Tigers endure hot first day of practice

Despite sweltering conditions that ensured the water bottles were never far from the action, the LSU Tiger football team completed its first practice of the fall without incident on Monday afternoon in preparation for their September 4 season opener against Oregon State.

"Practice went well," said head coach Nick Saban. "We got lots of reps, it was long and hot out there today, but I'm pleased with the way we went through it."

In the first session of the day, redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Flynn split time with senior Marcus Randall under center, and the duo spent the afternoon trying to shake off the rust accumulated over the summer.

Both struggled mightily at times, with the majority of dropbacks drawing sharp criticism from offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher due to their lack of urgency, and many of the passes were overthrown and left fluttering in the cloying August air.

The wayward passes did give the receiving corps plenty of opportunity to show off however, and redshirt freshman Amp Hill showed he was over the knee injury that sidelined him for the 2003 season when he hauled in a diving, one-handed catch down the right sideline during a passing drill.

"It feels good to be back at it," said Hill, who considers himself "95-percent fit" at this stage. "I feel like I have a lot of football in me waiting to be let out."

With Joseph Addai joining Hill, Skyler Green, Craig ‘Buster' Davis, and Gino Giambelluca in the wideout group, running backs Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard were joined by fullback Kevin Steltz as the lone ball carriers during the first of the days' two split-squad drills.

Redshirt freshman punter Patrick Fisher, the 6-5, 235-pound behemoth from Hyattsville, Md. who will be attempting to fill the void left by the departure of Donnie Jones to the NFL, worked out with placekicker Ryan Gaudet and snapper Gant Petty, but also showed signs of rust as he failed to consistently combine hang-time and distance on his punts.

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