We’re thismuch closer to football. LSU just wrapped up their first week of practice with their first full combined practice with pads on today. As has been hinted by many, this might be the last time the media gets to see the players in practice before the season begins. Practices could be closed after this point.
The biggest news to come out was DT Quentin Thomas’ injury. Thomas tore his bicep Wednesday according to a report from The Advocate. The injury thins out a unit that was already set to rebuild on the inside, with Thomas & Christian LaCouture penciled in as the early leaders for most playing time. Thomas has played sparingly in his time at LSU, but with experience in the program & ability shown in that time time was widely considered to be a starter.
Now, the Tigers will have to rely on inexperienced youth, with players such as Maquedius Bain, Greg Gilmore, & Frank Herron filling Thomas’ void. DT was the last place LSU needed an injury. LSU will have to hope that some of the heavily heralded young players grow quickly as well, such as Davon Godchaux.
The inside of the line had already taken a blow when Trey Lealaimatafao hurt his bicep punching through glass. Plus, incoming freshman Travonte Valentine still has not been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. It’s been reported, though, that Valentine should be cleared on Tuesday.
Basically the two-deep at DT for #LSU becomes four Class of 2013 guys. Only one of them – LaCouture – is proven in any way.
— Ben Love (@BenLoveTSD) August 8, 2014
Throughout the week, players moved between the split morning and afternoon practices, with stud rookies like QB Brandon Harris, RB Leonard Fournette, S Jamal Adams, & WR Malachi Dupré making appearances during either time period during the week. Cam Cameron began working in some zone-read options & plays such as a delayed bubble screen – where the QB fakes running and instead tosses the ball out into the flats – during the latter half of the week, working with Harris & Anthony Jennings closely in each session. See below for some of the highlights of the Big Cat drill plus other tidbits from the media assortment following practice.
Pictures of Danielle Hunter’s veiny, muscly, ripped arms are all the rage right now pic.twitter.com/C7Z5NApSyR
— Hunter Paniagua (@HunterPaniagua) August 6, 2014
VIDEO: Leonard Fournette, Terrence Magee and Anthony Jennings run through goalline tackling drill https://t.co/wcKSvk78Pz
— James Moran (@SmartestMoran) August 8, 2014
Fournette going through drills
DB drills with Jamal Adams
Big Cat – Avery Peterson vs. Russel Gage