'He’ll be all right’: Corey Thompson’s injury update
LSU safety Rickey Jefferson queried prayers for former safety, now-outside linebacker Corey Thompson on Wednesday night.
In LSU’s first practice of its two-a-day schedule on Wednesday, Thompson suffered a lower leg injury, as first reported via Nola.com
How did it happen?
“It was just a freak accident. Guy getting rolled up, you know, stuff like that,” Jefferson said. “Stuff you really can’t control. It’s all in the game.”
Thompson now becomes the third front seven member of LSU’s defensive cast to fall to injury as defensive lineman Christian LaCouture and Isaiah Washington braced leg injuries earlier this week.
“It’s very tough. Me knowing Corey, he’s a fighter,” Jefferson said. “He’s been through adversity before. I know he’s going to get over this bump in the road. I hope everybody says their prayers for him and hope he has a speedy recovery.
“Anytime you lose a guy with an injury, it’s tough … But yeah, that’s a blow. I don’t even know specifics, but I think he’ll be alright.”
Injury shift: Godchaux to DE, Gilmore at nose
After LaCouture’s season-ending torn ACL, which he confirmed via Twitter on Tuesday, former nose tackle Davon Godchaux has shifted to defensive end, replacing LaCouture, and Greg Gilmore is filling in at nose tackle, defensive end Louis Neal told the media on Wednesday.
LaCouture and Washington joined Tashawn Bower among the injured. Bower, though, is likely back, as Les Miles said he would be on Monday. Bower is a competitor for the F-linebacker — a half-bred defensive end and outside linebacker — position beside Thompson before he became injured.
Bower, though, missed a chunk of the beginning of LSU’s fall camp with a “little nick” as Les Miles called the knee/leg injury, allowing newbies Ray Thornton, Michael Divinity time to settle and catch a handful of repetitions at the position.
Brandon Harris’ softer touch
A goal post, a net and a football, all drove home a point of emphasis for Brandon Harris’ passing game this summer.
Softer touch passes, he said.
“We practiced them all summer long and when we did have vacation time … That was one thing I put a point of emphasis on,” Harris said. “Working on touch and giving our big receivers to make plays on the ball.”
Harris ran the drill with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig. If the ball skimmed the goal post, he failed.
“That was difficult,” senior wideout Travin Dural said.
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