Spring Practice Report - 4/1

We've reached the final week of spring camp and things are starting to wind down at the LSU football facility. With only two practices remaining until Saturday's Spring Game, Tuesday's practice featured some shakeup along the offensive line with a pair of starters held out of action.

We've reached the home stretch of spring camp, and this is traditionally the week where the intensity winds down as all eyes are on Saturday's scrimmage. It was a light day at the practice field Tuesday, with most of the drills lacking the edge and physicality of earlier practices.

But there's still information to be gained from the portion open to media, and I'll pass along some notes and observations from today's session.

Terrence Magee was back on the practice field for the first time in about two weeks. He was in a green jersey, but seemed to be a full participant in all the drills we saw today. It's uncertain whether he'll play in the Spring Game, though considering he's one of only two scholarship RBs, I'm sure LSU would like to have him on the field Saturday.

The wide receivers were also at full strength for the first time in quite a while. Kevin Spears, who had been dealing with a hamstring injury, returned to the field, giving LSU its full complement of scholarship pass catchers at practice. John Diarse was in a green jersey, but he seemed to be full-go in the drills.


OL coach Jeff Grimes has options in case of emergency
Defensively the Tigers were mostly at full strength across the three units. Jermauria Rasco, Corey Thompson, Ronald Martin and Duke Riley were the only players not practicing. Lamar Louis, Justin Maclin and Tashawn Bower were all in green jerseys.

While the rest of the team was relatively healthy, the offensive line was absent two starters for Tuesday's practice. La'El Collins was not in attendance for the first time I can recall this spring, and Elliott Porter appeared to be dealing with a stomach illness. He was seen "tossing cookies" before the team broke into individual drills and headed inside the football facility to take it easy.

That led to some interesting shakeup along the offensive line once the offense broke into its full 11-man, hurry-up drill (which we explained in last Thursday's practice report).

Jerald Hawkins slid over to left tackle in place of Collins, sending Vadal Alexander back to his old position at right tackle. Evan Washington moved to left guard and Fehoko Fanaika stepped in on the right side. Ethan Pocic replaced Porter as the team's center.

The second-team unit had Jonah Austin at left tackle, Andy Dodd and K.J. Malone occupying the two guard spots and Josh Boutte at right tackle. A walk-on was the center.

We've talked a lot this spring about the wealth of experience Jeff Grimes and LSU has to work with a long the offensive line. That showed today as they were essentially able to alter the entire line without much of an issue. These guys have been cross-training and the coaches seem ready to go with a number of different combinations to replace someone that could go down during a game.

As for the rest of practice, there wasn't a whole lot of fresh information to report. We didn't get to see the quarterbacks and wide receivers come together for passing drills during the media availability, and the defense spent most of Tuesday's session in a front-seven walkthrough.

So as I said earlier, things are definitely winding down in spring camp. There's one remaining practice Thursday before Saturday's Spring Game, which will send the Tigers off into the summer with Wisconsin and Reliant Stadium waiting just around the corner.


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