Veterans back to work Tuesday morning

It was hot. It was humid. It was football in August. The media was allowed to view 20 minutes of practice Tuesday morning for the second day of fall camp. The temperature was hot, but that didn't slow down the players as they participated in a number of speed and coordination drills.

Technique is always the principle of practice during the first week of fall camp. Just like every college coach in the nation, head coach Les Miles and his staff will have his squad participating in position drills and basic maneuvers throughout the first few days of practice. 


Everyone's attention focused on the quarterbacks during passing drills where both signal callers looked sharp and crisp. JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn took the snaps with the veterans in the morning, while Ryan Perrilloux will join the freshmen for the afternoon freshman practice.


Russell threw a few low and behind balls, while Flynn looked to be on target. Flynn is also noticeably throwing the ball harder, which is likely a result of the intense offseason workouts conducted here on campus.


The wideouts worked on the receiving end of the passing drills, running a number of ins, outs and hitches. No drops were made on their part that were catchable and even place-kickers Chris Jackson and Colt David were in the mix with the receivers.


Across the field, running backs participated in a number of speed and coordination drills where both Alley Broussard and Justin Vincent attended. Broussard tripped over his feet during rope drills, but bounced back up and shrugged it off with a quick joke.


During the last period of our stay, the running backs met with the quarterbacks where they conducted passing drills. The offensive backs caught passes in the flats, off the ends and over the middle.


Tight ends practiced separate from the offensive line and receivers where they worked with the sleds on blocking and contact drills.


On the empty southwest practice field, Miles met with the offensive linemen for drills. Here they worked on blocking techniques and assignments where each lineman received hands on attention from Miles, a former two-year letterman at Michigan (1974-75) on the offensive line.    


On defense, speed was the name of the game where all players participated in full speed drills. Defensive backs conducted eye-ball drills as well as working on steps and stripping drills. LaRon Landry looked to be in great shape and led a very physical and quick group of defensive backs.


The linebackers worked on backpedaling for pass drills as well as the run. Both the linebackers and defensive backs later met for the final period where they again covered basic assignments.


At defensive line, there was no specific line up that practiced or ran drills, which means no group of first or second string has yet formed. The big guys mostly practiced snap counts and explosion drills for speed.


For the afternoon practice, freshman defensive back and Ole Miss transfer Tyson Andrus has been cleared to play and will join the team. Andrus is a 6-0, 170-pound defensive back from Lafayette. He played his high school ball for the Northside Vikings and was teammate with LSU running back to be Keiland Williams.

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