Full squad work begins Sunday before Tigers get into pads on Monday.
For the final time, the LSU
freshmen and newcomers got the practice field to themselves Saturday afternoon, again working inside.
Saturday marked the final split-squad day of fall camp. The entire team will practice together Sunday morning and then don pads for the first time Monday.
Some observations from the brief stretch when media was allowed to be in the practice facility:
New receivers coach Adam Henry loosened up the kid gloves on the third day and was getting after the newcomers and inexperienced vets pretty good during a couple of drills Saturday. There were again some drops, especially on throws from Bolden, and Henry barked at his charges a few times. At the end of a quick hitch drill, he scolded Kavahra Holmes, saying "You didn't pay any attention to anybody who went before you!"
During another drill with the receivers, walk-on Jordon Johnson made the play of the day when he adjusted a ball while it was in the air, left his feet and hauled in a throw over his shoulder.
It's hard to not feel a little sorry for the other running backs in the group who are lining up with Jeremy Hill. He is by a long shot the most physically developed and physically imposing back who has been working with the second group and that may hold up when he gets with the other backs. Very well put together.
Mentioned to another media member that I could stand and watch freshman tight end Dillon Gordon run routes and catch passes all day long. He's very smooth in his breaks and the ball settles into his hands like a marshmallow. I'll be shocked if he doesn't get some balls thrown his way this season.
Brace yourself: There was some option run at both practices Saturday, including with starter Zach Mettenberger. It clearly wasn't Mettenberger's cup of team, as he looked a little clunky getting down the line of scrimmage laterally – very similar to Jarrett Lee. However, in the afternoon session, Rob Bolden looked very fluid and comfortable running the option, as did Jerrard Randall. While there won't be any kind of quarterback controversy, it will be worth watching to see if those two are called on to run the option or read option from time to time.
Not sure if there's any reason for concern, but Paul Turner was not at either practice today – unless he has changed numbers and positions and LSU has yet to tell the media. Turner is listed No. 2 on the depth chart at the third receiver position after the former Class 5A Most Outstanding Player redshirted in 2011. He also returned kickoffs int he spring game, a job he did effectively at West Monroe.
Towards the end of the period the media was allowed to watch, several veteran players came out to watch their younger mates work. The older crew had a media training session with Dr. Tommy Karam on Saturday afternoon.
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