BATON ROUGE – LSU held its fourth and final day of split-squad practices on Thursday as the Tigers held a pair of workouts in shorts and shoulder pads here at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
The LSU veterans and selected newcomers practiced outdoors during the morning session on Thursday, while the remainder of the team benefited from an indoor session during the afternoon.
LSU will practice as a full squad, and in full pads, for the first time, on Friday morning.
“We’ve practiced what would be four straight days, two teams each day; so basically eight practices,” LSU coach Les Miles said following Thursday’s afternoon session. “We are looking forward to what will be tomorrow’s first full-padded practice and really put the team together. Each day there’s been another guy that steps to the front and he will be able to help us in a specific talent he might have.
“Today’s practice was cut a little short for the afternoon guys wanting to get them fresh for the first day of pads. We are looking forward to it. We are pleased with what has gone on so far, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Miles said the first four days or split-squad practices have been productive because so many of the young players are getting numerous reps. The Tigers split the squads based on balancing the number of players at a particular position, rather than varsity and newcomers, which is what they’ve done in the past.
“Well it is more about the amount of reps,” Miles said of the way the personnel were divided for practice. “For instance, Anthony Jennings was our afternoon quarterback, and he got all the reps at quarterback. It allows twice the reps, twice the teaching, twice the experience, in a short amount of time.
“It is really the only chance that real young guys have to play. In other words, you get a chance for four practices to divide your attention and allow them to develop. I think it has made a lot of guys a lot better. For example, (center) Ethan Pocic was afforded an entire four days of practice snaps. I think it is a nice way to start, especially with a young team.”
Miles did confirm one injury on Thursday as freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson injured an ankle and will miss most of the year. Peterson is the younger brother of former LSU All-American Patrick Peterson.
The Tigers will conclude its first week of camp with two practices on Saturday followed by a walk-thru on Sunday afternoon. LSU will also take part in its annual Media Day on Sunday from 3 to 4:45 p.m. followed by Fan Day from 5 to 6:30 p.m.