Tigers go through first workout this morning

The LSU Tigers took to the practice field bright and early Monday morning at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility for the first official practice of fall camp. The Tigers, dressed in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets, maneuvered their way around a very soft practice field after heavy rains doused the Baton Rouge area late Sunday night.

The media was allowed to stay three periods this morning and during that 20-minute span, lots of attention was paid to the quarterbacks and running backs.

 

Only JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn worked out this morning with the veterans. Redshirt freshman Ryan Perrilloux will join the freshman for the 3:30 workout this afternoon.

 

A number change had been rumored for Russell and it came to pass as the junior signal caller debuted his No. 2 jersey this morning, switching from the No. 4 he has worn the past three seasons.

 

Russell and Flynn took turns delivering the ball to LSU's very talented corps of wide receivers. Both quarterbacks executed the touch passes on fade routes to perfection. Russell has been criticized for his touch, but he was on the mark Monday morning.

 

Conversely, both Russell and Flynn consistently threw the ball behind their intended targets on crossing routes, which brought several scathing comments from wide receivers coach Todd Monken. Monken complained to his receivers that they needed to do a better job of altering their routes to catch passes thrown off the mark.

 

Speaking of the receivers, Dwayne Bowe looks to be in the best shape of his career at LSU. Listed at 6-3, 217 pounds, Bowe looks to have added some muscle and was running routes and playing with the poise of a receiver on the verge of having a huge year.

 

Craig Davis looked solid as well, but Early Doucet actually looked to have slimmed down a bit. Doucet had the body of a running back playing receiver, but appears to have dropped a few pounds and looks more agile and quicker.

 

Brandon LaFell added weight and is poised to fill in nicely as the Tigers fourth wide receiver. With opponents focusing so much on Bowe and Davis, LaFell could sneak up and surprise some folks this fall.

 

The rumors can now stop about Alley Broussard and Justin Vincent. Sunday, coach Les Miles aid both are back and are healthy and it showed Monday morning. Broussard looks to have added muscle and is physically intimidating to the eye. He also showed off some pretty nifty artwork having "Alley" tattooed on the back of his left calf and "Cat" inked onto the back of his right.

 

Justin Vincent looks a bit heavier and showed no signs of being bothered by his knee injury.

 

Checking in on offensive lineman Ryan Miller, who was lost last season with a gruesome knee injury, the big guy looked fine and very mobile as he went through drills with the o-linemen.

 

Speaking of the offensive line, just from this observation, the Tigers look to be pretty thin in numbers on that end. The Tigers had roughly 10-11 offensive lineman in drills this morning. Only time will tell if the loss of Phil Loadholt will show up as they had recruited the junior college star to come in and play immediately.

 

We will have more later today including comments from players, an afternoon practice report and an update from coach Les Miles.

 

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