Tigers go through full squad workout

For the first time in fall camp, the LSU Tiger football team practiced as a whole with the freshman and varsity players taking part at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

After struggling with stagnant heat over the course of the first three days of practice, the Tigers got a break in the weather as the hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico sent a cold front through the capitol city. Temperatures were the coolest they had been this summer as the thermometer stayed in the upper 70s most of the day.

And as the weather cooled so did the arms of the LSU quarterbacks. All four signal callers struggled throwing the deep ball. At one point quarterbacks Marcus Russell, JaMarcus Russell, Matt Flynn and Jordan Reever combined to throw 11 straight incomplete passes on fade routes. This, of course, did not set well with offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.

Maybe overanalyzing the situation a little, when the team split into position-by-position drills, the players were separated into first and third string units and second anf fourth string units. With the first and third team units, Randall and Russell were sent followed by Flynn and Reever with the second and fourth teams. Now you must ask yourself, is this a ploy to keep the media totally baffled as to who stands where. Or is this a move to allow both Randall and Russell to work with the "first team" unit. Who knows?

As for the passes that were completed during Thursday's workout, the LSU wide receiving corps is in a word – unreal. While lacking in experience, the Tigers' group of wideouts could be the most talented in the league. Watching Early Doucet, Xavier Carter and Lavelle Hawkins join the ranks of Amp Hill, Craig Davis, Dwayne Bowe and, not to forget, Skyler Green, as Jim Hawthorne would say, Holy Cow!

On the defensive side of the ball, the word on the street is E.J. Kuale could be the man at the Sam linebacker spot left vacant by Eric Alexander. Although the Tigers are just four days into camp, the junior college transfer seems to have a leg up on heralded freshman Ali Highsmith and redshirt freshman Dominic Cooper.

We have raved about the skill and talent of LSU's frontline defensive backs. Corey Webster, Travis Daniels, LaRon Landry and Jessie Daniels combine to makeup arguably the top secondary in college football. But looking at the depth back there – Mario Stephenson, Ronnie Prude, Joe Lawrence, Daniel Francis, Jonathan Zenon, Nick Child – toss in freshman Chevis Jackson, Craig Steltz, Jeffery Jackand Curtis Taylor – under the leadership of Nick Saban – and boy do you have a talented group.

The Tigers will again practice at 3 p.m. today before opening two-a-day workouts on Saturday. Media Day and Fan day is set for Sunday.

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