Les Miles and the varsity Tigers were out bright and early this morning at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. The freshmen and selected varsity players will resume workouts this afternoon in a 4:15 workout.
Ryan Perrilloux was officially activated as of LSU's 8 p.m. team meeting last night, but he was noticeably absent for this morning's varsity drills. Having been demoted to third team, Perrilloux will take part in drills with the freshmen this evening.
This is different from a year ago when Miles ran the first and third team quarterbacks with the veterans and the second team signal caller with the newcomers. If you remember, JaMarcus Russell and Perrilloux went with the veterans and second teamer Matt Flynn ran with the freshmen.
Perrilloux worked at a juvenile center over the summer as he was serving out his community service. Maybe the coaching staff feels he needs to be in a leadership role with the newcomers.
Watching the quarterbacks, Matt Flynn seems to be relishing the role of finally being the first teamer. The senior signal caller is undoubtedly bigger (6-3, 228) and appears to be in the best shape of his life. He made several nice throws during passing drills.
On the receiving end of those passes were the wideouts, led by senior Early Doucet. While LSU's receiving corps is loaded to the gills with talent, Doucet is far and away the best skill player in the bunch. He plays with elite flair that reflects him being one of the best receivers in the country.
Miles said on Friday that Brandon LaFell is no doubt the No. 2 receiver and he was lined behind Doucet in every drills. However, the 6-3, 194-pound sophomore sat out a few reps from receiver drills as equipment managers helped him change his socks. The rest of the Tigers wore white socks, but LaFell had donned black socks, which drew the attention of the head coach.
Obviously, Miles was looking for team unity on all levels as the managers quickly scurried to get LaFell some bright white socks.
Former LSU o-line coach Stacey Searels was recently named one of the top assistant coaches in the SEC and is just getting settled in at his new position at Georgia. But if energy is any indication, there shouldn't be much fall-off with new offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. Studrawa was noticeably active during the spring with his offensive linemen and the heat and humidity this morning didn't seem to have any affect on him this morning.
Good bye LaRon Landry, hello Curtis Taylor. Taylor is as physically impressive as anyone on the field. His 6-3, 204-pound frame looks like NFL quality now. However, it was observed that he had a heavily taped right quadriceps.
Stay tuned for Jeremy Kenny's opinions and observations from this morning's workouts. Also coming up will be interviews with players as well as our afternoon practice coverage.
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