Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - It was a wet and soggy afternoon in Baton Rouge on Thursday sending the LSU Fighting Tigers indoors for their first day of fall practice.
We were able to watch about 30 minutes of practice from up above on the upper cat walks of the LSU Indoor Practice Facility. Not much to report about today other than that there is no change in the practice routine from the spring as the drills were all fast and furious.
Brian Kelly stated in his post practice press conference that today was a controlled practice as they really didn't want to do too much on the first day. Basically today was about getting the players back into the structure of their practice routine and understanding the expectations when they're on the field.
“I was really proud of the way they were focused on what we asked them to do,” Kelly said. “It’s understanding the technical and tactical aspects of practice. That’s what we are trying to do. We are trying to lay down the programming so when we get to Florida State, just press play and go play fast. They did a nice job today."
Kelly would go on to add. “They tenets of what we want in practice - running out and doing it the right way, not having guys on the ground, not being sloppy – was really good for me. We’ve come a long way since the spring so it’s good to see that retention and feeling good about how to practice the right way.”
The day one quarterback rotation had Garrett Nussmeier working with the starting offensive unit throwing the ball well and looking very impressive.
Jayden Daniels stepped in with the twos, followed by Myles Brennan then Walker Howard. I'm sure the rotation will shuffle up each practice until a decision is made on a starter.
John Emery continues to look great, picking up where he left off in the spring. Noah Cain looks to be the real deal. Can't wait to see him in full pads with contact. Williams and Goodwin are talented backs who are both capable. Brian Kelly mentioned that Tre Bradford is no longer a member of the football team and has left school.
Kayshon Boutte looked healthy today as he practiced wearing his new #7 jersey.
Jack Bech didn't practice. He was seen riding the stationary bike. Brian Kelly said he is dealing with shin splints but should
return to practice soon.
The offensive line has added three new bodies to the group with Emery Jones, Fitzgerald West and Bo Bordelon. All three true freshman looked impressive in their drills. All three young men are massive in size.
Bordelon is 6-6, 292 lbs... Jones is 6-6, 335 lbs... and West is 6-3, 322 lbs..., they join true freshman teammate and left tackle starter, Will Campbell at 6-6, 325 lbs... The future of the offensive line looks bright.
Offensive line coach Brad Davis has some nice bodies to work with this season. Cameron Wire, Kardell Thomas, Charles Turner, Xavier Hill, Garrett Dellinger, Anthony Bradford and Marlon Martinez all have the ability to contribute. A few of them can play multiple positions which will help with depth throughout the season.
Brian Kelly hopes to have the starting five decided on within the next two and a half weeks.
At linebacker, Jared Small and true freshman Harold Perkins stood out today.
Kelly stated that the three key positions to watch are the offensive line, cornerbacks and quarterbacks. "Those are three critical areas" said Kelly. "A lot of good and bad things happen in those units and there are a lot of questions that need to be answered."
He would go on to say that there isn't a lot penciled in as far as the depth chart goes. "We will have to make some tough decisions and quite frankly, rely on evaluations in camp to do that. There's some work to be done."
The Tigers will practice indoors again on Friday before selected players will be available to meet with the media in
the afternoon. We will provide video of those player interviews in our day two coverage.
LSU then hopes to have its first outdoor practice on Saturday morning.
The next practice open to the media is scheduled for Monday morning. Offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock will meet with the media following practice.
The Tigers will workout in full pads for the first time on Tuesday.
Photos Below By: Michael Bacigalupi