Tuesday Practice Report

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the LSU Tigers took to the practice field today as the No. 1 ranked team in the country in the AP poll.

After last week's slow start against Tulane, the Tigers will need to become that well oiled machine again that we saw for the first three games. A very much needed part of that machine is Early Doucet, who has missed the last few games with what is believed to be a groin injury. The hope was that Doucet would be ready for this weekend's showdown against the ninth ranked Florida Gators. However, Doucet was again absent from practice today as he has been the last few weeks. There were no other unexpected absences from practice, and the only player wearing a green non contact jersey was safety Danny McCray.

The members of this week's Tiger Club are as follows:

Matt Flynn, Ryan Perrilloux, Richard Murphy, Jacob Hester, Quinn Johnson, Brandon Lafell, Trindon Holliday, Jared Mitchell, Chris Mitchell, RJ Jackson, Keith Zinger, Richard Dickson, Mit Cole, Ciron Black, Lyle Hitt, Brett Helms, Ali Highsmith, Darry Beckwith, Perry Riley, Kelvin Sheppard, Jacob Cutrera, Marlon Favorite, Glen Dorsey, Al Woods, Kirston Pittman, Tyson Jackson, Rahim Alem, Jonathan Zenon, Chevis Jackson, Chris Hawkins, Harry Coleman

Coach Studrawa was working extra hard with the offensive line today, cautioning them about the Florida defensive line shifting around a lot before the snap and calling out cadences to try and get the offensive line to move early. He emphasized over and over again that the only thing they needed to be listening to on the field is the quarterback's voice.

Charles Alexander was out watching the defensive line drills today in shorts and a t-shirt. Alexander is of course out for the year with a knee injury, but he was not wearing any type of brace on either leg and was not walking around with crutches. Hopefully that means he is already able to start his rehab and get ready for next year.

The linebackers and defensive backs spent a lot of time working on their pass coverages. Today was the first practice all year I've seen them actually practicing against the other team. The scout team was lining up in Florida's sets, running Florida's plays, and even wearing Florida's jersey numbers. Ron Brooks and John Williams rotated reps as Percy Harvin. Defensive backs coach Doug Mallory made sure to point out where Harvin was on every play, but he seemed even more concerned with Cornelius Ingram, the Florida tight end who is a converted wide receiver and very athletic. The scout offense was always lined up in 4 or 5 receiver sets, and the defense stayed in nickel with Chad Jones and Danny McCray rotating as the nickel back.

As we were leaving practice the offense began running plays against the scout team. Ryan Perrilloux was running as the first team quarterback with Matt Flynn standing on the side watching with his helmet off.


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