LSU donned shoulder pads for the first time this spring for Thursday's practice. That meant the popular Big Cat drill made its debut of the spring, so be sure to check out that video. We also got to see the quarterbacks throw routes to receivers for the first time this spring. The full report with notes and observations from today's session is below:
---As I referenced in the lead, the quarterbacks threw passes to receivers during today's media availability. That's only happened behind closed doors thus far, so we got a taste of what the QBs are doing through the air. A taste was about it though, as the receivers ran only nine routes, and each of the top two quarterbacks made only a handful of throws.
Both completed the vast majority of their passes. I only recall seeing one incompletion, and that was Brandon Harris slightly overthrowing Malachi Dupre. Both were throwing the deep ball with accuracy and a tight spiral. Cam Cameron was heaping a decent amount of praise on both quarterbacks. It definitely wouldn't be fair to say one was a step above the other, and it's far too small a sample size to make any legitimate conclusions. But it was at least good to see the quarterbacks throwing.
As for the wide receivers, Tony Ball had an interesting wrinkle for them when it came to catching those passes. He demanded that they only make over-the-shoulder grabs. The reasoning was that they could hold off the defensive back behind them, keep the ball in front and the DB won't be able to make a play. That led to some pretty interesting catches, especially one by John Diarse where he essentially caught on his back.
LSU's top four receivers continue to be who you'd imagine — Dupre, Travin Dural, John Diarse and Trey Quinn.
---LSU seems to be alternating its left guard with each practice. Today it was William Clapp back with the first-team, after K.J. Malone worked that spot in Tuesday's practice. Malone also did some work at right tackle, and he continues to be a guy they think can play a multitude of spots. The other four linemen remained the same — Jerald Hawkins (LT), Ethan Pocic (C), Garrett Brumfield (RG), Vadal Alexander (RT).
---Tight end Collin Jeter was in a green jersey for the first time. He's been working as a first-team tight end opposite Dillon Gordon in two-tight situations. He's probably LSU's best all-around tight end at this point, but he didn't appear to be too limited. We'll see how long that green jersey stays on.
---On the defensive side, two players were hold out for the second straight day. Corey Thompson hasn't been seen during the media portion this spring. We're told he's still dealing with lingering issues in that knee while he's still struggling to come back from an ACL injury he suffered in 2013.
Deondre Clark, who worked as the first-team DE on Saturday, missed his second straight practice. He was seen with a makeshift patch over one of his eyes, and we're told he was poked during the first practice. In his place, Lewis Neal continues to get the first-team reps.
---Maquedius Bain, who spent his first two years at defensive tackle, continues to work at defensive end. He's with the second-team opposite Sione Teuhema. That competition is wide open at the DE spot, and we're seeing Bain get a shot to crack that rotation.
---The rest of the first-team defense remained the same:
DL: Tashawn Bower, Christian Lacouture, Davon Godchaux, Lewis Neal
LB: Lamar Louis, Kendell Beckwith, Deion Jones
DB: Tre'Davious White, Jalen Mills, Jamal Adams, Edward Paris
LSU Football Spring Practice Report - 3/12
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