LSU Football Morning Practice Report Day 3
A recap of the Wednesday morning LSU football practice session.
For the first time in the 2013 Fall Camp, the LSU football team donned shoulder pads at their morning practice with veterans and select freshmen. It was also the first time the media saw the team run drills with the entire first defensive unit on the field. After the defense began with their standard circuit drill, they organized in 1st and 2nd team units to run an interception drill where the line and linebackers create a wall for the defensive back and run into the end zone. We also saw the offensive line and tight ends come together and run drills as an entire unit.
1st Team Defense:
DEs: Jordan Allen and Jermauria Rasco (Green no-contact)
DTs: Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson
LBs: Lamin Barrow, DJ Welter (MLB), Tahj Jones
CBs: Jalen Mills (Green no-contact) and Jalen Collins
S: Craig Loston and Ronald Martin
2nd Team Defense:
DEs: Tashawn Bower and Danielle Hunter
DTs: Quentin Thomas and Mickey Johnson
LBs: Duke Riley, Kendall Beckwith (MLB) and Melvin Jones
DBs: Derrick Raymond, Jeryl Brazil, Rickey Jefferson and a walk-on
NOTE: This is NOT an official depth chart from LSU, only how the team lined up to run defensive drills with the personnel that were present this morning. I would assume guys like Corey Thompson and Micah Eugene would figure prominently in the secondary rotation while the group of sophomore LBs would be first in to replace the first three.
-Wednesday was the first time Mickey Johnson and Quentin Thomas worked with the veterans in the morning group. Johnson is massive from the waist down, the “trunk” as some call it. Ferguson says these two have really emerged this off-season. Physically, they look the part, but can they translate it to the field? If so, the DL depth questions may be answered quickly.
-When the DBs broke from team drills to work with Corey Raymond, they were working on intercepting deep balls at its highest point. Martin and Collins had trouble hanging on while Loston and Mills made spectacular grabs.
-Vadal Alexander was absent for the second consecutive day. I asked a few staff members about him, and nobody seemed to know definitively. We will keep an eye out for him at this afternoon’s practice. It does seem strange though that he wouldn’t be working out with the veterans as an assumed starter.
-When the OL worked as a unit with the TEs, they lined up like this from left to right: La’El Collins, Josh Williford, Elliott Porter, Trai Turner, Jerald Hawkins, Travis Dickson.
-Others present were Evan Washington, Jonah Austin, Andy Dodd and Dillon Gordon
-Les Miles spent most of the individual period working with the OL for the second time in three days.
Quarterbacks / Running Backs / Receivers:
-Rob Bolden joined Zach Mettenberger and Stephen Rivers this morning although he probably wishes he hadn’t. At one point while Bolden and Rivers were working with the receivers, Bolden walked to the line and apparently wasn’t definitive enough in calling the play which caused am Cameron to rip him apart. It was easily the most vocal Cameron has been in three days. Hunt Palmer from BBI.com said it best, “This guy started games at Penn State two years ago.”
-Yet again we did not see the QBs and WRs work the route tree. Mettenberger spent the first part of practice with the RBs working on handoffs out of the shotgun before being joined by the other QBs. The first handoff Bolden was a fumbled exchange with Alfred Blue.
-Blue was joined by Jeremy Hill, Kenny Hilliard and JC Copeland.
-The highlight of the day with the WRs came from Travin Dural who made a leaping catch on a stutter and go route which caused even his teammates and coaches to react. If LSU needs a jump ball in the end zone this year, I assure you it will go to No. 83.