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Can LSU turn Wisconsin trip into this year’s Oregon rout? | Podcast

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If not this year, then when?

LSU kicks off its 2016 football season at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Wisconsin in the Green Bay Packers’ historic Lambeau Field.

Potential national title expectations and hopes are high for the Tigers, who hold the No. 5 and No. 6 positions in the national media and coaches polls.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements dive into some of the key story lines and players in the podcast below, including a noteworthy comparison to a past game Saturday’s opener could resemble.

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Once-shy LSU QB Lindsey Scott Jr. brings character, media savvy to the Tigers as freshman

Lindsey Scott’s meteoric rise to unseen peaks this winter left in his wake a trail of not only frustrated opponents, but a growing number of cameras.

Jerit Roser and Lindsey Scott discuss work ethic, diet and character.

Jerit Roser and Lindsey Scott caught up before the now-former Zachary star enrolled at LSU to discuss his work ethic, diet and character. (Jerit Roser)

As talented as some of those defenses may have been, there’s little question the latter would’ve been a more daunting proposal to his younger self.

But the once undersized and quiet quarterback found, with his stride, his swagger en route to becoming not only a heralded leader, but a media darling now beginning his first preseason camp at LSU.

“It’s funny because some of my teammates and my classmates, when they think of me, they jump straight to 11th grade when things kind of started to get up and running,” says Scott, who graduated this May after leading Zachary to its first state championship in December. “But people like (lineman) Trevor Jackson — Trevor knew me when I was really little — they know that in middle school I was really shy.

“It was always easy with my friends and stuff, but meeting new people — and don’t even get me started on girls. I couldn’t walk up to girls and talk to ’em. Me and my friends would be walking in the mall or something, and I’d say something like, ‘Oh, that girl’s cute.’ And they’d say, ‘Oh, go talk to her.’ And I was kind of like, ‘Don’t even worry about all that.”

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ULM walk-on Lee Marshall’s road back to football included Chili’s, Coca-Cola, intramurals

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Former Wossman star Lee Marshall is eager for another chance at football at ULM. (Courtesy of Lee Marshall)

Lee Marshall would wake up and go to workouts at 7:45 a.m. or class at 9 a.m., depending on the particular day’s schedule.

He’d head from one to the other, finishing up in the early afternoon, and then off to six-hour work shifts stocking Coca-Cola products from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Homework and studying would cap off a routine that would make most college students cringe at the thought.

But the ULM walk-on, finally back on the football field, can’t help but see the opportunity as a blessing.

“It was hard,” Marshall says of his spring. “But it makes it much easier knowing how much I wanted to play. It’s hard, but, I mean, I can do it.”

The Monroe native wasn’t always sure he’d get the chance.

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From LSU to SMU: Trey Quinn poised to capitalize on second chance

“Incomplete” is typically among the last words a wide receiver wants to hear.

Trey Quinn and parents

Former LSU wide receiver Trey Quinn — and parents Angie and Dave Quinn — are excited for a second chance provided by a transfer to SMU. (Courtesy of Trey Quinn)

And yet one an ardent, if at times mercurial, fan base can try its damnedest to make echo — even in its own players’ ears.

The definition is far different for Trey Quinn at the moment, though.

Two years at home-state LSU probably saw less warm, fuzzy fairytale feelings for the national record-setting Lake Charles product than overblown scrutiny, challenging frustration and resulting lessons learned.

But those chapters have far from closed the book on Quinn, who will have two years of eligibility remaining at SMU after redshirting this fall.

The change of scenery and offense brings a world of fresh potential for an athlete who started seven games as a true freshman in college football’s most highly touted league in 2014 — a new beginning for which he and his family can’t help but admit their excitement.

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Injured-plagued underdog, NOLA native Chelsea Hayes knocking on door of Olympic return

Chelsea Hayes runs toward long jump

New Orleans native and Louisiana Tech product Chelsea Hayes has been determined to overcome a string of injuries and qualify for her second Olympics. (Courtesy of John Nutt)

That same little giggle somehow punctuates even the most disappointing and frustrating moments as Chelsea Hayes vents through the past four years.

A fractured back, a bulging disc, severe patellar tendonitis in her right knee, tendonitis in her left and injuries to her groin, hip flexor and abductor among other areas haven’t been able to wear away the wide, infectious smile not even Hurricane Katrina could dampen for long.

And so the 2012 U.S. Olympian returned to Eugene, Ore., on Tuesday for this week’s Olympic Trials in search of an against-all-odds, storybook finish to her rollercoaster coming of age.

“The thing was: Katrina, we lost everything — we even lost family members,” says Hayes, who will compete in the long jump Friday evening. “So I wouldn’t put (the past four years) on that same platform. It was pretty tough. It was pretty stressful. There were times I questioned my ability. There were times that I questioned whether I should keep going forward with this.

“‘What should I do? Is this for me? Was my last calling in London? Should I keep going forward?’

“But I just think about, ‘I’ve been through Katrina. I lost everything, and that thing that kept me going was track and field.’ That got me out of New Orleans. I don’t know where I would be without track. Track got me to college. So that’s why I feel like, no matter what, at the end of the day, you can take everything from me, but you’re not gonna take away my ability to compete and my ability to keep fighting.”

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