Ramblings: Some camp notes

No. 1-ranked Tigers have five days of practice knocked out as Media Day arrives to give LSU a break.

After five days of work, the LSU football team takes a break Tuesday from the field to deal with an even more challenging task: A horde of media assaulting them with a wave of questions at Media Day.

So with a short respite, here is the latest edition of Randy's Ramblings:

  • At the risk of offending my wife and giving her thought to my, um , loyalties, I've got to say that I haven't seen many college players who look as physically impressive and potentially imposing in full pads than Craig Loston.

    I remember thinking that same thing when he was a freshman, but as he has matured and filled out, the junior has become even more of a specimen. He's not far away from looking like he could play linebacker or tight end, which makes his role as a safety with speed even more troublesome for opponents. The big key, of course, is for Loston to avoid nagging and self-inflicted injuries.

  • Freshmen are often a little hesitant to fit in once they are incorporated in with the older players, but that hasn't been the case with the linebackers and defensive backs from the Class of 2012.

    Ronnie Feist, Lamar Louis and Debo Jones look right at home with the linebackers and all three worked with the varsity from Day 1. Whether that was part wakeup call for the veterans or that trio is really set to make a push for playing time remains to be seen. But the early indications are that the Tigers will be in good hands at LB for years to come.

    Rob Bolden

  • While I understand the doubts that popped up when Rob Bolden's name first came up as a possible transfer to LSU, after watching the kid for five days, I don't think there's any question is he a legitimate Division I quarterback who could help the Tigers if the situation arises where he needs to play.

    Granted, I have seen him to do nothing but operate in skeleton drills. But you get a sense for QBs in how they carry themselves, the way they throw the ball and how receivers catch the ball. There's some budding chemistry and a comfort level with Bolden and the WRs already. And as much as fans might not want to hear this, Bolden also appears to be very comfortable running the different forms of option that the LSU offensive coaches utilized with Jordan Jefferson the last few seasons.

    My gut tells me that bringing Bolden in was a great move as an insurance policy and a method to subtly motivate Zach Mettenberger and push Stephen Rivers in drills more than Jerrard Randall has.

  • The LSU defensive line has a chance to be as good – and deep – as it has even been. In fact, this group of ends and tackles reminds me of the current running back group in that there may not be one guy who winds up with huge statistics because Brick Haley will roll so many of these guys in to keep them fresh and allow them to gain experience. While Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo and Bennie Logan carry a lot of star power, I won't be surprised if Anthony Johnson, Ego Ferguson, Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter are all very familiar names to SEC football fans very quickly this season.

    Dillon Gordon

  • Back to not offending my wife … it's hard to not watch freshman tight end Dillon Gordon whenever the Tigers are running passing drills involving the tight ends. Obviously, any player coming from the John Curtis Christian program will have been schooled with great fundamentals, so you ‘d expect him to be solid as a blocker and running routes. Gordon might have work to do as a blocker – always a key for the TE in LSU's system – but his routes are crisp and precise and every ball thrown close to him finds a home in his big hands. At 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds, Gordon was also a basketball and baseball standout at Curtis and that versatility will serve him well when he gets on the field for the Tigers.

  • I'm not sure what to make of Paul Turner's mysterious absence right now.

    Paul Turner

    If he's hurt, I understand why he wouldn't be involved in practice. But you'd think he'd at least be on the sidelines or in a green no-contact jersey and helmet to simply get a feel for things. Unless we're talking about a head injury or serious leg or arm ailment, it would seem feasible for him to at least run routes and catch passes – especially at a position where playing time is there for the taking.

    In the brief dealings I've had with Turner, he's a sharp kid who is confident in his athletic abilities. I just wonder if he hasn't had second thoughts about being a receiver after the success he had as a quarterback at West Monroe and isn't considering a program where he might be able to go back to that position.

    Couple things for sure: You know the LSU coaches want West Monroe kids in the program and it's a safe bet anybody who played for the Rebels is up for whatever competition unfolds in front of them.

    This situation bears watching. I'm hopeful that Turner gets whatever he needs to figured out.

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