He landed the starting job, and last September and October in games against Oregon, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Florida and Tennessee, Ware went over 22 carries in each game, making him the team's workhorse when Jarrett Lee was under center.
Then Ware was suspended for reportedly failing a drug test prior to the Auburn game, and in the six games after that, he was given double-digit touches only twice – in an overtime win at Alabama and a blowout win at Ole Miss.
Had Ware fallen out of favor with the LSU staff?
Two months after the 21-0 loss to the Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game, when Ware touched the ball only three times, LSU coach Les Miles is confident that the rising junior is back in the picture.
"(Ware) has had a good looking spring," Miles said. "I think a number of guys have had quality springs, and he is one.
"I think it's made a difference that he has lost some weight. I think he is down 10 pounds or so. I think he is quicker and makes a cleaner cut."
For Miles, the body transformation that came in the past two months attacked the root of the problem last fall, which in turn gave cleared the path for more playing time for freshman Kenny Hilliard, who provided a similar skill set and was in much better playing shape.
"I think it very honestly had to do with weight," Miles said. "I think he gained weight during the season and it was a little harder to make the cut and make a guy miss. I think that's changed."
If the definition of the spring is to make the necessary changes before the grind of summer conditioning and fall camp, then Miles isn't letting Ware off quite yet.
"I think he could lose a little more (weight)," Miles said.
After Tuesday's practice, Miles hinted that Ford could be held out of all of spring in hopes of having him at full strength for fall practice.
"I think there is a great expectation for (Ford) to be100% for the next fall," Miles said.
Of the little praise that was handed out, first-year coach Adam Henry's group of wide receivers was the first unit called out.
"(Russell Shepard) had a good day (Tuesday). He made some big catches and made a couple of big plays."
The team will follow up the scrimmage with another trip into Tiger Stadium this weekend.
"We will scrimmage again this Saturday," Miles said. "Our practice this Thursday will be red zone and tight zone, then we will scrimmage in the excess of 100 plays."
As the story goes, Downs got ahold of Mettenberger on a pass rush and brought him hard to the ground, which Mettenberger took offense to.
It's all rumor as to what happened next.
But for Miles, there's no love lost.
"When they go against each other there is a natural rivalry there," he said. "And I liked (Mettenberger's) attitude. He just needs to keep a cool head. But I like him a lot."
As for the rest of the bunch?
"Our second line, there are some guys that are coming," Miles said. "Elliot Porter is going to be a fine center prospect. I think Trai Turner is a very fine guard prospect, and I think Chris Davenport is getting better.
"There are a number of guys that are really improving. I like our progress, and I like this spring. I think there is a very competitive piece."
"Anybody with a student ID can come to practice," Miles said. "It is Student Appreciation Day."
The date is tentatively set for next Thursday (March 29), two days before the spring game.
Here are some notes from the afternoon practice:
LSU began Tuesday's practice outdoors before light rain and dark skies forced the team inside - minus the defensive backs and offensive line, who continued to work outdoors throughout the 25-minute session the media was permitted to observe.
From the Big Cat drill to individual workouts, here are some highlights from the afternoon:
While Collins has been taking all the first-team reps at left guard this spring, don't count out Josh Dworaczyk.
While Les Miles said Dworaczyk wouldn't be thrown in at full speed until the fall, the sixth-year lineman is no longer in a green no-contact jersey and has been taking reps in recent Big Cat drills.
While Collins would likely be the go-to guy if something happened to starting left tackle Chris Faulk, it has been Chris Davenport taking reps at the position with the second-team this spring. In his Big Cat battles this spring, Davenport - a converted defensive tackle - is well above .500 and has shown some solid strength in matchups with some of the team's bigger defensive linemen.
Jarvis Landry and Alfred Blue also scored big wins on Tuesday, and both battles got the offensive players fired up. Landry has looked strong in blocking drills this spring and should be one of the team's strongest wide receivers next fall.
Wright has continued to fill out physically and has some of the best hands on the team. It's not often you see him let a ball hit the ground during practice. It also seems Wright and Mettenberger have good chemistry.
Landry made a big deal of how the wide receivers and Mettenberger got month-long head start on the team by practicing together during their free hours after January's BCS National Championship Game loss.
During practice, Landry has his reps timed out by the quarterbacks. He allows receivers behind him on the depth chart to take reps ahead of him, but only because Landry makes certain that Mettenberger is his quarterback when he runs his routes. As always, Landry has looked crisp with both his route running and hands.
Boone was injured last week and is sidelined for the rest of the spring.
This past weekend, the offense implemented the running back screen pass into a number of different down-and-distance situations.
Feist and Louis both flash some quick feet and ability to get side-to-side without losing much momentum. Louis, who was always a combine warrior, is very impressive when the group works on footwork and cone drills.
It will be a great race to the field when the other four linebacker signees arrive to campus this summer.
With Tahj Jones currently sidelined with injury, the starting three is Barrow, Minter and Muncie, with Welter working in as the fourth linebacker and a substitute for Minter in the middle.
Both are very explosive, and Mingo has bulked up a good bit. He's nowhere near the size of Montgomery, but he's gotten considerably bigger in the arms and chest. It's evident through his play last fall and development in the weight room that Mingo has developed into much more of a player than the situational third-down option he was in past years.