Spring Practice Report - 3/25

LSU kicked off the penultimate week of spring camp with another practice Tuesday. TSD has the complete report on how the Tigers looked coming out of their first full scrimmage this past weekend.

The Tigers were back on the practice field Tuesday as they kicked off the penultimate week of spring practices. LSU was light on bodies at a number of different positions coming out of the first full scrimmage this past weekend.

The injuries continue to be felt at the offensive skill positions. LSU only had three scholarship wide receivers at practice Tuesday, with Quantavius Leslie practicing but in a green jersey. John Diarse was present but in shorts and did not participate in any of the drills. Les Miles said last week Diarse underwent a "small procedure" recently and would likely be out this week.

Travin Dural is the only LSU WR that hasn't missed a practice yet this spring, and that's been good for his development. But with injuries limiting the rest of the group, the pressure will be on the incoming group of freshmen to get caught up in a hurry.

Adam Henry had the WRs focusing on ball security in the individual drill portion. That might have been an issue that arose during the scrimmage, and they want to be sure that's ironed out.

The passing drills were fairly clean today considering there was a stiff wind at the ponderosa. Cam Cameron had the QBs throwing on the run and was being very nitpicky on details like how deep their bootleg was. Anthony Jennings looked sharp throwing on the move. Brandon Harris still misses on some of the finer points and was a little off, while Hayden Rettig also showed some good movement as well.

I still say it's Jennings' position to lose and all three need to show more consistency in order to really feel like a confident choice. But today's practice was much more positive than most we've seen thus far, and after Miles complimented the QBs play in Saturday's scrimmage, it appears things might be getting going as we approach the end of spring.

At running back, LSU was without Terrence Magee after he sprained his ankle in the scrimmage. That left Kenny Hilliard as the only scholarship RB at practice, with FB Melvin Jones getting some added reps with the ball in his hand. Miles mentions consistently that Jones is getting some big-back carries, and I expect we'll see him have some kind of impact this season, more than in just the blocking game.

DE Tashawn Bower's as physically impressive as they come
We also got to see some of the tight ends in pass catching. All four were consistent, and Desean Smith appears to have cleaned up his route running from where he was early last season.

Everything was pretty standard along the offensive line. Ethan Pocic seems to working strictly as a left guard at this point behind Vadal Alexander and next to Jonah Austin, who's the second-team left tackle. We did see Elliott Porter slide out to guard for a portion of practice as they look to get Andy Dodd some more work at center. Miles mentioned last week that they were working some new QB-C exchanges, and they're trying to get Dodd ready to be Porter's backup.

Defensively it was a pretty ordinary practice session. The three units were divided for most of the portion we saw, though the LBs and DLs did come together to work on gap assignments and filling the rushing lanes.

There was no Jordan Allen at practice today so Tashawn Bower was running with the first team. I expect a big leap out of him and he should factor heavily into the rotation once fall comes around.

At LB, Kendell Beckwith was out of the green jersey for the first time in a couple weeks, and he was behind D.J. Welter at MLB. Lamar Louis and Kwon Alexander continue to work as the first-team OLBs ahead of Deion Jones. Duke Riley wasn't in attendance today, so Ronnie Fiest (in a green jersey) stepped in for him behind Alexander.

In the secondary, LSU still only has two safeties going through spring workouts. Rickey Jefferson and Jalen Mills continue as the first-team safeties, with Dwayne Thomas working behind them. Tre'Davious White and Jalen Collins are still ahead of Rashard Robinson and Ed Paris going through drills, but that defensive backfield is one that will definitely benefit from the influx of freshmen this summer.


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