LSU Football Spring Practice Report - 3/10

LSU returned to the field Tuesday for the second practice of the spring, and TSD has the full report loaded with notes and observations on the Tigers

LSU was stuck inside the indoor facility for the second spring practice on a rainy Tuesday in Baton Rouge.

TSD's Hunter Paniagua was in attendance for about 25 minutes of individual position drills open to media. Here are some observations and notes from Tuesday's practice session:

---LSU made one change to its first-team offensive line compared to Saturday's practice. K.J. Malone went with the first-team at left guard Tuesday, with William Clapp occupying that spot over the weekend. The rest of the line remained unchanged with Jerald Hawkins at left tackle, Ethan Pocic at center, Garrett Brumfield at right guard and Vadal Alexander at right tackle. Les Miles said during his press conference Saturday that Malone was a guy they really liked, and it appears he and Clapp will compete for the left guard spot.

The second-team line looked like this from left to right: Jonah Austin, Will Clapp, Andy Dodd, Josh Boutte, Jevonte Domond.

LSU will likely show several different combinations throughout the spring as they find the right group of five. After two practices, it would seem that the two most veteran players — Hawkins and Alexander — are entrenched at the tackle spots, and Pocic figures to be sticking at center.

---There was also a new face along the first-team defensive line Tuesday. Lewis Neal occupied one of the defensive end spots opposite Tashawn Bower. Deondre Clark was in that spot Saturday. Clark was not seen at Tuesday's practice, and we've been told he's not available for media interviews as well. That could mean there's an injury there, but there's been no official confirmation given about that.

Neal has played sparingly through his first two years with the Tigers. He bounced between end and tackle early in the 2014 season, but his best fit is probably at DE. It was a big surprising that Sione Teuhema didn't step in with the first-team, as he got more playing time in 2014 than Neal. But that competition at defensive end will remain wide open as the Tigers replace both starters from last year's team.

Speaking of the defensive ends, Tashawn Bower looks like he'll take the "most athletic" crown from Danielle Hunter. He ran through the Gauntlet passing drill and drew several oohs and ahhs from his teammates.

---We haven't gotten to see too much from the quarterbacks to this point. On Tuesday the eight QBs — three scholarship, five walk-ons — did the throwing for the gauntlet drill. Cam Cameron did get on Brandon Harris for being inaccurate and not "having his head on straight."

Once the QBs broke into individual drills, Cameron had them going through some read-option drills. We saw a bit of that during spring practices and fall camp last year. And LSU went to it a bit more with Anthony Jennings toward the end of the season. It's something that both Harris and Jennings could reasonably run, and we'll see if it continues to grow as part of the offense.

---New defensive coordinator Kevin Steele spent the portion of Tuesday's practice open to media with the defensive backs. He was doing some heavy instruction regarding new terminology and where each player should move in specific situations. The first-team was unchanged from Saturday with Tre'Davious White and Edward Paris at the two CB spots, and at safety, Jalen Mills and Jamal Adams.

Bradley Dale Peveto worked solo with the linebackers while Steele was with the DBs. Peveto has spent both practices with the LBs after working with the DBs all last year.

Sticking with the DBs, Corey Thompson was not in attendance for Tuesday's practice. He sat out all of 2014 while recovering from a knee injury.

---On a humorous note, Frank Wilson got on the tight ends for not securing the ball in a drill designed specifically for that. He particularly got on the case of Dillon Gordon, who responded with a laugh and "Coach, I've never done this before." After each tight end went through the drill and didn't meet Wilson's standard, the RB coach fired with another joke, "This is why we never throw to y'all." That whole back-and-forth was all in good fun, though.

Once the tight ends went with the offensive line to work on blocking, Gordon and Collin Jeter were the first two up and figure to be the top two blocking tight ends on this year's team.


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