Quarterback, kicker, line all play a role in victory

<p class="indent">LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was named the SEC offensive player of week on Monday, while placekicker Cole Tracy was the conference’s special teams player of the week.</p><p class="indent">Neither had gaudy stats in the Tigers’ 22-21 comeback upset of Auburn Saturday.</p><p class="indent">But Burrow directed two fourth-quarter scoring drives that set the stage for Tracy’s 42-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.</p><p class="indent">Neither would have been possible without … well, if the SEC had a comeback player of the week, the Tigers’ offensive line could have accepted it as a group.</p><p class="indent">It was quite a seven-day turn-around. A week after giving up a pair of sacks, which didn’t really tell the story of how much FCS Southeastern Louisiana harassed and hurried Burrow from start to finish, the group made sure their quarterback had time to throw at Auburn.</p><p class="indent">“Our line played outstanding and only gave up one sack against possibly one of the best defensive lines in the country,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said Monday. “Those guys were really on target. I thought we had a great scheme.</p><p class="indent">It wasn’t just the improved line play, although Orgeron said moving Austin Deculus to right tackle was a big factor.</p><p class="indent">But the Tigers also changed their approach in the passing game. The week before LSU responded to pressure by using mostly max protection, which keeps extra blockers in the backfield but also limits the numbers of receivers and makes it harder for them to get open.</p><p class="indent">Saturday, offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger forced Auburn to cover more receivers by sticking with the 4 and 5-wide sets and mainly called plays that would allow Burrow to get rid of the ball quicker. “I thought we had a great scheme,” Orgeron said. “We sprinted around and we switched our protections around.</p><p class="indent">“We always wanted to open things up. We did not do very well against Southeastern Louisiana in max protection. (Saturday) we went four-wide, we slid the linemen down and we cut the defensive end.</p><p class="indent">“Most of our throws were under 2.5 seconds so we didn’t give them time to get there. Quick decisive throws, we thought that was the best way to protect our quarterback and it worked.”</p><p class="indent">Burrow threw 18 of his 34 passes less than 2.5 second after getting the snap. Against SLU, that number was only six.</p><p class="indent">“I coached the defensive line,” Orgeron said. “That’s hard to rush against.”</p><p class="indent">It also helped that left tackle Saahdiq Charles was back from the one-game suspension he served the previous week. That allowed Austin Deculus to move from there to the right tackle, which had been a trouble spot the previous week.</p><p class="indent">The season-opening starter at the spot, Adrian Magee, has been out since early in the Miami game.</p><p class="indent">He won’t be ready for this week’s Louisiana Tech game either, Orgeron said, but might possibly return the following week against Ole Miss.</p><p class="indent">“He’ll have to earn his spot,” Orgeron said to indicate how pleased he’s been with Deculus, other than two penalties.</p><p class="indent">“Besides that, I thought he did very well. Obviously he didn’t do perfect; he has some things he can get better at.”</p><p class="indent">The Tigers had to some adjusting on the fly at Auburn, too, when left guard Garrett Brumfield, the senior leader and glue of the group, went down in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.</p><p class="indent">He was replaced by freshman Chasen Hines, who got his first college action in a hostile environment.</p><p class="indent">Orgeron was overall satisfied with the way Hines held his own.</p><p class="indent">“He didn’t know he was going to play that much (before) Garrett went down. We are very pleased with him. We think he’s going to be an excellent player for us.”</p><p class="indent">But Brumfield, who for a good while was on the sidelines with his shoulder pads off, did eventually return to the game.</p><p class="indent">Brumfield said it was swelling in his shoulder, and that after he went to the locker room to have it checked to make sure there was no structural damage, trainers will able to get him feeling good enough to return late in the third quarter.</p><p class="indent">Orgeron also liked Ensminger’s tactic of taking more shots downfield.</p><p class="indent">“But we need to take more,” he said. “Again, that’s going to be about who we play, protection what the coverage is. We want more shots down field. We want two a quarter.”</p>

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      b9795f30-2196-11e8-ac8c-1b88846d848c2018-03-06T23:33:00Znews/national,newsWashington governor signs bump stock banAssociatedPresshttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/847f947e4dcdd64d23ee1a5459357331?s=100&d=mm&r=gOLYMPIA, Wash. — Spurred by last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Washington on Tuesday became the latest state to ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly.

      Gov. Jay Inslee signed the ban on bump stocks, calling it a "commonsense piece of legislation."

      "It will help save lives from mass gun violence," he said, surrounded by lawmakers and gun control advocates.

      Washington is one of more than 20 states to introduce legislation seeking to ban the devices after the Oct. 1 attack in Nevada — the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

      Bans were previously passed by Massachusetts, New Jersey and the cities of Denver and Columbia, South Carolina, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Federal officials also are considering regulating or banning the devices.

      California banned "multiburst trigger activators" in 1990, and last October the California Department of Justice issued an advisory to gun retailers saying that bump stocks were illegal under that law. A bill has since been introduced in the Legislature there to clarify that in statute.

      Using bump stocks, Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at a country music festival while firing from a window of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino before killing himself.

      Survivors and relatives of those killed testified in January about the Washington state bill.

      The new law makes it illegal for anyone in Washington to manufacture or sell bump stocks beginning July 1.

      In July 2019, it will become illegal to own or possess a bump stock in the state. A provision of the bill also allows the Washington State Patrol to set up a yearlong "buy back" program for people who already own the devices.

      Several other gun measures introduced in the Washington Legislature this year have stalled, including banning most magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and mandating safe storage of firearms.

      However, a bill that would enhance background checks on rifle purchases and raise the legal age to buy rifles to 21 made was introduced and passed out of a Senate committee after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.

      The bill also creates a program for students and others to report concerns about dangerous activities via a mobile app and establishes emergency response systems for schools during a threat.

      It’s unclear whether the bill has enough support to come up for a vote on the Senate floor.

      Before the bill signing by Inslee, dozens of students rallied in the Capitol, chanting "No more silence, end gun violence" and carrying signs reading: "Vote like Parkland is your land, Newtown is your town, and like Columbine is around the corner."

      Inslee listed several sites of recent mass shootings, including Parkland, that are "synonymous with tragedy."

      "We cannot sit idly by and take no action," he said. "We as leaders and lawmakers have to be judged by our actions and we need actions right now on this scourge."””<p>A student holds a sign that reads "Schools are for learning, not lockdown," as she stands next to a railing in the Capitol Rotunda following a rally against gun violence, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Olympia, Wash. The rally was held on the same day Gov. Inslee was scheduled to sign a bill banning the sale and possession of gun bump stocks in the state of Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)</p>

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