New Faces Abound as Football Kicks Off Spring
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
BATON ROUGE - LSU welcomes two new coaches and a handful of fresh faces to the practice field tomorrow as the Tigers begin their seventh season of spring drills under head coach Les Miles.
Friday's workout, the first of 15 for the Tigers during the spring, will have a pair of recently-hired coaches in offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe and special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey taking the field with LSU for the first time.
In addition, the Tigers will welcome a pair of true freshmen - defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and running back Kenny Hilliard - along with junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger, to the field for the first time.
"We're ready to get going," Miles said. "We've had several weeks of conditioning to get ready for spring drills and the players have done a great job in the weight room. I'm looking forward to teaching and getting better as a team. Spring practice is always a lot of fun for me because you can teach and coach without having to focus on preparing for a particular opponent."
The Tigers return a total of 15 starters - eight on offense, seven on defense - and 52 letterwinners from a team that posted an 11-2 overall mark and finished the 2010 season ranked No. 8 in the nation. In six years under Miles, the Tigers have won 62 games, easily the winningest stretch in school history.
LSU's spring practice runs through April 9 when the annual National L Club Spring Game will take place in Tiger Stadium. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 3 p.m. and admission is free. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
LSU opens the 2011 season against last year's national runner-up Oregon on Sept. 3 in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.