Fall Camp: Day 2 Morning Report

The Tigers were out on the Ponderosa on Friday as sunny skies came over Baton Rouge. Go inside for a report from veteran's practice, which saw three freshmen join on for the second day in a row.

Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee remained a bit hot and cold for the early portion of the workout. Both showed their quality arms with some nice passes, but both guys also misfired on a few balls. It seemed Jordan’s problems on the morning were because the ball sailed on him. 

Frank Wilson had his running backs were working on ball security and cutbacks. Stevan Ridley led the group through the drills (a swap from day one) and was followed by Richard Murphy, Michael Ford, Kellen Theriot, James Stampley and 2010 signee Brandon Worle.

Worle, who worked out in the afternoon session yesterday, took the place of fellow 2010 signee Travis Dickson working with the fullbacks. He did a lot of standing around and watching in order to understand the ins and outs of the practice, but he certainly looked the part physically. He’s not too heavy, which is something that pushed Dominique Allen out of contention for playing time at fullback during his freshman season last year.

For Billy Gonzales and Steve Ensminger, it was the same group of wide receivers and tight ends that worked out on day one.

Both Kadron Boone and Armand Williams continue to get reps with the older players. Of the older names, Russell Shepard continues to impress. He snatched ball after ball, only dropping one during the media session of the workout. It’s very evident that he stayed on the jug machine and with the quarterbacks throughout the summer months. He looks like a different receiver – at least in terms of his ability to consistently bring a ball in.

Speaking of nice targets, Deangelo Peterson should be a weapon this season. He has maintained his wide receiver speed to go with a 6-foot-4 build. Look for him to step nicely into the void left by Richard Dickson’s graduation. The receivers were working on ball security as well. Every time they hauled in a pass they were instructed to look down and call out the number written on the ball. It seems that ball security is an emphasis early in camp, even before real contact begins.

The offensive line continued to work on stunts against a dummy defensive line. Josh Dworaczyk missed practice for the second straight day, and Matt Branch took his spot at left guard. Joseph Barksdale worked at left tackle, P.J. Lonergan worked at the center spot, and Will Blackwell and Alex Hurst rounded out the right side of the offensive line. Chris Faulk, Josh Williford, T-Bob Hebert and Greg Shaw worked as the second team unit.

Pep Livingston and Drake Nevis were the constants in the middle of the defensive line. The ends seemed interchangeable. Chancey Aghayere joined the upperclassmen on day two after working with the youngsters on the opening day of camp. The group worked on using their hands to shed blocks. Coach Brick Haley became very vocal as he continues to mold the 2010 line after the departures of Al Woods, Charles Alexander and  Rahim Alem. So far, things are looking up. Nevis was getting after the group during drill, so motivation should never be a factor. One assistant even tabbed the group of tackles as being the furthest along – both with technique and conditioning – that he had ever seen them.

Kelvin Sheppard, Stefoin Francois and Ryan Baker continued to take the first team reps at linebacker. One thing is certain, the corps looks to be a very fast one. We’ll soon know if the latter two names are physically ready for full-time roles in the SEC, but speed won’t ever be a problem.

The secondary, led by coach Ron Cooper, continued to work on footwork, and a set rotation seemed to hold throughout the drills. Safeties Jai Eugene and Brandon Taylor joined corners Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne in the first group. The second group included Karnell Hatcher and Craig Loston running with Ryan St. Julien and Ron Brooks. Drayton Calhoun, Daniel Graff and Derrick Bryant ran as the third group.

As was the case on day one, the freshman will work out in the afternoon session. Check back for another full report on day two of the 2010 fall camp.

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