Bolden is the focal point as the freshmen and newcomers go through their opening session.
's freshmen and newcomers, with a few veterans sprinkled in, have gone through their first day of work for the 2012 season with a session indoors Thursday afternoon.
The highlight of the second session of the day was the official unveiling of transfer quarterback Rob Bolden
, who shared duties with redshirt freshman Jerrard Randall
and another transfer, Brad Kragthorpe.
Although the periods media was allowed to watch were all skeleton drills, there was no question that Bolden has a live arm and plenty of zip on his delivery. Some of the younger receivers had trouble handling his passes at times – reminiscent of JaMarcus Russell
working with the younger group in 2004.
Randall and Kragthorpe – the oldest son of quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe
– took a back seat, although all three fired passes at receivers, backs and DBs during a rapid-fire drill.
Other notes and observations:
Among the receivers, nobody stood out and that's not great news for veterans Armand Williams and Jarrett Fobbs. Those two had their share of mishandles, along with the freshmen.
Freshman tight end Dillon Gordon was impressive. Although he resembles an offensive lineman at 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, the former John Curtis star had soft hands and hauled in anything thrown his direction. As tempting as it might be for the LSU coaches to turn him into a blocking specialist, he appears to have the capability of being a unique weapon as a pass catcher.
Jeremy Hill looks game-ready, checking in at 6-2 and 225 pounds. Reportedly one of the strongest players on the team, Hill was clearly the most imposing back in the afternoon group.
Not sure why, but veteran linebackers Luke Muncie and D.J. Welter were with the younger group in Thursday's afternoon session. The other linebackers were Kwon Alexander (who changed to No. 25), Trey Granier, Lorenzo Phillips and Edwin Johnson. Muncie and Welter looked the part of older players – much more bulked up and familiar with the drills. Defensive coordinator John Chavis wasn't holding back in the afternoon session and scolded the LB group several times.
Former linebacker Justin Maclin, now a defensive end, was also in the afternoon practice. The player who stood out in the d-line group was 6-5, 235-pound Danielle Hunter, who seemed comfortable working against veteran teammates.
While the afternoon offensive line looked raw and out of sync at times, there is impressive size in that group, led by sophomore Evan Washington (6-5, 326), redshirt freshmen Trai Turner (6-2, 332) and Jonah Austin (6-6, 322) and true freshmen Jerald Hawkins (6-6, 290) and Derek Edinburgh Jr. (6-8, 325).
Day 1: Tigers get to work