PRACTICE REPORT: Tuesday, March 6

The LSU Tigers were back to work on Tuesday afternoon at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

Excellent weather continued to be the trend as it has been throughout this spring training period. While overnight temps have dipped into the 30s in the Baton Rouge area the past few days, the Tigers enjoyed clear, sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.


The media was allowed inside for five periods today, totaling roughly 30 minutes inside the walls of the practice facility.


The only player wearing a green "no contact" jersey on Tuesday was No. 55, offensive lineman Andrew Decker, a junior transfer from Toledo. Other than Decker, everyone else was at full speed.


Alley Broussard was present at practice for the second day in a row. After missing the first week, Broussard missed all of last week as he dealt with personal issues.


Speaking of the running backs, Keiland Williams was running first in terms of order of participation in drills. Charles Scott was second followed by Richard Murphy with the third team. Jacob Hester was fourth in the rotation.


It was interesting to note that the quarterbacks ran several veer-option oriented drills with the running backs. The quarterbacks rotated in and out with different backs. Flynn worked with Williams and Murphy while Perrilloux ran with Scott. Third team quarterback James Welker ran option toss drills with Hester.


As for the quarterbacks, a brisk head wind out of the southwest wreaked havoc on some of the longer throws of the day. Surprisingly, Welker looked the best on the deeper throws while Flynn was the most accurate on the shorter crossing routes. Perrilloux was erratic with both types of throws, struggling the most with the shorter passes.


Watching the quarterbacks and running backs go through passing drills, it is puzzling as to why former linebacker turned fullback Quinn Johnson isn't used more. Sure last season was his first year at running back, but he has such impressive size and, surprisingly for a big guy, has terrific hands.


Once the running backs split off alone, they participated in some unique drills led by coach Larry Porter, which emphasized picking up the blitz by the back in the backfield. The drill consisted of one back standing alone facing three other players. Porter would stand behind the lone player and point to one of the other three, instructing that player to blitz at the running back. It focuses on vision and instincts as well as footwork and technique.


Moving on from the running backs, the wide receivers rotated around to the quarterbacks where they spent the final two periods working on route running, particularly along the sideline. While receivers coach DJ McCarthy was running the drill, offensive coordinator Gary Crowton was very much involved, running the routes himself along with the wideouts.


Wide receiver Jared Mitchell was absent today as he accompanied the baseball team to Shreveport for tonight's game with Centenary. Early Doucet was first in line for the drill; Brandon LaFell followed as usual. With Mitchell gone, everyone moved up a slot as Trindon Holliday was the third receiver today, followed by Chris Mitchell. Ricky Dixon, who let it be noted that he looks much heavier than his listed weight of 216, was fifth followed by R.J. Jackson.


Jackson has been bouncing back and forth between the running backs and wide receivers and honestly looks a little lost. He was the furthest behind in the route-running drills today and his footwork looked way off.


The offensive and defensive linemen were somewhat isolated from where the media was allowed to watch practice. But the defensive backs were nearby and were close enough to watch for periods two through four. The cornerbacks and safeties split into separate groups and each ran a number of drills. During one drill with the cornerbacks, second string corner Jai Eugene enjoyed talking a little smack at Chevis Jackson, who dropped a pass during tip drills. Eugene snared a ball thrown well over his head, which prompted the redshirt freshman to bark out, "that's all-American hands right there."


Moving over to the safeties, everyone knows the Tigers are losing the pair of safeties in the country in LaRon Landry and Jesse Daniels. But there is no question LSU has the most physically impressive group of safeties in all of college football. Just watch this group of big, athletic specimens run drills – Curtis Taylor, Craig Steltz, Troy Giddens, Harry Coleman and Danny McCray – if they are ready to go mentally, LSU should experience no drop-off in filling the holes left vacant by Landry and Daniels.


Several of the coaches began filtering in to practice toady for the upcoming coaches clinic. Seen at practice today was Casey Sanders, notable strength coach at West Monroe High School and father of LSU's starting middle linebacker Luke Sanders.


Also at practice today was ESPN senior football writer Ivan Maisel. Maisel spent the whole time watching the quarterbacks closely hovering around the offensive drills all five periods.

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