Tigers have Tuesday off - DBs in spotlight Monday

The LSU Tigers will take the day off today from spring drills resuming practice tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. <br><br> The Tigers prep for their second spring scrimmage to be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The annual Spring Game is set for Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m. in Death Valley. <br><br> LSU has an off day today, but Nick Saban's ball team was back in full gear yesterday afternoon in their first full workout since last Saturday's scrimmage.

Injured players remained in red jerseys being the usual suspects of Randall Gay, Marquise Hill, Devery Henderson as well as Matt Mauck.

 

A fiery Saban worked intensely with the LSU secondary as the Tiger defensive backs went through a number of drills in which they were trying to cause turnovers. The DBs worked on stripping the ball, putting a helmet on the ball and jarring the ball free.

 

From what we could tell, Keron Gordon is moving closer everyday to being in a position to fight for a starting job. Although Saban said Justin Vincent's workouts on the defensive side is only temporary and has been labeled an experiment, the Lake Charles freshman has a knack for laying a big lick. Gay is still wearing the non-contact shirt, but did draw praise from Saban for his success in the drills.

 

Redshirt freshman Vernon Russell seems to be struggling as he is often on the receiving end of Saban's criticism. Junior Ronnie Prude also drew some fire from the fourth-year LSU coach.

 

The search for a solid group of safeties continues as Saban has stressed the importance of having a strong middle meaning good middle linebackers and consistent play from the safety position.

 

Jack Hunt is heavier and is playing better at 190 pounds and redshirt freshman Jeff Cook looks like he could be a contributor. But, the biggest question mark surrounds Adrian Mayes. Will the 6-1, 215-pound senior see the field this season on a consistent basis?

 

The knock on Mayes has been his inability to grasp the defensive scheme. For anyone who has seen Mayes, he is a finely tuned physical specimen. However, can he get it all together and play safety for LSU on regular basis. If not, he will continue his role in blitz packages on passing downs and as a special teams monster.

 

We'll have an offensive perspective in tomorrow's practice update.

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