Tigers work prior to first scrimmage

The LSU Tigers participated in their second two-a-day practice of the fall Wednesday with the first scrimmage of the fall season looming.

Injuries continue to mount for the Tigers as wide receivers Devery Henderson and Amp Hill were both held out of practice. Henderson is still suffering with a nagging hamstring sprain, while Hill is recovering from a knee injury and watched practice on crutches and with a brace on his right knee.

Tight ends Kory Hebert and Keith Zinger were also held out of practice. Offensive guard Stephen Peterman did not participate as well. Center Ben Wilkerson, defensive linemen Melvin Oliver and Chad Lavalais, and wide receiver Skyler Green were all wearing red jerseys but still participated in practice.

Perhaps the biggest concern for the Tigers coaching staff was the status of Green. The sophomore from Westwego was able to participate in drills, but had little use of the left arm due to a shoulder injury.

One of the main points of emphasis of practice this morning was kickoff return and coverage, as special teams coach Derek Dooley began implementing his game plan. Michael Clayton, Bennie Brazell and Shyrone Carey all returned kicks for the Tigers in individual drills.

With three receivers unable to participate in passing drills, Bennie Brazell and Craig Davis took advantage of the additional reps and drew the praises of offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher. Brazell continues to display an improved ability to catch the ball while Davis is learning and understanding the offense at a very quick rate.

Matt Mauck had another solid day of work, but it was the two freshman quarterbacks who were the most impressive. Matt Flynn and JaMarcus Russell continue to gain a better understanding of the LSU offense, each making audibles at the line of scrimmage in practice. Fisher was pleased with the two young quarterback's ability to switch to the correct play.

On the offensive line, Rodney Reed replaced Peterman at right guard, and sophomore Nate Livings replaced Reed at right tackle on the first team offensive line.

On the defensive side of the ball, freshman defensive backs Jessie Daniels and LaRon Landry continue to show LSU head coach Nick Saban why they deserve playing time. Both are getting a better understanding of what Saban is expecting from them at the safety position.

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