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Orgeron: ‘We couldn’t stop anybody’ at Missouri

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LSU coach Ed Orgeron called his team’s defense “embarrassing,” after the Tigers allowed 586 yards of total offense in a 45-41 loss at Missouri.

“We couldn’t stop anybody. Really a poor showing on defense,” Orgeron said. “We have to coach better, No. 1. It starts with me. Players have to make plays. We couldn’t stop the run, receivers wide open down the field. It was embarrassing. We have to get it fixed.”

It was the second poor defensive performance in three games to start the season for the defending national champions, who allowed Mississippi State quarterback K.J. Costello to throw for an SEC-record 623 yards in a season-opening loss.

For Orgeron, there was plenty of blame to go around. He pointed to a lack of physicality, poor communication, missed assignments, calls and tackles.

“A lot of it was busts. Guys were wide open,” he said. “That’s happened to us twice now. We really have to look at what we’re doing, we really gotta do some soul searching and eliminate that.”

The Tigers (1-2) have allowed 96 points, which is the most they have allowed through three games to start a season in program history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

In addition to losing 17 starters from last year’s undefeated championship team, Orgeron hired Bo Pelini as the team’s defensive coordinator after Dave Aranda left for the head job at Baylor. Pelini switched the Tigers to a 4-3 defensive scheme from a 3-4 — a move Orgeron has praised — but the hire and schematic shift hasn’t provided the intended results.

“I love Bo. I think Bo’s going to be a great defensive coordinator. He’s done it before,” Orgeron said. “But we have to get better. There are some things we need to fix. We need to coach better. There’s some things we need to look at schematically and see where we can better and I know we will.”

Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak completed 29 of 34 passes for 406 yards and four touchdowns, while running back Larry Rountree III added 119 yards rushing on 18 carries. Despite the explosive showing from Missouri’s offense, which scored 19 and 12 points in losses to Alabama and Tennessee to open the year, LSU had a chance to win the game in the final minute but was held out of the end zone on four straight plays from the Missouri 1-yard line.

LSU came into the game having been ranked in the AP Top-25 for 34 straight weeks, a streak that almost certainly will come to an end.

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Tide WR Waddle (ankle) expected out for season

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Alabama wideout and return specialist Jaylen Waddle is expected to be out for the season after suffering what coach Nick Saban called a combination of a high-ankle sprain and a fracture during the opening kickoff of Saturday’s 48-17 win over host Tennessee in Knoxville.

Saban said the injury is similar to the one former Alabama running back Kenyan Drake suffered in 2014, which caused him to miss most of that season.

“We’re going to fly him back privately with the doctors and take him back to Birmingham and see what we have to do right away,” Saban said of Waddle. “If that’s the case, and we’re pretty certain that it is, he would probably be out for the year.”

Waddle, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, was hurt when he took the opening kickoff out to the Alabama 15. He was tackled by Kenneth George Jr., and Waddle’s right foot got caught between the grass and George’s body. Waddle was helped off the field putting no weight on his right foot before being carted to the locker room.

The junior from Houston opened this season with at least 120 yards receiving in each of the first four games and led Alabama with 557 yards on just 25 catches. Waddle was averaging 22.3 yards per catch and had four touchdowns.

He is No. 12 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board of NFL draft prospects.

Waddle has been one of the nation’s top punt returners the past two years and has seldom had the ball kicked his way this year. He had 733 yards on punt returns in his career, ranking sixth in Alabama history.

With Waddle sidelined, Alabama turned to Slade Bolden as the team’s third receiver.

Bolden, who hadn’t caught a pass this season, had receptions on each of Alabama’s first two drives against Tennessee. He finished the game with six catches for 94 yards.

Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III said losing Waddle during the game was tough.

“I think we responded well on focusing on the most important thing, which is the next play at hand,” Metchie said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Driving force: DeChambeau claims 400-yard carry

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — While most of the top players are preparing for the Masters by playing in this weekend’s Zozo Championship, Bryson DeChambeau is at home in his Dallas laboratory, concocting ways to tackle Augusta National Golf Club.

On Friday, DeChambeau, known as “the golf scientist,” unveiled a little bit of his methodology, disclosing via Instagram story that he had achieved 401.3 yards of carry with the driver he is working with and “not even the 48-inch driver.”

The device he showed to monitor his progress also showed a ball speed of 211 mph and a hang time of 8.2 seconds.

Count to eight and consider how long his golf ball stayed in the air.

DeChambeau, who won the U.S. Open last month by 6 strokes, said two weeks ago at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open that he planned to spend the month prior to the Masters hitting “2,000 drivers” and experimenting with a 48-inch shaft, the longest allowed by the Rules of Golf.

Most players use a driver length of 44 to 45 inches.

There are a lot of variables, including elevation changes and wind, and a driver might not be the proper play off every tee for DeChambeau, while some shots require a draw or a fade.

DeChambeau led the PGA Tour in 2020 with a driving distance of 322.1 yards. The tour average for the season was 296.4 yards.

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Alabama WR Waddle (ankle) out for season

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Alabama wideout and return specialist Jaylen Waddle is out for the season after suffering what coach Nick Saban called a combination of a high-ankle sprain and a fracture during the opening kickoff of Saturday’s 48-17 win over Tennessee.

Saban said the injury is similar to the one former Alabama running back Kenyan Drake suffered in 2014, which caused him to miss most of that season.

“He’s out for the year,” Saban said of Waddle. “And it’s a shame because the guy’s a great player. It’s exciting for college football to see a guy play like that. I hate it that he gets hurt on a play like that. You’re not supposed to bring a ball out when you’re that deep in the end zone. But he’s a great player, so you’ve got to let him use his judgment.”

Waddle, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, limped off the field while favoring his right ankle and was taken to the locker room on a cart.

According to Saban, Waddle was being flown back to Alabama and will go directly to a hospital in Birmingham to have surgery.

The junior from Houston caught 25 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns through four games this season. He is No. 12 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board of NFL draft prospects.

With Waddle sidelined, Alabama turned to Slade Bolden as the team’s third receiver.

Bolden, who hadn’t caught a pass this season, had receptions on each of Alabama’s first two drives against Tennessee. He finished the game with six catches for 94 yards.

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