Tigers start to pick up the pace

Chase Clement establishes himself as top TE receiving option and La'el Collins seems to be solidifying his spot as the starter at left guard.

Zach Mettenberger
A short session for the media to observe on Friday as the veterans were back at work Friday in a little steamier conditions than opening day. Most of the same group was back out for the veteran practice, although Travis Dickson was not with the tight ends. Nic Jabobs replaced him. The same four true freshmen were at the morning workout: Vadal Alexander, Ronnie Feist, Lamar Louis and Deion Jones.

Some observations:

  • When the quarterbacks were working with the receivers on a variety of routes, starter Zach Mettenberger looked razor-sharp, particularly on in-and-up routes. Most passes had good zip on them and were delivered right where the receiver would need them with a defender nearby.

  • The defensive players went through a circuit of drills, including one where they high-step through several pads and aggressively attack a tackling dummy. Even without pads, the defenders seem to thrive on the semblance of contact.

  • The same running backs group was on the field, and it's still too early to distinguish a set rotation. Of the main four, Alfred Blue appears to be in the best shape – he looks to have added some muscle to his frame. Spencer Ware has some work to do to shed some offseason weight.

    La'el Collins

  • For the second day in a row, sophomore La'el Collins was working at left guard with what appears to be the first-unit offensive line, Josh Dworaczyk was with the second group next to left tackle Chris Davenport. Alexander was working at right guard next to Alex Hurst.

  • Among the tight ends in the morning session, the hands comparison among Chase Clement, Tyler Edwards and Jacobs wasn't close. Clement is clearly the best receiver of that group. It will be interesting to see if Dickson or freshman Dillon Gordon aren't the next in line in passing situations where the offensive coaches go to two-tight ends sets.

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