LSU head coach Les Miles said the veteran players who practiced in steamy condition for the third straight morning are talking conspiracy as the freshmen got to go inside for the third straight day.
"It's not like it was intended," Miles laughed. "We started outside and it looked like the younger guys were going to wilt. It was a nice steamy afternoon start to practice. There was some anxiety with the younger guys due to the heat. Then Mother Nature stepped in and sent us back inside."
Overall, Miles was pleased with the overall effort from both workouts.
"I'm happy with the two practices that we had today," Miles said Wednesday evening from inside the indoor practice facility. "We had the veterans outside in the heat during the morning session and it was a little harsh. It was a good practice, but taxing at times. We have a long way to go to becoming a good football team, but I like the progress that we have made and the direction we are heading."
Miles credited the newcomers for battling through the adversity of the heat, rain and not knowing a lot about LSU's system.
"The young guys keep fighting and I am really excited about how hard they are working," Miles said. "If they keep doing that we look for some of these young guys to play a lot of football."
Miles complimented the newcomers saying they are in tremendous shape.
"We ran them hard," Miles said. "They are in good shape. For them to sustain that type of run after a long practice, they are in good."
As for individual performances, Miles credited wide receivers Jared Mitchell and Chris Mitchell as well as running back Charles Scott with having notable showings in workouts.
"Chris Mitchell is really fluid and catches the ball well," Miles said. "He seems to just continue to run and run well. He is really having a good camp and the same thing same thing can be said with Jared Mitchell. There are a number of young that are performing well."
Also, although Miles said Zhamal Thomas has a ways to go in terms of getting his body into football shape, he said he has shown he will be a solid player for the future.
And there are signs that Ryan Perrilloux is developing into a solid team player.
"Ryan is showing some leadership being out here with this young group," Miles said.
We reported yesterday that Jai Eugene was wearing a hard cast in practice on Monday and Tuesday. Miles confirmed Eugene had sustained a slight break in his left thumb and will wear a rubber type covering over that hand during the season.
"It will be a couple of weeks (in the cast)," Miles said. "He will wear an immobilized rubber splint for games, but I think he will be fine."
Miles shifted uncomfortably when asked about Eugene's injury. It is well known he doesn't like to discuss injuries, but he did acknowledge the nature of the injury.
"I think it was a small break," Miles said.
Jai Eugene (left) is pictured at practice Wednesday afternoon along
with Tyson Andrus. Note the hard cast on Eugene's left hand. (Photo by Matt Deville)
Miles reported that he has received no additional news on the status of freshmen Al Woods, Keiland Williams, Richard Murphy, and Steven Singleton. All four players are waiting to be cleared by the NCAA before they can report to campus. He added no one can know for sure when they will be able to arrive.
"No one can tell when they will be here," Miles said. "If someone says they know, they don't."
While the players can't actually report, Miles said they are in contact with all four players and that they will be onsite immediately after they are cleared.
"As soon as they are stamped, they will be here," Miles said. "I'd have them here tonight if I could. As soon as they are cleared they can be here in four hours. But we are able to communicate with them. They are working out and preparing to join the team."
LSU will conduct its final day of split-squad practices on Thursday as the veterans will practice at 9 a.m. followed by the freshmen at 3:30 p.m. LSU will workout as an entire team on Friday with one practice in full pads.
Check back to TigerRag.com Thursday morning for more practice tidbits and feature stories from Wednesday night's chat with coach Miles.
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