Dressed in helmets and shoulder pads Monday, the team worked under sunny skies, and the media was allowed to observe 20 minutes of individual drills at the start of practice.
Here are some notes from the session:
A common theme was veteran vs. youth, with the veterans pushing around the younger players across the board.
At one point, LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson called for redshirt freshmen cornerbacks Jalen Collins and David Jenkins to "get back in the cafeteria and eat something."
Chancey Aghayere got the defensive line on the board with a dominant win over Evan Washington. Then the focus shifted to veterans vs. youth, and Luke Muncie set the tone by pushing back newcomer Jeremy Hill. Chants of "fresh meat" rang out from the defensive players in the group.
Mettenberger and Rivers are clearly the more talented passers at this stage, with Randall struggling with his consistency on most throws. Rivers has also filled out considerably since last fall. He is currently listed at 6-foot-7 and 212 pounds.
While Steve Kragthorpe would split his attention between Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee in the past, it's evident Kragthorpe is putting the majority of his efforts on one guy now - Mettenberger. Kragthorpe was very hands-on with his new starting QB on Monday, focusing a good bit on technique and becoming vocal with his instruction.
Miles also said he looks for Jeremy Hill to shake off some rust after a year spent away from the football field. Collins, Hill's former Redemptorist teammate, said Hill weighs 240 pounds.
When he's not with the first-team at left guard, Collins has taken reps as a backup to Josh Dworaczyk at guard and Faulk at tackle.
Johnson is built in the mold of Josh Downs, though his competitive weightlifting background hints Johnson might be a bit stronger than Downs.
Johnson is extremely well-built in the lower body, and he's able to get into the backfield in a hurry off the snap.
If Downs or Ferguson lose ground in the race, Johnson could step to the field in his second year in the program.
Though first-year assistant coach Corey Raymond is sure to shuffle up the order plenty between now and next September, he was consistent with his order on Monday.
Raymond was likely getting his first look at the younger cornerbacks on Monday as redshirt sophomore Ronnie Vinson - who repped with the third-team - is also in the mix for playing time at the third cornerback spot.