Coming off the most physical practice of fall camp up to this point, LSU chose to “withhold” a number of players on Wednesday due to various bumps and bruises. None of the injuries are considered serious enough to keep anyone out for the season opener against Miami, according to an LSU source.
That was the explanation provided as to why All-American cornerback Greedy Williams and a handful of others were absent from the media viewing portion of LSU practice on Wednesday afternoon.
Linebacker Micah Baskerville and nose tackles Ed Alexander and Tyler Shelvin were also absent from the fully-padded practice. Alexander has been battling knee injuries, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said before the start of fall camp. It’s unclear what kept Williams, Baskerville and Shelvin out of practice.
Orgeron is scheduled to meet with reporters following the conclusion of practice. This story will be updated once the coach is given a chance to clarify or comment on the absences.
Defensive end Neil Farrell was present, but only watched individual drills from the sidelines. He was not dressed out for contact. In other personnel news, wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase ditched the yellow non-contact jersey he wore on Tuesday and running back Tae Provens returned to practice.
LSU flashed its first-team defensive fronts using both five players (3 DL, 2 OLB) and four players (2 DL, 2 OLB) while working on stunts, twists and other pass rush combinations.
K’Lavon Chaisson and Michael Divinity were the outside linebackers for the first unit in both variations. Rashard Lawrence and Glen Logan were at defensive end with Breiden Fehoko at nose in the three-man front, but it was Logan who came off the field when LSU had just four players running the drill.
Here’s the quarterback rotation as it was during individual drills. Justin McMillan went first on day five, as he did on day one.
Quarterback order during individual drills:
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