For the first time, the Tigers got to practice in shoulder pads. This change excited the players as many expressed how happy they were to finally be able to hit someone.
JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn continued to work with their receivers to perfect the timing of basic routes. While executing 20 yard fade routes, wide receiver coach Todd Monken, in his first year at LSU, emphasized holding the line and not allowing the defensive backs to control the receivers' paths.
Other plays they practiced included five and ten yard quick stop passes, and play action passes in the open around 20 yards deep.
Monken praised the efforts of Dwayne Bowe and Early Doucet as they continuously hit their marks at the right time. But it was the performance of Skyler Green on a 10 yard cut that caused Monken to scream "Skyler Green, that's a hell of a route."
Russell and Flynn also worked with the running backs and fullbacks, as the Tiger's backfield appears more and more to be the nation's most punishing.
The quarterbacks practiced play action passes to fullbacks Jacob Hester and Kevin Steltz. Each pass was on target as they fired the ball directly between the jersey numbers.
After spending the past two days working with freshmen squad, Shyrone Carey practiced with the veterans today. Carey, Alley Broussard, and Joseph Addai took turns receiving handoffs from both quarterbacks.
One notable running back who was not at practice this morning is Justin Vincent. With Carey working with the veteran squad this morning, perhaps Vincent will be out with the freshmen this afternoon.
Overall, the work by the offense pleased everyone. Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher was in good spirits as he joked with Bowe, even calling 6-3 213-pound junior a "sissy."
On the defensive side, the linebackers practiced their footwork, moving in and out of blocking pads on the field. They also attacked the dummy sleds, sometimes lifting them well over six feet.
Senior E.J. Kuale looks impressive as he danced around the pads, receiving praise from his coaches for his efforts.
The defensive line practiced hitting against each other and using their arms to move around the blocker. Despite facing assault charges that were later dropped, Chase Pittman looks good as his off-the-field troubles do not appear to have had much of an effect on his on-the-field performance.
The veterans will continue to practice in shoulder pads on Wednesday until they are joined by the incoming freshmen for a complete squad practice in full pads on Thursday.
PRACTICE REPORT: Aug. 9 - Morning
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