Football Holds First Full-Squad, Full-Pads Practice

Les Miles spoke with the media after Monday morning's practice.
Les Miles spoke with the media after Monday morning's practice.
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BATON ROUGE – LSU went through its first full squad and full pads practice of the preseason here Monday as the Tigers continue to prepare for the season-opener against McNeese State on Sept. 5 in Tiger Stadium.

Monday marked the fifth day of practice for the Tigers. The team was split into two groups – veterans and newcomers – for the first four days of camp.

“First day in pads, and it was a nice, hot day,” LSU coach Les Miles said following the morning workout. “We had some Big Cat (drill) and initiation of what is our culture. It was a tough, hard, physical practice. It was a good, productive day for us. Our guys fought through it and got better.”

One area that Miles said the Tigers continue to show progress is that of the quarterback position where sophomore Brandon Harris and junior Anthony Jennings continue to compete for the starting job.

“It’s an ongoing process,” Miles said of the quarterback competition. “Both guys are playing better. They are night and day in how they continue to evolve as compared to this time last year. We will have better quarterback play.

Jennings started 12 games for the Tigers a year ago, passing for 1,611 yards and 11 touchdowns. Harris played in nine games with one start last year as a true freshman. He threw for 452 yards and six touchdowns and added another 159 yards and three scores on the ground.

“The quarterback race is just what it is,” Miles said. “It will take some time, but it’s imperative that they continue to improve. I think the intent is to make sure the level of quarterback play continues to rise. I think as a group it appears to me they have that intent.

“I’m not that guy who is going to make an early decision (on naming a starter) certainly. I think both guys made progress today.”

Miles made mention of a pair of true freshmen running backs – Derrius Guice and Nick Brossette - following Monday’s full pads practice. Guice and Brossette will lend depth to the backfield behind sophomores Leonard Fournette and Darrel Williams.

“Both are talented guys,” Miles said. “They are bright and want to compete. Both guys made individual plays today that are noteworthy. Coming off the practice field, I can go, ‘that was a heck of a run or that was a nice catch’. Specific plays they made today tell me both guys are talented.”

Miles noted that Guice along with fellow freshmen Tyron Johnson and Donte Jackson are expected to contribute alongside Fournette in the return game.

The Tigers took the afternoon off from practice, instead having a team meeting followed by position meetings. On the field, the Tigers had a walk-through to wrap up the first day of full squad practice.

On Tuesday, LSU will have the morning off followed by a team meeting and a walk-through in the afternoon. The team will enjoy an outing for dinner and a movie tomorrow night in what will be their first full day off from practice since camp started last Wednesday.

LSU returns to the practice field on Wednesday morning for a two-a-day session starting with an 8 a.m. workout that day.

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