LSU coach Les Miles had a watchful eye on his quarterbacks during the portion of Friday's morning practice open to media.
Brandon Harris was once again taking "first-team snaps," as he did Thursday, but Miles was sure to mention during his press conference that it's not about who starts camp first, but who finishes camp in first. Miles and Cam Cameron are hoping one will separate by the end of preseason practices.
The quarterbacks spent some of Friday's availability working on the read option. That's something we also saw during camp last year, though not as much during the season (until late in the year). Both quarterbacks got plenty of read option reps Friday, Harris working with Leonard Fournette and Anthony Jennings with Darrel Williams. They also worked on some swing passes to the backs.
The two quarterbacks then got with the wide receivers for some intermediate routes. Both quarterbacks had their hits and misses, but throwing against air isn't exactly telling. Both had their moments of coaching, so it would be unfair to rush to any judgment about where things stand in the quarterback race.
---The group for Friday's "veteran" practice was nearly identical to Thursday's. The entire offense was the same, and the only change on defense saw Greg Gilmore and Frank Herron bump up to the morning in place of Quentin Thomas. Those three are all fighting to fill out the rotation behind starters Davon Godchaux and Christian Lacouture.
---LSU had the same eight offensive linemen in Friday's morning session as Thursday. Unlike in the first practice, we did get to see how they would line up as a starting unit. It was exactly what you'd expect (from left to right): Jerald Hawkins, Ethan Pocic, William Clapp, Josh Boutte and Vadal Alexander. The three backups are Garrett Brumfield, K.J. Malone and Jevonte Domond.
---The corners separated from the safeties during the DBs individual portion. The three freshmen from Thursday were all there again. Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver were working at corner, while Xavier Lewis was at safety. Lewis mentioned during his recruitment that LSU might move him to safety once he arrives, and that appears to have happened.
---As media were walking out of the facility, LSU moved into its two-minute drill workouts. We got a sense for who the Tigers would trot out to the field if the game were on the line. LSU went three-wide with its three tallest veteran receivers — Travin Dural, Malachi Dupre and D.J. Chark. Desean Smith was the tight end with Leonard Fournette in the backfield.
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