Practice was closed to media today and is closed for the rest of fall camp. LSU coach Les Miles met with the media on Monday to discuss his team’s first full squad practice.
Both coordinators should be on the field this season ... at least we think so.
LSU’s offense put up a bowl game record 638 total yards with Cam Cameron on the sidelines.
Quarterback Brandon Harris attributed LSU’s success to having a better communication with Cameron and now Miles says he expects the offensive coordinator to be on the field this season.
“As best I got it today, he’s going to be on the sidelines,” Miles said. “Now if you ask me that same question tomorrow, then it’s probably going to be on the sideline.”
New defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will also be on the field for the Tigers, which Miles said is an “asset” to his defense.
“I think that Dave will be an asset on the sidelines,” Miles said. “It’ll be the first time that all three of my coordinators are on the sidelines ... I think it helps the the player understand most what is expected from the call. That’s the advantage of having either coordinator on the sideline.”
Presumed outside linebacker Tashawn Bower sat the full team practice, but participated in individual team drills, and will be with the team going forward Miles said. Maea Teuhema was also absent from practice, but should be returning this week according to Miles.
Miles also went on to say outside linebacker Isaiah Washington didn’t practice today.
However, Will Clapp did return to practice today, after sitting out Saturday’s practice, Miles said the team is trying to “tempore his exposure”.
Teuhema could slide back to guard
K.J. Malone is considered as one of the most versatile lineman on the LSU roster and when Teuhema returns, he could occupy the left tackle spot.
“K.J.’s got a number of spots he can play,” Miles said. “It’ll be interesting to see maybe Maea returns to a guard spot. He’s [Malone] is competing very well.”
Malone has spent most of fall camp practicing at the left tackle position. Last season Teuhema spent his team at left guard, but the Tigers were polishing him to play left tackle this season.
Brandon Harris playing showing “poise”
Quarterback is always a big discussion with LSU. But, Miles said he’s seeing growth in his junior signal caller, Brandon Harris.
“He shows poise and he’s deliberate when he’s supposed to be,” Miles said. “Seems to me that he’s improving and that’s what I want him to continue to do.”
Miles expects freshman to contribute
LSU has no problem playing freshman and Miles is already prepping a few players to play right away. A few rookies have already started to practice with the veterans in morning sessions. Rashard Lawrence, Michael Divinity, Drake Davis and Sci Martin are just a few freshmen that were promoted to practice with the veterans.
Lloyd Cushenberry is another one of the freshman that Miles thinks can come in and play if called upon.
“A guy like Lloyd Cushenberry came in here and didn’t understand what we wanted to have done,” Miles said. “And now, in my opinion he’s a guy that can come in and take snaps and have a significant role and I can say that about a real majority of our freshmen class.”