Andre Anthony (Photo by Billy Embody)

Dec. 20 LSU Football Practice Notebook: Tigers are healthy it appears, young players getting in there

Here are a few tidbits Tiger Blitz picked up on after checking out LSU's Tuesday practice ahead of the Tigers' Citrus Bowl matchup against Louisville.

LSU defensive line works Lamar Jackson looks, 1-on-1s

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron worked with the LSU's Buck linebackers for much of practice that was open to the media with a group of Arden Key, Tashawn Bower, Andre Anthony and Sci Martin. Defensive line coach Pete Jenkins continued to work with the interior linemen. 

For much of Tuesday, we watched Orgeron and LSU's edge rushers work on defending Lamar Jackson as Lindsey Scott impersonated the Heisman Trophy winner. Orgeron specifically worked with Key for much of the individual period on short, choppy steps while looking through the offensive linemen to read Jackson.

Scott made numerous elaborate fakes and tried to mimic Jackson's explosive playmaking with stutter steps, reversing field, etc. Key and Bower got the majority of the reps in this 1-on-1 setting against Scott, who was executing the zone read.

In 1-on-1 pass rushing drills between defensive linemen and offensive linemen, Andre Anthony had a good first go against Foster Moreau and then came back for round two to show well. The first rep drew some tough criticism from Orgeron and then he was rewarded with praise after the second go around. After the first rep, Anthony wanted to immediately go again, but Orgeron told him he had to be ready to go for every rep and that he'd have to wait. (Tweet-videos at bottom of the story of the two reps).

Travonte Valentine worked in against Josh Boutte and had a ho-hum stalemate as neither player inflicted much physical presence on each other.

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Receivers and defensive backs bring it in 1-on-1s

LSU wide receiver Malachi Dupre had a big day in 1-on-1s winning a few intermediary routes with great route running while competition was certainly fierce all practice with a lot of talking back and forth between the receivers and secondary members.

Jamal Adams got beat deep with a nice over the shoulder catch by Russell Gage. Adams and Tre'Davious White, who had jogged over, ran back while letting the media know not to put that out there jokingly. 

Dee Anderson continued to impress with a sideline catch on a defensive back on the far side of the field where Anderson went way up and brought it in.

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Tidbits

  • Linebacker Kendell Beckwith did indeed tear his ACL against Florida in Tiger Stadium and is rehabbing, hoping to be ready for Pro Day, linebacker Donnie Alexander said on Tuesday.
  • Fullback JD Moore was a full-go at practice even while wearing a cast on his wrist.
  • There wasn't any LSU players in gold non-contact jerseys outside of the usual quarterbacks.

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