Tigers in full pads for first time

After four days of split squad practices, LSU's sixth-ranked football team finally practiced as an entire unit on Thursday as the Tigers worked out in full pads for just over two hours here at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

Thursday's morning session was the only practice of the day for the Tigers, who will resume their two-a-day schedule on Friday morning. The Tigers will practice twice on Friday and one time each on Saturday and Sunday.

The squad will go through Media Day and Fan Day activities on Sunday afternoon.

Thursday's workout had the Tigers going without three seniors as running back Shyrone Carey, fullback Kevin Steltz and cornerback Ronnie Prude all missed the workout to participate in the graduation ceremony on campus.

"I'd like to congratulate the three seniors that weren't at practice today because they were taking part in commencement services, Kevin Steltz, Shyrone Carey and Ronnie Prude," Miles said. "Frankly, the mission statement of the program is to graduate every member that we have in this program, and so those guys taking part in those services today is the right message and the right thing and I'm very proud of them."

Miles then turned his attention to football saying, "today was the first day in pads, and it was a lot of fun. We got after it a little bit, had some fun and were bumping around. There's still no tackling yet, but it's coming."

Miles complimented the play of LSU's three scholarship quarterbacks in JaMarcus Russell, Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux.

"It's nice to stand back and see three guys out there that can throw the ball pretty well. It's nice to feel like you have a quarterback wherever you turn."

Practice resumes for the Tigers at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

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