Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - Brian Kelly allowed us to attend the entire practice on Saturday morning. I've heard from other media members who have covered LSU for several years that this is the first time the media has had this much access since 1997. Kelly actually answers a question about the extended media access in his post practice press conference which is posted below.
The practice facility was full of spectators on Saturday morning due to 'Junior Day', visiting recruits and current player's parents in attendance. This made it a little difficult to get around and even view certain areas of practice.
On one field the defensive players were put into a rotation, moving from drill to drill in groups every couple of minutes. Drills ranged from tackling to running cones to hitting the sled. The pace was fast with high energy and intensity. This group of coaches are loud and demanding. All players are expected to move full speed at all times. Very little time is wasted during these practice sessions as they are very well organized. These practices are designed to keep players moving fast with a physical mentality.
The competition between the players is fierce at every position.
Brian Kelly helped work with the quarterbacks along with quarterback coach, Joe Sloan. All five quarterbacks would go through foot work drills while working on throwing the ball with touch at a target. During this drill Myles Brennan seemed the most accurate, hitting the target more.
I can't stress enough how fast these players go through their drills compared to the last two coaching staffs. Everything is up-tempo. Everything!
Once again, John Emery Jr. stood out among the running backs. His speed, moves and intensity stands out. Corey Kiner and Armoni Goodwin also look solid.
The quarterbacks, receivers and backs worked on short passing routes, then moved to a short yardage red zone passing drill against the defensive backs. It was a fast and physical drill.
This Saturday Myles Brennan took snaps with the first unit while Jayden Daniels ran plays with the second during the 11 on 11 drills. Brennan had a great practice. He made several nice throws and looks confident. You can see he is grabbing that important leadership role on the team.
We saw a special teams session where players worked on blocking technique for the kick return unit, while Armoni Goodwin, Corey Kiner, Chris Hilton Jr. and Malik Nabors worked on fielding kickoffs.
Next Saturday, I'll cover linemen drills as well as more from the defensive side of the ball.
Below is some video footage from practice for you to view.....
Coach Kelly's Post Practice Press Conference
DB - Jordan Toles, LB - Mike Jones Jr., QB - Garrett Nussmeier, & WR - Jaray Jenkins answer questions from the media after Saturday's Practice.
Defensive Coordinator Matt House
Photos Below By: Michael Bacigalupi
Photos Below By: David Chivatero