Cody and Jacob go inside the final scrimmage of fall camp and touch on Tiger Stadium's 2021 COVID protocols and The Alliance formed by the ACC, Big 10, and Pac-12.
August 25, 2021
Preseason Game No. 1 Intel + Super Bowl Champ/LSU Graduate Devin White
On today's show, we take you inside Tiger Stadium for the first intrasquad scrimmage of the fall, held last Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Cody was there, Jacob had plenty of eyes and ears on the ground, and they break down who stood out and who must answer the game in preseason game No. 2 this coming Saturday. After that, they sit down with Super Bowl champion Devin White, who returned to school during the Bucs' playoff run to fulfill his promise to graduate. Shortly after receiving his diploma, Devin discussed his time at LSU, his NFL experiences, the 2019 national championship season he nearly was a part of, and similarities between Joe Burrow and Tom Brady. Finally, the guys come back to answer your questions, which you can always ask on Twitter, Instagram, or by leaving a voice note below! Back next week to discuss Preseason Game No. 2 and set some statistical predictions for the season.
August 18, 2021
Camp Scoops: Inside Week One of LSU Football Fall Camp
Week one of camp is in the books for LSU Football. Jacob and Cody watched several practices and offer some behind the scenes looks at the Tigers. They talk camp scoops, take a true/false test, and answer your questions. Outline: 3:50 - Football talk after nearly four minutes of a pointless story from Cody 4:15 - Big Picture Camp Takeaways 21:35 - New Game! 40:18 - Questions?
August 11, 2021
Two-a-Days: Reacting to Myles Brennan's Injury + DBs, LBs, Special Teams Preview
Last two-a-day before fall camp starts Friday. Today's agenda: Reacting to Myles Brennan's injury [1:58] Previewing LSU's secondary, linebackers, and special teams [21:33] Listener questions [41:53] Subscribe! Rate! Review! Ask a question!
August 04, 2021
Two-A-Days: Offensive and Defensive Line Previews + Hall of Famer Alan Faneca
Jacob and Cody continue their 2021 season preview with two-a-days, discussing the offensive line and defensive line [30:18]. How do the Tigers replace Dare Rosenthal at left tackle? Which offensive lineman can break through? Which newcomer makes an impact? And on defense, who steps up in a deep unit to establish himself as a starter? Can Maason Smith or any other freshmen find a way to contribute to a talented, deep group? Before that, we talk to LSU legend and 2021 Pro Football Hall of Famer Alan Faneca [15:22] about his signing day decision to be a Tiger, his path to the Hall of Fame, and becoming a marathon runner after finishing his football career. First up, Hester recaps SEC Media Days and talks conference realignment [0:15].
July 29, 2021
Two-a-Days: Offensive Skill Position Qs and As
Part of our first two-a-days with Hester focuses on offensive skill guys, with a heavy leaning on your questions. First, a quick look at two questions from SEC Media Days: 1) Stingley at wide receiver? and 2) Data driving the QB decision. Recording our next episode early next week, with a focus on offensive line and defensive line, before moving on to linebackers and secondary.
July 21, 2021
Two-a-Days: LSU's Quarterbacks Room is Loaded
Welcome to two-a-days, where Jacob Hester and I get you ready for the season ahead, one position at a time. Kind of. Today's episode is the first part of a two-parter, and it focuses only on LSU's quarterback room, which Hester says is the program's best since he was on the team with JaMarcus Russell, Matt Flynn, and Ryan Perriloux. We break down Myles Brennan, Max Johnson, and Garrett Nussmeier, what each guy brings to the table, and what your take on the quarterback debate says about you. Next week, we go to Twitter Spaces and your questions to talk about running backs and receivers.
July 14, 2021
Jack Marucci Talks Technology, New Title, Advanced Analytics, Summer Projects, Building Bats, and Much More
Note: To see some of the visual elements discussed on today's show, watch this interview on YouTube. If you're a fan of LSU Football or Major League Baseball, you know Jack Marucci. Maybe you've heard him on this podcast before – he's always among our most listened to episodes. Maybe you read about his work with eye-tracking technology during LSU's Summer of 10,000 Catches. Or maybe you've seen Major Leaguers swinging bats bearing his name. Either way, Marucci's name is familiar to most, and so his is work as The Brain of LSU Football. Now, he's got a new title with LSU. As Director of Performance Innovation and Special Projects, Marucci will turn his focus full time to data-driven decision-making, high-tech solutions, and quantitative answers to qualitative questions, giving LSU Football – and all of LSU Athletics – the winning technological and scientific edge. On today's show, Jack talks about the importance of cognitive testing and this summer's special projects, position by position – including route-running efficiency tracking for skill players, eye-tracking for the secondary, reaction timing for the linemen, and a touch of virtual reality. Other topics include: his new position, the story behind Marucci bats, the intersection of character and success, his affinity for woodworking, and much, much more. Show Outline: 0:00 - Long intro 6:18 - Jack Marucci joins the show 6:51 - Mental Side of Football 10:12 - Testing mental skills 15:32 - Position by position matrices for LSU Football's summer testing 22:02 - S2 Cognition testing process 28:42 - Makeup of 2021 LSU Football team 32:55 - EA Sports virtual oculus testing 34:14 - Where Marucci's innovative ideas come from 37:09 - Carving wooden stadium bowls 39:10 - The story behind Marucci Bats 47:25 - Polymaths and secrets to success 51:26 - The importance of listening to players 54:01 - How Jack's new role is a game changer for LSU
June 16, 2021
Blake Baker, LSU Linebackers Coach
Blake Baker is all in at LSU. It doesn't hurt that his wife is a former Tiger soccer standout from Mandeville. It doesn't hurt that he played four years of college football in New Orleans, either. But mostly, Baker's bought into the vision Ed Orgeron has for the program, Daronte Jones has for the defense, and he has for the Tigers' linebackers. He talks about giving that position group a fresh start, playing to each players' strengths, memories of Mandeville, and more on today's episode. Watch all Hey Fightin' Podcast videos, including this one, on our YouTube Page.
June 09, 2021
Andre Carter: LSU's Defensive Line Coach and Renaissance Man
There's more to Andre Carter than meets the eye. And plenty meets the eye. He's not all that far removed from an NFL career in which he registered 80.5 career sacks, and just by looking at him, you'd like his chances to suit up on Sundays this fall and get a sack or two off the edge. But Carter matches physical prowess with mental acuity. He's sharp, energetic, and curious – a language-learning pianist who studied Taekwondo in childhood and listens to stand-up comedy on long road trips. At his core, though, he's all football, which is why he chose coaching over retirement. He loves the game, and he loves the players. We talk the Tigers' deep defensive line, his coaching philosophy, his many interests outside of football, and more.
June 02, 2021
Defensive coordinator Daronte Jones on Scheme, Spring, Travel, Bourbon, Books, and More
Daronte Jones has been everywhere, man. Paris. Amsterdam. Milan. London. The list of destinations visited by LSU's well-traveled defensive coordinator is endless. But now, he's in Baton Rouge, looking to build a defense that can bring the Tigers back to championship heights. On today's episode of Hey Fightin' Podcast, Jones talks about his journey around the world and back to Louisiana, touching on scheme, spring takeaways, bourbon, books, and, of course, travel. Subscribe to Hey Fightin' Podcast: Apple: http://lsul.su/HeyFightinPodcast Spotify: http://lsul.su/HFPSpot All Other Platforms: http://anchor.fm/hey-fightin-podcast
May 27, 2021
Ja'Marr Chase + NFL Draft Preview and Spring Football Recap with Jacob Hester
Ja'Marr Chase is on the verge of history. But he's still the same ol' Ja'Marr Chase. He joins the podcast (47:18) to discussing changing the game at LSU, but staying the same in the NFL Draft process. Watch the conversation with Ja'Marr here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpbQRFMrDvA Before that, Jacob Hester joins me to recap Spring football and preview the Draft. Watch the conversation with Hester here: https://youtu.be/UpdIz47CeZQ Subscribe. Rate. Review. Thanks to our friends at Cox for sponsoring today's episode. Watch Together. Cheer Together. Celebrate Together. Even if You’re Not Actually Together. Cox Communications. Proud Partner of LSU Athletics
April 28, 2021
JaCoby Stevens + Racey McMath
JaCoby Stevens came to LSU determined to leave a legacy. Consider it left. Before setting Pro Day on fire with his outrageous performance in the vertical leap, Stevens sat down for one last interview before his NFL career begins. Up for discussion are his goal to post "freaky numbers," his understanding of the investment teams are set to make in him, and his role at the next level. Watch JaCoby's interview here. Where do you want Racey McMath to play? Need a special teams tackle? He can do that. Need a receiver to take the top off the defense? He can do that too. T ight end? H-back? Whatever it takes, that's what McMath will do. The day before he ran a 4.3 40 at LSU's Pro Day, catching the eye of NFL scouts everywhere, McMath talked about his LSU career, his hopes at the next level, and more. Watch Racey's interview here.
April 23, 2021
Kary Vincent Jr + Zach Von Rosenberg: The Fastest and Slowest Roads to the Pros
Another two-parter, with the fastest man in the #NFLSU Draft class...and Zach Von Rosenberg. Kary Vincent Jr. was born a sprinter. Speed is his trademark, whether he's on the football field or the track. But during his journey from LSU to the NFL, KJV has proved he's a fighter, too. On today's Hey Fightin' Podcast, Vincent Jr. talks the heights -- winning the 2019 national championship -- as well as the depths -- losing his father just before the 2019 Fiesta Bowl -- of his time in Baton Rouge. He also discusses the difficulty of stepping away from football for a year, what he learned through the opt-out process, and how hungry he is to get back on the field. Watch Kary's interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH8opUpQD5M Zach Von Rosenberg knows the road to the pros better than anyone else in this year's #NFLSU draft class. That's because he's traveled it before. The former MLB Draft pick is now going through the process again, this time for the NFL. He reflects on the similarities, the differences, his favorite moments as a Tiger, and how long he can kick at the next level. Watch Zach's interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8My5lMRVHLY
April 21, 2021
Jabril Cox and Tyler Shelvin: Road to the Pros
A special two-interview episode. To watch on YouTube, click here. Part 1: Jabril Cox has nothing left to prove. In three seasons at the FCS level with North Dakota State, he was a three-time national champion, a First-Team All-American, and an unstoppable force on defense. In his lone season at LSU, his talent spoke for itself, whether he was stuffing running backs, covering tight ends, or picking off quarterbacks. Cox joined Hey Fightin' Podcast to talk about his journey from frigid Fargo to balmy Baton Rouge and on to the NFL. Part 2: Tyler Shelvin anchored LSU's defensive line in its run to the 2019 national championship. After opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, Shelvin is captivating the imaginations of NFL Draft scouts with his size, power, and production. Shelvin talks about his path to the Draft on this episode of Hey Fightin' Podcast.
April 15, 2021
Tory Carter: Making Fullbacks Great Again
Tory Carter's dreams already came true when he won a national championship at LSU. So why not make a new dream? After bouncing from fullback to tight end and dominating on special teams as a Tiger, Carter is ready to embark on a new adventure, bringing his "mean, tough, nasty" persona to the NFL. We talk about how his game will transition to the next level, after rounding out his talents all over the field in college, on this episode of Hey Fightin' Podcast.
April 11, 2021
Terrace Marshall Jr.'s Road to the Pros
Terrace Marshall Jr. always knew he'd end up here: on the brink of his NFL dreams coming true. He just didn't realize how winding his path to this moment would be. On this episode of Hey Fightin' Podcast, Terrace talks about his decision to opt out with two games remaining in the 2020 season, his friendship with Ja'Marr Chase, his plans to put on a show at LSU's Pro Day (spoiler alert: he did), and much more. Here's the link to watch the full episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXZgAduioL8
April 07, 2021
DJ Mangas, LSU Passing Game Coordinator
LSU's passing game coordinator DJ Mangas was on staff when the Tigers' offense blew up in 2019. B ack in a new and enhanced role, he's ready to help make history repeat itself in 2021. Mangas makes his Hey Fightin' Podcast debut to talk about lessons learned from 2019, sitting alongside Joe Brady and Steve Ensminger for one of the wildest and most productive rides in college football history. He also talks about lessons learned in the NFL, working with Jake Peetz, a loaded room of receivers, and more.
March 18, 2021
Offensive Coordinator Jake Peetz (Live!)
Meet Jake Peetz. He's got ties to Joe Brady but plenty of his own ideas. He's a Nebraska boy whose journey to LSU has taken him all over the world of sports: NBA strength and conditioning coach, NFL assistant coach, and now tasked with the role to bring the Tigers' offense back to 2019's heights. Peetz sat down with LSU's Cody Worsham and a number of fans and ticket holders for a live podcast taping at the end of February to take questions and talk ball. Outline: 1:13 - Getting settled in Baton Rouge 2:22 - Offensive philosophy 4:15 - LSU's loaded quarterbacks room 6:00 - Recruiting as relationship building 8:51 - How he still carries his Nebraska roots everywhere he goes 12:53 - College World Series memories 14:18 - Red zone offense 17:34 - Similarities and differences from Joe Brady's system 20:30 - How training NBA athletes helped him transition to football coaching 23:14 - Daring to Serve 26:14 - Development of LSU's wide receivers 27:30 - Offensive line experience and empty sets 28:42 - Raising six kids
March 11, 2021
Kevin Faulk Talks Super Bowl, Brady's Greatness, and Running Backs + Justin Jefferson Rewind
We kick off Season 3 of Hey Fightin' Podcast with the legendary No. 3 himself. Kevin Faulk parlayed an All-American, record-setting career at LSU into a 13-year NFL career with the New England Patriots, where he played in five Super Bowls and won three. We sat down with Faulk ahead of a Super Bowl which will feature six former Tigers and a quarterback Faulk knows better than most. After that conversation, we revisit a 2019 chat with Justin Jefferson, who is up for Rookie of the Year honors this weekend. It's a refreshing look back to a time when Jefferson was on the verge of a breakout few have ever matched -- from a two-star who some thought was a walk-on to a national champion and record-setting NFL rookie.
February 04, 2021
The Future is (Merry and) Bright ft. Kayshon Boutte, Max Johnson, and Shea Dixon
Freshman standouts Kayshon Boutte and Max Johnson hop on the podcast just minutes after their record-breaking performances in LSU's 53-48 win over Ole Miss on Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium. After that, Shea Dixon of Geaux247 returns for a big picture view of LSU's 2021 recruiting class. Enjoy the 40th and final episode in Season 2 of Hey Fightin' Podcast. After all the challenges of 2020, the future remains bright for LSU Football.
December 20, 2020
Hurry Up: Victory for L-S-Shoe (Live Postgame Reaction)
A different flavor this week for The Hurry Up. I hopped on Zoom right after the game and took questions to break down LSU's 37-34 win over Florida. The result was a less analytical approach to the game and a more emotional, raw conversation about joy and fandom and grit and culture. But we did talk Cade York's 57-yard game-winner, Max Johnson's moxie, the freshmen playing like vets, and, yes, The Shoe. With guest appearances from the Away Game Press Box, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com, Van Lathan of The Ringer, and, best of all, some loyal listeners. (Man, I really hope I edited out all the stuff I was supposed to.)
December 13, 2020
Fight All the Way
Hey Fightin' Podcast has opted back in for the 2020 season. A month-long hiatus ends today. We're talking about the struggles of November, the opportunities of December, and where things stand at quarterback, receiver, and offensive line. We also talk Terrace Marshall's opt out, the defense's improvement, and what's at stake in the final three games of the season.
December 03, 2020
Ty Davis-Price and John Emery
Call them Thunder and Lightning. Call them Honey and Mustard. Call them the best pair of running backs in the SEC. Call them what you want: John Emery and Ty Davis-Price call themselves brothers. This is an emotional episode. It's a funny episode. It's timely -- the two just combined for 223 yards and two scores against South Carolina. It's evergreen, too -- they go deep on their stories, their families, their bond. I walked away from this conversation amazed by their resilience, grateful for their vulnerability, and inspired by their friendship. I hope you feel the same way by the time it's done. Stay tuned for more from this conversation on our other media feeds, including Inside LSU Football with Ed Orgeron and LSU's YouTube and social media channels.
October 29, 2020
Hurry Up: That Was Fun (TJ Finley, Terrace Marshall, Jabril Cox)
52-24. I know we went 15-0 and won a national championship last year, but that was fun. The unknowns entering the game. The performances during the game. The freshmen standouts. The veterans rising to the occasion. This team has a lot of work to do and bigger games ahead, but that -- that was just good times. This is one of my favorite Hurry Ups, and not just because the game was so interesting and gave us so much to talk about. First, Hester joins for a break down. Then we hear from TJ Finley, Terrace Marshall, and Jabril Cox. Finally, I get to your mailbag questions. As always, thanks for listening, leave a rating/review if you haven't already, and Geaux Tigers.
October 25, 2020
TJ Finley and Max Johnson: What to Expect + Zach Von Rosenberg on Audacity, Belief, and Catalyzing Failure into Future Success
LSU punter Zach Von Rosenberg is today's guest (23:46). But before we talk with the 30-year-old former MLB pitcher/walk-on QB/walk-on tight end turned national champion, we break down Coach O's announcement that TJ Finley will get the start at QB for LSU. What can we expect from Finley? What's the latest on Myles Brennan's health? Where does Max Johnson fit in. Plus, discussion on third down offense, young players likely to see more snaps Saturday against South Carolina, and more.
October 23, 2020
Ali Gaye's Incredible Journey
Ali Gaye has an incredible story to tell. LSU's defensive end, the SEC's pressures leader through three weeks, is already making history. He's one of the first college football players from The Gambia, a small country on the west coast of Africa, and his journey from there to here, from then to now, is one you have to hear for yourself. It's an amazing story of parental sacrifice and personal dedication. Ali sat down with us for 30 minutes after his debut against Mississippi State to talk about his story. We also learn why he wears No. 11 and the improbable intersection of his life with another that inspires him daily. To read the feature story based on this interview and others, click here: https://lsusports.net/news/2020/10/8/football-look-at-ali-gaye-the-star-who-shines-for-so-many.aspx To watch the video feature from this interview, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VneWaxKSHhA (Note: this interview was recorded after LSU's season-opener against Mississippi State).
October 14, 2020
Hurry Up: Gut Check Time
LSU is 1-2 for the first time since 1994. The Tigers head to The Swamp next week. It's gut check time. Hester joins the Hurry Up as we break format and break down LSU's 45-41 loss to Missouri.
October 11, 2020
Speak It Into Existence
LSU got an improved quarterback, a breakout running back, and a returning star on defense Saturday. What did that fix, and what does it affect moving forward? Hester and I break down those questions and more, including the right way to prepare your toothbrush for optimal dental cleaning. We also start setting the mood for Florida Hate Week and try, in vain, to keep the weather at bay for Saturday's kickoff with Mizzou. Subscribe! Rate! Review! Beat Mizzou! (Note: this episode was recorded before the SEC's announcement that LSU's game against Missouri would be moved to Columbia for an 11 a.m. kickoff Saturday).
October 07, 2020
Just What the Doctor Ordered
LSU rebounded from its Week One loss to knock off Vanderbilt 41-7. Was it perfect? No. Was it much improved? Yes. We talk John Emery's breakout, Myles Brennan's development, Derek Stingley Jr.'s return, the defensive improvements, and much more.
October 04, 2020
Learning From Failure
The cereal talk comes at the very end. Before that, the serious talk. We look forward to Vanderbilt by looking back at Mississippi State. What can LSU fix from the loss? What can LSU build on? And why is T-Bob trying to intimidate us? Plenty of discussion on Derek Stingley's return, Ali Gaye's breakout, Myles Brennan's ups and downs, and of course we answer your questions as fast as we can before Hester has to do his radio show.
October 01, 2020
The Hurry Up is Back, For Better or Worse
That wasn't pretty. But there's a lot to talk about. LSU's 44-34 defeat to open the 2020 season revealed a lot of weaknesses and a few things to build around. We talk about the broader impact of football's return, the bad news on the Tigers' struggles to get going offensively and get stops defensively, the good news on the offense's second half adjustments and the defense's takeaways, and where things go from here.
September 27, 2020
After a longer-than-usual wait and after an unprecedented offseason that came on the heels of an unprecedented season, the Tigers are back. You ready? If not, we will get you ready with today's episode, previewing LSU's 2020 season opener against Mississippi State (even though we don't actually mention the Bulldogs until like 45 minutes in...whoops). There's plenty of talk about the Tigers, though, including the new 7 and 18s, a depth chart break down, over/unders for key players, and some mailbag questions we hurried to answer at the end. See y'all after Saturday's game.
September 23, 2020
No. 7 JaCoby Stevens, No. 18 Damone Clark, and No. 18 Chris Curry
LSU announced its newest members of the No. 7 and No. 18 clubs Friday, and we sit down with the newest bearers of two historic Tiger jerseys. First up is JaCoby Stevens, who will wear No. 7 this season as the Tigers' most prominent playmaker. Next up we sit down with both Damone Clark and Chris Curry (14:05) to talk about their induction into the No. 18 lineage of leaders. And with all three, we call up their parents to break the good news.
September 21, 2020
What I Saw at Preseason Game No. 2 + Why Coach O Loves Bo Pelini's Defense
I took in last Friday's final preseason game for LSU, so me and Hester breakdown how good the offense looked, Myles Brennan's improvement outside of the pocket, and how the running game could be special in 2020. We also discuss Coach O's recent comments on how excited he is about Bo Pelini's defense, Neil Farrell's decision to opt back in and its impact on the defensive line, plus more questions from Instagram and Twitter. Back next week to preview LSU-Mississippi State.
September 18, 2020
Inside Preseason Game No. 1, Tiger Stadium's 2020 Changes, Secondary Adds Depth, Get the Cat, Mailbag, and more with Hester
Hester is back to break down LSU's first preseason game, featuring breakout performances from Arik Gilbert, Kayshon Boutte, and the pass rushers. We also discuss the newly announced Tiger Stadium guidelines for 2020, the transfer of cornerback Darren Evans, answer Mailbag questions, and bring back Get the Hat for a special Big Cat edition.
September 10, 2020
Next Man Up
On today's show, we recap Coach O's 9/1/20 press conference before sitting down with Jacob Hester (17:00) to talk about Ja'Marr Chase's decision to opt out, who emerges at receiver, LSU's Friday march, how to pronounce Arik Gilbert's name, and which Nicholas Cage film is the best of all. (Note: conversation with Hester recorded Monday before Tyler Shelvin's decision to opt out was made public).
September 01, 2020
Camp Talk with Hester
LSU wrapped up its first week of practice Friday, and Cody and Hester discuss some of the storylines from early days on the Ponderosa. Topics covered include an improved running game, a loaded receivers room, an impressive freshman, edge rushers, depth up front, and Coach O's emphasis on not looking back at 2019.
August 22, 2020
The Transfers: Liam Shanahan and Jabril Cox
You might say LSU's had some success with transfers in recent seasons. Liam Shanahan and Jabril Cox may not win the Heisman for the Tigers in 2020, but Ed Orgeron is counting on both players to step in and make an immediate impact on their respective sides of the ball. First up on today's show is Shanahan, who talks about his journey from Harvard to Baton Rouge, his father's journey from Ireland to the States, working in Fenway Park and winning a World Series ring, the value of a Harvard Economics degree, and adjusting to SEC football. After that we talk with Cox (22:16) about winning three (!) national championships before making his way to Louisiana. He talks about bypassing a shot at the NFL for another year of college, getting settled in Bo Pelini's defense, getting used to Fargo's frigid winters, growing up in St. Louis, seeing the Chiefs win a Super Bowl, and more.
August 19, 2020
Terrace Marshall Has High Expectations
Terrace Marshall quietly grabbed 13 touchdowns last season, proving himself as one of the most talented receivers in the country. If anyone's still sleeping on his abilities, it's because they're not watching closely enough. The junior wide receiver joins the show today to talk about coming back from a midseason injury in 2019, missing his senior season of high school football, and his goals for 2020. Be warned: they are lofty. But also be warned: if anyone can exceed them, it's Marshall.
August 11, 2020
10 SEC Games, Locked In Superstar, and Mailbag with Jacob Hester
Hester is back to talk about the SEC's decision to play 10 conference games, Ja'Marr Chase's decision to be "locked in" for 2020, and to answer your questions. Topics covered include running backs by committee, who steps up at defensive end, young WRs, and another round of Get The Hat.
August 06, 2020
Ja'Marr Chase and Derek Stingley Jr.
A special two-interview episode. Ja'Marr Chase (1:30) talks about emerging as a leader and getting in shape, while also breaking down the talent in the receivers room. Derek Stingley Jr. (14:38) then hops on to discuss getting back to football, how DBU's swagger is now a quiet confidence, the one athletic feat he's not very good at, his go-to fast food order.
August 01, 2020
JaCoby Stevens Has Unfinished Business
JaCoby Stevens watched 14 teammates head to the NFL Draft, and he knew he could've been No. 15. But he had other ideas in mind. LSU's senior safety joins the show today to talk about why he came back for one more year in Baton Rouge, how he stays motivated after winning the national championship, and what the difference on defense will be, as the Tigers prepare for a more attack-minded approach under defensive coordinator Bo Pelini.
July 28, 2020
The Hunger and Patience of Myles Brennan
Myles Brennan has been waiting for his moment. No one understands patience or hunger like the fourth-year quarterback, who has bided his time in the quarterback room. His opportunity has arrived, although, as always, it has not arrived as planned. If anyone can handle the wait and anxiety of the current moment, it's Brennan, who has known the emotions well in his time as a Tiger. He makes his Hey Fightin' Podcast debut to talk about his weight (hopefully for the last), his wait, what he's learned, and what he expects.
July 22, 2020
LSU Gets Its Rings, and We Get the Hat
Jacob Hester and Cody Worsham catch up after some time away from the microphones by recapping the debut of LSU's 2019 championship rings. They also debut a new segment and discuss some replacements for departing stars. Back next week to answer some of your questions and more football talk.
July 09, 2020
Derek Stingley Jr.'s Next Play
Derek Stingley Jr. made history as a freshman, and he had no idea. He had no idea that his Consensus All-American honors were the first by a true freshman defensive player in college football history, or that he joined only Herschel Walker, Adrian Peterson, and Rondale Moore as first-year players to make three of the five All-American squads. That's because Stingley doesn't look back, unless he's studying film. Even that, with everything else he does, is about getting better. It's all about the next play. Stingley joins the podcast today to talk about his historic 2019 season, how he's managed to stay on his game during COVID-19 lockdown, and what's up his sleeve for 2020. Over the course of the conversation, you'll hear a young man who isn't just physically gifted. He's also wise beyond his years, a craftsman and a student of the game. To read the story that accompanies this podcast, click here.
June 01, 2020
History Made: Recapping LSU's Epic 2020 Draft with Jacob Hester and Emily Dixon
LSU saw a record 14 players taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, with six more former Tigers signing free agent deals shortly after the draft's conclusion. Cody Worsham, Emily Dixon, and Jacob Hester recap the historic weekend with some reaction from players taken on Days 2 and 3.
April 27, 2020
2020 NFL Draft Round One Recap with Jacob Hester and Emily Dixon
LSU saw a school-record five Tigers taken in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Jacob Hester, Cody Worsham, and Emily Dixon recap a memorable night for Joe Burrow, K'Lavon Chaisson, Justin Jefferson, Patrick Queen, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. We find out why Hester's seven year old was so excited, why Joe makes everything less dramatic, talk about Justin's babyface, lament the Saints passing on Queen, and more.
April 24, 2020
Forever Linked: Jeff Marx on the Bond Between Joe Burrow and Ed Orgeron
Before Joe Burrow goes No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft, Pulitzer Prize winner Jeff Marx joins the show to talk about his three-part series on Ed Orgeron and his Heisman winning quarterback. Forever Linked: The Story of Heisman Joe and Coach O is the story you need this week. It goes deep on Joe's recruitment, how he won over the team, and the connections he formed with Coach O. On the surface, the two are opposites -- the introverted QB from the Midwest, the outgoing Cajun from down the bayou. At their core, however, they're made of the same stuff.
April 23, 2020
Road to the Pros: Lloyd Cushenberry
Lloyd Cushenberry went from overlooked recruit to potentially the first offensive lineman drafted in 2020. He sits down to talk about wearing No. 18, an epic pregame speech before Alabama, and more. Full YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz_5YJNlC8Q). Twitter highlight (https://twitter.com/LSUfootball/status/1252274204340301825?s=20).
April 21, 2020
Road to the Pros: Blake Ferguson
Former LSU longsnapper Blake Ferguson talks with Emily Dixon about his career in purple and gold and his NFL dreams. "I know that wherever I go, I'm going to have to beat somebody out, I'm going to have to compete for the job," Ferguson says. "I'm not just going to walk in and be a starting longsnapper on an NFL roster. That's something I've been mentally preparing for." Watch the Twitter video here (https://twitter.com/LSUfootball/status/1250478110853812225) or check out the full YouTube interview here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lsz6kzx7bQ)
April 19, 2020
Boot Up: Will Wade Breaks Down LSU Basketball's Elite 2020 Recruiting Class
A special crossover episode, as Will Wade takes over the HFP feed for the day to break down LSU's 2020 hoops class, currently ranked No. 5 nationally. The group features the son of an LSU legend, the best scoring guard in the country, a point guard with Tremont Waters' passing ability and explosive length, Louisiana's Mr. Basketball, a 17-year-old high-flyer from Vegas, a rebounding machine from California, and a versatile, defensively-gifted transfer who practiced all spring with the Tigers. Subscribe to Boot Up: The LSU Basketball Podcast here: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/. Read the recap of LSU's 2020 class here: https://lsusports.net/news/2020/4/16/mens-basketball-elite-2020-class-gives-will-wade-hope-for-best-team-yet.aspx
April 16, 2020
Road to the Pros: Kristian Fulton on Winning the Natty in His Hometown, Coming Back for Senior Season, and Being Up Next for DBU in the NFL
Kristian Fulton could've gone to the NFL a year ago. But something called him back for his senior season. Turns out, he made the right decision. Not only does he leave LSU with a national championship and a degree, but he also enters the NFL Draft as a projected first round pick. He sits down for the latest installment of Road to the Pros to talk about winning it all in his hometown, how his yearlong suspension is a strength versus a weakness for NFL scouts, and more. Watch the full interview here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lRa405gJlM) or the condensed interview here (https://twitter.com/LSUfootball/status/1249812102363176961?s=20).
April 15, 2020
Road to the Pros: Breiden Fehoko
The NFL Draft is right around the corner, so we're sitting down with some of the former Tigers who are looking to make their NFL dreams come true this month. First up, Emily Dixon sits down with defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko, who talks about his journey from Hawaii to Texas Tech and LSU and how he plans to carve a path for himself at the next level. Watch on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-p8LL8Aj2E&t=8s) or a condensed version on Twitter (https://twitter.com/LSUfootball/status/1248672594246733825)
April 13, 2020
Tigers United: Russell Brock and Kristen Nuss, Beach Volleyball
When you've spent years building something, and crisis brings it to a halt, what do you do? LSU Beach Volleyball was at the apex of the sport when the shutdown stopped their pursuit of a national championship. No. 1 in the country. Two wins over defending champions UCLA. A historic home meet the likes of which the sport has never seen. On today's episode, head coach Russell Brock and senior/No. 1 court player Kristen Nuss talk about not letting the break stop the program's momentum, maintaining peak form while in quarantine, staying mentally engaged and connected with the team, and more.
April 07, 2020
Tigers United: Fran Flory and Sarah Rumely Noble, LSU Volleyball
Coaches need contact, communication, and interaction. So how do you manage a program when all of those things are impossible? LSU volleyball head coach Fran Flory and assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Sarah Rumely Noble join today's show to talk about the challenges, opportunities, and adjustments brought about by the COVID-19 lockdown. Their conversation touches on topics anyone working from home, parenting, or leading during these difficult times can learn from, including how to prioritize what matters, maintain communication, and stay organized when it's never been harder. If you're a coach, a student-athlete, a leader, a parent, a spouse, or simply working from home, there's something here for you.
April 02, 2020
Tigers United: Cole Henry and Eric Walker, LSU Baseball
LSU Baseball's pitching staff was off to a historic start in 2020. Then, the outbreak of a pandemic changed everything. Today's episode of Tigers United features Cole Henry and Eric Walker (6:58), two of the Tigers' top arms, who check in from their homes on how they're adapting to life in the social distancing age. They talk missing the day to day grind of a baseball team, living meal to meal, finding ways to work out and throw, the uncertainty of their futures, what they're watching, and how difficult it is to cut off a championship chase before it even really gets started. Watch the interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/lsusportsnet/videos
March 31, 2020
Tigers United: Skylar Mays and Ruby Harrold
A new podcast series from LSU Athletics: Tigers United. So many times in life, we're defined by the things that divide us. But sometimes we all go through something together. And we're reminded of the things that unite us. Right now, in some form or another, we're all going through the same thing. And we're all united by a sense of loss and how to cope with it. On one end of the scale, there are those who are fighting for their lives, fighting for their health, fighting for the lives of other people. And wherever you are in that fight, know you're not alone. But up and down the scale, from most serious to least serious, we're all dealing with some sort of loss. Maybe it's a job. Maybe it's school. Maybe it's time spent with loved ones or the ability to go work out in a gym or eat out at a restaurant for dinner. For Ruby Harrold and Skylar Mays, one of the losses they're dealing with right now is a loss that so many other student athletes across the country are figuring out how to cope with. Both of their collegiate careers were cut short because of the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Neither got the chance to finish their careers at LSU the way they deserved. After all the hard work and the heartache. After all the sacrifice and the celebration. They just ended. Earlier this week, they joined me for the first in a series of conversations we're calling Tigers United. Each episode we're going to hear from LSU student athletes, staff, and coaches, on how they're navigating this new world we're all living in. We'll talk mental health and physical health. We'll look back on the past, and we'll look forward to the future. You can find every episode at LSUSports.net, as well as on our Hey Fightin' Podcast and Boot Up: The LSU Basketball Podcast feeds. We all come from different places. We all play different sports. We all have different obstacles to overcome. But now as always, we're all Tigers, and we're all united.
March 27, 2020
Shelly Mullenix, Senior Associate AD for Health and Wellness, on LSU's Fight Against COVID-19
Today's episode is a different one, because we are all currently living in a different world that's changing every day. COVID-19 has altered everything for us all, and LSU Athletics is no different. Shelly Mullenix (6:10) is LSU's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Health and Wellness, and she's helping make crucial decisions for -- and providing information every day to -- LSU's student-athletes and staff, who, like the rest of the world, are in a state of limbo as the world stops to fight this virus. Shelly isn't just an expert on so many subjects related to this virus -- health and wellness, mental health, and administrative decision-making. She's also a compassionate, thoughtful leader, and she is working tirelessly to make sure LSU's student-athletes stay healthy, mentally and physically, at a time when that mission is fraught with challenges. Today's conversation isn't just applicable to student-athletes, though. We can all learn from Shelly's expertise, involvement, and information. Resources: CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/ Louisiana Department of Health: http://ldh.la.gov/ National Institute of Mental Health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml LSU Coronavirus Updates: https://lsu.edu/coronavirus/
March 20, 2020
Why Ja'Marr Chase Craves the Challenge of Wearing Number 7 + Ed Orgeron Previews Spring Practice
Ja'Marr Chase walked into Football Ops this week on a mission. He wanted No. 7. It took him time to track down Coach O, who bounces around the building like a man on fire, but eventually, he found his head coach and asked for the jersey. "Alright," Coach O said, "let's do it." On today's show, we sit down with Ja'Marr to discuss why he wanted that number, what it means to him, and how he's working to set new goals after surpassing the many he set in 2019. "I look at 7 as a competitive number," Chase says. "I think 7 at LSU is like a challenge for people. There's a lot of things that goes on in the year when you have 7 on, a lot of critics, a lot of people, a lot of expectations from 7, and I want to have that challenge upon me." That's a mentality that's taken Chase to the top of college football, and it's the mentality that fuels his desire to go even higher, still. Show Notes 1:45 - Recapping Coach O's Spring Football Preview Press Conference 2:02 - Position changes 3:14 - Spring absences 4:32 - Depth Chart 10:24 - Why Coach O thinks Myles Brennan is about to explode 11:51 - What Coach O liked about Scott Linehan in his interview 14:01 - Coach O on Bo Pelini 16:23 - Coach O's vow to work even harder than last season 17:22 - Ja'Marr Chase Interview 18:31 - Why Ja'Marr wanted 7 19:44 - Ja'Marr's mentality after winning the Biletnikoff 21:33 - Who gets No. 1 now? 23:27 - Ja'Marr's Combine Numbers (40, bench, squat, etc). 24:41 - Where Ja'Marr's love for the weight room comes from 25:16 - Meeting Lou Holtz 26:24 - Life without the Joes 27:15 - Working with Myles Brennan 30:00 - Setting new goals for 2020 31:24 - Fitting in to a new offense 32:51 - National championship game memories
March 05, 2020
Jack Marucci: The Brain Behind LSU Football's Technological, Intellectual, and Cultural Innovations
Jack Marucci is the Brain of LSU Football. He'll push back on that, because he's humble and brilliant. But Marucci, who just finished his 24th season as LSU's Director of Athletics training, is the driving force behind so many innovations and ideas inside of the football program. He has the trust of Ed Orgeron, who leans on him for research, analysis, technological advancement, player health, character evaluation, and much more. He also has the trust of Orgeron's players, who spend hours in his training room rehabbing, venting, relaxing, seeking counsel, and debating whatever topics of the day should arise in the Barbershop. On today's show, we look back at the 2019 season through the eyes of Marucci, who was there every step of the way, as well as looking ahead to the future of Tiger football. Throughout the conversation, the same topics converge: character and trust, the blending of objective data with subjective analysis, the balancing of hard work and efficient work, and more. 6:30 - Jack Marucci 8:20 - How character affects recovery 10:38 - Marucci's character study and how it helped predict the 2019 national title 14:20 - SportSense testing and how LSU learned how its players process information 18:00 - Why guys bust in the NFL 19:24 - Why an above average arm is better than an elite rocket of an arm at quarterback 20:45 - Defensive line reaction timing 21:55- Picking which areas of the team to study in the offseason 24:34 - Ed Orgeron, college football's foremost innovator 26:57 - How Coach O built a culture of excellence from top to bottom 31:17 - How the 2019 exuded character in all areas 34:41 - How EA Sports is helping LSU's QBs work in virtual reality 35:38 - The one question every MLB team asks Marucci about LSU 37:25 - Balancing objective data with subjective interpretation 38:38 - Why the human element matters most 41:50 - Sustainability Links: Jack Marucci, LSU Bio: https://lsusports.net/sports/ad/roster/jack-marucci/7698 SportSense Testing/S2 Cognition: https://s2cognition.com/ LSU’s Eye Dominance/Eye Tracking Testing: https://lsusports.net/news/2019/9/5/211810894.aspx Seeker Machine: https://www.monarcsport.com/ Inside The Barbershop: https://theathletic.com/1134423/2019/08/13/lsu-football-the-barbershop-training-room-brumfield-chark-battle-marucci-calvert/
March 03, 2020
All Gas, No Brakes: Season Review and Offseason Preview with Jacob Hester
We're officially over the National Championship hangover and on to an offseason full of new storylines. Hester stopped by the office to recap the national championship, put the 2019 season in historical perspective, and start looking ahead to 2020. We talk: - The greatest college football team of all time - Favorite moments of the season - LSU's consistency and machine-like approach in 2019 - Coach O's tone-setting and culture-building - Replacing outgoing players and coaches - 18 and 7 - Myles Brennan And much more.
January 24, 2020
Hurry Up: Get the Nat, Get the Nat, Get the Nat
LSU won the national championship. That's what this episode is about.
January 14, 2020
Championship Week: 60 Minute Drive for a 60 Minute Game
It's the last preview episode of the national championship game from New Orleans. Jacob Hester and I sat down Friday in his studio to talk about hype videos, high IQ offenses, LSU's contagious culture, and matchups to watch in LSU vs. Clemson. Thanks to 104.5 for allowing us to cross-promote with this audio. Stick around until the end for a special treat.
January 12, 2020
Championship Week: Media Day Mayhem
LSU went through the ringer of College Football Playoff Championship Media Day, and I came back with an episode that covers a lot of ground and features a lot of voices. - Dave Aranda on Clemson's offense vs. Alabama's defense, coaching with leads, and evaporating fires - Steve Ensminger on what Clemson's defense offers - Joe Brady on coming back to New Orleans and his future at LSU - Joe Burrow on how smart this offense is - Derek Stingley Jr. on no longer being a freshman - Maurice Hampton on emerging in the secondary and balancing football and baseball - Terrace Marshall Jr. on being slept on and staying hungry - Kristian Fulton on finishing his career at home
January 11, 2020
Championship Week: Kirk Herbstreit and Tom Rinaldi Preview the National Championship
Really excited to be joined by two of the best in the business, Kirk Herbstreit and Tom Rinaldi, on today's show. Both were in town to shoot some interviews for ESPN ahead of Monday's championship game, and both were gracious enough to carve out some time for a special podcast episode. First up is Kirk, who spent an hour or so with Joe Burrow before sitting down for this interview having one of the most detailed and intelligent football conversations I've ever overheard. Kirk gives us all the analysis and insight you'll need before Monday's game, from both an LSU and Clemson perspective. We talk Joe's genius, the high IQ of the entire offense, what he's learned about trying to slow down LSU's offense, and what Clemson can do to beat LSU. We finish up with Tom, who indulges some of my own questions about storytelling and interviewing (when you sit down with the master, you pick his brain) before jumping into some of the narratives he's eyeing ahead of this game. We talk Ed Orgeron, native son and redeemed coach, but we also talk Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Steve Ensminger, and the two Joes. Very happy with how this episode turned out, as the tactical talk with Kirk and the narrative discussion with Tom gives a good picture of all the angles of interest for this game. Back later this week with more episodes.
January 09, 2020
Championship Week: Semifinal Rewatch Recap
As Championship Week gets underway and LSU enters the final stages of preparation for Clemson, I wanted to go back and rewatch both semifinal games to see what I could learn. I learned a lot. Starting with LSU-Oklahoma and wrapping up with Clemson-Ohio State, here's a recap of my rewatch and some of the notes I took while watching both games. This one is light on guests (as in none) but heavy on numbers, and it's a statistically-loaded appetizer for the week to come. Topics covered: - Why LSU's defense is playing like the best unit in the country - Freshmen finding niches - Juniors coming into their own - What LSU's offense did differently against Oklahoma - Keys to attacking Clemson's defense - Where Clemson's offense can be slowed down Hope to be back with more episodes this week, so stay tuned.
January 07, 2020
Hurry Up: On to the Natty
In its first ever appearance in the College Football Playoff, LSU dismantled Oklahoma in historic, record-breaking fashion, a 63-28 win to move on to the national title game. A day that started with sorrow ended with football joy, and we focus mostly on football today, as the Tigers are making a case as maybe one of the best teams of all time. We talk Joe Burrow's record day (again), how Justin Jefferson went off for 14 catches and 228 yards and 4 touchdowns, Chris Curry stepping up for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Thad Moss being still underrated, Terrace Marshall being a stud, the O-line stepping up, K'Lavon Chaission wreaking havoc, and the pass defense becoming the best in the country. A slightly different edition of the Hurry Up today: no player audio. Just 50 minutes of analysis and Mailbag questions, because, now, I head to the hospitality room. See y'all in New Orleans. (Actually, we'll have more episodes before then) .
December 29, 2019
CFP Semi Preview with Jacob Hester
Enough talk. It's time to play football -- after just a little more talk. Me and Hester sit down for one final preview of LSU-Oklahoma in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl/CFP semifinal. We talk about LSU's confidence-borderlining-on-cockiness, Clyde's status, Alex Grinch's defense, matchups we're eyeing, and more. See you Sunday.
December 27, 2019
Heisman and Signing Day Recap with Shea Dixon
I'm back from the Heisman, and I brought a friend with me to the podcast. Friend of the pod and recruiting guru of Geaux247 Shea Dixon joins today's show to recap all the Heisman festivities and give us a break down of the 19 signees LSU landed Wednesday during the early signing period. Shea and I were around all weekend as Joe Burrow took home the first Heisman trophy for LSU in 60 years, so we recap what that experience was like from the inside. Then, Shea breaks down LSU top-five ranked class, how it can get better, and who can make an impact early. Hope to be back from Atlanta for a Peach Bowl preview on the 26th or 27th.
December 20, 2019
Live from Atlanta: 1-on-1 with Ja'Marr Chase
Ja'Marr Chase is shocked to be where he is. We're in Atlanta for the College Football Awards, and Ja'Marr is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's best receiver. In my opinion, he's the clear favorite, and by the time you're listening to this episode, he may very well have taken it home. After he finished up his media duties this morning, we sat down for 15 minutes to talk about his season, his development, and his dancing. What you'll hear is a humble, low-key kid who makes big plays on the field but prefers to stay in his hotel room away from it. He's like so many of his teammates: he loves playing football, but he hates talking about himself. That's okay: I made him do it anyway, and we talk "The Mop," his basketball career, how much fun this offense has been to play in, and why I was afraid I might cost his teammates a half of football and get yelled at by Coach O. Stay tuned for more updates from the postseason awards tour.
December 12, 2019
Hurry Up: Anybody, Anywhere
LSU is the best team in the SEC. They look like the best team in the country, too. Lots to get to on today's show. Interviews with Joe Brady, Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson, Terrace Marshall, Derek Stingley Jr., and more. Breakdown of the Tigers' 37-10 win over Georgia. Burrow's Heisman moment, again. Stingley's stellar showing. Brady's future. And why we should all savor every moment of this magical season.
December 08, 2019
Jacob Hester Looks Back on an Unforgettable Senior Night and Previews the SEC Championship Game
Count on a No. 18 to deliver his best performance when the stakes are highest. Hester is back, and we dive deep into the 12-0 Tigers, their 50-7 win over A&M, and their upcoming matchup with Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. We talk Joe Burreaux's incredible Senior Night tribute, his development in two seasons at LSU, this Clyde Edwards-Helaire run, take a Clyde victory lap, quickly discuss Joe Brady's future, break down the defense's dominance vs. A&M, and go all in on a LSU-UGA preview. This is my favorite Hester episode of the season. Enjoy!
December 03, 2019
Hurry Up: Joe Burreaux
An iconic moment for an iconic player. Joe Burrow ran out for Senior Night wearing a custom jersey with Burreaux on the back. Then, he re-wrote the SEC passing record books and exacted a little revenge on Texas A&M. We talk about LSU's 50-7 win, Burrow's moment in LSU lore, the defense's rebound and answer of the call, Cade York crushing kicks, and more. We also hear from K'Lavon Chaisson, Ja'Marr Chase, Rashard Lawrence, and, yes, Joe Burrow.
December 01, 2019
BONUS EPISODE: That’s Joe
Before Joe Burrow's explosion this season, before his rise from Heisman afterthought to Heisman frontrunner, before Ohio State's surplus became LSU's superstar, there was almost no one who could've seen it coming. Except for Burrow, his family, and everyone in The Plains, who saw it coming all along, because they'd seen it before. A special episode of Hey Fightin’ Podcast, this is the extended audio version of That’s Joe, a story previously published in text form at LSUSports.net. This episode contains extended audio cuts and dives just a bit deeper than its written companion. Special thanks: - Jimmy, Robin, Joe, and The Burrow Family - Nathan White, Ryan Adams, Sam Smathers, Sam and Tom Vander Ven, Jeff Skinner, and everyone at Athens High - The folks at GiGi’s Country Kitchen in The Plains, Ohio - Ray Kostohryz for providing the Joe Burrow musical mix at the beginning of the show - Matt Tornquist, the Joe Burrow of college football video production - You, the listener
November 27, 2019
Hurry Up: Business As Usual
It was a 56-20 win, the program's first SEC West title in eight years, and the scene for yet more offensive records. Or, in Joe Burrow's words, "business as usual." It was also the pre-Thanksgiving appetizer for next week's main course. Unfinished business with Texas A&M. We start today's show by discussing the unexpected tone in the wake of the win over Arkansas. Ed Orgeron switched it up, and his players followed suit. There wasn't a big celebration. There wasn't a lot of joking around or joviality. There was, instead, a sense of supreme focus that had already turned its attention to the Aggies. You can read about that here, or you can listen to it on this episode. Later, after we do eventually break down the victory and the records and the offense's show and the defense's improvement. Then, we answer some listener questions, and we also hear from Clyde Edwards-Helaire, JaCoby Stevens, Jacob Phillips, and Thad Moss.
November 24, 2019
Zach Von Rosenberg on Radical Transformations, Pitching and Punting, Overcoming Failure, and Taking the Micro View
No one's story is quite like Zach Von Rosenberg's. The 29-year-old punter played six years of professional baseball before joining LSU in 2016, where he bounced from quarterback to tight end to, finally, punter. Now, he's one of the best in the country, a field-flipping weapon who consistently pins foes deep in their own territory and who holds field goals and extra points for one of the top-scoring offenses in SEC history. His unique journey has given him unique insight into LSU's rise to the top of college football, and we dive deep into both. We discuss all things special teams – Greg McMahon's impact on the room, Cade York's development, his breakthrough in 2017 at Tennessee – but we also dig into his story: how he overcame the first failure of his life after six years of college baseball; how he bounced between positions and gained and lost weight to try and find his role with the Tigers; how he's watched Joe Burrow turn into the best quarterback in college football from the front row. This is one of the most interesting and unique conversations I've had on this show all season. Sit back, grab a glass of red wine, and enjoy.
November 20, 2019
Hurry Up: Keep on Dancing
LSU moves to 10-0 after another offensive explosion in a 58-37 win over Ole Miss. On today's Hurry Up, I break down why you should worry less about the defense and focus more on the Tigers' offensive juggernaut and their place atop college football. While the defense has work to do, there's plenty of reason for dancing after a 10-0 start. We also hear from Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, Thad Moss, and Coach O after the win.
November 17, 2019
Mailbag: Joe Burrow Feature, Joe Brady's Future, Ja'Marr and Justin's Wrinkle, Non-Burrow MVPs, and More
Fresh off a win over Alabama and the release of our Joe Burrow feature (finally!), I'm taking your questions for the first ever mailbag edition of Hey Fightin' Podcast. I did my best to answer your questions about Joe Burrow, Joe Brady, Ja'Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, as well as my non-Burrow MVP, when I realized this team was going to be special, and how LSU's offensive line adapts this week. Check out our Joe Burrow feature here (Chapter 1 of the video is here, too; more Chapters to come in the coming weeks): http://lsul.su/ThatsJoe Send in voicemails for me to answer in future episodes here: https://anchor.fm/heyfightinpodcast/message (or just record a VoiceNote and email it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org). Subscribe! Rate! Review! Beat Ole Miss!
November 14, 2019
Hurry Up: Here Come the Tigers
"Lead with the heart, and the body will follow." Clyde Edwards-Helaire said it best, and he and his team lived it out on Saturday night. LSU lead with the heart in Tuscaloosa, and they came back with a 46-41 win and an inside track at the SEC West title and the College Football Playoffs. We get away from the stats and tactics today, and we dig into the emotions. There were tears and laughs and smiles and shouts after the game, from the field to the locker room to the plane and the airport in Baton Rouge. I want to make sure you experience all that. We'll come back later in the week with the analysis. Today is about something bigger than that. We also hear from Clyde, Joe, Coach O, Jets, Ja'Marr, and JaCoby. Here Come the Tigers.
November 10, 2019
Marty Smith on the Humanity, History, and Authenticity of LSU-Alabama + LSU defensive line coach Bill Johnson
Stay away from brick walls while listening to this one, because after hearing Marty Smith, you'll want to run through one. No one in sports has more passion or compassion than ESPN's Marty Smith, today's guest on the show. He views sports as a vehicle to understand people, and big games – like LSU vs. Alabama – are, for him, stages on which we see the very best qualities humanity has to offer. Authenticity. Vulnerability. Passion. Pride. All of that comes through in today's conversation with Marty, and I'm grateful to have been able to get him for a few minutes. We talk about, among many other things: - Ed Orgeron as an American treasure - Joe Burrow, the ultimate competitor, something Marty saw long before Joe wore purple and gold - The magnitude and rarity of No. 1 vs. No. 2 - His incredible book, "Never Settle: Sports, Family, and the American Soul," and how the proceeds are benefiting students across the country After that, we sit down with LSU defensive line coach Bill Johnson and run through the men in the trenches who will help determine Saturday's outcome.
November 07, 2019
Big Stage, Small Margins: Previewing Bama Week with Jacob Hester
Hester's back to preview LSU-Alabama. 1 vs. 2. Heisman hopeful vs. Heisman hopeful. Tigers vs. Tide. No biggie. First, we recap Coach O's Monday press conference, including: - Joe Brady's impact on the offense - Dave Aranda's vast playbook on defense - Burrow's historic impact on the program - Personnel updates on defense Then, we sit down with Hester to talk: - The most important matchup of the game - Bama's knack for YAC - Burrow's insane preparation - Burrow vs. Tua under pressure - Red zone O's and Red zone D's - Special teams No better place to start your week than here. Back later this week with more content. Subscribe! Rate! Review!
November 04, 2019
Hurry Up: 8-0
There's pretty wins, and there's gritty wins. Saturday's 23-20 win over Auburn was the latter for LSU, but it was a top-10 win in which the Tigers will feel like they have plenty of room for improvement. Not a bad place to be heading into the bye week. Plenty to talk about on today's Hurry Up, including: - Auburn's surprising defensive scheme - LSU's defensive dominance - Playing to strengths vs. taking what's given - Joe Burrow being tougher than nails - Derek Stingley being a dude - Clyde Edwards-Helaire being a dude Back later in the week with some bye week stuff. Until then: Subscribe! Rate! Review! Share!
October 27, 2019
Derek Stingley Jr. talks Mannequins, Ballet, and Having an Elite Mentality
Not much gets under Derek Stingley Jr.'s skin. Traffic. A perfectly thrown back shoulder pass. Department store mannequins. Other than that, the young man is as unflappable as he is humble. LSU's freshman cornerback sat down for our latest episode to talk about his fast start to college football and how he's handling the spotlight of being one of the best players in the country, regardless of age. Among the topics covered: - How he bounced back vs. Florida - Basketball and ballet - What scares him about department store mannequins - His grandfather's paralyzing football injury never deterring him from playing the sport he loves - Fiesta Bowl practices - Handling stardom at 18 years old After that, we hear from LSU safeties coach Bill Busch, who talks about his players' performance against Mississippi State, as well as an older interview with cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond from after the Utah State game. Subscribe! Rate! Review! Send to a friend! Link: Derek Stingley Jr. on Inside the Huddle with Emily Dixon
October 23, 2019
Hurry Up: That's When the Genius Comes Out
Well, we all knew this day would come. The day when LSU's offense would score only 36 points, tally only 400+ yards of offense, and Joe Burrow would only throw for 327 yards, 4 touchdowns, and set the school record for single-season touchdown passes. Somehow, LSU survived. The Tigers knocked off Mississippi State in Starkville despite, yes, a blunt offensive start -- particularly in the red zone. That's because, as Grant Delpit said after the game, Dave Aranda's "genius comes out." The Professor threw out some new defensive looks, and the Tigers got stops and turnovers aplenty, buying time for the offense to find its feet. On today's show, we break down all the action from the game and the audio from the postgame. We cover: - Joe Burrow's record day - JaCoby Stevens and Delpit's combination - What went wrong in the red zone - Kristian Fulton finally breaking the ice - Bunch formations - Cloud 3 - And more
October 20, 2019
Breiden Fehoko on Growing up in Hawaii, Haka, and his LSU Ohana + James Cregg on LSU's Offensive Line
Breiden Fehoko joins us for the 23rd episode of Hey Fightin' Podcast on his 23rd birthday. Breiden's story is incredible, from growing up in Hawaii to transferring to LSU and everything in between. On today's show, he talks about meeting Dave Aranda in middle school, lying on a permission slip to get his butt whipped at football camp, being the youngest (and the most spoiled) Fehoko, and how his family has come to love LSU. He also talks about the Haka, mana, ohana, $9 milk, and, oh yes, LSU's win over Florida last weekend. After that, we talk with LSU offensive line coach James Cregg, who breaks down what made the Tigers' front so successful against a talented Florida defense. Coach Cregg talks about Lloyd Cushenberry's leadership, Damien Lewis' love for the game, Adrian Magee's emergence, Ed Ingram's return, the development of Saahdiq Charles and Austin Deculus, and the depth behind those guys in Dare Rosenthal, Chasen Hines, and others. Subscribe! Rate! Review!
October 16, 2019
Hurry Up: Don't Let Good Enough Get in the Way of Greatness
LSU's offense proves itself against an elite defense, and LSU's defense makes the necessary adjustments and crunch time plays to knock off Florida in a statement-making win. On today's Hurry Up, we break down the offense's pedal to the metal mentality and the defense's critical tweak to get off the field in the second half. We talk about the offensive trio (soon to be quartet) no one has an answer for as well as the incredible performance of LSU's offensive line. We also break down Derek Stingley and K'Lavon Chaisson's second half contributions and hear from a ton of players, including Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Lloyd Cushenberry, Glen Logan, Chaisson, and Burrow. All that and more on a Hurry Up following a 42-28 win over Florida.
October 13, 2019
Bonus Episode: Garrett Brumfield on LSU's Offense, the Florida Rivalry, The Barbershop, Joe Burrow's Weirdness, Lloyd Cushenberry's IQ, Comedy, Movies, Aliens, and So, So Much More
When I started this podcast, I had one regret: that it wasn't around when Garrett Brumfield was a current player. Bruiser is one of the smartest, most eclectic, and most talented athletes I've ever covered, and he is the perfect podcast guest. So, lucky me, I bumped into Bruiser in football ops the other day, and we made it happen. He joins me today for a bonus episode, and it wanders all over the place. Yes, we do talk about LSU's offense, including Joe Burrow – who is as odd as Brumfield – as well as the rivalry with Florida and being a part of the #ForeverLSU family. But, we also dive into some of Brumfield's passions: writing, comedy, movies, podcasts, aliens, and, of course, football. This is a wide-ranging episode, but I think it's one you'll enjoy. LINKS: The Talented Mr. Brumfield For Ja'Marr Chase and Derek Stingley Jr., Iron Sharpens Iron Colton's First Game Follow Garrett on Twitter and Instagram
October 10, 2019
"It's Just Different When These Two Teams Meet"
Who better to preview LSU-Florida than noted Gator destroyer Jacob Hester? Your favorite No. 18 returns just over a decade after he ran over Florida in a legendary win in Tiger Stadium. Yes, we talk about that game, including a mistake Hester made which he considers the greatest of his football career, but we also talk about Saturday's matchup between two undefeated SEC rivals and what we learned from LSU's win over Utah State. We talk K'Lavon Chaisson, Derek Stingley, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, slowing down Florida's pass rush, cornerback depth, and much more. Rate! Review! Subscribe!
October 09, 2019
Hurry Up: Defense Goes Warp Speed, Offense Pumps Brakes in 42-6 Win Over Utah State
LSU's defense had its best outing of the season, holding the nation's ninth-ranked offense without a touchdown. The Tiger offense slowed things down a bit, but other than a few loose plays, continued their dominance, and Joe Burrow stayed right at the front of the Heisman race. On today's Hurry Up, we recap the win with plenty of player and coach audio. - The Number: 7 - The Play: Goalline Stand (sorta) - Game Balls: Jets, Queen, and ZVR's Cab - Press Play: Burrow, Thad, Chase and Fehoko on Stingley, and more - Questions: Coach O's and Yours Back later in the week with another Hester episode.
October 06, 2019
Hester's Back with a Look Back on Act I and a Look Ahead to Act II
Act I is a wrap, the bye week is over, and LSU is on to Act II of the 2019 season. It's episode No. 18 for HFP, so we bring in our favorite No. 18 to talk LSU football. Jacob Hester is back to break down everything we've learned about the Tigers through four games and what to keep an eye out for over the coming weeks. We talk Joe Burrow's historic start, the running game's growth through four weeks, Ed Ingram's return to the offensive line, getting healthy on defense, Kristian Fulton in the nickel, Derek Stingley doing unprecedented things, and the confidence LSU's special teams is exuding. We also talk Arsenal, Everton, Florida, and Utah State.
September 30, 2019
Hurry Up: Broken Records
That sweet, sweet sound you're hearing in your ears on today's show might sound like the gentle rise and fall of the ocean's waves, but it's really the sound of a broken record. That's right: I feel like I've recorded this podcast before. I haven't, of course, because LSU just beat Vanderbilt 66-38, and I break down all that actions, as usual, with some help from the locker room sound and the box score. But I'm starting to repeat myself, because every time we talk, the Tigers are breaking offensive records, and I'm talking about how incredible they're performing. Today, it was Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase teaming up for the fireworks in Nashville. We talk about that, and we also give out game balls to a special teams standout who scored once and nearly twice, a freshman defender whose legend can't stop growing, and we hear from Burrow on that sideline confrontation. We also take a crack at what questions Coach O will face at his next presser, including injuries and defensive lapses. Enjoy this episode, then enjoy the bye week. We'll be back before Utah State.
September 22, 2019
Jacob Phillips and JaCoby Stevens on High School Rivalries and Going Home + Tommie Robinson on LSU's Running Backs
Who is the real Mr. Football for Tennessee in 2017? LSU went into the Volunteer State three classes ago to pluck a pair of five stars in JaCoby Stevens and Jacob Phillips from the Nashville metro area, and both Tigers will return there Saturday for a clash with Vanderbilt. They talk (9:00) about going home for a road game, but they also talk a little trash about a high school rivalry that turned into a college friendship. They also talk about the growth each has seen in the other, as well as the development of LSU's 2019 defense. After a great chat with Jacob and JaCoby, we sit down with LSU running backs coach Tommie Robinson to talk about his vision for the Tigers' backs in this new offense, the fit of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the experience of Lanard Fournette, the development of the younger backs, and how recruits have responded to the system. We also update, early in the show, the status of a few defensive players who've picked up injuries in recent weeks, and we hear from Ed Orgeron on the improvement of Joe Burrow.
September 17, 2019
Hurry Up: Don't Scream. Scheme.
A 65-14 win over Northwestern State showed us a few things about LSU. The offense has its identity. The defense is still finding its, but learned a lot Saturday and showed its adaptability. And Coach O is having a lot of fun. On tonight's show, we talk about Joe Burrow continuing to build a Heisman resume, Terrace Marshall stealing touchdowns, and Dave Aranda fixing things at halftime. We talk about killer instinct and playing up to standards, and we hear from Burrow, Marshall, Jacob Phillips, and JaCoby Stevens. I also posit a theory: it's better to start slow and get better than dominate early and let up late.
September 15, 2019
Pursuing Perfection with Blake Ferguson + Special Teams Coordinator Greg McMahon on Cade York, Derek Stingley, Avery Atkins, and Special Teams Stars
Senior longsnapper Blake Ferguson joins today's show for a wide-ranging conversation that starts with LSU's win over Texas and ends with Chelsea-Arsenal banter. In between, we get into some fascinating stuff: Blake's craftsmanlike approach to his trade, how he and his brother got into the longsnapping game, how his parents have been at every LSU game since 2012, and the inner workings of the special teams room. He talks about Cade York's poise, Zach Von Rosenberg's work ethic, and which special teamers came to football from soccer backgrounds. After that, special teams coordinator Greg McMahon jumps on to break down York's recruitment and early success, Ferguson's leadership, Avery Atkins' consistency, and the culture of special teams at LSU as a launchpoint for young stars in the making. LSU fans know as well as anyone: special teams gets overlooked until it starts making mistakes, and since McMahon's addition to the program before the 2018 season, mistakes have been few and far between.
September 11, 2019
Hurry Up: Fireworks in Austin as LSU's Offense Rewrites the Record Books in the Air
Joe Burrow threw for 471 yards. Justin Jefferson, Terrace Marshall, and Ja'Marr Chase all went for 100+ receiving yards. The defense got two goalline stops and a few big performances, doing enough to get the win, 45-38, over Texas. WHOOOOOOOOOO BOY. We touch on that and more in today's hurry up, with sound from Joe Burrow and, later, interviews from (in this order) Chase, Jefferson, Marshall, and Cushenberry. It's 3:14 a.m., so I'm going home now. See y'all later this week.
September 08, 2019
Grant Delpit on Milk, Media, Music, Fashion, and Texas + Jacob Hester on the X's and O's of the Longhorn and the Tigers
A lot has changed in the last year for Unanimous All-American Grant Delpit. His breakout sophomore season has transformed him from precocious talent to media darling. We talk about the spotlight always shining on him in the latest episode of Hey Fightin' Podcast. We also talk about his milk-fueled high school growth spurt and preview the Texas game. Before that, Jacob Hester dives deep on the X's and O's of Saturday's game. How will LSU handle Todd Orlando's defense? What does Dave Aranda have up his sleeve for Sam Ehlinger? What are the matchups to look out for? Didn't do the housekeeping on the episode, so don't forget to subscribe/rate/review/share.
September 06, 2019
Justin Jefferson on Breaking Out, Moving to the Slot, and Following in His Family's Footsteps + Mickey Joseph and Georgia Southern Wrap Up
Fresh off a breakout season in 2018 and a stellar start to 2019, junior wide receiver Justin Jefferson joins the show (22:45) for an extended sit down. Justin dives deep into being the third Jefferson brother to wear the purple and gold, growing up around the program, and breaking out as a sophomore after showing up late as a freshman – when half the team thought he was a walk on. He also discusses some of the outside-the-box approaches the wide receivers implemented this offseason to make sure they're catching more passes and dropping fewer. Before that, I put a bow on the win over Georgia Southern with some deep statistical dives into the passing game, the offensive line, and a couple of surprising defensive standouts. We also sit down with LSU wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph (15:20) to break down the success of the passing game in week one, when 14 players caught passes.
September 03, 2019
Hurry Up: Everybody Eats in LSU's 55-3 Win over Georgia Southern
Welcome to the first installment of The Hurry Up, a name I came up with five seconds before recording. LSU opened the season with a 55-3 win over Georgia Southern in which the Tigers' spread offense shined and the defense shut down the triple option attack of the Eagles. I talk about a couple of things that stood out to me in the game, and we hear from Ed Orgeron, Terrace Marshall, and Justin Jefferson -- but not Joe Burrow, who was swarmed by a startling number of reporters after the game. If you liked this concept -- quick reaction to the game immediately afterward, with less focus on production value and more focus on timeliness -- let me know, and I'll keep it up for the rest of the season. If you didn't like it, let me know that, too, and I'll happily head home after the game an hour sooner.
September 01, 2019
Bonus Episode: Revolutionizing the Health & Wellness Movement with "Mama Shelly" Mullenix
Before she was Mama Shelly, Shelly Mullenix was TiTi. Mullenix’s titles, nicknames, and job responsibilities seem to be in eternal competition to outnumber the other, each reflecting the need she serves to the population that wields it. Mullenix, LSU's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Health and Wellness, is a pioneer in an area of athletics that is growing in importance and recognition, in college sports and beyond. For more than two decades, she's been ahead of the curve with mental health and performance, nutrition, counseling, drug testing, and athletic training. Today, she sits down for an extended interview to talk about her new role, paving a path for women in athletic training, yoga, suicide, social work, her dreams to build a Health and Wellness Center at LSU, and so much more. To read the full article on Shelly at LSUSports.net, click here.
August 30, 2019
It's Here! + Chris Blair Previews Georgia Southern
It's that second when you wake up, And, sometime between the moment your eyes open And your feet hit the floor, realizing It's here. It's that feeling in your gut, It's Christmas morning and the first day of summer, And just a hint of a fall breeze. It's being a kid again. It's packing up the ice chest And firing up the grill. It's spirit and sunshine And Victory Hill. It's stopping by Mike's cage Just to say hello. It's four familiar notes And zero chance of rain. It's screaming for the Tigers And coming home with a sore throat. It's the glory of the Purple Gold And victory for LSU. After that, Chris Blair joins to preview LSU vs. Georgia Southern and talk about his new podcast, "Hearing Voices."
August 29, 2019
Camp Standouts with Jacob Hester + Beer and Wine in Tiger Stadium with Robert Munson
Camp is over. Football season is here. The Tigers are less than a week from opening the season against Georgia Southern at home, and today's focus is on LSU. Camp is over, so which players stood out in the practices and closed scrimmages? We discuss that and more with former LSU running back Jacob Hester. After that, LSU senior associate athletic director Robert Munson hops on to talk beer, wine, and spiked seltzer in Tiger Stadium. After passage of a new SEC policy allowing universities to sell alcohol to the public inside stadiums during games, LSU has worked endlessly to get ready for game day. We talk with Robert about the questions, logistics, and preparations for a new era inside Tiger Stadium. We also talk about my dad. So, there's that.
August 26, 2019
JaCoby Stevens on Changing Positions, John D. Rockefeller, Perfectionism, Opening Up, and Breaking Out in a New Defense
JaCoby Stevens bounced around between positions for the better part of two seasons at LSU, before breaking out late in 2018 as a star safety. His transformation at LSU, however, extends well beyond defensive schemes. The junior safety sat down for a wide-ranging, eye-opening 30 minute conversation on everything from Rockefeller to the LSU Barbershop (where he has recently ascended to first chair) to considering transferring and finally finding a home where he started all along. JaCoby also talks growing up an LSU fan in Tennessee, inventing the College Football Playoff, his top five cereals, and he constructs an offense made entirely of Tiger defensive players. Trust me: you don't want to miss this conversation with one of the smartest football players – one of the smartest people, period – you'd ever be lucky enough to sit down with. Back next week with a camp wrap-up and, believe it or not, the first game week of the season.
August 22, 2019
Preseason Game #2 Recap + ESPN's Rece Davis
LSU completed its second preseason game of the fall on Saturday, and we were there to take in all the action and hear from Coach O afterward. We talk about the depth at receiver on a day where the offense shined and take a look at the battle at left guard. Later in the show, ESPN College Gameday host Rece Davis joins us to give an outsider's perspective on the Tigers, as well as a look at the College Football Playoff race. Rece also talks about growing up in the South as a college football fan and what it's like to work in his dream job. Come back later this week, when we'll have more conversations with players and plenty of news to break down from the last week of fall camp.
August 19, 2019
Thaddeus Moss + Dave Aranda's Aggressive Changes on Defense
On today's show, we sit down with LSU junior tight end Thaddeus Moss (16:33), who is healthy and producing this fall for the Tigers. Thad talks about growing up in the limelight of his father, Randy Moss — the greatest receiver of all time. He also dives deep into the frustrations of an injury-riddled 2018 campaign that kept him off the field, his offseason focus on getting healthy for the 2019 season, and his success so far this fall in LSU's new-look offense. Before that, we take look at Dave Aranda's new-look defense, which features a more aggressive approach. After three seasons on the job, Aranda realized he needed to alter his tactics to get the most out of a 2019 unit full of versatile athletes. Here's a link to the article referenced in the podcast: https://lsul.su/2YPXvHV While you're here: rate, review, subscribe, and share with a friend. Back next week with a recap of Saturday's second preseason game.
August 15, 2019
Recapping Preseason Game #1, Plus Clyde Edwards-Helaire on LSU's New Offense, Growing up a Tiger Fan, and Military Discipline
The Tigers completed their first preseason game of the fall on Saturday, and we recap all the action from the closed-door scrimmage with audio from Coach O's post-scrimmage press conference. Later, junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire sits down to discuss his role in the new offense, his breakout game against Georgia in 2018, growing up with military discipline, and running routes all summer. We've stuck around the top 10 in football podcasts in America, thanks to all your ratings/reviews/subscriptions. Thanks so much for the support, and if you haven't yet, please rate us, review us, and subscribe to get every episode in your feed. If you have, share us with a friend. Back later this week with more camp talk and conversations. Show Outline: 3:13 - Preseason Game #1 Stats 4:05 - The Defense's Dominance 6:30 - Defensive Standouts 8:00 - Damone Clark's Rising Stock 11:20 - Myles Brennan's Outing 12:55 - Ja'Marr Chase's Outstanding Performance 15:30 - Cade York's Potential 17:40 - Clyde Edwards-Helaire
August 12, 2019
Stephen Sullivan: From Sleeping Under a Bridge to Walking Across a Graduation Stage
Stephen Sullivan never imagined he'd graduate from college. But that's what LSU's senior tight end did last week. He sits down on this week's episode of HFP (18:39) to talk about his life. From sleeping under a bridge and in hotel rooms to becoming the first in his family to graduate high school and college, Sullivan enters his final season more motivated than ever and ready to break out in a new position. Before that conversation, we break down some early storylines in camp, including the improvement of the offensive line, the impressive wide receivers, and the impatient freshman. Also, we hear about one LSU player who has been carrying bricks in his back pack all summer. Don't forget to leave a five star rating, write up a short (or long) review, and share HFP with all your friends. Back next week after Saturday's scrimmage in Tiger Stadium.
August 08, 2019
Fall Camp Preview with Jacob Hester + Interviews with Lloyd Cushenberry and K'Lavon Chaisson
On the first episode of Hey Fightin' Podcast, digital media reporter Cody Worsham and former LSU running back Jacob Hester preview fall camp. We talk LSU's new offense, the chess pieces on defense, and improving at the line of scrimmage. We then break down a few position battles to keep an eye on for the next few weeks. After that, Cody sits down with the two newest members of the No. 18 fraternity: center Lloyd Cushenberry and edge rusher K'Lavon Chaission. Cushenberry talks growing up a Tiger fan, flipping on Signing Day, and being an LSU football historian, while Chaisson talks overcoming last season's knee injury and his grandmother's unfortunately timed preseason purchases. While you're here, go ahead and give us a five-star rating, write a short review, and share HFP with your friends and family. Back next week with plenty more content from fall camp.
August 02, 2019
Hey Fightin' Podcast: Trailer
The official podcast of LSU Football...coming soon
July 26, 2019