Saban: "Tigers gaining consistency"

The LSU Tigers went through the first half of a two-a-day workout this morning at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. <br><br> Although the heat has returned to the Baton Rouge area, head coach Nick Saban said he was pleased by the way the team performed in terms of focus and consistency.

"We certainly had a much better practice this morning," Saban said. "I think the tempo was very good. Offensively, we have made some progress in the last couple of practices and I was pleased with the way we competed against one another out there today. It didn't seem like we had the dog day look out there today. We seemed to have a lot more spirit, more upbeat and I think that was a real positive for us."

Saban has said with a host of talented freshmen in the mix, consistency and tempo has been difficult because the newcomers lack of knowledge of the system.

"We have been trying to establish a tempo and for so many young guys, especially at skill positions," Saban said. "I think they are thinking a little bit and it has slowed it down some. But I was impressed today that we made less mental errors and had better execution overall."

Saban was happy to report good news on the only Tiger that hasn't practiced that being freshman offensive tackle Herman Johnson.

"We got a positive report on Herman Johnson that he possibly could be back by next Monday," Saban said. "We feel like he is doing really well now and can get out and about now so that is going to be a real positive for him and us."

As for other injuries, Saban said besides minor injuries caused by the brutality of fall camp, that the team is healthy.

"From an injury standpoint, we don't have any guys out," Saban said. "Bumps and bruises like you would always have at this time of year, but we have most people taking turns and sharing reps to cut down on those while making improvement."

Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Will Arnold, who suffered a mild concussion on Monday is back at full force and actually was running with the first team at left guard on Wednesday. Jessie Daniels, who tweaked an ankle, seems back at full strength and Nate Livings is showing no signs of problems from an injury earlier in the week.

As for news around the practice field, Saban said of the three freshmen wide receivers, Early Doucet is highlighting the star-studded group. Saban stressed the fact Doucet is learning and catching on quickly while other freshmen Xavier Carter and Lavelle Hawkins are finding the learning process a bit more difficult.

Joe Lawrence, the 27-year-old former Major League Baseball player, has been moved from safety to wide receiver. Saban said it is a move that will benefit both the team and Lawrence down the road, however the timing may hurt Lawrence's progress with the season opener just two weeks away.

E.J. Kuale continues to impress at Sam Linebacker, however Saban said he feels sorry for the junior college transfer because Kuale is frustrated by the mental mistakes he is making due to his lack of knowledge of the system. Saban said Kuale is at a disadvantage because he didn't report until the fall whereas other junior college players Claude Wroten and Mario Stephenson showed up in January. Saban added Kuale is a perfectionist, and being a juco transfer with just two years to play, Saban said Kuale is pressing because he knows his time to play is now. Read more about Kuale in the Tiger Rag Q&A below.

The Tigers re-take the field for a practice session this evening at 7:30 p.m. LSU will practice only once tomorrow at 3:00.

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