Several Former TXHSFB Stars To Shine In LSU-BYU Matchup In Houston

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The​ ​2017​ ​AdvoCare​ ​Texas​ ​Kickoff​ ​will​ ​feature​ ​LSU​ ​vs​ ​BYU.​ ​The​ ​Bayou​ ​Bengals​ ​are​ ​starting​ ​the season​ ​ranked​ ​13​ ​in​ ​the​ ​AP​ ​poll,​ ​while​ ​BYU​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​into​ ​the​ ​season​ ​unranked.​ ​This​ ​game​ ​will feature​ ​32​ ​players​ ​with​ ​ties​ ​to​ ​Texas​ ​High​ ​Schools: 22 for LSU while ​BYU has 10 players from the Lone Star State on their roster.

Starting​ ​off​ ​the​ ​season​ ​in​ ​Houston​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​nice​ ​welcome​ ​home​ ​experience​ ​for​ ​these​ ​players,​ ​as well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​recruiting​ ​magnet​ ​for​ ​each​ ​team​ ​to​ ​use​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hotbed​ ​of​ ​Houston​ ​and​ ​the​ ​State​ ​of Texas.​ ​The​ ​game​ ​kicks off on ​Saturday​, September​ ​2​ ​from NRG Stadium ​and​ ​will​ ​be​ ​televised​ ​on​ ​ESPN.

The​ ​LSU​ ​roster​ ​features​ ​12​ ​players​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Houston​ ​area​ ​alone​ ​including:

K’Lavon Chaisson (Photo via 247 Sports)

LB-​ ​K’Lavon​ ​Chaisson-​ ​Galena​ ​Park​ ​North Shore
S-​ ​Grant​ ​Delpit-​ ​Houston​ ​Lamar (IMG Academy)
CB-​ ​Kary​ ​Vincent​ ​Jr.-​ ​Port​ ​Arthur​ ​Memorial
DB-​ ​Eric​ ​Monroe-​ ​Galena​ ​Park​ ​North​ ​Shore
RB-​ ​Carlton​ ​Smith-​ ​Houston​ ​Lamar
OL-​ ​Leon​ ​Pinto-​ ​Houston​ ​Lamar
OL-​ ​Justin​ ​Mikush-​ ​Klein​ ​Oak
OL-​ ​Toby​ ​Weathersby-​ ​Spring​ ​Westfield
OL-​ ​Austin​ ​Deculus-​ ​Cy-Fair
WR-​ ​Mannie​ ​Netherly-​ ​Crosby
WR-​ ​Jonathan​ ​Giles-​ ​Fort​ ​Bend​ ​Elkins
LB-​ ​Corey​ ​Thompson-​ ​Fort​ ​Bend​ ​Elkins

Other​ ​players​ ​from​ ​Texas​ ​High​ ​Schools​ ​on​ ​the LSU​ ​roster​ ​include:

LSU K Cameron Gamble (Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports)

WR-​ ​Dee​ ​Anderson-​ ​DeSoto
QB-​ ​Justin​ ​McMillan-​ ​Cedar​ ​Hill
S-​ ​Ed​ ​Paris-​ ​Mansfield​ ​Timberview
WR-​ ​Justin​ ​Jones-​ ​Dallas​ ​St.​ ​Mark’s
K-​ ​Cameron​ ​Gamble-​ ​Flower​ ​Mound
LB-​ ​Ray​ ​Thorton-​ ​Killeen​ ​Shoemaker
LB-​ ​Kody​ ​Hall-​ ​Burnet
OL-​ ​Michael​ ​Smith-​ ​Killeen​ ​Ellison
OL-​ ​Edward​ ​Ingram-​ ​DeSoto

The​ ​BYU​ ​roster​ ​doesn’t​ ​feature​ ​any​ ​players​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Houston​ ​area,​ ​but​ ​this​ ​game​ ​could​ ​help​ ​get some​ ​players​ ​in​ ​the​ ​area​ ​for​ ​future​ ​rosters.​ ​

Texas​ ​High​ ​School​ ​players​ ​for​ ​BYU​ ​include:

Former Texas Tech and Current BYU DB Tanner Jacobson (Photo via Michael C. Johnson-USA Today Sports

WR-​ ​Akile​ ​Davis-​ ​DeSoto
RB-​ ​Trey​ ​Dye-​ ​Abilene​ ​Cooper
QB-​ ​Koy​ ​Detmer​ ​Jr.-​ ​Somerset
DB-​ ​Trevor​ ​Brent-​ ​West​ ​Mesquite
DB-​ ​Tanner​ ​Jacobson-​ ​Southlake​ ​Carroll
LB-​ ​Scott​ ​Huntsman-​ ​Coppell
OL-​ ​Tejan​ ​Koromoa-​ ​Allen
OL-​ ​JJ​ ​Nwigwe-​ ​Rockwall​-​Heath
OL-​ ​Jacob​ ​Jimenez-​ ​Pflugerville
WR-​ ​Tariq​ ​Buchanan-​ ​Elgin

Last​ ​season​ ​LSU​ ​had​ ​to​ ​overcome​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​adversity​ ​with​ ​the​ ​firing​ ​of​ ​Head​ ​Coach​ ​Les​ ​Miles​ ​and Offensive​ ​Coordinator​ ​Cam​ ​Cameron.​ ​Ed​ ​Orgeron​ ​took​ ​over​ ​as​ ​the interim ​head​ ​coach​ in November as ​the​ ​Tigers​ ​to​ ​an​ ​8-4​ ​overall​ ​record,​ ​5-3​ ​in​ ​SEC​ ​play.​ ​The​ ​Tigers defeated​ ​Louisville​ ​and​ ​Heisman​ ​Trophy​ ​winner​ ​QB​ ​Lamar​ ​Jackson​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Citrus​ ​Bowl​ ​29-9.

BYU​ ​went​ ​into​ ​the​ ​2016​ ​season​ ​with​ ​a​ ​new​ ​Head​ ​Coach​ ​Kalani​ ​Sitake​ ​and​ ​new​ ​Offensive Coordinator​ ​and​ ​BYU​ ​legend​ ​Ty​ ​Detmer,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​new​ ​Defensive​ ​Coordinator​ ​Ilasia​ ​Tuiaki. The​ ​Cougars​ ​finished​ ​the​ ​season​ ​9-4,​ ​defeating​ ​Wyoming​ ​24-21​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Poinsettia​ ​Bowl.

This​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time​ ​these​ ​two​ ​teams​ ​have​ ​faced​ ​off​ ​and​ ​should​ ​be​ ​very​ ​physical​ ​matchup. LSU​ ​has​ ​778​ ​all-time​ ​wins,​ ​while​ ​BYU​ ​has​ ​564;​ ​the​ ​Tigers​ ​also​ ​have​ ​328​ ​NFL​ ​draft​ ​picks compared​ ​to​ ​BYU’s​ ​141.​ ​This​ ​game​ ​should​ ​make​ ​for​ ​a​ ​great​ ​nightcap​ ​on​ ​opening​ ​weekend​ ​of the​ ​College​ ​Football​ ​Season.


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