First full-squad practice for Tigers

All 104 LSU football players took part in the same practice when the Tigers held their first full-squad workout Saturday.<br><br> "We had a good workout today," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "I really liked the attitude and chemistry of the team out there. With it being our first day together, I think some of the freshman probably had a little more anxiety."

"They had gotten used to their groups that we had them with and today it seemed like things were a little bit faster for them.

Although the newcomers were off the pace, Saban said he expects them to make up strides as fall practice continues.

"That's all part of a maturity process that they need to go through in terms of making adjustments to be good football players," he said. "But overall I'm pleased with the work that we had."

Devery Henderson, still suffering from a strained hamstring, was held out of practice. Also missing Saturday's practice were freshman wide receiver Craig Davis (unspecified) and sophomore tight end Kory Hebert (twisted ankle). Freshman wide receiver Amp Hill suffered from cramps in practice but returned after treatment.

Another Tiger not involved in practice was safety Ryan Gilbert. The converted running back is unhappy with his playing time and is mulling over his future at LSU according to Saban.

"He's pondering what he future should be," Saban said. "He's been a very good guy in the program and would be sad to see him go. But we also want him to be happy and sometimes when guys see that they are not going to play, they have to choose what their path might be.

"We haven't been able to find a position for him and I think he's a little frustrated with that."

While Gilbert's future at LSU is in limbo, Saban announced former West Monroe linebacker Brian West will be joining the Tigers. West initially signed with Texas A&M but never played a game in College Station, instead pursuing a Major League Baseball career with the Chicago White Sox.

West was an observer at practice this afternoon.

"Brian West was a very good player at West Monroe," Saban said. "After playing baseball, he has decided to come to LSU and be a football player. He was at practice today and we're very pleased to have him."

In another "experimental" move, Saban announced projected starting fullback Brandon "Bull" Hurley was moved to right guard.

Working with the varsity quarterbacks for the first time, freshman wide receiver Dwayne Bowe continues to impress. The Miami product refused to let the ball hit the ground in individual workouts.

Bowe's first true challenge of the fall was in blocking drills, as the 6-4 wide-out had trouble staying low.

Bennie Brazell also had another outstanding day among the wide receivers.

Saban also talked about a possible change in the Tigers' special teams play and scheme, hinting at perhaps a more aggressive style.

"Because of Domanick Davis we've never been a good punt block team," Saban said. "We've got to try and block more punts and put more speed up front. We used to choose our personnel so we can hold people up and be a good return team because of his (Davis') strengths.

"But maybe now we can make some plays in some other ways. If we can play with some more speed up front we can be an effective block team. That's might help our return game even more."

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