Opening Day Notebook

Scholarship talk dominated the news on Wednesday, from Elliot Porter's absence to how the Tiger coaches would trim a final name from the original list of 27 signees. Go inside for the notes from the day.

- The Tigers brought in all 27 signees from the 2010 class, meaning that two of those names will not be allowed to join the team on scholarship this fall.

- LSU asked freshman Elliot Porter to accept a greyshirt offer, but on Tuesday the New Orleans native asked for and was granted a release from his letter of intent. Porter said that other schools he is considering are Tennessee, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State. Les Miles said that the Tigers are hoping Porter takes the greyshirt and rejoins the program.

- Whether Porter accepts the offer or elects to head elsewhere, the Tigers would still need to lose one additional name from the 26 total. Miles confirmed that a possible route would be for someone to walk-on in the fall and pay their own way through school. He did not mention possible candidates.

- Porter was not the only name removed from the roster handed out to media members on Wednesday. Sophomore Dominique Allen, who was taken out of workouts with the team mid-summer, was also absent. Miles said that Allen remains suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of team rules.

- Of the expected names to campus on Wednesday, punter Brad Wing was the lone name missing. Miles, who did not give an exact date for the incoming freshman’s return, said that Wing returned to Australia to work out issues with travel documents.

- Center T-Bob Hebert, who ran into both injury and off-the-field trouble during the offseason, is both healthy and cleared to return to work with the team this fall. Miles also said that running back Richard Murphy and safety Karnell Hatcher - a pair of Tigers who were injured through the spring – were at full strength and would practice on Thursday.

- Because of the heat of the summer, Miles has tried to moderate the length of practices. Instead of running eight practices during the week followed by a scrimmage on Saturday, the longest stretch will be six practices. They will take 3.5 days off, and every sixth practice – regardless of the day – is off.

- In addition, Miles said the team would spend more practice time in shells and more time working indoors.

- Miles on freshman quarterback Zach Lee: “He’s come in and had a great summer. He has provided that leadership. He’s gotten the young guys into the indoor facility and he’s throwing balls. He expects a lot of himself. In our minds, he’s the future at quarterback.”

- Miles said that three to five guys did not pass the conditioning test. Three of the names were freshmen. The veteran big-men, with the exception of one name, made it.

- There seems to be no worries of lingering effects from Terrance Toliver’s hand injury. Miles said that the senior receiver had one of the strongest summers of the group.

- Apparently the Tigers saved the best for last. “They took the back end of the summer and crushed it, academically and physically,” Miles said. “They tested well, they did 7-on-7s well, and they did great in the classroom … I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be.” Miles said the team had a 2.7 GPA during the summer, and the goal for the semester is 2.8 or above.

- While there might have been room for quarterback conversation in spring and fall workouts of the past, the 2010 season has Jordan Jefferson’s name on it. “There isn’t any question which one it is,” said Miles of the team’s slated starter. “He’s got a whole year under his belt.”

- On the offensive line, Miles said the unit finally had flexibility, enough for them to make moves if need be. “Heavier, stronger, more conditioned and had a better summer as a group,” said Miles when asked of the line’s progress compared to season’s past. “I predict they’ll have a much better fall … I think there are more guys that are game ready.”

- Miles said that eight offensive linemen could currently step in and play. He hopes to get nine of the 10 on two-deep ready by the end of fall camp. 

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