Tiger veterans back to work on day two

Day two of LSU Fall Camp 2004 began Tuesday when the veteran Tigers took the field for a workout at 12:30 this afternoon. <br><br> For the second straight day the upperclassmen practiced without the freshman as the newcomers will go through their second workout tonight at 7:30 p.m. The two groups will come together for their first combined workout on Thursday.

While conditioning has been at the forefront of fall camp so far, head coach Nick Saban tested his team to the max today assembling the returnees for a practice session during the hottest part of the day. Although the team went without shoulder pads again today, the heat and humidity took its toll on the Tigers throughout the workout.

Let's just say this, you would be hard pressed to find a team with a more physically imposing receiving corps than LSU's. The Tiger wide receivers, including Dwayne Bowe, Amp Hill, Craig Davis and Skyler Green, are big and athletic. And we are talking about a group here that does not include Early Doucet, Lavelle Hawkins and Xavier Carter yet.

Bowe is the next Michael Clayton. At 6-4, 213, Bowe has the body and hands to be the SEC's next big-time, big-bodied wide receiver. Craig "Buster" Davis has added weight and has a much stockier frame than he did a year ago. Skyler Green is almost a Josh Reed clone with much, much more speed and Amp Hill seems to be getting back in the saddle after the knee injury.

Don't be surprised if you do a double take the first time you see Alley Broussard. Wearing that No. 22, Broussard is a spitting image a LaBrandon Toefield.

Chris Leak, no sweat. David Greene, no problem. Matt Leinert, bring him on. This LSU secondary is unreal. Nobody is going to throw on these guys. With their every move choreographed by Saban himself, the Tiger defensive backfield is in a word – awesome.

Cornerbacks Corey Webster and (dreadlockless) Travis Daniels are the best set of shutdown cover corners in the nation. LaRon Landry is now the quarterback of the second with Jack Hunt being gone and Jessie Daniels should have no problem being a perfect replacement.

As for the highly anticipated quarterback race, there is no race. No battle whatsoever at this time. The job belongs to Marcus Randall who threw some very nice balls in passing drills this afternoon. While the physically imposing JaMarcus Russell continues to wow onlookers and bruise receivers palms with the bullets he is firing, the job is still Randall's to lose.

Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is continuing the rotation of quarterbacks alternating Randall, Russell, Matt Flynn and freshman Jordan Reever between the veteran and freshman workouts.

As for those people ready to anoint Russell the starting signal caller, not so fast. Russell said it today after practice he and Flynn understand what their roles are on this team.

"This is Marcus Randall's team," Russell said Tuesday afternoon. "That's why he is a senior and we are freshmen. We are not trying to move past one another on the depth chart. This is his team and we are here to back him up if he was to go down."

Pretty strong words, huh? It is probably music to Saban's ears as he continues to try and ward off the talk of a quarterback controversy.

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