The Saints started the process of reshaping their offseason roster by re-signing several of their practice squad players to future contracts. They signed the last two remaining unsigned players from the practice squad this week. DT Mitch King and LB Ezra Butler signed their deals on Tuesday, bringing the total players signed to future contracts to 12. All player signed to future contracts will go on the reserve/future list until after the Super Bowl...Hornets' Chris Paul has unveiled his redesigned website www.chrispaul3.com as well as the launch of www.cp3foundation.org, the virtual destination of his non-profit organization, the CP3 Foundation. Both websites will provide a greater opportunity to keep in touch with him...
The Associated Press' All-Pro team will be unveiled on Tuesday...After consecutive games with crowds exceeding 15,000, it appears the Hornets are on the verge of meeting their Jan. 31 attendance benchmark requirement. With Wednesday night's crowd of 15,891, the Hornet's must average 14,892 for upcoming games against the Spurs on Saturday and the Thunder on Monday night to meet the requirement...The Saints have given permission to the Eagles to interview secondary coach Dennis Allen for the Philadelphia defensive coordinator job...Cam Newton has won the Manning Award as the nation's best college quarterback. "I'm not sure if any quarterback has had as great a year as Cam Newton had," said Archie Manning. "It's amazing for a guy to account for 51 touchdowns in a career, let alone in one season, and also lead his team to a national championship." Stanford's Andrew Luck was the runner-up for the award...
Former Shaw High lineman Elliott Porter is enrolled for the spring semester at LSU and plans to join the football team as a walk-on during spring drills. He is transferring from Kentucky...I celebrated a birthday this week and now midnight to me is 11 p.m....
TWO LSU PLAYERS IN EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME; SIX TIGERS IN ALL STAR GAMES
A pair of LSU players will take part in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday in Orlando as offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale and wide receiver Terrence Toliver will both participate in the all-star game.
Kickoff for the 86th annual East-West Shrine Game is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT on Saturday from the Florida Citrus Bowl. The game, which is the longest running college football all-star game, will be televised by the NFL Network.
Barksdale, a 3-year starter at offensive tackle for the Tigers, will wear No. 77 and play for the West squad, while Tolliver will wear No. 80 and will suit up for the East team.
In four years with the Tigers, Barksdale played in 53 games, starting 39 times. He closed out his career with a streak of 39 straight starts – 26 at right tackle and 13 at left tackle. Barksdale earned second team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a senior in 2010.
Toliver, who played in 53 games with 29 starts, played perhaps the best game of his career in his final contest as a Tiger. Toliver was named the Cotton Bowl’s Offensive Most Outstanding Player in the 41-24 win over Texas A&M after catching five passes for 112 yards and a career-best three touchdowns.
Toliver finished his career at LSU with 126 receptions for 1,820 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a senior in 2010, Toliver led the Tigers with 41 catches for 579 yards and five touchdowns.
LSU currently has six players scheduled to take part in all-star games as linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, kicker Josh Jasper and defensive tackle Drake Nevis are all playing in the Senior Bowl next week in Mobile, while Lazarius Levingston has been invited to the Eastham Energy College Football All-Star Game in Tempe, Ariz..
LSU Football Players in All-Star Games
Player Pos. Game Site Date/TV
Joseph Barksdale OT East-West Shrine Orlando, Fla. Jan. 22/NFL Network
Josh Jasper PK/P Senior Bowl Mobile, Ala. Jan. 29/NFL Network
Lazarius Levingston DL Eastham Energy Tempe, Ariz. Jan. 23/Fox College Sports
Drake Nevis DT Senior Bowl Mobile, Ala. Jan. 29/NFL Network
Terrence Toliver WR East-West Shrine Orlando, Fla. Jan. 22/NFL Network
Kelvin Sheppard LB Senior Bowl Mobile, Ala. Jan. 29/NFL Network
by Ed Staton
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