PRACTICE REPORT: Wednesday, Aug. 16 - Morning

After taking the afternoon off following a mini-scrimmage Tuesday morning, the LSU Tigers returned to the Charles McClendon Practice Facility Wednesday morning for the first of two practices. Coach Les Miles had his team on the field a bit earlier than usual as the Tigers were off and running at 8:30 this morning.

It was a hot beginning to Day 9 of 2006 Fall Camp. A heavy dew this morning made for rather steamy conditions. No rain has been spotted since a number of deluges washed away the first few practices last week. Temperatures were nearing the 100-degree mark Wednesday (99 degrees actually) and it showed as it wasn't long before the team worked up a quick later.


Some initial observations included the return of Alley Broussard. Broussard went through practice Tuesday morning after sitting out all of Monday. But he was held out of the scrimmage yesterday to allow his surgically repaired knee some rest. There was some speculation after Tuesday's scrimmage that Miles might have been downplaying a more serious situation with Broussard.


However, the "Alley Cat" was at full speed Wednesday morning even offering a double-thumbs up in Tiger Rag's direction as he sprinted between drills.


Miles had said junior linebacker Luke Sanders was ready to shuck the green "limited-contact" jersey after yesterday's scrimmage. However, Sanders was still dressed in green during this morning's workouts.


Sanders had some comments after practice about his status and the amount of contact he received during Wednesday's practice.


"It wasn't like those offensive linemen out there were acting like I was wearing that green jersey," Sanders laughed.


Several Internet message boards reported Tuesday that true freshman Richard Murphy had been approved to report by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Those rumors were just that, rumors, as Murphy was not in action Wednesday nor was he actually cleared by the NCAA.


The defensive line went through some interesting drills Wednesday. The two players would begin facing each other with arms locked. When coach Earl Lane would blow the whistle, the defensive lineman would fight through the block with a series of swim and spin moves. Let's just say Glenn Dorsey was unbelievably quick – say Chad Lavalais fast.


Ryan Perrilloux had his worst day of Fall Camp so far this morning – that is in the three periods the media actually got to watch. Perrilloux threw the ball above, behind and too far in front of his intended targets.


The quarterbacks and receivers worked on short-yardage, goal line passing situations where the receiver would run a quick slant over the middle, fight through a middle linebacker and the quarterback deliver the ball near the center of the end zone at the goal line. The linebacker would divert the receiver's route making the wideout alter his route as well as the throw by the quarterback.


It was tougher than it looked.


Russell threw some too hard, Flynn threw with too much touch and Perrilloux was just off the mark. One pass sailed over the head of an outstretched Dwayne Bowe, which brought a spirited reaction from offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.


"Don't worry about that D," Fisher said to Bowe. "That is all our fault (speaking of the quarterbacks)."

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