Tigers back to work on Tuesday

The LSU Tigers returned to the practice field Tuesday afternoon for a two-hour workout at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

Temperatures reached 81 degrees Tuesday after in the Baton Rouge area so Les Miles and his team had a comfortable environment to go through their second workout of the spring training period.


The media was allowed into practice for six periods, roughly 30 minutes, which is much longer that ever allowed during the regular season.


Miles entertained a couple of guests for Tuesday's workout including Al Jones Sr., father of signee Chad Jones, as well as former LSU all-American and St. Louis Rams' defensive tackle Claude Wroten.


As for the workout, Tiger Rag got its first up-close look at LSU's new assistant coaches. Let's just say, these guys are very hands on.


First, offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. Sure Jimbo Fisher was a very hands on offensive guy, but Crowton mixes it up with the guys like never seen before. The former Louisiana Tech and BYU head coach, while soft spoken, is quite involved in what's going on in terms of developing players fundamentally.


Crowton was seen running around with the wide receivers during passing drills and when sophomore tight end Richard Dickson short armed a catch, Crowton barked, "that's the kind of cacth that'll make you an all-American."


Tiger Rag was a big fan of former wideouts coach Todd Monken, but Miles replaced the current Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers coach with an excellent choice in ex-UCLA assistant DJ McCarthy. McCarthey may be short in stature, but this guy is quite intense when working with the wideouts. He was seen several times getting close with Early Doucet and Brandon LaFell, LSU's projected starting receivers.


And then there is offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.


Saying coach Studrawa is spirited is an understatement. It has never been more fun watching an O-line coach teach than hanging out around the big guys for two periods. Studrawa, while sporting a thick Midwestern accent, relates to the offensive linemen quite well.


As far as the players that stood out, watching safeties Craig Steltz and Curtis Taylor running as the first teamers will make Tiger fans feel much more secure with losing LaRon Landry and Jesse Daniels.


Steltz has been a mainstay at strong safety backing up Daniels for the past two seasons. But if Taylor can play as well as he looks physically, can you say all-American. Taylor is an impressive 6-3, 205-pound stud who could do great things for the Tigers at free safety. This former special teams gunner will get finally get the opportunity to grow out of Landry's shadow.


It was good to see Keith Zinger back in the scheme of things at tight end. After missing most of the 2006 season with Chron's disease, a much slimmer Zinger was running pass routes with the end's and looked healthy.


From observations, Charles Scott looks to have put on some weight and looks to be in terrific shape. LaFell is much bigger (meaning he has filled out) and should step in where Dwayne Bowe left off. And get ready for a big season from Tyson Jackson. Holy cow, this guy is for real. He is tall, fast and should terrorize quarterbacks this fall.


Check out our photo gallery later tonight to see some pictures form today's workout. We'll also have a gallery up in the morning sometime around 10 a.m.

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