PRACTICE REPORT: Friday, Aug. 25

The Tigers took to the practice field Friday afternoon for a 3:45 workout. Much like it has been throughout this August, a sunny day turned ugly as angry rain clouds rolled into the Baton Rouge area just before LSU took the field. The Tigers got four periods in on an already sloppy practice field before lightning forced the team inside.

Friday's workout was the last weekday practice before school officially starts on Monday.

And just in time, just hours before Friday's practice, LSU received word from the NCAA Clearinghouse that Rayville, La. running back Richard Murphy had been cleared by the NCAA.

Murphy was the last of four players who had been waiting on word from the Clearinghouse which would determine their futures for the 2006 season.

Keiland Williams made his debut on Thursday afternoon after being cleared by the NCAA. Offensive lineman Steve Singleton had been cleared on Tuesday, but it took him a few days to made the trip down from Buford, Ga. Singleton got his first look today at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility donning the No. 60.

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After being cleared by the NCAA, offensive lineman Steve Singleton, wearing No. 60, was at practice on Friday. (Photo by Matt Deville)

There were no injuries to report as no players were dressed in green. We got a good look at the offensive linemen and defensive backs today. Will Arnold appears to be totally fine and was teaming up with Ciron Black on some dominating blocking drills. Check out a complete photo gallery later this evening as well as a full report from our talk with coach Miles after practice.

There is no better way to put your finger on the pulse of the team than to observe the Tigers' during individual drills. You can get a sense of their personality, their attitude and chemistry. While there are several talented groups of players on this LSU team, including the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, there may be no tighter knit group than the defensive backs.

Watching the DBs run through their drills this afternoon, one couldn't help notice the camaraderie among the players. It didn't matter if it was senior all-American LaRon Landry or true freshman Jai Eugene, you could see the bond between them.

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There was some nasty weather that rolled through Baton Rouge this afternoon. Here Sammy Joseph runs a drill with the defensive backs. (Photo by Matt Deville)

While watching the safeties run through interception drills, Landry and strong safety Jesse Daniels were goading one another to see who could make the tougher catch.

Landry made a nice grab, but Daniels topped his safety counterpart with an amazing grab. (We actually got Daniels catch on camera, so check out the photo gallery tonight.)

"Man, did you see that," Daniels barked. "It was like I had four hands catching that ball."

Landry drooped his heading smiling.

Check back later for the full report.

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