Tigers don full pads for 1st time

New work week begins in full gear. Veteran DT Bennie Logan and second-team WR Paul Turner are absent, and DE Barkevious Mingo remains limited.

Now we've got a little football going.

LSU was in full pads Monday, the first time in pre-season camp the Tigers have dressed out completely.

It sounded better, it smelled better and there seemed to be a little more energy as No. 1-ranked LSU got down to business.

Two notable players were absent: Junior defensive tackle Bennie Logan and receiver Paul Turner. Monday marked the third day in a row Turner has been missing.

Otherwise, the full complement of Tigers was on hand and working hard as the temperatures began to creep toward the mid-90s expected during the day.

Some notes and observations:

  • As usual, the day began with the Big Cat drill, and LSU coach Les Miles again mingled in veterans with newcomers.

    The most notable head-to-head battle was freshman linebacker Lorenzo Phillips against running back Terrance Magee. Phillips, who got taken to the cleaners Sunday by fullback J.C. Copeland, bounced back with a nice performance and knocked Magee head over heels.

  • The quarterback pecking order remained the same, with redshirt freshman operating as the immediate backup to Zach Mettenberger, followed by transfer Rob Bolden. But watching the QBs throw deep timing routes, Mettenberger and Bolden were much cleaner at hitting their receivers in stride instead of making them adjust to underthrows or off-target deliveries.

    However, when the drills switched to a quick slant route, Mettenberger struggled a bit with his timing, while the other quarterbacks hit the receivers well. During those drills, receivers coach Adam Henry told the receivers "Tuck it! Don't take a picture with it."

  • Odell Beckham Jr. flashed the hands that have helped him carve a starting role, snaring a one-handed reception in stride on a throw from Rivers.

  • Defensive end Barkevious Mingo was fully dressed in pads but continued to wear a green no-contact jersey and did not fully engage in the circuit of drills the media was allowed to observe. Besides a neck problem he is still recovering from, the junior is also nursing a muscular problem in his left arm.

  • After a day in full pads, the players will have a day off from practice Tuesday and go through the paces of media day. That's followed by the first of three days of dual practices over the next seven days, with a scrimmage mixed in on Saturday.

  • Receiver Jeffrey Lang (No. 89) and defensive back Vincent LeDuff (No. 33) have replaced Avery Johnson and Fehoko Fanaika on the 105-man camp roster.

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