Storm clouds part as Tigers endure second practice

With threatening skies looming overhead, the LSU football team did manage to sneak in a workout at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility Tuesday afternoon. <br><br> With rain predicted for most of the afternoon, the clouds broke for a few hours and sun shined on the practice facility as the Tigers were without pads for the second consecutive day.

LSU head coach Nick Saban commented on the fact Monday he felt the offense is much farther along than the defense is right now. And it showed as Tiger quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs look impressive.


Matt Mauck is still slowed as he rounds back into full form after a foot injury, but the junior signal caller is throwing the ball as well as he ever has. The 6-2, 215-pound Indiana native appears to have shucked all remnants of a baseball player playing quarterback.


Saban said Monday Michael Clayton has had an outstanding offseason. A year ago, Clayton was hampered with a back injury during the winter months, an in jury sustained during the Sugar Bowl. That layoff affected his offseason conditioning and the Baton Rouge native was not at full speed last spring.


He is now.


Clayton is a very athletic looking 200 pounds standing 6-4. He will definitely be among the best receivers in the nation.


In the backfield, running back Justin Vincent is currently on the third team behind Joseph Addai and Shyrone Carey. But the Lake Charles freshman looks to be in great physical shape and bears a striking resemblance to Josh Reed sporting jersey number 25.


We reported yesterday about Skyler Green's collision with the mobilized tower on which the support staff films practice. The New Orleans sophomore had his knee wrapped during practice Tuesday and was overheard saying it is hurting a bit.


Saban said Monday LSU's offensive line is in the best shape it has been in since his arrival, in terms of depth, numbers and conditioning. The first team offensive line includes tackles Andrew Whitworth and Rodney Reed, guards Stephen Peterman and Terrell McGill and center Ben Wilkerson.


The most noticeable trait of this season's offensive line is they do not appear to be as big as they were last season. Strength and conditioning coordinator Tommy Moffitt has said Saban instructed the lineman to lose weight because they got too big last season and it affected their mobility.

McGill has shed some pounds, as has Peterman. The most visible difference is in the weight of Paris Hodges. Once tipping the scales at the 350 mark, the Vacaville, California native has dropped about 40 pounds in the offseason.

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