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Day 3: Defensive notes

Defensive notes from the third day of LSU's fall camp.

Day three of LSU’s fall camp continued in the sweltering heat.

Absentees: Tashawn Bower was the lone absentee from fall camp on Friday. LSU coach Les Miles said that Bower had a little “nick” and is expected to rejoin the team soon. Bower had moved from defensive end to outside linebacker in the spring and is an expected starter on defensive.

Notables: Freshmen Michael Divinity and Devin White dressed out with the veterans again this morning. White and Divinity spent time with the first and second team reps. In his press conference on Wednesday, Miles said there were a few freshmen that needed to spend time practicing with veterans. Miles has said, on multiple occasions, he expects White to contribute this season on defense.

Defensive line: Lewis Neal, Davon Godchaux and Christian LaCouture manned the top three defensive line spots. Frank Herron, Greg Gilmore and Arden Key worked on second team drills. Key's explosiveness and quickness was on display at practice, as shown below:

Linebackers: Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley continued to practiced in the top two linebacker spots, with Donnie Alexander and Devin White working right behind them. After practice on Friday, Beckwith said one of the reasons White has been able to step in with the vets is because of his quick learning ability.

"He's strong as an ox," Beckwith said of White. "He's pretty fast and he does a good for a young guy. He listens."

Defensive backs: Tre’Davious White, Donte Jackson, Kevin Toliver and Rickey Jefferson all snagged first team reps, while Ed Paris, Dwayne Thomas, John Battle taking the second team snaps. White has shifted to the inside to play nickel this fall, because LSU coach Dave Aranda said he wants a big physical corner at the nickel position. 

White hasn't played nickel before in his career, but that isn't bothering him at all.

"I don't put a limitation on myself," White said. "They see the need for me to play the nickel role, I'm all for it."

Freshmen and select veteran practice:

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