Brig. Gen. (ret.) Ron Richard, CEO of the Tiger Athletic Foundation, stopped by the Charles McClendon Practice Facility to get a look at how things were going.
One of the main things he saw was coach Nick Saban working intently with the defensive backs, most notably junior cornerback Ronnie Prude of and senior safety Jack Hunt. Saban had the DBs working on bump-and-run drills, illustrating proper ways to block an opponent by locking him up in the shoulder pads.
Defensive end Marquise Hill looked more fit than ever, more resembling a power basketball player than a down lineman. Though the junior still sported a red (no contact) jersey, Hill appeared in playing shape during running exercises.
Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp worked with what may be the starting linebacker corps this season. A much bigger looking sophomore Cameron Vaughn and junior Lionel Turner anchored the outside positions, while Jason LeDoux saw most of the reps in the middle.
Former LSU DB Ryan Clark attended the practice. Clark played through mid-season 2002 before being cut by the NFL's New York Giants, and he didn't display the usual motormouth that characterized him during his playing days as a Tiger.
Of note offensively was the fact that wide receiver Devery Henderson no longer sported a cast on the left wrist that was broken late last season. Though he still wore a red jersey, the senior wide receiver had the wrist only taped, and seemed to be catching balls thrown at full strength.
In addition to Henderson and Hill, all quarterbacks donned red jerseys Thursday afternoon. Senior QB Michael Harrison didn't even don shoulder pads, didn't participate in any stretching exercises, but did toss the ball a bit with the other quarterbacks.
Sophomore wide receiver Skyler Green also didn't wear any pads, but was coaxed into stretching exercises with a word from assistant coach Stan Hixon.