BATON ROUGE - LSU's first two spring practices are in the books as the Tigers went through a shorts and helmets workout here Saturday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility capping their first week of spring drills.
The Tigers practice three times next week - Tuesday and Thursday in shells (shoulder pads and helmets) before putting on the full pads for Saturday's workout.
"I love the way the team works," LSU coach Les Miles said following Saturday's workout. "I think this team has a real propensity to work hard, understand and enjoy it with a smile on their face."
The two practices this week also marked the first under new offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe, who joined the Tigers in January. Kragthorpe, who has served as the head coach at Tulsa and Louisville, is known for his ability to develop quarterbacks.
"I think he is an attention to detail type of guy," Miles said of Kragthorpe. "I think he is correcting the quarterbacks extremely well. He knows how an attack gets put together. It has been fun working with him."
Miles said even though the Tigers haven't put on the pads, he likes what he sees with the playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.
"There are a couple of guys that will make big plays when they need to," Miles said. "I like our tailbacks and I like our quarterbacks. Both guys who are veterans look like veterans and I think Zach Mettenberger will be a nice addition for us. He will give us some advantages."
Miles was also complimentary of the LSU defense, which returns seven starters from a unit that ranked among the top 10 in the country in three different categories in 2010. Miles noted that Karnell Hatcher has moved from safety to outside linebacker and that two players who missed time last year due to injuries - Brandon Taylor and Sam Montgomery - both practiced this week.
"We've had two good practices," Miles said. "The two practices in helmets give the chance for our coaches to teach one type of curriculum the same way. That is what we did. I like where we're at. Thirteen practices to go and I like where we are."