Derrius Guice (Photo by Terrill Weil)

LSU Football 3/30 Practice Notebook

A couple notable LSU players were back at practice while a few were not participating on Thursday. Come inside for the latest tidbits from LSU practice.

LSU hit the practice field on Thursday inside the indoor facility after weather moved through the Baton Rouge area for a full-padded practice. The Tigers had a few members of the team back in action while a few were missing. Former Tigers like running back Leonard Fournette stood watch while the team went through practice.

What else stood out from LSU practice? Tiger Blitz' practice report will get you caught up.

Guice, Clapp return; Jackson, Alexander missing

The good news is that LSU running back Derrius Guice was back at practice and a full-go. Last week, Guice said that he would sit out the scrimmage on Saturday and did just that, but noted that his ankle was fine. While the junior running back was not at practice on Tuesday, he was back on Thursday and running around pretty smoothly. Guice caught passes out of the backfield and took normal reps while reporters were allowed in practice. 

Other members that continued to sit out of practice were tight end Jamal Pettigrew (ankle), wide receiver D.J. Chark (ankle) and three new absences from participating were notable. Defensive lineman Frank Herron watched drills, but did not participate, defensive back Donte Jackson was at a track meet and linebacker Donnie Alexander was not at practice. Walk-on Layton Garnett stood in for Alexander.

Another big returning name was offensive lineman William Clapp, who donned a yellow jersey along with Donavaughn Campbell, and fullback J.D. Moore and defensive lineman Christian LaCouture were also in yellow jerseys. 

LSU working shuttle pass on offense

Matt Canada's offense continues to take shape. Quarterbacks and running backs took part in individual work together for much of the time while reporters were allowed inside practice. About 3/4 of the way through the viewing period, wide receivers joined the quarterbacks and the running backs split off.

The big takeaway from individual work was LSU working the shuttle pass, which reporters have seen in brevity at times, but Thursday was the first chance to see it in an extended period. It wasn't without fault as some balls hit the turf, but the timing was being worked on the most, which is the key to the shuttle pass.

When receivers joined the quarterbacks, they ran through the route tree under Canada's direction and for the most part, looked sharp, but a few drops and missed throws plagued them at times.

Watch the Tigers run through the shuttle pass in the video below.

Secondary gets a different look with Jackson out

It appears that sophomore cornerback Saivion Smith has the edge at the moment in the secondary for reps after Kevin Toliver and Jackson. The former five-star recruit took snaps opposite of Toliver when the team was in the nickel package, meaning even if Jackson was out in a game, it looks like defensive backs coach Corey Raymond would keep Xavier Lewis at nickel and have Smith at outside corner opposite of Toliver.

Jackson, who missed for a track meet, is still expected to be the starting cornerback opposite of Toliver, but Smith is clearly pushing for more playing time. Fellow sophomore Kristian Fulton is pushing Lewis in the slot at nickel. Smith is one of the most talented cornerbacks on the roster and his development will be something to watch as the team goes through spring practices and fall camp.

Stay tuned for more from Tiger Blitz as LSU continues spring practices leading up to the April 22 Spring Game in Tiger Stadium on the SEC Network at 7 p.m. CT.

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