Spring Practice Report - 3/27

LSU returned to the practice field Thursday on a windy, dreary day in Baton Rouge. As the Tigers reach the home stretch of spring camp, Thursday's session featured a rare look at the full 11-man offense together for some no-huddle work.

It was a dreary, windy day at the LSU football facility, but we caught bout 20 minutes of the Tigers' workout outdoors before a wave of rain forced everybody inside as our observation time ended.

It was a mostly ordinary practice as LSU's entering the home stretch of spring camp. We were privy to something different today, which I'll describe below. But first here's your injury update and roll call:

On the offensive side, Terrence Magee missed his second consecutive practice and he's likely done for the spring after spraining his ankle over the weekend. At wide receiver, John Diarse returned to practice but was in a green jersey, as was Quantavius Leslie. Kevin Spears has missed a couple weeks of practice with a hamstring injury and Avery Peterson was limited in what he could do. The WR position remains one in desperate need of the 2014 signing class.

On the offensive line, Andy Dodd was out of his green jersey for the first time this spring, cross-training between guard and center (more on that later).

Defensively there weren't any faces out of the norm not in attendance (Jermauria Rasco, Corey Thompson and Ronald Martin have missed the entire spring). Lamar Louis remained in his green jersey, while Kendell Beckwith shed his for the first time in a couple weeks. Tashawn Bower was in green but was a full participant.

Former LSU DE Sam Montgomery was in attendance for Thursday's practice
On to the good stuff…

As I mentioned earlier, the LSU offense showed off some no-huddle practice toward the tail end of media availability. This involved the entire 11-man offense coming together and running through some different plays and packages without huddling and with the coaches providing a lot of verbal pressure to get things moving.

It gave us an idea of the first-team offense (depending on the package) and there weren't many surprises. Evan Washington served as the first-team right guard and Logan Stokes was the first tight end in there, though all four have their roles depending on what kind of play they're running.

Leslie was in there opposite Travin Dural, though that's likely because Diarse has missed the last couple practices. Melvin Jones was the first fullback in there, and we even saw him flex out wide some and serve as a lead blocker on a bubble screen. But don't rule out LSU finding different ways to get him the ball, especially now that he's getting more reps with the ball in his hands with Magee held out.

Altogether, it was pretty smooth with the starting offense. Anthony Jennings did a good job directing traffic and the players found their positions without much difficulty. There was no defense, so it was essentially a walkthrough once the ball was snapped, but this was definitely a good showing for how Jennings handles the faster pace.

As for the second-team, Brandon Harris was the QB, and there were a few different instances with players lining up in the wrong spot (namely Desean Smith). An interesting note from the second-team was that Ethan Pocic was the center. Andy Dodd was the left guard, though all spring we've seen Pocic at guard and Dodd at center behind Elliott Porter.

But because Dodd's been in green all spring, he's likely not yet ready to take on that backup center role yet, so they have Pocic in there as a jack-of-all-trades.

LSU has one last scrimmage Saturday before the Spring Game next week. There'll be two more open practice sessions next Tuesday and Thursday, and we'll as always be there to give you our notes and observations.


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