The Tigers were back at it Monday morning, this time in full pads. The media portion of the workout cranked up with the team-favorite “Big Cat Drill”. The media – allowed to observe from the sidelines - was more or less blocked out by the team and managers, but here were some of the more obvious results:
Joe Barksdale won a battle with Lavar Edwards.
Patrick Peterson showed his phenomenal explosion and strength in blowing Terrance Toliver off of the ball.
Kelvin Shepard went through Kellen Theriot with relative ease.
Chase Clement outmuscled Sam Montgomery.
Newcomer Ken Adams overpowered Deangelo Peterson.
The players then split into position groups. Here are some of the things I saw out of the offense.
The offensive line and tight ends continued to spend time walking through blocking schemes. With Josh Dworaczyk back out for his second day this fall, the first team line remained the same as it was on Sunday. As coach Les Miles mentioned after Sunday’s practice, freshman Evan Washington spent time working at both guard and tackle.
The running backs worked on ball security and pass blocking before joining with the quarterbacks to run some read-option plays. 2010 signee Alfred Blue has almost an identical body to senior Richard Murphy. Both have long legs and a lean upper body. The running backs are an interesting watch because none of the players in camp have really proven anything in the SEC. The competition seems to be wide open for playing time, led at the top by Stevan Ridley, Murphy and Mike Ford.
Now on to the passing drills…
To put it tactfully, the guys weren’t exactly poetry in motion on Monday morning. Ball after ball fell to the turf.
The quarterbacks were very erratic on the post corner routes, and when they did put the ball on point, there were more than enough drops to go around. At any given time you could see a Tiger receiver hitting the deck for a set of push-ups. The drops then continued on the shorter routes, even seeing the veteran Toliver miss a couple. You know it’s just not your day when even Rueben Randle has one ricochet off of his mitts. Chris Tolliver got in a few pushups after a drop, as well. James Wright put two on the turf. Let’s just say it can only get better.
On the positive side, Jakhari Gore showed some really nice hands as he worked with the receivers for the second straight day. He was instructed early in the drills by offensive coordinator Gary Crowton to use his hands a bit more, but he hauled in everything in his reach. The quarterbacks somewhat redeemed themselves on the stutter and go routes. Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee looked much more comfortable throwing those than the post corners. Zach Lee’s timing wasn’t quite there on any of the deeper routes, but the freshmen receivers running with him are still learning the ropes as well.
The Tigers take the afternoon off before taking to LSU Media Day on Tuesday.