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Four LSU true freshmen start season opener, several other play early vs. BYU

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True freshmen Grant Delpit, Kary Vincent Jr. and K’Lavon Chaisson — all Texas natives — played early and often in the Tigers’ season opener Saturday. (Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com

LSU has a history of true freshmen starting football games. But not quite like this.

A possible-record four started — and made their presence felt — in an eventual 27-0 defeat of BYU (1-1) on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to headline a deep group of first-time contributors called upon in Game No. 1.

“We knew they were gonna play,” coach Ed Orgeron said. “We prepared them. These were some of the best freshmen I’ve seen around. I thought they were gonna play well. Actually, I probably thought they were gonna make more mistakes than they did.

“I think that’s a credit to our older guys. They helped coach ’em up, and they stayed calm on the sidelines and calm before the game. And credit our coaches that coach their positions. They managed their positions, and they did very well.”

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LSU doesn’t allow BYU to cross 50-yard line in dominant, ironic Superdome return

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Cornerback Andraez “Greedy” Williams intercepted a pass in his first career game for LSU on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com)

With seemingly eyes on offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s debut, LSU’s dominant — and ironic — defense stole the show in the program’s return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Tigers (1-0) held BYU (1-1) to just 92 yards of total offense in Saturday’s 27-0 shutout victory to begin the 2017 schedule, their first season-opening shutout since 2007.

In fact, the Cougars failed to cross the 50-yard line in a performance many fans and media throughout the day likened to LSU’s own offensive futility in the 2011 national championship contest in the same venue.

“I think the second quarter, we’re over there looking at the stats and saying, ‘You know, we’ve got a real shot of doing this,'” senior defensive lineman Christian LaCouture said. “We expect to be that. But you never know at the game — you could have a great performance, but it’s 200 yards total or 300 yards total, but you played well.

“But when I saw in the fourth-quarter, it’s (about) 97 yards, I’m like, ‘No, we’re staying in. We’ve gotta keep going.'”

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Gauging Impact on LSU vs. BYU by shuffled plans, freshmen | Tiger Pride Podcast

LSU’s 2017 football season is now just a day away, with the Tigers and BYU traveling to New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements, of 225, broke down the impact of the change of plans and expectations for the matchup — particularly regarding all the freshmen expected to touch the turf in purple and gold.

Check out the podcast below for more information.

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Top LHSAA games Week 1, and beyond (Plus picks!) | Jerit and the Kid

The LHSAA’s 2017 regular season football schedule is absolutely loaded.

Matchups of championship contenders start on the Thursday night of this opening weekend and continue to fill each week’s slate handfuls at a time.

Jerit Roser and Jordan Burkett took some time this week to highlight some of the top games to watch for the first month (five weeks) of the season, including the five headliners for Week 1.

Check out the podcast below for more information on these matchups — including some Week 1 predictions.

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Breaking down LHSAA’s top 2017 title contenders (including Southern Lab update) | Jerit and the Kid

Tuesday’s announcement that Southern Lab would forfeit its past three seasons, as well as its place in the next two postseasons, shook up the LHSAA landscape just days before the 2017 football season.

The Kittens appeared clear favorites to win a third-straight Division-IV state championship.

But now, the impacts of the “SMU-like” sanctions could be felt across multiple classifications and divisions.

Check out the podcasts below, as Jerit Roser and Jordan Burkett discuss the penalties and the ripple effects and the likeliest teams to take over the Division-IV throne in their wake.

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