Special thanks to Matt Moscona for the information found in this report.
The No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers were on the practice field for the first time this fall with just shorts and helmets. The morning workout featured veterans and select freshmen. The freshmen and select vets practiced in the afternoon.
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Here are some notes:
1. The only two quarterbacks working this morning were Zach Mettenberger and Stephen Rivers. Mettenberger looked the part of the starting QB. He is in great shape, showed accuracy, arm strength and was even much more vocal with his receivers, pointing out instruction and encouragement. Rivers has added some obvious size, but still appears to be struggling with accuracy mostly on out routes and deep balls.
2. The wide receivers in attendance were James Wright, Russell Shepard, Odell Beckham, Kadron Boone, Jarvis Landry and Paul Turner. Wright, Beckham, and Landry were the top three in drills.
3. Two-minute offense had Spencer Ware as the starting tailback with Alfred Blue behind him. The second unit had Michael Ford and Kenny Hilliard at the tailback spots.
4. Six-year offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk was not wearing green and all reports are that he is 100%.
5. Chase Clement, Tyler Edwards, and Travis Dickson were the tight ends, with Dickson looking the best at pass catching.
6. Three true freshman linebackers practiced with the veterans: Ronnie Feist, Lamar Louis, and Deion Jones. Returning starter Kevin Minter looked the best he’s ever looked. Defensive coordinator John Chavis had the unit working mostly on changing direction and interception drills.
7. True freshman cornerback Jalen Mills worked out with the veterans. Though Eric Reid is a staple at free safety right now, the next Tiger great at the position could be Micah Eugene, who is as physically gifted as they come.
8. Defensive end Sam Montgomery has packed on 15 pounds to weigh in at 260 without losing any of his trademark speed.
9. LSU began the day with special teams drills followed by five sessions of individual work. LSU then spent the remainder of the morning workout executing team drills.
1. Rob Bolden worked out with the select veterans and showed off a lively arm.
2. Sixth string running back Jeremy Hill continues to impress Coach Miles.
3. Miles: “Being No. 1 is a compliment to the body of work the team has accomplished. I recognize, as the team does, that we have to earn the spot.”
4. Miles: “Sam Montgomery is in position to have a great year. More effective, more seasoned, more want. He looks strong to me.”
5. Miles on Russell Shepard: “As a young person you live your life, and you realize you didn’t put great focus on the things you needed to. Suddenly, your career moves quicker than you thought. Now it’s more important to him. In one practice he has looked really good. It appears to me he is more sincere about his effort.”
5. DE Sam Montgomery said he knows nothing of the Tigers lofty rankings, saying, “I only watch the Cartoon Network.”