Notebook: LSU QB commit Finley shines, Tigers favored for big 2019 season

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TJ Finley

Ponchatoula quarterback T.J. Finley has opened eyes this month at the Elite 11 camp in Frisco, Texas.

The 6-foot-6, 249 pounder reportedly has the strongest arm in regards to zip on his passes while also showing good overall accuracy and distance in all of his offerings. His mechanics may require a little polish and his career 47 completion rate will have to improve for him to play at the next level.

Finley, a LSU commitment for 2020, displays skills to make the tight window throws with high velocity, back shoulder throws and deep outs. He demonstrates confidence in all of his tosses.

Over the past two seasons, Finley has 4,619 passing yards with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He recently visited LSU on June 14th and has been committed to the Tigers since May 29, 2018.

As for the upcoming season, LSU is highly thought of by the oddsmakers. The Tigers are expected to be favored in every game but the visit to Alabama.

LSU is currently a three-point favorite over Texas for their trip to Austin in the second week of the season, a 2 1/2 point favorite over Florida and a touchdown favorite against Auburn. Still not convinced by Vegas that the Tigers are true CFP title contenders this season, LSU is listed as a preseason 17-point underdog to Alabama.

Sports Illustrated listed their top 100 college players for the 2019 season, with three Louisiana products among them.

LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton, the former Archibshop Rummel standout, was slotted in the 47th spot. Baton Rouge native Dylan Moses, a linebacker at Alabama, is in the 16th position. Jennings High product Travis Etienne, the Clemson All-American running back, is in the seventh spot. LSU All American safety Grant Delpit is listed as the sixth best player on their list.

One of the more coveted grad transfers for ’19 is expected to make his final decision soon. Former Clemson running back Tavien Feaster has trimmed his list to South Carolina and Virginia Tech. He accumulated 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns in his 41 games with the defending national champion Tigers. The Spartanburg, South Carolina native was named Mr. Football in the state in 2015 and also was the state champion in the 200 meters.

Feaster (5-11, 216), who runs a 4.36 forty, told the Post and Courier that the hometown Gamecocks have gone silent in recent recruiting so the Hokies appear to have the upper hand. During his visit to Blacksburg, Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente and assistant Jafar Williams made a strong connection with Feaster.

The Hokies return DeShawn McClease who had 433 yards in ’18 with a pair of scores but quaeterback Ryan Willis is the team’s second returning leading rusher with 354 yards and four touchdowns. The running back position would be immediately enhanced with Feaster’s arrival.

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Rene Nadeau

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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