PRACTICE REPORT: Friday, Aug. 18 - Morning

The LSU Tigers were out bright and early Friday morning for the first of two scheduled workouts. For the first time this week, the weather was actually pleasant with temperatures in the low 80s when coach Les Miles and Co. took the field at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility at 8:50 this morning.

The buzz around practice was the debut of freshman defensive tackle Al Woods. Woods, who became eligible Thursday afternoon after being approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse, was observed going through drills with the defensive linemen. However, he was not dressed in full pads. (Check out the Al Woods photo gallery on the homepage of TigerRag.com.)

 

There were unconfirmed reports that several players were injured. However, there were no players dressed in green jerseys Friday morning.

 

Alley Broussard was rumored to be slowed  by injury, but the 6-0, 250-pound junior running back looked to be at full speed. Broussard showed off some nice receiving skills as the running backs worked out with the quarterbacks on passing drills out of the backfield.

 

Broussard lined up second in running back drills behind Justin Vincent. Jacob Hester was third, Charles Scott fourth and Antonio Robinson fifth. One could speculate this may resemble a depth chart, but this is merely just an observation.

 

Moving down the field to the wide receivers and quarterbacks, it was business as usual with the signal callers threw to the wide outs running a variety of routes. Always the most quotable of areas of the field, Dwayne Bowe put on a show making a brilliant, leaping, over the shoulder catch which brought praise from his position coach.

 

"Atta boy Dwayne," barked wide receivers coach Todd Monken. "You reminded me of me."

 

But not to be outdone, two passes later, Early Doucet may have had the catch of the day. On an out route, Doucet made a stretching grab to snare a pass from Ryan Perrilloux that looked to be out of his reach. Not only did he catch the ball, Doucet kept his footing, then was able to turn upfield.

 

"Way to go 9," Monken howled.

 

Speaking of quotable moments at this morning's workout, head trainer Jack Marucci had the best line of them all. Standing alongside trainer Andy Barker and sports information director Michael Bonnette, Marucci pointed out that coach Charles Baglio was walking onto the field. The legendary coach from Independence, who now serves as LSU's high school liaison,  walked up the group wearing a sporty pair of sunglasses.

 

"Hey look, it's Chuck Amato," Marucci laughed comparing Baglio to North Carolina State coach Chuck Amato, who is known for his trendy glasses.

 

The crowd of people roared with laughter.

 

One person who wasn't laughing Friday morning was defensive backs Doug Mallory. Talk about intense. Mallory was barking orders at his defensive backfield that could be heard all over the practice facility. A very hands-on coach, Mallory's coaching style brought back memories of another coach who was very involved with the secondary when he coached at LSU.

 

The Tigers will return to practice this afternoon at 4:10 p.m. again dressed in shells in preparation for Saturday's first major scrimmage of Fall Camp. The team will go through a 100-snap scrimmage tomorrow morning beginning at 9:55.

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