The veterans - along with three true freshmen - practiced during the morning session, followed by the rookies and selected veterans for the afternoon workout. The three freshmen who joined the varsity for the morning workout included fullback Travis Dickson and wide receivers Armand Williams and Kadron Boone.
The Tigers will have three days of shorts and helmet practices with shoulder pads being added on Sunday. LSU's first full pads practice will take place on Monday morning.
"It was a good first day," LSU coach Les Miles said following the afternoon session on Thursday. "The morning practice went pretty fast and we got a lot of reps in. It's obvious that there are some guys that have had great summers and guys that have paid a tremendous price.
"At the afternoon practice we saw that this is a very talented class of newcomers and guys that have real skill and ability. I told this team and these newcomers that if they stay after it and they commit they could be something special. I like them all and I like the class. It's a nice start."
Miles said some of the veterans who practiced during the afternoon session did so as a way to help instruct and lead the younger players through their first workout in an LSU uniform.
"It's no more than an opportunity for some of the veterans to teach young guys and to get the best teaching out of the two practices," Miles said. "We moved some veteran guys to the p.m. practice to help teach and we moved some young freshmen to the a.m. practice to be taught.
"There will probably be some other freshmen that will spend some time at the a.m. practices as well. I told those guys that there is no determination being made in terms of places. Basically it is just the best way to teach and have more snaps available, and the best opportunity for those guys to get an introduction."
One area that drew praise from Miles was the passing game as he complimented both quarterbacks - Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee - along with the wide receiving corps.
"I noticed (Jefferson's) understanding for the things we are asking him to do as well as his cadence being a lot sharper," Miles said. "I think (Jefferson) is much improved and I think Jarrett Lee has improved. He made some plays; he is much improved.
"I think today Russell Shepard had as good of a practice as he has had here. He is much improved and I can tell he is better since the summer. Rueben Randle is the same, they are both in better shape, understand what to expect."
Friday's schedule calls for the veterans to again practice during the morning, followed by the rookies in the afternoon. Both of Friday's practices are scheduled to take place outside.