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