Fall Practice Report

When Ronnie Prude faxed his national letter of intent to LSU on Feb. 7, the LSU sports information office listed Prude as a wide receiver and defensive back. Prude made good on that projection Thursday morning when he showed up for the Tigers' second full-pads practice and worked with the defensive backs.

Prude, a true freshman, had spent his first 10 days at LSU as a receiver. He participated in coverage drills with the DBs and secondary coach Charlie Harbison. Prude, of course, is enrolled in school this semester as a partial qualifier because he couldn't get the necessary test score. He cannot play this fall but will be eligible next year as a sophomore.

Tigers' head coach Nick Saban, who does not meet with the media on Thursday, wasn't available to comment on Prude.

LSU's first of two Thursday practices commenced at 9:30 a.m., as is the routine after a 3 p.m. practice the previous day. Though temperatures didn't approach the mid-90s during the Thursday workout, as they did Wednesday, the heat level did rise to 84 degrees by the middle of practice, with the heat index factor reaching 97.

Players wearing red no-contact jerseys included defensive tackle Howard Green, free safety Adrian Mayes, tight end Jacob Guidry, wide receiver Blain Bech, offensive guard Dwayne Pierce and split end Josh Reed. Freshman tailback Ryan Gilbert and freshman linebacker Donovan Grayson, who both missed Wednesday's practice because of minor injuries, were not seen at practice Thursday.

Freshman tight end Kory Hebert, who practiced briefly Wednesday because of an intestinal virus, was back on the fields Thursday working with the tight ends, who spent part of their time working against the linebackers in leverage drills. Hebert received some tips on his stance from senior tight end Robert Royal.

Freshman safety Brandon Williams missed some repetitions while a trainer looked at his left wrist. The nature of the injury, or if it's even a problem, is unknown.

The Tigers were scheduled for another practice session at 7:30 p.m., which is the last tune-up before their first scrimmage of the year Friday at 3 p.m. Saban will close all doors for both the Thursday night practice and the Friday scrimmage, but will release statistics and speak with the media after the scrimmage.


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