Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Tigers returned to the practice field on Tuesday along with a special guest in attendance. Former Tiger Tyrann Mathieu is spending the week with the team. Brian Kelly said he will attend and observe practice, sit in on meetings, as well as speak to the players.
Mathieu could be seen on the sidelines wearing a whistle around his neck as he watched the defensive backs run their drills. I also heard that former running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and former tight end Thaddeus Moss were both in attendance at practice on Tuesday, though I didn't notice or see them.
Day three of spring camp saw the Tigers in pads for the first time. It was great to see a little light contact and linemen hitting the sled.
After individual drills we were able to observe a full defensive formation. The 3-4 scheme had a different look as BJ Ojulari was playing at an outside linebacker position. Mike Jones and Greg Penn are taking first team snaps at inside linebacker.
The front three starters were Mason Smith and Ali Gaye at the defensive ends while Jaquelin Roy set up at defensive tackle/nose guard.
The hype of the secondary has been over cornerbacks Mekhi Garner and Jarrick Bernard-Converse along with defensive back Matthew Langlois. The secondary seems to be loaded with talent and nice depth. Jay Ward, Jordan Toles, Greg Brooks, Derrick Davis and Sage Ryan have the talent to shine.
Quarterback coach Joe Sloan vocally worked with the quarterbacks during their drills as we are all expecting the battle there to start to really heat up over the next few practices leading up to the team's first practice scrimmage in Tiger Stadium on April 16th.
Other news, junior linebacker Josh White has entered the NCAA transfer portal and is no longer part of the team.