Day 1: Tigers get to work

Veterans and four true freshmen get fall camp started with a morning practice.

The first session of LSU's pre-season camp is in the books after mostly veterans and a handful of freshmen went through a session under steamy conditions on the practice fields outside the McClendon Practice Facility.

Among the morning players were freshmen Vadal Alexander, Lamar Louis, Ronnie Feist and Deion Jones.

Other notes and observations:

  • Zach Mettenberger and Stephen Rivers were the two QBs. Mettenberger showed why LSU fans are frothing at the mouth with one well-zipped throw after another. Rob Bolden is expected to make his debut this afternoon.

  • The RB group was the usual crew: Michael Ford, Spencer Ware, Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and fullbacks J.C. Copeland and Connor Neighbors. Freshman Jeremy Hill was not in the early group.

  • Same for the receivers, as Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Russell Shepard, Kadron Boone and James Wright. A surprise was Paul Turner running with the primary group, while Armand Williams and Jarrett Fobbs were not in the morning session. Shepard and Boone had a couple of drops in skeleton work, but the other receivers were showed good hands.

  • The five-man offensive line units working together were Chris Faulk-La'el Collins-P.J. Lonergan-Josh Williford-Alex Hurst and Alexander-Trai Turner-Elliott Porter-Josh Dworaczyk-Chris Davenport.

  • As usual, the defensive back group was a who's who of big-name recruits. Tyrann Mathieu, Tharold Simon, Eric Reid and Craig Loston operated together, with youngsters Ronald Martin, Jalen Collins, Micah Eugene and Jalen Mills grouped together.

  • Not surprisingly, the linebackers group was full of freshmen with Louis, Feist and Jones joining veterans Kevin Minter, Lamin Barrow and Micah Eugene.

  • Like the DBs, the LSU d-line group looks like an assembly of all-stars. Besides the proven trio of Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo (who was in a green no-contact jersey) and Bennie Logan, Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson drew the low-key praise of Brick Haley.

  • The remaining freshmen and selected veterans -- including Bolden and fourth QB Jerrard Randall -- practice this afternoon. There are interviews with players in between.


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