Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - On Saturday morning Brian Kelly decided to move his team's practice into Death Valley for day eleven of spring football camp. Kelly allowed the media to view the entire session, so for about two hours we had the pleasure of watching the Tigers go at it.
I'll start off with a key injury report. John Emery Jr. needed to be helped off the field during Thursday's practice and was spotted wearing a boot on his right foot on Saturday. Kelly mentioned in his post practice press conference that the injury isn't serious and that Emery should be able to return to practice next week. Though I doubt he will be avaible for the spring game. However Corey Kiner's injury is a little more serious as he has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. Kelly said his injury will keep him out two to three weeks.
The offensive units took turns going on a speed drill that simulated the hurry up offense. Each unit started at mid-field and quickly drove down for a score. No defense was used during this drill. Myles Brennan and Garrett Nussmeier were the most accurate during this drill. Jayden Daniels simply doesn't impress me and true freshman Howard Walker shows flashes of his talent but has a lot to learn.
All the players went through their individual drills with speed and intensity. They looked excited to be in Tiger Stadium as they all showed a lot of energy and excitement during their performances. These players are enjoying practice and the compitition at their positions.
Armoni Goodwin looked sharpe as he ran and caught the ball well. He also had one of the big highlights of the day as he busted a long touchdown run of 60 plus yards during the 11 on 11 scrimmage towards the end of the practice. Josh Williams also looked good in drills having a solid practice.
The wide receivers stepped up and made some nice plays today. Jaray Jenkins, Malik Nabors and Kyren Lacy stood out with huge grabs. Jack Bech was dressed but didn't practice. This unit will be talented and deep especially when Kayshon Boutte returns in the fall.
The kickers and punters seemed to struggle during the opening session when we entered the stadium. Most expect, including Da Boot Sports that true freshman kicker Nathan Dibert and Notre Dame transfer punter Jay Bamblett will win these positions when they arrive in the fall.
The annual LSU spring game will be held on Saturday, April 23rd and will have a different format than LSU fans are use to seeing. Instead of splitting the roster into two teams (purple vs. white), it will be strictly offense vs. defense. Brian Kelly feels this format will benefit the team more at this point.
We have plenty of photos and practice videos below for your viewing... Enjoy! .... Geaux Tigers!!!
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Our 'Da Boot Sports' Practice Video Footage
Head Coach Brian Kelly's post practice press conference
Photos Below By: Terrill Weil