“Are you enjoying the view?”
LSU coach Les Miles said, smiling, to a LSU football video manager during the Tigers’ fourth day of fall camp and the first day of padded practice.
- Sophomore wide receiver Tyron Johnson advanced to LSU’s veterans practice with the wideouts this morning, replacing freshman Drake Davis from yesterday’s squad of six. Davis, LSU senior WR Travin Dural said yesterday, is backing up Malachi Dupre as LSU’s “X” receiver, but Johnson’s appearance appears to start a competition for the reserve roles.
- Freshmen defensive lineman Sci Martin and Rashard Lawrence were promoted to the morning session on Saturday. Miles called a “ready-made nose tackle” earlier this week and said he expects Lawrence (No. 90) to have a significant role this fall as a true freshman. And Martin, well, he’s big. And athletic. Martin is nearly 6-5 and 220 pounds. He has the prototypical LSU defensive end body and skillset: tall, strong, quick with good, fast hands, much like Arden Key, whom seems to be his doppelganger, as shown below. Martin (No. 87) was working with outside linebackers, pass-rushing linebackers on Saturday as well as the defensive line, like Key.
- Donavaughn Campbell, Devin White and Michael Divinity (all freshman) remained at practice with the Tiger elders on Saturday morning.
WHO WASN’T THERE
- Will Clapp (hip), Maea Teuhema (ankle), Tashawn Bower (unknown).
On Thursday, Clapp told the media if his hip — which underwent surgery in April to repair a torn labrum — bothered him, he may pull himself from practice, which he did not do on Day 1 and 2 of practice.
“They left it up to me whenever I’m not feeling well and when the hip starts to get fatigued, to pull myself,” Clapp said. “It’s all up to me. They sat me down and told me it’s not time to push it, but I’ve got to get in shape some how.”
Teuhema remains out of with a “day-to-day” ankle sprain, as Miles described it, and Bower with an unspecified injury or a “little nick,” Miles said.
'Cut 'em up!' Afternoon practice update
"We've got pads out here now, let's cut 'em up," defensive coordinator Dave Aranda shouted during a side-to-side tackling drill, focusing on lateral movement within the linebacking corp.
He wanted the youthful linebackers to smack one another.
"Be violent!" Aranda said.
Aranda, who was squatting to be eye level with freshman/select veterans during Saturday's afternoon session, focused on hand techniques, takeaway drills and footwork during the practice.
- Interesting tidbit: Rahssan Thornton, a 6-foot-2, beefy and agile 211-pound freshman linebacker, was working solo with Tiger linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto on Saturday in what seemed to be intense, catch-up training to fast-track Thornton to working with the veteran linebackers.
P.M. passing, passers and catchers
- Justin McMillan (redshirt freshman QB) again had good footwork while throwing on the move Saturday afternoon. McMillan, a Cedar Hill, Texas native, overthrew a few targets, but had solid arm strength. In the crosshairs of a handful of McMillan's tosses was Caleb Roddy.
- Roddy is a newly-installed tight end by way of defensive end. Roddy's 6-5 frame worked well providing a large, wide target on quick slants for LSU's reserve quarterbacks, while also standing firm in 1-on-1 run blocking battles.
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LSU Offensive Line Working in New Names
With Clapp and Teuhema out Saturday morning, LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes had a chance to tinker with some line combinations during the open portion of practice.
On the left side, K.J. Malone continued to get the work at the left tackle spot and Chidi Okeke moved in to that left tackle spot with the second group. With those two working at left tackle, Garrett Brumfield worked in at left guard in the first unit and freshman Donavaughn Campbell got work at left guard with the second unit.
Grimes harped especially on the right side of the line to get lower, continue to work up to the second level and drive their feet.
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