Saban satisfied with practice

LSU coach Nick was upbeat after Tuesday afternoon's single workout. The fourth year coach said it possibly could have been the Tigers best workout of a youthful fall camp.<br><br>"We had the most spirited practice we have had today," Saban said.

Saban said despite muggy conditions caused by an early morning rain shower, the players performed with the best attitude and most intensity of the preseason. However, the news was not entirely good from Tuesday's practice.

Freshman receiver Amp Hill could possibly miss the rest of fall camp with a knee injury. Saban was unsure of the nature of his injury nor the prognosis.

"Amp Hill got leg-whipped today," Saban said. "We don't know what he ahs exactly, it could be an MCL. If that is the case it could be a couple-of-weeks injury."

Hill was one of several freshmen Saban bragged on during the early stages of camp. After putting on electrifying performance in Sunday's Fan Day practice, including a pair of one-handed grabs, Saban identified the Jacksonville, Fla., product as a freshman that could see action in the fall.

"He was doing extremely well," Saban said. "He had a quad (quadricep pull) already and he had battled through a few minor injuries. Hopefully he can be back in a few weeks. We don't know the extent of his injury right now, but we could release something later."

"If it's an MCL, it could be two to three weeks, we hope no longer than that. We are going to do an MRI tonight to make sure."

Another freshman who drew praise from the Tigers' head man was running back Alley Broussard. Saban got an up-close and personal look at his standout back from Lafayette as the bruising rusher nearly took out the head coach on one play.

"He tried to run over me today," Saban said displaying a bandage on his right leg where Broussard clipped him.

"But my outstanding athletic ability is what saved me," he laughed.

Other news from Tuesday's practice:

- Saban said this team is showing signs of maturity, much like the 2001 team that won the SEC Championship. He evened eluded to a freshmen who have shown lots of maturity and included several skill players on offense.

"The team we had two years ago was the most mature team we have had," Saban said. "This team shows signs of that, more so on offense than defense though."

- On the injury front, Devery Henderson did participate in Tuesday's practice. Henderson wore a jersey and shorts but did not don a helmet and only took part in some stretching. He was noticeably hobbling with a pulled hamstring. Kory Hebert remained on crutches and a walking boot for the third day in a row since sustaining a high ankle sprain on Saturday.

Ben Wilkerson and Chad Lavalais were both in red jerseys on Tuesday, but did participate. Those worried about Marcus Spears back, stress no longer. Spears was at full force Tuesday and showed no signs of problems after a brief scare during Sunday's practice.

Quote of the day:
"He snores pretty loud."
- LSU quarterback Matt Mauck on fall camp roommate and true freshman signal caller JaMarcus Russell when asked what it was like to room with the highly-touted newcomer.

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