Friday Morning Practice Report

Go inside for TigerSportsDigest.com's report from Friday morning.

The Tigers competed in the Big Cat Drill outdoors before ominous skies and light showers in Baton Rouge prompted the team to move inside for the morning practice on Friday. 

Here are your Big Cat Drill results:

Pep Levingston won a battle with P.J. Lonergan

The rest of the results are all between 2010 signees.

Evan Washington beat Justin Maclin

Sam Gibson outmuscled Armand Williams

Kadron Boone manhandled Ronnie Vinson

Jakhari Gore really drove Tyrann Mathieu backwards

Tharold Simon overpowered Jarrett Fobbs

On the injury front, both Josh Downs and Bennie Logan were at practice but dressed in green jerseys. Karnell Hatcher spent the practice on the sideline complaining of a knee problem. Jakhari Gore appeared to injure his left foot running a fly route early in the session. He tried to give it a go, but eventually he was helped off of the practice field.

J.C. Copeland, Luke Muncie, Brandon Worle and a pair of tight ends – Chase Clement and Nic Jacobs - were not at practice.

In the passing drills, the quarterbacks spent time throwing on the run. Jordan Jefferson was not particularly sharp. Jarrett Lee and Zach Lee looked a little better. Velocity wasn’t a problem for any of the quarterbacks, but their accuracy was a bit inconsistent.

The receivers looked good once more, especially Russell Shepard. He made consecutive leaping grabs along the sideline. It gets repetitive, but this guy has really improved as a pure wide out. All of the non-freshman wide receivers have proven that the drops early in camp were more an aberration than a problem. Terrance Tolliver, Chris Toliver, Rueben Randle, and Shepard have caught just about everything as camp has worn on.

The running backs ran through footwork and agility drills. The group ran in the following order: Ridley-Murphy-Ford-Ware-Blue. Gore was working with the receivers before his injury.

On the defensive side of the ball, Sam Gibson drew praise a couple of times from coach Ron Cooper. He’s another guy making the transition from high school quarterback to another position on the collegiate level. He seems very comfortable backpedaling and creating a little contact. As mentioned earlier, he got the day rolling right when he won his Big Cat matchup at the beginning of practice.

The linebackers continued to work on quickening their feet and wrapping up. It’s pretty evident that 2010 signee Justin Maclin is a step slower than guys like Ryan Baker and Kelvin Shepard. The latter two can really move. 6-foot-6 Jordan Allen is reminded quite frequently to “get low” by the coaching staff. He reminds me a lot of former Tiger defensive end Chase Pittman, who was listed at 6-foot-5. Allen is 20 lbs lighter, but that weight should come with some time with Tommy Moffitt.

The squad will get back after it this afternoon at about 4 p.m. Check back for a full report.


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