Spring Practice: Day 3 Tidbits

After a couple of days off Les Miles and the Tigers were back to work on Tuesday afternoon at the Charles McLendon Practice Facility. The team donned shoulder pads for the first time, and practice got cranked up with the Big Cat Drill.

The quarterbacks and receivers worked on 10 yard in-routes, simulating finding soft spots in a zone defense.

All three quarterbacks – Jordan Jefferson, Jarrett Lee, and Zach Mettenberger - looked great on the middle routes, and I didn’t see a single drop during that portion, so kudos to the wideouts on cleaning things up after the weekend’s start.

The next route was a 10-yard hitch with a quarterback rollout to the right side of the field. All three quarterbacks moved pretty well and threw on the money virtually every time.

Billy Gonzalez and Steve Kragthorpe seemed very happy with both positions. Kragthorpe proved that he’s still learning the ropes, though. No. 10 made a nice grab about 25 yards away from the new offensive coordinator, and Kragthorpe froze on his name as he attempted to praise the junior-to-be. Finally Shepard yelled out “SHEP!” to help his new coach out.

It is clear that Zach Mettenberger does not have the timing down with his new teammates quite yet. He underthrew a good number of his receivers on the third route, a rollout to the QB’s left, and he misfired on a number of the tight end routes in the fourth session of practice. He is clearly repping behind the incumbent quarterbacks for the time being.

As far as tight ends go, Deangelo Peterson has added some weight and should really be a threat for LSU in the fall. He is now listed at 6’4” and 243 pounds. Chase Clement is running at the number two spot, and he has shown the ability to catch the football, as well.

Defensively, the front seven went through some stunt work towards the end of the media session.

The starting four up front were Ken Adams and Lavar Edwards at the ends (Edwards was in Sam Montgomery’s spot) and Michael Brockers and Josh Downs on the inside.

Ego Ferguson seemed to be repping toward the back of the line on all the drills. Maybe the coaches are trying to motivate him. Maybe they want to give a closer look to some other guys to see what they are working with.

At linebacker, Kevin Minter ran in the middle with the first team. He was flanked by Ryan Baker and Stefoin Francois. Karnell Hatcher, who just moved to the position from linebacker, continues to back up Francois. It seems like defensive coordinator John Chavis wants Hatcher to watch for a while before he throws him in with the first-team guys.

On a side note, sophomore-to-be Tahj Jones does not appear to have put any significant weight on. He’s still a good deal lighter than the rest of the bunch. Right now he is running third behind Francois and Hatcher.

It looked to me like Morris Claiborne is nearly 100-percent. He led the defensiv backs through the drills and looked as explosive as ever. Brandon Taylor is also moving well, but he is still wearing a green no-contact jersey. Eric Reid sas a small brace on his ankle, but he did participate fully today.

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