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Offensive news, notes: Day 3, LSU camp

Christian details the offensive news, notes for LSU’s second day of practice on the Tigers third day of fall camp.

LSU’s fall camp continues.

LSU added a handful of freshmen to veterans practice in the morning session on Friday for the Tigers third day of fall camp.

Promoted freshmen: 

  1. Caleb Lewis: redshirt freshman quarterback
  2. Drake Davis: 6-3, 215-pound wide receiver
  3. Donavaughn Campbell: 6-5, 349-pound offensive lineman

Lewis: The second year, 6-foot-4 quarterback from Lakeland, Florida, spent time alongside juniors Brandon Harris and Danny Etling — the only two QBs present during LSU’s first practice of fall camp yesterday.

Davis: Davis was the sixth receiver added to the veteran troupe for Friday's morning session. Davis worked sled and speed drills with junior Biletnikoff Award watch list member Malachi Dupre.

“Drake did really well,” Dupre said. "He came up to the a.m. group. He’s a physical specimen. He’s big and fast and we can really use him early. He can play.”

"He was great. Drake is a very athletic guy," said senior wideout Travin Dural. "He was catching on to things very quickly. He had a couple of mishaps, but that's expected of him. He's kind of nervous at the beginning but once he got comfortable, he started making plays."

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As of Friday, Davis is the reserve “X” receiver behind Dupre, his partner for multiple drills on Friday morning, Dural said amid lending a few tips to the newbie Davis — the same pointers he recalled hearing from two former, esteemed Tigers: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Miami Dolphin Jarvis Landry.

"I just try to keep him calm and keep in relaxed," Dural said. "I remember when I first got here, they moved me up in the mornings and I remember how guys like Odell and Jarvis handled it. They kept telling me to stay calm, be relaxed, and to just play football. We've been playing football all of our lives. This is nothing different. It might be a little faster but it's nothing different. That's the main thing I told him, 'just have fun with this. You only get to do this once.'"

LSU coach Les Miles mentioned Davis on Thursday after the first round of practices.

Improvement is necessary, Miles said, while complimenting the IMG Academy alumnus and Baton Rouge native.

“Talented, hard-working,” Miles said. “A guy who can take snaps in big-time games. He’s youthful. We need to improve him in a number of ways, but he has plenty of talent. He can run fast, get up and get after it and catch it. I would think he would have a very nice career.”

Campbell: Ponchatoula’s 6-foot-5, 349-pound offensive lineman snagged reps beside Chidi Okeke, an Anambra, Nigeria, native, Friday morning. 

Miles mentioned Campbell among other freshman offensive lineman yesterday afternoon.

“The young offensive line is going to be good,” he said. “They’re a ways away from participating, but I think Willie Allen is going to be good. Donavaughn Campbell is going to be good and Lloyd Cushenberry is going to be a good player.

“That’s a good group.”

The inactive 

Offensive tackle Maea Teuhema remains out of practice with an ankle sprain that Miles said is a “day-to-day” issue for the expected starting left tackle.

“May take seven days,” Miles said.

Offensive line competition going steady

The offensive line competition, which was made clearer yesterday, continues.

Working the right side of the line on Friday was Ethan Pocic at center, Garrett Brumfield at right guard and Toby Weathersby at right tackle.

Upon Teuhema’s return, senior Josh Boutte, Brumfield and junior K.J. Malone — who’s filling in for Teuhema at left tackle — are expected to compete for the right guard spot.

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Afternoon freshmen/select veterans practice

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