Fall Practice Report

In the first practice after its opening scrimmage of the 2001 pre-season, the LSU football team took it light, quick and easy while addressing some of their previous mistakes.

The Tigers dressed in "shells" — helmets, shoulder pads and shorts — one practice after their first scrimmage, which took place Friday afternoon in Tiger Stadium as the heat index factor reached 108 degrees in Baton Rouge. Saturday morning, the thermometer reached 84 degrees with a heat index of 95.

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said the Tigers' practice was short in nature, and its main focus was on correcting some of the mistakes players may have made in the preceding scrimmage. Head coach Nick Saban and his staff spent just one 7-minute period on individual drills, then switched gears and went into team drills.

Saban said Friday that his players are probably entering the grind stage of August, as fall camp enters its third week, but that giving his players a day off wouldn't do much good to bring their energy level back.

The Saturday morning practice, scheduled to start at 9 a.m., was a few minutes late starting up as players stepped off the bus and onto the LSU practice fields.

At least five Tigers did not participate in drills during Saturday's first practice, including defensive end Kenderick Allen, guard Kade Comeaux, running back Elice Parker, tailback Ryan Gilbert and cornerback Randall "Blue" Gay.

Allen is nursing a hamstring pull, and Comeaux missed some of Friday's scrimmage because of a bruised shoulder. Parker wore a protective light brace on his right foot Saturday morning. Gilbert is waiting for the NCAA clearinghouse to ok his ACT score. Gay sustained a knee strain early last week and was held out as a precautionary measure.

Among those who dressed in red no-contact jerseys were wide receiver Blain Bech, tailback/strong safety Domanick Davis, defensive tackle Howard Green, tight end Jacob Guidry, fullback Solomon Lee, guard Dwayne Pierce, wide receiver Josh Reed and tight end Robert Royal. None of the aforementioned players showed visible signs of problems while they practiced with the rest of their teammates.

Defensive tackle Muskingum Barnes missed some of the Friday scrimmage but was back wearing a purple jersey Saturday.

Saban said after Friday's scrimmage that his team had no serious injuries.

LSU is scheduled to practice at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and again at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Tigers will hold their second scrimmage — the only one scheduled between Saturday and their Sept. 1 season opener against Tulane — this Wednesday night in Tiger Stadium.

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