|Different look for Tyrann Mathieu, who swapped practice jerseys with Tharold Simon.|
NEW ORLEANS – LSU hit the practice field Thursday morning at the Superdome and for the first time since August, the media was able to get an extended look as the Tigers worked through some non-contact drills.
The most interesting news of the 20-minute session: Several players swapped uniform numbers, leaving media members not familiar with the team scrambling to figure out exactly who was who.
Most of the swapping came among the receivers, as Rueben Randle and Kadron Boone swapped numbers, as did Russell Shepard and James Wright and Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.
The most obvious switch was in the defensive backs group where 5-foot-9 Tyrann Mathieu traded practices togs with 6-4 Tharold Simon.
Reid moving well
If safety Eric Reid is still bothered by a torn quad muscle, he wasn't showing it Thursday.
Reid wasn't wearing any visible wrap to indicate he was being cautious with the injury, which kept him out of LSU's 41-13 victory against Arkansas and limited in the Tigers' 42-10 romp past Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
"I knew what motions hurt it so I tried to stay away from those motions and tried to not sprint unless I absolutely had to," Reid said last month about the quad injury, which he said is the worst physical problem he's ever had to deal with. "I tried to have good technique and alignment and make sure I didn't need to (sprint)."
Defensive coordinator John Chavis said later Thursday that Reid is good to go full speed on Monday.
He would know
During a drill when the DBs work on press coverage and trying to intercept the ball, Reid and senior Brandon Taylor were paired up.
When Reid swatted the ball away from Taylor – who was playing the role of receiver – Taylor playfully protested, saying "That's pass interference!"
Coachin' 'em up
If Ron Cooper and/or Billy Gonzales are distracted by potential job offers from other schools, you couldn't tell Thursday.
Both were very engaged with their position groups as the media watched, sounding as it if were August instead of January.
Cooper has been rumored to be a defensive coordinator candidate for Texas A&N and Auburn, while Gonzales' name has surfaced for possible offensive coordinator jobs at Colorado State, Louisville and Illinois.
Moving the chains
FSN South will host a chat with the Tiger Sports Digest crew from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday on CoverItLive.com. … ‘The Les Miles Show', the BCS National Championship Game edition, will be broadcast from the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans on Canal Street starting at 7 p.m. Sunday. The one-hour radio show hosted by Jim Hawthorne will preview the showdown between the No. 1 Tigers and No. 2 Alabama. The LSU Sports Radio Network will carry the broadcast, including Eagle 98.1-FM in the Baton Rouge area and WWL 870-AM throughout the state. … The doors to the Grand Ballroom open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free with seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. Other features of the show include an appearance by Mike the Tiger, the LSU cheerleaders and the pep band version of the Golden Band. LSU bowl posters will also been given away to the first 500 fans in attendance.