SEC Spring Football Notes: LSU
LSU will play at Alabama on November 7. Last year Bama had to go to overtime to beat the Bengal Tigers of Coach Les Miles in Baton Rouge, 27-21.
LSU wrapped up spring practice with its annual spring game on Saturday, April 18. The White squad, made up of first and third-teamers, posted a 27-0 win over the Purple squad. RB Charles Scott led all players with 70 yards rushing and a pair of TDs, while QB Jordan Jefferson connected on 8-of-10 passes for 97 yards.
S Chad Jones and WR Trindon Holliday spent time with two sports during the spring. Jones went through all 15 spring football practices and then returned to the baseball squad; Holliday went through a handful of spring football practices while also splitting time on the track as one of the nation's premier sprinters. LSU's other dual sport football player – Jared Mitchell – concentrated on just baseball during the spring.
Harry Coleman, a starter a safety for LSU in 2008, moved to outside linebacker during spring drills.
Other significant position changes for LSU during the spring included: Chad Jones going to free safety from nickel back; Ron Brooks going from cornerback to safety; Richard Dugas going from offensive line to fullback; Deangelo Peterson from wide receiver to tight end.
LSU welcomed four new coaches to the staff during the spring – defensive coordinator John Chavis, defensive line coach Brick Haley, defensive backs coach Ron Cooper and tight ends coach Dan Yanowski.
Five signees from the 2009 class enrolled in school early at went through spring practice. Those newcomers who went through spring ball included: QB Russell Shepard, QB Chris Garrett, RB Drayton Calhoun, LB Kevin Minter and P Derek Helton. All but Helton will be true freshmen for the Tigers in 2009. Helton is a junior college transfer.
Sophomore CB Patrick Peterson continued to impress coaches during the spring. He, along with S Chad Jones were named the outstanding performers on the defensive side of the football during the spring. Peterson capped the spring with a 69-yard interception return for a TD on the final play of the spring game.
LSU's 2009 spring football awards: Alvin Roy Fourth Quarter Award (outstanding performance in LSU off-season program)
Charles Scott, Rahim Alem, Richard Murphy, Chris Mitchell, Danny McCray, Joe Barksdale, Ron Brooks
Eric Andolsek Leadership Award (outstanding leadership in spring drills – offense)
R. J. Jackson, Josh Dworaczyk, Josh Jasper, Jordan Jefferson
Mike Miley Leadership Award (outstanding leadership in spring drills – defense)
Harry Coleman, Jacob Cutrera, Al Woods, Pep Levingston
Toby Caston Performance Award (outstanding performance in spring drills – defense)
Chad Jones, Patrick Peterson
Ralph Norwood Performance Award (outstanding performance in spring drills – offense)
Brandon LaFell, Ciron Black
Most Improved Award (players who have made the most improvement during spring drills)
Chancey Aghayere, Ryan Baker, DeAngelo Peterson, Russell Shepard, P.J. Lonergan, R.J. Jackson
Jimmy Taylor Award (the comprehensive Spring Award for outstanding leadership, effort and performance)
Lyle Hitt, Drake Nevis
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