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Fall Preseason Camp Off to a Fast Start

Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s first day of training camp under head coach Ed Orgeron was anything but slow as the Tigers bounced from drill to drill during the afternoon session here Monday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

Monday’s afternoon session capped a productive first day of work for the Tigers as LSU held a walk-thru

LSU opened its first day of training camp with a walk-thru indoors on Monday morning followed by an afternoon workout outdoors. LSU will keep with the same practice schedule – morning walk-thru followed by afternoon practice – for the first three weeks of camp.

“We had an excellent day,” Orgeron said following the afternoon practice. “We had a lot of team spirit, obviously with it being the first day. The defense did a great job today of stripping the ball. We showed them the importance to turnover ratio. We know that we can make an improvement in that category and we are going to this year.”

Orgeron had praise for senior quarterback Danny Etling, saying “he had a fine day and looked very good. He’s healthy and feeling good, smiling out there throwing the football and running around. I know Danny. He’s a battler. He’s a fighter. When he tells me something I believe in him. When he says, ‘coach, I’m at 95 percent, ‘ he’s probably at 95 percent. ”

LSU closed out the first day of camp with individual position meetings on both sides of the ball on Monday night. The Tigers are set to be back at it on Tuesday morning with a team meeting at 8 followed by position meetings and then a walk-thru.

News and Notes
• Earlier on Monday, Orgeron announced that fullback/tight end J.D. Moore would be joining defensive end Christian LaCouture as the two No. 18s for the Tigers in 2017. It’s the first time that two players have worn No. 18 since the tradition started with Matt Mauck in 2003.

• Orgeron said freshman JaCoby Stevens has been moved from defense to offense where he will play wide receiver. Stevens was a two-way standout in high school and moves to offense where he will give the Tigers some much-needed depth at wide receiver.

• Orgeron’s comments on Stevens’ move to offense, “he can play “Z” or ”X” or we can move him to the slot. Obviously, we are trying him in the slot right now, what we call our “F” position. That guy can flat out run. He can play different positons. That slot position right now is where we are putting him.”

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