SEC: Perry Riley

LSU's Riley rolls his ankle

November, 7, 2009
11/07/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- LSU linebacker Perry Riley rolled his ankle and left the game late in the first quarter.

He was on the sideline trying to run for the Tigers' medical staff, but it was obvious he was favoring his ankle a little bit.

LSU's linebacker corps has played some of its best football these last three games, and Riley has been a big part of the Tigers' defensive success.

Lunchtime links: Gamecocks' Brown likely out

October, 19, 2009
10/19/09
12:51
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

A few SEC links for your Monday munching enjoyment:

Five SEC players make Butkus cut

October, 16, 2009
10/16/09
4:57
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low


Picking the three best linebackers in the SEC this season for all-conference honors will be a thankless job.

That's because there are so many great linebackers in this league. Five of them were named Friday to the list of 16 semifinalists for the 25th annual Butkus Award, which goes to the top linebacker in college football.

Making the cut from the SEC were Georgia's Rennie Curran, Alabama's Rolando McClain, South Carolina's Eric Norwood, LSU's Perry Riley and Florida's Brandon Spikes. Curran, McClain, Riley and Spikes were among the 12 finalists for the award last year, which was won by Wake Forest's Aaron Curry.

Here's the complete list of the 16 semifinalists for 2009:
  • Obi Ezeh, Michigan
  • Chris Galippo, Southern Cal
  • Mark Herzlich, Boston College
  • Greg Jones, Michigan State
  • Sergio Kindle, Texas
  • Sean Lee, Penn State
  • Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
  • Von Miller, Texas A&M
  • Brandon Spikes, Florida
  • Daryl Washington, Texas Christian
  • Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
  • Eric Norwood, South Carolina
  • Perry Riley, Louisiana State
  • Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
  • Rennie Curran, Georgia
  • Rolando McClain, Alabama

Lunchtime links: Vanderbilt's Stone breaks foot

August, 19, 2009
8/19/09
12:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

A check of what's making headlines around the SEC:

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban is turning up the heat as the Crimson Tide near the end of preseason camp, writes Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News.
  • Columnist John Adams of The Knoxville News-Sentinel writes that the NCAA's involvement with freshman running back Bryce Brown is just another twist in his circuitous route to Tennessee.
  • Replacing Peria Jerry in the middle of that defensive line will be no easy task for Ole Miss, but the talent's in place to do so.

LSU spring wrap-up

May, 5, 2009
5/05/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

LSU Tigers
2008 overall record: 8-5

2008 conference record: 3-5

Returning starters

Offense: 7; Defense: 6; Kicker/punter: 0

Top returners

QB Jordan Jefferson, RB Charles Scott, WR Brandon LaFell, TE Richard Dickson, OT Ciron Black, DE Rahim Alem, LB Perry Riley, CB Patrick Patterson, CB Chris Hawkins, S Chad Jones

Key losses

FB Quinn Johnson, WR Demetrius Byrd, OG Herman Johnson, C Brett Helms, DE Tyson Jackson, LB Darry Beckwith, PK Colt David

2008 statistical leaders (* returners)

Rushing: Charles Scott* (1,174 yards)
Passing: Jarrett Lee* (1,873 yards)
Receiving: Brandon LaFell* (929 yards)
Tackles: Harry Coleman* (71)
Sacks: Rahim Alem* (8)
Interceptions: Chris Hawkins* (3)

Spring answers

2009 Schedule
Sept. 5 at Washington
Sept. 12 Vanderbilt
Sept. 19 La.-Lafayette
Sept. 26 at Mississippi State
Oct. 3 at Georgia
Oct. 10 Florida
Oct. 24 Auburn
Oct. 31 Tulane
Nov. 7 at Alabama
Nov. 14 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 21 at Ole Miss
Nov. 28 Arkansas
New chief in charge: First-year defensive coordinator John Chavis didn't waste any time placing his imprint on the LSU defense this spring. Nicknamed "Chief” during his time at Tennessee, Chavis restored the intensity, emotion and hustle to the practice field, and the LSU defenders responded. Chavis was a perfect fit for what LSU coach Les Miles was looking for in a defensive coordinator.

Jefferson makes his move: Jordan Jefferson showed his potential at the end of last season as a true freshman. But this was his first spring practice, and he didn't disappoint. He was more consistent as a passer, made plays scrambling and also established himself in the huddle. Make no mistake. He's the Tigers' starting quarterback and ready to take on a much larger role in the offense.

Getting the edge back: Somewhere along the way, LSU lost its edge last season, particularly on defense, that was so vital in the Tigers' run to the 2007 BCS national championship. This spring in Baton Rouge was all about getting that edge back, and Miles likes what he saw from his team. There was competition for spots, better leadership and nobody taking anything for granted.

Fall questions

Shepard's role: Russell Shepard is a quarterback at heart, but may have to do most of his damage at receiver next season. The explosive true freshman proved this spring that he can do some serious damage in the open field. Now it's up to LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton to figure out different ways to get him the ball. He'll definitely be behind center some in the Wildcat package.

Looking for receivers: Senior Brandon LaFell is coming off a big season and is the anchor of the Tigers' receiving corps. But he needs help. They can't wait on the Bayou to see highly touted signee Rueben Randle in an LSU uniform. He could start right away. The Tigers also need more production from the likes of Terrance Toliver, Jared Mitchell and Trindon Holliday.

Defensive line depth: LSU's defensive line depth took a hit with the loss of Tyson Jackson, Ricky Jean-Francois and Kirston Pittman. The Tigers got some good news when tackle Charles Alexander received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, and tackle Drake Nevis has a chance to be one of the breakout players in the league. But some of the younger players have to keep coming in order to build the depth back.

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